Home Exhibitors and Sponsors Call For Speakers Online Registration Online Proceedings My Sessions Become Certified Hotel and Travel SEPA Home AACN Home Visit our Facebook pageVisit Our Facebook Page
Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, PA

Valley Forge Casino Resort

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses welcome you to the TRENDS Web site. Over more than 30 years, TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing has become the signature regional clinical conference for critical care, trauma and cardiovascular nurses. Please save the Fall 2013 dates so you can expand your professional education and network with colleagues.

TRENDS In Critical Care NursingOctober 1 - 4

Special Manager and Leader Pre-conference WorkshopSeptember 30

Take The Certification Exam On-site

Newly Renovated Rooms and Lower Rate at Radisson Valley Forge for Fall TRENDS!

Make your reservation for Fall Trends at the newly renovated Radisson Valley Forge Hotel. Our special lower rate is $124 single or double. Make your reservation online or call (610) 337-2000 (refer to the Trends in Critical Care Nursing conference when calling to make your reservation).

TRENDS In Critical Care Nursing

TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing 2013
October 1- 4

Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, PA

Conference Brochure

Join us for Fall Trends in Critical Care Nursing where you will meet nurses from around the country who share your expertise and commitment. You will hear from expert national and local speakers who will bring you the most up-to-date information in caring for patients experiencing life threatening illness. Sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter – AACN and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Fall Trends features:

  • 75 sessions featuring timely topics in high acuity and critical care nursing
  • Special tracks on Stroke and Novice Critical Care Nursing
  • New Manager and Leader Pre-conference Workshop on Monday, September 30 featuring Mary Bylone and Judith "Ski" Lower
  • Monday and Tuesday enjoy a fun and informative evening session "Educating through Games: Critical Care Quizzo" with Tricia Nichols
  • Tuesday Plenary session "Survival 101: Laughter, Tears and Kindness" featuring Judith "Ski" Lower
  • AACN President Vicki Good will present Wednesday's Plenary Session "How Will You "Step Forward?"
  • Friday Plenary session presented by Deborah Tuggle "Stepping Forward to Advocate, Lead, Care"
  • Tuesday night Exhibit Hall Opening Reception, followed by "Critical Care Quizzo" with Tricia Nichols
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening of networking featuring Cindy Blank-Reid presenting "Medical and Surgical Reflections on John F. Kennedy: Fifty Years after the Assassination"
  • Expert national and local speakers including AACN President, Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP; Judith "Ski" Lower, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN; Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNML; Rose Shaffer, MSN, RN, CRNP, CCRN; Henry Geiter, Jr., RN, CCRN-CMC, TNCC; Kathryn Von Rueden, MS, RN, CNS-BC, FCCM; Deborah Tuggle, MN, APRN, CCNC, FCCM; Cindy Blank-Reid, MSN, RN, CEN; Janice Delgiorno, MSN, CCRN, ACNP-BC; Charles Kunkle, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, BC-NA; Donna Barto, DNP, MA.
  • National certification exams on-site: adult, pediatric and neonatal CCRN® and CCRN-E®; adult PCCN®; cardiac sub-specialty exams—CMC® Cardiac Medicine Certification and CSC® Cardiac Surgery Certification; plus the CNML for nurse managers. Selected certification review sessions will be offered throughout the conference.

return to top

Manager and Leader Pre-conference Workshop

Manager and Leader Pre-conference Workshop
Semptember 30, 2013

Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, PA

Conference Schedule

7:30 am – 8:00 am Attendee Registration
8:00 am – 9:30 am Appropriate Staffing: Why Census Doesn’t Work – Mary Bylone
9:30 am – 10:00 am Networking Break and Exhibits
10:00 am – 11:30 am It Is Okay to be #1 on Your List – Mary Bylone
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Luncheon, Networking and Exhibits
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Maximizing Your Outcomes, Minimizing Your Efforts:
Using Communication Styles – Ski Lower
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break and Exhibits
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Engaging Your Staff for Retention and Growth – Ski Lower

Mark your calendar and plan now to attend Fall Trends in historic Valley Forge located just 30 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia. We look forward to seeing you.

Note: Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nurses now require 30 contact hours of mandatory continuing education every two years for relicensure.

return to top

Take The Certification Exam On-site

QUESTIONS? Call 800-899-2226 or Email:

  • Exam Date - Friday, October 4 from 8:30 am - 12 pm
  • Registration Deadline - Wednesday, Septemper 4

Paper and pencil administration of the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCRN® and CCRN-E®, adult PCCN®, cardiac subspecialty exams ‐ CMC® Cardiac Medicine Certification and CSC® Cardiac Surgery Certification – plus CNML exam will be offered on-site. Pre-registration is required for all exams using the special 3-page Trends Exam Application. Seating is limited. Visit to download the special Trends Exam Applications. Special TRENDS exam applications, including those for CNML exams at TRENDS, may be obtained by sending an email to Please specify that you wish to obtain a special TRENDS exam application AND which exam you are interested in. The Trends exam application with full payment of exam fees must reach AACN Certification Corporation by the registration deadline: September 4, 2013

Registration: Exam registration and payment are separate from the conference and must be sent to AACN Certification Corporation.

Order session CDs online from the 2013 TRENDS in Trauma and Critical Care Nursing conference.

return to top

SEPA TRENDS Coordinator
Southeastern PA Chapter - AACN
Monika Cornelius, CMP
Meetings Project Manager
800.394.5995 ext. 239