You are invited!

Shine Bright at the 2024 17th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference:

We invite you to the preeminent rheumatology conference for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice providers (APPs). The RNS is planning a premier multi‑day, evidence‑based continuing education, and networking experience you will not want to miss.

Join us for the 2024 17th Annual RNS Conference!
2024 17th Annual RNS Conference

New Date, Same Great Conference!

The more things change...

In an effort to accommodate the busy schedules of families preparing for the back-to-school season in August, we have made the decision to shift the date of this year's Conference to July 17-20. This change aims to make it more convenient for you to join us for our 2024 RNS Conference in Orlando, Florida.

...the more they stay the same!

What will not change is our enriching and educational RNS Conference experience! Discover the latest advancements in rheumatology care, connect with renowned experts in the field, and enhance your skills through engaging workshops and interactive sessions. Immerse yourself in the world of rheumatology care as we explore cutting-edge treatments, share best practices, and address the challenges facing our profession.

See you in sunny Orlando!

Stay With Us at the Luxurious Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Exciting News! Our event has been upgraded to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes at no extra charge to you. Enjoy the same special room rate while experiencing the opulent surroundings of the Ritz-Carlton, renowned for its exceptional service and luxurious amenities. As an added benefit, staying at the Ritz-Carlton will place you closer to the conference activities, ensuring maximum convenience and the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the event.

Our special room block rate has been extended until July 8! Make sure to book your room and travel arrangements today for the best possible pricing. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

NOTE: Due to limited inventory at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Industry and Exhibitors will continue to be accommodated at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. Should there be remaining rooms after July 1, 2024, we will open the Ritz-Carlton accommodations to all registered attendees.

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See you in sunny Orlando!

Stay With Us at the Beautiful JW Marriott, Grande Lakes

This year, the Conference will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. This resort, set on 500 lush acres, welcomes Florida travelers with upscale amenities and superb service.

Special Room Rates:

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at a special rate of just $199 per room (+$35 daily resort fee - learn more). A special booking link will be emailed after you register.

These discounts are only available until June 22, 2024 (and rooms will fill up fast)! So make sure to book your travel arrangements today for the best possible pricing. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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Travel Discounts Available

Book Your Flight Today!

The RNS is pleased to partner with Delta and United to offer you discounted airfare to the Conference!

Use Meeting Event Code: NM3DC

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM3DC. NOTE: there is no service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via Delta's reservation 800 number.

Use Discount Code: ZP7C986095

You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk Monday – Friday at (800) 426‑1122. MileagePlus members earn valuable miles for their travel when using the Meetings discount code. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations.

Bringing you the best in evidence-based accredited rheumtology education
Conference Sessions

Evidence-Based Accredited Education

The conference is designed to offer a creative and collaborative learning experience, with intentionally fun and educational outcomes for each attendee. We are excited about our group learning environments, detailed break out discussions, and collaborative sessions.

NOTE: Sessions are still being finalized and are subject to change.

Session Topics Include:
  • Skin Deep, Muscle Bound: The Dual Challenge of Dermatomyositis
  • Aging Gracefully with Autoimmunity: Understanding the Immune Evolution
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes Across the Lifespan
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes
  • Clinical Trials, New Therapies, and Additional Indications
  • From Rheumatology Research to Bedside Practice
  • A Year in Review of Inflammatory Arthritis: PsA, RA, Gout
  • The Evolving Treatment Paradigm of Systemic Lupus Erethymatosus and Lupus Nephritis (Pediatric Track & Adult Track)
  • Mind Matters: Deciphering Autoimmune Encephalitis in Adults and Children
  • Systemic Sclerosis: Optimizing Care Across the Disease Course
  • A Tour of Vasculitis Subtypes: Emerging Research and Novel Therapies
  • ...and more!!!


NOTE: All times are Eastern Time

Participants will receive up to 17.0 nursing contact hours, including a possible 6.5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours, by actively participating in education sessions and completing an online evaluation upon completion of the program.

The Rheumatology Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500).

Click here for more accreditation information.

ANCC Accredited
Introducing our 2024 Keynote!

Meet Jessica Cafaro, MSN, RN

We are thrilled to introduce Jessica Cafaro (Montanaro), MSN, RN as our 2024 RNS Conference Keynote Speaker. Jessica is a true beacon of hope and resilience! With over two decades of critical care and education experience, Jessica has shined through the darkest times, inspiring nurses and advanced practice providers to lead with courage and compassion.

Read Jessica's Bio
Outstanding Faculty

Learn from some of the leading healthcare professionals in the field of rheumatology

We have brought in outstanding faculty from across the country, to share their experience as well as the latest treatments, guidelines, research, and evidence-based education to help you better your practice.

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN‑BC

Columbus Arthritis Center

Sheila Behimehr, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

Sheila Behimehr, MSN, APRN, AGNP‑C


Jessica Cafaro, MSN, RN

Jessica Cafaro, MSN, RN

Critical Care Nurse and Educator

Joni Fontenot, ASN, RN

Joni Fontenot, ASN, RN

Ochsner Health System - The Grove

Rebekah Garrard, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Rebekah Garrard, RN, MSN, FNP‑BC

Lafayette Arthritis and Endocrine Clinic

Edie Gigot, MSN, RN, MBA

Edie Gigot, MSN, RN, MBA

National Infusion Center Association (NICA)

Chad Hille, MD

Chad Hille, MD

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Shelby Jones, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

Shelby Jones, MSN, APRN, CPNP‑PC

Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital

Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

Wellstar MCG Health

Megan Lane, AGACNP-BC

Megan Lane, AGACNP‑BC

Advocate Aurora Healthcare

Norma Liburd, MN, RN-BC

Norma Liburd, MN, RN‑BC

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Dr. Polly Livermore

Dr. Polly Livermore

Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP‑C

Alaska Native Medical Center, USPHS

Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C

Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C

Articularis Healthcare

Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Medstar Orthopaedic Institute

Kalie VonFeldt, MS, PA-C

Kalie VonFeldt, MS, PA‑C

National Jewish Health

Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP-BC

Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP‑BC

Comer Children’s Hospital

William G. Zic, DNP, MSN, RN

William G. Zic, DNP, MSN, RN

Dominican University

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Call for Abstyracts
Answer the Call!

Call for Abstracts

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) invites you to submit your latest rheumatology research, scholarship, practice change, and/or quality improvement projects in an abstract format for the chance to display and present your poster at the 2024 17th Annual RNS Conference, July 17-20, at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to showcase and present your research

Chance to Win

If the abstract is selected to present, the lead author will receive a complimentary registration for the Conference and one night complimentary at the Grande Lakes Orlando event hotel.

Connect and Network with Like‑Minded Rheumatology Professionals
More than just world class education!

Who Says Learning Can't Be Fun?

The RNS believes in striking the perfect balance between education and entertainment. Come for the education, but stay for fun social events, networking mixers, and evening receptions where you can unwind, connect with peers, and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. Whether you are celebrating nurses with us at our President's Dinner, painting with colleagues at our Paint-a-Picture session, or performing at our Nurses Got Talent showcase, there is never a dull moment at our conference!

Social events, premium meals, and networking highlights include:
  • Welcome Reception
  • Paint-A-Picture Networking Social
  • Poster Presentations
  • President’s Dinner
  • Product Theaters
  • Nurses Got Talent!
  • Farewell Reception
  • ...and more!
Show Your Talent

Nurses Got Talent!

Our Talent Showcase + Open Mic Night is back! We know that you have hidden talents and now is the perfect opportunity to show us what you have got! Grab the mic for a comedy skit, karaoke, or a full solo! Juggle? Dance Routine? Bring your family-friendly talent to our evening of scientific posters, cocktails and a talent show on Thursday, July 18, at 8:20 PM. We want to see what you can do!

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!

Participate and get one FREE night stay!

If your submission is accepted and performed, you will receive a credit for your hotel stay on Thursday, July 18, 2024 at the Grande Lakes Orlando event hotel. Show us what you’ve got and get a free night’s stay!

Open mic/Karaoke will be open to all, but only formal Nurses Got Talent submissions received by July 1 will be considered for the complimentary hotel night.

Show Your Talent

2024 RNS Conference Registration

Conference Rates (Members)

Members and Student Members:
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  In-Person Virtual
Member $149 $129
Student $49 $35



Conference Rates (Standard)

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Save $100 on registration by becoming a member today (discount not applicable to student rates). Membership purchase options available at checkout.

  In-Person Virtual
Standard $249 $229
Student $49 $35




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