AMSN Annual Convention Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We hope all of your questions and concerns have been addressed in this comprehensive FAQ regarding the 26th Annual AMSN Convention on October 12-15, 2017, at the Palm Springs Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel
Palm Springs, CA.

In the event we missed something, use the Convention Information Contact Form with your question/concern and the National Office will help you. Please be as specific as you can when asking questions.


How much is the registration fee? Can I save by registering early?

The registration fee for the full 4-day main conference is:

Early Bird Specials (Postmarked by 8/14)

  • $450- Member
  • $550 – Regular

Regular/ Onsite Registration (Registration after 8/14)

  • $515 – Member
  • $615 - Regular

What if I have a large group? (3+)

All individual within the group must be AMSN members.

  • $425 – Early Bird Special Postmarked by 8/14
  • $475 – Regular/ Onsite registration

All registration forms must be fax or mailed in:

East Holly Ave Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071
Fax: 856-218-0557

How can I join and register so I’ll receive member pricing right away?

Purchasing AMSN membership will provide your member discount immediately.

You have several options found on the AMSN Website - Join and/or Renew page.

  • Join and or renew online.
  • Mail or Fax: Print & complete Membership form found at the link above.

Are there military discounts available?

We do not offer any military discounts for the convention.

I’m a member but my discount isn’t showing up online.

Please check that you are logged in to your member account. You should see member pricing before you’re asked to enter payment.

If you’re still having trouble, please use the Convention Information Contact Form with your concern and the National Office will help you.

I registered already, but forgot/don't know how to get my member discount.

Your member pricing will come up automatically once you are logged in to your member account.

If you do not see the correct price, do not proceed with checkout, please use the Convention Information Contact Form and the National Office will help you with your member discount.

What food and refreshments does AMSN provide during the convention?

  • Opening Reception
  • Three Continental Breakfasts
  • Box Lunch
  • Refreshment Breaks

How do I register on behalf of someone else? (a supervisor, an employee, etc.)

To register on behalf of someone else you must have their user name and password or create an account for new visitors.

Where do I go to register online?

You may register at the Official AMSN Convention Website.

I didn't receive a confirmation.

Be sure to check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Your email server also may have blocked it.

Please use the Convention Information Contact Form and let us know if you have not received your confirmation email.

I just tried to register online and I’m not sure if it went through/I received an error message.

You should receive an auto-generated email confirming your registration and payment within minutes of registering.

Please use the AMSN Annual Convention Questions Form and let us know if you have not received your confirmation email.

I know I have a login, but I can’t log in to register.

Please use the Convention Information Contact Form before proceeding further and the National Office will help you.

Can I bring a guest? What will they be allowed to attend?

You may bring a guest to Thursday’s opening ceremony and reception for the fee of $30. You may pay in advance when you register or on-site at the registration desk.

Hotel/Palm Springs

Where is the hotel? How much is it per night?

For the most up-to-date information, see the Hotel and Travel page at the Official AMSN Annual Convention Website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: AMSN does not use a housing bureau for hotel reservations. No one from AMSN or the conference hotel will ever call you to make a hotel reservation. Only make reservations through the links here, on our official convention website, or by calling the hotel directly.

Im planning to arrive earlier in the week/stay later in the week. Can I still get the special hotel rate?

The discounted convention rates are available until September 13, 2017, or until the room block is full.

Reservations made before or after this date will be subject to space and rate availability. (All taxes are subject to change without notice.)

When do I have to book my room to receive the special AMSN registrant rate?

The convention rate is available through September 13, 2017 or until the room block is full.

Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.

Is smoking allowed in the hotel

The Marriott and Hilton have a 100% smoke-free policy, which includes all guest rooms, pool, and other common areas.

Guest who smoke are permitted to do so outside and in designed areas.

Will all convention activities take place within the hotel?

Renaissance Palm Springs has been designated as the official hotel for the 2017 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Annual Convention.

Meeting space will be at the hotel as well as the Palm Springs Convention Center.

What is nearby that I can do for fun?

Many attendees plan to stay for a couple extra days to explore the city, and there are many exciting options!

Local Attractions:

Additional information for local happenings will be available in the convention app if more are added!

Can the National Office help me find a roommate?

No, though you may connect with other individuals through the AMSN Convention HUB.


Can I make session changes?

You may change sessions on-site, without asking, simply by going to the desired session. AMSN generally arranges for session rooms that are large enough to allow for additional participants. In rare instances there may not be enough room. You will also be able to choose the session evaluations you attended, regardless of whether you registered for that session. If you like, you may make a session change ahead of time, so that it is reflected in your schedule in the convention app and on the back of your badge  by calling the National Office toll-free at 866-877-2676 before September 12, 2017.

What sessions are being offered?

View the session availability in the Convention Brochure.

Download the Convention Brochure

How do I download handouts?

You can download handouts by the instructions received in your email.

Handouts will also be available to download in the convention app when it becomes available.

Contact Hours

How many contact hours will the convention offer?

The main 4-day conference will offer 15.25 contact hours.

Where do I earn contact hours?

You will receive information in your program book at the conference, as well as an email in the weeks following the conference with instructions.

To earn contact hours, you will need to log in to the AMSN Online Library with your AMSN username and password. The online library is where you will complete session evaluations to complete earning the CNE contact hours.

Is there a deadline for earning contact hours?

You will have approximate 4 weeks after the conference ends to complete your session evaluations to earn contact hours.

Where do I print a “certificate of attendance”?

AMSN does not mail certificates of attendance.

If you require proof of attendance or simply a record, we recommend printing your certificates; you receive one certificate per evaluated session.

This option will be available in the AMSN Online Library, under CNE Transcript (located in the Your Account box in the upper left of screen.

If you need additional proof, bring a form from your employer and bring to the registration desk.


I would like to exhibit at the 2017 convention.

View the most recent information regarding:

  • Prospectus | Prospectus with Forms
  • Exhibit Space Application
  • Program Book
  • Sponsorship

Certification Review Course

Is the Certification Review Course going to be offered at the convention?

The Certification Review Course will now only be offered every other year. The next Review Course will take place at our 2018 convention.

Convention App

Will AMSN offer an app for this convention?

As in previous years, AMSN will offer an app for the convention. Further details will be emailed to you when information becomes available.

When can I install the app?

You may install the app as soon as you receive your registration confirmation email!

  • You will receive a link in the email that allows you to download the app.
  • There will also be a special password -- UNIQUE TO YOU ONLY for the app.
  • Please use your AMSN email (the one associated with your account) for downloading and installing the app.
  • You may install the app in any of your devices using the same procedure.

View the complete instructions to download your app once you've received your Registration Confirmation email.

Financial Questions

I think I was overcharged when I registered.

Please use the AMSN Annual Convention Questions Form with your concern and the National Office will assist you.

I need an invoice so my employer can pay.

Complete a convention registration form and submit to your employer for payment.

I need a receipt for my employer.

You should have received a receipt automatically at your primary email address (check your spam folder).

Can I substitute a co-worker since I can no longer attend?

Please send an email to with the following:

  • Name of current registrant (yourself, or your employee)
  • Name of person who will be replacing that individual
  • Completed registration form of the replacement attendee (print the form and write in the margin “replacing [registrant’s name], already registered.” This can be sent via mail, fax, or email (see address below).
  • If new sessions are not selected, the replacement attendee will be given the sessions originally chosen.

East Holly Ave Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071
Fax: 856-218-0557

Member/regular rates still apply, a difference must be paid if need be.

I/My facility sent payment a month ago and I haven’t heard anything.

First, please check your spam folder. Sometimes the email is blocked or filtered to spam.

If you don’t find it there, and you think your facility has sent a check and you still have questions, the National Office will assist you.

Please use the AMSN Annual Convention Questions Form and supply the check number, date, amount, facility name, and name of the attendee.

I need a W9 form.

The W9 Form - Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification is available for download.

The form is pre-populated with 2017 Conference information for your employer. Please note, this form is still valid for 2017.


What is AMSN’s federal tax ID number?

Tax ID number is 223141758.

What is AMSN’s DUNS number?

DUNS number is 021621276

I need AMSN to register as a vendor with my facility in order to purchase registration.

Send the necessary forms to

Is there a student discount?

Though students may attend the convention we do not offer a student discount. Regular members/non-member rates apply.

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