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2020 RNS Virtual Conference - August 5-8, 2020

The 2020 13th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference is going virtual!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) is excited to announce the transformation of the 2020 13th Annual RNS Conference. We are thrilled to be taking our conference—the preeminent rheumatology conference for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice providers (APPs)—including nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs)—completely virtual for the first time ever. The RNS is planning an incredible multi‑day, evidence‑based continuing education, and networking experience you will not want to miss.

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Engaging Accredited Education

Advance Your Skills and Personal Development

Connect and Network with Like‑Minded Rheumatology Professionals

ANCC Accredited Provider with Distinction

Participants will receive up to 12.25 continuing nursing contact hours, including 4.5 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 with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500).

Keynote Speaker

Keynote: Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones Productions, President and CEO

Session Topic: The American Nurse

Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. From people “living positively” with AIDS to women artists supporting entire communities and nurses on the front lines of our healthcare system, Jones has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. Her most widely acclaimed book publications include Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary included in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. In the spring of 2018 her award-winning documentary Defining Hope, which was the culmination of a journey investigating how we can make better end-of-life choices, was broadcast over 1,000 times on PBS stations nationwide. Carolyn’s latest project, a documentary called In Case of Emergency, focuses on the important and unique role that nurses play in Emergency Departments across the country.


Other: Merck


Day 1 – Wednesday, August 5

  • The American Nurse (Keynote)

Day 2 – Thursday, August 6

  • History of Behcet’s Disease and How It Is Treated Today
  • The Latest Treatments, Research, and Guidelines for Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)
  • COVID-19: What We’ve Learned
  • Exploring the Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Arthritis
  • Defining A Culture of Reporting Errors and Almost Misses

Day 3 – Friday, August 7

  • Demystifying the Diagnosis and Treatment of Inflammatory Eye Disease
  • Current Treatment Guidelines and Trends on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Adult Stills Disease and Systemic-Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SoJIA)
  • Navigating the Convergence of Dermatology, Gastroenterology, and Rheumatology
  • Advocating For Your Right to Practice to Your Full Scope
  • Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Day 4 – Saturday, August 8

  • Periodic Fever Syndromes for Pediatrics and Adults
  • Rheumatology in Pictures
  • Learn the Difference Between Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpa) and Non-radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA)
  • Empowering People Living with Lupus and Lupus Nephritis through Self-Management Support

So Much More!

The 2020 13th Annual RNS Virtual Conference is designed to offer a creative and collaborative evidence-based learning experience, with intentionally fun and educational outcomes for each attendee. We are excited about our group learning environments, detailed panel discussions, virtual networking opportunities, and interactive competitions with giveaways.


We invite you to share your expertise with students, colleagues and other healthcare professionals by submitting an abstract for a poster presentation at the conference.

Abstracts must be SUBMITTED on or before July 15, 2020, by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

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AFTER 7/17/20

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No registration deadline

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2020 13th Annual RNS Virtual Conference

Are you an RNS Member?

RNS Members can save up to $100 on Conference Registration. Be sure to log in for discounted pricing:


NOTE: Full membership required. Guest membership does not qualify for membership discounts.

Not an RNS Member?

Membership is not just about discounted conference registration. The RNS offers many benefits for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice providers (APPs)—including nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians assistants (PAs). Membership is for those seeking to develop knowledge in their field, learn up-to-date patient care, and gain access to a wide range of engaging accredited events as well as a wealth of educational materials and content. Become a member today to begin influencing the world of your patients toward better treatment and advancing in the field of rheumatology. NOTE: Guest membership does not qualify for membership discounts

If you are interested in becoming an RNS member, options will be available during your conference checkout:

Standard Conference Registration

Students, please register using the link below:

Standard Student Conference Registration