Message from the Organizers

On behalf of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) together with the Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Network and the NPAPN Executive Organizing Committee, it is with great regret that we announce that the 11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference 2020 will be postponed by one year to August 29 – September 1, 2021. The Halifax Convention Centre as well as all partner hotels and suppliers gladly supported this decision and will remain by our side to carry this conference to term, in the best conditions possible!

The decision was made after numerous constructive discussions, close monitoring of the global risk assessment by the World Health Organization, travel restrictions in place and the fact that so many of you are currently working at the front lines of this global pandemic.

We feel the responsibility to care for your health and welfare and believe that postponing the Conference until 2021 is the best decision as it aims to ensure the integrity, safety and health of our participants, partners, and staff. We are also aware that health institutions, organizations and education facilities are restricting employees’ and students’ travel and participation in upcoming conferences.

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If you have any questions, please check the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below or contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the 11thICN NP/APNNetwork Conference?
The 11thICN NP/APN Network Conference has been postponed to August 29 -September 1, 2021at the Halifax Convention Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Why has the ICN NP/APN 2020 Network Conference been postponed?
The decision was made after close monitoring of the rising global risk assessment by the World Health Organization, travel restrictions in place and the fact that so many of the conference delegates, presenters and partners are currently working at the frontlines of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken by the Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) together with the Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Network and the Executive Organizing Committee. Since the situation is changing every day in unpredictable ways, they felt the responsibility to care for the health and welfare of the participants and partners. NPAPN is also aware that health institutions, organizations and education facilities are restricting employees’ and students’ travel and participation in upcoming conferences.

When and where will the ICN NP/APN 2020 Network Conference take place?
The Conference has been postponed rather than cancelled. The 11thICN NP/APN Network Conference will now be held at the same location from August 29 to September 1, 2021. For more information please visit the conference website www.npapn2021.com.

I am planning to attend NPAPN2021 in Halifax – can I simply transfer my registration fee to 2021?
Yes. The conference is postponed rather than cancelled so your registration can be transferred at no cost to the event in 2021. Please fill in the online form that was sent to you by email to let us know about the transfer. Should you change your mind later or be unable to join us in 2021, your registration fee will be refunded, less an administrative fee. Registrations that were pending (unpaid) at the time of the postponement announcement will automatically be cancelled and registrants will be notified.
 
Can my conference registration fee be refunded?
Yes. Your registration fee can be transferred to the next year’s attendance or can be refunded in full, less an administrative fee. You will receive an email from the Conference Secretariat on how to ask for a refund. Transfer of your registration to another person is permitted and must be submitted in writing to [email protected]. Please note that we will keep the existing payment, so an exchange of money will need to happen between the former and the new registrant directly if necessary.
 
If I choose to transfer my registration to 2021, is my current invitation letter still valid?
No, you will need to receive a new letter. The letter will be automatically sent to you if you have paid your registration in full and are choosing to transfer your registration to 2021. If your payment is pending, you will have to pay the fee for 2021 in order to receive your invitation letter.
 
Will my pre-conference workshop fee be refunded?
Yes. If you decide to cancel your pre-conference workshop registration, you will receive a full refund less an administrative fee.

Will my hotel room reservation be transferred to 2021?
If you have made a hotel room reservation within one of the official blocks of the conference partner hotels, your reservation will be automatically cancelled. New bookings can be made starting in fall 2020. New booking links will be made available on the conference website. If you have any questions regarding your guest room booking, please contact the hotels directly.

Will my airfare be refunded?
Please ask your travel agent/airline and let them know you are cancelling or modifying your booking due to the postponement of NPAPN 2020. The responsibility for airfare bookings and refunds falls outside the scope of the NPAPN Conference and will be dependent on the type of fare booked and any travel insurance coverage.

Will I be able to move my abstract presentation to the 2021 program?
Presenters of accepted abstracts who registered for the conference, those who have not yet registered but have been accepted to present, as well as presenters of accepted abstracts who withdrew before the decision to postpone the conference will be eligible to present in the 2021 program if they complete the online form* that was emailed to them by June 1, 2020. A call for additional abstracts may be pursued at a later date if required. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact [email protected].

*If you did not receive the email with the online form and are eligible for 2021 please check your junk folder. If you cannot find the email, please contact [email protected] with your paper number.

I am a sponsor and/or exhibitor – will my fees be refunded?
We hope that you will continue to support the conference and commit to attending the conference in 2021. In this case, we will simply transfer your booking. The deposits/payments made will remain with the conference. If you do decide to cancel your booking, please let us know in writing by June 1, 2020 (email [email protected]) and we will fully refund the fee (not including credit card fees if payment was made by credit card). If you decide to join NPAPN 2021 again at a later stage, we will not be able to guarantee the availability of specific sponsorship packages or booth locations. Rates for 2021 remain identical.

I have another question. Who do I contact?
Please send your question to the Conference Secretariat at [email protected]. For further information on the 2021 Conference please visit the website www.npapn2021.com and follow us on Social Media.