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Nurses Expo 2024

Thank you to all of our Nurses Expo Sponsors!

We could not provide this conference without your support.




Nurses Expo 2024


Nurses Expo is one of Illinois’ longest-running nursing educational and networking events with over 40 years of community history!  This year, Nurses Expo will be held at Riverview Inn and Suites, at 700 W Riverside Blvd, Rockford, Illinois (formerly Cliffbreakers). We are excited to share this year’s theme: “Flourish: bloom, grow, thrive,” which truly embodies the spirit of nursing.



We welcome nurses from all practice settings and experience levels (including nursing students) to join us.  You’ll be able to visit exhibitor booths from major healthcare employers, colleges, and other regional businesses; network with friends and colleagues; receive a swag bag full of goodies; participate in raffle drawings; and much more!



With the return of breakout sessions, attendees will have a variety of excellent speakers to choose from.  On our schedule this year, we will have 2 keynote presentations, as well as three breakout sessions.  Program topics for the breakout sessions cover a variety of topics, including this year’s required education for IL nursing licensure.  Use the buttons below to learn more about speakers, presentations, and agenda schedule.



*Please indicate your choice of breakout sessions on your registration form.  Some breakout sessions have multiple time slots, so please avoid duplicating choices.

  1. Online registration
  2. Mail-in registration: download the registration flyer, complete the form, and submit with payment
  3. Group registration (for 5 or more nurse attendees): contact statelinenurses2013@gmail.com for more information

Registration for Nurses Expo 2024 has expired.  Nurses or students who wish to register will need to pay extra at the door. If a sponsor wishes to come, Please call 815-871-3625

Call for Poster Abstracts,
Poster Presenter Student Grant

Stateline Nurses Network and the Nurses Expo Committee invite you to submit an abstract and present a poster at our annual Nurses Expo. The purpose of the poster session is to recognize nursing innovations, evidence-based practice projects (EBP), and research that reflect the diversity of nursing in clinical practice, administration, and education. This opportunity is open to all nurses and nursing students.

All presenters must register and attend Nurses Expo so they may answer any questions from Nurses Expo attendees.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are waiving the fee for the main presenter to attend Nurses Expo. Anyone on the team who wishes to attend will still need to pay the registration fee.

However, all undergraduate students who are accepted to present a poster may download the Undergraduate Student Poster Presenter Grant and attend for free (see below link).   Other students who are accepted and on the team are eligible for a discount – contact Patty Hall, our administrative assistant, at statelinenurses2013@gmail.com for details.


Click the buttons below to download the Call for Poster Abstracts and Poster Presenter Undergraduate Student Grant applications, complete the forms within the writeable PDF and follow the included instructions to make your submission.

Deadline to Submit has been extended to: Friday, March 29, 2024


Up to 5 Facilitator/Volunteer Grants will be offered to worthy recipients. We will ask for help during Expo in exchange for FREE attendance to those in need! All volunteers will be able experience the Expo, listen to speakers, and receive CEs (unless Undergrad student). Please complete this form and return it to us to be considered.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, March 15, 2024

Awards & Scholarships

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Stateline Nurses Network Awards

In accordance with SNN’s mission to advance the profession of nursing, SNN seeks nominations for awards and scholarships. These are presented at Nurses Expo. Personal letters of congratulations will be mailed to all winners.

Deadline for 2024 nominations is Friday, March 29, 2024

An award or awards will be given this year in the following categories:

Distinguished Advocate for Nursing Award
Excellence in Nursing Award

Find more information below and apply through our website!

Additionally, you can view previous winners with the button below.

Distinguished Advocate for Nursing Award

The Distinguished Advocate for Nursing Award is for an individual (nurse or non-nurse), group, agency, or institution that has/have promoted and or supported nurses, the nursing profession, or the specific missions of nursing.

It is important that you use your best evidence to discuss why you believe your nominee should receive this honor. The committee use only the information written by you regarding the nominee.

Excellence in Nursing Award

The Excellence in Nursing Award is for an outstanding nurse who has demonstrated excellence in practice.  Previous winner are eligible for re-nomination provided they are being nominated for accomplishments made after their past award. The Candidate must:

  • Be professionally active
  • Demonstrate ethical integrity, which includes behaviors such as fairness, honesty, etc.
  • Demonstrate competency and/or leadership in nursing
  • Have provided a contribution to the practice of nursing
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude about nursing

SNN Nursing Scholarships

In order to encourage life-long learning in the nursing profession, Stateline Nurses Network awards a $1000 scholarship in each of these categories each year:

  • Pre-Licensure
  • Bachelor of Science degree completion
  • Master of Science degree completion
  • Doctor of Nursing programs

Deadline to Submit: Friday, March 29, 2024

Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Nurses Expo 2024 Planning Committee is pleased to invite you and your organization to join us by participating in the Stateline Nurses Network Expo 2024 and reach hundreds of talented nurses and nursing executives from across Illinois and Wisconsin. We are excited to have an in-person conference on Friday, April 26, 2024 at a NEW LOCATION:

Riverview Inn & Suites (the newly renovated Cliffbreakers!)
700 W Riverside Blvd
Rockford, IL 61103

Attendees of our Nurses Expo include nursing students, LPN’s RN’s as well as nursing educators and administrators.

The mission of the Stateline Nurses Network and the goals of the Nurses Expo are aligned to create an event that allows nursing professionals to expand their network, gain knowledge and grow professionally.  We are proud to say that we are the longest running Nursing Symposium in the state of Illinois. Each year we seek out outstanding local, regional and national speakers so that we can present thought provoking topics, and issues relevant and timely to the current healthcare delivery model. In addition, Stateline Nurses Network offers thousands of dollars in scholarships to nursing students in these disciplines.

We are seeking sponsorship from organizations, such as yours, to help us maintain the quality and affordability of our Expo. And you, in turn, will receive recognition as a sponsor, one on one interaction with Expo attendees that can generate innumerable leads, as well as exposure through advertising; as detailed on our sponsorship website.

We have some exciting ways to be a part of our Expo including Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsorships; Keynote and Speaker Sponsorships; Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Table Sponsorships; Branded Swag Bag Sponsorship; Passport Sponsorship; and more. NEW THIS YEAR – Corporate Table, Photobooth, and Lanyard Sponsorships!

This year’s Nurses Expo promises to be an event where your organization can support the future of nursing and provide your products and solutions that will impact the nursing industry in their facilities and beyond. We look forward to having you join us at Stateline Nurses Expo 2024!

To view our online registration form or if you have any questions, please contact us at  statelinenurses2013@gmail.com