General Sessions


G100 May 1, 2018 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Managing Stress, Building Resilience: The Imperative of Mindfulness and Self-Care

Aviad Haramati, PhD

In today’s high-pressure healthcare environment, how can you reduce stress and burnout? Join Dr. Aviad Haramati, Director of Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education, for a closer look at how mindfulness can help us deal with stressors, build resilience, and improve well-being. You’ll explore mindfulness practices aimed at strengthening attention, engaging the relaxation response, and cultivating the ability to connect more deeply with others and with yourself. Learn successful approaches to incorporate mindfulness and self-care into your nursing practice and build a stronger, more resilient nursing team.


G200 May 2, 2018 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

No Ego: Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement

Cy Wakeman, MS, CSP

Get ready for a radically different approach to turn excuses into results and transform your workforce! Cy Wakeman, President of Reality-Based Leadership, shows you how. This dynamic speaker, drama researcher, and New York Times best-selling author has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, her philosophy will teach you how to turn an unhappy workforce into accountable, successful members of the team who drive results!


G201 May 2, 2018 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Every Hand-off Face-to-Face

2017 ANCC Pathway Award® Winner: Union Hospital, Elkton, MD

Steven McPherson, BSN, RN; Katie Boston-Leary, MBA, MHA, BSN, CNOR, NEA-BC; Alexandra Wells, BSN, RN, CEN

How can you leverage technology to improve the quality and safety of every patient care transition? Learn from the 2017 ANCC Pathway Award® recipient as they share outcomes from their winning program: “Every Hand-off Face-to-Face.” Discover how these nurse innovators transformed hand-off communication using high-definition cameras, televisions, smartphones, and tablets to conduct video conferences between multidisciplinary teams and levels of care. You’ll learn simple ways to make your hand-offs more educational, effective, and efficient as you improve patient outcomes and experience.


G300 May 3, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Mark Lindquist

Reignite the passion that made you a nurse! Mark Lindquist, former Air Force sergeant and Afghan War veteran, offers expert enlightenment on the mental roadblocks that impede the pursuit of your passions. Mark will reinforce the importance of a workplace culture dedicated to the development of each individual’s strengths, as he guides you to reflect on what’s needed to rekindle the passion that brought you into nursing in the first place. You’ll return to your workplace refreshed and ready to embrace an expanded vision for your future.


G301 May 3, 2018 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Promoting Pride in Healthcare

Liz Jazwiec, RN

Restore pride, celebrate compassion, and focus on the good things in healthcare today! Strategist and author Liz Jazwiec, RN, will share practical suggestions to help you address difficult issues facing your organization, as well as creative ways to celebrate the work you do every day. A long-time Vice President of Patient Care and Director of Emergency Services, Liz brings an experience-based style to remind us of the power of leadership, engagement, and service in healthcare. Her expertise will inspire you and your organization to build a culture of excellence driven by strong leaders and engaged employees who are proud to deliver services with care and compassion!