General Sessions

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Opening Session

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: Zubin Damania, Internist and founder of Turntable Health

Dr. Damanian is a part of an innovative health care start-up that’s part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During a ten-year hospitalist career at Stanford, he won clinical teaching awards while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos, created under the pseudonym “ZDoggMD,” have gone epidemically viral, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional health care system. Dr. Damania delves into the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate health care in our severely dysfunctional system while proposing collaborative ways to revitalize it. He examines the system through humor and storytelling. He hopes that the future of medicine and health care is a bright one, and believes it will be, provided that all of us work together to achieve these common goals.


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Session

  • Awards
    • HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award
    • Margretta Madden Styles President’s Award
    • ANCC Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner
  • 2016 ANCC Magnet Prize winners’ presentation (30 min- CE)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

General Session

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

National Magnet Nurse of the Year® Awards and Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker: Carolyn Jones

Kicking off this general session, the 2017 National Magnet Nurse of the Year® award winners will share their personal stories of nursing excellence. Immediately after the awards ceremony, we welcome our guest speaker, Carolyn Jones.

From people living positively with AIDS, to women artisans supporting entire communities, to nurses on the frontlines of our health care system, Carolyn Jones has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. She is the author of the widely acclaimed books Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. Jones’ career was punctuated by two brushes with death: first, running out of gas in the Sahara as a racecar driver, and later, receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Her newest project, the forthcoming documentary Defining Hope, is the culmination of a journey investigating how we can make better end-of-life choices

In this session, Carolyn will share her very personal introduction to nursing, when a nurse helped her get through chemotherapy. The experience sparked her to spend the last six years interviewing more than 150 nurses from every corner of the United States to better understand their role in America’s health care system. Along the way, she discovered that nurses are uniquely positioned to help guide patients, families, and caregivers as they make critical choices about end-of-life care. With her outsider-looking-in perspective, Carolyn inspires audiences to think of nurses in a brand new way.

Friday, October 13, 2017

General Session

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

It’s In Every One of Us

Speaker: Faith Roberts, MSN, RN, CRRN

You’ve spent the last few days surrounded by lots of enthusiasm and new ideas at the 2017 ANCC National Magnet Conference®! Now what? How do you harness the passion you have for your practice and share it with others? What is in the heart of every professional nurse? In this session, we will examine what makes our practice matter and celebrate the moments that keep us grounded.

Faith Roberts, MSN, RN, CRRN, is Director of Magnet®, Professional Practice, and Parish Nursing for Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group in Urbana, IL. A gifted storyteller, Faith draws on her extensive experience in administration, education, and clinical practice to illuminate the drama and humor found in everyday nursing practice. Her unique ability to blend theory and reality make her presentations powerful and she is a sought-after speaker at the state, national, and international level.

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