General Sessions

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Opening Session

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Godfrey RN, CMTE

From 200 feet and speeds of more than 140 miles per hour, a medivac helicopter slammed into the ice-cold waters of the Potomac River the night of January 10, 2005, leaving only one survivor, Jonathan Godfrey.

The impact propelled Godfrey to make waves of change in the medical transport industry, and ripples that will continue to carry a message of resilience and what it is like to go from trauma nurse to a trauma patient.

Godfrey became a well-known advocate for safety and continues his work as a critical-care transport nurse, and safety coordinator at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.

For more than 12 years, Godfrey has presented his story to audiences all over the U.S. and abroad highlighting safety culture, crash prevention, survivability, and resiliency touching on other education to keep transport and medical professionals’ perspectives fresh and hearts vigilant.

Godfrey has served on many boards and committees over the years since then and is currently a director on the board of the National EMS Memorial Service.

He is involved in many other projects such as Survivor’s Network, Vision Zero, Digital Safety Stories, and U.S. Helicopter safety team.

His efforts have afforded him honors receiving the Jim Charlson Award, AAMS President’s Award, and the Vision Zero Award.

In early 2017, Godfrey co-authored the book “Max Impact: A Story of Survival” with journalist MJ Brickey.

Godfrey is a proud father of three, but a Dad to six, always working to guide his children to make a difference and be a bright part of the future.

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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