General Sessions


Accompanied by thousands of your nursing peers, you will be energized and galvanized by our world-renowned speakers and emboldened to return to your practice with a newfound passion and determination.

With special performances by talented individuals and groups from across the nation, the general sessions are the “can’t miss” portion of the Magnet Conference. Don’t wait – register now!

Gretchen Rubin

Working Better Than Before: Understanding Habits to Manage Yourself — and Others — Better

Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Gretchen Rubin

When it comes to work habits, there’s no one right approach for creativity or productivity, just what works for each individual. In many ways, we are all alike—but our differences are very important. The better you understand yourself, and your colleagues, the easier it will be to start working better than before. Gretchen points out several crucial differences in how people approach the world. Understanding these differences allows us to manage ourselves better, manage other people better, and reduce arguments about who is “right” and “wrong.” She highlights the difference between Abstainers vs. Moderators (about how to fight temptation); Marathoners vs. Sprinters vs. Procrastinators (about the pace at which work should be completed—a real issue within teams); Finishers vs. Openers (about a person’s willingness to work toward completion or to start something new); and the “Four Tendencies” framework (about how a person responds to a request or an order). Together, these distinctions throw new light on how best to motivate people, help them change their habits, make it possible for them to work and live together harmoniously—and how to manage yourself.

Awards and Magnet® Designation Celebration

Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate nursing excellence with the announcement of the winners of the 2019 ANCC Magnet Prize® sponsored by Cerner. Then it’s on to one of the cornerstones of the Magnet Conference—the celebration of the newly designated and redesignated organizations. Watch each hospital strut their stuff on stage, showcasing the personalities and passion that have helped them achieve nursing excellence. Each year, organizations one-up each other with crazier outfits, hilarious antics, and showstopping dance moves—and 2019 will be no exception! Get ready to be amazed!

Charles Kunkle MSN, CEN, CCRN, BC-NA

No Time To Care: A Leadership Game Plan To Ensure Caregiver Engagement
and Magnet Nurse of the Year® awards

Friday, October 11, 2019
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Charles Kunkle MSN, CEN, CCRN, BC-NA

How do you get a multigenerational workforce, already feeling overwhelmed and burned out, to become motivated and accountable? In this constantly changing healthcare environment many leaders are expected to meet the metrics and goals set by their organizations and various regulatory bodies, while motivating the overworked and overwhelmed bedside caregivers enough to achieve the desired results. The reality is that patient satisfaction is the indirect measure of bedside caregiver engagement. This presentation will help leaders to energize, empower and engage the bedside caregiver so that they WANT to achieve your department’s goals. Charles will provide an 8-step process that is easy to implement, inexpensive to maintain and most importantly, fun to do!

The Kindness Diaries

Saturday, October 12, 2019
12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Leon Logothetis

Leon’s speech covers his incredible journey around the world relying solely on the kindness of others. What these good Samaritans didn’t know is the people who gave from their heart were given life-changing gifts. From sending a homeless man back to school, to building a house for an HIV-diagnosed mom in Cambodia, these gifts were Leon’s way of giving back. His speech will inspire the audience to recognize their potential and give back in any way they can. Leon will discuss his long trek out of the corporate world and into the life he was always meant to live. Real. Raw. Rewarding. Leon’s speech is sure to leave members refreshed and ready to change the world!

Leon Logothetis