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General Sessions

Exciting. Motivating. Engaging. Inspiring.

These are just some of the words to describe the general sessions at the 2018 ANCC National Magnet Conference®. Accompanied by thousands of their nursing peers, attendees will be energized and galvanized by world-renowned personalities, emboldened to return to their practices with a new found 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 conference. Don’t wait – register now!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

No Ego: Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement

General Session speaker Cy Wakeman

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!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Awards and Magnet® Designation celebration

Join us as we celebrate nursing excellence with the announcement of the winners of the 2018 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 has helped them achieve nursing excellence. Each year, organizations one-up each other with crazier outfits, hilarious antics, and showstopping dance moves – and 2018 will be no exception! Get ready to be amazed!

General Sessions

Thursday, October 25, 2018 • 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Living a Life of Joy

General Session speaker Patch Adams

Patch Adams, M.D.

A medical doctor, clown, and social activist devoted to changing America’s healthcare system, Patch Adams brings his unique approach to medicine and care to the 2018 Magnet Conference. The title character in the iconic film Patch Adams starring Robin Williams, Adams gained worldwide notoriety for bringing humor into patient care. The Joy of Caring will include a dialogue exploring burnout prevention for caregivers. Dr. Adams focuses on the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.

Friday, October 26, 2018 • 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

General Session speaker Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston

Subject of the hit film 127 Hours starring James Franco, Aron Ralston faced an unimaginable challenge with his life-or-death decision while trapped alone in a mountain crevasse. An ordinary man who was pushed to the extreme, he demonstrates the human capacity for the extraordinary, proving anyone can survive the most grueling circumstances. Ralston will showcase how nurses can use this determination in their everyday work to beat the odds and achieve greatness within their practice. A talented storyteller, Ralston recounts his ordeal, shedding new light on the meaning of sacrifice, and on what is truly important.