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NAON Congress 2020

After much review, dialogue with key stakeholders and considerable evaluation of the evolving public health situation, the NAON Board of Directors has been forced to cancel the 2020 40th Annual Congress, May 30-June 2 in Pittsburgh. Please visit the 40th Annual Congress homepage to learn more.

Below are the originally planned keynote speakers for your reference. In the next 30 days, we expect to have more information regarding alternate plans to still deliver the great education you look forward to each year at NAON Congress. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Keynote Sessions

Opening Keynote
Engage Your Core Innovation

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Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE


Session Takeaways:

  • Identify emerging innovations impacting nursing practice.
  • Describe way to engage nurses in innovation.
  • Discuss the importance of the role nurses play in transforming health.

Dr. Bonnie Clipper is the chief clinical officer at Wambi, a patient engagement and employee recognition platform aimed at empowering compassionate care.  Bonnie is an expert in the nursing innovation space and was the first vice president of innovation for the American Nurses Association and created the innovation framework that is inspiring 4 million registered nurses to participate in innovation to transform health. Bonnie has spent more than 20 years in executive nursing roles and is a top nurse influencer in LinkedIn.  She speaks internationally on radical collaborations and the impact of emerging technologies on nursing practice. Dr. Clipper is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and an ASU/AONE Executive Fellow in Health Innovation Leadership alumna.

Closing Keynote
Standing in Our Power

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Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, has been a national speaker for the nursing profession for the past eleven years.  As the manager of a 57 bed surgical unit in Seattle, Kathleen quickly recognized that creating a culture where staff felt a sense of belonging was critical to retention.  Throughout Swedish Medical Center, Kathleen spoke to the numerous factors which propel our society toward isolation and encouraged staff to connect and value one another.  During her tenure as manager, staff, physician and patient satisfaction improved significantly as she implemented her down-to earth strategies for creating community. Despite the nursing shortage, Kathleen could always depend on a waiting list of nurses for her unit.

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