General Sessions

The 43rd Annual Congress will present six General Sessions. All General Sessions will be livestreamed for those attending virtually. 

Saturday, May 6 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm


Join NAON President, Amber Kujath, as we kick off this year's event and honor NAON's award recipients, immediately followed by our opening keynote!

202) ReEmerging Together: Healing through Kindness

Keynote: Linda Cohen  Read Bio

  • CNE: 1.0, Category B
  • Topic/Track: Leadership/Wellbeing

In our opening keynote presentation, Linda Cohen, THE KINDNESS CATALYST, will lead an interactive session with kindness as the compass as we Re-Emerge. Join this session to learn why kindness in the workplace matters and discuss kindness opportunities between nurses, patients and families.

Attendees will take away a new perspective of the active role kindness plays in their professional and personal lives with fresh ideas and kind resources to implement immediately.

Sunday, May 7 | 8:15 am - 9:15 am


300) A Day in the Life of a Musculoskeletal Oncologist

Kurt Weiss, MD

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Oncology/Musculoskeletal Tumors

This presentation will discuss the principles and management of primary and metastatic orthopaedic tumors. An overview of the types of tumors and treatment, and a discussion of the margins will be included. The presenter was diagnosed with sarcoma at the age of 15 and is one of only a handful of surgeons who specialize in sarcoma care today.

Sunday, May 7 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


304) The Orthopaedic Nurse in a Lawsuit: Legal Issues for the RN and How It Can Lead to Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome

Lori Ellwood, RN, ONC; M Paul Reynolds, LLC

CNE: 1.0, Category A
Topic/Track: Legal and Ethical Issues/Clinical Practice

The current orthopaedic nursing environment includes staffing shortages, rapid change due to ongoing pandemic and an overall increasing complexity of patient care. In today’s environment, orthopaedic nurse risk of a medical mistake that may lead to them being named as a defendant in a malpractice case.

The NAON Foundation brings to NAON Congress an expert led session providing education on nursing negligence and prevention tips for the orthopaedic nurse to be ready in the event of being named in a lawsuit. In addition, there is an emotional toll that takes place when being named in a lawsuit and this session will discuss Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome. Resources will be available to the attendee.

Monday, May 8 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am 


400) NOT Too Good To Be True: Nurse-led Geriatric Fracture Program Improves Quality of Care, Outcomes, and Is Generalizable

Kathleen M Breda, MSN, BBA, APN, AGACNP-BC, GRN, ONP-C; Cord D Kirshner, RN, MSN, CNL

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Trauma, Bone Health, Gerontology.

Nurse leaders in a large ortho/gerontology program in the Eastern US shares her experience with a mixed practice health system ability to achieve and sustain improved patient outcomes with reduced care costs. This session is partially funded by an educational grant from Radius Health, Inc.

Tuesday, May 9 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am


501) Suffering to Joy: Legacy Leadership Lessons for Contemporary Orthopaedic Nurse Leaders

Charla B. Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, ONC

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Leadership/Nursing Professional and Practice Issues

Contemporary nurse leaders face challenges in their career needing guidance and inspiration to overcome role challenges and to enhance their professional practice leadership style. This session shares historical development and legacy lessons of leadership that can influence practice today.

Tuesday, May 9 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Hear from incoming President, Michele Hughes, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN, ONP-C, on her vision for 2023-2024, immediately followed by the Closing Keynote.

502) 5 Components of Extraordinary Teams

Closing Keynote: Lee Rubin  Read Bio

  • CNE: 1.0, Category B

In our closing keynote, Speaker Lee Rubin discusses the important components of team building. As machines are evaluated based on the output of the entire unit and not by the impressiveness of individual parts. Extraordinary teams, like great machines, require certain components that hold the pieces together. While most organizations focus exclusively on building the skills of individual members, elite organizations invest in the “stuff” that transforms a collection of talented individuals into extraordinary, machine-like teams.