Featured Speakers

Breaking Barriers: An Astronaut’s Inspiring & Winding Road to Space

headshot of joan higginbothamSunday, October 23, 2022 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Joan Higginbotham
Retired NASA Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Electrical Engineer, and the Third African American Woman in Space

Hear the inspiring story about the power of seizing opportunities, engaging a strong work ethic, and never giving up, which culminated in Joan Higginbotham becoming the third-ever African American woman in space. Captivating audiences by taking them aboard her STS-116 space shuttle mission to the International Space Station, Higginbotham reveals how preparation, passion, and perseverance were key to her successful voyage into space and how the lessons she learned during this journey blur the lines between Earth and space.

Addressing the Ongoing Overdose Epidemic: A Deeper Look into the National Drug Control Strategy

headshot of Rahul GuptaSunday, October 23, 2022 | 9:00-10:00 a.m. (ET)

Dr. Rahul Gupta
Director of National Drug Control Policy at the Executive Office of the United States President

From rural areas to urban centers, overdose deaths are having a deep impact on individuals, families, and communities. Hear from Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of National Drug Control Policy, on our nation’s strategy to address this ongoing epidemic and ways we can help increase access to substance use treatment. Join peers to learn specific evidence informed actions and how academic nursing can be part of the solution.

A Call to Action for Human Experience: A Cornerstone for the Future of Academic Nursing

Headshots of Karen Grimley, Jason Wolf, Laura WoodSunday, October 23, 2022 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET)

Dr. Karen Grimley
Assistant Dean and Chief Nursing Executive at UCLA Health, Los Angeles

Dr. Jason A. Wolf
President and Chief Executive Officer at The Beryl Institute

Dr. Laura J. Wood
Executive Vice President Patient Care Operations and System Chief Nursing Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital

Providing compassionate, human-centered care is a key concept threaded throughout the 2021 AACN Essentials. Join a panel of academic and practice leaders who will reflect on the human experience in healthcare and explore how nurse educators can influence the next generation of nurses to provide person-centered care. Hear the latest evidence, and critical takeaways from their work to transform care delivery using innovative and collaborative strategies.

Disasters, Pandemics & Climate Change: Reflections on the Power of Academic Nursing to Advance National Preparedness

headshot of TEnner Goodwin VeenemaJohn P. McGovern Lectureship Award
Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET)

Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema
American Nurse, Public Health Scientist, Senior Scholar and Professor

Join Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema, an international expert in disaster nursing and public health preparedness, on her journey prior to the COVID-19 and how these experiences positioned her to provide national leadership and support to multiple organizations and federal agencies throughout the pandemic. Dr. Veenema will discuss the power of academic nursing in advancing national preparedness and share lessons learned to inspire us to build and support for a strong, protected, and resilient workforce.

AACN 2022 John P. McGovern Lectureship Award Recipient:
This award honors John P. McGovern for his noted clinical practice and research, and distinguished record of scholarship, skill, and service. Award recipients are chosen by the AACN Board of Directors on the basis of their scholarship and the notability of their contributions to nursing, health care, or higher education. Recipients regularly address the membership at AACN's Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.

Think BIG: Overcoming Obstacles with Optimism

headshot of Jennifer ArnoldMonday, October 24, 2022 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ET)

Dr. Jennifer Arnold
Neonatologist, Simulation Educator, and Co-star of TLC's The Little Couple

Dr. Jennifer Arnold is an award-winning educator and researcher and co-star of TLC's docu-drama, The Little Couple. She is a neonatologist by trade and recently accepted the position of program director at the renowned Boston Children's Simulator Program. Think BIG is the inspirational guide for dreaming big, setting goals, and the steps you need to take to get there. Dr. Arnold will share heartwarming anecdotes full of grace, humor, and wit plus a never-before-seen look inside her personal and professional life. She has plenty of stories to tell, and her unique approach to encountering life's greatest difficulties will inspire a call to action in all of us.