Conference Program

  • Wednesday, April 26
  • Thursday, April 27
  • Friday, April 28

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Registration Open

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Informal Attendee Meet & Greet

Hosted by the BONUS Steering Committee

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Welcome, Announcements, and Nominations
Facilitators: Karis Wolfe, AACN BONUS Steering Committee Chair, West Virginia University; Bill Kilbride, AACN BONUS Planning Committee Chair, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and Jeannette Russell, AACN BONUS Nominating Committee Chair, California Baptist University

Welcome Activity
Bill Kilbride
, AACN BONUS Planning Committee Chair, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2:45-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:30 p.m.
Leadership Plenary

Become a People Centered Leader:
Influence, Inspire and Impact
Would you like to have more influence on the people you lead or people around you? This session will help you better understand yourself and equip you with the tools necessary to understand others so that you can discover how to Influence, Inspire and Impact others.
Speaker: David Kauffman, President and Founder, Empowering Small Business

4:30 p.m.
Group Photo

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Welcome to Cape Coral Island Networking Reception

Guests Welcome

6:30 p.m.
Small-Group Dinners

AACN BONUS Steering Committee members will escort small groups to a selection of restaurants. Sign-up sheets with information on restaurant choices will be available at the meeting – guests welcome.

7:00 a.m.
5K Run /Fun Walk

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Guests Welcome

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Leadership Plenary - Responding to the Nationwide Nurse Shortage

According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, there are many factors contributing to the national nursing shortage. Learn more about this nationwide crisis and how one college is moving forward to meet the challenge of the nationwide nursing shortage.
Speaker: Shawn Felton, EdD, LAT, ATC, Interim Dean, Florida Gulf Coast University – Elaine Marieb College of Health & Human Services

10:00-10:30 a.m.
BONUS Business Meeting

Facilitator: Karis Wolfe, AACN BONUS Steering Committee Chair, West Virginia University

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Open Discussion Forum

All participants are invited to join this open discussion forum where they can ask questions and share solutions on topics currently challenging the Nursing School Business Officers.
Facilitators: AACN BONUS Steering Committee led by BONUS Chair Elect, Susan Griffin, Rochester University

12:15-1:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon -
Participants have the opportunity to network with colleagues.
Lunch fee included in registration. Guest lunch - $45 pp

2:00-3:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Budgeting Best Practices
    Facilitators: Jessica Gelabert, University of South Florida; Jason Wright, Columbia University; Becky Keck, Vanderbilt University; and Bryn Evans, Vanderbilt University
  • Strategies for Successful Clinical Placements
    Facilitator: TBD
  • “Why Am I Here?” Reduce Stress and Find Your Motivation through Art
    Facilitator: Adrienne Martinez-Hollingsworth, Samuel Merritt University

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30-4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Staff Burnout – Qualitative Findings from Post Covid-19 Survey
    Facilitator: Adrienne Martinez-Hollingsworth, Samuel Merritt University
  • Vulnerability in Leadership in the 21st Century - Building Trust on the Team
    Is perfectionism a part of your leadership style? Are you willing to be vulnerable with your colleagues in order to build trust on the team? 
    Facilitator: Susan Griffin, Rochester University
  • Gentle Yoga for Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
    Facilitator: Lisa Tanner, “Breathe for Change” Certified Yoga Instructor

6:00 p.m.
Group Dinner

Pre-registration required. $60 pp – Guests Welcome

7:00 a.m.
Wellness Walk

8:00-9:000 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Guests Welcome

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Leadership Plenary
How to Miss the Obvious, Stress Yourself Out and Get Nothing Done

To succeed, we need to understand why we sometimes fail. Dr. Steve Bedwell offers an entertaining and highly interactive professional development masterclass. Learn about Habit Hacking, a three-step system for avoiding burnout and responding to leadership (and personal) challenges more mindfully. Effective, science-smart tactics will be presented in straightforward terms that you can put to work immediately.
Dr. Steve Bedwell, President, Perspective Power

11:00 a.m.
Closing Comments and Preview of 2024 BONUS Meeting
Facilitators: Karis Wolfe, AACN BONUS Steering Committee Chair, West Virginia University and  Susan Griffin, AACN BONUS Steering Committee Chair-Elect, Rochester University

Continuing Education Credit

A Certificate of Completion for Continuing Education will be awarded to all attendees participating in the program and completing the program evaluation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Please note program is subject to change.