Conference Program

All sessions are listed in Eastern Time (ET).

Thursday, February 23

12:00-5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

12:00-7:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Welcome Session

  • Welcome
    Speaker: Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN FAAN, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC
  • Update on the CNL Initiative and CNL Certification

    Speaker: Joan Stanley, PhD, NP, Chief Academic Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C. 

  • National Award Presentations

    • CNL Vanguard Award
    • CNL Educator Award
    • CNL Visionary Award

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Opening Keynote Address – Disruptive Dynamic of the Healthcare System
Hear from two of today’s most influential leaders in nursing practice about the changing healthcare workforce, emerging needs, and opportunities for Clinical Nursing Leaders. This session will look at the disruptive dynamics shaping the current healthcare system, including what this means for nursing and how the CNL fits into systems of care and practice models.
Speaker: Robyn Begley, DNP, Chief Executive Officer, American Organization for Nursing Leadership and CNO, Senior Vice President of Workforce for the American Hospital Association; Maureen Swick, PhD, RN, Senior Vice President and Enterprise Nurse Executive, Atrium Health

3:30-4:00 p.m.

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary Session – Advocating for the CNL From the Top: Successes and Strategies
Hear from three nurse executives who have been on the front lines advocating for the CNL. Hear firsthand accounts of their approaches to integrating the CNL into their care models, including how they enlisted support for the CNL role among other system leaders, staff nurses, and other key stakeholders. Panelists will address their successful efforts to advocate for the CNL, how CNLs are used across areas of practice, and the greatest potential for the CNL in today’s healthcare system.
Speaker: Jill Case-Wirth, MHA, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive, WellStar Health System, GA; Barbara Labriola, MSW, BA, RN, CMSRN, Director of Patient Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PA; Robert Rose, MS, RN, Market Chief Nurse Executive Atrium Health Charlotte, NC

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Welcome to Orlando Reception, Exhibits, & Poster Presentations

Friday, February 24

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Poster Presentations

7:00-8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:15-8:30 a.m.
CNLA Meeting
(Open to CNLA members & non-members)

8:45-10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Getting Your Work Published: Disseminating Your Outcomes
    Dissemination of quality improvement and practice outcomes are a key component of the CNL role, but dissemination should not stop at the door of your micro-, meso- or macro-system. To reach as broad an audience as possible, CNLs need skills in how to publish a scholarly article. This session will cover selecting a journal, determining authorship, interpreting author guidelines, and organizing your work according to the revised Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence.
    Speaker:  Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, Editor, MEDSURG Nursing
  • Using Data to Build the Business Case for the CNL
    This session will focus on the application of practice data, analyses, and presentations using tables and graphs to build a business case for the CNL and practice innovations. Also hear how to build a dashboard using your data and why this is what healthcare executives are asking for. 
    Speaker: Brian Collins, Vice President, Data Analytics, DayToDay Health
  • Team Coaching: Key actions to learn and practice to affect change in practice including Resilience and Wellbeing
    (This session is a double session. Individuals choosing this session should plan on attending both sessions.)
    In an environment of increasing stress both at work and in one's personal life, the need to focus on wellness and resilience has become even more evident. Hear from a national expert on coaching individuals, teams, leaders and organizations and how to prepare others to coach. Speakers also will share a new wellness app they have been testing to use with students and practicing nurses.
    Speaker: Marjorie Godfrey, PhD, MS, Research Professor, Department of Nursing & Executive Director & Founder, Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Systems College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire; and Tanya Alain, MBA, Director of Communications and Marketing, Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Systems, University of New Hampshire
  • Preparing for the CNL Certification Exam
    (This session is a double session. Individuals choosing this session should plan on attending both sessions.)
    Earning the CNL credential reflects a deep personal commitment as well as a sense of accountability and accomplishment. The CNL credential is key for increasing awareness by other health professionals and the public of the unique CNL skillset and the impact they make in improving outcomes and cost savings. Participants will learn effective methods for reviewing and preparing for the CNL Certification exam.
    Speaker: Alice Poyss, PhD, CRNP, Associate Clinical Professor, Drexel University
  • CNLs Applying their Skillset in Traditional and Non-Traditional Roles 
    CNLs possess knowledge, skills, and abilities in high demand in today’s healthcare environment. Hear from a panel of CNLs about how they are using this skill set to advance their careers and address needs in today’s market.
    Speakers: Amber Parker, MSN, RN, CNL, MEDSURG-BC, North Fulton Hospital, Wellstar Health System, GA; Valicia V. Philibert, PhD, RN, Resident Assessment Coordinator and Quality Assurance Specialist of the Quality Management Department at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York; Anna Thomas, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPPS, CNL, Patient Safety Analyst III, ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Patient Safety Organization
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Selling the CNL
    CNLs and faculty are frequently asked for advice on how to find CNL positions and how to convince practice sites to implement the CNL role. Hear how one CNL advocated for himself and the CNL role and how he is working to create new CNL positions within the health system. Learn what he did as a new CNL, what he said to convince others, and where he is in the process of advancing the role within his healthcare setting.
    Speaker: Sam Cerniglia, MSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader, Mercy Health

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Visit posters and exhibits

10:30-11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(These repeat the above, except for the two double sessions, whcih continue during this time period)

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
(On your own)

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Impact Future CNL Education and Practice: CNL Competency Revision Workshop
(Open to all attendees)
After hearing an overview of the work of the AACN CNL Competency Workgroup to revise the CNL competencies and program expectations to align with the 2021 Essentials, attendees, in small work groups, will have the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations on the draft competencies, practice expectations and education pathways. 
Speaker: Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Chair, CNL Competency Work Group

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Visit Exhibits (refreshments provided)

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Innovative Presentations
(See separate schedule for these podium abstract presentations)
Each room will have three abstract presnters followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

4:15-5:30 p.m.
Special Forum
Join colleagues in an open discussion. to discuss issues/questions of mutual interest and future directions. Attendees from both practice and education will have the opportunity to explore mutual questions, issues, and future directions for the CNL. Bring your burning questions and hear what others are thinking and doing to address them. All are welcome.

Saturday, February 25

7:15-8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Dialogue with CNC Board

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Plenary Session: Crafting the Right Message
Getting the message right the first time is critical! Even though CNLs are taught to develop an “elevator speech,” do we know how best to communicate our message to health system executives, the public, or other health professionals? Hear from a marketing expert on how to develop a message with the audience, time, place, and context in mind and what mode or platform may work best.
Speakers: Emily Dammeyer, Chief of Strategy Integration, Urban Emu

10:15-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Closing Plenary: Wellness and Fulfillment - Keeping it Alive in Health Care
Dr. Cunningham has received national praise for his ability to bring a humorous perspective on wellness and well-being and how to keep these relevant in health care. Hear how we must fill our own cups first as leaders. Through this humorous lens, learn how coaching each other towards wellness and fulfillment while implementing one’s own role enables us to sustain our own and others’ health and wellbeing.
Speaker: Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, Vice President of Practice and Innovation for Emory Healthcare, Co-Chief Well-Being Officer, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Office of Well-Being, GA

11:45 a.m.
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