Conference Program

Times are listed in Eastern Time (ET). Program subject to change.

  • Thursday, February 25
  • Friday, February 26
  • Saturday, February 27

Thursday, February 25, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Welcome & Award Presentations  

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote Address

Three Secrets to Your Success During Changing Times

This program will help you to Reframe, Refocus, and Reconnect so that you can lean into your success during times of continuous change. Using neuroscience, humor, and expert storytelling, this program will provide insights into how you can increase your energy, focus, connectivity, and positivity during these challenging times.   
John F. Edwards, CSP, Award-Winning International Speaker, Author & Talent Development Expert

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Meet the Expert

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

A Nursing Renaissance: Resiliency and Role Revitalization for Nurse Leaders
During times of crisis, CNLs are artists at managing multiple adverse events, leading teams, and using existing resources. As the global pandemic has disrupted every part of life, moving into a resilient space is essential to avoid situations becoming all-consuming.  This presentation provides strategies that CNLs can use to build resilience and move into a resilient space while providing leadership and emotional strength to others.
Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, Dean & Professor, The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet the Expert

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Special Open Forum

Come prepared with your successes and challenges to share or come ready to listen and learn from others across the country in academia and practice.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Happy Hour & Networking Opportunity


Friday, February 26, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNLA Annual Meeting
(open to all attendees)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Essential Challenges in the Age of Data-Driven Healthcare

In an era when data-driven artificial intelligence can know more about us than we know ourselves, what must we ask about technology at the point of care? Together we'll explore:

  • How do big data and machine learning challenge existing ethical paradigms?
  • How might we respond to fundamental tensions between data production and data protection?
  • What might data-driven AI tools mean for the future of healthcare delivery?
  • To prepare for this future, what should we be doing now?

Speaker: Jeff Ward, JD, Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Technology & Innovation, and Director of the Duke Center on Law & Technology, Duke University

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Meet the Expert

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

CNLs Leading with Purpose Through Crisis: A CNO’s Perspective

The delivery of quality and safe care is complex, especially during a crisis. The current pandemic has required all staff to collaborate, encourage, and lead to sustain the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The CNL is educated to lead with purpose during a crisis and is the catalyst for sustainable change and improvement. As CNOs, the value of a CNL cannot be underestimated. The knowledge and skills inherent in a CNL curriculum positions them to lead, use evidence, and continuously achieve excellence. During this panel discussion, CNOs will share their experiences that validate the value of CNLs, how they have led with purpose and direction and how they envision using CNLs in the future. 
Lisa Mestas, MSN, RN, CORN, Chief Nurse Officer & Associate System Administrator, University of South Alabama Health System; Robert Rose, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive, Atrium Health; and Linda Russell, DNP, MSN, RN, FABC, Senior Vice President & CNO, Self Regional Healthcare

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Podium Abstract Presentations Session 1

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 1

More information coming soon!

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 2

More information coming soon!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dialogue with CNC Board

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Podium Abstract Presentations Session 2

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Closing Plenary

CNLs Leading with Purpose: The CNL Perspective

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for healthcare institutions to close, re-position, and even re-deploy their workforce. Hear the stories of three CNLs who have been in very different situations and locations but on the frontlines in addressing the pandemic. Learn how these CNLs and others have stepped up when needed; how their education prepared them to lead, be flexible, and resourceful during this time of change; and how what they have learned will better prepare them for the future.
Tiffany Eichhorn, MSN, RN, CNL, Infection Preventionist, St. Lucie Medical Center; Joselyn White, MHA, MSN, CNL, CMSRN, Director of Nursing, Atrium Health Huntersville Oaks; and Brenda Wolles, RN, MS, OCN, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, Oncology, Sanford Health

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks


CE Credit

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.