Featured Speakers

Opening Plenary: Technology and the Future of Health Care

Headshot of Bruce McCabeThursday, December 1, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. (CT)

Bruce McCabe
Futurist, Writer, and Pioneer in Innovation Research and Adoption of New Technologies

Dr. Bruce McCabe is an international futurist with a PhD in organizational and technological innovation. He has served as an innovation advisor to a long list of multinationals, governments and universities and has founded or co-founded several ventures including KPMG’s first Innovation Advisory practice, and a cloud-based disaster recovery service. Dr. McCabe is passionate about people and helping build a better future, and travels constantly to explore how people innovate and adopt new technologies. Join us for an uplifting presentation on the technologies changing our world that will inspire you to think differently, and optimistically, about your contribution to the future.

Inciting Joy Through Movement, Play, and the Arts

photo of Tara RyndersThursday, December 1, 2022 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. (CT)

Tara Rynders
Nurse, Dancer, and Creative Joy Inciter

Tara Rynders is a registered nurse and the founder and artistic director of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops, performances, and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Drawing from the intimacy and vulnerability found in her work as a registered nurse, Rynders creates authentic connections through performance that allow individuals to feel seen, heard and inspired to create alongside her. Experience the power of creativity during this presentation as you immerse yourself in connection, reflection, and joy.

Infusing and Instilling Joy - A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation

headshot of Richard RicciardiSaturday, December 3, 2022 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. (CT)

Richard Ricciardi
Academic Leader and Inspiring Speaker

Dr. Richard Ricciardi is a Professor and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing. He is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, a past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and a 31-year US Army veteran. Dr. Ricciardi is an impactful speaker and expert on instilling joy. Dr. Ricciardi’s presentation will provide you with the guide to becoming more empowered and intentional in infusing joy in nursing.

Closing Plenary: Next Generation NCLEX and the New  Essentials: Synergies and Alignment

headshots of Jason Schwartz and Nicole Williams

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (CT)

Jason Schwartz
Leader in High-Stakes Testing and NCLEX Expert

Nicole Williams
Nurse and Test Development Expert

Hear first-hand from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) about the changes coming in April of 2023 to the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams. NCSBN experts Jason Schwartz, Director of Outreach, and Nicole Williams, Associate Director of Examinations, will review the rationale and research behind the upcoming changes, highlight available resources, acknowledge synchronicity with AACN Essentials and answer your questions.