Keynote Sessions

See below for a listing of keynote sessions that will take place at the 2019 SPN Annual Conference

Opening Keynote: Moving the EBP Conversation into Action to Engage Clinicians, Improve Care, and Deliver Outcomes

Wednesday, April 24 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The presentation will highlight current challenges in creating and sustaining evidence-based enterprises and effective strategies to address them. Current research and critical work required in clinical and academic settings will be discussed; moving past the “EBP conversation” to implementation of action items to make EBP a reality to improve care/outcomes.

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP, FAAN, Helene Fuld National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare at the Ohio State University

Plenary Session: Aaaahh, The Refreshing Leader

Thursday, April 25 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Years ago Kirk helped to create a corporate culture so rich in ownership spirit, engagement, and measurable results that he was invited to share his approach first nationally, then internationally. He now travels around the world sharing everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture, and build Super COOL cultures and high performance teams.

Kirk Weisler, Chief Morale Officer

Plenary Session: Do You Hear Me? The Voice of the Pediatric Patient

Thursday, April 25 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

PHinds.jpg Pamela S Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes

Plenary Session: The Power of Voice: Finding It and Using It

Friday, April 26 | 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Health policy is transformed through nursing expertise. To pave the way for this transformation, nurses must find and use their voices to advocate for their patients and their communities. A clear understanding of policy issues and the process allows nurses to craft a powerful message and amplify their contribution to policy change.

Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer at the American Academy of Nursing

Plenary Session: Pediatric Nursing Today: What’s Happening Behind the Curtain

Saturday, April 27 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


This session will unveil current initiatives and ongoing research on topics with relevance for pediatric nurses. PNCB’s initiative on continuing competence will be revealed, as well as the behind-the-scenes work of the Institute of Pediatric Nursing on alternative pediatric clinical sites, diversity in the workforce, and mental health resources.

Peg Harrison, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CAE, Chief Executive Officer for the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Closing Session: Livin’, Learnin’ and Laughin’ Through the Years

Saturday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Join Barb down a hilarious trip of memory lane through the last 30 years of nursing and medicine. Barb highlights the many advances in the clinical field as well as the changes in the workplace over the years. She emphasizes the importance of "keeping up" with the ever-changing world of science and technology, the importance of collaborative care with not only health professionals, but also with patients, and the importance of maintaining one's health while balancing everyone else's lives. You will leave the seminar with a renewed sense of self and professionalism, not to mention laughing your way to the produce aisle.

Barb Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP, Professional Speaker