Monday Keynote

Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APN-BC,
AACN President

At last year's NTI, AACN President Beth Hammer announced her theme, Act With Intention. Since then, she has advanced the theme by writing about what it means in her Bold Voices column and speaking at forums across the United States. Act With Intention serves as a constant reminder to us as nurses that when we step back and take in the bigger picture, our intentions become clear. In her unique and energetic style, she will share insights and best practices she has learned during her presidential year. Hammer is a nurse practitioner in cardiology at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

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Tuesday Keynote

Daniel Pink
A Whole New Mind

Accountants, Lawyers. Engineers. That's what our parents told us to be when we grew up. But were Mom and Dad right? Actually, the future belongs to a different kind of person, with a different kind of mind. People like artists, inventors, caregivers. These right-brained people are the next business elite who will power our organizations. Best-selling author Daniel Pink reveals how Abundance, Asia and Automation are nudging us into an era defined not by "knowledge workers" but by creators and empathizers.

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Wednesday Opening Speaker

Kristine J. Peterson, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS
AACN President-Elect

Each year, AACN's incoming president creates a theme that sets the tone for the association and provides inspiration for our AACN community. In one of the most highly anticipated moments of the week, AACN President-Elect Kristine Peterson will declare the new theme and unveil the art that illustrates its meaning. Peterson has 30 years' experience in critical care as a staff nurse, manager, educator and clinical specialist. She is a clinical nurse specialist at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, WI.

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Wednesday Keynote

Keith Harrell

If you were in Chicago in 2008, you know what an energetic and dynamic kind of person Keith is. And if you weren't, this is your chance to feel Super-energized, Super-refreshed and Super-inspired! Back by popular demand, and in honor of our newly-named "SuperSessions," Keith Harrell is joining us in DC this year to share his powerful message about improving your personal and professional life by tuning up your attitude and embracing change.

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Distinguished Research Lecture

Monday, May 17 · 2:15-3:30PM
Supported by Philips

Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM
How I Learned My ABC's: Asking, Back-to-Basics, Collaboration, Discovery

Sole, a nursing professor at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, enjoys a research career that spans more than 20 years, one that focuses on the physiological phenomena and clinical practices related to airway management, breathing and circulation. Her current study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, tests endotracheal tube cuff pressure to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and micro-aspiration, the entry of secretions or foreign material into the trachea and lungs. Sole's research directly influences nursing and respiratory care.

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Master of Ceremonies

Bertice Berry

We liked her so much last year — and she says the feeling is mutual — we invited her to come back this year as our MC. Sociologist and award-winning lecturer Bertice Berry combines her skills as a sociologist and researcher with her ability to make her audiences think and laugh at the same time. She is the best-selling author of the inspirational memoir I'm on My Way but Your Foot Is on My Head, four novels and two humor books. Her inspiring, heartfelt keynote from last year's NTI, along with new tips and techniques designed especially for you, is now available on DVD from the AACN Online Bookstore.

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