Keynote Sessions

See below for a listing of keynote sessions that will take place at the 2020 SPN Annual Conference

Opening Keynote: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce by Eliminating Disruptive Behaviors

Wednesday, April 22 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Nurse Leaders either do not recognize bullying behaviors in the workplace or are unaware of its occurrence. Nurse leaders lack knowledge of effective strategies to address and eliminate bullying in the workplace. Many individual leaders fail to recognize disruptive behaviors as bullying and therefore, disruptive behavior continues. Accreditation organizations such as TJC require leaders within a hospital organization to encourage teamwork and a positive work culture.

Renee Thompson DNP, RN, CMSRN, CSP, RTConnections / Healthy Workforce Institute President & CEO 

Plenary Session: Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness to Identify Victims in the Clinical Setting

Thursday, April 23 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


RNs will be educated and equipped to identify potential signs of human trafficking in victims who present for care in a medical setting with appropriate intervention actions. The increase in audience knowledge will be measured with the post-activity survey, administered both immediately following the educational presentation and 3-6 months post-activity. Intent to change practice will be measured by the post-activity survey.

Jessica L. Peck DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, Clinical Professor of Nursing at Baylor University 

Plenary Session: Pediatric Nursing: A History of Excellence in the Care of Children and Families

Thursday, April 23 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


This presentation will describe the history of pediatric nursing in the U.S. and how historical events fostered the birth of the profession. With a focus on clinical practice, education, and research, the presentation will address how pediatric nursing has developed a profession defined by research and evidence-based standards demonstrating excellence.  

  • Debra Arnow, DNP RN NE-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University
  • Lynn D. Mohr, PhD APRN PCNS_BC CPN FCNS, Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair, Program Director for the Pediatric/Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Programs, Rush University College of Nursing
  • Myra Martz Huth, PhD RN FAAN
  • Shirley A. Wiggins, PhD RN, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Associate Professor of Nursing and Nurse Scientist Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Vicky R. Bowden, Vice Provost, Professor, Azusa Pacific University, School of Nursing
  • Sandra R. Mott, PhD RN-BC CPN, Nurse Scientist, Mentor and Consultant at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Margaret Miles
  • Linda Lewandowski

Plenary Session: Accountability

Friday, April 24 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Accountability is key to both personal and professional success. This session will take an in-depth look at how to develop the essential skills necessary to become our best selves. We will discuss our individual role in the “struggle” and how to use communication techniques to drive improvement.

Stephanie Meyer, RN, MS-FNP, NEA-BC, Senior Department Director at Children’s Mercy

Plenary Session: Workplace Violence Prevention

Friday, April 24 | 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Workplace violence is a growing epidemic, it has plagued our healthcare systems at an unprecedented rate. Prevention all too often is a word associated with the mitigation of violence once it has already started. Dive into how healthcare professionals can take a proactive approach to workplace violence prevention before it affects our staff, patients, and organizations.  

Katie Blanchard BSN, RN

Closing Session: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I’m Not Limping, That’s Swagger

Saturday, April 25 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


More than ever, organizations and their employees are facing increased stress from constant change, competition and disruption. But 29 year-old stroke survivor Kelsey Tainsh will remind you that your worst day is better than the best day for billions around the world. Armed with her quirky sense of humor, engaging stories and relevant message, Kelsey helps organizations and their people gain the perspective needed to overcome any challenge in their life and in their work. Audiences walk away with a resilient new mindset and a fresh appreciation for the gift of work, accomplishment and the relationships we all share.

Kelsey Tainsh, Kelsey Tainsh LLC, Patient Advocated, Bachelor of Science in Recreation