Opening Keynote: The American Nurse: Stories of Life-Changing Impact (101)

2:15 – 3:30 pm Thursday, September 5

Filmmaker, photographer, and author Carolyn Jones has spent the past 8 years interviewing more than 200 nurses from every corner of the United States—creating a book and a film called The American Nurse—in an effort to better understand the role of nurses in this country’s healthcare system. In this presentation, Carolyn will share stories of her experience as a patient—her first and most personal introduction to a nurse’s impact—followed by stories of nurses she interviewed and photographed for The American Nurse Project Defining Hope and, most recently, her in-progress documentary focused on emergency nursing.

The stories and video segments will illustrate examples of nurses connecting with patients during crucial moments and how these seemingly insignificant interactions changed the course of the patients’ and families’ lives for the better. Through storytelling, she will share examples of nursing innovation that is contributing to positive change in the lives of patients and families. Carolyn presents an outsider-looking-in perspective with the goal of inspiring audiences to think of nurses in a way that they may never have before.

Carolyn Jones, BS, DFA(h)
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