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3:15 – 4:30 pm Saturday, September 15

Closing Keynote: Nurses Caring For Nurses: Changing the Culture of Nursing (105)

In my 40+ years in nursing, I watched the nursing culture change, in some ways positively, in some ways, negatively. The negative changes I see worry me because they will not help us address important and challenging issues in the future, nor will they enhance the professional practice of nursing. Webster’s Dictionary defines “culture” as “ways of dressing, thinking, talking and acting...” and “the ideas, language, actions, and behaviors that define a given people.” When people look at nurses today, what do they see? When they listen to us talk, what do they hear?

2 – 3:15 pm Thursday, September 13

Opening Keynote: Never Ever Give Up! (101)

1CH  On March 3, 2011, eleven-year-old Jessie Rees, from Orange County, California, was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable brain tumor (DIPG).

During her 10-month fight, Jessie wanted to spread joy to other kids fighting cancer and encourage them to Never Ever Give Up or “NEGU”- which was her personal motto of courage and strength. Jessie created JoyJars, 64-oz jars filled with toys and games, and would deliver them to kids in treatment as a way to encourage them to NEGU. She personally stuffed and sent over 3,000 of her JoyJars to kids across the United States.

Jessie’s mission continues today through the work of the Jessie Rees Foundation. To-date, the Jessie Rees Foundation has sent over 200,000 JoyJars to kids fighting cancer in all 50 states and in 33 countries.

Erik Rees
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