7:30 – 8:30 am Friday, September 14

Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Shared Experiences (LCM)

1CH  The Local Chapter Committee Liaisons and Chapter Leaders will convene to discuss topics such as fundraising, community service, education, and recruitment and retention that affect the functioning of Local Chapters. These will be discussed in a round table manner and then presented to the whole group. Attendees will be able to take this knowledge back to their local chapters and continue forward thinking momentum, recruitment of new members, retain seasoned members, and implement a variety of fundraising and community projects for pediatric hematology and oncology families. APHON members interested in starting a new chapter will be exposed to the “Getting Started” process and a new bylaws mentoring round table will be added. All liaisons will be able to network with their local covered chapters to discover any potential issues and helpful knowledge in navigating rules and requirements for local chapters. We will discuss how to reformat and include innovative measures in the strategy meeting to encourage participation from new and seasoned members and to meet National APHON vision and goals.


Leadership Series: Inspirational Leadership and Taking Care of You! (002)

5CH  Do you ever feel like your career is stuck in a rut? These engaging and inspirational sessions target this dilemma by generating professional momentum and maximizing leadership opportunities. The Leadership Course sessions are designed to remind nurses why they chose nursing and to inspire them to face each day with passion and purpose. It has been said that “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” This is true! Etiquette competency has the potential to make or break a career. You will learn how to handle awkward and challenging situations that could diminish your confidence, tarnish your reputation, and derail your career aspirations. In addition, you will also learn how to modify your personal and professional lives to handle numerous decisions and demands that can lead to an unbalanced life.

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?

5:30 – 6:30 pm Friday, September 14

General Session: Social Media and Nursing......Where are we now? (103)

1CH  In today’s world, social media has become a prominent form of communication, networking, and social interaction. As access to these platforms of communication and information expand, so must our understanding of the benefits and impact on the delivery of healthcare. As patient advocates, nurses have an obligation to explore the current climate and prevalence of social media use and its impact on patients, families, and the entire healthcare team.

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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