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Events, Agenda, Speakers and Registration

The Truth About Nursing's 2011 Conference

Bourbon St.Empowering Nurses and Improving Care Through Better Understanding of Nursing

Marriott Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans

Students, receive a 45% discount

This conference has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours from the Maryland Nurses Association.

       Friday, April 15, 2011

 Midday: Arrive New Orleans

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Registration and Greeting
Snack, refreshments

4:00 - 4:15 pm
Welcome to the Conference

Fruit salad, sparkling water

4:15 - 5:45 pm
Sandy Summers

Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk

Sandy Summers

5:45 - 7:30 pm
Cocktails, meet fellow nurse advocates
Buffet dinner, New Orleans style

Dinner and cocktails

7:30 - 9:00 pm
Kathleen Bartholomew

Improving Relations with Our Colleagues--Starting with Ourselves


Kathleen Bartholomew

       Saturday, April 16, 2011

7:30 - 8:30 am

Coffee and beignets

8:30 - 9:45 am
Kathleen Bartholomew and Sandy Summers

Creating Civility
Presentation and Discussion

Kathleen Bartholomew

9:45 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:00 am
Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers

How we can remake nursing's media image
Presentation and Discussion

Sandy Summers

11:00 am -12:00 pm
Stacy Mason, The 2012 Project

A Year of Opportunity for Nurses:
Putting Nurses into Politics

Project 2012

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Crescent City Luncheon

Eggplant po'boy

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Pecha-kucha:  Nine Concise Tales of Nursing Empowerment
(what is Pecha-kucha? (pah-chák-cha))

  1. Richard Kimball:  Increasing Nurses' Advocacy Skills;
  2. Greg Riehl: Recruitment Ads and Nursing Retention;
  3. Pat Woods: Changing the Perception of Nursing in Bangladesh (download slides);
  4. Dee Riley: Campaign Against the Naughty Nurse at the Jet Nightclub, Las Vegas;
  5. Edna Hull: Medication Errors: Discipline Without Punishment;
  6. Gina Ann Woody: Scouting Out Nursing: Teaching Boy and Girls Scouts about Nursing;
  7. Fhaied Alotaibi: Improving Understanding of Nursing in Saudi Arabia;
  8. Jacinta Kelly, Gerard Fealy, and Roger Watson: Research on the Images of Nursing on YouTube, from Dublin, Ireland

  9. Gina Pistulka: Nurse-Driven Community Health Centers.








2:00 - 2:15 pm


2:15 - 3:45 pm
Donna Cardillo

Nurse Power!™ Harnessing the Power, the Passion and the Pride of Nursing

Donna Cardillo

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Break, snack, refreshments

Donna Cardillo

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers

Grabbing the Media's Attention
Presentation and Q&A

Sandy and Harry Summers

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Riverboat Jazz Dinner Cruise
Meet the leaders of The Truth About Nursing and the speakers at this year's event. Event tickets $60, payable with registration. Must be reserved in advance. Family and friends welcome with purchase of additional tickets.


      Sunday, April 17, 2011

7:30 - 8:30 am

coffee and fruit pastries

8:30 - 9:30 am
Ellen Ceppetelli

A Nursing Shadowing Elective for Medical Students: Setting the Stage for Inter-Professional Collaboration


Ellen Ceppetelli

9:30 - 10:15 am
Penny Jensen, President, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Tricia Pearce, and Sophia Thomas

NPs and the Media: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy


Penny Kaye Jensen, Sophia Thomas, Trisha Pearce

10:15 - 10:30 am

10:30 - 11:30 am
Donna Cardillo

Positioning Ourselves for Success -- How Nurses Can Increase Their Impact and Expand Their Sphere of Influence


Donna Cardillo

11:30 - 11:45 am

Final thoughts and conference wrap up

(Lunch on your own)


Dietary Concerns

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies at All event foods will be peanut and nut free. There will be at least one heart-healthy / vegan / vegetarian option and also one gluten-free option at each meal.

CEUs / Continuing education contact hours

This activity has been approved by the Maryland Nurses Association to award 12.5 contact hours.  The Maryland Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

See information on the hotel

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!                                credit cards accepted             

Information on ground transportation to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Registration fees
  Conference registration Student
Riverboat Jazz
Dinner Cruise
Early registration by
Feb. 25, 2011
$395 $217 $60
Regular registration
Feb. 26 - Mar. 31, 2011
$425 $234 $60
Late registration
Apr. 1 - Apr. 14, 2011
$450 $248 $60

On-site registration
Apr. 15 - Apr. 17, 2011

$485 $267 $70


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