Last year, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference shattered its previous attendance record when some 9,500 attendees showed up for the one-of-a-kind event. This year, organizers are expecting to break attendance records once again with more than 10,000 nurses and nurse executives expected on site for the nation’s largest nursing conference.
Slated for Oct. 5-7 at the Orange County Convention Center West Concourse in Orlando, FL, National Magnet Conference 2017 is set to buzz with celebrations of Magnet innovators intertwined with sessions featuring the best in evidence-based ideas.
Here’s a look at what conference-goers can anticipate.
TV personality and patient advocate, Montel Williams will kick off the conference with his general session talk Wednesday morning. The New York Times best-selling author of Living Well Emotionally: Break Through to a Life of Happiness, Williams will reflect on lessons learned through his quest for wellness as he lives with multiple sclerosis.
Later that afternoon, “people whisperer” Amanda Gore, CEO of The Joy Project, will motivate nurses to attain positive outcomes personally and professionally by embracing change. The next morning, Simon T. Bailey, speaker, author and “brilliance enabler,” will share his core principles for how to shift thinking and obtain leadership and organizational brilliance.
One-time hospitalist-by-day/stand-up-comic-by-night Zubin Damania, MD, (you might know him as ZDoggMD?) will close out the conference Friday afternoon will his general session talk on the ethical challenges of delivering compassionate care in a healthcare system he considers severely dysfunctional. Dr. Damania will discuss his current project, Turntable Health, which seeks to revolutionize health care through “doing primary care right.” His session will propose collaborative ways to revitalize care and will undoubtedly feature his characteristic humor and storytelling.
Throughout the conference, ANCC will honor the newest Magnet organizations and award-winning clinicians with presentations and parties. Wednesday afternoon will celebrate Magnet prize winners and designated facilities, including a $50,000 Magnet Prize organizational award. A welcome party at Universal Studios that evening will enthusiastically commemorate the entire nursing profession.
The next morning, the Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards will be presented. Award winners’ personal stories of nursing excellence are sure to inspire and invigorate everyone who hears them.
Attendees can also choose from 153 concurrent sessions on timely topics and can take in as many as 150 posters. Up to 22.5 continuing nursing education hours are up for grabs.
Two preconference symposia will also be offered, although registration for these is separate from the rest of the conference:
Finally, new products and technologies will fill a bustling exhibit hall, providing attendees the opportunity to learn about and try them firsthand. Be sure to stop by the Lippincott Solutions booth #613 for a product demonstration and receive a free caricature drawing created by an artist on the spot! For more information, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/magnet.
We hope to see you there!