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General Sessions

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 8–9 am

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Inspired Nurse (101)

Rich Bluni
Rich Bluni, RN
Studer Group Senior Leader, National Speaker, Author
Studer Group
Winter Springs, FL

Health care is one of the few professions that affords one the opportunity to impact lives on such a profound level, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Yet the same qualities that make health care deeply rewarding can also make it a challenge, over time, to sustain your energy. The presentation helps maintain and recapture those qualities. Those of us who call health care our work must also take care of “self” in order to be able to do the challenging work that it takes to serve others. In this thought-provoking, often funny and inspirational presentation, Rich Bluni, RN, Author of Inspired Nurse and Nationally Renowned Speaker, reminds all nurses why we chose this profession. Bluni’s personal stories illuminate those sacred moments we all experience. Inspired Nurse is a welcome validation that when we stay engaged, we’re likely to provide extraordinary patient care…in terms of clinical outcomes and human compassion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the value of “inspiration” in a nurse’s personal healthcare journey
  • Identify two exercises/techniques a nurse can incorporate into their healthcare journey to help them feel connected or reconnected to purpose, passion and inspiration

Friday, November 10, 2017 | 8–9 am

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Building Bridges, REACHing for Opportunities (103)

Grace Campbell
Grace Campbell, PhD MSW RN CRRN
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Allison Park, PA

Nursing offers unlimited opportunities for getting involved, improving the lives of our patients, and making a difference. Many opportunities occur on an individual level, as we engage with patients and co-workers every day within traditional practice settings. But many more opportunities await when we build bridges to other disciplines, new roles, nontraditional practice areas, and unusual ways of harnessing our own leadership potential. Taking advantage of such opportunities may require stepping out of one’s personal and professional comfort zone, and not every endeavor will initially be met with success. However, even during setbacks and challenges, the opportunities that arise can, with resilience and self-reflection, become career-defining moments. The unexpected doors that are opened as a result of challenges often allow each of us to extend our professional REACH for maximal impact as rehabilitation nurses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between Emergent and Formal leadership
  • Identify at least one setting in which the learner could exercise leadership either in his/her personal practice, or on a broader level
  • Discuss the role of resilience in responding to personal and professional setbacks and challenges


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Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 11:20 am–12:20 pm

Seattle's Pike Place, FISH, and Me? (104)

Maria Radwanski
Maria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN
Chief Operating Officer
Health Calls Home Health Agency
Wyomissing, PA

The story of Seattle's Pike Place Market is known to many. There is a place for FISH! philosophy in rehabilitation nursing. This presentation will motivate you to use the 4 FISH! philosophy strategies in your rehabilitation nursing practice with renewed passion, energy, and enthusiasm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three common pitfalls and responses in the rehabilitation nurse's life that affect the nurse's motivation and enthusiasm
  • List the four principles of the FISH! Philosophy
  • Identify three strategies the participant can use to incorporate the FISH! Philosophy and promote change back in the rehabilitation work setting

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