2022 Annual NCNA Convention

September 15-16, 2022
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Raleigh, NC



NCNA 2022 Annual Convention
September 15-16, 2022
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Raleigh, NC



2022 Convention Daily Schedule - Live Agenda | Earn up to 24.50 contact hours!

Wellness Activities are available for participation on a first come, first serve basis unless otherwise noted.


8:30 AM Registration Opens
8:45 First Time Attendee Orientation
9:30 Welcome to the 115th NCNA Convention
9:45 KEYNOTE: The Power of Nursing (1.0 CH)
Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL
10:45 GENERAL SESSION: The Power of Small: Creating Moments that Matter (1.0 CH)
Jen Hamilton, RN, BSN,CEN, RNC-OB
11:45 Exhibit Hall | Posters Group A (0.75 CH)
12:30 PM Awards Luncheon
2:00 Exhibit Hall | Posters Group B (0.75 CH)
2:30 Wellness Activity: Enhance Your Well-Being with Easy Pilates Movement Techniques

Refreshment Break

Begin Breakout Sessions
Practice            B- Education      C- Leadership      D- Self-Care


Breakout Sessions I (1.0 CH)

I-A: Driving the Change While Maintaining the Gain - A Stroke Team’s Evolution
Tom Curley, MSN, RN, SCRN; Ruth Marescalco, RN, BSN, SCRN

I-B: Virtual Reality to Address Medical Emergencies in Primary Care
Kae Livsey, PhD, MPH, RN; Debra Ezzell, MSN, RN

I-C: Retention begins at Orientation: Meeting Experienced Nurses’ Precepting Needs
Cheryl A. Smith-Miller, PhD, M.Ed., RN-BC

I-D: Healthcare Worker Burnout: Improving Well-Being and Practicing Resiliency
Cynthia J. Keener, MSN, RN, NPD-BC




Breakout Sessions II (1.0 CH)

II-A: Fall Forward Fast: Preventing Patient Falls
Kelly Kettler, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG; Tammi Hicks, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC

II-B: Academic-Practice Partnerships to Strengthen the Nursing Workforce
Megan P. Williams, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP  ; JoAn Stanek, DNP, MSN, RN, ANP, CHPN

II-C: Oh the Places you will Go! Career Development Paths
Dennis A. Taylor, M.Ed., MBA, DNP, PhD, ACNP-BC, FCCM; Gail K. Shue, RN, MSN, DNPc

II-D: The ABCs of Self-Resuscitation
Tonya Mial, MSN-Ed, BSN, Major (ret), USAF, Nurse Corps

5:30 NCNA Networking & Engagement Reception

Wellness Activity: Escape Room

         Caitlin Lofton, Dana Martin, Kristy Schmaldinst, Susan Furr, and Martha Bramlett         

*Pre-registration required. Space is limited - click here to RSVP.


7:15 AM "Wellness Activity: Healing Heart Meditation"
7:15 Exhibit Hall
7:45 Registration Opens | Continential Breakfast

GENERAL SESSION: Surviving Verbal Conflict® “Verbal De-escalation for Healthcare Professionals”
Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.) (1.0 CH)


Legislative Update (1.0 CH)

NCNA Lobbyist: Alex Miller & Patrick Ballantine

Panelist: Shelly Klutz, RN, BSN, NCSN, Patrick Woodie, NC Rural Center & Elizabeth Davis Snow MSL,MSA-Ed, MSN, DNP, RN

10:15 Break 

Breakout Sessions III (1.0 CH)

III-A: NCBON Updates
Sara A. Griffith PhD, MSN, RN

III-B: Crashing Courses and Crashing Patients: Increasing Confidence in the Novice Nurse
Andrew Fettes, BSN, RN, CCRN; Kaili Hall, BA, BSN, RN, CCRN

III-C: Ted Like Talk - Leadership
Mary Graff, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Dennis Taylor, DNP, PhD, ACNP-BC, FCCM; Diamond Staton-Williams, RN, BSN, MHA, ACM, NE-BC; Madison Morgan, RN, BSN

III-D: Identifying and Eliminating Bullying Behaviors for a More Resilient Workforce
Amanda Sawyer, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Casey Toler, MSN, AGCNS-BC, RNC-OB, IBCLC


Exhibit Hall | Posters Group C (1.0 CH)

12:30 PM

Membership Forum (1.0 CH) | Working Lunch




Breakout Sessions IV (1.0 CH)

IV-A: Addressing the Serious Shortage of RN’s in Home and Health and Hospice
Susan Harmuth, MS; Michelle White, DNP, RN, CNL; Kathy Turner, RN, BSN

IV-B: When Faculty Become the Students: A Simulation Facilitator Training Plan
Tara Hayes, MSN, RN, CNE​; Ashley Hull, MSN, RN

IV-C: Mentor Programs as a Strategic Approach to Nurse Retention
Nancy Jo Thompson, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN-BC

IV-D: Three Concepts to Restore Well Being and Improve Mental Health
Debbie Granick, DNP, PMHNP, LCSW, MPH

3:15 Closing Keynote: The Power to Move Nursing Forward® (1.0 CH)
Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN 

The sessions and agenda listed above are subject to change. 

Up to 24.50 Contact Hours (CH) available for FULL registrants who attend in-person (12.50 CH for onsite and 12.0 CH for breakout session playbacks).


Miss a session you really wanted to see? Don’t worry about it! We provide recordings of all of the breakout sessions to attendees — and you can get CHs for all of the concurrent sessions from the day(s) you are registered. You will receive an email about a month after Convention with all the info. General Sessions (Keynote, etc.) will not be recorded.

Please continue to check back for updates.


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