General Sessions


Accompanied by thousands of your nursing peers, you will be energized and galvanized by our world-renowned speakers and emboldened to return to your practice with a newfound passion and determination. With special performances by talented individuals and groups from across the nation, the general sessions are the “can’t-miss” portion of this conference. Don’t wait! Register now.

Thursday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Opening General Session
2020 Magnet Prize®, sponsored by Cerner, recipient year-end report – Cohen Children’s Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and Keynote Address.   

Carolyn Jones

Hear from Carolyn Jones, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. From people living positively with AIDS to women artists supporting communities and nurses on the front lines of our health care system, Jones has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. Her widely acclaimed books include Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary included in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. In 2018, her award-winning documentary Defining Hope, which explored how we can make better end-of-life choices, was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. Her latest project, a documentary called In Case of Emergency, focuses on the important and unique role that nurses play in emergency departments across the country.

Thursday, November 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Magnet and Pathway Designation Celebration
Break out your matching shirts, your banners, your pom-poms, and your team spirit as we recognize and celebrate all the Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® organizations designated or redesignated through June 2021. Always the highlight of the conference, this year’s celebration is sure to inspire you on your journey. Wear your dancing shoes and join our biggest celebration yet!

Friday, November 12, 3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
General Session Speaker
National Magnet Nurse of the Year®, the National Pathway Nurse of the Year®, the 2021 ANCC Magnet Prize® sponsored by Cerner, the 2021 ANCC Pathway Award® sponsored by Cerner, will be announced. 

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner, author of Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Ideas Drive Gigantic Results.

On the front lines of health care, it’s easy to feel creatively restricted. But what if you could use your imagination to drive better patient and organizational outcomes in a safe, responsible way? Five-time tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and professional jazz guitarist Josh Linkner will share the mindsets of everyday innovators in this inspiring and practical session. You’ll be energized as you gain specific and useful techniques to drive results.

Saturday, November 13, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Closing Keynote & Co-host Hand Off Celebration

Marcus Engel
The Other End of the Stethoscope

Marcus Engel speaks from experience. After being blinded and severely injured by a drunk driver, Marcus overcame unimaginable obstacles to reclaim his life. His dramatic story will inspire nurses to reignite their passion for providing excellent patient care.