Keynotes and General Sessions

Please note that the sessions below are current as of June 13, 2024, and is listed in Eastern Standard Time (local to Toronto). These sessions are subject to change.

Opening Keynote

Don't Just Play — Win! Lee Rubin

Thursday, September 12 | 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Developing a clear sense of identity is critical to reaching your full potential and setting specific and lofty goals will drive you past your comfort zone. During this keynote, Lee will explore the characteristics found among high achievers across industries and disciplines. Winners embrace adversity and leverage their challenges for individual and team growth. Lee masterfully weaves vivid stories with universal truths in a memorable experience, leaving audiences inspired and equipped to apply the lessons learned and take their performance to new heights.


General Session - AMSN Town Hall

The Medical-Surgical Nurse as a Change Agent: Problem Solver, Innovator, Transformational Leader, Advocate, Kristi Campoe, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ, sMBA and Michael Szeliga, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN, CPHQ

Friday, September 13 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



In this evolving healthcare landscape, the medical-surgical nurse is uniquely positioned to own their practice through positive disruptions. This session aims to empower the medical-surgical nurse to strengthen their foundation as a problem solver thinking outside the box, an innovator to create new workflows that work for them, a transformational leader creating a stronger identity and community, and an advocate for their profession and the specialty of medical-surgical nursing. As a change agent, the medical-surgical nurse can not only thrive in their current environment…they can accelerate a change in how deliver healthcare as a 21st century medical-surgical nurse.

General Session

AMSN Founders Award, Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN

Friday, September 13 | 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


General Session

Empathy in Action — Elevating Nursing Practice in Pain Management, Michael Urton, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC

Saturday, September 14 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Helping patients address acute and chronic pain while in the hospital is an almost-universal challenge for nurses, requiring knowledge about pain physiology, assessment techniques, and a variety of treatment modalities. But successful pain management demands more than pain scales and medications; it requires compassion, empathy, and a commitment towards relieving suffering. This presentation will review foundational pain management skills while highlighting the role nurse empathy plays in care delivery.

Closing Keynote

Staying Joyfully Engaged at Every Stage of Your Career, Donna Cardillo MA, RN CSP, FAAN

Saturday, September 14 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Florence Nightingale said, "Nursing should not be a sacrifice, but one of the highest delights of life." Staying fully engaged and happy through the continuum of your career is vital to your success, your effectiveness as a healthcare professional, and even your health. Spend a fun, energetic, and practical session with The Inspiration Nurse as we explore ways to pump up the volume in your career...and your life!