General Sessions

Saturday, June 8

12-1 pm

Angelina Spicer

GS1: Opening Keynote: Lifting Up Maternal Mental Health (1.0 nursing contact hours)
The United States is undergoing a mental health crisis, and pregnant/postpartum individuals are not excluded. Mental health conditions, including suicide and overdose/poisoning related to Substance Use Disorder (SUD), are currently the cause of 23% of maternal deaths in the United States. Angelina Spicer is a multi-hyphenate powerhouse! A stand-up comedian, writer, producer, actress, mother, and accidental activist, she will share her personal story of postpartum depression through humor-based reality and her journey to draw back the veil of shame with frank discussions and advocacy strategies to uplift maternal mental health.

Sunday, June 9

8:15-9:15 am

Francine Bono-Neri, PhD, RN, APRN, PNP

GS2: Human Trafficking and Its Intersection With Healthcare: A Targeted Response – See More About Human Trafficking (1.0 nursing contact hours)
Studies show that approximately 70%–90% of survivors of human trafficking came in contact with a health care professional while in the “life” and were never identified or offered resources. During this presentation, Francine Bono-Neri, PhD, RN, APRN, PN, will review the markers of human trafficking, identify the major intersection with the health care sector, and recommend a targeted health care response for identifying and treating a victim of human trafficking.

Sunday, June 9

5-6 pm

Jen Hamilton, RN, BSN, CEN, RNC-OB

GS3: Speak Even If Your Voice Shakes: Harnessing the Power of the Nursing Voice for Safe and Respectful Care (1.0 nursing contact hours)
Join us for an impactful and empowering presentation led by Jen Hamilton, a North Carolina Labor and Delivery nurse and influential advocate with a dedicated audience of more than three million TikTok followers. Drawing from her experience and unique online perspective, Jen delves deep into the challenges faced by nurses in perinatal care and sheds light on the issues of birth trauma, obstetrical violence, and perinatal mortality, highlighting their far-reaching consequences for both parents and newborns. Whether your work is in antenatal care, NICU, labor and delivery, or post-partum, discover the transformative potential of your voice and the pivotal role nurses play in preventing birth trauma, obstetrical violence, and perinatal mortality.







Monday, June 10

8:45-9:45 am

Camie Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC
Nicolle Gonzales, BSN, RN, MSN, CNM
Amy Stiffarm PhD, MPH

GS4: Indigenous Maternal Wellbeing: Historical and Cultural Constructs (1.0 nursing contact hours)

Indigenous maternal well-being draws from the strengths of Indigenous culture and communities. This panel will discuss the impacts of settler-colonialism and how it negatively affects maternal health for Indigenous birthing people. The panelists will also share the importance of acknowledging the strengths and power within Indigenous cultures and communities and how solutions to maternal health inequities can be found through Indigenous-led initiatives.

Tuesday, June 11

10:45-11:45 am

Speaker: Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN

GS5: Finding Florence: Well-being Throughout Your Career (1.o nursing contact hours)

We’ll step back to step forward in this interactive session. Tim Cunningham will share stories about experiences working with some of the sickest patients on the planet while also reflecting on the immeasurable power of teams when they come together, even in the worst circumstances. This session will be a celebration of you and a challenge for you all to keep supporting the next strong generation of nurses and health professionals.


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