Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address

Thursday, September 26, 4 - 6 PM

George E. Thibault, MD


"Humanism in the Health Professions and in Society"

George E. Thibault, MD became the seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in January 2008, and stepped down as president on June 30, 2018. Immediately prior to the Macy Foundation, he served as vice president of clinical affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at HMS and is now the Federman Professor, Emeritus.

 Dr. Thibault previously served as chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as chief of medicine at the Harvard affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury VA Hospital. He was associate chief of medicine and director of the Internal Medical Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At the MGH he also served as director of the Medical ICU and the founding director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Unit.

 Dr. Thibault has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from Georgetown (Ryan Prize in Philosophy, Alumni Prize, and Cohongaroton Speaker) and Harvard (Alpha Omega Alpha, Henry Asbury Christian Award and Society of Fellows). He has been a visiting Scholar both at the Institute of Medicine and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Professor of Medicine at numerous medical schools in the U.S. and abroad.  In 2017 he was the recipient of the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges and he was made an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Medical Fellowship and the 2nd Century Award from the Columbia University School of Nursing. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and The Commonwealth Medical College.


Debra L. Spunt Lecture

Saturday, September 28, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

Associate Professor; Director, Executive Leadership DNP Program
University of San Francisco

“The Power of Simulation as an Education Disrupter”

The influx of simulation into nursing education has caused disruption on many levels like never before. We have learned how to write scenarios and facilitate, debrief, and evaluate simulation. There are now guidelines, policies, and evidence to support the use of simulation to guarantee a clinical experience and quantify the results. We know simulation works; do we know if the clinical experience has the same effect on our students? What are our goals as educators? Now we can apply what we have learned in simulation to the classroom and the clinical setting to further enhance the experience. This lecture will provide you with simulation trends and projections for the future along with innovative ways we can ensure a quality clinical experience, wherever it occurs. As nurse leaders in education, this timely discussion will focus on our role as change agents for the future.

Dr. KT Waxman is a national nurse leader and executive with over 30 years of experience in health care and corporate settings. She is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco and is the director of the Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is also the director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at HealthImpact. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is also a past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and past board member, serving as treasurer, for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). She is currently president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), a 4,000+ member international, inter-professional organization.

Dr. Waxman's work has been published extensively and can be found in the Journal for Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Leader and Creative Nursing journals, among others. She has authored three books on finance and budgeting, and just completed the second edition of “Financial and Business Skills for the DNP,” published by Springer. She co-authored a simulation book, “Healthcare Simulation Program Builder,” and has authored several chapters in simulation and leadership textbooks. 

Dr. Waxman received her DNP from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on health systems leadership and a concentration in clinical simulation. She holds certifications as Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE), and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (FSSH). You can follow her on Twitter @ktwaxman and connect with her on LinkedIn (KT Waxman).

National Faculty Meeting

Saturday, September 28, 10 - 11 AM

Philip D. Dickison, PhD, RN
Chief Officer of Operations and Examinations
National Council of State boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Philip D. Dickison, PhD, RN, will be the featured speaker at the National Faculty Meeting. Before adding the operations portfolio to his title at NCSBN in 2017, Dr. Dickison was the agency's chief officer of examinations. His expanded role includes oversight of programs and services at state boards of nursing, including departments of examinations; marketing and communications; performance measurement and standard setting; and member relations and human resources.

Active in the certification and licensure community for more than 30 years, prior to joining NCSBN in 2010, he served as director of health professions testing at Elsevier, Inc. and associate director at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He also served 11 years in the United States Air Force as a medical service specialist (medic). The author of numerous papers and articles, he is a member of the Psychometric Society and the Association of Test Publishers. Dr. Dickison earned his BBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and his doctorate in quantitative research in evaluation and measurement in education from the Ohio State University.

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