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Meet the Keynote Speakers for Your 2019 AANP National Conference


Join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) in Indianapolis this June to hear two inspiring keynote speakers.

Opening Keynote: Elizabeth Smart
Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward and Never Giving Up

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months.

In her captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her speech not only tells her personal story but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation.

Having lived through an extreme circumstance as a young teenager, Elizabeth gives great insight and hope to all. She has since gone on to become a child safety activist and skillful advocate for missing persons. Together with her father, Ed Smart, she urged lawmakers to support sexual predator legislation and the AMBER Alert system. In February 2014, Elizabeth testified before the Utah State House of Representatives in favor of H.B. 286, which created curricula for use in Utah schools to provide training on child sexual abuse prevention. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors’ guide, “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment,” meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

“My Story,” a memoir of Elizabeth’s experience written with Chris Stewart, was included on The New York Times Best Sellers list in 2013. The book details both the kidnapping and the formation of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which Elizabeth founded to promote awareness about abduction and end victimization through prevention, recovery and advocacy. Her follow-up memoir, “Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward and Never Giving Up,” explores what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on and reclaim one’s life.

Elizabeth is an acclaimed speaker, as her story of recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety.

Closing Keynote: Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP
Finding Your NP Voice

Is a powerful NP voice the key to advancing your career and our profession? What are the components of a powerful NP voice? How do you make sure your professional message is heard? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the closing general session, presented by Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the founder, president and principal speaker of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates (FHEA), an international provider of NP certification preparation and CE for health care providers. Dr. Fitzgerald has provided thousands of programs for numerous professional organizations, universities and national and state health care associations on a wide variety of topics, including clinical pharmacology, clinical assessment, laboratory diagnosis, health care and NP practice. Beyond being a renowned speaker, she is an experienced educator and has provided graduate-level pharmacology courses for NP students at a number of universities for more than 25 years.

Connecting education to practice, Dr. Fitzgerald provides multigenerational primary and urgent care at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received the Alumni Association Award for Clinical Excellence and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor. Dr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston.

In recognition of her vision and accomplishments in successfully developing and promoting the NP role, Dr. Fitzgerald is the recipient of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also received AANP’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award, received the Outstanding Nurse Award for Clinical Practice by the Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Council and was named one of the 50 Leaders in 50 Years by the Solomont School of Nursing at UMass Lowell. In addition, Dr. Fitzgerald received the Loretta C. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium for demonstrating longevity, integrity, professional achievement and advocacy in advanced practice nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a charter fellow of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Dr. Fitzgerald is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and was the first NP to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation in recognition of excellence and integrity as a speaker. She is also certified by the American Board of Comprehensive Care as a Diplomate of Comprehensive Care (DCC), a designation available to DNP graduates who are licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and nationally certified in an APRN specialty.

Experience Indy at #AANP19

Beyond expert faculty presentations, skill-enhancing workshops and opportunities to learn from experts in the field, the 2019 AANP National Conference also offers plenty of time to unwind and connect with your fellow NPs.

Help AANP take over the Indianapolis Zoo at the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, June 18. Discover more than 2,000 species of plants and animals as you catch up with colleagues or create new friendships. This one-of-a-kind event is free for all conference attendees.

Explore Indianapolis on a tour exclusively for conference attendees and their guests. Choose from four exciting tours and learn more about the history, culture and high-speed sporting events.

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