AMSN 30th Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Convention



September 30-October 3, 2021


Earn up to 50 nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours



We look forward to having you as part of our virtual annual convention to invest in yourselves, your networks, and your growth. Take a moment to engage with your med-surg family for a few beautiful days this year at our AMSN 30th Annual Virtual Convention.


Who will benefit?

  • Clinical Nurses
  • Care Coordinators
  • Nurse Leaders
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Nursing Supervisors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Students



AMSN Thanks Our Convention Sponsors






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Featured Speakers


Opening Address, Thursday, September 30, 2021

COVID Power Talk: Taking Stock during a Pandemic


Terry Foster, MSN, RN, FAEN, CCRN, CPEN, TCRN, CEN, was originally a 1977 LPN graduate of Booth Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Covington, Kentucky. After working for 4 years as an LPN in both the emergency department and ICU, he received his RN diploma from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, and in 1997 received his master’s degree in critical-care and trauma nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. He has held positions of volunteer, ward clerk, staff nurse, charge nurse, critical-care instructor, clinical director and night supervisor, at both the Mercy Hospitals of Cincinnati, Ohio, and at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in northern Kentucky. His primary areas of nursing experience have always been in the emergency department and critical-care units where he has national certifications in critical-care nursing, emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, and trauma nursing. Terry has authored more than 40 professional publications in various textbooks, nursing, and health care journals. He has lectured on a wide variety of clinical topics at nursing seminars and conferences throughout the USA, having given a total of over 5000 formal presentations, covering all 50 states by the time he turned 50 years old. Nationally he is a well-known and sought-after speaker on nursing humor, as well as clinical topics on critical-care and emergency nursing. Since 1998, Terry has been the critical-care clinical nurse specialist in the six emergency departments at St. Elizabeth Healthcare (a Magnet-designated hospital) in Edgewood, Kentucky. In June 2017, Terry was promoted to the dual role of ambassador for the St. Elizabeth Foundation along with his position as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency departments. He has been employed in this six-hospital system since 1975.



Keynote Address, Thursday, September 30, 2021

How Med-Surg Nurses Can Shape the Future of Nursing


Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1997. In this role, she shapes and leads the foundation’s nursing strategies in an effort to create a higher quality of care in the United States for people, families, and communities. In partnership with AARP, Hassmiller directs the foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which seeks to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. She is also serving as co-director of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, an initiative that provides scholarships, mentoring, and leadership development activities and post-doctoral research funding to build the leadership capacity of nurse educators and researchers. Previously, Hassmiller served with the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she was the executive director of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship and worked on other national and international primary care initiatives. She also has worked in public health settings at the local and state level and taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia. Hassmiller, who has been very involved with the Red Cross in many capacities, was a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, serving as chair of the Disaster and Chapter Services Committee and national chair of the 9/11 Recovery Program. She is currently a member of the National Nursing Committee and is serving as immediate past board chair for the Central New Jersey Red Cross. Hassmiller is a member of the Institute of Medicine, now called the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the Joint Commission’s National Nurse Advisory Council, Hackensack Meridian Health System Board of Directors, and the CMS National Nurse Steering Committee. Hassmiller received a PhD in nursing administration and health policy from George Mason University, master’s degrees in health education from Florida State University and community health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University. She is the recipient of numerous national awards in addition to receiving the distinguished alumna award for all the schools of nursing from which she graduated and three honorary doctoral degrees. Most notably, Hassmiller is the 2009 recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.



Closing Keynote, Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Art of the Pivot: Growth, Change, Wins, and Losses through the Pandemic


Tim Cunningham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is an actor, clown, emergency nurse, assistant professor and VP in a large health system. Tim has worked in 23 countries outside of the US. His global experiences have exposed him to both extreme suffering and extreme resilience. Tim has witnessed profound loss and impossible hope. His presentations and workshops pull from an array of variegated experiences that hone in on the core human tenets of resilience and creativity. From keynotes to commencement remarks, from workshops to lectures and coaching, Tim’s work is interactive and unique. It sticks. It inspires.