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2021 WLN Fall Conference: Celebrating Our Nursing Heroes


Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:00pm CT - Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 4:30pm CT
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Next generation NCLEX, Teaching Tips and Tools, Special pre-licensure nursing student sessions, Gaming for Education, Science and Business of Compassionate Care


Christine Sump, Judith Hermann, Karin Sherrill, Pam Beitlich, Mary Meyers, Kathleen Poindexter NLN President and DAISY Foundation team

Credits Offered

This event offers 8.25 contact hours to attendees.
Accreditation Info: ANCC and NLN.


Additional Information

Image link: Recognizing the not-so-everyday heroism of nurses

Announcing the Wisconsin League for Nursing 2021 Fall Conference

"Celebrating Our Nursing Heroes"

October 22 - 23, 2021

Due to COVID, the Fall Conference is now switched to an ALL VIRTUAL and LIVESTREAMED event

Celebrating the resiliency and professionalism of all nurses as we emerge from the pandemic thriving, moving beyond surviving!


New this year : 

Reaching out to our soon-to-be nurses with special sessions planned especially for pre-licensure students.  FREE registration for the conference for all prelicensure students.  The WLN supports your transition to practice during these unprecedented times of the pandemic.

Conference Topics and Speakers

note:  check back to this website for the newly updated agenda for speaker session times. 

Conference begins Friday October 22 at 6:30 PM with sessions until 9 PM (all central time zone)

Conference resumes Saturday October 23 at 8 AM and concludes at 4:30 PM


Pam Beitlich, DNP, ARNP, RN, NEA-BC

Coach and Consultant Huron Group, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator

Sarasota, Florida

Title:  "How to KEEP GOING.  Renewal for Weary Nurses and Educators"

Friday evening session 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Christine Sump, DNP, RN, CNE

Assistant Clinical Professor

Old Dominion University. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Title: "Escape Rooms as a Teaching Strategy for Engaging Nurses and Students in

Critical Thinking and Enhancement of Clinical Judgment"

Friday Session 7:45 PM - 9 PM


Karin Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN

Faculty and Student Success Consultant Nurse Think

Arizona League for Nursing Past President and Communications Director

Title: "Establishing Clinical Judgment from the Start of Nursing School through Completion of Hospital Onboarding and Beyond"

Saturday morning session 8 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Session Number One


Judith Herrman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Author, Educator, Nurse Think Nursing Education Consultant

Title: "Preparing for Professional Nursing Practice through NCLEX Prep and Successful Transition to Practice"

(special student and nurse educator/staff development session) Saturday morning 8 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Session Number 2

Noon - 1 PM

Gala Luncheon Celebration 

Keynote address:  Dr. Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

NLN President - Chair Board of Governors

Title:  "Celebrating Success with All Our Nursing Heroes"

Keynote Address Saturday Noon - 12:30 PM


Special award recognition for DAISY Award for Excellence in Clinical Nurse Education for clinical nurse educator and academic nurse educator

Joining the celebration members of the DAISY Award Foundation leadership team

Saturday 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM



Mary Meyers, CSJ, MSN, BA, MS, RN, AGNP-C

Remediation Coordinator and Success Coach

Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA

Title: "Classes and Patients and Boards, Oh My! Strategies to Survive and Thrive in the Nursing School Tornado"

(special student and nurse educator session) Saturday afternoon 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


Pam Beitlich, DNP, ARNP, RN, NEA-BC

Coach and Consultant Huron Group, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator

Sarasota, Florida

Title: "Compassion in Healthcare – Does it Really Matter?"

Saturday afternoon 2 PM - 4:25 PM

4:25 - 4:30 PM Closing remarks

Contact hours available for VIRTUAL livestream attendees. 


Conference registration virtual livestream:

$150 for WLN or NLN institutional or constituent league member

$200 for non-member (includes a discounted one-year membership for new WLN membership) (open to nurses and non nursing professionals)

$200 for general admission

Special prelicensure student admission: FREE

Registration for all students please copy/paste the following url and complete the short registration form

Poster Presentation fee: $25 additional (presenter must also register for conference attendance selection above) (note: ALL Fall Conference Poster Presentations will be posted to the WLN website for virtual viewing until March 1, 2022)

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There is nothing small about it.

--Florence Nightingale