2017 Conference Keynote Presenters


Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, PhD

Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, PhD, is known for her versatility and ability to relate to all those who care for patients after working in the field for two decades. Dr. Kennedy-Oehlert received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 2014 before working as the Chief Administrative Officer Ambulatory at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Kennedy-Oehlert also served as the Vice President of Patient Experience at the University of Arizona Health Network, Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at Sacred Heart Hospital and as an emergency department trauma nurse at Beloit Memorial Hospital.

She led the study on 'The Effects of Emergency Department Staff Rounding on Patient Safety and Satisfaction' which has become the 6th most requested article to download from the Journal of Emergency Medicine website. She has worked closely with healthcare leaders, nurses and physicians across the U.S. and Australia on proven strategies that positively impact service and quality outcomes, as well as their own professional leadership growth and satisfaction. Julie is a ten-time "pillar award winner" and is highly valued for her no-nonsense presentation and coaching style, which is passionate, entertaining and prescriptive. She appreciates all that is right in healthcare, but has the confidence to say the things that need to be said to make healthcare a better place for staff to work, encouraging physicians to practice and patients to receive care. 



Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN

As an international speaker and consultant, Dr. Renee Thompson tackles the clinical and professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today. With 26 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, professional development, and clinical competence.

Dr. Renee Thompson is the CEO and President of RTConnections, LLC and has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect, and inspire current and future nurses. Renee is the author of several books, including “Do No Harm” Applies to Nurses Too!, and Celebrating Nursing: Human by Birth – Hero by Choice.

In demand as a consultant and keynote speaker, Renee helps healthcare organizations eliminate wokplace bullying, develop effective communication among teams, improve clinical competence through certification, and build positive and healthy workplaces. She speaks internationally to healthcare organizations and academic institutions, teaching and motivating her audiences at conferences, training events, and seminars.

Renee received the first Outstanding Nursing Alumni for Excellence in Leadership Award from CCAC Nursing Alumni and was recently a finalist in the Healthcare Heroes Awards as a Healthcare Provider in ther hometown of Pittsburg, PA. Her blog, RTConnections, has won numerous awards as a Top Nursing Blog "Must-Read' by the online nursing community. Her blog focuses on eliminating workplace bullying and teaching nurses how to articulate their value through ongoing professional development.

Renee has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse.



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