General Sessions at REACH 2018

All general sessions are 1 CH

The Care Reel [101]


October 18, 2018, 8 am–9 am

Session Pearce
Kevin Pearce

Co-Founder of Love Your Brain
Newton, MA


Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce is now an inspirational survivor after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training for the Olympic trials. Kevin Pearce’s recovery isn’t just a story of his own perseverance and strength. It is also the story of the dedicated healthcare professionals that were there with him every step of the way and the extraordinary family that stood by him from the time he awoke from his coma to this day. Sharing scenes from the documentary “The Crash Reel”, Kevin celebrates the contributions of his caregivers and how they inspired his own commitment to give back. This includes Kevin’s touching relationship with his brother, David, born with Down Syndrome, and the tireless support of his mother, Pia. A heart-touching presentation that celebrates the love of family, salutes the contributions of caregivers and honors the healthcare professionals that transform lives.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the struggles of a patient in rehab
  • Receive inspiration from a patient in rehab


Bounce Back: Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones [102]

Founder's Address

October 19, 2018, 8 am–9 am

Session Camicia
Michelle Camicia, MSN CRRN CCM NEA-BC FAHA

Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
Novato, CA


The current healthcare environment is fast-paced and complex. Our patients biopsychosocial needs are increasing, and our responsibility to also care for the family system has become undeniably evident. More and more demands are placed on us in our role as a nurses. Pay-for-performance and public reporting of quality data bring higher levels of institutional pressure for rapid change. The healthcare delivery system is in a convoluted state. Natural disasters and threats to societal security are pervasive. In this environment of omnipresent stress and challenge nurses must develop resilience to quickly "bounce back" from adverse events and circumstances, staying adaptable amongst rapid change. Nurses must also support our patients and families to do the same. In this interactive session, we will explore sources of challenge at the personal, patient and family, institutional, industry, and community levels. Evidence-based strategies to enhance personal resilience will be introduced to help nurses overcome adversity and grow stronger from their experiences. Methods to inspire strength in self and others, to find personal joy and meaning in work, and create positive experiences despite external circumstances.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize personal responses and sources of stress and challenge in the workplace
  • Identify evidence-based strategies to increase resilience in self and system


Nutty About Rehabilitation Nursing or Just Plain Nuts? Expanding Your Horizons with Humor [103]

Closing Session

October 20, 2018, 11:40 am–12:40 pm

Session Gauldin
Debra Gauldin, ADN

Deb Gauldin Productions
Raleigh, NC


During this presentation, nurses will have a well-deserved opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. They will reflect upon what brought them into healthcare and ways to remain true to their core convictions. Delivered with a blend of customized songs, cartoons, and stories, the program addresses ways to bust stress and boost morale - personally and professionally.

The latest research on how therapeutic humor and positivity impact workplace satisfaction and patient outcomes is covered, as well as ways to incorporate this evidence-based information into nursing practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Reflect upon why participants became nurses and identify at least 2 reasons to recommit themselves to their profession.
  • Identify at least one way workplace satisfaction and patient outcomes can be improved by applying therapeutic humor
  • Analyze how attitudinal health contributes to a positive work environment

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