Arkansas Nurses Association
103rd Annual Convention
"Culture of Safety" It Starts with YOU
October 27-28, 2016
Arlington Resort & Spa Hotel - Hot Springs, AR
NOTICE: Deadline for the ARNA Convention's Presentations and Posters (October 27-28) extended to June 24, 2016
Keynote Speaker — Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director, American Nurses Association
Keynote Speaker presentation — Dr. Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
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Dr. Debbie Hatmaker, a nationally known nursing leader, is the executive director of the American Nurses Association (ANA).
As executive director, Dr. Hatmaker leads the implementation of ANA's strategy and plan to advance the association's comprehensive policy, advocacy, and national communications agenda. In this role, she is a key member of the ANA executive leadership team, which is charged with leading the implementation of the association's strategic plan.
Additionally, she has served in many elected and appointed leadership positions. These include president of the Georgia Nurses Association from 1999-2002 and first vice president of ANA from 2006-2010. The ANA Board of Directors appointed her president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), where she served two terms from 2007-2011.
In recognition of her many outstanding accomplishments for the nursing profession, Dr. Hatmaker was inducted as a 2012 fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.