Pre-Conference Workshop


The Autumn Leaf, the Human Heart, and the Great Truth: The Art of Bearing Witness, with Billy Rosa, MS, AGPCNP, ACHPN, FCCM

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Hospice and palliative care nurses have the distinct privilege of bearing witness to another’s journey throughout serious illness and at the end of life.

This year’s pre-conference workshop will explore the meaning of compassion, identify the implications of compassionate care delivery, and discuss how to integrate the virtue of compassion in everyday practice.

Learning to engage intense emotions and support the grieving process while providing self-care are essential aspects of a sustainable practice. Attendees will be invited to use a Conscious Dying philosophy to promote growth and development in their professional and personal lives.

1. Identify opportunities to create caring-healing environments through bearing witness with compassion.

2. Use a Conscious Dying philosophy in the context of serious illness and at the end of life.

3. Employ an array of integrative modalities for managing pain, strengthening the mind-body connection, and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing.

About the Presenter

Leading the session will be Billy Rosa, MS, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, FCCM, who is currently an RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, PhD Program, Philadelphia, PA and Nurse Practitioner, Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, NY.

Among Mr. Rosa’s many honors are the American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s New York State Award for Excellence (2018); NYU’s Young Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018); and Sigma’s Daniel J. Pesut International Spirit of Renewal Award (2017). He was also named one of America’s Most Amazing Nurses by The Doctors television show and Prevention magazine. 

He is a proud member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Circle of Excellence Society, a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the New York Academy of Medicine. And he was inducted as a Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing in November 2018.

Mr. Rosa’s specialties include holistic nursing, critical care, nurse coaching, and global health. He spent one year with the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda, East Africa (2015-2016), contributing to the curriculum content for the first Masters-prepared nursing cohort in the country. He is the editor of three books on leadership, global health, and caring science and has more than 150 publications in a host of diverse forums.

The pre-conference workshop is made possible by the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota through the Florence Schorske Wald Lectureship.

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