Keynote speakers

We are happy and honoured to introduce you the four keynote lecturers of the conference!

You will also find slides for some of the keynote presentations.


The evolution of advanced practice nursing - experiences and future challenges


Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN CON(C) BScN MScN PhD

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Oncology
Director, Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Oncology and Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. She is cross appointed to the Juravinski Cancer Centre as a Clinician Scientist and Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing – a unique program providing research, education, mentorship and knowledge translation support for nursing roles in cancer control. Denise has 25 years of experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and received awards of excellence in education and research from the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology.


Promoting patient outcomes by evidence based advanced nursing practice


Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN PhD FAAN FCCM

Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center
Professor, Rush University College of Nursing

Ruth Kleinpell PhD RN FAANP is currently the Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center where she conducts and mentors clinical staff and students in research and evidence based practice projects, and a Professor at Rush University College of Nursing, where she teaches in the graduate and doctoral programs.  She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and maintains active practice at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago IL.  Her research related to nurse practitioners and outcomes of advanced practice nurses has contributed to the knowledge base in the field. She currently serves as Chair of the International Council of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Nursing Network Education Committee and board member of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She is currently serving a two-year term as President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an international organization with 40 country members representing over 400,000 critical care nurses worldwide.

Advanced nurse practice – high ethical requirements


Helena Leino-Kilpi, RN PhD NT FEANS

Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland and nurse director (part-time) in the Hospital District of Southwest Finland.

Professor Leino-Kilpi is an intensive care nurse in her clinical background. Since years, she has been teaching nursing science in the masters’ and doctoral programmes in the University of Turku. Her main teaching expertise is in health care and nursing ethics. She is also the chair of the  Doctoral Programme in nursing science in her University, and a co-ordinator of the Finnish National Network of five universities educating PhDs in nursing science.  In this national network, she has been responsible for teaching of research in nursing ethics.

Professor Leino-Kilpi has a special research interest in the field of health care and nursing ethics. She has published almost 400 scientific publications, and has international research collaboration with many European countries both in ethics and in other fields, like in patient education, nursing education and elderly care.  In the field of ethics, she has been interested in patients’ rights, nurses’ role and ethics of leadership and education. She has also actively been working in the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS), which is a large combination of universities collaborating in PhD-education.

Professor Leino-Kilpi  is working in close connection with the nurses in practice. In her role of nurse director, she is responsible for improving evidence-based practice, especially in the field of nursing ethics. She also is a member of Finnish National Ethical Committee, and many other committees in the field of ethics.

Regulation in Europe and on the global level


Petrie F.Roodbol, RN PhD

Professor, Director and the Dean of the Wenckebach institute of the University Medical Centre Groningen
Professor of Nursing Science at the University Medical Centre and of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Professor Petrie F. Roodbol, RN, PhD,  is the Director and the Dean of the Wenckebach institute of the University Medical Centre Groningen: the Post Graduate School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health, Facilities, Skills Centre and a Training Centre for Communication and Leadership. She is also a Professor of Nursing Science at the University Medical Centre and of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen.  Her special field of interest is (multiprofessional) education, innovation and positioning of nurses related to healthy ageing.

She is one of the founding mothers of the Nurse Practitioners in her country Netherlands. The first program has started in 1998 with 16 students. In 2012 there are master programs in nine cities with over the 300 students. Meanwhile there are over the 2000 officially registered nurse practitioners in the Netherlands. There is special legislation including prescriptive authority.

Petrie is the past chair of the APN network of the International Council of Nursing. She is a member of the board of the Dutch Nurses’ association V&VN and several other national and international committees. She was active in the development of Skillscenters in Tanzania and she is responsible of the development of postgraduate courses for nurses in the Caribbean (Curacao). She has received several awards: a national award for the implementation of the Nurse Practitioner and an educational award for the innovation of the educational programs for nurses in the North of the Netherlands.