The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium would like to introduce you to some of the speakers on the program. Below is a snipet to provide you with some unique insight into their background and presentation(s). Posts will be added on a monthly basis, so be sure to check back. Have a look!

Nancy Norton is a keynote speaker and comedian known for performing uniquely funny shows that connect with universal truths through her intuitive, high energy, fast paced, and engaging style. Nancy is also a Registered Nurse and delivers hilarious healthcare anecdotes that will leave you in stitches… and really wanting to stay out of the hospital.

Q: How did you go from working as a registered nurse to a full time comedian and keynote speaker?

A: Before touring as a comedian and keynote speaker full time, I worked as a registered nurse off and on since 1983. I had always wanted to tour full time but nursing was an imprinted profession for me. I come from a family of five generations of nurses, and when I went to nursing school it gave me a huge sense of confidence.

As a single mom, I’ve been very grateful for my nursing life and the stability that comes with it. It wasn’t until three years ago, when my son was old enough, that I was able to follow my passion for comedy.


Q: How is being a comedian similar to nursing?

A: In both of my careers the thing I loved most about my role was the genuine connection with people. I mean, what else is there to live for? As a nurse, I loved doing home and hospice care because it’s really the most authentic and precious time with people. It’s a time in their lives where they don’t waste their words and you make very genuine connections with them.

It’s the same with stand up. During my shows I am very intentional with my content and try to give to the audience to feel that connection with them. Each show is personal and I always want people to feel like they’re part of the show and are enjoying themselves.


Q: What advice can you offer to nurse practitioners attending the symposium?

A: For me, there’s a lot of truth in when we laugh and that’s what my keynote is all about.

Humour is a basic human need, and is something that needs to be a higher priority in our lives. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety in working as a nurse practitioner and comedy is something that can easily relieve that. Incorporating a humour break in something simple nurses can bring into their day to day lives that can create a real impact. Thinking a funny thought or keeping funny moments and visuals shelved for when you need a break only takes 5 seconds and can take you out of that state of anxiety, increase your creative problem solving and help you distress.


Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: People might be surprised to hear that I have hit bottom a couple of times in my life, and that humour has helped me get through some real traumas. The “Ahahaha moment” came to me out of necessity, and I used it get me back on feet. I can truly understand how important it is to bring humour into our daily lives and have those real connections with the people around us.



Dr. Eileen O’Grady is certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach with people to reverse or entirely prevent disease.  With over 35 years of experience in health care, she believes deeply that more attention must be paid to getting us unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness. 


Q: What’s a day in your life?

A: It’s important for me to feel nourished in the morning. Every day, when I wake up, I try do something physical and then spend about an hour reaching in the morning before I begin working. I try to keep balance in my day and block some time for the three book projects I have in the works. In the evenings, I intentionally pull away from work and screens. Even though I’m not always successful I try to have that downtime.


Q: Tell us more about your career. What was your experience shifting from a career as a nurse practitioner to a life & wellness coach?

A: Becoming a nurse practitioner in 1986 was one of the best decisions of my life. For nearly 2 decades, I worked in primary care with expertise in sports medicine and always loved having the privilege of knowing the whole person when I was working with my patients.

About mid-way through my career, I was looking for more way to grow and develop myself. Having always loved caring holistically for my patients, I could understand the anatomy and interrelatedness of physiology and psychology and wanted to continue this research. I wanted to become more skillful in having conversations that would help patients who were coming in for chronic illnesses that I knew were largely related to lifestyle choices. I began to struggle with my own ineffectiveness as a clinical expert by having this education but still feeling unable to help patients change their lifestyle.

As a life and wellness coach, my body of knowledge as a nurse practitioner was extremely helpful. I’m able to understand all the clinical and pharmaceutical dimensions my patients bring to me and can help them craft questions for their providers. I feel like I’m bringing a whole different level of knowledge and expertise to a coaching relationship and bringing a level of safety to them.


Q: What does “speaking the unspeakable” mean to you?

A: To me, it means saying things aloud that could be very difficult to acknowledge, it’s when we begin a transformation in our lives.


Q: What’s one thing you’d like attendees to take away from the symposium session?

A: The notion here is that we cannot pour from an empty cup, I feel strongly that nurse practitioners must be practicing more self-care. We all have a lot more agency over our lives than we realize and I hope that attendees can take a look at their lives and prioritize for themselves. I hope they look across their lives and can evaluate what’s working and what isn’t, what they want to say yes to and what they want to say no to.

We are in the business of health care, and we should be paying much more attention to our own health and wellness. We can all be more genuine, more generous, more attuned to our patients and more loving to our families when we have established behaviors in our life where we put our own health and wellness as a major priority.

Future Dates

July 8-11, 2021, pre-symposium day July 7 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 21-24, 2022, pre-symposium day July 20 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 20-23, 2023, pre-symposium day July 19 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 18-21, 2024, pre-symposium day July 17 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 17-20, 2025, pre-symposium day July 16 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 16-19, 2026, pre-symposium day July 15 (Keystone, Colorado)
July 15-18, 2027, pre-symposium day July 14 (Keystone, Colorado)

Merchant Offerings

Process: Local businesses would like to welcome participants of the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium (NNPS) with special offerings. Simply show your NNPS badge to take advantage of these offerings.

Details: Merchant (restaurants, clothing, novelty items, activities, etc.) offerings will be posted here as the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium approaches, and updated frequently. Check back here a week or two before the symposium, and frequently thereafter, as we anticipate daily updates during that time.

The Fine Print: 

  • Offerings are exclusive to NNPS registrants.
  • Show the merchant your NNPS badge to take advantage of their offering.

Merchant Offerings

Local businesses would like to welcome participants of the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium with special offerings. Simply show your NNPS badge to take advantage of these offerings. Below are the current offerings. Please check back for updates.

9280' Tap House

River Run (Silvermill)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 496-4333
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm
10% off

Arriesgado Clothing Company

River Run (Black Bear Lodge)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 368-6454
Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm (Mon-Thurs) / 10:00am-8:00pm (Fri-Sun)
15% off

Bighorn Bistro & Bar

Lakeside (Keystone Lodge)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 496-3470
Hours: 5:30pm-9:00pm
15% off

Cures 'N Curiosities

Lakeside Village
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 468-6900
Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm
10% off
(except red tag items)

Keystone Ranch

1437 County Road 150
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 496-4161
Hours: 5:30pm-9:00pm (happy hour 4:30pm-5:30pm)
15% off

Kidz Cabin

River Run (Silvermill)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 468-0292
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm
Free Gift +
10% off
(except red tag items)

Little Blue House

River Run (Silvermill)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 368-6901
Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm (Sun-Thurs) / 10:00am-8:00pm (Fri-Sat)
10% off

Ready Paint Fire!

Lakeside Village
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 368-4645
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm (happy hour 6:00pm-9:00pm)
Studio fee waived

Rockin' R Ranch Trading Post

River Run (Arapahoe Lodge)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 262-3558
Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm
10% off
all gifts & shirts
(except red tag items)

Ski Tip Lodge Restaurant

764 Montezuma Rd
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 496-4950
Hours: 5:45pm-8:45pm
15% off

Snake River Saloon & Steakhouse

23074 Highway 6
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 468-2788
Hours: Bar 4:00pm / Restaurant 6:00pm
$5 off food total


River Run (Silvermill)
Keystone, CO
Phone: (970) 496-4733
Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm (Mon-Fri) / 7:00am-5:00pm (Sat-Sun)
10% off

Poster Information


  • All boards are double sided
  • 2 posters per board (1 each side) maximum
  • Boards will be pre-numbered according to assigned poster numbers
  • Maximum size of the poster is 8′ horizontal x 4′ vertical (unless alternate dimensions have been approved by the NNPS Program Committee)
  • Pins or velcro are recommended for attachment


  • Thursday, July 8
    Posters can be put up starting at 12:00 pm
  • Friday, July 9
    Display hours 7:00am – 7:00pm (Authors present posters 4:45pm – 5:15pm)
  • Saturday, July 10
    Display hours 7:00am – 5:00pm (Authors present posters 1:00pm – 1:30pm and 3:00pm – 3:30pm)
  • Sunday, July 11
    Display hours 7:00am – 10:00am (Authors present posters 7:30am – 8:00am)
    All posters must be removed by 12:00 pm

REGISTRATION: Poster Presenters are required to attend the Symposium and register for minimum of Friday, Saturday and Sunday presentation days. A $150 tuition credit is offered per poster to help partially offset registration fees. 

POSTER PRODUCTION & DELIVERY SERVICE (OPTIONAL): OfficeMax is offering hassle-free poster production and delivery service for the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium. Using their online template, you can upload your poster content to be printed and have it waiting for you upon your arrival at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium*Click here to access additional details and upload your poster content (if it has been previously accepted for presentation) or contact OfficeMax’s Silverthorne, Colorado location directly:

297 Summit Place
Silverthorne, CO 80498
Phone: (970) 468-9155
Please select Store #6604 as your order location.

* Poster content needs to be uploaded no later than Tuesday, July 6 in order to meet delivery deadlines.