APNA Annual Conference Headliners


Sattaria (Tari) Dilks is a professor of nursing at McNeese State University and co-coordinator of McNeese’s Master of Science in Nursing programs. She is also director of the psychiatric/ mental health track for the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing partnership involving McNeese, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Tari obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee, her Master of Science in Nursing and her Master of Arts from McNeese, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Texas State University. She is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and licensed professional counselor in Louisiana.

In her President’s Address, Tari will explore the multifaceted nature of nursing and champion the unique role of psychiatric-mental health nurse. Celebrate the partnerships PMH nurses form with patients and see the ways PMH nurses can impact the future of care.


Nurse Kelley

Kelley Johnson is a Registered Nurse, nursing advocate, public speaker, and the most recent former Miss California USA. Previously, she represented the Miss Colorado Organization across the nation as Miss Colorado 2015. Kelley is remembered for her nursing monologue performance in 2015 that led to the famous "Doctor's Stethoscope" comment on the television show The View and the #NursesUnite campaign ignited across America. Kelley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nursing School at Grand View University, where she was also Valedictorian. Last May, Kelley graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The past three years for Nurse Kelley have included appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, E News, Inside Edition, and various other television, radio, and over 80 speaking engagements across our country where Kelley has consistently represented and advocated for the profession of nursing on a national level. Currently, Kelley lives and works out of Los Angeles as the Chief Nurse Advocate for Wanderly, a travel nursing technology company. Kelley is also the National Spokeswoman for Careismatic Brands, and continues to host and emcee television shows and pageants across America.


"Every nurse has a patient that reminds them why they became a nurse in the first place...."
At the Miss America pageant in 2016, Kelley Johnson delivered a unique monologue about her experience as a nurse and her patient, Joe, who reminded her that nurses change lives. This monologue sparked a national controversy when hosts on The View made derisive comments about the monologue and Kelley's stethoscope. Kelley became the central figure of a movement that united nurses together to combat the public's misconceptions of nurses.

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