Rocky Mountain Retreat

Nurse Practitioner Wellness:
A Rocky Mountain Self-Care Retreat to Reflect, Regroup and Re-Charge
July 17-18, 2018
Keystone Ranch & Keystone Conference Center
Keystone, Colorado

WHO: Nurse Practitioners by nature are very giving people, but are you giving so much that you have little left when it comes time to take care of yourself?  Are you looking for ways to confront a lifestyle or job that is not serving you? Do you need to learn when and how to say no, step out of the state of being overwhelmed and not feel guilty about it? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this retreat is for you! 

WHAT:  This day and a half retreat that will teach you to:

  • gather motivation and set goals to make permanent lifestyle changes
  • build on your core strengths
  • interrupt the patterns that add stress to your life
  • set boundaries and create your own personal policies
  • master habit formation
  • learn the art of self-care
  • …..and so much more!

WHY: You and your patients are best served when you also take the time to do what’s right for you. This retreat will help you reflect, regroup, take charge of this critical component and create the kind of life and work you deserve!   We are all in the business of health: promoting it, helping others find it, teaching it and showing it.  This retreat will help you master the art of self-care without feeling selfish, because you can’t give away what you don’t have.

This retreat will keep you in compliance with the ANA Code of Ethics, Provision 5, which states: The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including:

  • responsibility to promote health and safety
  • preserve wholeness of character and integrity
  • maintain competence, and;
  • continue personal and professional growth

The purpose of the retreat is to singularly focus on the personal and professional growth in caring for the self, which will allow each attendee to build a plan that reflects their most important values.  Each person will leave with a sense of duty to make their own health, wellness and wholeness, not only possible, but a priority.

Keystone Ranch

WHERE: Tuesday’s program will take place at Keystone Ranch, an original 1930’s Ranch homestead of rustic elegance, overlooking Keystone Ranch Golf Course, with spectacular views of Swan Mountain and the Ten Mile Range. Wednesday’s program will take place at the Keystone Conference Center, a state-of-the-art facility nestled in a mountain valley in central Colorado’s high country, with the magnificent Rocky Mountains serving as the surrounding backdrop. 

It is approximately 3.6 miles from the Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch. A complimentary symposium shuttle will transport you between Keystone Conference Center and Keystone Ranch (see agenda below), however you are welcome to drive yourself if you would like to take a scenic ride at your leisure, before or after Tuesday’s program. 

Eileen O’Grady PhD, RN, NP

Dr. Eileen O’Grady is certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach to practice extreme self-care to reverse or entirely prevent disease.  She is an expert on intentional change in humans—with an emphasis on the importance of identifying and getting unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness.

She operates the School of Wellness near Washington, D.C. and has been featured on NPR’s Talk of The Nation as an expert on battling obesity and empowering patients to make permanent lifestyle changes. Her newest book, Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach, 6th edition, is due out in 2018. 

ACCREDITATION: 9.5 contact/CE hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire retreat (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.


Tuesday, July 17  
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration (located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 am Shuttle Departure from Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch
9:00 am – 10:30 am How We Got Here
10:30 am – 10:45 am Beverage Break (complimentary)
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Extreme Self-Care
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (complimentary)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm How Adults Change
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Beverage Break (complimentary)
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Ways of Growing
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Our Best Selves
4:30 pm Shuttle Departure from Keystone Ranch to Keystone Conference Center
Overnight You will have a small overnight assignment

Wednesday, July 18
8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (complimentary – located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 am – 10:30 am Immunity to Change
10:30 am – 10:45 am Beverage Break (complimentary)
10:45 am – 11:30 am Owning Our Strengths
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Making it Happen
12:15 pm Adjourn