Winners Announced!

2021 Shift Report Writing Contest 

Entry Deadline: July 31, 2021

About The Conference

A nursing conference for nurses, by nurses, and about nurses and nursing. In our lives and careers. (A life is defined as interactions with other humans participating in activities one enjoys for those of you who have forgotten.) This is NOT a conference about your CEUs. NOT about certifications. NOT about whiteboards and surveys. It’s about you. The nurse. The overworked, underpaid, burnt-the-hell-out nurse. It’s about how we change all of that.

Come ready to learn, listen, hear, plan, scheme, dream, network. Maybe even bitch and moan a little – we’ll call it “processing.” Come ready to laugh. I mean really laugh, because I’m funny as hell.

Come ready to remember why you’re a nurse. Leave with a plan to be a better nurse. And let’s be absolutely clear: by better, I mean happier, with a crystal clear vision of the next 5 years of your nursing career. It’s time to take your nursing, and your life, to the next level.

2021 "Shift Report" Writing Contest - Winners Announced!

The inaugural 2021 Shift Report Writing Contest is over, and we are excited to announce our winners. We were blown away by how many impressive, moving, and creative entries we received. Selecting our 3 winners and 3 runners-up was an enormous challenge. So what are you waiting for? Click below to see our winners and read their entries.

The Shift Report Writing Contest is an opportunity for active and retired nurses, nurse educators, nursing students, and others to share their “shift reports” with a world that needs to hear them. Submissions for the 2021 contest were accepted from April 15 – July 31, 2021.


Jenney Floyd, RN

Registered Nurse

Jennifer Curtet

Certified Executive Coach

Mary L. Winsor

Writer & Educator

Jennifer M. Schrage, JD

Attorney & Educator

Rachel borup, phD


It’s about you. The overworked, underpaid, burnt-the-hell-out nurse. It’s about how we change all that.

– Jennifer Floyd, RN

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Jenney Floyd, RN

Jenney Floyd is a registered nurse with over 10 years experience in the ICU and ER. She completed her nurse residency program at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and spent 4 years in SICU before transitioning to ER in San Antonio. Focusing on positive changes in her own career led to the creation of Next Level Nursing. Jenney is also the Director of the San Antonio Division for The Blessing Project, a non-profit company with a focus on serving the homeless.

Jennifer Curtet

Jennifer Curtet shows up with high energy, a razor-sharp wit, and cutting-edge information! With over 20 years of experience as a Professional Speaker and Trainer, her strength and conviction on the platform have earned her standing ovations and rave reviews, around the world. She started out in the banking and finance world working for a Fortune 30 company and spent ten years as a leader, in a training role, where she honed her craft in leadership and employee development. Jennifer has since written four books and is a Certified Executive Coach who helps people increase their potential so that they can achieve higher levels of success. She has trained and coached 4-Star Generals, the highest-level executives at Coca-Cola, and even an Emmy nominated actress—the demand for her knowledge and perspective is very broad.

Mary L. Winsor

Mary L. Winsor teaches literature and creative writing at George Mason University where she is a third-year student in the MFA – Creative Writing program. Winsor grew up in the American Southwest, the setting for her short story and novel in progress. Winsor’s work has been published in Ploughshares, Carve Magazine and, most recently, La Presa.

Jennifer Meyer Schrage, JD

Jennifer Meyer Schrage is as an attorney, educator, author and advocate helping leaders manage conflict and develop more strategic organizations committed to inclusive excellence. With over a decade of experience as a senior leader at the University of Michigan implementing culture change within a shifting legal landscape and unprecedented public engagement, Jennifer knows how to build trust, promote justice and teach peace to create safe and just relationships and communities. Jennifer co-authored a book on campus conflict that remains a game-changer for the profession and her work has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other national publications.

Jennifer is currently the Senior Advisor to the Vice President at U-M and previously taught negotiation and mediation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Prior to her work in higher education, Jennifer was an attorney at the national headquarters of the United Auto Workers Legal Services Plan. Jennifer earned her law degree at the University of Arizona and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism and Political Science at Northern Arizona University. When she’s not engaging in very robust dialogues and working to transform difficult conflict into positive progress, Jennifer likes to hike the mountains of Montana, California and New Zealand and once shared a trail with a brown bear in Alaska.

Rachel Borup, PhD

Rachel Borup holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches medical humanities for health profession majors at the University of Utah.  She facilitates a literature and medicine discussion group at the University of Utah Hospital and is working on a novel.  She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter and the word’s cutest Goldendoodle.