AHAPAC Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 AM

  • Breakfast with Michael Beschloss

    7:30 AM – 9:00 AM |Michael Beschloss Visit the Advocacy Action Center to learn more and purchase tickets to attend.

    Michael Beschloss provides gripping tales and brilliant inside analysis, revealing the leadership secrets of great Presidents and other towering figures in history. Winner of an Emmy award, Beschloss also serves as NBC News Presidential Historian and contributes to the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times.

Early Morning Concurrent Session 9:15 - 10:05 AM

  • Optimizing Nurse Staffing: Creating the Staffing Ecosystem

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 035

    Our traditional approaches in determining human resource needs to provide care for all patients who are serviced in our organizations and units have missed the mark. The one-dimensional approach has created chaos in daily staffing with significant nurse leader’s effort in finding flexible resources, associate dissatisfaction with staffing levels, and has cost health care organizations significant dollars in premium labor. The session will highlight how a large healthcare system successfully optimized staffing at the unit and enterprise level by utilizing operations research methodologies, and process improvement for standardization of staffing systems and work rules across the enterprise.


    Margaret Gavigan, MBA, MSN, RN, System Vice President, Nursing Business Operations, Advocate Health Care; Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, Principal and Practice Operations Leader, Philips Healthcare; Carole Miserendino, DrPH, RN, FACHE, Nurse Executive & Senior Consulting Manager, Philips Healthcare
  • Implementing Shared Governance in a rural healthcare system

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 105

    The attendee will leave this presentation with the knowledge that implementing a Shared Governance practice structure is a highly effective method of igniting and engaging the nursing workforce. This session will provide leaders with several practical, proven strategies to ensure successful implementation of a Shared Governance practice structure, even in a "challenging" environment. Additionally, the attendee will be armed with several examples of innovative and "fun" initial projects that will generate enthusiasm among the novice councils and ignite a spark across the organization, thus promoting sustainability.


    David Mader, BSN, RN, CCRN, AVP of Patient Care Services, Adirondack Health; Linda McClarigan, MSHA, BSN, RN, BC-HA, CNO, VP of Patient Care Services, Adirondack Health
  • Hospital and Post-Acute Partnerships: LINCT for Success

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 156

    The rapidly changing healthcare landscape along with an aging nation, have escalated the need for post-acute inter-organizational partnerships to assure optimal patient outcomes. Traditional post-acute medical management networks are expensive and may not be sufficient, as readmissions are largly influenced by broader social and operational factors. The emergence of nurse-driven interdisciplinary post-acute models, focused on shared accountability, risk stratification, and transparency of information, are realizing significant gains. With successful implementation, resulting post-acute care becomes more predictable, patient-centered, and efficient. This session will illustrate the building blocks of a successful nurse-driven post-acute care model in a collaborative environment.


    Dina Lipowich, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Executive Director, Care Coordination, Northwest Community Healthcare
  • Effective Communication for a Global Workforce

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 209

    This Session will describe the process for curriculum development and successful deployment of an innovative and supportive educational program which is changing the way foreign born nurses enculturate, communicate and interact within our complex healthcare setting.


    Carol Gregory, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Executive, HCA North Texas; Kathy Walton, BSN, MBA, CPN, Administrative Director of the Patient Experience and Organizational Learning, Medical City Dallas Hospital; Marci Ayers, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC, Division Manager of Onboarding Programs, HCA North Texas; Beatrice Bisombi, RN, BSN, Clinical Educator, Las Colinas Medical Center
  • Igniting the Best You, Nurse Director Fellowship Program

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 210

    AONE Nurse Director Fellowship will be described and the need for competent nurse leaders to help drive healthcare changes and advocate for change will be identified. Explore how cohort formation is key to igniting the adult learner. The learner will be able to describe four examples of projects that seek to drive change in healthcare organizations led by nurse leaders who have been armed with tools and resources to ensure success.


    Tonja Thigpen, MSN, CCNS, NEA-BC, Director Critical Care Services, Mary Washington Hospital; Janet Winebar, MSM, BSN, RN, CNML, Director of Perioperative Services, Texas Children's Hospital; Georgia Jackson, MPH, RN, NE-BC, Specialty Director, Surgical Services Director, WOC Nursing, Emory University Hospital; Ann McNeil, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Critical Care Transport, UCLA Health System
  • Board Member Duties: Does Nursing Presence Matter?

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 226

    This session addresses the national call for nurses to serve on governing boards to enhance quality and safety in health care. Nurse leaders will participate in interactive case studies that provide for the examination of how their presence on boards relates to the execution of their legal duties. Nurses who desire to or who are currently serving on boards will benefit from the self-assessment of their skills and developing a deeper understanding of their presence on governing boards.


    Yvonne Smith, PhD, APRN-CNS, Assistant Professor, Kent State University; Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, Instructor, Kent State University
  • Follow the Money: VBP and Nurse Sensitive Indicators

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 263

    Nurse executives are responsible for the delivery of high quality care and the financial health of their organization. This presentation will share critical changes in government and private sector payers aligning payment and quality outcomes. Integration of nationally recognized standards of care with the knowledge, skill and abilities of “point of care” nurse competency in Core Measures, Hospital Acquired Conditions, patient engagement, population health management, outcomes measured by NDNQI and the connection to reimbursement will be discussed.


    Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSC(h), FAAN, FACHE, Principle, RMA Consulting of Arizona; Anne McNamara, PhD, RN, Executive Vice President, Galen Center for Professional Development
  • Nursing Programs Facilitate Seamless Care and Patient Transitions

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 312

    Ensuring timely patient discharge and helping patients safely transition to post-discharge care are among the most difficult challenges facing health care providers. In this session, the presenters describe two complementary programs that facilitate effective discharge planning, patient transitions, and continuity of care. The programs have yielded financial benefits by decreasing hospital length of stay and unplanned 30-day readmissions, while highlighting nursing’s leadership role in ensuring safe and effective care across the continuum.


    Marsha Maurer, RN, MS, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Mary Jo Brogna, RN, MS, Associate chief nurse for patient throughput and case management, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Sarah Moravick, MBA, Director of Improvement and Innovation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Improve where you C-FIT: Clinical Financial Integration Team

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 399

    Discover how one organization took a proactive approach to addressing the financial changes that are affecting healthcare, while focusing on superior patient care. Clinical Financial Integration Team (C-FIT) demonstrate how a structured framework led to improved patient outcomes and substantial savings of over $66 million dollars. Learn ways to focus on not only providing the best to the patients we serve, but also embrace the changes to reimbursement such as the affordable care act implementation and the advent of accountable care. Integrating C-FIT into this large academic medical center has proven to be imperative in the success of this organization.


    Julia Dexter, RN, BSN, Clinical Project Manager, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center; Jennifer Hopwood, DNP, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Nursing, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center; Cassy Horack, MS, BSN, PSL, Vice President Quality and Safety, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center; Julia Dexter, RN, BSN, Clinical Project Manager, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center; Robert Garcia, MBA, Manager Clinical Strategy Analysts, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
  • Nurse succession planning from bedside to the CEO

    9:15 - 10:05 AM|ID: 525

    The presenters, a nurse CEO and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, will leave attendees excited to return to any size healthcare entity across the continuum to share data and outcomes to fully support the case that effective succession planning leads to an organizational culture of internal promotion for nurses from the bedside to the CEO. Attendees will leave with a toolkit that will enable immediate implementation of a one page leadership dashboard profile and a program that defines how to assess talent, design a development plan, and complete a succession plan from the clinical nurse to the CEO role.


    Lamont Yoder, MBA, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer, Banner Health; Keturah R. Hallmosley, MBA, PhD(c), SPHR, Director, Talent Development Nursing and Provider Leadership, Banner Health

Morning Concurrent Session 10:25 - 11:15 AM

  • Moral Distress as Experienced by Chief Nursing Officers

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 189

    Session participants can expect a candid discussion regarding the existence and realities of managerial moral distress. Participants will come to understand that this is a repetitive experience for nurse leaders; one that causes isolation, physical and psychological sequelae. Moral distress causes nurse leaders to leave their facilities and seek work elsewhere. The nurse leaders that informed this study wanted to assure further discussion at professional forums. “We need to talk about this (issue) and not stay quiet.”


    Angela Prestia, PhD RN NE-BC, Corporate Chief Nurse, Health Services, The GEO Group; Rose Sherman, EdD RN NEA-BC FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
  • Nursing Leaders Creating a Strengths-Based Culture

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 322

    Traditional employee performance measurement programs are cumbersome, inaccurate, and ineffective in the current age of employee engagement and its relationship to positive patient outcomes. This session will describe the transition of a large regional health system to a strengths-based employee engagement program. Insights into nursing management and staff nurse engagement in the program will be discussed. Nursing/Human Resource collaborations will be explored, and recommendations for planning and implementation will also be addressed.


    Laurie Zone-Smith, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Executive Director: Nursing Practice, Education, & Research, Mission Health; Nancy Critcher-White, BA, Director of Employee and Volunteer Engagement, Mission Health; Rhonda Robinson, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, CNML, Director Medical-Surgical Units & Mission Interventional Spine, Mission Hospital
  • Expert to Novice: Journey of a Nurse Executive

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 391

    To inspire the next generation of nurse leaders to grow and excel in their role, we need to better understand the transition to practice period for new nurse executives. This session will explore the professional development trajectory of a new nurse executive. The path from expert nurse leader to novice/advanced beginner nurse executive will be explained in order to equip you with insight to support and mentor your leaders in transition. If you are a leader looking to transition to a new role, this information will prepare you to succeed as you take on a new challenge and grow professionally.


    Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, Executive Director: Discovery and Contemporary Nursing Practice, Indiana University Health
  • "Coopetition" between two community hospitals: Stronger Together!

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 424

    The attendee can expect: 1) The impact of transformational leadership and chaos theory in innovation 2) Understanding the need for nursing leadership to partner in new ways outside of typical networks or relationships given today's challenges with retention, cost management and community wellness 3) A dynamic discussion from 2 CNOs and their reports that decided to partner that started with an unscheduled phone call which led to a partnership that was celebrated by a community 4) Idea generation of opportunities for unconventional partnering from the group - high cost and low return/volume services 5) Staff Retention ideas


    Katie Boston-Leary, MHA MBA, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, Sr. VP of Patient Care Services, Union Hospital of Cecil County; Jane Mericle, , CNO, VP, AI Dupont Nemours hospital for children
  • Leaders of Innovation in Nursing: Key Characteristics

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 488

    There is an urgent need for innovation in healthcare and nursing to successfully meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment. Inculcating innovation into nursing organizations requires leadership and, in particular, nurses with competencies to lead innovation with skill and knowledge. This session will explore five themes of characteristics underlying innovation leader behaviors that were identified in a study of nursing innovation experts. Participants will gain information that supports the development of thoughtful and evidence based education to support nurse leaders as they embed innovation into their settings, wherever those settings may be.


    Joan Vitello-Cicciu, Ph.D,RN,NEA-BC, FAHA,FAAN, Dean, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Barbara Weatherford, PhD,RN,CNE, Program Director, Diversity Nursing Scholars, College of Nursing; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Kathleen Bower, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Principal Emeritus, The Center for Case Management
  • Using Appreciative Inquiry to SOAR through Strategic Planning

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 497

    Understanding and utilizing a journey of excellence allows nurse leaders to capture and synthesize significant work accomplishments in a succinct way that is easily shared. Through the adoption and application of appreciative inquiry, nurse leaders can engage the team promoting both collaboration and participation. This system CNO will discuss how this strategic planning framework using SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results) can and will connect and align system shared governance councils, unit councils, as well as program teams with the health systems strategic initiatives resulting in significant goal achievement in nurse sensitive indicators, quality, reducing preventable harm and employee engagement.


    Barbara Wadsworth, DNP,RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health; Fiona Felton, MSN, RN, MBA, System Director, Nursing Resources, Main Line Health
  • Engage Educate Enculturate: Recruitment of New Nurse Graduates

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 513

    Explore the concepts of how a Student Nurse Program and Graduate Nurse Residency program together complement one another as strategies to recruit and retain new nurses. Tapping nursing students early in their academic journey is an innovative way to ensure a long range staffing plan and future organizational needs.


    Isabella McCool, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Leadership Development Specialist, Deaconess Hospital Inc.
  • Care Zones Staffing Assignment Model: Optimizing Care Delivery

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 532

    Learners will be able to Identify ineffective workflow patterns that interrupt efficient and safe patient centered care. Learners will be able comprehend how the workflow process of Care Zones staffing model enhances the effectiveness, timeliness, and lessens the workload for healthcare providers.Learners will observe an interactive example of an actual spaghetti pattern nursing assignment that lead to negative results. The Care Zones model will enlighten and guide learners in achieving safe efficient patient centered care assignments for optimal patient and nurse outcomes on their units.


    William Kingsley-Mota, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Transition Facilitator, Emory University Hospital; Barbara Hill, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory University Hospital
  • Best Practices in Nursing Leadership: 2017 Award Winners

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 544

    Join us to hear from the winners across multiple categories of nursing leadership practice and find out how to apply their best practices to your program. We’ll recognize the winners in these categories: Mentorship, Diversity, Affiliate Achievement, and Early Careerist.


    Prism Diversity Award: Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, assistant professor and specialty coordinator, University of Alabama School of Nursing, Mentor Award: Beth Brooks, PhD, RN, FACHE, president, The Brooks Group LLC, Early Careerist Award: Todd E. Griner, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, executive director critical care services Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • The Future of Master’s Nursing Administration Programs

    10:25 - 11:15 AM|ID: 542

    Healthcare systems need strong, well-prepared leaders to address the tidal wave of change engulfing our healthcare system. CGEAN, the professional organization focused on graduate education and research in nursing administration, is committed to advancing master’s nursing administration programs to ensure quality standards, evidence-based strategies and relevant curricula to prepare strong nursing leaders for today’s evolving healthcare system. This presentation will address critical issues surrounding master’s nursing administration programs with a focus on recommendations from a “Circle of Advisors” comprised of national leaders convened at CGEAN’s 2016 biennial conference. The nursing administration research agenda required to advance evidence-based strategies for effective nursing leadership will also be addressed.


    Barbara Cherry, DNSc, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, professor, associate dean and department chair, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Karen Kowalski, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, President/CEO, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence; Pat Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, professor and dean emerita, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Closing Endnote 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Lessons from Gettysburg

    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM |Steven B. Wiley Founder and President, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

    Wiley, an expert on leadership in the Civil War, will describe Col. Joshua Chamberlain, Commander of the 20th Maine and the leadership he demonstrated to protect the “left flank” of the Union Army on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Wiley’s focus on transactional, transformational, and anticipatory leadership – qualities demonstrated by Col. Joshua Chamberlain—will draw on lessons from the past that equip us for the future.

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