These 20-minute educational sessions are brought to you by our industry partners and are held in the Education Expo Pavilion. Seating is limited and sessions do fill, so don’t be late!

Thursday, April 11

The Necessity of Nursing Leadership in Clinical Communication Decision Making | 9:45 – 10:05 a.m.

Health systems need to understand the critical importance of the nursing perspective when selecting clinical communication and collaboration (CC&C) tools. Single point devices and apps of the past — badges, legacy phones, pagers, secure texting — caused workflow fragmentation, inefficiency and risks to patient safety and HIPAA compliance. Sophisticated CC&C platforms that integrate communication, workflow and documentation in a single user experience hold great promise. Implementing an outcomes-driven mobile strategy that minimizes risk and increases adoption requires nursing leadership involvement from solution selection to ongoing results management. Hear a health system’s clinical mobility journey from fragmentation to unification through the eyes of the CNO: lessons learned, recommendations for success and real-world results.

Kathleen Seerup, MSHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital; Kathleen Harmon, MS, RN, CENP, chief clinical officer, PatientSafe Solutionss

True Patient Engagement: Becoming a Partner in Health Care | 10:15 – 10:35 a.m.

Patients are looking to get more out of their encounters with nurses — they’re looking for partnerships in their care. Fortunately, nurses are already positioned to provide this type of partnership — according to a recent New England Journal of Medicine study, 59 percent of clinical staff said the most effective patient engagement strategy is simply spending more time with them. In this presentation, MEDITECH Associate Vice President Cathy Turner will explain how technologies like Point of Care documentation and patient portals directly involve patients in their care, allow more effective communication with their care team, and improve patient outcomes.

Catherine Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, associate vice president, Client Services Division, MEDITECH

New Technology for Managing Incontinence and Protecting Skin | 10:45 – 11:05 a.m.

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is a prevalent condition that presents in as many as 45 percent of all incontinent patients in the acute care setting. In addition to pain and discomfort, IAD is an independent risk factor for Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries. The session will focus on IAD risk, the current state of prevention, and the impact that a new Incontinence Management System could have on nursing workflow for managing a patient’s urinary incontinence as part of a comprehensive prevention strategy.

Sean Tominey, senior marketing manager, new business accelerator, Hill-Rom

Putting Nurses First — Actionable Data to Improve Health Care Delivery | 11:15 – 11:35 a.m.

Nurses are the CEOs of a hospital — they must teach, advocate, be innovative and apply critical thinking — all while being the primary caregivers to their patients. And like a CEO of a business, they need tools to help streamline their efforts so that they can focus on the most important deliverable in front of them — providing care to patients. This session focuses on how data can be an ally in delivering better care and what tools are available today to best deliver that care, including tools that allow you to optimize your staffing levels, assisting in room turnover to reduce burnout and fatigue.

Neeraj Bhavani, chief executive officer, Tagnos

Technology Optimized Workforce Solutions Support a Healthier Bottom Line | 12:30 – 12:50 p.m.

Wages and benefits are the greatest expense for every health care organization. Engaged, qualified clinical employees are a health care organization’s most valuable assets. This session examines current clinical staffing challenges in health care and shares numerous ways that hospitals can leverage workforce management technology reduce labor costs, provide workflow visibility, drive staffing efficiency and increase employee engagement.

Optimized workforce technology solutions seamlessly integrate internal staff, float pool and agency staff into one scheduling, timekeeping and credential management system. This resource consolidation helps manage overtime and outside agency costs and empowers facilities to focus on providing quality patient care.

Kendra Hunter, president, StaffBridge Technology

Friday, April 12

The Future of Work | 9:45 – 10:05 a.m.

The future of work is now. It’s driven by multi-generational workforces, influenced by gig economy work dynamics and accelerated by industry disruptors and technologies. Today workers expect their technology at work to match the ease, speed and functionality of modern consumer applications. They are aware of the possibilities and efficiencies of automation and artificial intelligence. And like any other consumer grade technology, if it’s done well and provides benefits, they want it. While challenging and complex, there’s an opportunity to think differently. And that’s exactly what Kronos did with the development of tomorrow’s human capital management technology — Workforce Dimensions.

Laura Taylor, MSN, RN, senior workforce solutions consultant, Kronos

Improving Health Care Outcomes — The Business of Caring for People | 10:15 – 10:35 a.m.

In most large health systems today, there are dramatic differences in how nurses practice — across hospitals and even across units. When variation in care exists, hospitals are challenged to meet reimbursable quality measures and provide optimal patient care in every situation, every time. Join Wolters Kluwer’s Chief Nurse, Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods for this insightful discussion on factors that affect clinical care variation, and learn how our health care system will need to adapt to meet the growing need for standardized, coordinated care by implementing advanced clinical decision support based on the latest available evidence.

Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, chief nurse, Wolters Kluwer

GCU's OnPulse Professional Development Program | 10:45 – 11:05 a.m.

OnPulse with GCU is an onsite, complimentary program designed to increase employee retention and develop staff skillsets that positively impact patient experiences, quality and safe care and internal team culture. The program facilitates hands-on, customized activities and interactive discussions for nurses, leaders and auxiliary staff at no cost to our partner hospitals and health care facilities. OnPulse experts are highly qualified, experienced professionals who possess specialized skills and knowledge to coach and mentor on various educational topics. Bring OnPulse professional development to your facility or organization! GCU offers customized, onsite sessions in various topics for nursing staff and nursing leaders.

Cameron Whitcomb, MS, director, strategic alliances, Grand Canyon University; Sarah Wade, MS, university development manager, Grand Canyon University

The Future of AI in Nursing Talent Strategies | 11:15 – 11:35 a.m.

Nursing labor markets have never been tighter. With unemployment at 2.2 percent, nearly one-third of newly hired nurses turning over in the first year, and over one million job vacancies projected by 2024, nurse leaders need to transform their talent strategies. Artificial intelligence (AI) has already transformed the way we drive, the way we shop and the shows we watch...and is now making its way into health care. It has the potential to transform the way we recruit, hire and develop talent. This session will explore how nurse leaders are tackling talent challenges through new technologies and their impact on retention, quality and patient experience.

David Leonard, senior vice president, Arena