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2017 Annual SWPONL Conference - thank you for joining us! 

Nurse Leaders - Managing the Present, Anticipating the Future
August 31- September 1, 2017

The SWPONL Annual Educational Conference offers you the opportunity to learn from our expert speakers as well as from experienced peers who share your same journey. 

It was a wonderful educational event with a record number of attendees, exhibitors and poster presentations. Participants enjoyed a beautiful setting of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Thank you to the Conference Planning Committee for their tireless efforts over the past year to deliver this exceptional educational opportunity. Also, thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Conference. There were lots of opportunities for networking throughout the conference and some lucky attendees won enviable items in the ever popular raffle drawings! The 50/50 raffle benefitted the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Relief and the donation was sent in the amount of $1,500!

The Conference reviews are in and the some of the feedback includes:  

“The program, venue and networking went beyond my expectations. Thank you!”

“This was the best conference I have ever attended...It will be difficult to top!”

“I have been to several conferences - this was, by far, one of the most beneficial in terms of educational content - pertinent to nurses at all levels and in many different settings. The educational/ planning team prepared a wonderful program. The evening reception was very nice and the atmosphere during the entire conference was open and comfortable and facilitated dialogue and networking. I met so many new people there.”

“I don't think anything could top this conference…”

“I enjoyed every presentation and gained invaluable insight into the topics.”

“I just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed the different topics of this conference. The committee took a little risk with the PTSD, opioid, and LGBT speakers and I think it was worth it! I was engaged and interested and it wasn't the same topics that you always get at conferences like this…THANK YOU, this was a truly refreshing conference.”

“The meeting was terrific and networking exceptional.”

“This was one of the best conferences. Timing was great. Speakers had enough time to get their points across.”

“Love the venue. Great opportunity for networking. It's nice to see SWPONL growing and with such a high quality conference...”

During the Awards Session we presented these prestigious poster awards:  

Excellence in Education and Innovation
1st Place
Implementation of Nurse Driven Delirium Preventative
Interventions at UPMC Mercy
Erin Flanagan, Jusjit Lalli, Jennie Galonski, Stasi Tadic

2nd Place
Education in Transition: Creating a Nursing Professional Development Program in Kazakhstan
Sandy Giammona, Frank G. Ricci

Excellence in Nursing Leadership
1st Place -Revitializing the OR’s Unit Based Council: Improving the Present to Empower Nurses in the Future
Nicole Schliecker

2nd Place - Development of a Standardized Charge Nurse Orienation Process at an Urban Teaching Hospital
Edward Monroe, Mark Lengvarsky, Laura Watkinson

Excellence in Quality and Safety
1st Place - Creating a Culture of Nursing Bedside Report Through Shared Leadership
Sharon Janchett, Lindsay Pegher, Shannon Rozyczka

2nd Place - Reduction Dose Related Medication Errors and Incomplete Reassessments Following Administration of Pain Medication Decreasing VTE rates in the Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery Population
Christina M. Watkins

Overall Poster Award - Once again, congratulations to Erin Flanagan, Jusjit Lalli, Jennie Galonski, Stasi Tadic for their poster entitled: Implementation of Nurse Driven Delirium Preventative Interventions at UPMC Mercy

Congratulations to all of the posters presenters!

Thank you to all of the sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support of the 2017 SWPONL Conference. Their sponsorship helps to mark this event as a premier educational opportunity.

For the attendees who asked for more information about the RightBio Metrics ph measuring device please click here.

La Salle University is offering a discount to SWPONL conference attendees and to any nurses at your place of employment. Click here for the complete program and details.

Click here to view the final 2017 SWPONL Conference Program and please visit the website for photos from the Conference. 

Save the Date and join us for these SWPONL events!

2017 Fall Education and Networking Session:
Wednesday, November 15th
Speaker: Paula Coe
More information and registration details will be announced soon!

 2018 Conference:
August 30 - August 31, 2017 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. 

2016 Annual SWPONL Conference 

On behalf of the Conference Committee and the SWPONL Board, thank you for joining us at the 37th Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Educational Conference: Transformational Leadership: Embracing and Influencing Change, September 1-2, 2016. 

In addition to the outstanding speakers, and an impressive collection of poster presentations, attendees had the opportunity to meet and network with other nurse leaders from across our region.

It was a wonderful Conference with a record number of participants in the beautiful setting of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Thank you to the Conference Planning Committee for their tireless efforts over the past year to deliver an exciting educational opportunity. Also, thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Conference.

The Conference reviews are in and the some of the feedback includes:  
“Perfect. One of the best conferences ever.”
"
As this was my first experience here, I was amazed! I am still absorbing and look forward to next year. :)” 
“I have been to 2 conferences now. They are great. Not biased towards any health care system. Focus is on exactly what the organization describes itself to be.”
“One of the best conferences/speakers in recent years.”
“This was an excellent conference.”
“love the venue”
“The Keynote speakers were wonderful. Thank you.”
“Great conference! Everything was terrific this year!”
“Everything was absolutely fantastic and wonderful.”

There were lots of opportunities to meet with new and old friends throughout the conference and some lucky attendees won enviable items in the ever popular raffle drawings!

During the Awards Session we presented these prestigious poster awards:  

Excellence in Education and Innovation

1st Place
Transition to Practice: Building the Foundation

Laura McNally

2nd Place
Partnering to Keep Patients and Families Informed: “My Daily Plan of Care”

Lauren Saul, Jill Bertoty, Sherri Jones, Karen Thurner

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

1st Place
Obtaining and Sustaining the 90th Percentile in Patient Satisfaction
Shawn Vietmeier

2nd Place
Breaking Down Barriers to Increase Specialty Nursing Certification

Barbara McGurgan, Kerry Maier, Peggy Hayden

Excellence in Quality and Safety
1st Place
A Deep Dive into Catheter Associated UTI and Device Utilization: What’s the Issue?

Anne Ward, Diane Krueger, Nina Tatar

2nd Place
Decreasing VTE rates in the Neurosurgical Spinal Surgery Population

Edward Monroe, Rebekah Timko, Danielle Kaib

Overall Poster Award
Transforming the Culture and Staff Vitality in the ASC: A Success Story
Nancy Hickcox, Sherri Jones, Patricia Monk, Alisha Ravenstahl

Congratulations to all of the posters presenters!

Thank you to all of the sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support of the 2016 SWPONL Conference. Their sponsorship helps to mark this event as a premier educational opportunity.

Click here for the Final Program and Brochure.

  


Meet our Speakers

We are honored to introduce our opening Keynote speaker, Vicki Hess, RN, BSN, MS, for the 2016 SWPONL Educational Conference. Vicki has been voted a TOP 5 Healthcare Speaker by Speaking.com for 4 years in a row.  And she is recognized as a American Hospital Association top speaker. 

Vicki will be presenting on the topic of Employee Engagement, Leading and Succeeding in a Do-More-With-Less World.  Vicki brings her unique views on patient & employee engagement that are evidence-based, relatable and real world. Organizations that implement Vicki’s ideas experience increased productivity, safety, quality, retention, client satisfaction, creativity and more. She is the go-to resource for positively impacting employee  engagement in healthcare. Vicki will also present in a concurrent session at the SWPONL Conference for participants to further understand their engagement challenges. 

As a keynote speaker, trainer, consultant and author of 4 books; Vicki inspires clients to take action by sharing high impact, easy to implement ideas that transform the way people work. As a cancer survivor and victim of a surgical mistake she brings the voice of the patient into her programs.

Vicki is the author of:

  • 6 Shortcuts to Employee Engagement: Lead & Succeed in a Do-More-with-Less World (Business Edition & Healthcare Edition)
  • SHIFT to Professional Paradise: 5 Steps to Less Stress, More Energy & Remarkable Results at Work
  • The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Hiring, Firing & Inspiring (Sigma Theta Tau International, April 2010)
  • 28-Day Professional Paradise Diary

She has also written for AONE Nurse Leader, American Nurse TodayHospital & Health Network, Becker’s Hospital Review, NurseTogether.com and the Baltimore Business Journal. Additionally, she has previously served as an adjunct professor at John’s Hopkins University Graduate School of Business.

Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW is cofounder of The Resilience Group, promoting growth and change in individuals, groups and organizations for over thirty-five years. Dr. Shure is an executive coach, leadership consultant, psychotherapist, and national expert on bolstering resilience and self-confidence. Named a “Top Doc for Women” by Philadelphia Magazine, she writes for the Huffington Post, has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer and has been a guest on National Public Radio and CBS television

Beth Weinstock, PhD, is cofounder of The Resilience Group, promoting growth and change in individuals, groups and organizations for over thirty-five years. Dr. Weinstock is a clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and national speaker who guides individuals and work groups through successful transformations. She has taught at universities on both coasts and is a published author on executive coaching that supports leaders facing new roles and increased responsibilities. Dr. Weinstock founded Women’s LeadershipWorks, a non-profit organization committed to fostering young women’s success in the work place. She is on the faculty of the Athena Leadership Lab at Barnard College, NYC, the Close School for Entrepreneurship at Drexel University, Philadelphia,  PA  and the Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA,  writes for the Huffington Post and has been a guest on National Public Radio.

Denise M. Rousseau is the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. She is the faculty chair of the Health Care Policy and Management program. She was the 2004-2005 President of the Academy of Management and the 1998-2007 Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Rousseau received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in psychology and anthropology, and holds several honorary doctorates.

Rousseau founded in 2007 the Evidence-Based Management Collaborative, a network of scholars, consultants, and practicing managers to promote evidence-informed organizational practices and decision making. Its outreach today operates as the Center for Evidence-Based Management (www.cebma.org). Rousseau has received a variety of awards from the Academy of Management including its Scholarly Contributions to Management and Career Service Awards, two George Terry Awards for best management book (Psychological Contracts in Organizatons, I-Deals: Idiosyncratic Deals), the OB Division’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Practice Theme Committee’s Career Award, the Human Resource Division’s Mentoring Award, and the Hughes Award for Career Research.

Look for more information on the following speakers soon!

Thursday, September 1

Shelley Watters, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Director, Cultural Excellence
UPMC Shadyside

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer
Main Line Health System
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




Friday, September 2

Kathy W. Humphrey
Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement
Chief of Staff
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Marge DiCuccio, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania





SWPONL sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Linda Mason at lindam.kme@gmail.com  or at 412-344-1414 if you are interested in supporting  SWPONL or if you have any questions. 

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors.

Click here to see the Final Program and List of Sponsors and Exhibitors.






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