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39th Annual SWPONL Conference
August 30- August 31, 2018 

SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS - please contact Linda Mason at lindam.kme@gmail.com for Sponsorship opportunities. 

Thank you for your support!

This conference represents great value when it comes to fulfilling your marketing needs. SWPONL exhibitors gain unique access to some of the area’s top nurse leaders. The attendees are nurses holding a variety of healthcare leadership positions. They represent healthcare facilities and academic institutions throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas and are typically responsible for overseeing staff nurses or other nurse leaders. Our attendees hold titles such as: Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Patient Care Services, Chief Clinical Officer, VP of Nursing, Division Direction and so many others. 

During this conference, SWPONL exhibitors have the opportunity to network one-on-one with leaders in the nursing field. SWPONL values our sponsors and we encourage dedicated time with the conference attendees during the breakfasts, breaks and lunch as well as during the Reception. 

We are confident that SWPONL’s conference can fulfill your marketing needs, and I encourage you to contact me at 412-344-1414 if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities. 

Thank you in advance for your continued support.  

Linda Mason 

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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