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2018 SWPONL Annual Educational Conference

thank you joining us  for this opportunity for nurse leaders to learn about emerging issues and successful strategies while networking with fellow nursing colleagues from across the region.

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. 

2018 Conference Recap

Once again, it was a wonderful educational event with the most attendees, exhibitors and poster presentations in our 39 year Conference history! Attendees had opportunities for networking throughout the conference while enjoying a beautiful setting at 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.

Some lucky attendees won enviable baskets items in the ever popular basket drawings! The 50/50 raffle benefitted the charity choice of the winner – Goodwill will receive a $600 donation from SWPONL.

The opening keynote, Dr. Gero facilitated an interactive session – click here to view the Memtimeter screen shots. Also, here is the link to the TEDx Talk she referenced in her presentation: Patient Satisfaction or Patient Experience?

During the Awards Session we presented these prestigious poster awards:  

Overall Poster Award 
“Emergency Department Triage: Changing the Culture”
Jeffrey Beveridge

Excellence in Education and Innovation
1st Place - “Enlightening Registered Nurse (RN) Pain Management Knowledge and Attitude”
Dawn Klejka

2nd Place - “Clinical Failure of a Nursing Student: The Experience and Meaning for Faculty”
Amy Stoker

3rd Place - “Escape the Unit: Breaking Free of Common Quality”
Stephanie Chlosta, Olivia Glotfelty

Excellence in Nursing Leadership

1st Place – “Identifying and Addressing Moral Distress in Nurses Caring for Inpatient Palliative Care Patients at the End of Life”

Ashley Wills, Tammy Eaton

2nd Place - “Developing Nursing Care Team Partnerships”

Sharon Undereiner, Lynn Kosar

3rd Place - “Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmissions in a Large Inter-City Hospital with Project RED”
Darcy Shiner, Kimberly Whiteman

Excellence in Quality and Safety
1st Place - “The “5” at “5””
Kathy Henderson, Theresa Trkula, Wesley Parker

2nd Place – “Save the Face While Saving Lives”
Jacqueline Collavo, Julia Warner

3rd Place –  “A New Start to Reducing Employee Patient Handling”

Kelsey Archibald

Congratulations to all of the posters presenters - it was a highly competitive year and again, all accepted posters are to be congratulated!

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

“This is always now of my favorite conferences.”

“Excellent and inspiring speakers…”  

“This was a great year and we had many opportunities to network can’t wait until next year.”

“The speakers were very engaging and interesting to listen to their perspective on issues/topics.”

“This is the first conference I have attended in which all aspects were relevant and useful for my current position.

 “I gained some valuable pearls in each session…” 

“Evidence Based practice as a driving force in the care model was an intriguing lecture.”

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

Final Conference Program and Brochure 

Click here for the Final Conference Program and Brochure.

Click here for more information about the 2016 and 2017 annual conferences.

Please contact Linda Mason if you have any questions. 

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