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SWPONL Annual Educational Conference

Thank you for joining SWPONL for our 40th Anniversary Annual Conference!

Photos from the Conference  
A special thank you to the Conference Planning Committee for their tireless efforts over the past year to deliver this exceptional educational opportunity. The Education and Membership Committee works together to review feedback from attendees and to plan for future trends. 

Click here to view the final 2019 SWPONL Conference Program which includes an additional poster presented at the conference in Nursing Leadership:
Transformational Leadership and Strategic Staff Allocation
Jamie Seliga, Carissa Rosselli, Carrie Jeffery, Mpande Mwape
UPMC Passavant, Pittsburgh, USA

Congratulations to all of the poster presenters - it was the most highly competitive year to date. All accepted authors are to be congratulated!  During the Awards Session these prestigious poster awards were presented:  

Next Level Champions: Creating an Expert RN Team for DCD Donors
Kate Spiering1, Amy Weisgerber2
1UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, USA, 2CORE, Pittsburgh, USA

Nurse-Driven Delirium Protocol
Erin Flanagan1, Stasa Tadic1, Jusjit Lalli1, Christine Bridge2, Andrew Bilderback2
1UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, USA, Wolff center, Pittsburgh, USA 

Improving New Graduate Nurse Recruitment and Retention Through A Medical-Surgical Rotation Program
Catherine Green
UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh, USA

Independent Double Check: Heightened Vigilance on Medication Safety
Jacqueline Collavo, Paula Coe
Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, USA

Promoting Excellence in Bedside Shift Report to Optimize the Patient Experience
Sharon Hanchett, Karen Urban, Kaite Falconi, Andrew Thomas, Sherri Jones
UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, USA

Using the Patient Centered Value System to Connect Feedback with Action
Jessica Carlson
UPMC Innovation Center, Pittsburgh, USA

Developing an Educational Program on Alternatives to Restraints to Reduce Restraint Usage in the Medical/Surgical ICU
Brett Mohney
UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, USA

Increased On-Time Operating Room (OR) First Case Starts
Latasha Kast
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

Use of a Targeted Solutions Tool to Decrease Falls with Injury
Donna Ross
Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, USA

Lucky attendees won enviable baskets in the ever popular basket and over $600 in cash for the 50/50 raffle! The reception featured a red carpet arrival in celebration of the Anniversary year. 

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

“Exceptional speakers and event! Inspirational and informative.”

“All of the speakers were great & provided valuable information to incorporate into our practice. I enjoyed all of the topics & speakers.”

“The first session with Donna C. very informative. talked about everyone being a leader. The importance of employee engagement.”

“The overall experience was amazing. Great speakers and location.  The committees really work hard behind the scenes to provide this conference for the organization. Kudos”

“…the panel speakers were phenomenal”

“It refreshing to have presentations dedicated to self-care, many times that is an area of our lives that lack attention.  Thank you.”

“I especially enjoyed the Panel Discussion on the last day of the conference.  It enabled the audience to ask questions and truly engage in the Panel Discussion.”

“Zangerle is excellent and motivating.”

“Truly motivated by first keynote speaker.”

“All of the sessions were very informative.  Speakers were able to keep interest and attention of the audience.”

“John Lasky is an amazing engaging speaker and the information he presented was invaluable!!”

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.

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Contact the SWPONL office at 412-344-1414 or at with questions.

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