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Thank you for joining SWPONL for the 2021 Annual Conference!


Thank you for joining us for this educational opportunity to learn about emerging issues and successful strategies with fellow nursing colleagues!  

Final Program

Posters

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Thank you for joining SWPONL for the 2020 Annual Conference!

       

Thank you for joining us for this educational opportunity to learn about emerging issues and successful strategies with fellow nursing colleagues!  

Final Program

Posters

A special note of gratitude to the Board and Conference Planning Committee for their commitment and efforts to deliver this important educational opportunity as we pivoted to this virtual delivery. The Education and Membership Committees work together to review feedback from attendees and to plan for future trends. 

The Conference reviews are in and the some of the feedback includes
“This was one of the best conferences I have attended. Each speaker was excited to present and all topics were relevant to what is going on in the world today.”

“Overall, this was an excellent virtual conference. This exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences that you provided... I think there were some great ideas to be gained from doing the conference virtually, such as the poster presentations and even with the guest speakers….Thank you for a great 2 days.”

“Great speakers and nicely organized. There was not one technical glitch, which is amazing. Great job!”

Really enjoyed the format for the poster presentations using this virtual format. It made you feel very "connected" to those presenting. I also found the virtual visits with the vendors a very engaging part of the conference - I was able to make anew connection that will potentially help with a need. This was so well done - far exceeding my expectations...”

“The panel of EXPERTS… were phenomenal.”

“All speakers were well prepared and presented relevant topic content. I loved the forum!!”

“Overall, excellent conference! The virtual platform was easy to use and allowed for interaction with others. Loved the chat rooms and ability to use Q&A. Great job and thanks to all!”

“…It is so meaningful to hear from nursing leaders within our organizations.”

During the Closing Session, Jill Larkin, SWPONL Chair, highlighted:

  • Board and Committees - an overview and a reminder to please let the board and committees know if you need anything from SWPONL
  • SWPONL Membership - showcasing our numbers and reach across the area
  • Poster Winners - Congratulations to all of the accepted authors
  • Winner of the Grand Prize - the winner of the Nemacolin Gift Certificate 
  • Heroes - a special tribute to the nurses who have lifted spirits, and who have gone above and beyond during this pandemic

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the Conference. Our sponsors remained committed to help us deliver this program.
Sponsors have resources listed here. Additionally, on behalf of our Conference Sponsors, some lucky attendees won raffle prizes for the following sessions/features. Click here to see the winners.

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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:  

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

2nd
Nurse-Driven Delirium Protocol
Erin Flanagan1, Stasa Tadic1, Jusjit Lalli1, Christine Bridge2, Andrew Bilderback2
1UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, USA, Wolff center, Pittsburgh, USA 

3rd
Improving New Graduate Nurse Recruitment and Retention Through A Medical-Surgical Rotation Program
Catherine Green
UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh, USA

NURSING LEADERSHIP
1st
Independent Double Check: Heightened Vigilance on Medication Safety
Jacqueline Collavo, Paula Coe
Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, USA

2nd
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

3rd
Using the Patient Centered Value System to Connect Feedback with Action
Jessica Carlson
UPMC Innovation Center, Pittsburgh, USA

QUALITY AND SAFETY
1st
Developing an Educational Program on Alternatives to Restraints to Reduce Restraint Usage in the Medical/Surgical ICU
Brett Mohney
UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, USA

2nd
Increased On-Time Operating Room (OR) First Case Starts
Latasha Kast
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

3rd
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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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.

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2017 SWPONL Annual Conference 

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...”

Posters

During the awards session we presented the following 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!

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.

Notes

  • 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. 

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2016 SWPONL Annual 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!

Posters

During the awards session we presented the following 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!

Click here for the 2016 Final Program and Brochure.

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