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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm



7:00 am - 6:45 pm

Registration/Exhibits/Bookstore Open

7:00 am - 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome & Overview of Conference
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Opening Keynote
Fuel Evidence-Based Design through Innovation
Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA
Director, Innovation Learning Network, Kaiser Permanente

Get ready to transform your approach, challenge the status quo and embrace innovation to solve your toughest staffing problems. In this interactive session, recognized innovation specialist Chris McCarthy demonstrates best practices of innovative thinking in use in the health care industry. Learn how to apply innovation to your most complex nursing challenges. Drawing from real-world scenarios from his 18 years of working with nurses at Kaiser Permanente, McCarthy offers case studies and metrics of successful nursing innovation.

Participate in hands-on group exercises to hone your innovation skills. Then take everything you have learned and apply it to your unique work environment. This inspiring keynote will get your creativity flowing for the rest of the conference!

10:15 am - 10:45 am 

Break/Exhibits/Poster Session
Book Signing - Lead, Thrive & Drive in the System – Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN 

10:45 am - 11:30 am 

Staffing in a Crisis: How to Expect the Unexpected
Suzette Naquin, AD, RN,RNC-NIC
Ochsner Medical Center

Healthcare organizations must be prepared to effectively manage scarce resources if a serious and unexpected situation occurs. Suzette Naquin, a registered nurse at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans Louisiana, was faced with dealing with the consequences of a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina struck. Naquin offers a detailed description on how Ochsner Medical Center used innovative strategies to meet the needs of employees and the community during the disaster. She recounts how Ochsner’ s leadership team partnered with employees, in the spirit of collaboration, to successfully navigate complex staffing needs and challenging patient care while it weathered the crisis.

11:30 am - Noon

New Session Added 
ANA’s Work in Ebola Preparedness and Response, Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
How Stony Brook University Hospital is Preparing for Ebola, William (Dan) Roberts, PhD, ACNP

Noon - 1:30pm

Lunch/Exhibits/Poster Session
Hospitality Suite – sponsored by McKesson 

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Right Stuff: Experts Share Best Practices 
Session Breakouts 

Hear from boots on the ground nursing leaders about their most successful staffing strategies and outcomes. Learn about innovative solutions that have improved workflow, safety and outcomes in hospitals of all sizes. Each session highlights what matters most to you: technology, acuity, competencies, staffing models and staffing committees. Best of all, you don’t have to pick and choose. Breakout sessions are scheduled so you can attend all four and discover how to pilot these successful strategies in your facility.. 

Technology/Workload: Harness the power of technology to keep staffing in sync with demand. Jim Fenush, MS,RN and Rita Barry, BSN, RN from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will present an overview of their strategic labor plan. It will serve as a model in how to use specific technology as a valuable tool to streamline procedures, standardize workflows, and review and respond to needs in real time 

Competencies: Build on your unique perspective and hands-on nursing experience to unlock the important keys to effective staffing. With decreasing resources, maximum use of nursing and ancillary staff is imperative. Carol Ann Cavouras, MSN, RN, CNAA draws from her extensive background in the field to share successful practices in utilizing competency and skill mix to optimize staffing 

Staffing Models: Are you using the most effective models? Maybe it’s time to examine a fresh approach to improved staffing consistency and patient safety. Dan Roberts, PhD, ACNP and Diane Carlson, MS, RN, CPNP, CNAA-BC from Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, will share how their chosen staffing model is making a positive impact on common staffing issues facing hospitals today 

Staffing Committees: Tap into your nursing talent! Make sure your staffing committee is made up of the most knowledgeable nurses for this complex need. Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Virginia shares how they select their staffing committee nurses and provide appropriate training to get the most out of this valuable resource 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Break/Exhibits/Poster Session

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Networking Reception
Exhibits/Poster Session/Bookstore open

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Reception – Sponsored by Avantas 

Session descriptions are subject to change.

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