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Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association

Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). A distinguished nursing leader, Cipriano has held positions in health care systems, academia and national professional organizations. Prior to becoming ANA president, Cipriano was senior director for health care management consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000 and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing. Cipriano serves on a number of boards and committees, including the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. She was the 2010-2011 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.


Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA
Director, Innovation Learning Network
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Over the course of 18 years of working with Kaiser Permanente, McCarthy has immersed himself in experiencing a nurse’s work setting while actively exploring ways to optimize the time spent with patients. He has developed and shared real-life solutions that help create a better environment for both nurses and their patients. McCarthy’s health care innovations have included models for safer medication administration for patients and more robust shift changes for nurses.

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Suzette Naquin, AD, RN, RNC-NIC
Staff and Neonatal ICU transport nurse
Ochsner Medical Center

As a staff nurse at Ochsner Medical Center when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Naquin was part of the team that needed to creatively realign staffing to meet patient needs during the disaster. Those staffing lessons are still being applied in the system’s nursing practice. Naquin was also instrumental in changing the nursing staff ratio in the NICU to provide safer care. This led to additional staff positions and an innovative bonus system for extra shift work. She has represented staff nurses as co-chair of the Jefferson Campus Professional Practice Council.


Jim Fenush, MS, RN
Director of Nursing, Clinical Support Services
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Fenush currently mentors and coaches nurse managers as well as direct care nurses, promoting active participation in nursing’s shared governance model, and leads and develops others through teamwork. Prior to his current position at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Fenush spent 12 years in various nursing leadership and clinical roles within the organization.


Rita Barry, BSN, RN
Nurse Manager of Scheduling and Staff Deployment
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Prior to her current nursing leadership position, Barry spent 29 years in various nursing leadership and clinical roles within her profession. Her tenure at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has afforded her numerous opportunities to work closely with direct care nurses participating in nursing’s shared governance model and being part of the development of many innovative programs such as the Patient Safety Companion program, the LPN/MA Per Diem Program, Patient Care Assistant Float Pool and the Short Term Assignment.


Carol Ann Cavouras, MSN, RN, CNAA,
President, CAC Associates- President; adjunct faculty, Grand Canyon University; Adjunct faculty and health care /staffing consultant, University of Mary

Cavouras is a senior health care consultant and educator with leadership experience on the continuum of health care. Her emphasis has been on patient care services, workforce management and development. Cavouras’ experience and interests lie in quality processes, workplace redesign, cost reduction, nursing integration and education.


William (Dan) Roberts, PhD, ACNP
Associate Director
Stony Brook University Hospital

As a nurse informaticist, Roberts has oversight responsibility for understanding operational data relevant to staffing resources, balanced scheduling, benchmarking and trending hours of care delivery for patient demand. He is involved with examining data models to include variables of patient acuity, nurse competency and unit-level risk indices. This novel and innovative view of staffing allows Roberts to bring a new conversation to nurse staffing, beyond typical models of ratios.


Diane Carlson, MS, RN, CPNP, CNAA-BC
Director of Nursing Support Services
Stony Brook University Hospital

Carlson’s focus is the oversight of and responsibility for the hospital’s Assistant Directors of Nursing, the Nursing Office and hospital Bed Coordinators who assist in assigning beds to patients awaiting admission while also overseeing the nurse scheduling and information system, the RN Float and per diem pools. She also coordinates hospital activities as emergencies arise, activating nursing emergency teams for disasters and/or weather-related emergencies.


Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and Health System Nursing Director, Patient Care Support and Emergency Services

Baker has had 20 years of progressive experience in nursing administration and leadership with expertise in staffing and scheduling. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing’s Leadership Graduate Program. In addition to publishing on leadership and clinical topics, Baker has presented at numerous venues on staffing topics. She is the co-lead for Virginia’s workgroup to implement the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Recommendations.


Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN
Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology,
and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Aiken conducts extensive research on the health care workforce and the quality of health care in addition to serving on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Her NIH-funded research uses performance measures to illustrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes. The compiled research base motivates hospitals to establish supportive working environments for nurses because, quite simply, patients fare better when nurses fare better.


Pat Patton, MSN, RN, FCN
Vice President, Nursing Operations, Acute Care, Catholic Health Initiatives

In the more than 20 years that Patton has been a nurse, he has held numerous management roles including chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and now vice president at the national level. He has had many opportunities to lead organizations through staffing decisions and scheduling issues. At the national level Patton has the responsibility of leading the staffing and scheduling activities through the approved vendor for Catholic Health Initiatives.


Teresa M. Haller, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Administrator of Business Operations and Workforce Development and Assistant Professor
University of Virginia Medical Center

Haller has held nursing leadership positions of increasing scope and responsibility at the University of Virginia Medical Center since 1980. She directed three major software implementation projects for systems to support staffing, scheduling, acuity and patient throughput. Additionally, she is responsible for integrating financial and clinical information, particularly related to nursing workforce, patient safety and clinical outcomes. Haller is the immediate past treasurer on the board of directors of the American Nurses Association, serving from June 2010 to June 2014.


Bea Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
Shirley Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Director of Innovation and Evaluation
University of Michigan School of Nursing

Kalisch was the 2013 – 2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She has conducted numerous research studies and her current research centers on missed nursing care (standard nursing care that is not being completed) and nursing teamwork. She is a noted author and presenter and has been the recipient of many awards. Kalisch teaches courses on nursing systems and policy at the graduate level.


Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN
CEO, American Nurses Association

Weston, a nurse leader with nearly 30 years of diverse management experience in health care operations, is the chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Prior to joining ANA, she led Weston Healthcare Consultants, assisting hospitals across the country in optimizing their nurse staffing.

Information about additional speakers to be posted.