Nursing Now Conference Schedule


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Monday, June 16
7 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
9 a.m. Keynote Address:
Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
President American Academy of Nursing
Rudin Professor of Nursing
Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing
10:30 a.m. Break/Poster Review/Vendor Visits
11 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One)

A.  Quality
Linda A. Dudjak, PhD, RN, Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

B.  Care Delivery
Holly Lorenz, MSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive

Margaret Reidy, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

C. Leadership in Techonogical Age
Darinda Sutton, MSN, RN, CNO, Premier East

Noon Lunch
12:45 p.m. Poster Session/Vendor Visits
1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (Select One)
A.  Engagement
Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Duquesne University School of Nursing
B.  Diversity
Victoria L. Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing Administration
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
C. Magnet Update
Susan E. Hoolahan, MSN, RN, NEW-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, UPMC Passavant
2:30 p.m. Break/Poster Review/Vendor Visits
2:45 p.m.

End Note 

Maryann Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

3:45 p.m. Conclusion/Evaluation
4 to 6 p.m. Welcome Reception


Tuesday, June 17  
7 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome/Announcements
8:15 a.m.

Keynote: Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Clinical/Nursing Officer
GetWellNetwork, Inc.


9:45 a.m.

Break/Poster Reviews/Vendor Visits


10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One)

A.  Pennsylvania Action Coalition
Christine Alichnie, PhD, RN
President, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Melanie Shatzer, DNP, RN
Director, Academic Service Partnership, UPMC 

B.  Negotiation
MJ Tocci
Director, The Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women
Carnegie Mellon University 

C.  IT Collaboration
G. Daniel Martich, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, UPMC

11:15 a.m.






Poster Session/Vendor Visits


12:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Select One)

A.  Women's Leadership
Eva Tansky Blum, Esq.
Executive Vice President
PNC Bank     

B.  Care Delivery     
Andrea Schmid Mazzoccoli, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Bon Secours Health Systems

C. Economics of Hospital Nursing
Jack Needleman, PhD
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy and Management

1:45 p.m.

Break/Vendor Visits


2:15 p.m.

End Note

Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Nursing Forum
President, The Wise Group
Faculty, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

3:15 p.m. Conclusion/Evaluation/Certificate Distribution

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