More than 300 nurses and healthcare professionals representing 36 healthcare organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania gathered Oct. 10 at the New York City Marriott Marquis in Times Square for Lutheran Medical Centers second annual Perioperative Nursing Conference.
With a theme of Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes, this years conference started with a special salute to military nurses serving at home and abroad by the Fort Hamilton Honor Guard, who presented the colors. To top off the opening ceremony, an Unsung Hero Award was presented to Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, CNAA, chief nursing officer at Lutheran Medical Center, on behalf of nurses everywhere.Some attendees at the conference were, from left, Paula Donaldson, RN, nurse manager of the OR at Lutheran Medical Center; William Duffy, RN, vice president of nursing at Northwestern Healthcare Corporation in Evanston, Ill.; and Terry Hawkins, CSP, keynote speaker.
Keynote speaker Terry Hawkins, CSP, of Australia, dazzled attendees with her motivational team building and leadership workshops. The conference was designed for RNs, surgical technologists, and other healthcare providers and featured several special guest speakers, including William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, vice president of nursing at Evanston (Ill.) Northwestern Healthcare; Maria E. Stilson, RN, nurse executive at Southeast Missouri Hospital; Raso; Sandra Nin, RN, BSN, nurse educator at Lutheran; Agnes Cappabianca, RN, BSN, nurse manager at Lutheran; Kathy Lang, RN, director of nursing services at St. Marys Healthcare System for Children; Bradley Eaton, RN, consultant; Kathleen Capitulo, RN, DNSc, FAAN; and Rashmi Sharma, MD, FACVS, attending surgeon.
Attendees participated in a nursing version of Family Feud with guest contestants dressed in 1970s clothes. Jose Hernandez, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing at Lutheran HealthCare, and Paula Donaldson, APRN, MS, CNS, CNOR, nurse manager of the OR, served as co-hosts. The game featured healthcare- and nursing-based topics. The entertaining, but educational experience helped hammer home the important messages of the workshop: proven best practices, team building, and collaboration.
The event wrapped up with a special nursing rendition of Tina Turners Proud Mary performed by Donaldson as headliner. Susan Fedele, IS administrator; Dianna Norman, RN, BSN, CNOR, nurse manager of the OR; and Amelia Piccione, RN, MSN, CGRN, nurse manager of the OR, were backup singers. The nursing conference celebrated nursing heroes and served as a mind, body, and spirit re-energizing experience for all who attended.