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NWONE Spring Medley: Nurse Execs Commit to Nursing’s Future

Nurses reinforced their commitment to nursing’s future March 10-11 when they gathered in Seattle to attend the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives’ 18th annual Spring Medley.

The conference included inspiring sessions highlighting various transition-to-practice programs. Participants were invited to ask questions and encouraged to implement similar programs at their own institutions.

Presidential Address
Patty Cochrell, RN, MBA, NE-BC
Cochrell welcomed attendees and presented a membership report on the organization’s strategic plan. She expressed appreciation for members who navigated programs outlined in the strategic objectives, among them the NWONE Hall of Fame and Transforming Inpatient Care and Culture program. “It really is an honor and a privilege to lead such an incredible group,” she said.

Ensuring a Future of Caring: Doing our Part
Marla Salmon, RN, ScD, FAAN
Salmon addressed attendees in a conversational platform. Sitting onstage in a comfy armchair, she invited NWONE CEO Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, to sit with her and discuss challenges that shape the questions nurse leaders need to answer to ensure the next generation succeeds. While referring to the stigma that “nurses eat their young,” Campbell and Salmon agreed negative relationships hinder professional development. Salmon charged her peers with eliminating the problem by providing young nurses with specific tools, such as respect, self-reliance and succession planning.

Transition to Practice Toolkit
Barbara Trehearne, RN, PhD, and Sally Watkins, RN, MS, PhD
Trehearne and Watkins introduced a new TTP toolkit developed by the Washington Center for Nursing. Nurses were encouraged to take advantage of the toolkit, which soon will be available online at “It won’t do any good if it’s not used,” Watkins said.

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Benefits of a Practice-Education Partnership
Joanne Warner, RN, PhD, and Martie Moore, RN, BSN
Warner and Moore shared enthusiasm for the Dedicated Education Unit model. The DEU is a client unit developed into a learning environment through collaboration of nurses, management, students and faculty, said Moore, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center CNO. A St. Vincent nurse becomes a “clinical instructor” assigned to one or two nursing students for six weeks. As Warner beseeched attendees to be inspired by their story, the University of Portland School of Nursing dean cited a nugget of wisdom that applies to her support of the DEU: “‘If you have a dream that you could accomplish alone, your dream is too small.’ The best things I have done in life have been ones where I have collaborated with others.”

Nursing Education Transformation
Christine Tanner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Tanner spoke about the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, a collaboration among several community colleges and Oregon Health and Science University committed to expanding capacity in education and responding to emerging healthcare needs. OCNE aims to eliminate barriers for community college students who make the transition to practice or go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at OHSU. “I think it’s nothing short of a miracle that we got faculty on 13 campuses to agree to one common curriculum. We celebrated it greatly,” Tanner said.

Panel: Successfully Transitioning new Grads
Beth Ulrich, RN, EdD, FACHE, FAAN; Carol Bradley, RN, MSN; Cathy Whitaker, RN, MSN, MS, CNAA-BC; and Cochrell
Panelists described their experiences with Versant, a nurse residency program started in 1999. Results of an organizational impact study revealed positive outcomes, including this comment: “Experienced nurses are now more likely to regard new grads as an asset rather than a liability.”

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