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NYONE conference zeroes in on healthcare reform topics

Photos by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN,
At left, Eileen P. Williamson, RN, senior vice president and CNE,, joins NYONE past president Kathy Webster, RN, vice president, patient services, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., at the president’s reception.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Kathy B. Dempsey, RN, MEd, CSP, president of Keep Shedding! Inc., kicked off the New York Organization of Nurse Executives annual leadership conference last month with an interactive presentation on how to thrive in the midst of turbulent change.

Dempsey engaged the nearly 200 nurses in attendance to think about shedding or changing as a two-part process of letting go of the old and taking on the new, whether it be skills, roles or beliefs. She explained to attendees that the biggest barrier to change is fear.

The NYONE conference took place April 21-23 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel.

Dempsey, author of the book, “Shed or You’re Dead,” said the four shedding styles include the stabilizer, the hedger, the energizer and the driver. An efficient team, according to Dempsey, includes all four types of individuals.

Operating under the theme “Successfully Navigating the Maze of Healthcare Reform,” the conference’s 10 breakout sessions led by nursing leaders from around the state focused on topics ranging from nursing leadership talent assessment and inspired leadership to early career nurses and surviving healthcare turbulence.

Mary Lu Gerke, RN, PhD, CNE at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wis., discussed the need for nurses to understand generational diversity and how to use the talents and strengths of the four generations in working collaboratively and successfully in the workplace.

“It’s important that we look at what motivates and energizes the different groups, and use them in improving patient care and the work environment,” Lu Gerke said.

Julie Seitz, JD, presented a breakout session about the legal aspects of electronic medical records, highlighting the positive gains such as improved communication and organization, and the difficulties that exist, especially with liability risks from cyber intrusions.

The program included the announcement of the regional leadership and best practice award winners and a NYONE business meeting.

The event also included a legislative, AONE and state board for nursing updates from Barbara Zittel, RN, PhD, nurse trustee, Ellis Medicine board of trustees, and a member of the New York state action coalition steering committee, New York action coalition; Mary Kinneman, RN, MSN, vice chairwoman, AONE board of directors and consultant, IMA consulting; and Suzanne Sullivan, RN, JD, executive secretary, New York State Board for Nursing, Albany, N.Y. •

Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional nurse executive.

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At left, Kathy B. Dempsey, RN, president, Keep Shedding Inc., talks with a nurse attendee at a book signing event after the keynote presentation.

Photos by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN,
Attendees at the NYONE exhibit are, from left, Jean Scheuer, vice president, advertising,; Ann Vanderberg, RN, vice president, nursing and patient services, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases; and Eileen P. Williamson, RN, senior vice president and CNE,

Photos by Janice Petrella Lynch, RN,
Attending the president’s reception were, at left, Bridget Maybury, RN, quality management specialist, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, and Lynda Olender, RN, CNO, Rockefeller University, Manhattan.

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