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2017 Annual Conference and Meeting of the Membership

Leading in Times of Great Change

Leading in Times of Great Change

NWone is proud to present our 2017 Annual Conference focusing on empowering nurse leaders at all levels to effect positive change in our hospitals and communities. We are pleased to include a collaborative presentation from Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) and Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN).

In addition to our speaker lineup, the conference will include an Awards Recognition Reception, a 30th Anniversary Celebration, and our Annual Business Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Topic Details

Transformational Leadership: Success with your Inner Expert – Nurses are assuming more and more senior positions, and the success of each organization depends on the skills of these leaders. Learn about your unique style, how to lead from any level of the organization, and craft an effective model for leading into the future.

Transformational Leadership: Your Impact and Significance – Questioning techniques and tactics for interviewing anyone from mentors to job applicants, garnering cooperation, dealing effectively with difficult personalities and inevitable conflict.

Moral Courage – Nurses often encounter dilemmas where their ability to do the right thing is hindered by conflicting values and beliefs. In these circumstances, upholding their commitment to do the right thing requires significant moral courage, which importantly is not about being fearless, but rather taking action in spite of fear.

Preventing and Addressing Incivility – Covert and overt acts of verbal and non-verbal aggression between colleagues, including gossiping, withholding information, and ostracism, is particularly harmful in the nursing environment. Learn how nurse leaders can recognize, address, and prevent lateral violence.

Violence in the Workplace: A Crisis for Healthcare – Focusing on violence against healthcare workers from patients and families, learn multi-disciplinary strategies currently in use at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital for awareness,  prevention, early identification, and follow-up when caregivers are assaulted.

Whole Person Health: Responding to the Social Determinants of Health – Marni will speak to the important role nurses have in addressing social determinants of health regardless of care environment, and Jeanell will share how hospitals respond to these factors through their community health needs assessment and priorities processes.

Taking a Stand: The Role of Nurses in Health Care Transformation – Exploring the unique influence of the nurse in the sweeping changes being made within the health system. MaryAnne will provide orientation to the goals and Washington State’s application of the Affordable Care Act, and anticipated changes under the new federal administration highlighting the critical opportunity nurses have to influence the quality and delivery of care. Christy will speak from the Oregon perspective.

Speak so Others Listen and Engage - Explore what it means to be an effective and engaged leader and learn the skills to be one. Learn and practice powerful strategies and hands-on tools to ensure others connect with your message. Have more productive meetings, speak with confidence and assurance, and influence others in a positive manner.

Resilience - Resilience has been described as the process of adapting in the face of adversity and becoming strong after something bad happens. In addition to innate qualities that support resilience, research has demonstrated that there are actions we can take to reduce the impact of stress and strengthen our ability to be resilient.

CE's provided by Legacy Health Clinical Practice Support, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 8749 for 8 contact hours. Must complete the course to receive a CE certificate.


Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, OHSU Healthcare / Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, OHSU School of Nursing

Barb Langlois, MSN, BSN, RN
Leadership Communication Expert and Author with over 30 years experience in healthcare

Christy Cowgill, MBA, MNA, BSN
Supervisor of Transitional Care and Outreach Team, CareOregon

MaryAnn Lindeblad, BSN, MPH
State Medicaid Director, Health Care Authority, State of Washington

Peggy Currie, MA, RN
Regional Chief Operating Officer, Providence Health Care

Kevin O'Connor, CSP
Speaker, Consultant, Educator, and Author specializing in working with medical and scientific professionals who are charged with leading their peers

Jane Hutcheson, MS, RN
Interim Executive Director, NWone

Susan Stacey, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital

Steve Kreps, MSN, BSN, RN
Intensive Care Unit and Patient Care Support Manager, St Charles Medical Center

Jeanell Rasmussen, MN, MA, RN, FACHE
Vice President of Patient Care Services / Chief Nursing Officer, Harrison

Marni Kuyl, MSN, BSN
Director of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington County, Oregon

Cindi Warburton, DNP, APRN, CEN
DNP Family Nurse Practitioner, Bend Memorial Clinic


Track 1 Track 2
6:30 am
Check-in and Breakfast
7:00 am
Transformational Leadership
Kevin O'Connor, CSP
7:30 am CNO Summit (by invitation)
Moral Courage
Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
8:45 am Intentional Interviewing - Kevin O'Connor, CSP
10:00 am
Preventing and Addressing Incivility
Steve Kreps, MSN, BSN, RN
10:00 am
Whole Person Health
Marni Kuyl, MSN, BSN
Jeanell Rasmussen, MN, MA, RN, FACHE
11:00 am
Violence in the Workplace: A Crisis for Healthcare
Susan Stacey, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
11:00 am Taking a Stand: Nursing Influence in Healthcare Reform
MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH
Christy Cowgill, MBA, MNA, BSN
12:00 pm Lunch in the Vendor Hall
1:00 pm
Speak So Others Listen and Engage
Barb Langlois, MSN, BSN, RN
1:00 pm Repeat of Whole Person Health
2:00 pm
Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
2:00 pm Repeat of Taking a Stand: Nursing Influence in Healthcare Reform
3:00 pm Break
4:00 pm Social Hour in the Vendor Hall
6:30 pm 30 Years' Celebration Awards Dinner & Wine Raffle
7:00 am
8:00 am
Be a Part of the Future of NWone (Meeting of the Membership - Non-NWone members encouraged to attend)
New governance and bylaws updates, elections process
Peggy Currie, President of NWone
Council Leadership Reports to Membership
11:00 am
Healthcare Policy Washington
Jane Hutcheson, Co-chair of NWone Healthcare Poliy Commission
Ian Corbridge from Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)
11:45 am Lunch in the Vendor Hall and Prize Raffle
1:15 pm
Healthcare Policy Oregon
Cindi Warburton, Co-chair of NWone Healthcare Poliy Commission
Andi Easton from Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS)
2:00 pm
Bringing It All Together
Peggy Currie, President of NWone


MAY 18-19, 2017 VANCOUVER, WA

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Registrations must be received at the NWone office no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017 to qualify for the “before April 14” rates.

CANCELLATION FEE: A $50 handling fee per person will be charged for cancellations received through April 14, 2017. Refunds will not be made after this date. Substitutions will be accepted.

MEALS: The registration fee includes all meals.
Thursday, May 18: breakfast, lunch, breaks, reception, and dinner
Friday, May 19: breakfast, lunch, & breaks
-Additional meal tickets for spouse/significant others who are attending with you may be ordered at the time your registration is submitted:
Entire conference: $250
Thursday dinner only: $75


Individual NWone Member $520 $595
Non-NWone Member $600 $675
Student $500 $575
Get a team together for a discount!** Save $20 each for teams of three, $30 each for teams of five, and $40 each for teams of ten or more. Send multiple copies of the registration form together, or to register online, contact Marcy Holmes for a team coupon code.
CNO Breakfast only $75 $75
Awards Dinner only $75 $75

* The Meeting of the Membership is Friday, May 19th, 8:00 - 11:00 am and can be attended without charge.
** Paper registrations must be submitted together to secure the team discount.


Please note: The conference registration fee does not cover the cost of your hotel room. You must make your own room reservations.

The event is taking place at:
Hilton Vancouver
301 West 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Our room block at the Hilton is full.

We have an overflow room block at the Vancouver Hampton Inn. They are offering a shuttle to the Hilton which will depart at 6:30 am on 5/18 and 5/19 and pick-up at 8:45 pm on 5/18.
They are offering a standard King room for $169/night plus tax. You can use code NWO online or call 360 891-3000 and mention NWone. Rooms must be reserved by 5/2/17 to secure the group rate.

Parking at the Hilton:
• The current rates are $18/day or $23/day for valet parking in the Hilton underground parking facility
Parking at the Hampton Inn:
• The current rate is $23/day in their underground parking facility

• Additional parking is available for day use at the Vancouver Center for 0.75/hr M-F, $6.00 max until 6 pm, $8.50 max all day until close, and weekend rate $2.50 all day.

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