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2018 Online Registration

May 16-17, 2018
Skamania Lodge

Inspiring a Safety Culture

NWone is delighted to invite you to attend our 2018 Annual Conference and Awards evening. This year’s conference will be at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. We welcome nursing leaders from all levels to attend. The theme of the conference is “Inspiring a Safety Culture”.

Kathleen Bartholomew, national speaker and author of several books including “Ending Nurse to Nurse Hostility” (2006), will open our conference. Safety outcomes are the result of behaviors. Behaviors are developed and sustained by the environments that influence them. Throughout the conference, speakers will be addressing various topics that cultivate safety and high quality outcomes. The annual Awards Recognition presentation on Wednesday evening will be followed with dinner and Deb Gauldin presenting her entertaining talk on morale in healthcare.

Join us for a refreshing time of reflection, inspiration, and connection with other nursing leaders across Washington and Oregon.


PRE Conference (free to attend) - Tuesday, May 15th

Time Event
3 - 5 pm Advisory Council Inaugural Meeting
5 - 6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 - 8 pm CNO Mix & Mingle

DAY ONE - Wednesday, May 16th

Time Event/Track
1 2
7:30 - 9:00 am Check-in & Breakfast in the Vendor Hall
9:00 - 11:00 Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety - Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
11:15 - 12:00 pm Restoring Work-Life Balance with the "Power of the Pod" - Katie Beam, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CWS Engaging Caregivers in High Reliability: Turning Reluctant Laggards into Early Adopters - Marci Vanderbosch, RHIT, CHTS-PW
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch in the Vendor Hall
1:00 - 1:50 A World of Quality Measurement and a Path to Success - Joan Ching, DNP, RN, CPHQ Preventing and Addressing Incivility - Steve Kreps, MSN, BSN, RN
2:00 - 2:50 The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Washington and Oregon - Survey Results & Panel Jana Bitton, MPA, Rick Allgeyer, and Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN
3:00 - 3:50 Dauntless Nurse: A Communications Confidence Builder - Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
4:00 - 5:00 Vendor Hall - Poster Session
5:00 - 6:30 Social Hour in the Vendor Hall
6:30 - 9:00 NWone Awards Dinner with Nurse Humorist Deb Gauldin, RN, CHP, PMS

DAY TWO - Thursday, May 17

Time Event/Track
1 2
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Vendor Hall CNO Breakfast Breakout Session
8:30 - 9:50 Meeting of the Membership*

Board Member Introduction
     Wine Raffle Drawing
     Commission and Committee Reports
     Advisory Council Reports
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break
10:20 - 11:20 Nevertheless They Persisted: Creating Sustainable Culture Change through Nursing Leadership - Jennifer Graves
11:30 - 12:20 Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Washington - Kathy Lofy & Charissa Fotinos Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Oregon - Sarah Wickenhagen
12:30 - 1:00 pm Washington Legislative Update - Ian Corbridge Oregon Legislative Update - Andi Easton

Registration Deadline

Registrations must be received at the NWone office no later than 4:00pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 to qualify for the "before April 13" rates.

Cancellation Fee:

A $50 handling fee per person will be charged for cancellations received through April 13, 2018. Refunds will not be made after this date. Substitutions will be accepted.

Registration Fees*:

BEFORE 04/13/18 AFTER 04/13/18
Individual NWone Member $520 $595
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Non-Member $600 $675
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Student $500 $575
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* 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. Contact Marcy Holmes for a team coupon code at

CNO Breakfast only
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Awards Dinner only
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The Meeting of the Membership is Thursday, May 17th, 8:00-10:00 am and can be attended without charge.

CE’s Provided by Legacy Health Clinical Practice Support, Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 8749 for 8.5 contact hours. Must complete the course to get a CE certificate.

Table Sponsorship

Sponsor a table at the awards dinner for $1500 - Add to cart
Seat your team of up to 10 together and have a sign at the table recognizing your contribution.

Hotel Reservations

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

The event is taking place at:
Skamania Lodge
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648

The first and second room blocks are sold out. There are some upgraded rooms available at $209/night plus tax & resort fee. You can book using this link or use code 1Y3732 when calling (844-432-4748). Rooms must be reserved by 4/14/18 to secure the group rate.

• Complimentary on-site parking is included.


Resort fee includes: unlimited free local calls, wireless high-speed internet in guestrooms, Gorge Room, Cascade Dining Room and River Rock Lounge, access to three scenic hiking trails, health club, pool and outdoor hot tub, tennis and basketball court time, bike rentals, free parking, fresh hot coffee and access to the Press Reader app.


Special Thanks to our Sponsors. Without their support, we could not continue to offer high caliber programming for our membership.


Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
Author, Speaker, Consultant

Deb Gauldin, RN, CHP, PMS
Speaker, Humorist, Author

Rick Allgeyer, PhD
Research Director, Oregon Center for Nursing

Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN
Executive Director, Washington Center for Nursing

Katie Beam, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CWS
Director, Patient Care Services, Med/Surg Specialties, Oregon Burn Center, HBO/Would Care, Trauma Acute Care Unit, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Jana Bitton, MPA
Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing

Joan Ching, DNP, RN, CPHQ
Administrative Director of Quality and Safety Integration, Swedish Medical Center

Ian Corbridge
Policy Director, Clinical Issues, Washington State Hospital Association

Andi Easton
Associate Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Charissa Fotinos, MD, MS
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Washington State Healthcare Authority

Jennifer Graves, RN, MS, ARNP
Senior Vice President for Patient Safety & Quality Operations, Washington State Hospital Association

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

Kathy Lofy, MD
State Health Officer / Chief Science Officer, Washington State Department of Health

Julie Ostrom, RN, MS, CENP
Director of Patient Flow, St. Charles Health System

Marci Vanderbosch, RHIT, CHTS-PW
Patient Safety Manager, Spokane County Acute Facilities, Providence Health Care

Sarah Wickenhagen, DNP, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Consultant

Topic Details

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety - A fresh and fascinating look at the hospital safety culture in light of sociology. Patient safety can never be achieved as a top-down driven initiative. Safety is a core value. In this session, leaders will learn how to identify their culture beyond the statistics and sustain the value system and behaviors critical to keeping our patients safe.

Restoring Work-Life Balance to Nurse Manager Teams with the “Power of the POD” - The workload of a Nurse Manager is a complex phenomenon and consists of more than the number of direct reports and patient care areas managed. Learn how this newly formed leadership team took the risks to imagine the possibilities of balancing work and home life, and how they navigated through their shared vision, taking risks, and the big pay-offs they achieved in a short time.

Engaging Caregivers in High Reliability: Turning Reluctant Laggards into Early Adopters - Understanding how transparency, coaching, and creativity are the key tools to engage caregivers in high reliability.

A World of Quality Measurement and a Path to Success - Patient safety is fundamental to high-quality healthcare. Learn how external measures of both safety culture & performance are driving what patients want by impacting financial reimbursement (CMS), contracting and reputational risk (Leapfrog Group).

The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Washington and Oregon - a collaborative report between our two states on the state of our workforce. For many years reports on the nursing workforce have focused on the number of nurses nearing retirement age. As the workforce grows younger, there may be interesting implications for workforce planning.

Preventing and Addressing Incivility - Our very well-received presentation from last years has been updated with new strategies for recognizing, addressing, and preventing covert and overt acts of verbal and non-verbal aggression between colleagues, which are particularly harmful in the nursing environment.

The Dauntless Nurse: a Communications Confidence Builder - Ultimately, it is the confidence and skill with which we hold our everyday conversations that will pave the way to a future time when our patients are safe, our voices are heard, and the skills and knowledge of this incredible profession are valued and utilized.

Nevertheless, They Persisted: Creating Sustainable Culture Change through Nursing Leadership - The challenges of creating, enabling and sustaining work environments that are centered around safety. Nursing leaders are fully aware of the importance of striving for "safety" when it comes to quality care but translating that to the nurses and teams that do the work can be a different story.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis - Presentations on strategies being put in place to reduce the epidemic and save lives in Washington and Oregon.