2019 Conference and Membership Meeting

Dare to Lead: Building Resilient and Courageous Nurse Leaders


Skamania Lodge firepitOur annual NWone Conference and Meeting of the Membership is taking place May 19-21st, 2019. It will be held again at the much requested Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington! This event is designed to connect, inspire and educate nursing leaders at all levels.

Keynote Presentation by Moe Carrick: Headshot of Moe CarrickLeading Brave
Nursing leadership jobs are hard, and getting harder, and the demands are immense on all who serve. At the center of leading well is a courage practice that activates our skills at having hard conversations, holding accountability, leading with empathy and connection, building trust, resetting quickly after setbacks, and giving and receiving feedback, especially when it is tough, really tough. The empirically based courage building program championed by Dr. Brene' Brown focuses on the specific skill sets required for courage in leading. In addition to being a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Moe Carrick is founder and principal of Moementum, Inc., a Certified B Corp dedicated to making workplaces that are fit for human life. A dynamic and engaging presenter, consultant, and Coach, Carrick is also an author whose 2nd book, Brave Space Workplace, is due out in May 2019.  Learn more at www.moecarrick.com

Closing EndNote by Dr. Suzanne Waddill-Goad: Combatting Leadership Fatigue: A Care Plan for Nurse Leaders

Dr. Waddill-Goad holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University, a Master of Business Administration (with a specialty in Managerial Leadership) from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado, Denver. She continues to maintain her clinical certification in Emergency Nursing.

She is the author of two books, published by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI): Nurse Burnout: Overcoming Stress in Nursing (2016) and Business Basics for Nurses (2017) as well as numerous articles.

Pre-Conference Activity:Panel Discussion: The “I” in Inclusion: Addressing Diversity, Inclusion and Bias in Nursing Leadership: Join us for a discussion on becoming stronger leaders and champions for diversity and inclusion while addressing unconscious bias in the workplace. Hear from Nursing Leaders who share their insight and examples on this timely topic. The session will be moderated by Mady Murrey MN, RN, NE-BC and Chief Clinical Officer for Seattle Children’s.

Break-out Sessions: There will two professional break-out tracks to choose from: The Advancing Leader and the Emerging Leader.

The "Advancing" track focuses on experienced leaders. This track is engineered for nurse leaders expanding their strategic and program management capabilities.

The "Emerging" track focuses on aspiring and growing nurse leaders who supervise, coordinate or manage care teams and projects while working closely with other leaders across organizations.

Emerging Leader Sessions:

Developing Moral Leadership: Leadership, Courage and Trust: Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Nurse leaders must be prepared to assert themselves as stakeholders and participate in decisions that affect nursing practice. Dana explores how emerging nurse leaders can develop attributes associated with moral leadership through integrity, courage, and trust.

Employee Engagement: A Strategy that Works: Susan Stacey, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE and Pam Murray, PHR, SHRM-CP

Employee engagement is a strong focus for healthcare organizations, however, the strategy is generally a “try harder” approach.  This leads to frustration amongst managers/directors and executives who tend to blame “difficult departments” or bad managers.  Hear how Susan and Pam developed a program of didactic classes and mentoring for managers with ongoing feedback that provided a significant and sustained improvement of engagement scores.

Accountable and Compassionate Leadership in the Workplace: Elis Salamone, MSN, WHNP-BC

In the high-stress world of health care, managers and leaders are often so over tasked that they often overlook or forget the basics of leadership: it’s all about the people we serve. Elis discusses the importance of building relationships and weaving this into the humanity of our work.

Advancing Leader Sessions:

Gaining Power Wisdom: Essential Skills for Navigating Chronic Tensions in Healthcare: Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN

This session will focus on empowering skills that are critical to leading in a healthcare environment filled with chronic tensions.  Evidence is clear that not all problems that nurse leaders face are “solvable” but rather they are opportunities to be leveraged or managed.  Gain new insights on how to address major chronic tensions that never go away.

The Millennial Nurse Leader: Working WITH and Developing the Future OF Nursing Leadership: Lauren Kalember, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN

It is common knowledge that millennials are the largest generational workforce. In a nursing leadership world that is compounded by long-standing nurse leaders retiring & motivated millennials seeking to advance in leadership, we are challenged with increasing numbers of millennial nurse leaders. This interactive session will have nursing leaders collaborate to define characteristics of millennial nurse leaders, create strategies for support, and review strategies for succession planning.

Dare to Lead: Co-Creation: Unleashing the Power of Academic-Practice Partnerships in Nursing: Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kelly Espinoza, PhD, RN

In 2012, a joint task of the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) developed guiding principles to serve as drivers to enhance academic/practice partnerships to strengthen nursing practice and position nurses to lead change and advance health. This discussion is the foundation of the principles and innovative initiatives between two academic/practice partners in the Pacific Northwest.

This year we are incorporating exercise, activity and time to clear your mind with purposeful walks in the fresh air surrounding the beautiful lodge. Barre3 is an exercise method that can be done while at your desk and there will multiple sessions throughout the day to demonstrate the methods taught in this go anywhere exercise method.

Agenda (subject to change)

Pre-Conference - May 19 - Sunday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Early Check-in All attendees
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Panel Discussion: The "I" in Inclusion: Addressing Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias in Nursing Leadership - moderated by Mady Murrey All attendees
Day 1 - May 20 - Monday
6:30 - 7:15 am Barre3 class All attendees
7:30 - 9:00 am Check-in / Breakfast / Vendor Visits All attendees / Vendor Hall
9:00 - 11:00 am Opening - Keynote Moe Carrick: Leading Brave All attendees
11:00 - 11:15 am Fresh air break All attendees
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Developing Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage and Trust Gaining Power Wisdom: Essential Skills for Navigating Chronic Tensions in Healthcare 2 rooms
12:15 - 1:25 pm Lunch / Poster Session / Vendor Visits Vendor Hall
1:30 - 2:50 pm Moe Carrick - Courage in Practice--Unpacking the Tools for Leading with Courage Step by Step All attendees
2:50 - 3:00 pm Coffee / Snack Break All attendees
3:00 - 3:55 pm Employee Engagement: A Strategy that Works The Millennial Nurse Leader: Working WITH and Developing the Future of Nursing Leadership 2 rooms
4:00 - 4:55 pm Accountable and Compassionate Leadership in the Workplace Dare to Lead: Unleashing the Power of Academic / Practice Partnerships in Nursing 2 rooms
5:00 - 5:45 pm Regional Council Connection Sessions All attendees
5:30 - 6:15 pm Silent Auction / Wine & Prize Raffle / Networking All attendees
6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony All attendees
Day 2 - May 21 - Tuesday
6:00 - 7:00 am Early Morning Power Walk All attendees
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast - all attendees Main Hall CNOs & Deans Breakfast - small room
8:30 - 9:30 am Meeting of the Membership - Main Hall All attendees
9:45 - 10:20 am Oregon - OSBN, OCN update Washington NCQAC, WCN update 2 rooms
10:25 - 10:45 am Oregon Legislative Update Washington Legislative Update 2 rooms
10:45 - 11:00 am Fresh Air Break All attendees
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Closing - Suzi Waddill-Goad, Combatting Leadership Fatigue: A Care Plan for Nurse Leaders All attendees
12:30 pm Advisory Council Lunch Regional Council Chairs & Co-chairs

Continuing Education Credits:

CE’s Provided by Legacy Health Clinical Practice Support, Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 8749 for 8.75 contact hours. Must sign in each day with your nurse license number and complete the course to get CE certificate.


Registration Deadline:

Registrations must be received at the NWone office no later than 4:00pm, Monday, April 1, 2019 to qualify for the early bird rates.

Cancellation Fee:

A $50 handling fee per person will be charged for cancellations received through April 1, 2019. Refunds will not be made after this date. Substitutions will be accepted.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird (by 04/01/19) after 04/01/19
NWone Member $541 $619
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Non-Member $624 $700
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The Meeting of the Membership is May 21st at 8:30 am and can be attended without charge.

Early Bird (by 04/01/19) after 04/01/19
CNO & Deans Breakfast without conference $75 $100
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Awards Dinner without conference $75 $100
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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.

Awards Dinner 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.

Venue and Hotel Information

Skamania Lodge looking out room windowSkamania Lodge
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648

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

The room block rate for this conference: $184.00 - Single/Double Superior Guestroom

Parking is available on site at no charge

1. The room rates listed above have been guaranteed through April 19th April 26th. You must make your room reservation by then to secure a room. A limited number of rooms have been reserved.

2. To book by phone, call 844-432-4748. Please reference group code 1y80a5.

3. To book online, go to www.skamania.com. Group Identification code 1y80a5.