The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers 2022 Annual Conference will bring together in-person and virtual modalities to fully engage nursing and healthcare leaders throughout the country. Participants will share cutting edge models of practice, data analytics and innovations in nursing education to change the nursing workforce game and address the critical workforce development issues facing our nation.

Sessions will highlight innovative and transformational ways that states approach recruitment & retention, models of nursing education, expansion of public health, nurse well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of data. The objective is to identify solutions to challenges created by the pandemic and address the impact to healthcare and nursing into the future.

General Conference Purpose:

Join the team at the 2022 conference as we pitch lessons learned, action steps taken, and solutions that arose from the COVID19 pandemic and is changing the nursing workforce game. Whether you are a workforce researcher, academic, healthcare administrator, or direct care nurse this grand slam of a conference will enable you to challenge traditional models of nursing practice in a post-COVID world. Explore through data the ways that states approached recruitment and retention, nursing education, public health, nurse well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to meet the needs of the pandemic and how it will change nursing into the future. Don’t strike out, register today!

Conference Objectives:

  1. Describe lessons learned from the pandemic for recruiting and retaining nurses in a post-COVID world
  2. Describe opportunities and challenges in transforming nursing education that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Examine the evolving role of nurses in public health emergencies
  4. Explore the role of nurses in providing primary, community-based, and preventative services to support the transformation of the current health system
  5. Identify effective strategies for fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing practice, education, and the workforce.
  6. Evaluate work environments and cultures that promote nurse well-being and that will lead to a more robust workforce
  7. Emerging topics or current trends/issues in nursing workforce

Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Note: Virtual Attendees will have access to the keynote and plenary sessions via recordings 1 hour after the sessions, access to slides for all other sessions. All attendees will have access to posters and exhibits. Virtual Attendees will also be invited to a special virtual networking event.

Registration Tickets Prices
Non-subscriber Registration $725
Early-Bird Registration and Associate Subscription Bundle- through April 4th $649
Registration and Associate Subscription Bundle $699
Early Bird State Representative Subscriber Registration- up to 2 designated subscribers per state- through April 4th $550
Representative Subscriber Registration- up to 2 designated subscribers per state- $599
One Day Conference Registration $350

In-Person Conference cancellations will be accepted until May 31, 2022.

In-Person conference tickets can be converted to Virtual tickets through June 10th.

Virtual Tickets can be converted to In-Person tickets through May 31, 2022.

No Virtual Conference cancellations after June 10th, 2022.

Payment for registration can be made by credit card, ACH, or pay later. For the pay later option, you will receive a link to pay via credit card or you can mail a check for payment. All payments are due by May 31st for the in-person option and June 10th for the Virtual Conference.  All registrations that have not been paid by the deadline will be cancelled. There is no on-site option for registration.

After registration you will receive an email from comms@aplos.com. This email may go to your clutter or junk mail box, depending on your email system.

Any questions about the registration process can be sent to info@nursingworkforcecenter.org

By registering, you acknowledge that you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and also abide by the applicable CDC and local guidelines in order to participate in person at National Forum 2022. Should you fail to observe any of our protocols, the National Forum may remove you from the Event without a refund. Please find the latest updates and resources on COVID-19 from the AHA. Instructions regarding the proof of fully vaccinated status that will be accepted and how to submit that information for review will be provided prior to the start of the meeting. Will Follow CDC and Nevada guidelines and wear a facemask except when eating.

Swing for the Fences: Changing the Nursing Workforce Game

 

 

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Note: Virtual Attendees will have access to the keynote and plenary sessions via recordings 1 hour after the sessions, access to slides for all other sessions. All attendees will have access to posters and exhibits. Virtual Attendees will also be invited to a special virtual networking event.

Keynote Address

Presentation Title: Rewriting the Playbook to Shape the Future of Nursing

Meredith Lapointe, MBA, BE, BA, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Meredith Lapointe is a partner at McKinsey & Company, where she serves healthcare companies on a wide range of topics aimed at transforming capabilities and operational performance. Drawing on workforce dynamics expertise, she helps clients build a dynamic and flexible workforce where total cost and capabilities meet patient and system demands. She is part of the broader effort across McKinsey focusing on making the “Future of Work” concept come to life through thoughtful design and implementation. One area she is particularly passionate about is empowering clinical leaders to make data-informed real time decisions.

Plenary Speaker Panel 

Presentation Title: Clear the Bases: Rethinking the Data Needed to Create Nursing Workforce Stability

Panel Facilitator: Jana Bitton, MPA, President, National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing 

Panelist: Laura Reichhardt, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, RN, Director Hawaii State Center for Nursing

Laura Reichhardt, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, RN, is the Director of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing and is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Laura focuses her efforts in state health and nursing policy and planning, workforce recruitment and retention, and statewide strategy. Her patient care focused on federally qualified health center and school nurse settings. She serves on several boards including the Hawaii State Rural Health Association and is an active member of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. Laura was identified by Johnson & Johnson as a nurse who disrupts healthcare, has been recognized for her advocacy work by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, AANP, and the Daisy Foundation, and was named as one of Hawaii’s 40 under 40 in 2021. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and two young children.

Panelist: Clark Ruttinger, MPA, MBA, Director Utah Health Workforce Information Center 

Clark Ruttinger is the Director of Utah’s new Health Workforce Information Center. In this capacity, Mr. Ruttinger tracks supply, demand and educational program data about Utah’s healthcare workforce and works with stakeholders to develop usable information to better inform policy and strategic planning decisions. A major goal of this work is to facilitate communication and collaboration between public and private entities as they pursue common workforce planning efforts across the State of Utah. Clark served as President of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers from 2019-2020 and was a co-author of the 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation in April 2021. Mr. Ruttinger has a Masters of Public Administration with emphasis in Program and Policy Evaluation. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a certificate in Information Systems, both from the University of Utah.

Panelist: Yetty Shobo, PhD, Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Data Center, Virginia Department of Health Professions 

Yetty Shobo is a researcher and data scientist in the healthcare field. As the Deputy Director at the Healthcare Workforce Data Center in the Virginia Department of Health Professions, she oversees surveys of about 30 healthcare professions and produces reports on the data. From the healthcare workforce data, she has also developed several healthcare workforce data visualizations and written several articles and reports. She has a doctorate degree in human science.

Panelist: Rayna Letourneau, PhD, RN, Interim Executive Director, Florida Center for Nursing 

Rayna Letourneau, PhD, RN, has made it her work’s purpose to create a highly educated, competent nursing workforce and advance the impact of nursing on the health and wellness of our nation. Dr. Letourneau’s scholarship focuses on nursing workforce development, transition to practice, nurses’ health and wellness, and quality and safety education for nurses.

Dr. Letourneau is the interim Executive Director of the Florida Center for Nursing, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and the Founding Director of the USF College of Nursing’s Office of WIRES™. She has 20 years of nursing experience with a clinical background in emergency nursing in New England and thirteen years of undergraduate and graduate nursing and interprofessional teaching experience in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Florida.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2002 and 2008, respectively. In 2017, she earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She’s earned a certification in online teaching from the Online Learning Consortium.

Dr. Letourneau is a founding member of the Nursing Action Coalition of Florida. She is an appointee to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Academic Task Force Advisory Board and a member of several professional organizations. Additionally, Dr. Letourneau serves as a member of the advisory board for the TruMont Apprenticeship Committee.

Luncheon Speaker

Montana State University professor and economist Peter Buerhaus. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Presentation Title: Creating the 21st Century Nursing Workforce Needed to Address the Post Pandemic Health Needs of Society: Tactics versus Strategy

Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h) Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies

Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson

Dr. Peter Buerhaus is a nurse and a healthcare economist who is well known for his studies on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States.  He is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the College of Nursing, Montana State University.  Before coming to Montana State University, Dr. Buerhaus was the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Sr. Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University, and assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health.  He served as assistant to the chief executive of the University of Michigan’s 7 teaching hospitals and to the Vice Provost for Medical Affairs at the the University of Michigan. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, with five publications designated as “Classics” by the Federal Government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Dr. Buerhaus was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1994, elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2003 (now the National Academy of Medicine), and is an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Dr. Buerhaus has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and from Loyola University, Chicago.

In 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed Chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission that was created under the Affordable Care Act to advise Congress and the Administration on health workforce policy. He recently served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Medicine Committee on the Future of Nursing, 2020-2030.

Plenary Speaker Panel 

Presentation Title: TBD

Panel Facilitator:  Winifred Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN(H), Director Advocacy and Consumer Affairs, Campaign for Action

Winifred Quinn’s passion is to help older adults thrive and live with dignity and to support their families in achieving peace of mind. Winifred puts her passion into action by improving policies that allow people to choose where to live, who to get care from, how to obtain this care, and how to have fun.

Winifred is leading the telehealth policy work for AARP’s think-and-do tank, the Public Policy Institute (PPI), which has led to PPI’s first published research paper on telehealth, “Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers.” Winifred also supports an AARP innovations group in developing AARP’s virtual reality products for family caregivers.

When it comes to workforce, Winifred is a proud nurse champion. She co-directs a national campaign that seeks to improve health and health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Her team supports “Action Coalitions” in each state and the District of Columbia that work to implement Institute of Medicine’s recommendations made in a 2011 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Winifred leads the Campaign’s work to ensure a more diverse nursing workforce, nursing school faculty, and nurse leadership.

Winifred initiated a national coalition that led to Medicare funding graduate-level nursing education for the first time. She leads state-level policy work that has helped modernize laws in more than 20 states improving millions of people’s access to care provided by nurses. In this role, she places a strong emphasis on coalition building.

Winifred is an alumna of Union County College and Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her PhD in Health Communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Winifred’s public policy and innovations work began as a family caregiver for her parents. In 2018 the American Association of Nurse Practitioners inducted Winifred as an honorary fellow. In 2021 the American Academy of Medicine inducted Winifred as an honorary fellow.

Panelist: Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Fellow, Campaign for Action 

Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger is a senior fellow for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve America’s health through Nursing.  She is also the associate dean of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as well as a clinical professor at the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

As associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ackerman-Barger leads the University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming setting in which to learn, work and collaborate. She also designs initiatives to ensure  the school’s learning environments, workforce, programs, services and partnerships are more diverse and inclusive.

Over her career, Ackerman-Barger has combined her expertise in nursing and education to advance inclusive learning environments, health equity, and workforce diversity. She is a national consultant and speaker on strategies to help underserved and under-represented groups in health professions thrive academically.

She earned a doctor of philosophy in nursing education from the University of Northern Colorado, a master of science in nursing education from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Humboldt State University.

Panelist: Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN, Senior Fellow, Campaign for Action

Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN, is a senior fellow of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve America’s health through Nursing.

As a County of Orange Health Care Agency Public Health Nurse, Paul Leon was instrumental in the conception and development of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Team for the homeless (CHAT-H) and the Mobile Unit Teams (MUT), bringing targeted services to the underserved at the individual, family, community, and systems levels of practice. Paul served as a speaker and consultant for pioneering innovative funding methods for recuperative care with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) across the country and in Puerto Rico.

CEO & Founder of the Illumination Foundation (IF), a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness by providing stable housing and wrap-around services to homeless families through their programs, Paul also pioneered IF’s Recuperative Care Program, now the country’s largest program, to manage the discharge of homeless patients from hospitals. Paul has been recognized for the foundation’s work with the PIMCO Leadership Circle Award, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and Illumination Foundation was named one of the top ten non-profit organizations in Orange County. Paul was named one of 10 AARP Well-Being Champions and in 2019, won the AARP Purpose Prize Award.

In addition to serving on several advisory committees for organizations including the UC Irvine School of Nursing and the Mental Health Association of Orange County, Paul mentors and conducts classes for students at Cal-State Long Beach, Cal-State Fullerton, Biola University, Concordia University, USC School of Social Work, and UCI’s School of Medicine. He also consults with CHOC’s Residency Program and the Kaiser Family Resident Program and served on the Board of Directors for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC).

Endnote Speaker

Presentation Title: Our Blockbuster Moment: Leading Nursing’s Future

Dan Weberg, Vice President, Transformation Services, Ascension

Dr. Dan Weberg is an expert in nursing, healthcare innovation and human-centered patient design with extensive clinical experience in emergency departments, acute in-patient hospital settings and academia. He currently serves as the Vice President for Transformation Services at Ascension, supporting 60,000 nurses and 140+ facilities in modernizing nursing technology, developing new care models, and measuring innovation outcomes.

Previously he was Head of Clinical Innovation for Trusted Health, the staffing platform for the healthcare industry, where he helps drive product strategy and works to change the conversation around innovation in the healthcare workforce.

Prior to joining Ascension, Dan spent seven years at Kaiser Permanente, where he held executive roles in nursing innovation, research, and technology strategy across eight regions, 38 hospitals, 60,000 nurses. He was also part of the founding faculty for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Dan is on the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and multiple innovation fellowship programs. He previously taught on nursing innovation and leadership at Arizona State University. He is on the editorial board for Nursing Administration Quarterly and has authored two dozen peer-reviewed articles and two textbooks, including Evidence Based Innovation Leadership for Health Professions and Leadership in Nursing Practice.

Dan earned his Bachelors in Nursing, and was in the first cohort to graduate from the Masters in Healthcare Innovation program at ASU, as well as the first-ever graduate of the PhD in Healthcare Innovation Leadership program at ASU. Dan serves on several advisory boards, including the American Nurses Association Innovation Advisory Board. His clinical background is in Emergency and Trauma nursing at level 1 trauma centers in California and Arizona

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The Conference will be held at the fabulous Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Room Reservations under our special group rate at $158/night. Click on this link to make a  https://book.passkey.com/go/SNAT0622BE   The room block will close on  Friday, May 27th. 

Call for abstracts is now closed.

All proposals submitted will be blind reviewed and considered by a peer review committee for their potential contribution to the conference objectives.
Presenters will be notified of the outcome of the review committee by March 25, 2022, and must confirm their participation by April 1, 2022.
All presenters are expected to pay for their registration and travel expenses to the conference.
Contact hours will be awarded for these presentations, and, therefore the proposal will include two learner objectives (see the next section).
Proposals must select a podium or poster presentation. Presentations will be scheduled for either 25 or 50 minute sessions including time allowed for questions and answers. You may indicate a preference on your abstract form but the final determination will be made by the selection committee. LCD projectors will be available for the presentations.
Proposals not accepted for presentation may be asked to do a poster presentation.

Selection Criteria

All proposals submitted will be blind reviewed and considered by a peer review committee for their potential contribution to the conference objectives. Abstract submissions will be rated on the following:

  • Overall quality
  • Applicability to conference objectives
  • Approach or method
  • Outcomes or findings
Questions related to this call for abstracts can be sent to info@nursingworkforcecenters.org
  • How do I submit an abstract? Abstract submission is closed.
  • Do I have to submit an abstract to attend the conference? No, registration for confernece is open.
  • What is the early bird registration deadline?  April 4th at midnight.
  • What is an Associate Subscriber for the National Forum?  This is a new opportunity that you can bundle with your conference registration. More information is available here https://nursingworkforcecenters.org/join-us/
  • Why are the in-person and virtual registration tickets the same price?  The tickets are the same price due to the increase cost for technology and recording needed to offer virtual sessions.
  • What is the deadline for cancelling my registration ticket?  In-Person ticket cancellations will be accepted until May 31, 2022. These tickets can be converted to a virtual ticket for no extra cost until June 10th. No virtual confernece cancellations will be accepted after June 10, 2022.
  • Can I pay for my registration at the door?  All registrations must be fully paid prior to the cancellation deadlines. Payment can be made by credit card, ACH or a mailed check to National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, PO Box 117, Northwood, ND 58267
  • What is your COVID-19 policy? By registering, you acknowledge that you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and also abide by the applicable CDC and local guidelines in order to participate in person at National Forum 2022. Should you fail to observe any of our protocols, the National Forum may remove you from the Event without a refund. Please find the latest updates and resources on COVID-19 from the AHA. Instructions regarding the proof of fully vaccinated status that will be accepted and how to submit that information for review will be provided prior to the start of the meeting. Will Follow CDC and Nevada guidelines and wear a facemask except when eating.
  • Will there by continuing education credits available? Yes, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Who do I contact with questions?  You can email questions to info@nursingworkforcecenters.org

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