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2014 CNL Summit and Research Symposium Presentations

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2014 CNL Research symposium presentations

Writing for Publication: Paying It Forward
Elaine Cohen, EdD, RN, FAAN, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Showcase of CNL Outcomes

Patricia L. Thomas, PhD, RN, CNL, (Chair, CNC Board of Commissioners) Trinity Health System; and Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2014 CNL Summit PResentations

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Welcome Session
National Update on the CNL Initiative and Award Presentations

Speaker: Joan Stanley, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAAN, Senior Director of Education Policy,
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

CNL Visionary Award Recipient
Vision, Direction, & CNL Sustainment in an Era of Healthcare Reform
Vision is an imperative component of advancing and sustaining the CNL role in the current and impending healthcare system. What is that vision and how can faculty, administrators, and clinicians support and advance this vision in today’s healthcare environment? 
Speaker: James Harris, PhD, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN, Professor, University of South Alabama

Opening Keynote Address
The New Business Case for Quality, Transformation, and Clinical Leadership

The Triple Aim: improved cost, quality, and service outcomes, is driving change in today’s health care arena. Hear why there is a growing need for innovation in healthcare delivery, the importance of evidence-based practice and how the CNL needs to be part of the changing healthcare environment. The speaker will also share exemplars from his work with Learning Platforms to improve quality outcomes.
Speaker: Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Nashville, TN

Friday, January 17, 2014

CNL Assessment and Exam Prep
To date, the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has certified more than 3,000 individuals as CNLs.  Attend this session to learn strategies for preparing for the CNL Certification Examination. Explore components of available certification preparatory review resources, gain an understanding of how the certification exam is updated, and discuss how others are preparing for the exam. 
Speakers: Tracy Lofty, MSA, CAE, Executive Director, Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), Washington, DC; Cynthia King, PhD, NP, MSN, CNL, FAAN, Owner and Consultant, Special Care Consultants, Portland, ME

Lessons in Interprofessional Education: Strengthening Engineering and CNL Education and Collaboration
The design of effective, high quality healthcare systems should fully exploit collaborations between clinical nurse leaders and other diverse disciplines including industrial systems engineers. This collaboration should begin during professional academic preparation where students can explore together the healthcare and engineering concepts, language, and techniques they will encounter in future practice. This presentation describes how inter-professional collaboration was encouraged using a learner-centered approach that allowed students to learn from the faculty as well as each other. 
Speakers: Linda Torma, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, Assistant Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT; David Claudio, PhD, PE, CPIM, Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Sustaining CNL Academic-Practice Partnerships: Challenges and Successes
This session will focus on a long-term academic-practice partnership to educate CNL’s for a multi-hospital system. Challenges will be discussed as well as the mechanisms developed to overcome issues and concerns of both partners. Successes to date will be highlighted including tips for sustaining the partnership over time.
Speakers: Kathy A. Baker, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor and Director, Division of Nursing Graduate Studies & Research, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX & Joan Shinkus Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Executive, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX

Mythbusters: Dispelling Role Confusion Between the CNL, CNS and NP
This session will compare and contrast the CNL, CNS, and NP roles. Hear lived experiences and consider how the CNL, CNS, and NP complement the others’ strengths and expertise to improve quality care outcomes. 
Speakers: Kristy Todd, MSN, APRN, CNS, NP and Bridget Graham, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, Mercy Health Saint Mary's, Grand Rapids, MI

Transforming Healthcare: A Model for Complex Care Intervention
High frequency/complex patients account for a large percentage of healthcare costs and is anticipated to grow if new approaches and models of care are not developed. This session will address the characteristics of high frequency/complex patients accessing healthcare and the capacity and financial impact of complex care interventions in the context of healthcare reform. The root causes of high frequency/complex patients will be examined as well as the development of a CNL-led Complex Care Intervention Process.
Speakers: Lauren Hardin, MSN, CNL & Laurie Schwartz, MSN, CNL, CEN, Mercy Health Saint Mary's, Grand Rapids, MI

Preparing the CNL to Address Care Transitions: Strategies, Competencies and Achieving Quality Outcomes 
The speaker will share her expertise as a healthcare leader with over 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing healthcare management services and transitions of care programs for new Accountable Care Organizations and Medical Home models. Changes in reimbursement and growing demands to decrease readmissions have led to the development of a myriad of transition models. Consider the competencies needed and strategies for faculty and practitioners to prepare CNLs to lead and address this growing area of quality practices.
Speakers: Melissa Lagrone, PhD, RN, Vice President/COO, Gordian Consulting Group and Gordian Health Management, Fort Worth, TX

Trailblazing the CNL Role in Diverse Settings: Applying the CNL Skill Set in Non-traditional, Remote, and Community Practice Environments
The CNL is prepared with a unique body of knowledge and skills to address the multitude of gaps and issues facing today’s healthcare system. Because of the tremendous demand for change and improvement, a majority of today’s CNLs have been employed in acute care settings. However, the CNL skill set was developed and intended for any and all settings where care is delivered. Explore with a panel of CNLs how their practices in a variety of diverse settings have evolved and the impact they are making. 
Speakers: Sheila Ford, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader at Oakland VA PACT Outpatient Clinic, Oakland, CA; M. Michelle Kimrey, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN-CMC, Clinical Nurse Leader, Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Lab at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA; Shawna Dorwart, MSN, RN, CNL, Director of Clinical Services, Glendive Medical Center, Glendive, MT

Designing the CNL Practice Immersion and Quality Improvement Project for Impact and Sustained Value
The most frequently asked questions related to the design and implementation of the CNL curriculum generally focus on the practice immersion and final quality improvement project. This session will focus on the value of CNL practice immersions and final quality projects in advancing the CNL role as well as care in the healthcare system. Hear from a panel of faculty and nurse executives how they have successfully implemented these curricular components in very different CNL programs and settings.
Speakers: James Harris, PhD, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN, Professor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL; Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie FL; Theresa A. Dentoni, MSN, CNL, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA; Wanda Borges, PhD, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Community Partnerships, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Plenary Session
Implementing Innovative and Visionary Models of Care Delivery and the CNL

The CNL is prepared with the knowledge and skills to address multiple issues and gaps that are facing the healthcare system. Faculty, practicing CNLs, and administrators need to think broadly about how the CNL skill set might be implemented in different ways, in new settings, and with new partnerships. A panel of healthcare leaders will share their visions for new care delivery models and how they believe the CNL fits.
Speakers: Andrew Schutzbank, MD, MPH, Assistant Medical Director, Iora Health, Cambridge, MA; Carolina Pavese, RN, Nurse Innovator, Culinary Health Fund, Las Vegas, NV; Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, CENP, FACHE, Sr. Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer, Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, CO                                                                                    

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Plenary Session
Healthcare System Re-Design: What CNLs Need to Know and Do
Demands to decrease costs and improve care outcomes are forcing systems to redesign or re-engineer the system and care delivery models. The CNL as a leader in quality improvement and interprofessional care teams should be a major contributor and participant in these processes. This session will focus on what the CNL needs to understand about system re-design, and what they need to do to be part of this process. Faculty also need to consider how this content and experiences can be integrated into the CNL curriculum to ensure that graduates are prepared to participate in these re-design efforts.
Speaker: William “Ike” Eisenhauer, BSME, MEngr, National Director, Veterans Engineering Resource Centers, US Department of Veterans Affairs & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Plenary Session
Integrating Interprofessional Learning Experiences into the CNL Curriculum

Research shows that care delivered by interprofessional teams produces better quality outcomes, particularly with complex patients. The AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the new Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice emphasize the need for CNLs to be prepared to lead and participate in interprofessional care teams. Developing successful interprofessional didactic and practice experiences in nursing programs can be challenging.  This session will highlight strategies to develop interprofessional didactic and clinical experiences using different professions, mixing concrete applications with scholarship, and employing a variety of learning methodologies.
Speaker: Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Tempe, AZ

Closing Keynote Session
Vision for CNL Practice and Education for Today and Tomorrow 

Recognizing the growing evidence of improved outcomes and decreased costs, major health systems are implementing CNLs across their care delivery models. Dr. Summers was one of the “early adopters” and has over 20 CNLs employed throughout the system. What is her vision for the future?  But also what does she see as the challenges and opportunities for making this vision a reality.
Speaker: Barbara Summers, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer & Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX