Annual Nurse Conference on Leadership and Change Slated For February 14

Seventh annual conference to feature Sue Hassmiller of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

November 20, 2012 -- In times of healthcare reform, unemployment, growing demands, and restructuring, change can be difficult, confusing and frustrating. On Thursday, February 14, 2013, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) will host “Nursing Leadership: Navigating in Times of Change,” in Wilsonville, Ore.

“We are speaking around the state with nurses concerned about what their role is in times of change,” said Anastasia Sofranac, Program Manager at OCN. “Our goals in this year’s conference are to create an inclusive environment that provides nurses with tools for managing transitions and highlight the roles of nurses in changing how health care is delivered.”

This year’s conference features local and national nurse leaders such as:

  • Sue Hassmiller, Senior Advisor for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This 50-state effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

  • Author and Director of California State University, Chico, School of Nursing, Carol Huston to guiding attendees through a reflection on their own leadership and change journeys.

  • Demi Haffenreffer and David Solomon will discuss why staff resists change and competencies to help manage transitions.

  • Erin Taylor and Julie Flindt will represent OHSU Family Medicine Clinics and demonstrate innovative care management as it relates to improving health, promoting care coordination, and decreasing health care costs for those who face chronic disease, health disparities, and healthcare access issues.

  • Terri Harvath, Associate Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing and Director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence will discuss improving the health and health care of older adults and their family caregivers as nurses promote function and autonomy for an aging population.

  • Sylvia Pishioneri from Peace Health in Florence, OR, discussing care coordination, risk factors, barriers and answering the question, “Where is the nurse in health care reform?”

OCN ‘s annual leadership conference is attended by nursing professionals working in care settings throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. OCN is pleased to offer early bird and group registration discounts starting at $175 per person. Detailed agenda and registration information are available at

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