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Friday 2019
The Florida Nurses Association's

2019 Membership Assembly

September 13-14th at the Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

FNA's 2019 Membership Assembly

2019 FNA Membership Assembly Program

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Friday Full Program

Friday, September 13th

7:00am - 4:00pm Registration Open

7:00am - 8:00am Exhibitor Hall and Poster Display Open

8:00am - 9:30am Opening Session - Welcome - Keynote Presentation

Call to Action - Influencing Policy

Janet Haebler, Senior Associate Director for Policy & State Government Affairs, American Nurses Association

Healthcare will continue to dominate the attention of policy makers at the state and federal levels now and in the near future. Nurses’ engagement is more critical than ever. When nurses fail to communicate with their elected officials, policy makers will listen to non-nurses. What’s holding you back: fear? lack of understanding of the process? Don’t know where to begin? This session will review the legislative agenda and trends impacting nursing at the federal and state levels nationwide, discuss factors which influence agendas and ways for nurses to get involved, even from your armchair.

9:30am - 9:45am Exhibitor Hall and Poster Display Open

9:45am - 11:45am

Michelle Rhodes

Intrapreneurship: Developing the Mindset of a Nurse Innovator

Michelle Rhodes, MHS, RN, CCM, CMCN

With heavy caseloads, long shifts, yet highly fulfilling work, Nurses often find themselves at a crossroad, having to do more with less… and do it faster. Workarounds have often come to the aid of a nurse, continuing to provide quality care and meet Organizational expectations in a faster manner. What if I were to tell you this is the springboard of innovation? Many providers have developed products or services due to the discovery of performing a duty in a more efficient way. Most times however, as Nurses we fail to see ourselves as innovators. The bridge and missing piece that carries the Nurse from the “workaround” mindset to becoming an “innovator” is mindset development. The simple shift from “get 'er done” to “I own this” is a healthy way to allow Nurses to progressively move into becoming Intrapreneurial champions of an organization. By focusing on unmet needs, fostering creativity, proactiveness, and accountability, this program serves to walk our backbones of Healthcare - Nurses - into cultivating ownership from within.

Focus Group Session

What Innovations will Transform the Future of FNA?


11:30am - 12:00n Exhibitor Hall and Poster Display Open

12:00n - 1:00pm Lunch

Sponsored by the American Nurses Foundation

Nurses Transforming Social Determinants

Kem Castle, MHSc, BSN, RN, CCM

Nurses, on the frontlines of healthcare, are uniquely positioned to assess for social determinants of health and positively address to overcome unhealthy days. At the end of this activity, the learner will be able to define and list social determinants. They will see what organizations such as “Humana” are doing to assist with social determinants to promote healthy days. Lastly, the learner will recognize they as nurses, who are the front-line of healthcare has the power to be a part of increasing healthy days and decreasing social determinants.

1:15pm - 2:15pm Breakout Sessions

Justin Wilkerson

A Good Death: End-of-Life in the Intensive Care Unit

Justin Wilkerson, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-CMC

How can we as clinical care clinicians ensure that even the most critically ill of patients can be ensured a “good death?” Presented from the perspective of a board certified ICU and hospice/palliative nurse, this presentation will address ethical considerations around end-of-life care, the latest in end-of-life evidence-based practice, as well as anecdotal stories and conversations around what constitutes a “good death.”

Hess and Swihart

Connecting Healthcare Professionals Through Innovative Shared Governance

Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN & Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, FAAN, CS, RN-BC

No other mechanism exists that can surpass shared governance for bringing together professional members in a healthcare organization. This innovation reconciles their roles as professionals and employees so that stakeholders can sit at the same table to jointly make the important decisions that transform healthcare on a local and global level. Shared governance is now finally being established as an evidenced-based practice itself as well as facilitating the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that are connected to better professional, organizational, and patient outcomes. This comprehensive presentation will cover innovations that can fully implement or reinvigorate any shared governance program within two years.

Lygia Arcaro

Getting to Zero Harm: Using Simulation to Become a High Reliability Organization

Lygia Arcaro, PhD, RN

High reliability organizations (HROs) have similar characteristics: preoccupied with failure, a reluctance to simplify interpretations, committed to resilience, have deference to expertise, and are sensitive to operations. The Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are helping healthcare organizations across the US find their path to zero patient harm by becoming HROs. The use of remote simulation, communication technology, and simulation at the point of care connects staff when disseminating information across organizations to help with building teams. Simulation tests processes in real life settings while identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care areas through systems testing using assessment and evaluation strategies.

Roseann Maresca

Implementation of a TeamSTEPPS Strategy to Enhance a Culture of Civility

Roseann Maresca, DNP, RN, PCCN

Nursing is considered one of the most caring professions in healthcare, so why do nurses express uncaring attitudes towards each other? Incivility in nursing is an ongoing issue that plagues nursing units causing disruptive behaviors leading to low morale and patient safety issues. Incivility can be damaging to the nurse and the environment. Incivility continues in healthcare today; however, it takes a translational leader to identify and take a stand against it by implementing a strategy that works. A healthy work environment is what is needed for all healthcare workers. This presentation adds to the vast amount of information on incivility in the literature and provides nurses another opportunity to voice their concerns against the aggressor.

2:15pm - 2:30pm Exhibitor Hall and Poster Display Open

2:30pm - 3:30pm Breakout Sessions

Improving the Quality of Care for Cardiac Patient

Paula Loats, RN, BS, MBA, CCDS

The burden of heart failure on the healthcare system is growing. This presentation discusses the end stage cardiac patient and the impact of heart failure on society while addressing the benefits of palliative care for improved outcomes and enhanced quality of life.

How Transformational Leadership Influences Staff Relationship and Patient Care

Angela Bonaby, RN, BSN, PCCN

Transformational leadership promotes inspirational and professional growth within an organization and individual nursing units within a healthcare organization. A transformational leader must develop a trusting relationship that influences followers. Transformational leadership has consistently been linked to employee attitudes and behaviors in both management settings and nursing. Research suggests that the four dimensions of transformational leaders may serve as antecedents to creating structurally empowering work environments.

Isabel Francis

Using Classical Ethical Principles to Guide mHealth Design

Isabel Francis, MPA, MSN, RN

Patients often download mHealth apps without realizing how they may be exposed to various harms – from data breach to inaccurate information. As clinicians and patient advocates, we must not only be sure that any apps we might recommend for our patients meet rigorous ethical and technical standards, we must understand the risks involved. Knowing that technology will continue to drive many patients' choices in the future, we can help guide them more effectively by understanding what is involved with and what is at stake in terms of the use of mobile health apps.

Adams Fuller Russell

Research: Changing Nursing Culture to Address Unit Staffing, RN Turnover, and Improve Patient Outcomes

Janice Adams, DNP, MPA, RN, Gayle Russell, PhD, RN, and Bonnie Fuller

The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is gathering data from nurses across the United States about how to change the culture of healthcare and nursing. In 2018 West Central Region (WCR) nurses met at the Florida Action Coalition (FAC) Summit. One outcome of that meeting was a plan to research changing the culture of nursing by addressing nurse staffing and turnover and improving patient outcomes. To that end, the WCR FAC and Florida Nurses Association (FNA) members partnered to bring nurses together to discuss these issues and identify specific strategies that could be used to transform their collective nursing futures, and could lead to improved outcomes for diverse populations served across nursing practice and academic settings.

Barbara Russell

Emerging Infectious Disease Update

Barbara Russell, MPH, BSHSA, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Barbara Russell is the former Director of Infection Prevention and Control Services at Baptist Hospital of Miami. She has specialized in Infection Control for over 30 years and is certified in Infection Control. At each Membership Assembly, she provides an important and timely update on the status of infections and infectious diseases for nurses to be aware of.

3:45pm - 4:45m "Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation" Plenary Session

Jean Davis

Physical Activity Habits for Nurses' Health: Connections Matter

Jean Davis, PhD, DNP, EdD, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC

Nurses know that physical activity is a healthy behavior. Although nurses are at increased risk for many disease processes treatable or preventable by physical activity, and know that physical activity is healthy, many do not get enough physical activity. This presentation shares ways hospital nurses successfully developed physical activity habits through theory and research-based practices including smartphone technology. Nurses who participated gained a "can do" attitude, monitored their activity, and developed strong physical activity habits. Nurses can apply key evidence-based actions from this interventional program to develop their own healthy physical activity habits. This knowledge can be applied by nurses to support healthy longevity.

4:45pm - 5:45pm Endnote

Transforming the Future through Florida Nurses on Boards: A Call to Action

Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC, CHTS-CP & Laurie Benson, BSN, RN

The goal of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies. All boards benefit from the unique perspective of nurses to achieve the goals of improved health and efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Roberta Christopher, FNA's Representative to NOBC, will share an update on the work of FNA with the NOBC as well as a call to action in reaching the national goal for Nurses on Boards. Ms. Laurie Benson, Executive Director of NOBC will present an update on the nation's progress in meeting the Institute of Medicine's goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Florida Nurses' connections through board service further transform the future of healthcare through policy, innovation, and advocacy.

5:45pm - 6:30pm Break

6:30pm - 7:30pm Awards Reception (cash bar)

Join your nurse colleagues and fellow FNA members for an evening of socializing over light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments on the beautiful Legends Terrace overlooking the golf course.

7:30pm - 9:00pm Awards Dinner and Celebration

Presentation of the FNA ICON Awards - Celebrating 110 Years of Excellence

Icon Award

FNA's Award Celebration is often referred to as the Academy Awards for Nurses. Join us as we celebrate and honor nurses whose outstanding contributions deserve recognition. To celebrate FNA's 110th Anniversary, the Awards Committee has established a new set of awards: the FNA ICON Awards. We will be recognizing nurses in various categories of nursing practice from the entire nursing community. We invite nurses to recognize someone that they deem is iconic in their area of practice as well as personal icons who have made a significant difference in the life or career of an individual nurse. Learn more...

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