Saturday October 10th 2015

Great minds will gather in New Orleans to innovate and share solutions

The American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Staffing Conference, “Creating Optimal Staffing through Innovation,” Nov. 4-5 in New Orleans, LA, will focus on everyday staffing solutions you can implement in your practice. Join recognized experts in exploring case studies, leading practices and innovative approaches for tackling an organization’s toughest staffing challenges.

Last year, ANA’s inaugural staffing conference focused  on research and science  and sparked new connections and directions for the more than 700 attendees from 49 states and other countries who attended. Building on this foundation, the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference brings nurses together to learn from innovative leaders.  In addition, conference attendees will hear from nurses who have found answers and learn how to apply them in their work environments.

Staffing conference attendees in 2013 contributed their ideas on graffiti boards that summarized the presentations.

Here is a glimpse of the sessions at the 2014 ANA Staffing Conference:

Linda Aiken

Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN
Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Noted nursing expert Linda Aiken, a Pennsylvania State Nurses Association member, shares best practices that produce the most optimal results — in quality, safety, patient engagement and financial outcomes. Her staffing models will help you discover ways to reduce readmissions and meet value-based purchasing goals. Attendees will gain strategies on how to connect quality to optimal staffing to lead care delivery, performance and outcomes.

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA
Director, Innovation Learning Network
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

In this interactive session, recognized innovation specialist Chris McCarthy demonstrates best practices of innovative thinking that are in use in health care. Attendees will learn how to apply innovation to their most complex nursing challenges. Drawing from real-world scenarios from his 10 years of working with nurses at Kaiser Permanente, McCarthy offers case studies and metrics of successful nursing innovation.

Suzette Naquin, AD, RN, RNC-NIC
Ochsner Medical Center

Hospitals need to be prepared for serious, unexpected situations that can place a strain on existing staffing and resources. Suzette Naquin at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, took an innovative and flexible approach to staffing during Hurricane Katrina.  She will share her approach to maintaining reliable staffing and positive patient outcomes at the hospital during a crisis.

The right stuff: Experts share best practices

Boots-on-the-ground nursing leaders share their most successful staffing strategies and outcomes in this session. Attendees will learn about innovative solutions that have improved workflow, safety and outcomes in hospitals and care organizations of all sizes. Each breakout session highlights what matters most to nurses: technology, workload, competencies, staffing models and staffing committees.

Speak C-suite

This interactive discussion with senior nursing leaders provides attendees with new perspectives on how executives view staffing challenges and strategies to engage those decision-makers and secure executive support. Attendees will also learn the skills to build a compelling dialogue with executives who may use different data, language and strategies in their own everyday work setting.

New this year: Poster presentations

Attendees will have an opportunity to glean leading practices from their peers during poster presentations to enhance their learning experience.

To gain the most from this conference, nurses are encouraged to attend as a team, including those who manage staffing at all levels of an organization.

To register, go to

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