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2021 Virtual Live Discussion Series on Hottest Periop Leadership & Business Topics

The ‘Why’ & the ‘How’ of Recruiting Diverse Teams

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

You’re hearing a lot about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. But how does it affect your everyday work life, patient care, and leadership abilities? A lot.

This panel will lay out the case for why you should care about – and act on – increasing diversity in your organization. When care teams reflect their communities, understanding of social determinants of health, and approaches to and comfort in patient care improve – offsetting disparities in health outcomes. Diverse organizations have more viewpoints to draw from for better decision-making. As a result, the community sees greater compassion and empathy from the healthcare system. Trust rises.

Understand the “why” – then gain approaches that you can act on to impact patient outcomes and strengthen your organization.

(Panelist names to be announced soon.)

Unplugging the Nurse Pipeline

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Some creative approaches – alongside the basics – are helping open the pipeline to recruit OR nurses. But how do you decide what to start, expand, or throw out for success? And how do leaders within healthcare organizations generate interest in the profession among new generations as they are choosing their careers?

(Panelist names to be announced soon.)


Preview these inaugural Leader’s Edge panel discussions and get a feel for how expert panelists will engage, support and inspire you to be your best.

If Only It Was Just COVID
Preparing for Emergencies in the New Dynamic

Part I: Discussion and live Q&A
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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With COVID-19 as an underlying condition – and potentially surging – what happens when a natural disaster or mass casualty strikes?

You’re already stretched thin and now must potentially be ready for even more (fires, floods, hurricanes, civil unrest, mass shootings, flu season). Hear from veterans of large emergencies about how their past medical responses would be different today. 

Stephanie L. McKoin RN, BSN, MPAHSA, NEA-BC
Director of Perioperative Services and Surgery IPN
Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC.

Elena G. Canacari, BSN, RN, CNOR
Associate Chief Nurse, Perioperative Services
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

David A. Wyatt, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR
Chief Nursing Officer, University Hospitals
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Michelle Barron, MD
Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention
UCHealth, University of Colorado Hospital  

Part II: Discussion and live Q&A
The Deep Underbelly

Sponsored by Owens & Minor

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In Part I, panelists shared insights from mass casualties and disasters, and how COVID-19 exposes possible gaps and weaknesses in your response considerations. This panel discussed closing the gaps before a new, unimaginable scenario overwhelms your systems.

Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC
The Joint Commission

Matthew Kayl, MBA, BSN, RN
Division Director, Perioperative Services, CHI Health Service Center, Omaha, NE

Clinton Anderson
University of Colorado Health, Manager of Safety and Environment of Care

Sue Czajkowski
Regional Vice President, Enterprise Northeast Owens & Minor

Handouts: Risk Assessment Tool; Clinical Checklists; After-Event Review; IHI Hospital Preparedness Checklist for COVID 19 Surge.