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SWPONL offers Educational and Networking Sessions for continuing education and networking in the spring and fall of each year.


SWPONL offers Educational and Networking Sessions for continuing education and networking in the spring and fall of each year.

Thank you to our speaker, James Vogel, our sponsor and to the attendees for their participation in the SWPONL Fall 2019 Educational and Networking Session: 

Nurse Leader’s Role in Awareness, Prevention and Mitigation: Addressing Workplace Violence in Healthcare

James Vogel, MPM
Police Lieutenant
Hospital OB Resource Officer.
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Thank You to our event sponsor: 

Spring 2019 

Everyday Mindfulness 

Heather Rommes, MSOL, BA
Director of Physician Development, Operations
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA


Thank You to our event sponsors!



The Employee Engagement Survey Results Are In...Now What?

Vicki Hess, RN, BSN, MS

Certified Speaking Professional
Catalyst Consulting, LLC
Baltimore, Maryland

Session Description

After participating in this 2-hour workshop, you’ll have:

  • Proven strategies for changing the conversation (and follow-up) regarding the  engagement survey results process.
  • Real-world ideas for how to make this year’s meeting less of a “check the box” event and more meaningful to everyone who participates.
  • Step-by-step guide for what to do before, during and after the meeting.
  • Tools to create shared responsibility for the Action Plan without sounding like you’re trying to pass the buck to others.

Our attendees say it best: 

"The content of this presentation was exceptionally valuable and timely. Vicki is an excellent presenter..."

"This was my first time at a Vicki Hess conference and she was just excellent. I will take new information back to my workplace."

"Vicki Hess brings a lot of energy when speaking about any topic."

"...enjoyed real life suggestions"

"Was a great networking/educational session  Engaging speaker."

FAll 2017
Resiliency in Nursing: Implications for Nurse Leaders

 Paula F. Coe DNP, RN, NEA-BC
 Vice President, Nursing Education and Professional Practice
 Allegheny Health Network
 Pittsburgh, PA 

Our attendees say it best: 

"A great speaker who was personal as well as professional. Great to be exposed to someone in her position."

"Dr. Coe is obviously very knowledgeable in this topic. Her suggestions, ideas, and details were all very good."

"Excellent use of examples, personal stories, and connections."

Session Description:

In the increasing complex healthcare continuum, resiliency seems increasingly more talked about and prevalent in the nursing literature.

This presentation focused on defining resiliency in the scope of nursing leadership as well as strategies, processes and programs that can support nurse leaders and influence professional practice outcomes.

Spring 2017
The Multigenerational Njrsing workforce: how to recruit/retain the best and manage/motivate the rest!

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders sponsored an Educational Event on Tuesday, April 4th with a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop session. The morning included time to network while earning continuing education credits. It was a record attendance for our educational sessions! Dr. Sandra Cupples, presented an engaging educational session, "The Multigenerational Nursing Workforce: How to Recruit/Retain the BEST and Manage/Motivate the REST!" and an interactive workshop session, "What is Keeping Nurse Managers Up at Night?

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for photos from the event.

Our attendees say it best:

  • "The speaker was excellent and gave great information that can be applied into all areas of the clinical workforce. The interactive portion of the program was awesome, great chance to network with others from different facilities and clinical areas."
  • "The breakout sessions were lots of fun and it was nice to interact with people from different hospitals."
  • "Loved her presentation."
  • "Great speaker."
  • "Sandra was excellent."
  • "This was an awesome experience." 
  • "I found the session very informative. I have newfound knowledge about managing a multigenerational workforce. I will use much of the information to assist me in being a better manager."

Thank you to Dr. Cupples, our sponsors and exhibitors, AbbVieCommunity Life, Grand Canyon University, Ohio University and to the attendees.  

Featured speaker

Sandra A. Cupples, PhD, RN, FAAN, CAPT, NC, USN RET

National Director, Clinical Services
National Surgery Office
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC        

Fall 2016 

It was a wonderful evening for networking at the new Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Thank you to Matt Mervosh, Financial Advisor from Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. for presenting "Health Wealth and a Confident Retirement," a session to illustrate the role that stress plays in our life, the choices that we make and will discuss the connection between health and wealth.

Thank you to our Sponsors:


Spring 2016 

Crystal Ball - The Future of Healthcare


Barry Bittman, MD
CEO, Institute for Innovative Healthcare
CEO, Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The SWPONL event attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network while earning continuing education credits. All attendees were included in a door prize raffle for a gift certificate to Willow (donated by Willow) on April 28, 2016.

Barry Bittman, MD, presented an engaging and interactive session titled “Crystal Ball - the Future of Healthcare”. In addition, Dr. Bittman called on attendees to offer their examples for resources and tools for new leadership ideas. 

A few of the comments from the attendees include:

  • "Very good presentation! I enjoyed the topic and its application to healthcare today and in the future."
  • "Great presenter- energetic- visionary- and passionate about an important topic..."
  • "Outstanding speaker, very informative."
  • "A very enjoyable and informative presentation. His delivery of the information was relaxed and easy to understand, my compliments to the program committee for having him come speak. Thank you."
Also, thank to your AbbVie, Patient Advocate Program, our exhibitor/sponsor for this event.The AbbVie Patient Advocate Program helps individuals diagnosed with certain auto-immune diseases - Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Hidradenitis Suppuritiva, Psoriasis, and Psoriatic Arthritis achieve a better understanding of their disease through education, resources, and support.  This free, nationwide program is a valuable resource for your patients, colleagues and employees. These resources include: disease education, assisting patients to prepare for doctor's visits and patient support.  Individuals can find out more information by visiting the disease-specific websites. Click here for the complete listing.

Thank you Dr. Bittman, AbbVie, Willow and to to the attendees of this event.

Fall 2015 

Leading High Performing Teams Begins with YOU

Valerie Howard, Ed D, MSN, RN

Dean and Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Robert Morris University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders sponsored an Educational and Networking Session on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the beautiful South Hills Country Club on Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh. 

Valerie Howard, Ed D, MSN, RN, Dean and Professor of the Nursing School at Robert Morris University presented an engaging and interactive session titled “Leading High Performing Teams Begins With You.” 

Valerie presented numerous reference and resource tools for exploring and understanding ourselves better and fully recognizing our leadership approach. She engaged the group in an exercise using the C. Clinton Sidle book “The Leadership Wheel.” The Leadership Wheel is a tool with four main personality categories: Warrior/North, Nurturer/South, Critical Thinker/West and Visionary/East. 

The SWPONL event participants completed a series of questions and their final score placed them in one of the four categories on the Leadership Wheel. Valerie tied the exercise together with a live illustration of how a team can leverage the strengths of all members and minimize the weaknesses which will create a strong, well-functioning team.

Some attendees were asking questions about the Leadership Wheel and Dr. Howard shared this information: There is an updated website that was implemented in September 2015, which can be accessed at Since there is a copyright, there is information about the instrument and instructions for payment (the payment supports the Native American Community). If anyone wants to use the materials, they would need to contact the organization.

Valerie inspired the participants to continue the lifelong journey of leadership development and to return to their organizations and share the same message with their teams. 

The SWPONL event attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network while earning continuing education credit and learning to sharpen their coaching and mentoring skills with new ways to energize, motivate and develop their team! 

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