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Previous SWPONL REgion Events

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

Fall 2022

SWPONL Fall Educational/Networking Event
The Education and Membership committees hosted nurse leader colleagues for a journal article group discussion and networking opportunity. Journal article citation:

Prestia, A. (2022).  Nurse leader cultivation of rituals:  Providing a sense of community and connection.  Nurse Leader, 20(4), 340-343. 

Fall 2021

SWPONL Good Reads Club

The Education and Membership Committees hosted members in a discussion of two relevant and provoking articles. 

Read the shared articles here.

SWPONL Gratitude Chain

For the month of November, a gratitude chain was created in SWPONL social media and the Membership Forum to help nurse leaders in celebrating, giving thanks and spreading good cheer!

Fall 2019 

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

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."

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


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

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

Click here
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.  

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

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 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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