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PONL 2023 Annual Conference Schedule

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2023 Annual Conference Registration Rates 

 2023 Registration Rates

 Early Bird
on or before Aug. 11

after Aug. 11

 PONL Member  $375  $425
 Non-Member*  $475  $525
 Retired PONL Member  $125  $125 
 Student  $125   $125 
One-Day Rate
(Thursday or Friday) 
 $225   $225 
 Group Discount (5 or more)**  $350  $400 
 NYONEL and ONL NJ Member   $375  $425

*Non-Member registration INCLUDES one-year membership to PONL for first-time members.
**Non-member who register as part of a group will NOT receive PONL membership.

Register to attend the 2023 Annual Conference today!

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PONL 2023 Annual Conference Schedule

We will once again host our Annual Silent auction and Raffle! Please consider participating: donate an item or purchase tickets/bid while you are at the conference! If you are interested in contributing, please complete this form to let us know what to expect: Silent Auction Donation

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023

 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Open/Book Signing: Rose Sherman
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Welcome Luncheon

Generously sponsored by: Qualivis                                                                             

11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Welcome by PONL Program & Education Committee Chair

Michelle E. DeFabio, DNP, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC
Director of Nursing Professional Development and Clinical Excellence
Penn Medicine - Lancaster General Health

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

From traditional leader to nurse leader coach: meeting the needs of the contemporary nursing workforce

What nurses expect from their leaders is changing. Gone are the days of command-and-control leadership when staff were supposed to be grateful for a job. Today’s nursing workforce wants leaders who adopt a coaching mindset and help them grow and develop as professionals. The nurse leader coach has become the linchpin in nurse recruitment and retention. In this presentation, we will discuss the changing needs of the nursing workforce and the business case for nurse leaders to shift their approach from a more traditional leader to a nurse leader coach.

Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Emeritus Professor, Florida Atlantic University

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Implications for Access to Health Care Services in the Context of Rural Location

Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the most “rural” states in the nation, with more than 2.3 million residents living in areas that are designated as rural. The economic, cultural, social, geographic, and demographic characteristics of rural communities are sufficiently different from those of urban communities to require special consideration. This presentation will discuss those characteristics and innovative strategies designed to increase access to health care services, providers, and programs to advance social determinants of health.

Lisa Davis, MHA
Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Outreach Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Generously sponsored by: Healthcare Workforce Logistics                                         

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

social determinants of health

Mr. Carson will provide an overview of SDoH, including the impact on health outcomes. The presentation will include a variety of innovative projects that impact patient outcomes.

Steve Carson, MHS, BSN, RN
SVP, Population Health
Temple Health

 4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

PONL Annual Meeting

All conference attendees invited to attend.

4:45 p.m-6:15 p.m. 

 Networking Reception        

Generously sponsored by:  Kahuna Workforce Solutions & Wolters Kluwer     

Friday, Sept. 29, 2023

7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Regional Connection Breakfast

Open to all attendees, this networking opportunity will group you by your geographical region to help you connect with colleagues you already know or whom you have not yet met!

Generously sponsored by: Baxter                                                              

8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

HAP Legislative update

Heather Tyler
Vice President of State Legislative Advocacy for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.


Elizabeth (Betty) Craig, DNP, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Main Line Health

Carol Gioia
Director of Surgical Services, Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Generously sponsored by: Grand Canyon University                                          

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Rapid Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions will replace the traditional poster sessions, and invites nurse leaders from various specialties to share
their best practices implemented across the care continuum in a more casual setting. Presenters will give a 15-minute talk on
their project to separate groups of attendees in a roundtable setting and attendees will rotate among the Roundtable
presentation topics available. Attendees will be able to attend four of the nine listed topics below, for a total of 1 contact hour.

Roundtable Topics: 

  1. A Collaborative Approach to Engagement of Nursing Support Staff
  2. An OB Collaborative Approach to Unbiased Interviewing and Onboarding
  3. Discharge Lounge: New Approach to an Old Problem
  4. Engaging Nurses in Stroke Education: Quick Response Code and Virtual Bulletin Board Technology
  5. Hungry for Better Staffing? Well, we've got a BLT for you! 
  6. Leading Change: Effective Stewardship of Remote Telemetry Monitoring Strategies
  7. Nurse Leader Ethics Fellowship
  8. Nurse Manager Presenteeism: What Can Leaders Do to Help?
  9. Utilizing a Kaizen Event to Improve ED Efficiency

Click Here to find more information regarding the Rapid Roundtable Topics.

Generously sponsored by: ICU Medical, Sage Technology Solutions & Special Care Systems                                                                                   

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Generously sponsored by: Aya Healthcare                                                                         

1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

who wants to be a nurse leader these days?

Nurses choose to step up to leadership positions in practice, education, and professional organizations for a variety of personal reasons. There are increasing concerns, however, about the nursing leadership pipeline in nursing practice, education, and professional organizations. Desires for a better work-life balance, burnout, exhaustion, staffing challenges, and desire for higher pay are cited as reasons nurse leaders leave their positions and may represent serious challenges to recruiting new nurse leaders. This presentation will encourage nurse leaders to explore their leadership "why", discuss challenges facing nursing leaders, and explore opportunities to support nurse leaders throughout the leadership continuum.

Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN
University of Pittsburgh

 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Nurses as Leaders, Advocates, and Legislators

Advocacy is an important aspect of nursing leadership, and that advocacy can and should extend to leadership roles in public service. Learn what Healing Politics is doing to increase the number of nurses in elected office and increase the civic engagement of our profession.

Lisa Summers, MSN, DrPH
Co-Founder and President
Healing Politics

3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Evaluation, Final Remarks & Adjournment

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Hotel Information


Hilton Harrisburg

One North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

PONL is able to offer you reduced rates at $159 per night Sept. 27-28. Take advantage now before the PONL block is sold out!

Make your hotel reservations.

Pre-Conference: PA Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC) Fifth Annual Educational Summit: You Can Have It All: Your Nurse Residency Program Return on Investment

Thursday, September 28, 2022
7:00-10:30 AM (Breakfast and Registration 6:30 AM)
Hilton Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA

This meeting is open to all. No prior involvement or experience with the PA-NRC is necessary. Continuing education credits will be provided and this meeting will not require a registration fee.

Please register by September 21, 2023

Ready to Register for the Pre-Conference? Click Here!

Registration for the PA-NRC Summit must be completed separately from the PONL Conference. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about the event. 

2.75 NCPD contact hours are available** 


1. Articulate the 1-year retention benefit of a nurse residency program.

2. Explain the residency program variables that lead to a new nurse turnover.

3. State how the evidence-based practice project contributes to institution return on investment.



Registration Opens

6:30am – 7:00am

Breakfast and Networking

7:00am – 7:10am

Welcome and About the PA-NRC

7:10am – 8:20pm

Retention: A Signature Return on Investment

8:20am – 8:55am

Examples of Nurse Residency Coordinator Work: Making a Difference to the Institution

8:55am – 9:10am

Networking Break

9:10am – 9:55am

Return on Investment: The Evidenced Based Practice Project

9:55am – 10:25am

Examples of EBP: Making it Work for You

10:25am – 10:30am


Please note that photographs will be taken throughout the event. These will be used by the PA Action Coalition for our website and in social media.

The PA-NRC was established in 2016 as a partnership of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition and Vizient, Inc. to implement residency programs in Pennsylvania and to provide an additional layer of support. All hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania that have purchased the Vizient/AACN PA-Nurse Residency Program (NRP) are members of the PA-NRC.

**The Pennsylvania Action Coalition and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium are collaborating to provide continuing hours for the educational activity entitled “The PA Nurse Residency Collaborative 5th Annual Educational Summit: You Can Have It All: Your Nurse Residency Program Return on Investment”. Nurses completing the entire activity and the evaluation tool may be awarded a maximum of 2.75 NCPD contact hours. The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Networking Dinner: 

Join us the night before the PA-NRC Summit on September 27, 2023, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm for a networking dinner at Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar, located across from the Hilton Harrisburg. Small plates, pizza, and a cash bar will be available. When registering for the Summit, you will be able to RSVP for the networking dinner.

Restaurant Details:

Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar
20 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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