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VONL Summit: 2015 Agenda


Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT

“What is Your Journey? Finding the Power in Our Voice”

The goal of this year’s program is to educate, engage and energize Vermont nurses to take leadership roles in shaping health care in Vermont.Explore nursing’s evolving role in the business and financing of improving health in the changing landscape of healthcare in Vermont.

Seek opportunities to develop and exercise your leadership skills at the same time learning to take responsibility for your personal and professional growth. Review the effects of the Affordable Care Act and explore why a leadership transformation in nursing is needed now.

Experience strategies to nurture the leader within such as networking, re-energizing each other, and practicing mindfulness.

2015 VONL Presentations


Barbara Zittel RN PhD

The New York Experience with legislating academic progression. Dr. Zittel was the Executive Director to the NYS Board for Nursing in 2003 when they moved a motion to require the BS in Nursing 10 years after initial licensure. Since then she has spearheaded the legislative movement to make that a reality.

View Dr. Zittel’s presentation: NY BSN in 10

KEYNOTE: Jeff Bercuvitz

Welcoming Remarks: VONL President, Carol Conroy, DNP, RN, CNOR



Thank you to our breakout session presenters!

• How to run a effective meeting – Irene Bonin/Caroline Roe
• How to Make Decisions That Help You Succeed AND Thrive – Jeff Berkowitz
• What is your elevator speech? Chris Ryan VSNA Executive Director
• Enjoy Your Journey – Jill Bowen – CEO Northwestern

Endnote: Captain Phillips

Lessons on Leadership – Steering your Ship through Rough Waters





2013 Annual Summit Summary



Nurse Heroes          Nurse Heroes Book

VONL 2013 Summit – Keynote Speaker –Claire Caruso PhD, RN

Articles of Interest – Recommended Readings from Dr. Caruso

  1. Book Chapter: Shift Work and Long Work Hours, Caruso  Book chapter cc caruso shift work long work hours
  2. A Review of Work Schedule Issues and Musculoskeletal Disorders with an Emphasis on the Healthcare Sector – Caruso  Caruso and Waters
  3. Strategies for Nurses to Prevent Sleep-Related Injuries and Errors – Caruso & Hitchcock   S-O_Caruso
  4. Keynote Presentation

2013 Summit Presentation Materials :



Leadership Across The Continuum: From Classroom To Boardroom

April 19 & 20, 2012 Burlington Hotel & Conference Center 870 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont Sponsored by VT Organization of Nurse Leaders (VONL) & VT Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS)

Nurse Summit 2012 Purpose: To explore the transformative power of nurse leadership across the continuum, from classroom to boardroom. Showcasing nurse leadership for students, charge nurses, academic leaders, direct care providers, and nurse executives, including exemplars from the bedside, and across the care continuum. Inspired by the 2010 IOM Report on the Future of Nursing, this conference is geared for nurses to create their own future for the decades to come.

* Learn from national thought leaders; through presentations and networking
* Engage in meaningful conversations about important issues
* Explore the impact of the IOM report on healthcare education & practice settings
* Showcase innovative workforce initiatives, leadership, research, education, & patient care

Conference Keynote Speaker: Kevin Whitney,MA, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Creating a Professional Practice Model: The Pathway to Clinical Excellence
A Professional Practice Model



Navigating Transitions

The Nurse Leadership Summit 2011 was held April 7-8, at the Essex Inn and Spa, Essex, Vermont and the theme this year was Navigating Transitions with emphasis on the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report and the Future of Nursing. The annual VONL Summit is an opportunity for nurses to expand leadership skills and workforce resources, to network within the profession, and to become informed about current issues impacting the practice setting and nursing education.

2011 Summit Summary of Speakers and Sessions:

IOM Report-The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health – Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN.

Competency Development & Data Collection – Susan Boyer, MEd, RN, FAHCEP.

Innovations in Teaching: Simulation Based Learning – Heather Martin, MSN, RN, CNRN, Norwich University.

Advanced Preceptor and Leadership Development Courses – Anne Walker, MEd.

Convergence of “Nurse of the Future” initiatives and the IOM Report – Maureen Sroczynski, RN, MS and Sharon George, PhD, RN.

Innovations in Nursing Education – Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, Director of Regulatory Innovations, NCSBN.

Collaboration and Transition among Clinical Nurses and Nurse Educators – (workshop).

Keynote: Importance of Nurses Engaged in Informatics – Susan Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMS.

Update from the BON- Impact of IOM Report on Boards of Nursing – Linda Davidson, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Executive Director Vermont Board of Nursing.

Magnet Status- Challenges and Renewal: the Journey to Maintain – Carol Conroy, RN, MSN, MBA, CNOR, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Writing for Publication – Betty Rambur, PhD, University of Vermont.

Strategic Planning for Nursing Informatics in Vermont – Susan Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMS.

Plenary: Nursing, Technology, and 21st Century Practice – Mark Sugrue, RN-BC, New England Nursing Informatics Consortium.

Vermont Board of Nursing’s Alternative Program – Irene Bonin, MS, RN, FAHC.

Environmentally Responsible Clinical Practice- Health Systems & Personal Responsibility – Hollie Shaner-McRae, DNP, RN, FAAN, FAHC & UVM College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and Dr. Paul Rosenau, MS, MD, Director of Quality, Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Best Practices in Automated Clinical Documentation – Mark Sugrue, RN-B-C, NENIC.