2020: Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Regina S. Cunningham, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The Value of Nursing

Dr. Cunningham is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made significant contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care. Cunningham is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the organization and delivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems.

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Keynote Speaker

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN
Chief Nursing Executive (CNE), D-H Health System and Executive VP for D-H Research & Education

In Pursuit of the Promise: Practical Strategies to Spread Quality Improvements and Safety Practices

Susan assumed the role of Chief Nursing Executive for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in June 2017. In this new system nursing role, Susan is responsible for setting the strategic direction for nursing across the system and for creating alignment for nursing practice across all D-HH entities. Susan was also named the Executive Vice President for D-H Research and Education in February 2018. She is a key member of the executive team, working with fellow officers to create a sustainable health system that is grounded in population health and the highest quality and value.

Susan received her Diploma in Nursing from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in 1980. She earned her Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing in 1988 from Colby-Sawyer College. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration in 1991 and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in 2010.

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Keynote Speaker

Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic

Academic and Practice Partnerships to Ensure Competent New Graduates

Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is associate chief nursing officer for the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic. With clinical, administrative and nursing leadership experience that spans nearly 40 years, Kavanagh’s professional knowledge and expertise is vast, including consultation to hospitals in Abu Dhabi as well as a technical nursing school in Egypt. In her current position, she leads the integration, standardization and advancement of nursing education and professional development throughout the health system.
At the onset of her Cleveland Clinic career in 2005, she co-founded the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative, a collaborative program that has significantly impacted the preparation of nursing students for the workforce. As part of this program, Kavanagh helped devise a faculty allocation tool, a robust electronic database designed to pair nurses with available part-time nursing faculty positions in Northeast Ohio. Kavanagh’s dynamic success with this tool earned her Cleveland Clinic’s Innovator Award in 2007, and significantly impacted the organization’s 2008 re-designation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition. Kavanagh developed and launched Cleveland Clinic’s first-ever competency-based New Graduate Registered Nurse (NGRN) residency program making Cleveland Clinic one of the only healthcare institutions in the United States with this unique offering.

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Endnote Speaker

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing
Duke University School of Nursing
Durham, NC
Editor-in-Chief, Nurse Educator & Journal of Nursing Care Quality

Working Together on Scholarship: Collaboration through Dissemination

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Oermann’s scholarship focuses on nursing education, with an emphasis on evaluation in nursing, and studies of the nursing literature. Her current research is on predatory publishing in nursing. Dr. Oermann is the author or co-author of 21 books (several of which won national awards), more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and a wide variety of other publications. Her current books include Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education (5th ed., 2017), Writing for Publication in Nursing (4th ed., 2019), Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing (5th ed., 2018), Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator: The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation, and Curriculum Development (2nd ed., 2018), and A Systematic Approach to Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Programs. Dr. Oermann is the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is past editor of Nurse Author & Editor and the Annual Review of Nursing Education, and edited 6 volumes of that series. She lectures widely on writing for publication and nursing education topics.

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