2021: 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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Joan M. Kavanagh, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic

Quantifying and Mitigating the Crisis in Competency: Harnessing the Power of Academic-Practice Collaboration to Support New Graduate RN success.

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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Senior Director for the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic

Quantifying and Mitigating the Crisis in Competency: Harnessing the Power of Academic-Practice Collaboration to Support New Graduate RN success.   

The American Health Council is proud to recognize Kathleen Mau, DNP, APRN, ACCNS-AG, ACNS-BC, CEN as “America’s Best Nurse” for her outstanding contributions to the nursing field. As the Sr. Director of Nursing Education for the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mau has oversight over nursing professional development and nursing students and faculty seeking clinical experiences within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. In her prior role as a clinical nurse specialist and stroke program manager at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital in Medina, Ohio, Dr. Mau ensured that the hospital’s stroke program functioned appropriately so that every patient received high quality, evidence-based care. Dr. Mau has spent an impressive 27 years in the healthcare industry molding and expanding her skills in emergency nursing, stroke care, and medical/surgical nursing.

While she originally intended to pursue a career in elementary education, Dr. Mau was introduced to healthcare while working as a pharmaceutical technician in high school. Although she enjoyed working in a pharmacy, she realized that her position as a pharmaceutical technician lacked patient interaction. She quickly decided to become a bedside nurse to interact with patients. She enrolled at Cleveland State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1990. After taking a lengthy break from her academic pursuit, she enrolled at the University of Akron and earned a master’s degree in 2011. She then attended Chamberlain College of Nursing and earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2015.

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Patricia A. Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Dean and Strawbridge Professor
Ursuline College

Quantifying and Mitigating the Crisis in Competency: Harnessing the Power of Academic-Practice Collaboration to Support New Graduate RN success.   

Dr. Patricia Sharpnack is the Dean and Strawbridge Professor at The Breen School of Nursing of Ursuline College. She has served as a nurse educator over 14 years, the past 9 years at Ursuline College teaching leadership, policy and education courses in the undergraduate, MSN and DNP Programs. She previously served as the vice president and chief nursing officer at two major healthcare systems in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Sharpnack has extensively published and presented at international, national and regional programs related to her work with innovative clinical education models, academic partnerships, teaching strategies, closing the practice gap, and the use of simulation to develop quality and safety competencies. She consults nationally on curricular and faculty development, and team development. She is a reviewer for several journals and sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, and a 2014 Governor appointed member of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Dr. Sharpnack is the Board representative to the Ohio Action Coalition Steering Committee, the Chair of the NE Ohio Action Coalition sub-group and is the Team Leader for the SIP Grant for northeast Ohio. She is the Chair of the Ohio Board of Nursing Education Committee and the liaison to the board for educational reviews. She serves on the Board of numerous professional organizations. As a result of her contributions to the scholarship of nursing education, she has been recognized on a national level as the recipient of the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Nursing Education Advancement of the Science Award, and was inducted as a 2014 Fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators. She recently received the 2015 Legacy Award from NEONI for her substantial contributions to nursing.

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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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