Designed using the Nurse Manager Leadership Partnership (NMLP) Nurse Manager Skills Inventory framework of Managing the Business, Leading the People, and Creating the Leader in Yourself.

At the conclusion of this conference, nurse managers will be able to:


the Nurse Manager Skills Inventory tool and various educational sessions to facilitate leadership development.


innovative strategies and tools to manage patients and staff resulting in cost savings and revenue enhancement


staff through collaboration, teamwork, recognition and effective change management for a healthy work environment.


the importance and impact of nursing informatics and social media on patient safety.

September 28-October 1, 2014, Nashville, TN

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(615) 889-1000

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About AACN Nurse Manager Priorities

The fourth annual American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Nurse Manager Priorities at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2014, offers a dynamic program to help you address the complexities of leading in an ever-changing healthcare environment.


Why Attend

Engage with facilitators and peers who are actively working in a leadership role in their organizations to learn about innovative tools and strategies, utilizing a case based approach. AACN Nurse Manager Priorities offers up to 22 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours, including a networking event, live sessions and online resources.

Forward-thinking leaders in nursing management will share focused content on a nurse manager’s three critical responsibilities—managing the business, managing people and managing yourself.

The conference includes up to 21 concurrent sessions and seven general sessions offering a flexible program that accommodates individualized learning plans for a wide range of nurse manager roles and experience:

  • Assess your skills with the online AACN Nurse Manager Skills Inventory.
  • Learn new strategies to improve patient satisfaction to impact healthcare funding and improve your hospital’s financial health.
  • Widen your range of communication styles to expand your influence and improve collaboration with team members and fellow leaders.
  • Develop new skills to successfully introduce programs or processes to senior managers by managing up.
  • Achieve shared outcomes with your team by effectively using meaningful recognition and acknowledgement.
  • Share knowledge with your colleagues through opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, networking and support, specifically tailored for the nurse leader.




Who Should Attend

Nurse managers and emerging nurse leaders are in a unique position to impact a hospital’s overall success while improving patient care and quality. Leading at the highest level takes exceptional preparation and a commitment to continued learning.

Designed for inpatient nurse managers, charge nurses and emerging leaders at the point of care.



The Agenda

Sunday, September 28

5:00-6:30 PM Welcome Session/Networking Reception

Step Forward into the Power of Networking

-Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CNS, NEA-BC

Monday, September 29

7:30-11:30 AM  Plenary Session

Surviving and Thriving in the Current Environment

-Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNML

Reinventing Critical Care Nursing to Meet Today's Nursing Needs


Innovative Intiatives that Matter: CSI and Beacon Overview

-Susan Lacey, RN, PhD, FAAN; Michelle Forcier, RN, BSN

Lunch (on own)

1:30-5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions

Session #1 Options

-Patient Safety: A Journey to Excellence and Patient Safety

-Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CNS, NEA-BC

-Value Based Purchasing: Nursing's Impact

-Deborah Honey, MHA, RN, FACHE, CENP

-The Important Role of Nurse Leaders in Preventing and Stopping Lateral Violence

-Kay Clevenger, RN, MSN

Session #2 Options

-A Deeper Dive into the Beacon Journey

-Michelle Forcier, RN, BSN; Kathi Hoffman, MSN, RN, PCCN

-Coaching and Mentoring for Success

-Deborah Honey, MHRA, RN, FACHE, CENP

-Project Management Skills for the Nurse Leader: The Nuts & Bolts

-Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CNS, NEA-BC

Session #3 Options

-Building a Model of Collaboration with APRNs

-Michael Ackerman, APRN, DNS, CS, FCCM


-Create a HWE for Meaningful Recognition


-Kay Clevenger, RN, MSN


-Empowering Staff through the AACN CSI Academy

-Susan Lacey, RN, PhD, FAAN

 Tuesday, September 30

7:30 AM-11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions

 Session #1 Options

-Benchmarking and Productivity: Tools for Success

-Kathye Habig Nippert, RN, MSN, FACHE

-Engagement: Key to Optimal Work Environments

-Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN, MS, APN-C

-Silence: New Never Event

-Michael Ackerman, APRN, DNS, CS, FCCM

Session #2 Options

-It's Ok to be Number 1 on the List

-Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNML

-Your First Year as a Nurse Manager

-Kathi Hoffman, MSN, RN, PCCN

-Recruiting and Hiring Humans, not Refined Resumes

-Stephanie Meyer, RN, MS-FNP

Session #3 Options

-Budgeting for the Not so Financially Inclined

-Michael Ackerman, APRN, DNS, CS, FCCM

-Developing a Personal Leadership Plan

-Kathye Habig Nippert, RN, MSN, FACHE

-Informatics: Not Just for Geeks

-Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN Alumnus

Lunch (on own)

1:00-5:30 PM Plenary Session

Leading with Accountability: How to be the Best Version of You

-Stephanie Meyer, RN, MS-FNP

Social Media: How It Impacts Nursing Care

-Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN Alumnus

Nurses as Second Victims

-Susan Scott, PhD, RN

 Wednesday, October 1

7:30 AM-11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

Session #1 Options

-Nurses as Second Victims: Caring for our Own

--Susan Scott, PhD, RN

-Driving your Own Career and Guiding Others

--Lisa Pettrey, RN, MS, CNEA-BC

Session #2 Options

-So You Have a Professional Nursing Practice Model: Now What Do You Do with It

--John Dixon, PhD, RN, NE-BC

-Addressing Challenging Employees: The 80/20 Rule in Action

--Lisa Pettrey, RN, MS, CNEA-BC

Session #3 Options

-Leading Staff through Moral Distress

-Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN, MS, APN-C

-Ingredients for Cooking up a Healthy Work Environment

-John Dixon, PhD, RN, NE-BC

11:45 AM-12:00 PM Closing Session




The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Up to 22.0 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours including a networking event, live sessions and online resources.

Program Planning

Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN

Mary Ann Cook, RN, MSN AACN
Clinical Practice Specialist



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