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2016 Versant Client Conference Highlights

Beating the Odds: Developing Individual and Collective Competence

Las Vegas, NV

Versant was pleased to host the 2016 Client Conference in support of its mission to fundamentally improve patient safety by developing and sustaining professional nursing organizations… One Nurse at a Time®. The conference was attended by residency managers, resident alumni, preceptors, educators, mentors, debriefers, and other healthcare leaders throughout the nation.

Preconference Workshop

Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing® (Vcan®) and East Carolina University (ECU) collaborated to provide a preconference research workshop, Building Evidence: From QI to Research. Focusing on a 3-year grant Vcan provided to ECU to build a national research program, speakers Elaine Scott, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FNAP, and Mel Swanson, BS, PhD, guided the audience through the process of designing and developing QI and research projects. The workshop provided participants the unique opportunity to learn how to utilize their data for organizational presentations, using key concepts of Patient safety, Organizational capacity building, Sustainability, and Economic success (POSE). An interactive environment was provided, as participants brainstormed to identify problems and develop potential solutions regarding POSE. If you were unable to attend the workshop, we would like to invite you to contact us for information and potential partnerships regarding residency outcomes.

Keynote speaker, Dan Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, presented Using Creativity and Innovation in Personal and Collective Competence. He stressed that leadership is about the influence one exerts to transform problems into desired outcomes. Pesut continued stating, “Leadership requires mastery of one’s self, communications, relationships, and various ways of being, thinking, feeling, and doing.” His presentation was met with enthusiasm and requests for the plethora of resources he provided.

Versant Voices provided two sessions for participants to hear from national healthcare thought leaders on the state of healthcare today. Each presenter shared vision, values, and experiences to demonstrate self-development and collective collaboration to achieve the best outcomes for the patients we serve. Session 1 included Yvonne Brookes, MSN(c), RN, Director of Clinical Learning and Executive Sponsor of the Versant RN Residencies at Baptist Health South Florida, Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, System VP and CNO for Premier Health, and Stuart Downs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, CNO at Eastside Medical Center. Each speaker provided their unique view on individual and collective competence. Versant Voices Session 2 included speakers Brain Walker, BSN, RN, WCC, House Supervisor Nursing Administration at Desert Regional Medical Center, Cynthia Sweeney, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, Executive Director of the Daisy Foundation™, and Sharron Crowder, PhD, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing.

Numerous Concurrent Sessions were provided throughout the three days, as participants had the opportunity to hear about best practices, post-Residency implementation lessons learned, Preceptor Role Development Programs, and leveraging collective competence, to mention a few.

This year’s Poster Session was one of the conference’s highlights and included 18 submissions! Residents and alumni submitted their performance improvement (PI) projects, which were on display during conference reception. The Versant Team congratulates all the presenters for sharing their high-quality posters!

Poster Title Primary Presenter Hospital
Against all Odds: Beating Drug Diversion and Nurse Impairment in the Workplace Ra-kiya Johnson, BSN, RN Eastside Medical Center
Alarm Recognition and Management in New Graduate, Transition, and New Hire RNs Caitlyn Meltvedt, MSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Answering the Call: Increasing Novice Nurses Comfort in Pediatric Emergencies Stephanie Brady, BSN, RN, CPN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Beating the Odds of Lost PIVs: Maintaining Device Patency in Pediatric Cardiovascular Patients Kristine Anderson, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
CHLAXX: Let Me Step ‘Inside’ to Catch my Breath: Making a Healing Room Samantha M. Figueroa, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Conflict Resolution: Take a STEP in the Right Direction Jessica Barnes, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
De-mystifying Disaster – Staff Education to Improve Confidence in Responding to a Code Triage Cassandre Walsh, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Dysphagia Management in Stroke Patients Dawn C. Swanson, BSN, RN Harrison Medical Center
Enhancing Leadership Through Competence Nancy Lavoie, RN, CCRN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Get Off my Back: The Benefits of Prone Positioning in Mechanically Ventilated Patients with Severe ARDS Krsiten Roman, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keys to Success: Building a Culture of Satisfied Preceptors Through Positive Feedback Allison Bryan, BSN, RN II Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Kid’s Campaign Alexa Larson, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Maintaining Patient Safety and Care in a Cell Phone Society Ruth Paul, MSN, RN-BC Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Nasogastric Tube, Bone Marrow Transplant, Pediatric, Enteral Feeds, Trophic Feeds Julia Linesch, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Preparing the Novice Nurse to Care for the Ostomy Patient G. Roxy Lupien, MSN, RN, CNL, CWOCN, CFCN SSM Saint Louis University Hospital
Recruiting from the Ranks: How a Peer-based Preceptor Committee Facilitates a Positive Preceptor Experience Sanci Solis, BSN, RN II, CCRN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Role Confusion: What are all These People? Keirstyn Mesman, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Who Give a Hoot about Eye Care? Stephanie Kajohn, BSN, RN Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Milestone Awards

During Versant’s Client Conference, Versant took the opportunity to recognize clients for their commitment to quality, safe patient care, through Versant’s Residency system. Help us to congratulate the following hospitals and healthcare systems:

Five Year Awards:

  • JFK Memorial Hospital
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Centennial
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – White Rock
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Redwood Memorial Hospital
  • Placentia-Linda Hospital

Ten Year Awards:

  • White Memorial Medical Center
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Rewards and Recognition

A special CONGRATULATIONS to all the recipients of this year’s Rewards and Recognition. For a list of each of the recipients, click on the link below:

Rewards and Recognition

Scavenger Hunt

The popular Versant’s scavenger hunt returned to Las Vegas! The hunt participants really exercised their brains and creativity this year. Each team was tasked with sharing awkward photo ops, solving clues to reveal surprising secrets about local landmarks, locating secret places, and much more. The participants then created a PowerPoint showcasing their findings. This year, Desert Regional Medical Center took home the winning title, with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles coming in second place, Baxter Regional Medical Center third place, and Eastside Medical Center taking fourth place. 

Endnote speaker, Donna Nickitas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN, Executive Officer of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program at City University of New York, presented, Beating the Odds: Developing Individual and Collective Competence. The session included identifying executive leadership competencies that help drive the value care equation of economics, ethics and evidence-based practice, discussing divergent knowledge and disruptive innovations skills needed to challenge traditionally institutionalized cultures, and examining new models. Dr. Nickitas’s enthusiasm and passion for Collective Competency energized participants and made for a perfect end to a wonderful conference.

Continuing Nursing Education

Versant® is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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