ONL's 2024 Annual Meeting

Meeting This Moment In Nursing Leadership
How today's nurse leaders can support an evolving workforce, strategize for the future, and thrive in their work

June 13th & 14th, 2024 at The Newport Marriott Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island
For nurse leaders at every stage of their leadership journey

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2024 ONL Annual Meeting BrochureJoin ONL for our 2024 Annual Meeting for a dynamic, interactive conference that will take a deep dive into some of the profession’s most vexing contemporary challenges and share ideas and strategies to help nurse leaders meet this moment and lead for the opportunities of tomorrow. Our distinguished speakers will share insights and expertise on the latest nursing workforce trends, take a closer look at what we know about newly licensed nurses and their transitions into practice, share data describing nurse manager span of control and ideas about re-scoping nurse manager positions for improved impact, and discuss strategic leadership to inform decisions about virtual nursing and evolving care models using a total care delivery perspective. Nurse leaders in all roles across both academic and practice settings including clinical leaders, nurse managers and directors, nursing executives, and others should attend to gain valuable perspectives and actionable strategies for leading nursing teams effectively in the face of change—now and in the rapidly evolving future. 

This event has reached capacity. Please contact [email protected] if you have not yet registered and wish to attend. 

Agenda and Program Details

Thursday, June 13

7:30-8:30 AM               Breakfast, Registration, and Vendors
8:30-10:00 AM             Keynote Session

Nursing Leadership in 2024: Leading A Very Different Nursing Workforce

Leading nursing teams today is quite different than it was just a few years ago. In this keynote session, nursing leadership development expert and author Dr. Rose Sherman will discuss the latest nursing workplace and workforce trends and share successful leadership strategies to help nurse leaders meet today’s challenges and opportunities. This keynote will set the stage for the sessions to come later in our program with provocative ideas and insights about leading future nursing teams.

Rose Sherman 

Rose O. Sherman, Ed.D, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Rose Sherman is nationally known for her innovative work helping current and future nurse leaders to develop their leadership skills. Rose is an emeritus professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University and currently serves as a faculty member in the Marian K Shaughnessy Nursing Leadership Academy at Case Western Reserve University. She received a BA in Political Science and BSN in Nursing from the University of Florida. Her Master’s Degree in Nursing is from the Catholic University of American, and she has a doctorate in nursing leadership from Columbia University in New York City. Before teaching, she spent 25 years in leadership roles with the Department of Veterans Affairs at five VA Medical Centers. She authors the popular nursing blog, and is Editor in Chief of Nurse Leader. Dr. Sherman is also a Gallup certified strengths coach and author of two bestselling nursing leadership books, The Nuts and Bolts of Nursing Leadership: Your Toolkit for Success and The Nurse Leader Coach: Become the Boss No One Wants to Leave.

10:00-11:00 AM            Break and Vendors
11:00 AM-12:15 PM     Session

Nurse Manager Scope: A Data-Driven Approach to Re-Scoping Frontline Leader Span of Control to Mitigate Burnout and Strengthen Teams

Effective nurse managers have never been more critical to improving clinical nurse retention. Yet, evidence shows that nurse managers have excessive spans of control that contribute to overwork and work-related stress that makes it challenging for them to support their teams. In this session, The Health Management Academy's Vice President Anne Herleth will explore the variables that impact manager span-of-control and workload and offer action steps for re-scoping frontline leadership roles to drive improved workforce and patient outcomes.

Anne Herleth 

Anne Herleth, MPH, MSW

Anne Herleth is Vice President, Member Insights at The Health Management Academy, a peer learning and research company that brings together Leading Health Systems and industry executives to collectively address the industry's biggest challenges and opportunities. Anne oversees multiple health system membership programs, including Nursing Catalyst—a national nursing innovation incubator among the nation’s leading health systems. As part of her role, Anne regularly presents on research and healthcare trends at industry events. Prior to joining The Academy, Anne was a research director at the Advisory Board and oversaw nursing and clinical operations research for health system members. She previously worked for a social sciences research firm in Rockville, MD and as a social worker in community-based clinics in St. Louis, MO. Anne holds a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and dog.

12:15-1:30 PM            Lunch and Vendors
1:30-2:45 PM              Panel Discussion

Exploring What We Know About Newly Licensed Nurses: Job Plans, Intent to Leave, and Resilience

Moderated by Dr. Rose Sherman, this panel of Deans and CNOs will discuss new research about newly licensed nurses' intent to stay and resilience. Panelists will explore new graduates' expectations of employers, the challenges of professional transition, and socialization in a teaming environment. The panel will also examine strategies for how academic practice partnerships can collaborate to help new graduate nurses be more confident, less stressed, and have a stronger professional identity.

Rose Sherman

Rose Sherman, Ed.D, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Moderator
Nursing leadership development expert and author

Traci Alberti

Traci Alberti, Ph.D., FNP-BC,
Associate Dean of Nursing, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Merrimack College

Katherine Gregory

Katherine Gregory, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

Joanne Fucile

Joanne Fucile, DNP, RN, CRRN, NEA-BC
ACNO/VP Hospital Operations, Spaulding Cambridge

Kelly Haeckel

Kelly Haeckel, MSN, RN, CNML, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and VP Patient Care Services, Middlesex Health

2:45-3:15 PM            Break
3:15-4:45 PM            Member Reception and Awards Ceremony
4:45 PM                      Explore Newport or enjoy dinner with your teams or friends


Friday, June 14

7:00-8:00 AM              Breakfast and Vendors
8:00-9:15 AM

ONL Business Meeting

The ONL Business Meeting offers a chance to learn more about the core work of ONL to advance nursing leadership and support nurse leaders. Members of the ONL Board and staff provide insight into what ONL has been working on and share key updates about upcoming programs, member benefits, opportunities to get more involved with ONL, key policy and legislative activity in our region, and recent developments and key topics impacting nursing practice and nursing leadership. The Business Meeting is also a forum in which ONL recognizes and celebrates our members' recent milestones and achievements.

9:15-10:15 AM            Break and Vendors
10:15-10:30 AM          Passport to Prizes and Vendor Raffles
10:30 AM-12:00 PM   Session

Mastering AI Integration in Nursing: A Roadmap for Innovative Care Delivery

In an era where technological advancements are reshaping healthcare delivery, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in nursing stands at the forefront of innovation. Dr. Betty Jo Rocchio, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Mercy, presents a compelling roadmap for AI adoption in nursing. This presentation dives deep into the realm of AI in nursing while focusing on its pivotal role in workforce, work environment, and workflows while enhancing caregiver and clinical efficiency. Participants will gain invaluable insights into embracing AI in nursing and unlocking its transformative potential to enhance clinical efficiency and patient care.

Betty Jo Rocchio 

Betty Jo Rocchio, DNP, RN, CRNA, CENP, EBP-C

Dr. Betty Jo Rocchio is Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy, one of the 25 largest health systems in the U.S., with 47 hospitals and more than 10,000 nurses who serve millions of patients across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Previously, she held Mercy's chief nursing optimization officer role and before that served as vice president of perioperative services. Prior to joining Mercy, Betty Jo held several leadership positions in the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. These included chief nurse anesthetist, system director of surgical services, and vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. She started her career in direct patient care as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit; returned to school to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and at the same time earned her master’s degree in health sciences at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an associate's degree in business administration from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, a certification in executive nurse practice (CENP) from American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) in the nurse executive track from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

12:00 PM            Adjournment


Venue Details

  • Venue: The Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
  • Parking: Valet parking is available at the hotel at discounted daily rate of $30 for ONL Annual Meeting participants.


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