As an ASC nurse leader, your operational responsibilities are diverse. This conference will focus on the areas where you can grow as a leader, improve your processes and efficiency, maintain compliance in an ever-changing and highly regulated environment, and better support your team.

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6th Feb :
7:00am - 8:00am

Registration & Breakfast

Check in for the conference and mingle with peers over breakfast.

8:00am - 8:30am

Introduction | The Core Pillars of Leadership

  • Regina Boore  

Engaged, effective ASC leaders are more likely to create a purpose-driven culture that involves all team members in supporting and achieving the strategic goals of the organization. For an ASC, these must include patient safety and profitability. This session will introduce the core pillars of leadership: Purpose: Understanding the importance of a mission, vision, core values, strategies, and goals and providing the organization with a clear direction of where they are headed. Emotional Intelligence: Recognizing and comprehending the impact emotions have on one’s ability to develop and maintain effective relationships, including managing through conflict. Communication: Knowing the synergy between effective communication and business success by gaining insight into preferences and learning how to flex to enhance leadership success.

8:30am - 9:30am

Passionate Leadership: Soaring to New Heights

  • Donna Cardillo  

Today’s leaders are challenged like never before. At the same time, they are in a unique position to have a greater impact on the future of their industry. So how can you stay inspired and continue to grow and evolve as a leader when chaos reigns, morale is low and change is a constant? Spend a high-content, high-fun hour (or longer) with The Inspiration Nurse and get primed, pumped-up and supercharged for the coming decade!

9:30am - 10:30am

Emotional Intelligence and the Transformative Leader

  • Jonel Archard  

Emotional intelligence or “EQ” has been identified as a crucial professional skill and vital for the success of any leader. This lecture will focus on emotional intelligence as a key component of transformational leadership. The fundamentals of this leadership approach have been effective in a variety of settings and have been linked to improved patient outcomes, higher motivation and job satisfaction for staff. Learn the definition of emotional intelligence, explore the difference between a manager and leader, and explore the qualities of a transformative leader in healthcare.  

10:30am - 10:45am


10:45am - 12:00pm

Leading with a Financial Perspective

  • Nancy Stephens   Regina Boore  

Every ASC nurse leader impacts the bottom line through their decision making. Participants in this course will expand their knowledge of ASC finance and accounting, including financial modeling, interpretation of financial statements, budgeting and working in Excel. A deeper understanding of the “business” of ASCs will better position you to positively impact your organization. If you are new to budgeting and managing fiscal resources or want to deepen your understanding of ASC finance and accounting, this session will provide you with the business acumen necessary to be an effective leader in today’s health care environment.

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 2:15pm

Human Resources Best Practices for ASC Nurse Leaders

  • Jason Ross  

Explore the anatomy of an employee lawsuit, a brief discussion of typical employee claims, and the do’s and don’ts in handling employee complaints and investigations to insulate yourself from liability as much as possible.

2:15pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Risk Assessment for Infection Prevention in an ASC

  • Terri Link  

This session will provide the steps to conduct a risk assessment with examples and case studies specific to the infection preventionist. A ranking system will be described to assist in prioritizing infection risks used in the development of an infection control program and QAPI projects at your facility. How outcomes are developed and measured and how to use this information for internal benchmarking will also be discussed.

3:30pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 4:45pm

Updates to AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

  • Mary Alice Anderson  

The AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice are your evidence-based resource for clinical decision making in the perioperative setting. Rather than be a one-size-fits-all approach to perioperative nursing practice, the Guidelines equip you with the information you need to make the best decision for you, your patients, and your healthcare organization. This presentation will explain how AORN provides transparent, high-quality guidelines as well as updates in the AORN 2020 Guidelines book.

4:45pm - 7:00pm

Vendor Networking Reception

Come socialize with peers and network with industry vendors over appetizers and cocktails. There will be prizes!

7th Feb :
7:00am - 8:00am


Fuel up with breakfast before another full day of sessions!

8:00am - 10:30am

Managing Difficult Conversations to Foster a Culture of Safety

  • Stephen Harden  

Feel the fear and say it anyway. In this powerful, interactive session, Capt. Harden tells the riveting story of how one labor/delivery nurse changed the course of events in the C-section birth of a family's youngest son. Their story illustrates how all patient safety begins at the "moment of truth" by insisting on accountability, overcoming fear and stress, and being prepared - through training - to have difficult conversations. Key points will be demonstrated through data and dynamic experiential exercises.

10:30am - 10:45am


10:45am - 12:00pm

Life Safety Compliance in the Physical Environment

  • John Crowder, Jr.  

You don’t have to be an engineer to comply with Life Safety Code regulations. This session will provide informative and practical material related to the most common citations in the Physical Environment and what you can do to be better prepared for upcoming CMS surveys.

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 2:15pm

Take QAPI to the Next Level with CPI and LEAN

  • Dawn Laundrup  

This session will introduce the concepts of Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) and LEAN (eliminating waste and rework) and explore how they can be integrated into your QAPI program. QAPI must be robust, facility wide and data driven. Learn how utilizing LEAN and the expertise of your staff can generate enthusiasm, ownership, and empowerment to make CPI part of their daily routine.

2:15pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Improving Patient Care through Supply Chain Optimization

  • Jill Myrick  

Supply chain management in the ASC is more than just ordering supplies and managing inventory. Whether your ASC has a dedicated department or your own team manages it directly, the opportunities for cost-savings and creating efficiencies are endless. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for lowering supply costs and streamlining processes through GPO utilization, standardization, value analysis and technology.

3:30pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 5:00pm

Taking Action

  • Judy Williams  

We will wrap up the conference with some time to reflect on and share key learnings in small groups. This important session will give you the opportunity to set tangible goals and commit to real action as you go back to your ASC and continue on your leadership journey.