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We hope staff development educators are making plans to attend the NNSDO Convention, July 9-12, 2009, at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown in Philadelphia, PA. The planning committee has worked hard to develop a program that will appeal to and be useful for staff development educators in a variety of settings and at various levels of experience. With the numerous and rapid changes occurring in health care, the convention is a great resource for ideas on how to meet the changing regulatory requirements and the challenges of decreasing resources.


In 2009, NNSDO is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the board of directors and the planning committee are putting the final touches on some wonderful surprises in honor of the anniversary.



In addition to being the location where the NNSDO charter was signed, Philadelphia is a dynamic place where big city excitement meets hometown charm. Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic, and ethnic treasures are plentiful in this city and its surrounding countryside. The fifth largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a welcoming place, a city based on freedom of expression.


New and one-of-a-kind attractions, a wealth of art and culture, renowned performing arts companies, awe-inspiring architecture, seemingly endless shopping (with no tax on clothes), and a restaurant renaissance promise to create an unforgettable Philadelphia experience. And, of course, the greatest concentration of American history can be found just blocks away at Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall.



This year's invited speakers are General Clara Adams-Ender (Ret.), Peter Buerhaus, and Nancy Coey.



General Adams-Ender rose from a staff nurse in the Army nurse corps to become the chief executive officer for 22,000 nurses, a brigadier general, and the director of personnel for the army surgeon general. She was the vice president for nursing at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was the first female in the Army to be awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge. General Adams-Ender also commanded an Army base-the first nurse in Army history to ever do so. General Adams-Ender is president and chief executive officer of Caring About People with Enthusiasm Associates, Inc., a management consulting agency that specializes in healthcare management and healthcare reform, leadership issues, cultural diversity, women in the workplace, and conflict management and resolution.



Peter Buerhaus is the Valere Potter professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Dr. Buerhaus maintains an active research program involving studies on employment and earnings of nursing personnel; implications of an aging RN workforce, nurse staffing, and quality of patient care; and health professionals and public opinion on issues affecting the delivery of health care. Professor Buerhaus has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, has editorial responsibilities with many peer-reviewed health services research and nursing journals, and has advised policy makers and legislators on a wide variety of nursing health policy issues.


Dr. Buerhaus was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1994 and elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2003. He is a member of the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, The Joint Commission's Nursing Advisory Committee, the National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Nursing Quality Performance Measures, and a board of director of the Sigma Theta Tau International.



Inspirational speaker Nancy Coey opens hearts and minds with fun, funny, and powerful programs that offer strategies to overcome life's daily challenges and promote positive, energized living. Nancy Coey developed her keen eyesight from more than 20 years of teaching the "dreaded" freshman English. She taught both writing and public speaking at the Ohio State University, the University of Hawaii, and the North Carolina State University, and her work has been highlighted on the PBS series, "Excellence in Teaching." In helping students "train their eyes," she trained her own. As a result, her programs are filled with original material-material you will hear nowhere else.


In over 10 years as a motivational speaker, Ms. Coey has built a reputation for original and memorable stories. Finding humor in everyday situations, Nancy Coey delivers programs that are filled with real-life, down-to-earth examples. Her audiences come away with specific techniques to live more energized, healthy, and fulfilling lives.



The NNSDO convention's concurrent sessions are broken down into the following tracks:


* Advanced


* Leadership


* General staff development


* Preceptor/recruitment/retention


* Technology


* Research



Presenters for the convention's 42 sixty-minute concurrent sessions are selected from submitted proposals with the planning committee's most highly rated topics chosen. The planning committee works to ensure that the program has something for everybody by considering sessions for varying levels of experience, relevance of topic to current challenges in staff development/patient education, and feasibility of application to a variety of settings.



The NNSDO convention program also has 16 four-hour workshops on a variety of topics. These longer sessions allow for more in-depth coverage of the topic as well as small group activities designed to help participants consider practical applications. Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday (July 8, 2009) and Thursday (July 9, 2009). There is an additional fee to attend each workshop.



In addition to the podium presentations, there are more than 50 posters presented annually at each NNSDO convention. Poster presenters staff their posters during established times to allow for one-on-one communication between poster presenters and participants. Contact hours for poster presentations review are available.



NNSDO has once again scheduled its popular and effective 2-day certification preparation course to prepare participants for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) generalist certification examination in nursing professional development. Completely revised in 2008, the course includes an extensive review of the staff development curriculum and a 60-question practice examination. This is a good foundational course for those new to staff development in addition to those wishing to take the certification exam. The course will be taught by Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC.



NNSDO has made arrangements with the ANCC to offer the Nursing Professional Development Certification Examination following the Convention. The examination will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. NNSDO members pay a discounted fee of $310.00 (non-NNSDO rate is $380). Seating is limited to 100.


To take the exam, you must register directly with ANCC no later than May 1, 2009. In Section 2 on the application, indicate that you are taking the examination Nursing Professional Development 24. In Section 3, list "Philadelphia-NNSDO Conv" for examination site location/city and "PA" for state. You can view the requirements and application at, or go to the ANCC Web site at, or you can call ANCC at (800) 284-2378.


Mail your application and accompanying materials early to ensure that your information is in order and that you are approved to take the examination in Philadelphia.



Representatives from a variety of companies will be on hand at the NNSDO convention to answer your questions and to demonstrate their products. You will learn about the latest products and services for staff development, and your practice will benefit from having a productive relationship with industry representatives who can keep you informed of the latest developments in technology, pharmaceuticals, software, publications, and other products and services for staff development professionals.



The 2009 convention will be held at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. The Marriott Philadelphia Downtown is holding rooms for NNSDO at the rate of $189.00 for single/double occupancy until June 8, 2009, or until the room block is filled.


The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown commands a towering presence in the heart of America's original capital. Surrounded by rich revolutionary history and culture, this Center City hotel exceeds the expectations of business and leisure travelers. You can take in the sights of the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell located within eight blocks of the hotel. A collection of Philadelphia's finest restaurants are located on site or within walking distance of the hotel in addition to the city's best shopping and entertainment venues. This hotel in downtown Philadelphia, PA, is nine miles from Philadelphia International Airport.



For a complete copy of the NNSDO 2009 convention registration brochure, contact the NNSDO National Office at 800-489-1995 or 850-474-0995 or visit the NNSDO Web site at


2009 NNSDO Election Results

The new members of the NNSDO Board of Directors have been elected:


* Gen Guanci, MEd, RN-BC, CCRN, has been elected Secretary. Gen works as a consultant for Creative Health Care Management. She lives in Winchester, MA.


* Joan Insalaco Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, has been elected Director. Joan is the Director of Professional Practice and Research Affiliation at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, MD.


* Mary Harper, PhD, RN-BC, has been reelected Director. Mary is an instructor at the University of Central Florida and lives in Flagler Beach, FL.



The 2009-2010 Nominating Committee is as follows:




Janice Hodges, MSN, RN (2008-2010)Director, Nursing Education, Practice, and ResearchSparrow Health SystemLansing, MIJennifer Brusca, MSEd, RN-BC (2008-2010)Manager, Nursing Professional Development DepartmentAsante Health SystemsMedford, OR


Carolon Jones, MSN, RN-BC (2008-2010)Education SpecialistCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati, OH


Carol Kridler, MSN, RN, CCRN (2009-2011)Critical Care Staff Development InstructorSumma Health SystemAkron, OH


Susan Swails, MEd, BSN, RN-BC (2009-2011)Clinical Education Team LeaderHoly Spirit Health SystemCamphill, PA


NNSDO would like to thank all the candidates for stepping forward to serve on the NNSDO Board or Nominating Committee. NNSDO would also like to thank NNSDO members for voting in the election.


Carol Korman, MSN, RN-BC


Chair, 2008-2009 Nominating Committee