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24th Annual NICU Leadership Forum

Sep 15 - 18, 2020   |   Naples, Florida  United States Of America
Organized by : Synova Associates LLC
Specialties : Nursing   |   Leadership   |   Nurse Practitioner
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24th Annual NICU Leadership Forum is organized by Synova Associates LLC and will be held from Sep 15 - 18, 2020 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, United States of America.

The NICU Leadership Forum is approved for approximately 18 contact hours through Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. The pre-conferences will be awarded contact hours depending on the length of the program.

Course Description:
Fostering a Healthy Work Environment through Synergy, Inclusion and Ethical Leadership

Hospital surveys have shown that a positive work environment improves the quality and safety of patient care, reduces staff burnout and turnover, and improves patient satisfaction. Unfortunately, staff and families bring outside stressors into the NICU, incivility among staff is on the rise, and tension among racial, socio-economic and generational groups is palpable in many hospitals. Keeping staff happy, healthy and feeling valued has become a top priority for today’s leaders.

For the leader, this starts by looking inward – becoming more self-aware, understanding internal biases, and looking at how one’s values impact the workplace. Next, the leadership team needs to create a stable atmosphere that will help staff feel empowered, energized, and able to keep their mental and physical well-being in check. This includes encouraging empathy and caring, championing inclusiveness, and communicating openly. And lastly the entire team has to support each other to grow personally and professionally in order to deliver optimal care to patients and their families.

At the 2020 NICU Leadership Forum, we will explore these topics (and more!) and learn from the collective experiences of neonatal leaders by giving you tangible strategies for success. You’ll be immersed in an energetic, thought-provoking and rejuvenating conference experience suited to both new and seasoned leaders.

At the 2020 NICU Leadership Forum, you can expect:
• Leadership experts who map out clear strategies for success
• Numerous opportunities to network, meet and exchange ideas
• Small group time to share best practices and challenges
• Access to innovative ideas, products and services
• Therapeutic environment at a 5-star resort

Pre-Conferences: Sunday, April 19th
New Leader Bootcamp (full day)

This preconference is aimed at leaders with less than 3 years of leadership experience. Participants will get an introduction to finance and budgeting, practice the art of requesting funds, and develop leadership skills like demonstrating vulnerability and promoting personal growth. It is a must for any new leader!

• Jodi Coombs, MBA, RN, COO, Children’s Mercy Hospital;
• Joan Rikli, MSN, RN, CPNP-BC, NE-BC, Director of Neonatal
• Intensive Care and Women’s and Infants Services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

NICU Scheduling, Staffing and FTE Budget Management (Half day AM)

This pre-conference will share best practices for scheduling, staffing and budget management for the NICU Nurse Leader. Participants will complete interactive exercises to facilitate skill growth relative to FTE budgeting, utilization of schedule requirements, schedule construction and auditing. Together, we will unlock the plan to design and deliver the human resources to provide safe care to the neonatal population, including: a balanced schedule, skill mix, education and replacement of paid and unpaid absence.

• Jennifer Guild, RN, MSN, CNML, CCSS, CCRL, LMI Associate Consultant, Labor Management Institute
• Martha Giangiulio MHA, RN, CCSS, CCRL, Adjunct Faculty, Labor Management Institute
• Heather McCrohan, MBA, CCSS, CCRL, Director of Operations, Labor Management Institute

The Art of Tough Conversations (Half day PM)

Why do people, teams, and organizations get stuck? Poor communication! This leads to loss of staff, productivity, profit and trust. This highly interactive half-day pre-conference will use discussion, improvisational exercises and next step challenges to give you the skills needed to be confident when having difficult conversations. Because, in the end, this is the key to unlocking better teams invested in finding solutions together and the most effective way to create meaningful, positive change.

• Lori Gunther, MS, CPXP, CEO, Synova Associates LLC
• Jessamyn Ressler-Maerlender, MPH, CPXP, Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist, University of Michigan Health System

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Jodi Coombs
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Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida, United States Of America

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Naples, Florida, United States of America 34103,


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