Agenda and speakers

Wednesday May 1, 2019

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and President's address

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

President, Washington State Nurses Association

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Keynote — Negotiating at an uneven table: developing moral courage in resolving conflict

Phyllis Beck Kritek, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor and Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Chair in Nursing, University of St. Thomas Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing

Professional nurses, repeatedly identified by the citizens of the United States as highly ethical and trustworthy, are uniquely equipped to become profiles of courage in the health care environments where they work and lead. The call to courage often presents itself when conflict or discord emerges, and nurses, hoping to grapple constructively and creatively with this emergence, find themselves at uneven tables. Nurses bring many striking strengths to these tables; they also may find additional competencies could lead to better outcomes. This presentation sheds light on these additional competencies, their potential for a more positive impact, and a pathway to improved mastery of these competencies. The speaker will discuss lessons learned from working on this challenge with nurses throughout the United States for over thirty years. Participants will have an opportunity to personally explore the possibilities available to them that could expand their consciousness of the creativity and freedom that comes with embracing their potential to become profiles in courage.

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Keynote - Washington State Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Washington State Attorney General

Just announced! Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 11-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Keynote — Nursing now and the registered nurse role in advocacy

Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise

Please join us to learn about the global Nursing Now Initiative that was launched in February 2018. It is run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. This session will inform Washington state registered nurses on this initiative to raise the profile and status of nurses worldwide.

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Legislative update: state-level progress on nursing and patient safety issues

Jennifer Muhm

Director of Public Affairs, Washington State Nurses Association

During the 2019 legislative session, the Washington State Nurses Association is advocating for a full slate of budget and policy issues to advance nursing and patient safety. Please join WSNA’s Director of Public Affairs, Jennifer Muhm, to learn how nursing voices were front and center on issues such as uninterrupted meal and rest breaks and workplace violence prevention, and other key issues of the 2019 session, including mental health. In addition to recapping advancement on WSNA priority issues in this year’s legislative session, Jennifer will also discuss upcoming interim priorities and how you can stay engaged in advocating for your patients and your profession in Olympia.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote — Evolving change: federal legislation update and ANA priorities

Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN

President, American Nurses Association

This session provides an update on Federal legislation and ANA national initiatives that affect the registered nurse’s professional practice environment.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Understanding the governance of WSNA and how you can influence nurses and their professional practice in Washington state

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

President, Washington State Nurses Association

The Washington State Nurses Association is a nurse member organization that is dedicated to the practice and welfare of all nurses in Washington state. The structure of the WSNA Governance and its processes are at work for you each day. Please join the current President of WSNA, Jan Bussert, to learn more about the governance of WSNA, the roles and responsibilities of elected officers and volunteer members, and how the nominating, appointment, and election process for the organization is performed.

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

'Meet the candidates' and networking reception (no-host wine bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres)

This networking reception welcomes ALL Convention nurse participants to join us as we meet the nominated candidates for the upcoming 2019-2021 biennium and consider which officer or volunteer member position you are uniquely qualified for and interested in!

Thursday May 2, 2019

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote — Healthier and happier nurses: Bringing your “A” game to work and life

Stephanie Staples, CSP

Thought provoker

If you have ever been tired, overwhelmed, stressed and it’s not even lunch time yet, you will need to hear this presentation. Stephanie has burnt out and bounced back and she knows firsthand that we can only do good if we feel good and we can only feel good if we are willing to look at our lives beyond our work. Journey on this high energy, no holds barred presentation as Stephanie peels the layers back and exposes not only what you need to do to achieve uncommon success in your life and livelihood but how to do it!

10:00 am - 11:00 am

A radical breakthrough: communication skills for achieving mutual goals

Sara Kim, PhD

Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Conflict is defined as the perception held by individuals regarding differences in opinions or discrepancies between objective standards and personal beliefs. Collaboration — coordinated task completion and communication — and conflict go hand in hand. A collaborative team with minimal disagreements among members or little questioning may experience complacency with limited opportunities for learning. On the other hand, conflicts that are untethered to collaboration can breed toxicity in the culture and erode individuals’ morale. Unresolved conflicts tend to set up a new conflict over and over again. In the long run, they can not only affect our physical, emotional, and mental health but also patient safety and quality of care.

This session focuses on healthcare professionals’ foundational skills for proactively managing workplace conflicts. First, participants will learn about the main types of workplace conflicts: task and relationship-based conflicts. Second, the importance of distinguishing intent from impact will be addressed as a dimension of conflict management skills. Third, a dialogue model for resolving conflicts will be presented. Additionally, the definition of power hierarchy will be covered as an important factor in understanding the source of workplace conflicts.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moving nursing forward in Washington state (part 1)

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

President, Washington State Nurses Association

What are the key issues WSNA should address in the next biennium? Who should lead your professional organization? This session gives you the opportunity to learn, take a stand and lead the way.

All Convention attendees, both WSNA members and non-members, are invited to learn about the parliamentary procedures and processes that WSNA uses to address important issues affecting nurses in Washington state — and then put them into action.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Bylaws rule the world

Anita Stull, RN

WSNA Bylaws and Resolutions Committee

Bylaws govern the leadership and work of the Washington State Nurses Association. Join us in learning more about the super powers bylaws hold, get familiar with the current WSNA bylaws, and share your voice and vote when the amendments and revisions to the bylaws are proposed and hit the floor for acceptance and adoption.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The secret life of a resolution

Jan Bussert, BSN, RN

President, Washington State Nurses Association

This session will discuss how resolutions are born, their potential to influence change, and the promise they hold for positively impacting nurses and their professional practice. The WSNA Professional Nursing and Health Care Council, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Committee, Legislative and Health Policy Council, and the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare (member-represented committees) have proposed resolutions that address topics of interest and areas of need that effect nurses every day. WSNA invites you to hear these resolutions and participate in adopting the resolutions that you value and drive WSNA priorities for the 2019-2021 biennium.

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Moving nursing forward in Washington state (part 2)

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Who is the nurse next door?

Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN

Executive Director, Washington Center for Nursing

Paula Meyer, MSN, RN, FRE

Executive Director, Nursing Care and Quality Assurance Commission

Until recently, we knew very little about the state’s largest workforce except for birthdate, age, and residential address. This session will unveil results from a joint project to get a clearer picture of Washington’s registered nurses such as educational attainment, specialties practiced, the diversity of the workforce, and career satisfaction. The rationale used behind this project as well as the method of collection will be discussed, including the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission’s steps to data collection and the security used to protect the data. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to discuss the findings on Washington state’s registered nurses.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WSNA Recognition Awards dinner, live auction and Nightingale Tribute

Stephanie Staples, CSP

Thought provoker

April Brown


Please join us and our Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies, Stephanie Staples, for an exciting evening of camaraderie and celebration over dinner as we recognize Washington State's leaders in nursing practice, education, research, ethics and human rights, and leadership. This evening will also be dedicated to the future of nursing as April Brown, Auctioneer extraordinaire, hosts a live auction to support nursing scholarships.

Friday May 3, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Workplace violence panel

Sandy Slaton

Division Director Risk Management

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Duty to protect: A call to action for nurses in caring and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community

Rev. Dr. Cameron M. Sharp, PhD, M. Div., B.Th., ADN

Ordained minister, nurse

Listening to the news day after day it is hard to miss the frequent attacks and abuse raining down on LGBTQ individuals and communities every day. Murders, domestic violence cases and assaults on gender non-conforming individuals and the “gay” community are alarmingly high. Nurses are called to be healthcare advocates and to celebrate diversity in our world, including our work place.

Only by listening to the LGBTQ community can nurses understand ways to provide not only a safe environment, but a healing space for these marginalized individuals. This presentation will include tangible ways to be an LGBTQ ally in health care. The presentation provides a glimpse into the fears, hopes and feelings of the LGBTQ person facing the awkward and depersonalizing prospect of being a patient. Walking in LGBTQ shoes is frightening on many levels in general society. Loss of personal privacy is hard for all patients, but much more so for people forced to live in closets of fear. Nurses are needed who have prepared to be first line advocates.


  • Leave judgement at the door (know and deal with your issues before caring for others).
  • Find out about LGBTQQIP2SAA.
  • Get my pronoun right.
  • What I fear — from EMTs, MD offices and in the hospital from staff. What validates members of the LGBTQ community.

10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Suicide prevention training (co-sponsored with UWCNE)

University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education

With the University of Washington School of Nursing, we’re offering the opportunity to fulfill your 6-hour mandatory suicide prevention training requirement for licensure with this special add-on course offered May 3, 2019.

This training meets the requirement for the State of Washington mandatory suicide prevention training for nurses (RCW 43.70.442). It is approved by the Washington Department of Health and on their model list. Teaching methods include didactic presentations, discussion and interactive practice with suicide prevention tools. Lunch will be provided.

“The variety of presenters provided opportunities for learning that I would not have sought otherwise.” – 2015 attendee