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2024 session information coming soon!


Addressing Challenges in Rural Health Care With Innovative Digital Solutions

Gina Von Ruden, MSN, RN   Mayo Clinic Health System

The landscape of healthcare has changed rapidly since the onset of the pandemic and the nursing workforce is facing unprecedented challenges. Currently serving as the Nursing Administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare, Gina Von Ruden will share how a rural healthcare system in the Midwest, has implemented digital solutions to improve access, address nurse staffing shortages and foster a new model of care.  Nursing has heard the call to innovate and is leveraging digital tools in the acute care setting, as well as across the continuum of care to meet the needs of our patients

Authentic Leadership in Nursing: Find You, Find Joy, and Find Our Way... Together

Andrea Hauser, DNP, RN, CNL  Gundersen Health System

Andrea has over a decade of nursing leadership experience and currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Acute Care Nursing in La Crosse for Gundersen Health System. In this session, she will provide a brief review of the current state of nursing. After which, she will use the lens of Authentic Leadership as a guide for participants to learn about who they are as nursing professionals. Through didactic presentation, reflection, and some collective sharing, participants will work to identify their unique personal brand that will help build the bridge to a bright new day in our profession.

Nursing Beyond the Bedside: A Social Determinants of Health Approach

Sandy Brekke, MASL, BSN, RN   Gundersen Health System

Health happens out in the community. That means conditions at home, within families, at work and in neighborhoods can play a role in a person’s overall health and well-being. Currently serving as the Senior Consultant to the Office of Population Health at Gundersen Health, Sandy has spent over 30 years navigating the challenges and inequities that individuals need to navigate to achieve a level of health they deserve. Throughout this presentation, participants will be introduced to an approach that allows nurses to provide care, education or leadership in a way that goes beyond any process or protocol.

Research Corner

Facilitated by Serina Johnson, DNP, RN, PHN

Three poster authors per session will present their project/study in a brief podium presentation format.

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