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Healthcare Con Returns
2021 Resilience in Healthcare

Submitted by Sana Younus, Program Manager, PCS

Healthcare Con Returns in 2021

Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health were pleased to announce the return of Healthcare Con, hosted in collaboration with ten regional hospitals in the Bay Area Magnet Convening (BAMC) and the Stanford Nurse Alumnae held on June 25, 2021! Healthcare Con is an interdisciplinary conference developed to showcase the latest in research, innovation, quality, education, and evidence-based improvement projects. The theme for the 2021 conference was Resilience in Healthcare: Building Professional Partnerships and Fostering an Agile Workforce. Over 330 nurses and interprofessionals from 34 healthcare organizations attended this conference and had the opportunity to learn about the latest in research, leadership, innovation, quality, and evidence-based healthcare improvement projects.


The first virtual and on-demand event featured a range of insightful presentations:

  • NEW: Emerging topics and trends facing the challenges of COVID-19 (Podiums and E-Posters) Keynote Presentation: Cultivating Moral Resilience: Restoring Integrity to Everyday Practice showcased the importance of resilience in healthcare and ran for 90-minutes.

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN recognized as an international leader in nursing ethics, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. Her current scholarship focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice. She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare (Oxford University Press), that aims to transform approaches to moral suffering with innovative methods of cultivating moral resilience.

20 Live Podium Presentations (21 Speakers)

5 Live Rapid-Fire Poster Presentations (8 Speakers)

49 Virtual E-Poster Presentations (56 Presenters)

On-Demand access to recordings &       e-posters

Attendees earned 7.25 Contact Hours

34 U.S. Organizations were represented.

Healthcare Con is an exciting opportunity offered annually for healthcare professionals of all career stages to discover the aspiring research and education conducted at other institutions that aim to improve healthcare for all. Stanford Health Care professionals were well represented at the event, showcasing their projects from the last year in:

  • 4 Live Podium presentations (7 speakers)

  • 3Live Rapid-Fire Poster Presentations (5 speakers)

  • 16 E-Poster Presentations (24 presenters)

2021 E-Poster Awards–Congratulations to the winners!


1st Place Poster:

A Novel Risk Assessment Tool for Early Mobilization After Pediatric Tracheostomy

Allison Freccero, OTR/L, BCP

Eilish Byrne, PT, DSc, PCS

Stanford Children’s Health


2nd Place Poster:

Compassion Fatigue in Critical Care Nurses

Christina Hewett, DNP, RN, CEN

John Muir Health

Viewer's Choice

4/20/22 Viewer’s Choice Poster:

Standing Up A Mobile-Application Infrastructure

Darren Batara, MS, BSN, RN, CPHIMS

Gretchen Brown, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Stanford Health Care

Hear more about the experience from past conference attendees:

  • “Thank you for offering a conference such as this.”

  • “It was so professional and learned so much”

  • “Was great to see so much nursing research!”

  • “The Conference is very empowering and inspiring. I’m honored to be part of it.”

  • “Inspiring to submit poster for next year! Great repository of ideas to take back.”

  • “Hungry for more! Great presentation of valuable, pertinent information!”

  • “Very satisfied with the breadth of topics. I feel that I have a finger on the pulse of changes coming in health care. Appreciate the nursing focus.”

  • “GREAT OUTCOME! Keep it up! Looking forward for GREAT SPEAKERS.”

  • “Absolutely action packed and full of important learnings to share with my organization.”

  • “Fabulous conference!! Fast paced but we were able to get so much content!!”

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                             Thank you to the 2021 Healthcare Con Planning Committee

•Annette Nasr, PhD, RN, Stanford Children's Health, Conference Chair

•Grissel Hernandez, PhD, MPH, RN, HNB-BC, Stanford Health Care, Conference Co-Chair

•Sana Younus, PMP, CSPO, Stanford Health Care, Program Manager

•Liz Borgueta, MSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN, CWCN, Stanford Health Care

•Monique Bouvier, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, Former Stanford Health Care

•Sonya Feng, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Stanford Health Care

•Aubrey Florom-Smith, PhD, RN, Stanford Health Care

•Margaret Godin, MS, BSN, RN-BC, Stanford Children's Health

•Jackie Keane, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, El Camino Health

•Vivian Low, MPH, RN-BC, FPCNA, El Camino Health

•Maggie Madlangbayan, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Stanford Health Care

•Charlene Pons, Stanford Children's Health

•Cynthia Shum, DNP, MEd, RN, CHSE-A, Stanford Children's Health

•Heidi Warpack, MSN, RN, CNS, CMSRN, ONC, Stanford Health Care

•Michelle Williams, PhD, RN, Stanford Health Care

•Kirsten Wisner, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS, C-EFM, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

•Maria Yefimova, PhD, RN, Former Stanford Health Care


Implementing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Reduce Inpatient Mortality in Medicine

-Stacy Serer, PhD, RN, CNS, SCRN


Leadership and Management Academy (LAMA)

-Carole Wilson, MPH, MS, RN, CNS, FACHE


COVID Pandemic And The Success Of Perioperative Telehealth

-Lisa Cianfichi, MSN


Forecasting and Capacity Modeling for Efficient and Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

-Angela Graf, MS

rapid-fire poster

A Multi-Disciplinary Initiative to Expedite Ruling Out Pulmonary Tuberculosis

-Kristen Merriman, MS, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RCP 

rapid-fire poster

Putting The Family In Family-Centered Care: Expanding Adult ICU Visitation To Children

-Genalin Soriano, MSN, RN-CCRN-CSC-CMC, CLNC

rapid-fire poster

Nurses’ Experience of Urinary Catheter Insertion in Males Compared to Females in the Hospital

-Shawna Healy, BSN, RN, CCRN


COVID-19 Response: Utilizing One Videoconferencing Solution For Multiple Inpatient Use Cases

-Shelly Arthofer, MSN, RN


COVID-19 Specimen Prioritization

For Pre-surgical Patients

-Edward Guzman Jr, BS


Fostering a Unit of Engagement and Resilience; Establishment of Sunshine Committee

-Debbie Rae Nepomuceno, BSN, RN, ONC


Inpatient Group Psychotherapy: Adapting to a Virtual Format During COVID-19

-Eehwa Ung, PhD


Pandemic Provides Opportunity to Create Capacity with Same Day Discharges

-Bridget Bergstrom, RN


RNA Single Strand Testing for Previous Positive Patient Prior to Surgery

-Amy Semple, BSN, RN, MHA


Standing Up a Mobile Application Infrastructure

-Darren Batara, MS, BSN, RN, CPHIMS


The Psychiatric COVID Team: An Innovative Way To Care For COVID-19+ Psychiatric Inpatients

-Jessica Frihart, MSN, CNS, PMHRN-BC


Using QR Code Technology To Enhance the Patient Education Experience

-Maribeth Cambridge, MS, RN


Point of Access: Involving Chaplains for Distress Assessment, Interventions, and Its Impact on Patient Care

-Taqwa Surapati, GCIC


Practice Makes Perfect: Simulation Training for Case Management and Social Work

-Carolyn Bogard, MS, RN, ACM


Evaluating Nurse Self-Confidence in Providing Diabetes Self-Management Education Using the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors

-Loice Ongwela, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CDE

thank you

Thank you to all of the outstanding 2021 SHC presenters at HealthCare Con!


Vaccinating Frontline Healthcare Workforce: A Public Health Program Within an Academic Medical Center (AMC)

-Ann Cullen, MSN, RN


Implementation of a Psychiatric Nurse Liaison to Support COVID-19 Nurses

-Ali Abolfazli, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC


Case Study Scenarios to Evaluate a Urinary Catheter Insertion Assessment Tool

-Mary Lough, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN


Empowered to Succeed: New Nurse Manager Onboarding at a Magnet Designated Academic Medical Center

-Kiana Scott, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, CNML

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