Nursing Symposium

Hartwick College Nursing students working in simulation lab

Hartwick College celebrated the 75th anniversary of Hartwick nursing with a daylong symposium assessing critical issues in nursing and healthcare.

Experts in nursing, hospital administration, public health, and psychology shared their insights with alumni, other practitioners, and today’s students. This thought-provoking and inspiring set of discussions created an extraordinary day full of academic inquiry and practical problem solving.

The symposium took place on Friday, October 5, 2018 on the Hartwick College Campus.

Quick Links for Sessions Offered

Innovation in Times of Crisis

The Silvering of Society

New Perspectives on Pediatric Mental Health

Holistic Approaches to Wellness

Collaboration and Innovation: Keys to Your Journey to Professional Practice

Nurses’ Role in the Future of Healthcare: The CEO’s Perspective

Hartwick’s New Hospital Simulation Unit

Sponsorships and Support


9:00 a.m. Registration and Welcome

Patricia Grust, PhD, RN, CLNC
Hartwick Nursing Department chair and associate professor
Areas of expertise include: evidence-based practice and nursing research, civility and incivility, legal and regulatory issues, professional socialization and mentoring.

The Distinguished History of Hartwick Nursing
Displays presented by the Hartwick Nurses’ Alumni Association and the College Archivist

9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. concurrent sessions, repeated

Innovation in Times of Crisis

Deborah Adelman, PhD, RN
Professor and program lead, Purdue University Global; expert in disaster nursing and education.

Annie Moore-Cox, PhD, RN
30-year nurse, 20-year educator; author, Account Executive, ATI Nursing Education; leader in nursing informatics.

Donna Anderson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CENP
CNO, Vice President Clinical Support Service and Care Coordination, Bassett Medical Center; 35 years’ experience in clinical and operational management.

The Silvering of Society

Mary Dietrich Tellis-Nayak ’79, MSN, RN, MPH
Leader of quality improvement programs in long-term care; Vice President of Quality Initiatives, MyInnerView management intelligence for long-term care; experience in direct care for the elderly.

Anna Song Beeber ’98, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing; Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; leader in gerontological nursing and health services research.

Margaret Kiss, MSN, RN
Hartwick College Assistant Professor of Nursing; former Director of Acute Care Nursing, Bassett Medical Center.

New Perspectives on Pediatric Mental Health

Sara Warren Gardner ’81, MPH
Executive Director, Fund for Public Health in New York, non-profit affiliate of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. On-site experience in international settings and management responsibility for global programs.

Elisabeth Marigliano, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; experience in pediatric nursing; dissertation research focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Sharon Davidson Dettenrieder ’65, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Hartwick College Professor Emerita of Nursing and former Department Chair (2000-2007).

Holistic Approaches to Wellness

Linda Reckow Thomson ’72, PhD, MSN
Approved consultant in the clinical application of hypnosis in nursing; co-founder of Hypnovations: Clinical Hypnosis Education and Training Programs; nurse practitioner (retired).

Maria Sirois ’82, PsyD
Positive psychologist, master teacher, facilitator, author, and international consultant who focuses on the resilience of the human spirit when under pressure and/or during significant transition.

Joan MacDonald, MSN, RN
Vice President for Nursing Services and Practices, A. O. Fox Hospital; experienced in creative application of best practices according to evidence-based care.

11:45 a.m. luncheon for alumni and practitioners & keynote address

Collaboration and Innovation: Keys to Your Journey to Professional Practice

Maria Vezina ’73, EdD, RN
Vice President of Nursing / Chief Nursing Officer, Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital, NYC
A leader in nurse education, Vezina is a scholar whose research interests include modes of stress management for nurses and topics in long-term care.

Introduction by:
William LeCates, MD
President, Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Medical Director of Bassett Medical Center. A nephrologist by training, LeCates is a member of the Army Medical Corps.

1:30 p.m. panel discussion

Nurses’ Role in the Future of Healthcare: The CEO’s Perspective

Jeff Joyner, MHA, FACHE
President, A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, NY. Joyner has more than 20 years’ leadership experience across all sectors of the patient care delivery continuum.

Mark Webster, MHA, FACHE
President and CEO, Cortland Regional Medical Center, NY. Webster’s 30 years of healthcare leadership experience include serving as president of two other hospitals.

Betsy Tanner Wright ’79, MBA, FACHE
President, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Healthcare, Jamestown, NY. President / CEO of WCA Hospital since 1999, Wright led the organization through its integration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Margaret L. Drugovich, DM, P’12
President of Hartwick College

3:00 p.m. Hartwick’s New Hospital Simulation Unit (Smith Hall)

Ribbon Cutting and Tours of this State-of-the-Art Facility

Sponsorships and Support

The Hartwick College Nursing Symposium for students, alumni, and practitioners is co-sponsored by the Department of Nursing and the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation with generous support from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Hartwick’s Office of the President.

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