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18th Annual WellSpan Health Collaborative EBP and Nursing Research Conference

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This year’s conference is “Transforming the Healthcare Environment” featuring keynote speaker Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN.

Dr. Tucker is Associate Dean for Health Promotion & Well-being and Director of the Center for Wellness and Prevention in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University (OSU). She is also the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing in the College of Nursing and Director for the Implementation Science Core for the Fuld Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Institute for Nursing and Healthcare. Prior to joining OSU in 2017, she served for 15 years as director for research, EBP and quality for two separate large, Magnet-designated hospital programs, Mayo Clinic and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Tucker holds board certification as an APRN-CNS in psychiatric mental health nursing and as an Integrative Nurse Coach. Dr. Tucker is a change management expert and has cultivated research that has made significant and sustained impacts on science and practice in two areas: behavior change through mental health and wellness interventions and practice and organizational change through EBP implementation, training, and tools. She focuses on women and children, employees and worksite interventions for health, well-being, stress reduction, and mental health. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program Alumna; an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and National Academies of Practice; serves as Associate Editor for Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing; publishes widely and serves on regional and national boards. She is also the current President for the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the Chair for the Practice Committee for the American Holistic Nurses Association. Dr. Tucker was recognized in April of 2023 by the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics as one of 30 revolutionary leaders (around the world) in 30 years of the National EBP Conference.


8:00 am -- Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 am -- Welcome from Barbara Buchko, DNP, RN, Director EBP and Nursing Research, Conference Chair, WellSpan Health; Kasey Paulus, RN, MBA, CENP, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive, WellSpan Health.

8:45 am -- “Transforming the Healthcare Work Environment: Applying Implementation Science to Drive Changeby Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN.

9:45 am -- Poster Presentations.

10:30 am -- "Cultural Sensitivity in Nursing: How to Improve the Patient Experience" by Linda A. Smeltzer, BS, RNC-MNN, MLS(ASCP), WellSpan York Hospital.

10:50 am -- "Enhancing Psychological Well-Being: More than Once and Done!" by Kim Shank, MSN ,RN, NPD-BC WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital & Kelly A Kuhns, PhD, RN, CNE, WellSpan Health.

11:10 am -- "Investigating Shift Work Disorder Risk in Acute Care Nurses" by Robin George, BSN, RN, UPMC of Central PA.

11:30 am -- "Promoting Nursing Student Mental Health Wellness: The Impact of Resilience-Building and Faculty Support" by Lisa Ruth-Sahd, DEd, RN, CCRN, CEN, CNE, CCFP, ANEF, Saint Joseph University, Professor Emeritus York College of Pennsylvania.

11:50 am -- Lunch

12:45 pm -- Messiah University Baccalaureate Student Nurse Presentation.

1:00 pm -- York College of Pennsylvania Baccalaureate Student Nurse Presentation.

1:15 pm -- "Embracing Virtual Care Technology to Advance Nursing Practice and Patient Safety" by Fallon Hughes, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, NPD-BC; Kasey Paulus, MBA, RN, CENP; Cassandra E. Tyransky, BSN, RN, CCRN; Erin Langmead, MBA, MSN, RN, NI-BC; and David M. Miller.

2:00 pm -- Poster Presentations .

2:45 pm -- “Purpose and Growth Mindset: Anchors to Nurse Well-being in Challenging Work Environmentsby Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN.

3:30 pm -- Awards/Closing Remarks.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development contact hours will be awarded upon attendance at the entire conference and completion of an evaluation. WellSpan Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Please contact Dr. Barbara Buchko, Director of EBP/Nursing Research at WellSpan Health for more information at Collaborative planning partners include: Messiah University, Millersville University, Sigma Eta Eta Chapter, Sigma Xi Chi Chapter and York College of Pennsylvania.

Click "Register" to reserve your seat. All WellSpan Health employees must register using an internal process at their entity to attend this conference. Please contact your manager/supervisor with your interest to attend.


$77 cost for faculty and currently enrolled RN-BSN and graduate students at Millersville University, York College of Pennsylvania, Messiah University; and Sigma, Eta Eta and Xi Chi chapter members. $55 cost for undergraduate nursing students Messiah University and York College of Pennsylvania. Discount will be applied at time of registration.