NLN Center of Excellence

Conference Agenda


8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.


Elaine L. Smith ’78, M.S. ’88, M.B.A., Ed.D., NEA–BC, ANEF
Interim Dean
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health

Conference Co-Chairs:
Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter ’81, M.S. ’95, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Nursing Foundations
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health

Kathleen Dooney, M.S.N., R.N.
Off–Site Clinical Placement Coordinator
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Featured Speakers:

”Thinking Outside the Box: Opportunities for Changes in Nursing”

Elisa A. (Lee) Mancuso, M.S., RNC–NIC, FNS, AE–C
President, ANA–NY

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Break, with exhibitors, posters

10:35 a.m.–11:35 a.m.

“From Opportunity to Outcomes”

Susan Congiusta, B.S.N., M.P.A., D.N.P., R.N., NEA–BC
Assistant Vice President, Patient Experience Director
Northwell Health

Joanne H. Bentson, D.N.P., R.N., CPHQ
Chief Nurse Executive, Associate Executive Director
Northwell Health

11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.

“Harnessing the Power of Big Data”

Theresa Criscitelli ’91, M.S. ’10, Ed.D., R.N., CNOR
AVP Administration, Perioperative/Procedural Services
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Brian Gillette, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Jon S. Woods, M.D.
Wound Care Fellow
NYU Winthrop Hospital

12:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation

Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Lifetime Achievement Award

Claire Schulman ’46, R.N.
17th Borough President of Queens

Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Mentoring Award

Patricia Donohue-Porter, M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’87, R.N.
Associate Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


2:10 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

“A Tap on the Shoulder Before a Serious Adverse Event: Trends in Clinical Surveillance and Analytics”

Mary L. Jahrsdoefer, Ph.D., R.N.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Adelphi University

2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

“Let’s Hustle: Innovative Leadership”

Leonard C. Achan ’99, M.A., R.N., ANP
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Development
Hospital for Special Surgery

3:50 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Poster review and evaluations

4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.


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