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Inspire: Nursing Symposium 2024

Register for the Inspire 2024 Nursing Symposium to lock in your spot, learn the latest in compassionate caring, and earn CEUs.

Inspire 2024

Get Inspired at Inspire 2024!

Join us for the annual Inspire Nursing Symposium! Our nationally-recognized keynote speaker and highly experienced session speakers drive Inspire 2024 with a focus on putting the care back in health care:

  • Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane | Boosting Productivity and Workplace Enjoyment
  • Emily Newhouse | Effects of Psychological Safety on the New Nurse
  • Dr. Heather Porter | Be Good to Yourself: Tips to Cultivate Kindness
  • Rebecca Wernli | Importance of Self-Care for Nurses
Earn 4 CEUs at the FREE Inspire 2024 Nursing Symposium as you keep up to date on the latest in providing exceptional nursing care and learn what it takes to provide care at a 5-Star award winning healthcare facility.

Who's Invited?

The Inspire 2024 Nursing Symposium is open to all RNs and LPNs looking to further their careers, win prizes, and earn valuable CEUs as they learn about the latest techniques in compassionate care.

If this sounds like you, Inspire 2024 was made for you!

Registration closes on May 3, but seats may fill up before then. Don’t wait to register or you may miss out!

Inspire 2024 Schedule - May 10th

7:30 | Check-in and Free Breakfast Buffet

Check-in is at 7:30, where you’ll have access to a free continental breakfast to help start your morning off with a bang! Don’t forget to bring your Nursing License or License Number if you don’t provide it when you register online.

8:00 | Boosting Productivity and Workplace Enjoyment

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane

Do you feel exhausted, disengaged, or burned out? Seems you aren’t alone. 59% of workers suffer from being physically drained, mentally distracted, and have lost their sense of meaning and purpose.

If you can relate to any of these symptoms, this session is for you! You will leave with customized strategies for renewing and revitalizing your personal strength and energy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop personal strategies for renewing your strength.
  • Uncover customizable ways to revitalize your personal energy.
9:00 | Effects of Psychology Safety on the New Nurse

Speaker: Emily Newhouse

Have you ever wondered why new nurses have a hard time integrating into your department or even into the profession as a whole? Have you heard the phrase “Nurses eat their young”? According to the 2022 National Nursing Workforce Survey, more than one-quarter of registered nurses report that they plan to leave nursing or retire over the next five years. This means that organizations, and the nurses left, will have to put themselves in an optimal position to orient and educate new nurses and the role that psychological safety plays on nursing orientation cannot be ignored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the 4 stages of psychological safety
  • Describe how these 4 stages of psychological safety directly impact new nurses.
  • Describe how each of us can foster an environment of psychological safety.
10:00 | Break & Raffle Drawing
10:15 | Be Good to Yourself: Tips to Cultivate Kindness

Speaker: Dr. Heather Porter

Has kindness become less important in our daily lives? People are faced with busy schedules, increased pressures and technological interfaces that hinder human interactions. Acts of kindness can improve social interactions and well-being. Revisit opportunities to apply kindness techniques to self and others.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define kindness to self and others
  • Identify barriers to kindness
  • Describe two acts of self-kindness
  • Perform acts of kindness to others
11:05 | Importance of Self-Care for Nurses

Speaker: Rebecca Wernli

The demanding nature of the nursing profession takes a toll on both physical, and emotional health. Self-care is essential to providing the best possible care to your patients. From managing stress and anxiety to developing support networks, prioritizing self- care can prevent burnout, improve job satisfaction and enhance your quality of life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define ways physical activity can be integrated into busy professional and personal lives
  • Identify ways mental self-care can be prioritized
  • Identify strategies for managing emotional and mental health
  • Define the importance of strong support networks

Meet the Inspire 2024 Nursing Symposium Speakers

Dr. Audrey Curtis Hane

Keynote Speaker: Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Trainer, and Consultant

Dr. Hane is a 25-year communication faculty member at Newman University and an organizational consultant dedicated to helping people live healthier and more fulfilling lives. As a Kansas Leadership Center associate, she has taught webinars for Your Leadership Edge.

A primary focus for Audrey is helping organizational members increase work satisfaction and effectiveness by cultivating their mental, physical, and emotional well-being. She helps organizations shift their culture in a more positive direction by integrating communication, leadership, emotional intelligence and positive psychology strategies.

Emily Newhouse, BSN, RN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, NMC Health

Emily Newhouse grew up in the Newton community. With a servant’s heart, she always knew she’d be caring for others as a career; but her interest in nursing was sparked by taking a CNA class in high school. Emily began her journey at NMC Health in 2007 as a CNA in the Inpatient Rehab Unit. She graduated with honors from Wichita State University with her Bachelors degree in Nursing.

Her experiences include long term care, home health and hospice care, acute care and emergency planning. As Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Emily provides support to acute care nursing and respiratory therapy services. She also serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at NMC Health.

Emily is passionate about maintaining an environment where relationships are fostered and strengthened through support and growth; giving others the resources they need to provide excellent patient care. 

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Dr. Heather Porter, DNP, ACM-RN, NE-BC

Chief Clinical Officer, NMC Health

Dr. Heather Porter is NMC Health’s Chief Clinical and Chief Nursing Officer.  Heather graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has a Master’s of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Central Florida. 

Heather began her career at NMC Health in 1998, as a nurse in the Critical Care and medical environments. She transitioned as a Director of Nursing in long term care; inspiring a collaborative team of health care workers to zero deficiency nursing surveys for 2 consecutive years.

With her knowledge of the needs of the acute care patient, Heather transitioned to case management at NMC Health. With her oversight and experience, Heather was integral in the development of many hospital based and community-based programs to improve transitions in care and reduce readmissions to the hospital. As Chief Clinical and Chief Nursing officer, Heather ensures a collaborative approach to the delivery of healthcare throughout the continuum.   

In addition to her hospital leadership, Heather is also a community leader serving on several boards and community-based committees ensuring the vision and mission of NMC Health is upheld.

Rebecca Wernli

Rebecca Wernli, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Outpatient Cardiovascular Care Provider

Rebecca Wernli completed her BSN at The University of Kansas in 2000, beginning her career on a surgical telemetry floor as an RN.

She spent eight years as an office RN in a CardioThoracic surgical practice, gaining unique experience in spider and varicose treatment. Expertise she utilized in independent consultation services for start up vein clinics, sclerotherapy and duplex sonogram.

Rebecca completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Wichita State University with a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013.

She practiced primary care medicine at Via Christi Clinic as an APRN for nearly two years; culminating the knowledge base of her education and enjoying impacting health and wellness of patients of all ages.

Rebecca returned to her true passion, cardiovascular medicine, in 2015. She sees patients independently in a busy outpatient clinic setting; managing complex cardiac and vascular disease states.

She also steps into the tertiary care setting for weekend call coverage; collaborating closely with her practice physicians on the care of acute patients.

In addition she directs an office based vein clinic; including independently performing sclero therapy, radio frequency and chemical venous ablations.

Join Us at the Inspire 2024 Nursing Symposium!

Ready to get 4 free CEUs, complimentary breakfast, hear important nursing topics and take your nursing career to the next level? Join us the morning of May 10th!

Registration is open now!

Registration closes on May 3 but seats may be gone sooner, so don’t miss out and register today. We hope to see you there!

Note: You must attend all sessions to earn CEUs for this event. NMC Health is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 4.0 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: #LT0209-0916.

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