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Events: 2013 ONA CE Conference

Transitions: The Value of Nursing in A Changing Health Care System

Oregon’s health care system is changing. The value of this change depends on nurses in new roles such as care coordination. For some, it will mean new roles and expanded practice.

October 1-2, 2013
Valley River Inn
Eugene, OR

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Conference Overview

In 2013, with the most recent ONA bylaws changes, there will be no ONA House of Delegates. The House of Delegates will now be held every other year, with the next one occurring in 2014. As such, the 2013 ONA Convention will not be held in the usual manner. Instead, ONA will be offering a CE Conference featuring a Labor CE Day and a Nursing CE Day.  The 2013 ONA CE Conference will focus on the changing role of nurses in Oregon’s health care system, which is undergoing significant transformation. The programs will focus on the role of nursing and strategies for demonstrating the economic value of the practice of nurses in various settings.

Continuing Education

Labor CE Day is pending approval for 6.25 continuing nursing education contact hours by ONA’s Continuing Education Approval and Recognition Program, an accredited provider approved by Cal BRN, Provider #15089. 

Nursing CE Day is pending approval for 6.50 continuing nursing education contact hours by ONA’s Continuing Education Approval and Recognition Program, an accredited provider approved by Cal BRN, Provider #15089.

ONA/NPO Social

 Join us for a social celebration of RN and NP practice on Wednesday, October 2, at 6:00-8:30 pm. Appetizers, music, networking, and a no-host bar will be offered. Come and greet your ONA and NPO peers. This social is being hosted jointly by ONA and NPO.

Labor CE Day Featured Speakers

Randi Weingarten, AFT President

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal employees; and early childhood educators. She was elected in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president.

With her leadership as AFT president, the union has pursued an agenda that reforms education by holding everyone accountable, revamping how teachers are evaluated, and ensuring that children have access to broad and deep curriculum as well as wraparound services. The AFT agenda fights against finger-pointing and calls for a continued investment in education. It also highlights the work that teachers, nurses and public employees do every day to make a difference in the lives of others.

Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law. She worked as a lawyer for the Wall Street firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1983 to 1986. She is an active member of the Democratic National Committee and numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. 

Mary Lehman MacDonald

Mary Lehman MacDonald is director of AFT Healthcare, the health care division of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents over 100,000 nurses and other health professionals. McDonald also serves as vice chair of the National Quality Forum's Consumer Council. Previously she worked for the national AFL-CIO and also served on the faculty of the extension division of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She holds a master's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in labor studies from Pennsylvania State University.


Stewart Acuff, Union Activist

A union organizer for more than 30 years, Acuff has a long and dynamic history in the labor movement, and has organized thousands of workers, including healthcare employee ANCs, and the 1996 Olympics, labor's biggest victory ever in the south. He served as the director of organizing for the national AFL-CIO. Under Acuff's leadership, membership grew by more than it had in a generation. He developed the policy and legislation which became the Employee Free choice Act and led the campaign to advocate for its passage. He has been the keynote and endnote speaker for many labor organizations' conferences.

Acuff has authored texts on workers rights, including his newest book, playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work. He is a prolific speaker on topics such as workplace safety, engendering workplace cultures of respect and dignity, fair and equitable treatment in the workplace, and workplace violence emergency plans.

Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of the AFL-CIO

Elizabeth Shuler is the current Secretary-Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of the AFL-CIO, one of three top-level officers for the Federation. The first ever woman elected to the position in 2009, Shuler also holds the distinction of being the youngest officer ever to sit on the federation's Executive Council. Coming from Portland, Oregon, she has been at the forefront of progressive labor initiatives like green job programs and the fight for workers’ rights for many years, starting as a political activist and an organizer at the local union level. Prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Shuler worked her way up through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), from Local Union 125 in Portland, OR, to the Executive leadership at the International headquarters in Washington, DC. During her tenure at the IBEW international, Shuler specialized in government affairs, oversaw 11 major departments, and advised the International President on key policy issues. Today, as chief financial officer of the federation, Shuler oversees six administrative departments and is leading the federation’s young worker outreach initiative and repositioning efforts. Secretary-Treasurer Shuler also represents the AFL-CIO on various boards and committees, such as the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the Women’s Committee of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Nursing CE Day Featured Speaker

Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Second Vice-President ANA

Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, earned a PhD in nursing, health systems, and public administration from the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing and a BSN from Washington State University. She currently is employed as the Administrator for Nursing and Patient Care Services at the three-time Magnet-designated, St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho.

Prior to joining St. Luke's, Mensik was the Executive Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the UCLA Health System. In addition, she worked at Banner Health, based in Phoenix, Arizona, in various roles, including the system Director of Clinical Practice and Research. In that role, she demonstrated professional excellence and skilled leadership by redesigning the research structure and standardizing credentialing documents, policies, and procedures, and she furthered evidence-based practice across all nursing practice within Banner. Mensik led the development of the Professional Nursing Practice Framework, which is now used in all Banner Health hospitals as well as being adopted by other non Banner Health hospitals and medical centers nationally. She serves as adjunct faculty at the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing and was named Alumni of the Year for the University of Arizona College of Nursing in 2010.

Mensik has served as the president of the Arizona Nurses Association, the state's primary professional nurse organization. She currently serves nationally for the American Nurses Association, as second vice president on the Board of Directors. In her commitment to advancing nursing knowledge and science, she also holds the role of Governor of Nursing Practice for the Western Institute of Nursing. Mensik has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences on nurse satisfaction, management and leadership, and patient outcomes, including webinars for Intel Healthcare and CMS technical expert panel. In addition, she has written multiple publications including the book The Nurse Managers Guide to Innovative Staffing.



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