NURSES WEEK CONFERENCE The Nurses Week Conference takes place every year, and brings more than 1,000 nurses from across the enterprise together to share knowledge, advance their professional practice, and celebrate the nursing profession. Some of the highlights of the conference are the dozens of nurse-driven projects presented by our nurses. More than 140 abstracts were submitted for inclusion in this year’s conference. Of those, 44 were selected to present by the Evidence-Based Practice Council. Nurses are then encouraged to submit their abstract to a regional or national conference. Submissions of poster abstracts have increased more than 600% since 2010 and nurses have embraced its value. As a learning opportunity, the Evidence-Based Practice Council provides feedback to nurses who submitted abstracts. This feedback allows the program to be a career development exercise, as well as a way to increase professional practice. NURSES WEEK AWARD WINNERS Eight individuals were presented awards during the 2017 Nurses Week celebration to recognize significant contributions made to nursing at UPMC. The recipients were nominated by their colleagues. The nominations were then blinded and voted on by a committee composed of UPMC chief nursing officers and system nursing council co-chairs. Winners were honored in a special ceremony during the Nurses Week Conference. Rising Star in Clinical Practice Jessica Weale, RN, professional staff nurse, UPMC East, was presented with the Rising Star Award for exhibiting high potential to make significant contributions to nursing practice. Jessica serves as an exemplary role model to her colleagues and actively seeks professional growth opportunities. Her nominator described Jessica as “a nurse who displays the natural ability to lead, the motivation to succeed, and passion for the nursing profession.” Champion of Nursing Rodney L. Rutkowski, MSW, LSW, ACM, director of Health Management, UPMC St. Margaret, was presented with the Champion of Nursing Award which recognizes a non-nurse who has a distinguished track record of promoting and advancing the profession of nursing within the UPMC. Rodney’s nominator described him as, “a leader, role model, and advocate for nursing who is very well respected for his high standards of professional integrity across the nursing division.” Leading With Wisdom Heather Ambrose, DNP, RN, CPN, CPON, director of Nursing, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, was presented with the Leading with Wisdom Award. Heather has demonstrated leadership and innovation beyond her job responsibilities that has benefited the organization as well as the profession of nursing. Heather’s nominator describes her as, “an integral part of the effort to recruit and retain the most talented leaders and frontline staff to provide the best pediatric care. CLINICAL PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE Innovating and sharing best practices to improve patient care outcomes UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence | 16 NURSING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE Dedicated to lifelong learning, many of our nurses demonstrated their commitment to excellence in patient care by earning degrees and certifications. Others contributed to the profession of nursing through evidence-based practice, research studies, and grants. Knowledge was shared nationally and internationally through presentations and publications. UPMC nurses demonstrated leadership as they held offices in professional organizations. Others were recognized with honors and awards. We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments our nurses completed in FY2017. To review the detailed list of nursing accomplishments visit UPMC.com/NursingAccomplishments .