The Oklahoma Nurses Association invites you to attend the 2019 Annual Nurses Convention, Be the Change: Your Nursing Journey. This year’s Convention will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, Oklahoma, on October 2nd and 3rd. During this two-day event, attendees will explore action-based solutions to empower nurses in their professional development related to all phases of a nurses’ career path journey.
Wednesday’s theme is “Building a Culture of Safety”. Join us to discuss this important issue, share experiences, and develop solutions together. Over the years, ONA has worked to create opportunities for nurses to collaborate with employers to build positive work environments as well as advocate for themselves as part of our workplace advocacy program. We have addressed issues such as: mandatory overtime, fatigue, concern for assignment, and staffing. Our efforts have resulted in position statements and other materials at disposal of Oklahoma nurses. In today’s ever-evolving work environment, there is still work to do in this area. Issues such as criminalization of medication errors, sentinel events, workplace violence, fatigue, understaffing, and other unsafe practices keep nurses up at night. Our morning session will feature a panel discussion related to these issues of nurse leaders, as well as obligations managers have related to the Nurse Practice Act and ways to discuss solutions ultimately building a culture of safety. Dr. Dean Prentice will close our morning session with his presentation, Dysfunction Junction.
Thursday’s morning will kick-off with Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation presented by Holly Carpenter, Senior Policy Advisor for the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Practice & Work Environment and Innovation departments. Her presentation focuses on a nurse wellness initiative designed to improve the health of our nation by first improving the health of our nurses. Holy will examine the first two years’ findings and results of this initiative and its accompanying health survey, specifically concentrating five domains: rest, physical activity, nutrition, quality of life, and safety. In addition, she will examine specific Oklahoma state and national data demonstrating areas and practices that schools of nursing, nursing organizations, employers of nurses, healthcare facilities, and other interested parties should focus on to improve nurse health, safety, and wellness. On Thursday, we will be launching our “Oklahoma Healthy Nurse, Health Nation” challenge!
Attendees are encourage to explore ways to enhance their career journey and “be the change” by attending the breakout sessions on Thursday, including: Navigating Career Transitions, Specialty Certification in Nursing, Building a Civil Culture, Support Nurses to Speak Up, Nurses on Boards and more. Over 30 poster presenters will be showcased both Wednesday and Thursday, covering a wide range of nursing research and practice. In addition to posters and breakout sessions, our exhibit hall will be open on Thursday with a wide range of exhibitors.
You will walk away with a feeling of empowerment in their practice areas, communities, and in all stages of their nursing journey with action-oriented solutions tools to further your role as a nurse. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us as we discuss these and others important issues. We look forward to seeing you there!


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