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Star Leadership Institute recognizes graduating class


The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association recognized 25 graduating members of the PSNA Star Leadership Institute on April 9 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Malvern, Pa. The institute is a leadership development program designed to assist nurses in contributing to the delivery of high-quality healthcare while collaborating with other leaders in the reform needed to redesign healthcare in the U.S.

The following registered nurses were recognized as 2013-2014 graduates: Susan Barlett – WellSpan York Hospital; Deborah Becker, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Jennifer Bellot, Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing; Melissa Cargan-Bodnar. Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine; Nichole Coleman, Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine; Nicole Griffie, Holy Spirit Health System; Robin Hack, Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s University Health Network; Christine Hartner, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Paula Hallenbeck, Reading Health System; Jennifer Larkin, Reading Health System; Kerry Maier, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant; Danielle Meinel, Temple Health, Jeannes Hospital; Carlene Meyers, Grand View Hospital; Nicole Nolte, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine; Carol Patton, Drexel University; Paula Pearson, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine; Lindsay Pritchett, Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine; Nicole Santucci, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant; SueEllen Schwab-Kapty, Washington Hospital School of Nursing, Washington Health System; Amber Shealy, Chester County Hospital, Penn Medicine; Vicki Shifflet, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Beth Smith, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Penn Medicine; Robert Stull, Paoli Hospital, Main Line Health; Carol Teets, Lehigh Valley Health Network; and Julie Thomas, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn Medicine.

During the three-day program, “Building the Future Leaders of Tomorrow … Today,” attendees participated in interactive sessions focusing on leader attributes, real-world problem solving, employment practices, healthy dialogue, evidence-based practice and finance. In addition, participants collaborated with senior leadership to identify a problem within their immediate area of responsibility; researching and developing an action plan for the resolution of the identified problem; implementing and completing the action plan within the organization; and presenting their problem-solving project to peers.


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