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PONL 2024 Annual Conference Schedule

* 9.0 contact hours pending - PONL is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity will be submitted to award Nursing Continuing Professional Development hours.


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2024 Annual Conference Registration Rates 

 2024 Registration Rates

 Early Bird
on or before Aug. 12

after Aug. 12

 PONL Member  $425  $475
 Non-Member*  $525  $575
 Retired PONL Member  $199  $249 
 Student  $199   $249 
One-Day Rate
(Thursday or Friday) 
 $275   $275 
 Group Discount Member**  $400  $450 
 Group Discount Non-member  $500  $550

*Non-Member registration INCLUDES one-year membership to PONL for first-time members.
**Must have five or more attendees register for group discount

Register to attend the 2024 Annual Conference today!

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PONL 2024 Annual Conference Schedule

We will once again host our Annual Silent auction and Raffle! Please consider participating: donate an item or purchase tickets/bid while you are at the conference! If you are interested in contributing, please complete this form to let us know what to expect: Silent Auction Donation

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2024

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Pre-Conference: The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) Networking Breakfast & Strategic Plan Launch 

This session is free to attend, and will have contact hours awarded separately from the PONL Conference. This session will share the new strategic plan for the PA Action Coalition, formally unveil their brand re-fresh as the nursing workforce center in PA, and discuss how new and existing stakeholders can engage in our work and further our shared goals.  Simply RSVP your attendance when you register for the conference or sign up for the stand alone Breakfast session for FREE.

 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Opens

Opening Remarks & Welcome

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fostering a Respectful Work Culture by Addressing Disruptive Behaviors: Strategies for Healthcare Leaders

Studies show that when the work culture is positive and respectful, employees stay, and patients achieve better outcomes. However, what if that work culture is negative, or worse, what if bullying and incivility are ignored?

Bullying leaves nasty fingerprints on individuals, healthcare organizations, the nursing profession, and patients. Its mark is damaging and long-lasting. Therefore, leaders are responsible for doing their part to stop the cycle of bullying and incivility. 

In this keynote presentation, your leaders will learn practical tools and strategies they can immediately implement to address disruptive behaviors within the care environment to foster a more positive and professional work culture.

When leaders are equipped to address disruptive behaviors, employees stay, and patients achieve better outcomes.

Renee Thompson DNP, RN, FAAN, CSP
CEO & Founder of the Healthy Workforce Institute

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

PONL Annual Meeting & welcome luncheon

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Developing your leadership bench using a talent forward approach

This activity is designed to address and offer a tool to review to map an organization’s employee's professional growth and development related to talent review and succession planning. Succession planning is becoming more relevant as the rate of nurses planning to retire increases. Seventy-three percent of baby boomers plan to retire in three year and it is predicted nurse manager vacancies will be close to 60,000 (Martin & O’Shea, 2021). Talent review and succession planning develops internal candidates for promotion opportunities and creates a culture to move organizations forward (Martin & O’Shea, 2021).


Associate Vice President of Professional Nursing Practice & Nursing Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center. 

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Generously sponsored by:   

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nursing License implications and consequences of board investigations and criminal prosecutions

This lecture will provide basic "survival" tips when a nurse is confronted with unexpected interrogations and investigations. The four general topics to be discussed are: 1) the "Players" 2) the "Triggers" 3) the "investigation" and the 4)"Survival". Attorney Paletta's actual cases will provide the examples of these concepts put into practice. 

Joseph Paletta, Esq.
Attorney at Law                     

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Advancing The Health Sciences Through Scientific Storytelling

The audience will experience the steps of scientific storytelling and how it closes gaps of inequities in the health sciences.

Denetra Hampton, BSN, MHA
Founder, For Nurses By Nurses Production Company

5:00 p.m-6:30 p.m. 

 Networking Reception        


Generously sponsored by:  Grand Canyon University and Healthcare Workforce Logistics    

Friday, Sept. 27, 2024

7:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Regional Connection Breakfast

Open to all attendees, this networking opportunity will group you by your geographical region to help you connect with colleagues you already know or whom you have not yet met!


8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Capacity management - mitigating ed boarding and hospital crowding 

It has been well documented that ED boarding negatively affects patient outcomes, hospital staff, and hospital-wide operations. Hospital leaders have worked for years (decades)to reduce the delays, yet it seems in the past few years, boarding has become its own public health emergency. According to a 2022 survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 97% of ED doctors said they continue to experience patient boarding times that exceed 24 hours. The US hospital “safety net” is itself on life support.
This session will provide insight regarding the causes of crowding, the impact of crowding on patients and staff as well as review of some of the successful methods being used to improve hospital flow.

Debra Delaney, DNP, MHA, RN, CEN
Clinical Implementation Lead, Mednition, Inc.

9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

Generously sponsored by:                              

9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Rapid Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions will replace the traditional poster sessions, and invites nurse leaders from various specialties to share
their best practices implemented across the care continuum in a more casual setting. Presenters will give a 15-minute talk on
their project to separate groups of attendees in a roundtable setting and attendees will rotate among the Roundtable
presentation topics available. Attendees will be able to attend four of the nine listed topics below, for a total of 1 contact hour.

Roundtable Topics: 

  1. Addressing Ethical Dilemmas Utilizing the Moral Distress Map
  2. The Power of a Beachball: Increasing Staff Engagement at Huddles
  3. Taking Action to Improve Nurse Engagement!
  4. Nurse Leader Professional Development in Surgical Services: A Comprehensive Approach 
  5. A Roadmap for Preparing Nursing Clinical Faculty and Preceptors
  6. Building Nursing's Future Together
  7. Leading Through the Experience-Complexity Gap
  8. Bridging the Chasm: Collaborating to Infuse a New Generation of Nursing Professionals into the Workforce
  9. Frontline Leaders Drive Practice Change and Reduce Length of Stay

Click here to find descriptions and presenters for the Rapid Roundtable Topics

Generously sponsored by:   


11:15 p.m.-12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Generously sponsored by:                                                                      

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

HAP Legislative update

2024 HAP Legislative Update

Heather Tyler

Vice President of State Legislative Advocacy for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

From Student nurse to nurse entrepreneur: a journey of passion, resiliance and innovation

Guardian Nurses’ Founder and CEO, Betty Long, shares her journey into nursing and how, after many years as a nursing leader, she became inspired to start her own patient advocacy business. Now, more than 20 years later, Guardian Nurses is providing nurse advocacy services to thousands of patients each year in cities across the United States.

Betty Long, RN, MHA
Founder, President & CEO of Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates, Inc. 

2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Evaluation, Final Remarks & Adjournment

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Hotel Information


Hilton Harrisburg

One North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

PONL is able to offer you reduced rates at $169 per night Sept. 26-27. Take advantage now before the PONL block is sold out!

Make your hotel reservations

Parking Information

Overnight guests may park in the connecting Walnut Street parking garage at a reduced rate.

Current rates:

Overnight Guest Self-Parking: $15/evening - unlimited exits**

Banquet & Meeting guests: $7.00/Exit**

**Banquet & Meeting Guest Parking is valid up to (10) ten hours. Valet parking is available at additional rates. Please note: Parking tickets must be validated at the Front Desk to receive the discounted rates.

Pre-Conference: The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) Networking Breakfast &
Strategic Plan Launch

Thursday, September 26, 2024

7:30am – 10:00am

Hilton Harrisburg

Harrisburg, PA

Join us for a dynamic networking breakfast hosted by the PA Action Coalition! At this pre-conference event, the PA Action Coalition will be sharing exciting updates on our strategic direction and initiatives.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect, engage, and learn more about how to get involved in our work. Details below:


7:30am-8:15am Check-in and breakfast

8:15am-9:30am Programming

9:30am-10:00am Q&A and Closing

To attend, you have the option to register for (1) both the Pre-Conference event and the 2024 PONL Annual Nursing Leadership Conference or (2) the Pre-Conference event only. Registration for both can be completed on the PONL registration page.

Please note that photographs will be taken throughout the event. These will be used by the PA Action Coalition for their website and in social media. If you have any concerns, please reach out to Jilian Bohn, PA-AC Public Health Project Coordinator at

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