UPMC Hamot 5th Annual Nursing Symposium: Courage, Resilience, and Renewal: Cornerstones of the Next Chapter of Nursing

Erie, PA US
September 30, 2022

Join your colleagues for a day of education, rejuvenation, and inspiration!  

Courage, Resilience and Renewal:  Cornerstones of the Next Chapter in Nursing

As global healthcare emerges from the unexpected and unique challenges of the last two years, nurses continue leading (as change agents) with courage and resilience!  Once again, nurses, the largest segment of America’s health care system, have demonstrated extraordinary courage and resilience, critical to the healing and wellness of our nation.

UPMC Hamot has crafted a truly captivating event that will include a focus on the restoration and well-being of nurses, fundamental to the renewal of health in our community, our nation, and our world.


Our Keynote Speaker:


Tami Minnier is the Senior Vice President, Health Services Division, and Chief Quality and Operational Excellence Officer for UPMC, a $27 billion-dollar integrated healthcare delivery and financing system in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Minnier oversees the Wolff Center and The Beckwith Institute, a $23 million-dollar foundation supporting innovation in care delivery. In her role, Ms. Minnier coordinates activities of 40 hospitals, 4,900 physicians, nearly 4 million health plan enrollees, and various international clinical sites in China, Italy, Ireland and Kazakhstan. She has held various hospital executive and nursing leadership positions in health care and has overseen the building of several new acute care hospitals. Ms. Minnier has a passion for clinical care improvement and achieving excellent outcomes. She has her BSN and MSN from University of Pittsburgh; she is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Minnier has studied the Toyota Production System and Lean Manufacturing. She is a graduate of the Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Health Care and has been on faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Many of the care delivery programs Ms. Minnier has developed have gained national and international recognition to UPMC. She serves as a board member of the United Way of Western Pennsylvania and Phipps Conservatory. A nationally known speaker, Ms. Minnier has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Newsweek, Science, The Journal of Nursing Administration, Modern Health Care, Healthcare Leaders, Reflections by Sigma Theta Tau, and many other journals. She has been noted by Becker’s as one of the 50 top experts leading the field of patient safety and one of the top 130 women health system leaders to know. However, her proudest accomplishment is her son, Seth.

Target Audience

UPMC Hamot is excited to welcome nurses, advanced practice providers, allied health professionals, nursing faculty and nursing students to attend this extraordinary day. 

The Hamot Health Foundation event HamotSTRONG celebrates UPMC Hamot’s exceptional staff and helps raise money to provide scholarships for employees seeking advanced degrees and training opportunities pertaining to all areas of health care. UPMC Hamot would like to thank the Hamot Health Foundation for their philanthropic support of so many continuing education efforts at UPMC Hamot; including the UPMC Hamot Nursing Symposium.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

    • Recognize the impact the pandemic has had on the emotional health of clinicians
    • Describe three approaches to address healing
    • Describe UPMC Hope Rounds and the role in staff healing
    • Describe the impact of the pandemic on functioning in cognitive, emotional, social, physical, behavioral, and spiritual health domains.
    • Analyze the concepts of stress, eustress, and resilience.
    • Identify three methods to build resilience.
    • Define at least five coping skills to increase calm.
    • Practice the skill of at least one method for increasing calm.
    • Recognize the impact nursing has in the healthcare system.
    • Discuss the importance of self-care, mental health, and wellness among healthcare workers.
    • Identify three strategies to promote self-wellness and balance.
    • List a traditional tactic related to successful transition from academic to professional practice.
    • List a non-traditional tactic related to successful transition from academic to professional practice.
    • Describe potential challenges when beginning a nursing career and ways to overcome them.
    • Describe how the principle of transience applies to both the happy and tragic stages of one’s life or career.
    • Identify how effective self-care can facilitate personal health, professional growth, resilience, and success.
    • Recognize the pitfalls of failing to seek/accept support for an individual’s growth and development.          
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/30/2022 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
09/30/2022 - 4:00pm EDT

7:15 – 8

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:15


James E. Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN

Boo Hagerty

8:15 – 9:15

The Road Forward to Healing and Growth at UPMC

Tamra E. Minnier, MSN, RN, FACHE, FAAN

9:15 – 10:10

Choosing Calm During Chaos: Lean & Learn to Trust Your Process

Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW

10:10 – 10:25

Refreshment Break

10:25 – 10:40

Life Changing Is…Nursing at UPMC Hamot

Melonie Jackson

10:40 – 11:50

The Wisdom of Putting on Your Own Oxygen Mask First!

Sara A. Mehler, MPH, BSN, RN

Kimberlee Blose, MSN, RN, CPAN

Eileen M. Talbot, BSN, RN, CAPA

11:50 – 12:45

Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 1

Never Give Up: You Are Braver Than You Believe, Stronger Than You Seem!

Ashlee N. Skarzenski, MSN, RN, CPAN, CEN, NEA-BC

1 – 2:10

The View: Emerging from Books to Bedside and Beyond!

Victoria Dandrea, BSN, RN

Theresa Dierkes, BSN, RN

Megan Huey, BSN, RN

Janet Rice, BSN, MSN, RN-BC

Amanda Rizzo, RN

Ashlee N. Skarzenski, MSN, RN, CPAN, CEN, NEA-BC

2:10 – 2:30

Refreshment Break

2:30 – 3

Hotaru & Hope – A Light in the Darkness

James E. Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN

3 – 3:45

From Here to Infinity! 

 Anne Pedersen, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

 Janet Rice, BSN, MSN, RN-BC

3:45 – 4p

Q&A/ Evaluations

4 – 4:30pConnecting to Greatness: A Networking Opportunity 
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507
United States
+1 (814) 455-1260

The conference is being held at the Bayfront Convention Center, overlooking the bay, at 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, Pa. Take I-79 North, follow signs to Bayfront Parkway. Take West Bayfront Parkway to Sassafras Ext. Free parking is available at the conference center.

Special Needs

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling UPMC Hamot Center for Education at 814-877-2513.


Attire for the conference is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures can vary, it is recommended that you dress in layers and bring a light jacket or sweater with you to the conference.

COVID Guidelines

Masks and social distancing will be according to the state guidelines at the time of the conference.


Two hotels adjacent to the convention center offer accommodations at the discounted rate of $109 per night. 
To make reservations, call the hotel number listed below and ask for the UPMC Hamot corporate rate.

You may also book online using the link provided below.

The Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront
2 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507
814-636-1005, ext. 4

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront
55 West Bay Drive
Erie, PA 16507
814-454-2005, ext. 4

Book your corporate rate for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)


Course Director:

James E. Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN | UPMC CNEUPMC CNE

James E. Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN

Chief Nursing Office

UPMC Hamot

Vice President, Patient Care Services 

Conference Host: 

Charles "Boo" Hagerty


UPMC Hamot Health Foundation 

Keynote Speaker:

Tami Minnier, MSN, RN, FACHE, FAAN

Chief Quality Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Executive Director, The Beckwith Institute


Kimberlee Blose MSN, RN, CPAN

Victoria Dandrea, BSN, RN

Theresa Dierkes, BSN, RN

Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW

Megan Huey, BSN, RN

Melonie Jackson

Sara A. Mehler MPH, BSN, RN                                               

Janet Rice, BSN, MSN, RN-BC

Amanda Rizzo, RN

Ashlee N. Skarzenski, MSN, RN, CPAN, CEN, NEA-BC      

Eileen M. Talbot, BSN, RN, CAPA     


Disclosure Statement

No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


A maximum of 6.25 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.


Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.


Available Credit

  • 6.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.25 Attendance

Included in this incredible day will be opportunities for retail therapy featuring local artisans!



Please login or register to take this course.

Registration has been closed.

If you are still interested in attending, please send an e-mail to espositoh@upmc.edu for more information.

Registration Deadline

Registration must be completed by Friday, September 23.

Nursing Students

Nursing students can register using the UPMC scholarship option on the symposium website. The scholarship will cover the full cost of the registration fees listed above. The scholarship only applies to unlicensed individuals.

MEB SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS available for upmc hamot nurses

If you are a UPMC Hamot nurse and you would like to use MEB funds, please fill out the form below:

PDF icon MEB Tracking Form reviewed 7-6-2020.pdf


 Please notify UPMC Hamot’s CME Department of substitutions and cancellations, via email to ham_cme@upmc.edu or by telephone at 814-877-5691.


Please contact the UPMC Hamot CME Department at:  814-877-5691 or e-mail: HAM_CME@UPMC.EDU