UPMC Hamot 6th Annual Nursing Symposium: Fostering a Culture of Wellness with Engagement, Innovation and Gratitude

Erie, PA US
September 29, 2023

The 2023 edition of the UPMC Hamot Symposium will provide insight and inspiration for a culture of well-being in the nursing profession through engagement, innovation, and gratitude. Faculty for the program will include nationally recognized leaders in nursing as well as knowledgeable experts from UPMC and UPMC Hamot — a two-time Magnet®-designated hospital.


Featured Speaker:

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk – recognized nationally and globally for both her clinical knowledge and her innovative approaches to a wide range of health care challenges – serves as Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer for The Ohio State University, as well as Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-based Practice at the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Melnyk’s groundbreaking work spans evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness. A frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences, she has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges worldwide on improving quality of care and patient outcomes by implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice.

Featured Speaker:

Bonnie and Mark Barnes, FAANs

Bonnie and Mark Barnes spent their careers working as advertising and marketing executives. They were retired, growing wine grapes in Sonoma, CA, in 1999 when Mark’s son Patrick, age 33, developed the auto-immune disease ITP. Pat and his wife Tena had given birth to the family’s first grandchild 6 weeks prior to Pat’s illness, so they flew to be with him. Pat’s death was a terrible surprise to his family. However, the nursing care they experienced during Pat’s 8-week hospitalization compelled them to express their gratitude to nurses everywhere for the clinical skill and especially compassionate care nurses provide every day. This is why The Barnes’s created The DAISY Foundation™ (an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system) and The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses.

Today, The DAISY Award is celebrated in nearly 6,000 healthcare facilities and nursing schools in 39 countries.  Over 200,000 nurses have been honored, having been nominated by their patients, patient families, and colleagues. Each nomination (over 2.5million to date) tells the story of extraordinary compassion and care provided to a patient. The impact of these stories’ public DAISY Award celebrations on nurses and their organizations is well documented. The DAISY Award provides healthcare leaders the means to highlight all the “right” going on in their organizations, providing great role-modeling opportunities and a way to make tangible the organizations’ mission and values. The program helps drive organizational culture, inspires and motivates extraordinary nursing, nourishes teamwork, enhances nurse engagement, promotes the professional image of nursing, and helps offsets compassion fatigue with compassion satisfaction.

Our Keynote Speaker:

Maribeth McLaughlin, MPM, BSN, RN

Maribeth McLaughlin is charged with the development and implementation for nursing strategy for UPMC’s 20,000 nurses, maintaining oversight of nursing standards for 40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals, as well as over 700 outpatient sites, rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities.

She served as the Vice President of Operations at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for 6 years and prior as the Chief Nursing Officer for 12 years.

She also served simultaneously as Vice President of the Women’s Health Service Line, directing women’s health and newborn services for UPMC. She served as AHA chair/member of the Maternal Child Health Council.

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:

  • Review support of the new nurse during their first year of transition to practice.
  • Recognize the flexible scheduling programs at UPMC across each stage of the life cycle.
  • Define the future of UPMC Nursing.
  • Discuss the difference between communication and effective communication.
  • Recognize the vital role you play in every interaction.
  • Describe the state of evidence-based practice and nurse/clinician well-being throughout the country.
  • Discuss evidence-based tactics to enhance and sustain evidence-based practice and nurse/clinician well-being.
  • Describe the evidence-based ARCC model that has demonstrated improvements in healthcare quality, safety and nurse job satisfaction.
  • Identify how self-connection impacts empathy for others in the workplace and enhances feelings of being part of a community engaged in something bigger than any one person.
  • Discuss finding your purpose in life through nursing and the connections we make with people.
  • Gain insight into pertinent topics in the nursing community.
    Describe the history of The DAISY Foundation.
  • Discuss what makes recognition meaningful.
  • Describe the impact of meaningful recognition on nurses, organizations, and the patient/family experience.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/29/2023 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
09/29/2023 - 4:00pm EDT

8 – 8:50

Registration/Continental Breakfast


8:50 – 9


James E. Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN

9 – 10

UPMC Nursing: The Bridge to the Future 

Maribeth McLaughlin, MPM, BSN, RN

10 - 10:35

The 10 Must Haves of Effective Communication

Charles "Boo" Hagerty

10:35 – 10:50

Refreshment Break


10:50 – 12:20

Evidence-based Practice and Nurse/Clinician Well-being Ensures Healthcare Quality and Safety: Strategies that Work!

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

12:20 – 12:35

Choosing Engagement: Cleaning the Mirror and Opening the Window

Sara A. Mehler, MPH, BSN, RN

12:35 – 1:15

Lunch and Networking


1:15 – 1:35

Thriving in a Culture of Engagement: The Role and Power of Purpose

Nina Fatica, BSN; Dino Stigliano, RN; Jennifer Young, MSN, RN-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS

1:35 – 2

Ask a Nurse: Panel Discussion

James Donnelly, MBA, BSN, RN; Nina Fatica, BSN; Dino Stigliano, RN; Jennifer Young, MSN, RN-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS

2 – 3:15

Shining the Light on All the Right

Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Mark Barnes, FAAN

3:15 – 3:45

Q&A/ Evaluations





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 

Keynote Speaker:

Maribeth McLaughlin, MPM, BSN, RN

Chief Nurse Executive, UPMC

Vice President, Nursing


Bonnie and Mark Barnes, FAANs

Co-founders, The DAISY Foundation

Nina Fatica

UPMC Hamot

Charles “Boo” Hagerty

Chief Development Officer,

Hamot Health Foundation

Sara A. Mehler MPH, BSN, RN    

Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Vice President for Health Promotion

University Chief Wellness Officer

Dean Emeritus, College of Nursing

Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare

The Ohio State University

Dino Stigliano

UPMC Hamot

Jennifer Young MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, C-ONQS

Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot


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 6.0 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

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


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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