USI conference focuses on research, human-centered leadership


USI conference focuses on research, human-centered leadership

Registration is now open for April 19 event

Two of the three founders of uLeadershipâ„¢ will be keynote speakers at the 27th annual University of Southern Indiana Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Performance Improvement in Healthcare Conference, slated for Wednesday, April 19, in Carter Hall, University Center West.

uLeadershipâ„¢ is an educational program designed to teach leaders to focus first on personal transformation, which results in sustainable cultures of excellence, caring and trust.

Dr. Lucy Leclerc, Chief Learning Officer of uLeadership™, is a researcher, nurse executive, author and Assistant Professor in the School of Healthcare Leadership at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Her research focuses on healthcare leadership in practice and in academia with the aim to connect leadership behaviors with metrics and outcomes for staff, patients, and communities. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nursing Education and has published research in many peer-reviewed journals. Over the years, Leclerc has led teams in venues from the bedside to the executive director role to tarmacs across the world in the United States Air Force Reserve as an officer and flight nurse.

Susan Campis, Chief Wellness Officer of uLeadership™, is a nurse executive, author, health and wellness coach, and entrepreneur. She began her nursing career in the intensive care unit, where she was a staff nurse for 15 years, before moving into a formal leadership role. Over the years, she has served as a nurse manager, director, and executive director. As a nurse leader, Campis understands the importance of a safe and healthy work environment, and she worked to create a culture where her team ensured quality care and patient safety.

“Having two keynote speakers from uLeadership™ will offer our conference attendees a deeper dive into the human-centered leadership model,” says Anita Hagan, Interim Director of the Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning. “The idea behind this model is that leaders should develop self-care practices and a healthy mindset in order to build a culture of caring and excellence, which ultimately leads to positive outcomes for patients.”

According to Hagan, this conference will provide an environment to disseminate research, evidence-based practice, and performance improvement among healthcare disciplines. In addition to the keynote presentations, there will be juried oral and poster presentations on a variety of topics.

USI designates this activity for 6.25 contact hours. Continuing education (CE) hours will be available for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, and health facility administrators. CE hours will also be available for Indiana-licensed marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, and dental professionals.

If registering before April 10, the cost is $130 for professionals; $60 for current graduate students; and $20 for undergraduate students.