NTI 2017 Program Planning Committee

The 2017 NTI Program Planning Committee deserves applause and congratulations for their tireless efforts in planning this year’s conference.

Rachel Appel, a bedside staff nurse in the ICU at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Minnesota, for nearly a decade, appreciates the wealth of knowledge and expertise members of the committee had to offer. “I gained knowledge about new innovative strategies that could be initiated on our unit,” she says. “It was also nice to gain perspective from various educators and clinical nurse specialists on how to provide the best quality nursing care.”




Carly Byrne, a professional practice leader in the Oregon Health & Sciences University PICU in Portland says that she brought her expertise as a pediatric critical care nurse and a pediatric clinical nurse specialist to the committee. “As a CNS, I brought my expertise and passion for evidence-based practice, leadership and ethics to support nurses in career advancement, leadership and personal growth.”




Leisl Gilchrist has worked in the critical care float pool at Saint Joseph Hospital, Sisters of Charity Leavenworth Health System in Denver for eight years. She finds it fascinating to see all the work that goes into organizing NTI. She says, “It was an honor to gather with nurse leaders from all around the country to work toward a common goal and turn out what we believe will be a fantastic conference.”





Laurie Haworth, a critical care nurse since 1985, now serves as sr. clinical operations specialist for TeleICU for Mercy Health System, St. Louis. She says she gained great insight from fellow committee members and their diverse backgrounds. “The process allowed us to quickly become a cohesive team,” she says, “sharing knowledge and working together to ensure that the content provided to NTI 2017 attendees would be valuable, comprehensive and up-to-date.”



Ann Jorgensen has over 30 years of nursing experience in the PICU, adult ICU and telemetry, and currently works in quality improvement at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Illinois. Of her experience on the planning committee, she says, “Networking with nurses from across the country, recognizing many have the same issues, challenges and desire to learn was invigorating.”





Miranda Kelly, nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist in the ICU of Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas, says that working with different nurses from varied roles and areas brought her new perspective about approaching staff learning needs. She says, “I learned that issues and clinical questions that we have in our area are similar to those around the country.”




Anna Mall works as a staff and charge nurse in a busy academic adult cardiac catheterization lab at Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina. She says, “Returning this year as chair, it was such a pleasure working with such a diverse group of nursing professionals. The combination of committee members’ backgrounds, experiences and geographical locations was truly representative of our profession.”



Dannette Mitchell has over 25 years of nursing experience and currently covers the WICU, SDU and TCU areas of Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, assisting with patient outcomes and advancing nursing practice. “I have attended NTI several times and have been impressed with the conference,” she says, “and getting to be behind the scenes and seeing what it takes impressed me more.”



Mary Jo Moore has worked at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington, for 34 years, with more than 25 years in leadership. She offers the committee the perspective of a nurse manager who works with critical care nurses and observes the patients they care for and the education needed to care for patients with ever-increasing acuity. “I also was able to provide input into leadership needs as we work with budget constraints, staff turnover and generational needs.”




Rebecca Norton, a clinical nurse educator at North Florida-South Georgia Veterans Health System and adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing, has over 20 years of experience in medical-surgical, oncology, critical care, intermediate care, emergency nursing, staff development/education, bone marrow transplant and nursing faculty. She says, “As a nurse educator, I was able to offer educational needs related to my Southeastern region area, identifying expert facilitators and quality abstracts for NTI.”