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7th Annual Adda Alexander Conference on Patient Safety


When: 11/02/2018
Onsite Registration opens at 8:30AM
Where: Doubletree Scottsdale
5401 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona  85250
United States

Phone: (480) 491-5627

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Online registration is now closed; registration at the door will be available.


Join with recognized industry experts, thought leaders and nurse leaders from around the state - take away practical strategies and effective tools that will equip you to thrive as a leader and continue to provide the most cost-effective, safe and appropriate care to patients and families.


Designed with today's nurse leader in mind - this conference features 2 in-depth, interactive sessions plus opportunities for networking.  


November 2, 2018; 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Scottsdale, Arizona



Promoting Professionalism: Creating a Safe, Respectful and Reliable Environment

What does an organization do when individual or group behaviors undermine the best attempts to create a safe, respectful, and reliable environment?  You need a plan and the right people, processes and systems.  The Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy has conducted 20 years of research to help medical centers and physician groups make healthcare kinder, safer and more reliable. Our internationally recognized faculty have years of experience in healthcare leadership and professional accountability. CPPA’s leadership training, “Promoting Professionalism” will provide practical tactics for attendees who wish to implement these tools in their own organizations.


Program Objectives:

  • Identify relationships between clinician behaviors that undermine a safety culture and optimal outcomes
  • Develop a method for identifying and addressing advanced practice professionals with a pattern of unprofessional behaviors
  • Recognize essential program supports.
Presenter: April N. Kapu, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM

Dr. April Kapu is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice and an acute care nurse practitioner for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Kapu is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and Co-Director of the DNP Critical Care Fellowship program for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is a fellow for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she also serves as Vice Chair for the NP/PA learning task force. She is a fellow for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the AANP Board of Directors.  She is known nationally for her publications and presentations in advanced practice leadership and acute and critical care models of care. She has received several grants for her work in advanced practice and is on faculty for the DNP Executive Leadership Program for the School of Nursing. In 2018, Dr. Kapu was appointed by the Tennessee Governor for a special commission focused on pain and addiction treatment education and now serves on the Opioid Abuse Healthcare Collaborative Board for Tennessee. She has been awarded the “Transformational Nurse Leader of the Year” and Tennessee Hospital Association’s “Nurse of Clinical Distinction”. Dr. Kapu holds both a masters and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. 


Fire Up Your Life: A Journey to Transformation

If you have ever wondered about your life purpose, Donna shares her insights gained from her own experiences and offers nine strategies to overcome daunting challenges, get you unstuck, and moving to transformation. Acquire the skills you need to take your leadership expertise to the next level. You will be empowered to shift your attitude with this inspirational presentation. A master storyteller Donna relates the lessons learned from three life-altering events… a plane crash, Stage III Melanoma and open heart surgery… all on March 1 of different years. Master the techniques it takes to thrive in these changing times.


Program Objectives:

  • Learn how to handle the unexpected.
  • Develop your intuition and trust your abilities.
  • Heighten your inner leadership skills.
  • Improve your self-care habits.
  • Improve your communication skills.

Presenter: Donna Hartley 

Donna Hartley has an amazing story…she is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. This is an empowering survival story. Drawing on her three life-threatening events (which all occurred on dates of March 1st) she ignites you with firepower for personal leadership and gives you proven strategies to master change in your life. Cry, laugh, and be inspired! She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and former Miss Hawaii. Donna has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC and in The New York Times. She is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition! and Fire Up Your Healing!



 8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Session*

 10:00 a.m.  Break & Exhibits
 10:30 a.m.

 Morning Keynote 

 12:00 p.m.  Lunch
 1:30 p.m.  Afternoon Keynote
 3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks (Conclusion)

*AzONE Annual Meeting - all are invited. 

Special thanks to our Partners!

 Keynote Sponsor Keynote  Sponsor  Break Sponsor  

For more info on being an sponsor or exhibitor at this program, click here.

Registration Information

 Fee includes lunch, materials and CEUs. Click on Register link above or contact the AzONE Office to register over the phone.

  • AzONE Members $125
  • NonMembers $150
    Not a Member? Join today! See online registration form for details.
Group discount!

Register 4 from the same organization/company and the 5th person is free!  See online registration form for details. 

Hotel Information

The newly renovated DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale offers a warm welcome and comfortable stay in tranquil surroundings. Relax in the beautifully landscaped property surrounded by lavish courtyards, cacti and palm trees.  Just steps from the hotel are great dining, nightlife and shopping options in Old Town. 


Reserve your room at our special group rate of $159* either online using promotion code AON or by phone 480-947-5400. Rooms are on a space-available basis through October 2nd.

*exclusive of tax;standard room.

Conference Partner Opportunities

We have a limited amount of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at this event so please reserve your opportunity early!

Continuing Education

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

About Adda Alexander

Adda Alexander, a consummate nurse leader in Arizona, dedicated her 30 year career to advocating for patient safety and quality. She did this in her many nursing roles and through her participation in various nursing organizations. Adda passed away January 17, 2011 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. This conference is dedicated to her in recognition of her selfless contributions.


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