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6th Annual Adda Alexander Conference on Patient Safety


When: 8/25/2017
Registration opens at 8:30AM
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
5001 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona  85250
United States

Phone: (480) 491-5627

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Join with recognized industry experts, thought leaders and nurse executives 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.  


Practical Application of High Reliability Principles in Healthcare to Promote Clinical Quality and Safety Outcomes

Learn how to apply HRO principles to daily healthcare work processes and an effective daily safety huddle. Actual experiences illustrate challenges and successes. Successful culture change with enhanced proactive actual and near-miss reporting drove nurse sensitive indicators to consistent below-benchmark performance, increased individual and organizational resilience, and expands CNS role expectations.

Program Objectives: 

  • Define high reliability organization (HRO) principles.
  • Describe how to apply HRO principles into daily healthcare work processes.
  • Discuss how HRO principles drive quality outcomes, safety, and culture.

Presenter: Cynthia Oster, PhD, RN, APRN, MBA, ACNS-BC, ANP, Nurse Scientist, Porter Adventist Hospital 


Dr. Oster is a board certified clinical nurse specialist with more than thirty-five years of experience as a

registered nurse caring for adults across the age span.  Currently, Dr. Oster is Nurse Scientist at Centura Health

and clinical nurse specialist for critical care and cardiovascular services at Porter Adventist Hospital.  Dr. Oster

has advanced a strategy that overlaps high reliability principles with evidence-based nursing practice to achieve

multidimensional clinical quality and exceptionally safe patient care. She has provided a framework grounded in

evidence-based practice for approaching nursing care processes to yield highly reliable effective patient outcomes, yield cost saving outcomes and quantify nursing value. The strategy is unique in that it uses high reliability principles as an organizing framework for practical application of tactics to

improve patient safety and quality outcomes; and is useful to professionals doing the work of healthcare.  Dr. Oster

received her BSN from the University of Iowa; her MSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; a

post-master’s adult nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs; and her PhD

from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing. In addition, she earned a MBA from

the University of Colorado – Denver, College of Business. Dr. Oster will officially become a Fellow in the American

Academy of Nursing in October 2017.

There’s No Place Like Healthcare: Leading High Performing Teams in Complex Organizations

An interactive and motivational focus on high performing team characteristics and leadership behaviors.


Program Objectives:

  • Identify three characteristics of high performing teams
  • Debrief a team simulation
  • Differentiate between leading and managing in complex organizations

Presenter: Joslyn Vaught, Sr. Advisor in Organization Development, Mayo Clinic


With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Joslyn’s  life work is focused on leadership and organization development, organization design, high performing teams and effective communication.  She is on the faculty of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine teaching Team-based care, Values based Leadership,  and Emotional Intelligence to future physicians and scientists. Her academic background in business administration and consumer economics helps leaders accelerate results and strengthen relationships.  She is a certified Executive Coach and holds certifications in Hogan Assessments, Real Colors ®,  EQi-2.0, and Crucial Conversations©.   



 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 Sponsors!


Keynote Sponsor


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For more info on being a sponsor, 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. 


Lodging Information

If you would like to reserve a room at the resort at our special group rate of $118*, click here to make your reservation onlline or call the hotel directly (800) 362-2779 - mention you are attending the 2017 Adda Alexander Conference. The rate is available for 3 days prior to and after our Program Date.   RESERVE EARLY! Rates and rooms are guaranteed only until August 1st and are subject to availability.

*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

Up to 3 CEUs for Nurses* and Administrators may be available. 
*This activity has been submitted to the Western Multi-State Division for approval to award nursing contact hours. The Western Multi-State Division is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education 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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