Annual Summit for Leadership Excellence

Program Dates

November 3, 2017                                    Download the PDF Brochure
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street, Suite 206

Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Fee:  $179

Contact Hours: 6.5

Program Description

The 3rd Annual Summit for Leadership Excellence will provide new skills and tools to prepare you to conduct engaging, team-centered meetings that can enhance leader productivity in your organization. Using change management principles and return on investment data in your communication processes, you will learn how to approach others using positive tools to effect change within our organization. Finally, you will learn what you need to consider when leading the way to get the data published and add to the nursing body of knowledge.

Who Should Attend?

Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, managers, bedside nurses, students and other health sciences professionals seeking skills in effecting change within an organization.

Desired Learning Outcome:  Learners will gain skills to be a productive and effective nursing  leader.

  • Examine current evidence of leadership principles as it applies to your professional nursing practice.
  • Apply relevant leadership skills to your professional nursing practice.
  • Interact with other healthcare leaders in a professional setting.

Program Agenda

7:30 am – 8 :00 am        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:05 am         Welcome and Announcements
8:05 am – 9:35 am         Nuts and Bolts of Leadership: The Meeting – Michael Polacek, MSn, RN-BC
9:35 am – 9:45 am         Break
9:45 am – 11:15 am       How to be an Effective Change Agent – Mikki Naught, MSN, RN
11:15 am – 12:15 pm     Lunch (On your own)
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm       Return on Investment: Showing the Evidence – Susan Thornton, MN, RN
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm         Break
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm         Things to Consider When Submitting for Publication– Lynette Savage, PhD, RN, COI
3:30 pm – 4 00 pm         Q & A, Online Evaluation

Michael J. Polacek, MSn, RN-BC

Michael is a take-action leader who provides practical solutions to real world problems. He holds a Masters in Nursing in Clinical Systems Management/Informatics and currently practices as a Professional Development Specialist in Clinical Education for Salem Health. He brings over thirty-eight years of experience in mental health and corrections with a ANCC nursing specialization in psychiatric mental health and Nursing Professional Development. Michael currently serves on two boards of directors and the Oregon Action Coalition Leadership Workgroup and is especially active with preventing workplace violence and suicide awareness and prevention in healthcare settings and the community.


M. Mikki Naught, MSN, RN

Mikki likes to say, “Nursing found me” because she reluctantly became a nurse, upon the advice of her mother (also a nurse).  She began her nursing career in the Intensive Care Unit.  She loved the complex patient care, interaction with physicians, and continual opportunity to learn. Moving back to her home state of Washington, she became House Supervisor at a critical access hospital and then, as she finished her Master’s Degree, Manager of Education for a hospital in Eastern Washington. She then decided to become a  Student Mentor for more than 100 students through Western Governor’s University.  Wanting to transition back into direct patient care, Mikki took a position at the Clark County Jail. Caring for members of our society who most need care remains close to her heart as she continues her nursing journey as a Home Care Nurse at Peace Health’s Homecare Southwest as a staff nurse/case manager.


Susan E. Thornton, MN, RN

Susan founded Acute Care Education to create an organization with integrity and honesty to deliver high quality evidence-based CNE. As a clinical educator, Susan’s twenty-four years of nursing knowledge covers a broad spectrum of clinical experiences including:   acute care and critical care nursing in both RN and ACNP roles; clinical educator for LPN and RN’s;  management positions within a variety of healthcare organizations, academia, and in business. Susan served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1991-1997.  Her assignments included:  Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Madigan Army Medical Center. Over the years, she has spoken on a variety of topics at the local and national levels.   Susan holds a Master’s in Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Washington State University–Vancouver and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University.

Lynette Savage, PhD, RN, COI

Dr. Savage has been a nurse for 35 years and teaching online for three years.  She has worked primarily in acute healthcare with experience in oncology, critical care, quality management, legal, regulatory, and risk management. Currently she teaches RN-BSN Completion program through University of Great Falls and Providence St. Joseph Health. Dr. Savage has published in multiple nursing and healthcare related journals.

Registration includes:  Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, and snacks.  All supplies are included. Wi-fi is available in the conference center.


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