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Pre-Conference Session
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Optimal Staffing: Advocating with a Business Case and Innovation

Seun Ross photoSeun Ross, DNP, MSN, CRNP-F, NP-C, NEA-BC

Director of Nursing Practice & Work Environment
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Seun Ross is the Director of Nursing Practice & Work Environment at the American Nurses Association. In her most recent clinical role, Dr. Ross was the Vice President of Clinical Operations for AL Health in Washington D.C., where she provided executive leadership in the areas of quality, compliance and patient care for all medical center sites. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Patient Care Services at MedStar Harbor Hospital. There she chaired multiple committees aimed at transforming the care delivery within her service lines. She also developed and wrote the hospitals Nursing Professional Practice Model; and conducted their first Nursing Research project.

Dr. Ross is a published author, most recently in a book titled, ‘The Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Executive Role”. She has lectured on many topics within her research interests, which include evidence based practice, workforce management, RN work environment, competency and developing/mentoring the novice RN. She received The Healthcare Award from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in 2014, in recognition of her efforts in advancing the profession of nursing. She also has an Endowed scholarship in her name at Coppin State University aimed to assist nursing students with families, in completion of their Bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Ross earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree from Coppin State University and her Doctoral Degree from Chatham University. She is currently the President of the Chi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)-Baltimore, a member of the Academy of Healthcare Executives and holds certifications as a family nurse practitioner and Nurse Executive-Advanced.

The Intersection of Staffing and Work Environment:  What Leaders Must Know to Succeed

Mary Jo Assi PhotoMary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Press Ganey
As Press Ganey’s Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Jo Assi leads strategies to strengthen caregiver resilience and engagement, reduce patient suffering and deliver compassionate, connected care. She is a faculty member at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches in the university’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Before joining Press Ganey, Mary Jo was Vice President of Nursing Practice and Innovation at the American Nurses Association where she led the organization’s strategic initiatives to promote and support best practices for enhancing the nursing work environment. During her more than 35 years of nursing experience, Mary Jo has worked as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, advanced practice nurse and nurse executive. She also held the position of Magnet Program Director in several settings and served as an ANCC Magnet® Commissioner for six years. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Hosted by TONE and the Texas Nurses Association (TNA)

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This pre-conference workshop will focus on the national landscape and why there are staffing problems; models, trends and best practices; and how to understand the business case, including acuity, Press Ganey scores, the ANA cost calculator and more.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the National Landscape of Nurse Staffing
  • Understand how to articulate the Business Case for Nurse Staffing
  • Applying Innovation in patient care models to improve nurse staffing


  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm: National Landscape of Staffing
  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm: State Wide Agenda Workshop
  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break
  • 2:15 - 3:15 pm: The Intersection of Staffing & Work Environment: What Leaders Must Know to Success (Press Ganey - Mary Jo Assi)
  • 3:15 - 3:30 pm: Break
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm: Innovation in Staffing: Utilizing Tools to Assist the Business Case