INVEST IN NURSES: 2021-2022 Series

Last year, we embarked on a series of webinars as part of the Nightingale Challenge that provided emerging nurse and midwife leaders development training opportunities to elevate nursing’s role in their clinics and departments.

We continue the webinar series this year under the theme, “INVEST IN NURSES,” featuring nurse leaders and disrupters sharing transformative ideas to elevate the nursing profession for the improvement of jobs, health, and equity. Each webinar will be offered free of cost to nurses, midwives, clinical partners, state and federal agencies, and organizations serving or staffing nurses or midwives across the world.

Upon request, attendees will be emailed a Certificate of Participation following each webinar.

2021 Webinar Schedule

Upcoming Webinars- Coming Soon!

Past Webinars

Delivering Universal Access to Care

Tuesday, November 16, 12:00-1:00pm PT

With Bre Loughlin, MS, RN, CEO & Founder, Nurse Disrupted


What if there were a way to deliver healthcare anywhere, including areas that are chronically underserved? Join us on November 16, when UW SON alum Bre Loughlin will describe her turnkey Care Station that provides access to care where health care has rarely gone before. Bre is the entrepreneur co-founder of Nurse Disrupted, which seeks to bridge the digital divide in health care by bringing simple, cost effective, vital technologies to resource deserts.

Bre Loughlin, MS, RN, CEO & Founder, Nurse Disrupted simplifies the complex and transforms technology to elevate nursing practice.

As a nurse executive at Epic, she created 2 products and managed 6 over 8 years with a focus on nursing innovation, mobile solutions, and behavioral health. Her final project at Epic collaborated with the Washington State Healthcare Authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Underserved populations needed telehealth immediately, and the approach had to be different – faster, lighter, and focused.

In March 2020, she used this approach to connect nurse volunteers to conduct COVID-19 screening at the Madison Porchlight shelter. With 2 donated laptops and a Mi-Fi, Nurse Disrupted was born. Her vision mixes compassion, technology, and creativity to deliver solution-based technologies to address healthcare needs.

Bre is a double alum from the University of Washington School of Nursing. 


Demystifying Health Care Payment Reform

Tuesday, November 2, 1:00-2:15pm PT

With Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN & Rachel Roiland, PhD, RN



Payment models can support health and care workers in delivering high-quality, person-centered care. Join us for an overview of health care payment reform and learn more about the important impact of payment models on care delivery and care workers. The discussion will involve specific examples of payment reform and demonstrate how the role of health and care workers can shape the future of payment models.


Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, serves as Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the state’s largest health care purchaser. A nurse by training, Birch is passionate about improving population health and reducing overmedicalization by focusing on the social determinants of health. She has led efforts to combat the opioid public health crisis through increased access to treatment and public education, eliminate hepatitis C through innovative value-based drug purchasing, and implement a Medicaid benefit for supportive housing and supported employment.



Rachel Roiland, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Research Director with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy in Washington, DC. In this role, she studies the development and implementation of new payment and care delivery models and the role of value-based care in promoting resilience in the US health care system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to her work at Duke, Dr. Roiland was a Director in Quality Innovation at the National Quality Forum where she led projects related to health quality measurement and improvement in a variety of areas including palliative care, home and community-based services, and health care costs and utilization. Dr. Roiland was also a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care in Washington, DC and worked on issues related to transitional care and performance measurement. She earned her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.


How Digital Health Reduces Disparities

Tuesday, October 19, 4:00-5:00pm PT

With Ryan Bosch, MD, Abigail Cooke, MA, MBA, Melissa Fannin, RN, MS, MVA, MHI, & Verlon Johnson, MPA



The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing inequities in our nation’s health care system. Eliminating these health care disparities is the top priority for not only the current administration but also the health care industry overall. The pandemic also reinforced the critical role providers, communities and private businesses play in helping state, local, and federal governments in eliminating these disparities. This webinar will discuss the important role our digital health ecosystem plays in addressing health care disparities as well as how innovative technology and multiple data sources are the best way to focus on social determinants of health, a first step in improving health and reducing health disparities.

Ryan Bosch, MD, Founder & President, Socially Determined

Abigail Cooke, MA, MBA Program Director, CNSI

Melissa Fannin, RN, MS, MBA, MHI Chief Strategy Officer, AM LLC

Verlon Johnson, MPA, Senior Vice President,
Corporate Strategy,






Demystifying Health Care Payment Reform

Future of Work in Nursing

With Deb Hays, MS, RN, Meghan Kennedy, MSN/MHI, RN, Emily Rubin, RN, Eunice Wangadi & Victoria Han



The future of nursing is many things—exciting, promising, challenging, multifaceted, innovative, and creative. It’s a world in which nurses will be clinicians, researchers, policy makers, educators, communicators, data analysts, CEOs and much more. It’s a future that includes emerging opportunities that are just becoming visible as technology and policy converge to improve the ways in which healthcare knowledge is discovered, communicated, and implemented. Our distinguished panel—Deb Hayes, Meghan Kennedy, Emily Rubin, Eunice Wangadi, and Victoria Han—have experience that spans these realms and they will be sharing their insights about and visions of the future.

Deb Hays, MS, RN is a Nurse Executive who provides expertise on clinical efficiency and effectiveness and nursing performance improvement at academic medical centers and national health systems

Meghan Kennedy, MSN/MHI, RN synergistically utilizes administrative, clinical, and informatics knowledge to support the utilization, and optimization of clinical practices and health information technology (HIT) tools as part of the Future of Work in Nursing.

Emily Rubin, RN leverages her background as a frontline clinician to support healthcare organizations implement innovative technologies to optimize clinical performance and improve patient outcomes.

Eunice Wangadi is a Human Capital practitioner that seeks to create competitive advantage in healthcare organizations through re-imagining talent in Future of Work, HR process and system transformations, as well as organization change readiness.

Victoria Han is an analyst who is passionate about using her degree in Health Information Management to improve the patient experience through technology.













   This event was presented in partnership with Deloitte.

Creativity, Communication, and Entrepreneurship as Essential Nursing Skills

With Teri Oelrich






Nursing care involves a sequence of creative activities because it is a human endeavor involving patients whose physiologies, personalities, genetics, and life histories are unique. Nurses—the best nurses—learn to be creative in their application of even “standard” procedures. Learn how Teri Oelrich has harnessed some of the most important yet least-seen nursing skills—creativity, communication, and entrepreneurship – for greater impact on population health, healthcare organizations, and even architecture

Teri Oelrich is a partner with NBBJ, an innovative global architectural, planning, and design firm. Teri leads the healthcare analytics and consulting group, bringing to the position clinical experience as a nurse (including a UW bachelor of science degree), an eye for innovation in the healthcare sphere, and an MBA. Her career of over 30 years in healthcare design has included facility design with HMOs, universities, hospitals, and freestanding clinics, as well as financial feasibility and cost analysis, operations analysis, and program and functional planning.


Nursing Leadership in the COVID Era



This webinar featured a panel discussion on nursing leadership in the COVID era.

Welcome: Dean Shari L. Dworkin, PhD, MS, School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell

Facilitated by: Associate Dean Selina Mohammad, PhD, RN, MPH and Director of Nursing Jamie Shirley, PhD, RN – School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell

Featuring Panelists:

  • Rory Rochelle, PhD, RN, Kaiser Permanente, Director of Nursing Professional Practice and Development-Washington Region
  • Mary Shepler, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Evergreen Health, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Jerome Mendoza Dayao, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, CCRN-K, UW Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, Senior Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Office







Public Policy as a Determinant of Health




With Dr. Janice M Phillips and Ms. Anna Hing

We find ourselves in a time of unprecedented, devastating health challenges harming all of humankind, particularly those most marginalized and vulnerable.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 identifies policy making as one of the five determinants of health.  Never before has the impact of public policy on health been more apparent.  Nurses’ responsibility to influence public policy through advocacy and at the ballot box are powerful means to positively affect the health of patients, families, communities, and populations.  Shaping public policy is a true opportunity for nurses to lead and cannot be missed in order to fulfill nursing’s professional commitment to social justice.

Featuring Panelists:







This event was presented in partnership with Coordinated Care.



Leading in the Legislature

With Representative Eileen Cody, former Representative Tami Green and former Representative Dawn Morrell




Public and legislative support are essential to the success of initiatives to improve support for many aspects of nursing, from education to facilities. Learn how to effectively engage with legislators.

Rep. Eileen Cody, D-34

Eileen Cody, Washington State Representative, D-34

First appointed and subsequently retained to the House of Representatives in 1994, Eileen has dedicated her legislative career to achieving affordable, quality healthcare for all residents of Washington state. Eileen currently serves as chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, where she has worked for improved patient safety, mental health parity, public health services, and to restore the universal purchase of vaccines. More recently, she has led efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act at the state level. Largely because of her work, Washington’s online health care marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, is a model for the rest of the country – helping thousands of Washingtonians access affordable coverage. Eileen recently retired after working at Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health Cooperative) in Seattle for the past forty years. She is a neuro-rehab nurse certified in both rehabilitation nursing and multiple sclerosis care. Eileen is a founding member of District 1199 NW/SEIU Hospital and Health Care Employees Union.

Tami Green, former Washington State Representative

Tami Green is a former member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 28-Position 2 from 2005 to 2015. She served as Majority Floor Leader from 2011 to 2015. Green received her A.A.S. from Belleville Area College. She also attended Brigham Young University. Green has been employed by Maxim Health Care. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Community Healthcare and the Child Study Treatment Center. She has also worked as a Healthcare Employee Representative.


Dawn Morrell, former Washington State Representative

Dawn Morrell is an American politician and nurse who served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives from the 25th Legislative District. Morrell was the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in the State House of Representatives. She was also on the Appropriations, Health Care & Wellness, and Technology & Economic Development Committees. During her tenure, Morrell also served as both Majority Caucus Chair and Deputy Majority Whip in the State House. Dawn continues to work as a certified critical care Registered Nurse at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup where she has worked since 1984.


Frontiers in Dementia Care

In this webinar, we will hear from a variety of nursing dementia experts about the current challenges and barriers in providing effective dementia care and their vision to creating a path for the future.



With Soo Borson, Kristen Childress, Piruz Huda & Albert Munang

Dementia is presenting the healthcare system with one of its greatest challenges as the country and world confront a rapidly-aging population. Nurses will be the frontline leaders in providing innovative, creative, and compassionate care for those with a disease and their families. Understanding the psychological and physical impact of dementia on patients and their caregivers—informal and professional—is an urgent priority, as is research on new therapeutic strategies that improve quality of life.

The month of September is recognized annually as World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), which aims to raise awareness about the global impact of dementia and challenge stigma. This year, in connection with the Nursing NOW initiative which calls on facilities, organizations and governments to strengthen the nursing role and in celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the University of Washington is proud to host a webinar titled, “Frontiers in Dementia Care”.



Leadership in Global Health

“Giving voice” is one of the most important and dynamic leadership tools. Join this upcoming webinar to hear why and how leaders across the globe need to use their voice for and with others in order to achieve goals on every scale. 




Judy Khanyola, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)’s Chair of the Center for Nursing and Midwifery. She is based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Judy is a registered community health nurse/ midwife and recognized nursing leader in Africa with over 25 years experience in clinical nursing and education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton and a master’s degree in Advancing Health Care Practice from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Judy participates in several decision-making tables in Africa where she articulates the nursing agenda. She is currently the Africa representative for Nursing Now, the global campaign to raise the status and profile of nurses and midwives worldwide, the secretary for AFREhealth which is the convening body for health education and research in Africa, a board member of AfriPEN, the interprofessional collaborative in Africa and a core member of AfroPHC, the continent’s body for primary health care.

Judy is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Global HIV Award.

This event was presented in partnership with Molina HealthCare.

Nurses Innovate

How nurses use telehealth to provide care for patients AND themselves, revolutionizing care for a global workforce virtually





Kristi Henderson, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Telehealth, OptumHealth

A healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience as a digital health leader, innovator, health advocate, educator, researcher, and clinician. She has led national telehealth efforts demonstrating value to customers/patients, clinicians, insurance, health systems, and communities. Before joining Optum Health, she led clinical operations for Amazon Care. Prior to that, she launched AscensionConnect where she led the virtual care, digital health, and patient access strategy for Ascension Health. She is an adjunct faculty member of Population Health at the Dell Medical School at UT-Austin and in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. She has a long history of successfully pioneering new models of care that utilize technology and other digital health tools. Her statewide Telehealth model in Mississippi was recognized as one of only two Centers of Excellence by HRSA.

Henderson focuses on the design & development of innovative healthcare delivery models but also on the policy, regulations, and workforce necessary to advance Telehealth. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on “Advancing Telehealth through Connectivity,” as well as the Subcommittee on Rural Health and the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has made numerous presentations across the country, including TEDx and SXSW, to advance telehealth policy and share innovative new models of care.

  This event was presented in partnership with Coordinated Care.


From Nurse to Chief Nurse

Being charged with leadership responsibility brings new challenges, new demands, and new opportunities. Learn the key elements to help you position for a transition from nurse to a nursing executive.




Jennifer Graves, RN, MS, Chair, Vice President, Safety and Regional Chief Nurse Executive, Kaiser Permanente Washington

Jennifer has been a member of the health care community in the Pacific Northwest for several decades. Before joining Kaiser Permanente Washington as Vice President, Quality and Safety and Regional Chief Nursing Executive, Jennifer was the Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at the Washington State Hospital Association. Prior to her role at WSHA, she completed a successful tenure as the Chief Executive at both Swedish Edmonds and Swedish Ballard, where she was actively engaged in leading all aspects of hospital operations and established a deliberate focus on quality and safety and created a thriving work and care environment. Jennifer also served as one of the Swedish system’s Nurse Executives, and her contributions include participating in the design and implementation of the enterprise-wide Culture of Safety initiative, launching high-functioning campus and unit-based staffing committees at Ballard and creating a multidisciplinary shared leadership council on the campus to promote open communication and positive relationships among the health care team and engage front line staff and clinicians in creating meaningful change in the workplace.

Jerome Mendoza Dayao, DNP, MSN, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, CCRN-K, Senior Associate Administrator & Chief Nursing Officer, Harborview Medical Center

Jerome is currently serving as the Senior Associate Administrator of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Washington Medicine Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, Washington. Harborview is the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in the state of Washington. It also serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Idaho, & Montana and the designated disaster preparedness and control hospital for Seattle and King County. As CNO, Jerome is responsible for leadership of over 2000 nurses and allied health professionals. Before coming to Harborview, he was the Chief Nursing Officer at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC). ARMC is a 456-bed, public teaching hospital; it is also one of the busiest trauma and emergency centers in California (>100,000 ED visits annually), and the only regional burn center within 60 miles radius of San Bernardino County. Jerome also previously worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Jerome is clinically trained as a cardiac-vascular nurse specializing in the care of heart failure and heart transplant patients. Jerome completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice in June from UCLA.

 This event was presented in partnership with Regence.

Finding Your Voice During the Times of COVID

Be an advocate and leader when responding to inquiries in times of crisis; find empowerment in speaking up.




Sue Birch, Director of Washington Health Care Authority

Sue Birch serves as director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the state’s largest health care purchaser. A nurse by training, Birch is passionate about improving population health and reducing overmedicalization by focusing on the social determinants of health. She has led efforts to combat the opioid public health crisis through increased access to treatment and public education, eliminate hepatitis C through innovative value-based drug purchasing, and implement a Medicaid benefit for supportive housing and supported employment.

Lead from the Start

Effective nursing leadership requires a fundamental understanding of industry, market, and professional trends impacting healthcare delivery. We will examine post-COVID challenges faced by healthcare organizations and systems; along with targeted nursing leadership imperatives.



Carol Boston-Fleischhauer, Managing Director and Chief Nursing Officer at the Advisory Board Company

Carol Boston-Fleischhauer is a Managing Director and Chief Nursing Officer at the Advisory Board Company, a membership-based research, technology, and consulting firm serving more than 4,400 leading hospitals and health systems, as well as a growing international membership base. In this capacity, she serves as a global spokesperson for the firm’s research at key membership constituency forums, including clinical and operational leadership, human resources, and quality. She is also responsible for presenting this research to member organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

A New View on Public Health Leaders



How COVID-19 should cause a paradigm shift in terms of how legislators and the public view the role of public health departments and nurses as leaders nationally, regionally, and locally. Why the pandemic shows the critical role of nurses in addressing the longstanding impacts of racism on our patients and communities.

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County

Patty Hayes is the appointed director of the 9th largest local health department by population in the country. Patty has over 30 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Patty previously served as the Executive Director of WithinReach, a statewide non-profit that connects families to food and health resources. She also worked for the Washington State Department of Health in various positions including Assistant Secretary of Health for Community & Family Health as well as the Director of Legislative, Policy and Constituent Relations.

Stand Up for Equity



To best serve patients, nursing must be both diverse and equitable. Explore strategies for advancing diversity and equity at all levels of the profession.

Sofia Aragon, Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing

Sofia Aragon is the Executive Director for the Washington Center for Nursing. The WCN is the state nursing workforce and resource center advancing nursing leadership, diversity, and workforce development. She is currently the President of the National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers. Her previous roles include Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor for the Washington State Nurses Association, lobbyist for the School Nurse Organization of Washington as well as the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners United of Washington State, and Legislative and Policy Manager for the Community and Family Health Division of the WA State Department of Health.

This seminar was presented in partnership with Community Health Plan of Washington.

Future Topics

Bracing for Change  – How nurse CEOs prepare and care for an entire workforce to implement change during a pandemic