September 11-12, 2017
Radisson Hotel – La Crosse, WI

Registration CLOSED

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Conference Schedule

Monday, Sept. 11
9am –4:30pm
Exhibitor Show – Monday, Noon – 2pm

8:30am – 9:45am

Pursuing Performance Excellence the Easy Way

Brett Remington Executive Director | Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence

Understand and embrace the criteria for performance excellence simplify the approach to improving complex systems. During this session, you’ll take part in a brief self-assess of your department or organization to uncover strengths and opportunities for improvement.  This will provide you with information you can take away and bring back to your facility to implement immediately. This session will help prepare and degree of empowerment during this time of change while continuing to do the work of serving our residents and staff.

9:45:am – 10am   Break

10:00am – 11:30am    Phase 2 Readiness and the Facility-Wide Assessment  |  Judi Kulus MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP, Vice President of Curriculum Development | American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination

The November 28 deadline is fast approaching, and getting your team in compliance with the Mega-Rule’s Phase 2 requirements and the new Interpretive Guidelines is likely heavy on your mind. The Facility-Wide Assessment reaches almost every clinical and operational practice within your facility.  The focus of this session will be to describe the FWA requirements and how the FWA can assist you in meeting other components of the requirements. The DON plays an important role in the development of the FWA. If done well, it can be used to meaningfully drive resident-focused care and quality outcomes. In this session, we’ll review these important requirements and connect them to the new survey process and the revised F-Tags. You’ll come away better equipped to lead your teams.

11:30am – 1:15           Exhibit Tables and Buffet Lunch

1:15pm – 2:15pm         CMS Update: the New Survey Process | Lou Ann Lawson | Pathway Health Services

2:15pm – 2:20pm        Break

2:20pm – 3:20pm
Survey Update: Immediate Enforcement of Remedies
Brian Purtel J.D., Executive Director  |  Wisconsin Assisted Living

New changes always bring new challenges.  It will become even more important for nursing leaders to understand the expectations that the new Mega Rule will bring to our environment.   The presentation will offer guidance to the nursing leader when a deficiency is identified by the facility and what is expected in the way of documentation to avoid serious citations during a survey process.   Brian Purtell will use a legal prospective as he demonstrates what you can do and say to minimize the impact during the new survey process.

3:20pm – 3:30pm             Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm  Quality Measures and the IMPACT Act   Lou Ann Lawson | Pathway Health Services  

5pm   La Crosse Queen River Boat Cruise –  Have fun with your new nursing bff’s while you tour the scenic Mississippi River along its La Crosse river banks.  Pizza and unlimited soda and beer will be provided.  A cash bar is available. Rain or shine. Hopefully, shine. But, it has a cover area if we need it.


TUESDAY, Sept. 12th

8:30am – 9:30              Wound Care Photo Documentation for your Wound Care Team

Kelly Heinbuch RN, WCC, DWC    Wound Nurse | Dove Healthcare – West

Photography among your wound care team is commonly used as a way to document a wounds healing (or failure to heal).  Standard policies and guidelines to assist the practitioner when photography is used and describe how protected health information is secured. Photography, when used in wound care, is an aide to assessment documentation and serves only to support the written wound documentation. We’ll discuss how your team can be organized and develop standards for how to incorporate wound photography into your wound care documentation practice.

9:30am – 9:40 am               Break

9:40am – 10:40am              Glycemic Control in Wound Healing Steven Antokal, RN, BSN, CWCN, CCCN Corporate Enterostomal Therapist Clinical Services – HCR Manor Care

This educational activity is designed to help nurses in all care settings identify why patients with diabetes are more prone to develop wounds with complications such as chronicity and infection.  Nurses will also gain enhanced skills in wound prevention measures and strategies to manage the care and education of a patient with a diabetic wound.

10:40am -11:40am Beyond Braden Beth Sherman PT, CWS  Regional Manager | American Medical Technologies

The pressure ulcer risk assessment is mandated by CMS to be part of every facility’s skin and wound prevention and treatment program. Research has demonstrated that the incidence of pressure ulcers is decreased by as much as 60% when a pressure ulcer risk assessment tool is properly administered.  This session will focus on pressure ulcer prevention with emphasis on a comprehensive pressure ulcer risk assessment using the original validated documents of Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk©. It is important to note that often the Braden Score (the number added up) is not the same as the level of pressure ulcer risk, particularly in the population served in the long-term care setting.  Included in this session is content on creating an “individualized” pressure ulcer prevention program based upon an accurate Braden score.

11:40am – 11:50am      Break

11:50am – 12:50           Essential strategies to enhance patient care outcomes when using staffing agencies

Lori Koepell BSN  | Koepell Healthcare Solutions Kelly Borman  |  Nurses PRN

Have you struggled with agency staff meeting your expectations? Have you ever shared the performance expectations of your facility with agency staffing vendors? During this one hour session, we will walk through essential information to include in a hand off to a new agency staff working in your facility. Even with limited time and financial resources, you will be able to successfully implement these strategies and enhance patient care outcomes when using staffing agencies.

Conference Pricing

Member – Full Conference  $249 ea.*
Non-Member – Full Conference $289 ea. *
Monday Only   $139 / $159 *
Tuesday Only  $139  / $159 *

* prices subject to change

Full Conference registration include breakfast option each day, Breaks, and Lunch. Individual days include continental breakfast and breaks. Lunch is provided on Monday & Tuesday.

See Cancellation Policy Below

Hotel Information

Attendees and Exhibitors looking to stay in La Crosse for Workshop 2017 should make their individual room reservations at the:
Radisson Hotel La Crosse, WI  |  200 Harborview Plaza – La Crosse, WI 54601
The Radisson is a on the Mississippi River in beautiful, downtown La Crosse. Complimentary gated parking is included.

Hotel Rate is $109, plus tax (13.5%), for the King Bed Cityview.  Room Block has been reserved until Monday, August 21, 2017.  After this date rates and availability can’t be guaranteed.

To make reservations call 1-608-784-6680 and state you are with the Wisconsin Director Nursing Council – Fall Conference Rate.


In order for guests to make their reservations ON-LINE, please have them follow these directions:
• Go to and select the Advanced Search Option to enter Promotional Code.
• Choose the date of their stay and then enter the Promotional Code WDON17 in the “Enter Code or ID” area.
• You will then be directed to our guestroom options.

Attendance Policies & Cancellation Information

After your registration form has been received, an event confirmation will be emailed to your attention within 3 business days. Please be sure to register with the email of the person attendee. Contact Person email can be included on the form or at the time of check out online if they need a copy of the receipt. This email address will be used to send important conference information to the attendee. If you do not receive a confirmation please contact WDONC via email at

Opt-Out: If you wish to opt-out of having  your name on the list of attendees given to other participants and exhibitors please send an email stating your wish to opt-out to or check the “Do Not Show Online” button during your registration.

Consent to Photograph:  By attending the conference you consent to be photographed and for your image to possibly be used in online and print publications.  Any concerns with the consent to photograph please contact Melissa Montgomery.

Cancellation & Refund Policy All refund requests must be made in writing via email to the attention of Melissa Montgomery at  Individual registration fees, less a $25 processing fee, will be refunded for cancellations received prior to September 1, 2017. Cancellations received after this date, and no-show registrants, will not receive a refund. Refunds will be issued within six weeks following the conference.  If your facility is under State or Federal Survey at the time of the conference, your registration fee will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.  Proof of survey must be provided. Refunds will be issued within six weeks following the conference. Substitutions: If individuals registered to attend this conference, but unable to attend one or more days may send an alternate in their place. Please contact WDONC via email at with the first and last name, title, and facility/ company of both you and your substitute.

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Nursing Contact Hours/NHA Clock Hours

Nursing Contact Hours

This activity has been submitted to WNA CEAP for approval to award contact hours but not yet awarded.  Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited as an approverof continueing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing Home Administrator clock hours

This educational offering will be reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).

Attendee Registration  Information – Please Contact Melissa at 262.670.6520 or click here to register online

Exhibit Information – Please Contact Cheryl 262.692.9205 or click here to register online