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Crouse Hospital to Host Sigma Theta Tau Collaborative Conference April 26






Nursing Leader Conf April 2012 - newsCrouse Hospital’s Nursing Division and Educational Services Department will host a collaborative conference titled “Nursing Leadership in the 21st Century: What Will It Take?” on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Crouse’s Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. The event will open with poster presentations, vendor tables, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, followed by guest speaker Janis Kohlbrenner RN, PhD, vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer at Oneida Healthcare, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The cost of the program and refreshments is $35, and includes free parking in the Crouse Hospital garage and one Continuing Nursing Education credit hour being awarded for attendance. Visit for brochure and registration details or for online registration. The registration deadline is April 20.

The event is intended for all registered nurses in all practice specialties to provide them with the theory and content to assist in their current and future roles. The focus will be on how nurses, as leaders, can shape the future of healthcare to ensure the delivery of excellent patient care.

Janis Kohlbrenner, RN, PhD, has been a professional nurse for 40 years, with the last 25 years of her career in executive leadership positions. She has served as the Vice President for Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer for Oneida Healthcare since 2009, a position she previously held at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, where she spent much of her career. Dr. Kohlbrenner is Adjunct Professor at Le Moyne College, and previously taught at Keuka College and Syracuse University. She earned her doctor of philosophy from Syracuse University’s College for Human Development; a master of science from Syracuse University’s College of Nursing; bachelor of science from Boston College; and RN diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to professional publications, she has served as a board member for Iroquois Nursing Home and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Dr. Kohlbrenner has also held leadership positions with the American Organization of Nurse Executives and CNY Organization of Nurse Executives and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, SJH College of Nursing Alumni Association and Boston College Alumni Association.

The conference is presented by Sigma Theta Tau. Sponsors are Crouse Hospital, Upstate Medical University and the Le Moyne College Nursing Honors Society.


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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