Conference Recap: American Nurses Association 2016 Orlando

by: Olivia Smith

On March 9-10, StaffGarden had the opportunity to exhibit at the American Nurses Association annual conference in Orlando! Our first year exhibiting at this conference, we were given the opportunity to connect with a number of nurses in various leadership and administration positions within hospitals and colleges, while also learning about problems that those institutions face in today’s nursing space.

What did we learn?

Nurses are making a big impact within their institutions.

Nurses have been instrumental in the various significant gains made in improving the quality and safety of health care over the last decade. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospital-acquired conditions declined 17 percent between 2010 and 2014—resulting in 2.1 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, 87,000 lives saved, and $20 billion in savings. However, there are still more improvements to be made.

Staffing and Safety go hand-in-hand.

In order to provide optimal conditions for patient safety, nurses must first understand how safety relies on staffing levels and care quality- Achieving optimal staffing levels is critical to improving patient care and reducing costs. Jim Fenush, MS, RN, director of nursing, clinical support services at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, stressed the importance of having systems and processes in place within an institution, and how it is important for administrators to start thinking differently.

Who did we meet?

The StaffGarden team had the opportunity to meet a variety of attendees and administrators within the staffing, quality and patient care management space. By having the opportunity to meet with these various levels of leadership, the StaffGarden team was able to learn about the problems that individual hospitals, clinics, and other institutions face on a day-today basis- not only on the patient care side, but the staffing side as well. Learning about these issues allows StaffGarden to continuously craft a business model that will help alleviate the problem of staffing, which will then lead to better patient care standards.

Did you attend the 2016 American Nurses Association conference in Orlando? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!



Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

University Liaison | Marketing Project Manager

As the resident chai latte queen at StaffGarden, you can find Olivia color coordinating her notes, planning StaffGarden’s next big event, or helping college students create their ePortfolio. Contact at


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