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Air safety analyst to speak at Reno nursing conference



renown_brochure_091006_b-15John Nance, JD will be the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Nursing Excellence Conference Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Peppermill Resort Casino, 2707 South Virginia St. The free event is hosted by Renown Health and is open to registered nurses and physicians. Currently there are more than 250 anticipated attendees including healthcare providers from rural and local hospitals, nursing schools and medical offices.

Nance, an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, wrote the book “Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care.” Nance is best known to television audiences as an aviation analyst for the ABC Network and as the aviation editor for Good Morning America.

During his presentation, Nance will speak to area medical professionals about his urgent call to action to make America’s hospitals the safest and most reliable organizations. Nance has become a trusted and internationally recognized broadcast analyst and advocate for both medical/patient safety and aviation safety. Listed for more than a decade in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Nance has appeared on national television shows including Oprah and the Today Show.

“In an industry where we always look for new ideas and improvement processes, it is my hope Nance will inspire our audience to think outside of the box and to continue looking at ways they can improve processes both in their own work areas and within the hospital setting,” said Ron Laxton, MSN, RN, CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center.

Nance has been described as one of the leading thinkers on matters of major change to America’s healthcare system.

“Medical care has a ton yet to learn from the decades of progress that have brought aviation to unprecedented levels of safety, and, in instructing us all about those lessons, John Nance is not just a bridge-builder–he is the bridge,” Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

To find out more about the 7th Annual Touching Lives through Nursing Excellence Conference, visit www.renown.org or call 775-982-4393. Interested attendees should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 30. This year’s conference theme is “Creating a Culture of Inquiry.”

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