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We work collaboratively with nursing leaders and executives to promote your journey to ANCC organizational credentials and drive competitive advantage for your organization. With NKC consultants, you gain:

Exceptional insight...
...From nursing leaders, each with 20+ years of experience and credentialing program expertise.

Trustworthy advice...
...From advocates who have already assisted hundreds of organizations in achieving ANCC credentials.

Seasoned guidance...
...From specialists who help you catalyze change, improve quality, and sustain higher performance.

Tailored services...
...To protect your financial and operational investments and meet needs within budget.

Sharon A. Cusanza

MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Magnet®

Sharon Cusanza brings over 32 years of nursing experience to her consultation practice, including nursing leadership, quality improvement, and Magnet® experience. She is currently the head of risk management education at LAMMICO.

Sharon Cusanza brings over 32 years of nursing experience to her consultation practice, including nursing leadership, quality improvement, and Magnet® experience. She is currently the head of risk management education at LAMMICO. She was formerly the Magnet Program Director at Ochsner Medical Center for eight years, where she successfully wrote two sets of Magnet application documents and coordinated the accompanying site visits, most recently in 2013. Sharon possesses in-depth understanding and analysis of the Magnet Recognition Program® Application Manual and is a Fundamentals of Magnet® certificate holder. Fundamentals of Magnet® is a professional credential for consultants and Health care professionals who guide hospitals as they apply for Magnet recognition. She also has over 15 years of experience developing local and regional conferences for professional organizations.

In addition to consulting, she is a presenter at ANCC Magnet workshops and has spoken at the ANCC National Magnet Conference®and at AONE conferences. She recently redesigned the ANCC Magnet workshop, "The Essentials of Documentation."

Summary of Services

  • Conducts gap analysis and readiness assessments, and provides strategies for success.
  • Develops customized education and training to support organizational needs.
  • Assists organizations with document development and review.
  • Assists with electronic document submission.
  • Conducts comprehensive on-site reviews in preparation for site visits.
  • Works with all stakeholders to achieve organizational goals.

Education

  • BSN, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA
  • MSN in executive nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center–Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center–Nurse Executive, Advanced

Professional Memberships

  • Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
  • American Nursing Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Louisiana Association of Healthcare Quality

Margarita Baggett

MSN, RN

Magnet®

Margarita Baggett is the chief clinical officer (CCO) for UC San Diego Health System. In this role she serves as a key member of the hospitals’ senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all functions of Nursing Services, Pharmacy Services, Care Coordination, and Volunteer Services.

Margarita Baggett is the chief clinical officer (CCO) for UC San Diego Health System. In this role she serves as a key member of the hospitals’ senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling all functions of Nursing Services, Pharmacy Services, Care Coordination, and Volunteer Services. She played a key role in leading the organization to attain ANCC Magnet Recognition® Status in December 2011. Margarita and her team transformed their practice environment by supporting and promoting the role of the professional nurse, using the Magnet® Model as a framework.

She is a highly accomplished nursing leader with extensive experience in quality management, service excellence, patient throughput, staff recruitment and retention, and regulatory affairs. Previously, Margarita served for 27 years in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Healthcare System in Manhasset, New York. During that time she held many roles including deputy executive director, nurse executive, and associate executive director for Patient Care Services and Care Coordination. She also led North Shore University Hospital to Magnet Recognition® in 2001.

Margarita consults nationally and internationally, assisting organizations in developing strategic plans to address gaps in Magnet readiness. Her vast knowledge of hospital operations gives her the ability to help organizations demonstrate how their mission, vision, values, and strategic plans relate to the Magnet Recognition Program®. She is also a facilitator at the ANCC Journey to Magnet Excellence® workshops.

Summary of Services

  • Reduces complex tasks to manageable steps, empowering those with whom she works with the confidence to succeed.
  • Coaches organizations to implement successful strategies for incorporating shared governance, evidence-based practices, and research into their professional practice environments.
  • Conducts system- or organization-wide gap analyses.
  • Develops customized education and training to support organizational needs.
  • Conducts comprehensive on-site reviews in preparation for site visits.

Education

  • BSN, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
  • MSN, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • Graduate of the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program, Philadelphia, PA

Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®

Professional Memberships

  • Nursing Spectrum, Advisory Board Member
  • California Institute for Nursing and Health Care
  • American Nurses Association
  • Association of California Nurse Leaders
  • San Diego State University, Adjunct Clinical Professor

Rhonda R. Foster

EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC

Magnet®

Energetic, visionary, and insightful, Dr. Rhonda Foster is a published and highly sought-after hospital consultant with a penchant for driving change, quality, and organizational improvement.

Energetic, visionary, and insightful, Dr. Rhonda Foster is a published and highly sought-after hospital consultant with a penchant for driving change, quality, and organizational improvement. While she served as the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Foster’s collaborative and transformative leadership style led to innovative patient-care programs and the esteemed ANCC Magnet Recognition®. Dr. Foster now works full time as a consultant and educator. She is based in California and serves clients around the world.

An expert in a variety of Health care topics, Dr. Foster has been a featured presenter at American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) conferences and seminars, and over the course of her esteemed professional career, Dr. Foster has traveled the globe conducting lectures and seminars on quality Health care delivery, hospital administration, and leadership. During her tenure as chief nursing officer of the St. Joseph Health System of Sonoma County, Dr. Foster was considered an empathetic advocate and was lauded for her ability to inspire and motivate others toward a common vision.

Dr. Foster’s primary strength is her ability to put theory into practice. Understanding the benefits of technological advances in Health care administration, Dr. Foster, a catalyst and early adopter, led the implementation of an electronic medical record system that provided computerized physician order entry and ease in nursing documentation and medication administration. In addition, prior to its becoming a widely accepted practice, Dr. Foster implemented a nurse residency program for new graduate nurses that resulted in a 40% reduction in turnover.

Credible and scholarly, Dr. Foster’s work can be found in the Journal of Nursing Management, Oncology Nursing Society publications, and other reputable print and online resources. Dr. Foster has a master of science degree from Georgetown University, a master in public health degree from the Northwest Ohio Consortium, and a doctorate of education in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University.

Summary of Services

  • Conducts readiness assessments and provides strategies for success.
  • Develops customized education and training to support organizational needs.
  • Assists organizations with document development and review.
  • Submits electronic documents.
  • Conducts comprehensive on-site assessments in preparation for site visits.
  • Works with all stakeholders to achieve organizational goals and strategic alignment.

Education

  • ADN – Michael J. Owens Technical College
  • BSN – University of Toledo
  • MSN – Nursing Administration in Health Services – Georgetown University
  • Master's in Public Health Administration – Northwest Consortium for Public Health
  • Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies – Bowling Green State University

Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Nurse Executive, Advanced

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Health Care Executives
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • National Association of Health Service Executives
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Marsha Hughes-Rease

MSOD, MSN, RN

Magnet®, Pathway to Excellence®

With 30+ years of experience in Health care and over 10 years of consulting experience, Marsha Hughes-Rease brings a wealth of knowledge about organization effectiveness, culture change management, and group process to her consulting practice.

With 30+ years of experience in Health care and over 10 years of consulting experience, Marsha Hughes-Rease brings a wealth of knowledge about organization effectiveness, culture change management, and group process to her consulting practice. She integrates this knowledge with her consulting expertise to help Health care organizations operationalize the Magnet® Model to achieve a professional practice environment focused on achieving empirical outcomes in a changing Health care environment.

Marsha has consulted with Health care administrators, nurse leaders, and clinical nurses in 30+ Health care organizations that have earned ANCC Magnet Recognition®, or who are on the Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® journey. Using an intentional and inclusive consulting approach, she focuses on engaging clinical nurses, nurse managers, and other key stakeholders to accelerate the achievement of Magnet Recognition® or Pathway to Excellence®. She collaborates with senior nurse leaders and the chief nurse executive to identify and take strategic actions to create organizational alignment and commitment to the organization's mission and vision.

Marsha’s consulting specialty areas include providing an organizational assessment and gap analysis for Magnet Recognition® or Pathway to Excellence®, identification of concrete actions to close the gaps, facilitating the development and implementation of a professional practice model, facilitating the development and implementation of a shared decision-making model compatible with the organization's governance structure, review of written documents for Magnet Recognition® submission, readiness preparation for a Magnet Recognition® site visit, and customized training. Marsha regularly facilitates the two day Journey to Magnet Excellence®workshop. She has also co-designed and facilitates the one day workshop, Empirical Outcomes: Exceeding Magnet Expectations, which provides participants with an integration of practical tools to excel as change leaders.

Summary of Services

  • Helps determine readiness to submit a Magnet® or Pathway to Excellence® application based on a gap analysis.
  • Conducts a self-assessment that familiarizes participants with the Sources of Evidence in the Magnet® Model while simultaneously gathering quantitative data to use as part of the gap analysis report.
  • Conducts a self-assessment that familiarizes participants with the Pathway to Excellence® Elements of Performance while engaging them in action planning to address perceived gaps.
  • Conducts comprehensive on-site readiness assessments in preparation for Magnet site visits, a process which includes helping clinical nurses learn a communication technique that reflects self-confidence and competence, and articulates the value of nursing at the unit level.
  • Provides transformational leadership development specifically facilitating peer coaching techniques to address complex issues
  • Uses creative strategic planning techniques to increase staff nurse engagement, alignment with nursing strategic goals, and effective execution at the unit level.
  • Customizes education and just-in-time training on transformational leadership, structural empowerment, and change management
  • Works with senior leaders to design strategic interventions to address performance gaps.
  • Works with nurse executives to address challenges at all levels that may potentially derail the Magnet Recognition® or Pathway to Excellence® designation process.

Education

  • BSN, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • MSN, Nursing Administration, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • MS, Organizational Development, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®
  • Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA – Graduate Certificate, Leadership Coaching
  • Graduate Certificate, Skilled Facilitator, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American Society of Training and Development
  • Institute of Coaching
  • International Coaching Federation
  • International Leaders Association
  • Plexus Institute
  • Sigma Theta Tau International

Special Acknowledgements

  • Published numerous articles and book chapters including a chapter on Transformational Leadership in the award-winning text, Nursing Management Principles and Practice(2011, Oncology Nursing Society)
  • Served as adjunct faculty member at George Mason University College of Nursing, is a faculty member at Duke Corporate Education, and is a certified Executive coach.

Karen Gabel Speroni

PhD, MHSA, BSN, RN

Magnet®, Pathway to Excellence®

Dr. Karen Gabel Speroni helps hospitals and hospital systems through all phases of their Magnet® journey. She is also an acknowledged research process expert who facilitates research and evidence based practice infrastructures for Magnet® designation and redesignation.

Dr. Karen Gabel Speroni helps hospitals and hospital systems through all phases of their Magnet® journey. She is also an acknowledged research process expert who facilitates research and evidence based practice infrastructures for Magnet® designation and redesignation.

Dr. Speroni has nearly 30 years' experience in biomedical and evidence-based practice research, including consulting work with academic medical centers, Institutional Review Boards, and community hospitals. She currently chairs the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Nursing Research Council, serves as a clinical scientist on two Institutional Review Boards, and provides research consultation for other hospitals.

She is a prolific author and presents her research findings and processes nationally and internationally. An active mentor, she guides nurses in research and evidence-based practice.

Her childhood obesity research project, Kids Living Fit™, as well as her Nurses Living Fit™ project, were profiled as innovations of excellence by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In 2012, she received the Virginia Magnet® Consortium Nursing Excellence Award for leadership.

Summary of Services

  • Conducts organizational assessments.
  • Reviews application documents for Magnet.
  • Reviews ANCC requests for supplemental information and assists with responses.
  • Prepares organizations for successful ANCC site visits working with hospital groups, shared governance councils, and clinical nurses.
  • Assists with strategic planning for nursing excellence.
  • Mentors and works with teams to successfully achieve strategic outcomes.
  • Helps organizations develop effective shared leadership and decision-making structures, processes and outcomes, shared governance models and professional practice models.
  • Research process expert.
  • QuERY (Quality improvement, Evidence-based practice, Research and You) process expert: facilitates incorporation of quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research at the unit level.

Education

  • PhD, Business Administration-Health Care Management, Eastern University
  • MHSA, Policy, Planning and Marketing, The George Washington University
  • BSN, Research College of Nursing-Rockhurst University

Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center–Certificate Holder in Fundamentals of Magnet®

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Virginia Nurses Association

Selected Publications

Groton, M., Fisher, M., Stranahan, K., Higley, M., Speroni, K.G., & Daniel, M. (2015). A prospective, randomized, single-blind study evaluating the effectiveness, tolerability and cost of colonoscopy bowel preparations. Gastroenterology Nursing. 38(1):31-41. doi: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000087

Van Dyke, D., Singley, B., Speroni, K.G., & Daniel, M. (2014). Comparative study evaluation of fall risk assessment tools for pyschiatric patient fall prevention: A comparative study. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(12):30-5. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20141022-01. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

Speroni, K.G. (2014). Designing exercise and nutrition programs to promote normal weight maintenance for nurses. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 19(3). doi:10.1177/1942602X14527322. http://nas.sagepub.com/content/29/3/140.full [Podcast: http://nas.sagepub.com/site//misc/Podcasts.xhtml]

Wilson, J., Speroni, KG, Jones, RA & Daniel, M.G. (2014). Exploring how nurses and managers perceive shared governance. Nursing 2014, 22: 19-22. www.Nursing2014.com DOI-10.1097/01.NURSE.0000450791.18473.52

Duffy, M.T., Friesen, M.A., Speroni, K.G., Swengros, D.A., Shanks, L., Waiter, P. & Sheridan, M.J. (2014). Bachelor of science in nursing degree completion barriers, challenges, incentives and strategies. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(4), 232-236.

Speroni K.G., Fitch T., Dawson E., Dugan L., & Atherton M. (2013). Incidence and cost of workplace violence perpetrated by hospital patients or hospital visitors. J Emerg Nurs. 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2013.05.014.

Friesen, M.A., Herbst, A., Turner, J.W., Speroni, K.G. & Robinson, J. (2013). Developing a patient-centered ISHAPED handoff With patient/family and parent advisory councils. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, (28)3, 208-216.

Speroni, K.G., Fisher, J., Dennis, M., & Daniel, M. (2013). What causes near-misses and how are they mitigated? Nursing 2013, 43(4), 19-24.

McLaughlin, M., Speroni, K.G., Kelly, K.P, Guzzetta, C., & Desale, S. (2013). National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research, Part 1. Research requirements and outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(1), 10-17. Reprinted 2013, 43(10), S28-S35.

Kelly, K.P., Turner, A., Speroni, K. G., McLaughlin, M., and Guzzetta, G. (2013). National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research, Part 2. Facilitators and hindrances. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(1), 18-23. Reprinted 2013, 43(10), S36-S41.

Speroni, K.G., Earley, C., Seibert, D., Kassem, M., Shorter, G., Ware, C., Kosak, E. & Atherton, M. (2012). Effect of Nurses Living Fit™ exercise and nutrition intervention on body mass index in nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(4), 231-238.

Westerfield, H.V., Stafford A.B., Speroni, K.G., & Daniel, M.G. (2012) Survey research of patients' perceptions of patient care providers with tattoos and/or body piercings. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(3), 160-164.

Stagg, S., Sheridan, D., Jones, R. A., & Speroni, K. G. (2011). Evaluation of a workplace bullying cognitive rehearsal program in a hospital setting. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(9), 395-403.

Speroni, K.G., Lucas, J., Dugan, L., O'Meara-Lett, M., Putman, M., Daniel, M. & Atherton, M. (2011). Comparative effectiveness of standard endotracheal tubes versus endotracheal tubes with continuous subglottic suctioning on ventilator-associated pneumonia rates. Journal of Nursing Economics, 29(1), 15-21.

Speroni K.G., Earley, C., & Atherton, M. (2007). Evaluating the effectiveness of the Kids Living Fit™ program: A comparative study. Journal of School Nursing, 23(6), 329-336.

For a listing of publications, click here

Maggie Johnson Glover

PhD, RN

Dr. Maggie Johnson Glover brings with her 33 years of nursing experience that includes progressive leadership positions, as well as 15 years as a Nurse Scientist, academic appointments, and served as a senior healthcare consultant.

Dr. Maggie Johnson Glover brings with her 33 years of nursing experience that includes progressive leadership positions, as well as 15 years as a Nurse Scientist, academic appointments, and served as a  senior healthcare consultant. She is skilled in engagement with varied leadership levels across multiple disciplines, utilizes effective methods to impact varied outcomes such as: quality, core measures, nurse sensitive indicators, patient and staff satisfaction. She has extensive experience as a Director/ AVP, Professional Practice Research, Education & Magnet Program; and chairing institutional level quality and nursing leadership committees.

Summary Services

  • Development Research and EBP Program: Establishes an infrastructure for ongoing scholarship by assisting staff with establishing unit based and hospital level processes for Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and research generation.
  • Evidence Based Practice:
    • Educates varied levels of staff and leadership on the key principles of Evidence Based Methodology and implementation of innovations.
    • Develops and provides EBP workshops on assessing and appraising evidence utilizing an evidence hierarchy, grading schema, and summarization technique.
    • Utilizes a scientific Evidence Based Model and research as a framework for designing a systematic response to identified problems and associated question(s).
  • Magnet: Implements organizational Magnet operations, staff coaching on crafting new knowledge chapters linked to institutional EBP and research, conceptual model development and linkage to practice based outcomes required for model evaluation, develops strategies to increase nursing certification and nursing satisfaction, establishes professional development processes that support leadership in advancing the knowledge and education of nursing staff;  and supports development of an evidence based nursing career ladder.
  • Community and Healthcare Organization Engagement: Utilizes a systems approach to identifying key components and implementation strategies for solutions to community and healthcare organization needs. Design strategies for generating questions and solutions to organizational, population, and community relevant problems.
  • Research & Research Protections:  Institutional level research and EBP protocol development, scientific and regulatory review of inter-disciplinary research protocols.
  • Staff Education: Data driven unit-based education and EBP delivery, RN professional development, and conducts educational needs assessment (staff RN to CNO level).

Education

  • PhD, Nursing, The University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • MSN, Community Health, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • BSN, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives

Advisory Panels & Review Boards

  • Primary IRB Member:  CNO representative for review of nursing and medical research(14 years’ experience)
  • Member Scientific Review Panel: TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) & HRSA
  • Chair Scientific Review Panel B: TriService Nursing Research Program
  • Military Nursing Representative: The National Institute For Nursing Research (NINR) National Advisory Council for Research (NACNR).

Special Acknowledgements

  • Served as Associate Professor for 14 years and engaged faculty in academic settings at the BSN, MSN, and PhD levels at Howard University in Washington, DC. Served as Adjunct Faculty and Dissertation Committee member at The University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus
  • Published articles, predominantly on knowledge development in mass casualty care, and Evidence Based Nursing Practice.
  • Provided recommendations for community engagement for program development for opioid addiction
  • Developed and conducted faith based workshops for women empowerment and goal attainment.

Use of ANA Consultation Services does not guarantee ANCC approval. ANA consultants and staff cannot influence the actions of ANCC program staff or decisions of the Commission on Magnet® Recognition, Commission on Pathway to Excellence®, or Commission on Accreditation.

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