A Roundtable Discussion with Perioperative Executives from Five Leading US Health Systems

Decades before COVID-19, hospitals were struggling with how to effectively meet and manage standards of patient care. While the current pandemic has clearly introduced new burdens on nurses and nurse management, in many ways, the pandemic has severely amplified old issues and combined them with a new generation of challenges. Historically, nursing has been incredibly resilient; so much so that hospital leadership has unfairly relied upon nurses to weather any storm. Are we finally at the breaking point? If so, what can be done to move us in the right direction?
  • Identify ways to effectively meet high standards of patient care in a climate of nursing shortages, ever-changing regulations, and restrictive budgets
  • Address the generational shift in the nursing mindset, resiliency roadblocks, and the economic realities of the workforce
  • Implement technology and process changes to relieve the burden on the nursing staff while empowering them with more transparent, accurate, and mobile patient data
Elina Lazo, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
Director of Surgery & Interventional Services Providence Health & Services/Swedish
With 20 years of experience in healthcare, Elina Lazo currently serves as director of surgery at a leading Seattle-based health system. She previously served in many roles that have significantly contributed toward patient safety and quality; staff and provider satisfaction; as well as cost containment and resource management.
Jennifer Misajet, MHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM
First Choice Vice President Operations/Patient Care Services Chief Nurse Executive Trinity Health
Jennifer Misajet is an accomplished healthcare executive who leads nursing, acute and ambulatory care delivery strategy, operations, and execution at the local, regional, and national levels. With deep perioperative services expertise, Jennifer is successful in building and leading high-functioning multidisciplinary teams, change management, and effective physician partnerships in interim and permanent roles in the perioperative setting.
Sami Placer, PhD, BSN
Senior System Director of Perioperative Services Upper Allegheny Health System
For more than 20 years, Sami Place has held senior roles across perioperative and surgical services, clinical education, and nursing at the Upper Allegheny Health System.
Miranda Woods, DNP, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC
Director, Perioperative Services
Miranda Woods has been a registered nurse for 26 years. She has a clinical background in surgical services, critical care, and education, and she is dually certified as a nurse executive and nursing professional development specialist. She has 17 years of progressive experience in transformational leadership in perioperative services and nursing professional development.
Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
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