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The Clemson University International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare

2022 Conference Compendium


Conference Mission

The mission of the conference is to:

  • Disseminate new knowledge obtained through research related to the effect of healthcare design on patient (family), provider and organizational outcomes
  • Identify best practices for nurse leadership in healthcare design and opportunities for nurse, patient/family input into safety improvements in healthcare design,
  • Stimulate innovation in healthcare design and encourage interprofessional collaboration and engagement, and
  • Foster an inclusive platform for specialty design settings (global health, military health, integrative health, etc.) that expands and supports the role of nurse leaders in the design of specific specialty practices

2021 Conference Compendium 2019 Conference Compendium

2022 International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design

Registration is now open! Please see the registration tab below for more details.

Conference Description:

At no other time in history has healthcare design changed so rapidly as with the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for facility changes is critical and urgent to accommodate the surge of patients infected with the highly contagious virus. Clearly, the pandemic has affected healthcare design considerations for the future, and the experience has shown us that the unforeseen and unimaginable can quickly become reality. Just as Florence Nightingale’s book, Notes on Nursing reflected her response to the Crimean War, we are in a position to create Notes on Nursing 2.0 for our current day.

This conference is hosted by the Clemson University School of Nursing and the Clemson University Academy of Nursing for Excellence in Design, and is a joint providership with Upstate AHEC (Area Health Education Center).

AIA, EDAC and Nursing CEUs are approved.

Thank you to our sponsors

Gold - The McMorrow Reports

Silver - HKS Inc.; IFMA Health Care Council; Modular Services Company; Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design; Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

Bronze - Atreo, HGA, Johnson Controls, Mazzetti + GBA

Contributor - Haskell, rlf

Conference and Sponsorship Details

  • Conference Schedule


    July 28, 2022 7 - 9 p.m.  Registration/Conference Reception and Meet & Greet
    July 29, 2022 7 - 7:45 a.m. Coffee and Breakfast
    7:30 a.m. Conference doors open/registration
    7:45 - 8 a.m. Welcome
    8 - 9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Karen Hill | Nurses as Healthcare Design Leaders: Now More Important than Ever
    9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Break
    9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Introduction of presentations under the theme: Resilience
    9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Restoring the Joy of Nursing - Terri Reed | CAMA ; Kimberly Montague | Kimball International
    10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Redesigning an Emergency Department for Resilience: Listening to the Voice of the Frontline Workers - Ursula Lasky | Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital
    10:45 - 11 a.m. Break
    11 - 11:30 a.m. Creating a Resilient Model for Pandemic Care: Conversion of the Miami Convention Center  - Steven Langston | rlf; Jennifer Powers | rlf; Brian White | rlf
    11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Building for Pandemic Resiliency: A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Facilities Across a Health System - Deborah Wingler | HKS, Inc.; Brenda McDermott
    12 - 1 p.m. Hosted Lunch and Networking
    1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote: Dr Oriana Beaudet - Growth and Sustainability: Innovation Is Required To Reimagine Healthcare
    2:15 - 3 p.m. Leadership & Innovation in Health + Design Certificate Student Presentation
    3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
    3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Introduction of presentations under the theme: Planning and Design - Behavioral Health
    3:30 - 4 p.m. A Pilot Study Using Mobile Eye-tracking Method and Sentiment Analysis to Explore Telelpresence During Mental Health-related Telehealth Visits - Elizabeth Johnson | Montana State University; Kimberly Strauch | The University of Pennsylvania
    4 - 4:30 p.m. Using Operational Studies to Improve Healthcare Facility Planning and Design for Behavioral Health Care in the Emergency Department - Marvina Williams | Perkins & Will; Sabah Mohammed | Perkins & Will
    4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Wrap up and Announcements (Dinner is on your own)
    July 30, 2022 7 - 7:45 a.m. Coffee and Breakfast
    7:30 a.m. Conference Doors Open
    7:45 - 8 a.m. Welcome
    8 - 8:45 a.m. Boots on the Ground Perspective - Kathleen Valentine | Clemson University School of Nursing; Carolyn Swinton | Prisma Health
    8:45 - 9 a.m. Introduction of presentations under the theme: Design and the Hospital of the Future
    9 - 9:30 a.m. Design in the Time of Cholera: (re)infusing humanity in a post-pandemic health environment - Steven Langston | rlf; Miriam Ganesh | rlf
    9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break
    9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Future-Proofing Hospitals for the Next Global Pandemic - Jennie Evans | HKS, Inc.
    10:15 - 10:45 a.m. The Hospital of the Future - Deborah Wingler | HKS, Inc.
    10:45 - 11 a.m. Wellness Moment
    11 a.m - 12 p.m. Clemson University Academy of Nursing for Excellence in Design Panel: The Future of Nursing Research and Design
    Wrap up and Boxed Lunch provided
  • Speakers

    oriana-beaudet-headshot.jpgOriana Beaudet

    Oriana Beaudet, DNP RN, PHN is the Vice President of Nursing Innovation for the American Nurses Association Enterprise (American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American Nurses Foundation). Dr. Beaudet completed her doctorate in nursing practice with an emphasis in Health Innovation Leadership and Design from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

    Dr. Beaudet has been leading innovation initiatives for more than 20 years through strategic and operational change management work on behalf of and with health systems looking to transform their organizations. Her last position as the Vice President of Transformation for a national healthcare design firm focused on strategy and business development for national health system clients around operational innovations; business, operational, and financial modeling; including technology and care delivery redesign for the built space.

    According to Oriana, "The ANA Enterprise organizations have created a bedrock for nursing practice across our country. Our profession has a rich history of inventing solutions for patient needs. Redefining and reimagining the future role of nursing, begins with the work we lead today."

    karen-hill_2022.jpgKaren Hill

    Karen Hill, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, LFACHE, FAAN recently retired after 28 years as the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer from Baptist Health Lexington, located in Kentucky.  In her role, Dr. Hill supervised 2800 employees and over 1100 of these employees were nurses. Dr. Hill led Baptist Health Lexington to Magnet designation four times during her tenure recognizing nursing excellence. As COO.CNO, Dr. Hill was instrumental in the planning and construction of over $600 million of construction projects including hospital renovations, addition of a 7-story bed tower and a new ambulatory campus currently under construction.
    Dr. Hill is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nursing Administration, an international scholarly peer reviewed journal.  She processes over 400 manuscripts for JONA in 2021 and produces 11 editions a year. JONA is circulated in 146 countries and has over 1.5 million downloads of articles annually.
    Dr. Hill presents internationally on leadership development, bringing evidence to practice, tips for publishing and working with an Editor, leading an intergenerational workforce and the retention of experienced older employees among other areas of expertise. Dr. Hill has over 75 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author of a book released in 2018, “Creating a Research-Friendly Environment: A Community Hospital Approach”.  She is a lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


  • Registration and Hotel Information

    Registration Rates

    • Early Bird - $450
    • Regular - $500
    • Student/Low resource countries - $275 (only 15 student spots)

    Early bird rates will run until June 15.

    Register here.

    Hotel Information

    The conference will be held at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville, South Carolina.

    The rate is $179/night.

    Book now.

    Please email Kristin Munafo at with any reservation questions.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities


    Thank you for your interest in being a sponsor for the 2022 International Nursing Conference For Excellence in Healthcare Design. Please email us at with any questions or concerns.

    Sponsor levels:

    Platinum Level $10,000
    • Title Sponsor recognition
    • Vendor booth at conference reception
    • 5-minute speaking opportunity at the introduction of keynote speaker
    • Three prepaid conference registrations
    • Logo displayed in compendium and full-page ad
    • Recognition on website and in conference promotion
    • Sponsor Spotlight article and photos on Clemson Academy LinkedIn page

    Gold Level - $5,000
    • Conference bag branding opportunity
    • 5-minute speaking opportunity at the introduction of panel or speaker
    • Two prepaid conference registration
    • Logo displayed in compendium and 1/2 page ad
    • Recognition on website and in conference promotion
    • Sponsor Spotlight article and photos on Clemson Academy LinkedIn

    Silver Level - $3,000
    • Recognition as sponsor of CEUs
    • Logo displayed in compendium and 1/3 page ad
    • Recognition on website and in conference promotion
    • One prepaid conference registration
    • Sponsor Spotlight article and photos on Clemson Academy LinkedIn

    Bronze Level - $1,000
    • Sponsor a student attendee’s registration cost
    • Logo displayed in compendium and 1/4 page ad
    • Recognition on website and in conference promotion

    Contributor Level - $500
    • Logo displayed in compendium and 1/8 page ad
    • Recognition on website and in conference promotion

    You can submit a payment here.

  • The Clemson University Academy of Nursing for Excellence in Design and Conference Steering Committee

    Kathleen Valentine, Ph.D. MS, RNKathleen Valentine, Ph.D. MS, RN

    Dr. Valentine has been a leader in nursing with a focus on population health, rural sites, and diverse populations. Her scholarly focus has been centered on the study of human caring within healthcare systems and its relationship to cost, quality, and satisfaction outcomes. Dr. Valentine is currently leading research efforts in the re-design of healthcare services for the aging population in both rural and urban settings. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Debbie Gregory, DNP, RNDebbie Gregory, DNP, RN

    Debbie Gregory is a national leader in healthcare design, innovation, and transformation. As a nurse executive and interior designer, Dr. Gregory is passionate about “Intentional Design” that aligns People, Place, Process and Technology. Dr. Gregory has her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership with a focus on clinical transformation and reengineering the care delivery model of the future. She is the co-founder and past president of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD) and Co-Editor of the Health Environment Research and Design Journal (HERD).  She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Jaynelle Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAANJaynelle Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

    Jaynelle F. Stichler is Professor Emerita of Nursing at San Diego State University, founding Co-Editor of HERD Journal, and founding member of NIHD. Dr. Stichler has experience as a healthcare executive and nurse consultant in the healthcare design industry and has consulted with over 150 hospitals nationally and internationally. Dr. Stichler has a passion for the built environment, the clinical voice, and the dissemina¬tion of design research. She spanned the boundary for the clinical voice to be present at the design table and paved the way for nurses to develop a vital role in the design and construction of the healthcare environment. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Joyce Durham RN, AIA, EDACJoyce Durham RN, AIA, EDAC

    Joyce Durham is the Principal and Senior Clinical Advisor at SmithGroupJJR, and has 30 years of clinical, healthcare consulting, and architectural experience. Her areas of expertise include clinical planning, needs analysis, operational planning, programming, master planning, design support, and post-occupancy evaluation. She is committed to using the physical environment to positively impact the delivery of care particularly in the areas of safety, efficiency, and patient and staff satisfaction. Durham is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Yolanda Keys, RN, MSN, DHA, NE-BC, EDACYolanda Keys, RN, MSN, DHA, NE-BC, EDAC

    Dr. Keys is an associate professor for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Leveraging her past experiences as an In-tensive Care Unit nurse, nurse manager and nursing director, she teaches leadership concepts and is using her work with nurse leaders to prepare students to be informed contributors to decisions related to the nurse work environment. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Susan Silverman, MSN, MBASusan Silverman, MSN, MBA

    Susan has over 35 years’ experience in healthcare and is highly skilled in the plan¬ning and design of healthcare projects. She is a Vice President at Blue Cottage of CannonDesign, a global architectural firm where she focuses on strategic planning, business model innovation, care model optimization, operational planning, operational optimi¬zation, and functional and space planning. Susan is also on the board of the New York Society for Health Planning and CANCER101. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Christine Staples, RNChristine Staples, RN

    Christine Staples is a Clinical Planner with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). She also has additional experience as a Facility Planner with the Army Health Facil¬ity Planning Agency (HFPA). Prior to her work with the Military Health System (MHS) Christine gained extensive experience as an RN. Most recently, she worked in the Perioperative setting as an RN circulator. Other nursing experience consists of Med. Surg., ICU and Home Healthcare to include Hospice care. She also served in the Navy as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman with the Marines at Camp Pendle¬ton. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Terri Zborowsky, PHD, MSc, RNTerri Zborowsky, PHD, MSc, RN

    Terri Zborowsky was a former registered nurse in Canada prior to getting her BID (University of Manitoba), MSc and PhD in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota. She is the Research Co-chair of the Nurs¬ing Institute for Health Care Design (NIHD) and teacher specialist in the Healthcare Design & Innovation Certificate at the University of Minnesota. She is currently a Design Researcher at HGA Architects and Engineers. She has published book chapters, peer reviewed articles and has a list of both national and international presentations all dealing with the impact the built environment has on users of healthcare facilities. She is also a founding member of the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design.

    Jennie EvansJennie Evans

    Jennie believes that nursing has a unique opportunity to influence the design industry by providing real-world experiences and lessons learned for the benefit of patients and caregivers alike. A past president of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design and a previous awardee of HCD’s Top 10 Executive Associates, she is now a collaborative thought partner with Clemson’s Academy for Excellence in Nursing Design. While working as a nurse for non-profit academic med­ical centers, Jennie dreamt of improving health care through design. Her career in design began as a clinical liaison in a pediatric hospital where she worked with the architectural team to create spaces centered around future state processes, rather than current state problems. This experience inspired her to work for HKS, first as a strategist and operational planner on large health system projects globally. Her passion for efficient, effective operational models led her to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams on innovative design scenarios that enhanced the health and well-being of patients, families, and caregivers. Currently, as the global development director for HKS’ Community Sector, she works in partnership with the architectural leaders of health, education, and life science to influence design through the lens of population health and community development to promote equity and inclusion. Jennie remains motivated to impact the evolution of the nursing and design industry through innovation and transdisciplinary problem solving.

    Brenda McDermott, MSN, EDACBrenda McDermott, MSN, EDAC

    Brenda McDermott serves as the Clinical Lead, for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Facilities Enterprise. Ms. McDermott is responsible for developing and sustaining the Department of Defense (DoD) space planning criteria, space templates, the Space and Equipment Planning System (SEPS), and the UFC 4-510-01, Design: Military Medical Facilities, Appendix A Behavioral Health Design. Ms. McDermott is a member of The Facility Guidelines Institute, Health Guidelines Revision Committee (2014 to present). She is a member of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design and the Clemson University Academy of Nursing Excellence in Design. Prior to joining DHA in 2013, Ms. McDermott held the position of Senior Clinical Planner, at the U.S. Army Health Facilities Planning Agency for 11 years. With patient care experience as a family nurse practitioner, Ms. McDermott has provided healthcare facility planning and design input to improve patient and staff safety within a healing environment for DoD projects throughout the US and overseas. Her many projects include: medical centers and hospitals, ambulatory care and surgery centers, behavioral health facilities, National Intrepid Centers of Excellence Spirit/TBI clinics, dental, and veterinary treatment facilities.

    battisto_headshot.jpgDina Battisto, PhD, M.S., M.Arch, B.Arch

    Dina is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Clemson University where she teaches fluidly across the professional degree program, the Architecture + Health Concentration, and the interdisciplinary research degree programs. She is also the coordinator of the Built Environment and Health concentration area in the Planning, Design and Built Environment Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Dr. Battisto is a recognized expert in the area of Post Occupancy Evaluations and has developed facility evaluation methodologies and modular toolkits for clients worldwide. She has conducted single site facility performance assessments and cross-case comparisons across various healthcare settings.

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