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Blog August 19, 2021

AMN CNO Academy 2021 – Leading into the Future

Join us on October 10-13, 2021, for a virtual live session


We are excited to announce that our third virtual Chief Nursing Officer Academy (CNOA) will take place on October 10-13, 2021. This is an opportunity for current and aspiring Chief Nursing Officers of all backgrounds and experiences to help build the foundation of the future of patient care. This Fall’s theme, Leading into the Future, starts with a reception on Sunday October 10th and will feature, Dr. Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, National League for Nursing, speaking on the topic of Transforming Old Health Inequities.

The CNOA is a 3-day, interactive virtual session, offering nurse executives the tools to confront and conquer the unique challenges resulting from a global pandemic and beyond. Nurse leaders will receive valuable insight, advice, and proven strategies to measure effectiveness within their organization and take back tools that they can implement immediately in their health systems. Register here for the Fall event.

This virtual event will build on the incredible success of the spring 2021 Virtual CNOA—sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Walden University, Avantas, Onsomble, and the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

Nursing leaders participated in the Virtual CNOA the Spring of 2021 and heard unique insights and collaborated on the theme “Leading in the Moment”. A few of our amazing leaders generously shared their perspectives on the event. Here is what each had to say:

Alesia Coe.jpgDr. Alisia Coe, ACNO

Dr. Alisia Coe, ACNO, the Executive Director of Inpatient Hospitals at UChicago Medicine, was inspired to become a nurse because of the inherent ability nurses have to serve others during their most frightening and traumatic experiences. Outside of work, Dr. Coe is a member of Chi Eta Phi, Inc., a professional nursing sorority that works with other nurses and organizations in serving communities nationwide.

Takeaways from the 2020 Virtual CNO Academy

Dr. Coe found the 2020 Virtual CNO Academy a valuable experience because of the forum it provided for networking with nursing peers and sharing successful leadership strategies utilized during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that events like these are important for CNOs to attend because continued learning is essential for nurses at all levels of the profession—allowing nursing professionals to acquire new knowledge and expand their competencies in a collaborative environment.

Ena Williams_NBNA_ 3.5.21.jpgEna Williams, NBNA

Ena Williams, CNO, the Senior Vice President at Yale-New Haven Hospital, felt a calling to nursing since she was young, deciding to pursue the profession because of the opportunity it gave her to touch lives, advocate, impact change, drive policy, and understand why it is that people must deliver information that might not be popular. Outside of her nursing work, Ena serves on a number of community boards focused on advancing and uplifting the lives of the people who need it most.

Takeaways from the 2020 Virtual CNO Academy

Participating as a nominee of the National Black Nurses Association, Ena is thankful for the continued learning it offered, along with the opportunity for her to create a network of fellow nursing leaders to collaborate with. She views learning as continuous in any profession and believes that events like the CNO Academy are excellent opportunities for nursing professionals to gain insights that can drive improvements and advance practices in an ever-evolving industry.

Jacqueline Payne Borden.jpgJacqueline Payne-Borden, CNO

Jacqueline Payne-Borden, CNO at the United Medical Center, continues to find value in her nursing career through her ability to shape and mentor nurses in their professions—both formally and informally. A native of the Caribbean, Jacqueline finds solace by the ocean, enjoying her travels to beaches both domestic and abroad when not at work. She also loves to read professional journals but can be found reading home decorating magazines like HGTV.

Takeaways from the 2020 Virtual CNO Academy

Jacqueline found it inspiring that the Virtual CNO Academy allowed her to hear the perspectives of an African American female nurse and Caucasian male nurse, both of whom shared their experiences with biases in the industry—and applauds the event for including this timely topic as the industry collectively strives for inclusivity and transparency. She believes events like the CNO Academy are a safe space for nurses with similar roles to learn from each other and share their unique insights on leadership and the nursing profession at large.

Julie Kim Providence.jpgJulie Kim, Interim CNO

Julie Kim, Interim CNO at the Providence St. Jude Medical Center, continues to find gratification as a nurse leader because of the impact she gets to make in the lives of patients and caregivers—finding daily opportunities to support others during their most difficult times. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her four fur babies, often passing the time playing cards and board games or reading and relaxing. 

Takeaways from the 2020 Virtual CNO Academy

As a nominee of Providence St. Jude leadership, Julie enjoyed her experience at the Virtual CNO Academy because it gave her a platform to learn and grow as a nursing leader. She thinks events like this are important for CNOs to attend because they not only provide an opportunity to network and collaboratively discuss best practices from other organizations, but also offer new learnings for individual nurse leaders to grow in their careers—obtained through interacting with other experienced leaders in the industry.

These women, along with all nursing leaders, are an integral part of our greater movement toward empowering and evolving the nursing industry as we push forward into the future. We hope their voices encourage other great leaders to join in future CNO Academy events and add their unique perspectives to the nursing conversation.


Your 2021 CNOA Faculty:

Dr. Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN – Nurse Executive Advisor, AMN Healthcare
Dr. Patricia Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN – President, The Wise Group
Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN - SVP, Chief Nursing Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
Dr. Barry Dornfeld, Ph.D. – Principal, CFAR


You don’t want to miss the CNO Academy meeting this Fall: Visit our website to learn more about the event and register online, or contact Michelle Bowdich, AMN Healthcare’s Leadership Development Program Specialist, at or call 858-369-6696 with questions.