SOURCE: The College Network

The College Network

October 16, 2009 11:19 ET

The College Network's Chief Nursing Officer Nita Kasan to Present at National Healthcare CNO Summit

Lateral Violence in Nursing: Achieving Cultural Transformation via Leadership Accountability

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - October 16, 2009) - Nita Kasan, Chief Nursing Officer for The College Network™, will be one of the speakers at the National Healthcare CNO Summit taking place from October 18th to the 20th in Indian Wells, CA. The Summit Program will feature high level strategy sessions for Chief Nursing Officers, covering important industry issues through a combination of presentations, panel discussions and think tanks.

Kasan's presentation, "Lateral Violence in Nursing: Achieving Cultural Transformation via Leadership Accountability," will focus on understanding the costly and potentially devastating phenomenon of lateral violence in the workplace of registered nurses. Lateral violence in nursing is often characterized as psychological harassment through actions such as intimidation, verbal abuse, sabotage, or withholding critical information, all of which are toxic and have a negative effect on the profession. Lateral violence in nursing is also referred to as "horizontal violence," "the barracuda syndrome" and "nurses eating their young." Those most vulnerable are student nurses, newly licensed nurses, newly hired nurses and those that float from one area or hospital to another. Research does show, however, that lateral violence exists for nurses at all levels and settings from the novice staff nurse to senior faculty in academia.

"Lateral violence contributes to a culture of disrespect versus a culture of safety. It interferes with effective communication which negatively impacts performance and outcomes. The impact of lateral violence is currently, and will continue to be, addressed through culture change at the personal, organizational, state, national and international levels. Assessments, education and maintaining a standard of 'Zero Tolerance for Abuse' are creating environments where empowerment and accountability will reverse workplace cultures that have tolerated these behaviors in the past," said Kasan.

Kasan, who has over 25 years of experience in the advanced practice of nursing administration and direct patient care, plans on exploring the following:

--  Nursing leadership's foundational challenge and the impact on
--  Correlating clinical outcomes to intellectual capital
--  Understanding the link between nursing lateral violence, retention,
    and patient outcomes
--  Proactive lateral violence prevention strategies and the professional
    obligation of nursing leaders.

In addition to her current role as the Chief Nursing Officer for The College Network, Kasan is the president and CEO of Innovative Excellence, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm as well as the Vice President of Interim Services and Chief Nursing Officer for CTL Consulting. Prior to her consulting roles, Kasan served as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer for University Community Healthcare System in Tampa, Florida. She has been a member of the Center for Nursing Leadership, has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, has had the honor of representing our country in the Naval Nurse Corps and has won multiple awards for excellence in both organizational and community leadership.

About The College Network, Inc.

Since 1992, The College Network, Inc. has provided educational solutions that allow corporations to help employees advance their education and training with college degrees and professional certificates from highly acclaimed universities. As one of the nation's leading educational services companies and a partner with some of the nation's foremost institutions of higher learning, The College Network has allowed over 150,000 adults to continue their education without interruption to their professional lives. Visit, or call 1-800-39-LEARN (395-3276) for more information.

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