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Registration for the 2025 NICU Leadership Forum will open in December 2024. 

WHAT OUR NURSE LEADERS

Have To Say!

“For me the biggest takeaway was realizing I was not alone. Everyone in leadership always seemed so together and confident but through multiple sessions I learned everyone felt insecure at some point. Knowing that they had overcome gave me the confidence to continue forward and evolve into a better leader.”

“I have been coming to Synova conferences for 20 years. When I first started to come, I was a really young leader.  I don’t even know if I considered myself a leader and I grew so much as a leader during those y ears and I have to credit so much of that to the Synova conferences.”

“Sometimes as a leader you have to dig really deep to support your team and I really believe that the NICU Leadership Forum and the mentors I have gained through this community have made me a better leader. Even though it’s hard right now we have to keep growing together.”

“The forum of people is such a great group that I have gotten to know over the years that gives you an incredible amount of support not just at the conference but all year long.”

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Conference Details

  • Who Should Attend?

    • NICU Directors, Managers, Supervisors, and members of their leadership teams
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Supervisors
    • Executive Directors of Women’s Services
  • When & Where

    2025 NICU Leadership Forum will be held at the Westin La Paloma, Tucson, AZ , April 27 – May 1. Pre-Conferences are on April 26 and the General Sessions will run April 28 – May 1, 2025.

  • Program Changes

    Synova reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics, or schedule. The most up-to-date agenda is online.

  • ACCREDITATION

    The NICU Leadership Forum will be awarded contact hours depending on the length of the program through Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. The pre-conferences will be awarded contact hours depending on the length of the program.

  • TRAVEL

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

    The 2025 NICU Leadership Forum will be held at the Westin La Paloma.

    Westin La Paloma Resort
    3800 East Sunrise Drive
    Tucson, AZ 85718

    The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. With staggering views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, activate your sense of adventure with a stroll through Sabino Canyon. The resort balances activity with leisure, offering dynamic workspaces at our full-service business center and five outdoor pools with cabanas, chaise lounge chairs and shimmering waterfalls. The Westin La Paloma completed a $15 million dollar renovation in February 2023.

    Booking information will posted in late 2024/early 2025


    AIR & GROUND TRANSPORTATION

    Tucson International Airport is the closest airport to the conference center. Super shuttle, rental cars, taxis, and Ubers are available

    View the Cancellation Policy

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Reimagine, Engage, Advocate, and Lead with Love

In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, the need for nurse leaders to be authentic has never been more vital. As we embrace the unique attributes of our workforce, integrate innovative technologies, and navigate complex healthcare systems, the need for compassionate, visionary, and strong nurse leaders is paramount. Join us at the 2024 NICU Leadership Forum, where we will gather nurse leaders from across the globe to inspire, empower, and BE REAL.

At the 2024 NICU Leadership Forum, we will:

  • Reimagine our “Dream Teams” as formal and informal leaders by setting expectations and following through with accountability
  • Engage and improve communication between the four generations currently in the workforce
  • Advocate for your team by learning actionable solutions for unit leaders to retain staff while addressing inequities
  • Lead with Love to enhance decision-making, team dynamics, and patient outcomes

Call For Abstracts

Are you interested in submitting an abstract for a poster?

Are you interested in submitting an abstract for a 60 or 20 minute speaking spot, or poster?

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Pre-Conference Events

New Leader Bootcamp (FULL DAY)

Whether you are new to leadership or just need fresh inspiration on your leadership journey, this course is for you! This dynamic and interactive pre-conference will include practical ways to grow your leadership abilities. We will explore the fundamental elements of leading processes and leading people—because strong leaders must do both! Session topics include budget and finance, regulatory compliance, core measures, leadership presence, emotional intelligence, and managing differences among team members. You don’t want to miss this one!

Faculty:

Bobbie Smith, MSN, RN, Labor & Delivery/Fetal Surgery Center Manager, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Kristi Wilkerson, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Education Program Manager, Synova Associates

RATES:

$299 USD

Registration for the 2025 NICU Leadership Forum is now closed. 

Email Melissa Gehl at mgehl@synovaassociates.com to be added to a waitlist for the event.

Quality & Safety: A Workshop to Design and Execute Your QI Projects (HALF DAY PM)

In this pre-conference, you will learn the guidelines for quality and safety as they relate to the new AAP NICU Verification Program. You will also delve into updates on nursing economics, quality and safety, staffing, operational decision-making, and strategies to make the case to leadership to get what you need. Case studies, breakout discussions, and role-play activities will hone your formal or informal nurse leader skills.

Faculty:

Pattie Bondurant, DNP, RN, Chief Transformation and Quality Officer, TransForm Healthcare Consulting

RATES:

$175 USD

Registration for the 2025 NICU Leadership Forum is now closed. 

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR

Brochure & Agenda

Brochure

Take a look at our NICU Leadership Forum brochure for an overview of the 2025 NICU Leadership Forum Event.

Agenda

Our agenda is ever expanding. Take a look to see what we’ll be talking about at this year’s event.

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Rates

MAIN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

$799 USD Early Bird Registration (Ending January 26, 2024)
$899 USD Regular Registration
$949 USD Late Registration (After March 8, 2024, if Available)

PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

New Leader Bootcamp (Full Day) – $315

Quality & Safety: A Workshop to Design and Execute Your QI Projects (Half Day, PM) – $175

Registration for the 2025 NICU Leadership Forum is now closed. 

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APPLY FOR A

Conference Scholarship

Synova will be granting tuition scholarship for NICU nurse leaders to attend the 2025 Neonatal Leadership Forum. Scholarship application deadline is November 15th. Notifications will sent in early December. If accepted, you commit to attend the event.

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