May 30, 2019: Lessons to a New Leader

This live webinar was on May 30… but don’t worry… you can still watch the recording!

Anna and Francesca have been nurse leaders for 5 years and 3.5 years, respectively. There are many things they wished someone shared with them when they first embarked on the nursing leadership journey. 

In this session, “Lessons to a New Leader”, a few of the tips and tricks you’ll learn include setting the vision and tone for your team, maintaining fairness and equity, managing in a union environment, and how to cultivate relationships with your staff through team-building activities both in and out of the hospital setting.


List at least one resource, or helpful tip, you learned in this webinar that you plan to utilize in your role as a new leader.


Anna Werner, MBA, BSN, RN, CNML, is the NICU and Pediatrics Manager at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Anna leads teams in the NICU, Pediatrics, and Respiratory Therapy Department. Anna has built a level 3 NICU from the ground up and is currently working on elevating pediatric care and growing the pediatrics department. She has her Masters Degree in Business Administration and her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Anna thrives in growing teams, developing people and building departments.

Francesca M. Leo, BSN, RNC-NIC, is the Clinical Nurse Manager at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York, NY. Francesca transitioned from bedside nursing to nursing leadership 3.5 years ago when she joined the NewYork-Presbyterian/MSCH family as a Nursing Care Coordinator in the NICU. She served as unit lead representative for the Annual Patient and Staff Safety Fair, and she has been recognized for her efforts to reduce employee workplace harm. Francesca’s passions include employee recognition, CLABSI prevention, baking, and teaching her nephew to say her name!

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This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number 15417 for 1 contact hour.

We are very grateful to Dr. Brown’s Medical for their sponsorship of the 2019 Synova Leadership Webinar series.

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