Location and Speakers

The Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo, in Portland, Oregon. Located 2 miles southwest of Downtown Portland, the zoo is inside Portland's Washington Park, and includes the Washington Park & Zoo Railway that previously connected to the International Rose Test Garden inside the park, but currently runs only within the zoo. Opened in 1888 after a private animal collector donated his animals to the City of Portland, the 64-acre zoo is now owned by the regional Metro government. It currently holds more than 1,800 animals of more than 230 species, including 19 endangered species and 9 threatened species. The zoo also boasts an extensive plant collection throughout its animal exhibits and specialized gardens. The Oregon Zoo is Oregon's largest paid and arguably most popular visitor attraction, with more than 1.6 million visitors in 2016. The zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

2018 Conference Title:

Celebrating our Crucial Partnerships in Precepting

2018 Speaker:

Donna Wright, MS, RN

Professional Development Specialist/Consultant

Creative HealthCare Management

Minneapolis, MN

Ms. Wright is a professional development specialist with Creative Healthcare Management in Minneapolis, MN.  Donna has worked with many health care organizations to help them create meaningful, effective programs that support staff development and competency assessment for all departments.  She is the author of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Healthcare – which has been translated into Japanese, and is being used throughout Japan.  Her most recent publication is The Competency Assessment Field Guide.   She is also one of the co-authors of the national award winning book, Relationship-based care:  A model for transforming practice.

Donna received her Masters Degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota.  She has worked in both staff and leadership roles.  Her experiences have taken her to a variety of health care settings including rural Africa.  Donna is a member and past president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and is a recipient of their “Promoting Excellence in Consultation” award.  Donna is known for her energy and refreshing approach to education and learning.



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