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PI Open Enrollment

Performance Improvement Courses - Yellow Belt Certification

The Quality Performance Improvement team offers a Yellow Belt program to prepare front line leaders to facilitate improvement efforts within their department. Four half-day courses will introduce participants to the basic toolset for leading teams through change, understanding data, and applying improvement and problem-solving tools in their work setting. After completing all four courses, participants will be awarded a WFBH Yellow Belt Certification. Descriptions of each class can be found below with additional information on how to register.

Performance Improvement 101

Gives participants the tools needed to lead a performance improvement initiative. Using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement as a guide, participants will learn key concepts and tools to accelerate improvement. Course includes facilitated instruction and case study exercises with small groups.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the benefits of a structured approach to quality improvement and problem solving
  • Identify the most-frequently used quality improvement theories and tools for healthcare
  • Demonstrate energy and enthusiasm for quality improvement
  • Express a desire to learn more

Performance Improvement 201

This course takes a deeper dive on how to turn data into information and how to turn information into knowledge. It provides an understanding of variation, describes four graphical methods to learn from your data, and shows how to use these learnings to make decisions and drive improvements.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how basic statistics can help us improve health
  • Analyze and interpret graphical displays of data for process improvement
  • Verbalize how data are used to generate information and knowledge

Change Management

Provides strategies for leading organizational change. Participants will start with an understanding of individual response to change and tools for breaking down resistance. Staff, leaders and faculty will learn how to effectively use a structured approach to lead teams through small- and large-scale changes. This course will introduce tools from a variety of established change management models.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how people respond to change
  • Identify tools and strategies to manage change
  • Describe the value of a structured approach to change management

Team Facilitation

Getting a team together can be a challenge, but we need teams to accomplish our everyday work, tackle improvement efforts, and complete projects. Learn how to get the most out of our teams and avoid boring or even wasted meeting time. This interactive, fast-paced session will help you breathe new life into your team meetings.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a foundation for successful teamwork
  • Use techniques for effective meetings
  • Demonstrate energy and enthusiasm for leading teams
  • Express a desire to learn more


The only available classes with open slots are highlighted below. These classes are held from 8:30am to 12:30pm. All classes will be offered virtually through the WebEx platform. For the best learning environment, please make sure you have access to a computer, preferably with a web camera and working microphone, and can participate from a quiet space. While strongly encouraged, it’s not required to take PI 101 before taking PI 201. The other classes can be taken in any order. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

PI 101






PI 201






Team Facilitation






Change Management






                                                                       Dates are subject to change

How to Register:

  • Please email Stephanie Damm (Stephanie.Damm@wakehealth.edu) from Quality Assessment and Analytics.
    • Include your name and what course and date you would like to register for.
    • Place a hold on your calendar for the date and time indicated.
    • A formal WebEx invite will be sent on the Monday before class is scheduled.

Call for Abstracts

NCONL Call For Abstracts!

NCONL Annual Conference and Membership Meeting

Nurse Leaders: Navigating a New Frontier

April 27-29, 2022

Grandover Resort and Conference Center

1000 Club Road

Greensboro, NC 27407

Contact Hours Provided

Share your research, EBP implementation, or Performance Improvement projects with NC colleagues!

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with ample time for you to discuss your work with other attendees.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Provide Abstract Title and Author Name(s) with Credentials and Organizational Affiliation(s)
  • The 350 word limit includes required subheadings. References, if included, do not count    toward the 350 word limit
  • Required subheadings vary by project type:
    • Research: Background, and Significance, Purpose, Methods, Results, Implications
    • EBP Implementation: Triggers for the project, Literature and Other Relevant Evidence, Implementation, Measurable Outcomes of
    • Practice Change, Recommendations
    • Quality Improvement (planned and coordinated actions implemented to improve performance that impacts efficiency, patient safety, cost effectiveness, patient or staff experience, or clinical outcomes), background or need for innovation, description of Innovation, Results, and Implications for Practice
  • Review criteria are available online
  • Submit abstracts electronically for blind review via the NCONL website at www.nconl.org
  • When submitting abstract for review, please let us know if your abstract can be placed on the NCONL website

Submission deadline is March 14, 2022

Presenting author of posters accepted for presentation will be notified the week of March 28, 2022.

Poster Presenters register for the conference. The primary presenter will receive a reduced registration rate.


Transition to Practice Evidence Based Practice Presentations


The New Graduate Nurse Residency program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is designed for newly licensed nurses during their first year of practice. The program is called Transition to Practice.

Transition to Practice offers: 

  • Clinical academies during months one thru three
  • Ongoing learning activities in months four thru twelve that assist with the transition from student to nurse
  • An opportunity for nurses to remain in the same cohort throughout the program and meet in small groups led by a facilitator
  • Nurse Scientist-led discussion focused on the evidence-based process culminating in a project by the completion of the program
  • Interactive content such as simulations, panel and small group discussions known as "Tales from the Bedside"

Focus Areas During Months 4-12 

  • Documentation and Legal Pearls
  • Delegation, Conflict Management
  • Escalation of Concerns
  • Care of Self-Preventing Compassion Fatigue
  • Care of the Abusive Patient
  • Ethical Considerations, Death and Dying
  • Professional Development and Advocacy
  • Interdisciplinary Simulation

Transition to Practice Resources (Internal Access Only)

Transition to Practice Nurse Professional Development SpecialistAmy Milner

2020 Dean's Research Symposia Series- Webex Conference 

2020 Dean's Virtual Research Symposium

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