NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (November 05, 2010) – The Hospital for Special Care Foundation is hosting its 2nd annual Dr. Marie S. Gustin Nursing Excellence Conference entitled, “From Bedside to Boardroom: Empowering the Leader Within You,” on Monday, November 15, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center Alumni Hall at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.  The hospital’s partners in this annual lecture are The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.

Dr. Marie Gustin is a distinguished educator, psychologist and former Superintendent of Schools for the Consolidated School District of New Britain. She endowed this lecture series through a major gift to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation in 2008. In making her gift, Dr. Gustin honored the memory of her parents, Susie and Charles Gustin, who in her words, “walked the path of life with courage and dignity, high principles and the spirit of generosity.”

A former trustee of Hospital for Special Care, Dr. Gustin continues to serve in numerous leadership capacities within the Greater Hartford Region and beyond. 

The 2010 Nursing Excellence Conference will feature nationally-known nursing experts on the subject of Leadership and Nursing Excellence. Leadership expert, Daniel Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and former Sigma Theta Tau President, kicks off the conference with “Leadership Consciousness, Becoming a 360 Leader.” Gen Guanci, MSN, RN, Creative Healthcare Management educator and author, will continue the topic of leadership with “Creating a Culture of Nursing Excellence.” Guanci has also published several articles related to the Magnet® journey and, most recently, a book on creating a culture of nursing excellence. 

The conference will be of interest to staff nurses, charge nurses, managers, educators, administrators and other healthcare leaders. In keeping with the theme of “empowering the leader within you,” the program objectives are to:

1.)    Utilize current research and literature to develop leadership potential in the healthcare world

2.)    Create a role-specific personal leadership plan

At the conclusion of the conference, all attendees will receive nursing educational contact hours for their participation in the educational program. 

For more information on the conference including obtaining the conference brochure, please call 860.827.1958 ext. 5702, email or visit


About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, located in New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury.  Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis.