2021 National Conference Faculty

2021 Keynote Speaker

Presentation:  Leading Innovative Quality Improvement in the Capricious Healthcare System: The Role of the DNP

Dr. Tammy Peacock is currently a nurse leader for Kaiser Permanente’s National Accreditation and Quality Consulting. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in healthcare.  Dr. Peacock is a subject matter expert in surgical safety, accreditation, and has widespread experience in performance improvement, health care operations, and patient safety.  With over ten years of quality improvement experience, Dr. Peacock has led several large performance Improvement projects in a large multi-regional integrated healthcare system.  In 2016 she was the recipient of Kaiser Permanente’s Lawrence Patient Safety Award for her contributions to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.

Dr. Peacock has been published in American Journal of Perioperative Nursing, and the American College of Surgeons Bulletin. Dr. Peacock has presented numerous times at the Kaiser Permanente National Quality Conference and the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference.

Dr. Peacock received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of San Francisco with an emphasis in executive leadership. Dr. Peacock is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, American Organization of Nurse Leaders and an Affiliate member of the American College of Surgeons. She holds certifications in Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC), Certified Executive of Nursing Practice (CENP), Certified Professional Patient Safety (CPPS), Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB), and is a TEAMSTEPPS master trainer.

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Presentation:  Beyond the Patient: Contributions of the DNP to Quality Improvement in Health Care Settings

Dr. Carmen Kynard, DNP, MSN, MBA, MEd, APRN, PMHRN-BC, CPHRM has been employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVAMC) since late 2019.  She is the Chief Quality Officer and has responsibility for Quality, Peer Review, Infection Control, Utilization Management, and Risk Management for all inpatient, outpatient, and community-based services.  Immediately prior to coming to the KCVAMC,  for 4.7 years, Carmen was the Vice President of Nursing Services, Regulatory Affairs, and Performance Improvement for a 10-hospital, multi-State, behavioral health company situated in Memphis, TN. Carmen served as a Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Performance Improvement  for a local medical surgical facility and an acute level behavioral health care hospital for 17 years. For a number of years, Carmen administered Quality/ Risk /Infection Control/ Utilization Review/and Performance Improvement functions for three medical surgical facilities in the SF Bay area. She is certified as a Hospital Risk Manager (CPHRM) and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMHRN-BC).  She was an examiner for Malcolm Baldrige and helped drive organizational performance excellence by reviewing and providing feedback to hospitals. When not working, Carmen enjoys performing medical/mission work. Pursuant to this interest, Carmen returned to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked in clinic settings in the KC area. In 2015, Carmen was selected as one of the three US recipients for receipt of the Florence Nightingale Medal that is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland for courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster and exemplary service or pioneering spirit in areas of public health or nursing education.