Full-Day Workshops

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

A. Nurse Educators - Leading Healthy and Vital Organizations in an Interconnected World
Presenters:Rebekah, O’Rourke, MAppc, PGDip, PG Cert, BB (England) | Janice G. Brewington, PhD, RN, FAAN, National League for Nursing | Katherine Harding, PhD – Clinical Psychology

Moving beyond boundaries challenges us to explore our boundaries in the mind. It also offers us the opportunity to gain a shared understanding of what we consider those boundaries to be and how they can be utilized as a resource for leaders. Which illusory boundaries serve the well-being of the larger system, and which create a sense of fragmentation, alienation, isolation, and hostility? To what boundaries do we cling and why? What are the fears behind releasing those illusions? What is our sense of relatedness to those who we perceive as on the other side of the boundary we have created in our mind? To what extent do these boundaries promote a sense of co-creation within a larger context, or to what extent do they feed fear, conquest, acquisition, and neediness? How does this understanding of boundaries suggest practices that serve the organizational essential purpose and well-being and those of the people within it? At this challenging one-day workshop we will work with functional boundaries as a leadership resource. We will apply our lived experiences and our insights to practical actions in our roles and organizations so that they can be healthy and vital human systems.

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

B. The NLN Preparation Course for Certification as a Nurse Educator
Presenters: Linda Caputi, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, College of DuPage

This workshop is an intensive, comprehensive review of the major content areas of the test blueprint for the Certified Nurse Educator exam. It is designed to help potential candidates assess their level of readiness and identify practice domains where further study may be needed. For more information and to register for the CNE exam, go to

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

C. Legally Defensible Practice as an Academic Nurse Educator – 2016 Review and Update
Presenter: Linda Christensen, EdD, JD, MSN, RN, National League for Nursing

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of students filing a lawsuit against their college or academic program. Nursing students are following this trend and litigation against academic nurse educators and nursing education program is increasing. Academic nurse educators must be skilled health care professionals who are aware of the legal issues surrounding their health care practice, as well as skilled educators who are aware of the legal issues surrounding their role as an academic nurse educator. Learn the most frequent risk areas for academic nurse educators and strategies that can be used to decrease your risk of legal liability.
Participation limited to 150

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

D. Integrating Nursing Skills for Person-Centered Care in Practical Nursing Programs
Presenter: Elaine Tagliareni EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN; Susan Misiorski MSN, RN and Laureen Tavolaro-Ryley MSN, RN

The NLN’s Center for Care of Vulnerable Populations has partnered with the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) to provide evidence-based training tools for practical nurse educators, using the NLN’s Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S) program and PHI’s coaching-communication skills. Learn about interactive teaching strategies that explore the role of nurses through the eyes of the person served and identify aspects of self-awareness and self-management as core to effective gerontological nurses. Participants will leave the workshop with ideas about how to integrate coaching communication skills, ACE.S teaching strategies, and unfolding cases into the practical nursing curriculum to improve the quality of care for older adults and their caregivers.

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

E. The ABC’s of Program Systematic Evaluation Plans: Getting Started
Presenters: Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN and Patricia Castaldi, DNP, RN, ANEF

Interested in learning more about how to develop a systematic evaluation plan for your program? And how you can use the plan to help prepare your program for accreditation? When focused on continuous quality improvement, the process of evaluating your nursing program and pursuing accreditation can be a rewarding experience for faculty and administrators. This session will provide participants with a hands-on learning experience of how to create a systematic evaluation plan that is realistic, standards-driven, and helpful in preparing your nursing program to engage in the accreditation experience. Special focus will be placed on the NLN CNEA standards, the evaluation process, and how to develop quality-focused program, faculty and student outcomes for nursing programs of all types.

Wed: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

F. Writing Your Program’s NLN CNEA Self-Study: Process and Outcomes
Presenters: Amy Pettigrew, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF and Laurie Peters, PhD, MSN, RN

The collective process of writing a self-study provides program faculty with the opportunity to conduct a self-assessment of program strengths and areas for further development. This session will provide participants with strategies and tips that can be used to write a self-study that is focused on addressing the NLN CNEA Standards of Accreditation in an organized and concise manner. Emphasis will be placed on ways to describe program outcomes and continuous quality improvement efforts that are aligned with NLN CNEA accreditation standards.

Half-Day Workshops

Wed: 8:00 am - 11:45 am

G. Live Review Facilitator Training
Presenter: Karin Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, ANEF

Our live review facilitators are prepared by the NLN to anticipate the questions and challenges faced by the nursing students they are going to visit. We believe each LRF should be seen as a fresh voice, someone who can walk the students through areas of difficulty utilizing the available psychometric data and score reports. Live review facilitators learn to deliver a quality one-, two-, or three-day comprehensive NCLEX preparation review. Utilizing creative teaching strategies, the NLN LRF addresses the needs of today’s multi-media learners in a traditional learning environment.

Wed: 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm

H. Basic Guidelines for Test Construction and Test Item Writing
Presenter: Larry E Simmons, RN, PhD, CNE, NEA-BC, National League for Nursing

This course is an easy-to-use summation of expert thinking about best practices for writing multiple choice test items. The focus of the workshop will be on writing test items for nursing exams are higher cognitive levels, i.e. application, analysis, and evaluation. This is particularly important as a reflection of the types of items on the licensure exams. Some discussion also included alternate format test items. The workshop is composed of methods of didactic, small group work, and sharing the work with the larger group.

Wed: 8:00 am - 11:45 am

I. Enhancing Learning Through Technology
Presenter: Jone Tiffany, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, Bethel University

Nurse educators need to understand and use the power of technologies to prepare the next generation of nurses. This workshop will provide learning focused on using technology and methods to enhance student engagement and learning in the classroom. Significant time will be allotted to demonstrate and practice using the latest in educational technology. Technologies will include web-based resources, desk top resources, and online applications. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. The focus will be on practical knowledge and hands-on classroom experience: Learn to apply at least one new technology skill in the classroom; discuss ways that educational technology can support instruction and student learning, not interfere with it; demonstrate leadership by modeling the use of educational technology.

Wed: 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm

J. Critical Teaching: Guiding Thinking
Presenter: Susan Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, National League for Nursing

Teaching and learning should inspire curiosity – set the context and raise the questions. The use of simulation in nursing education is teaching us about the gaps in our classroom teaching. This workshop will is focus on developing our classroom and beyond teaching skills. While good teaching is knowing the content, great teaching guides the learner to use the content. This interactive session will provide hands-on work in the use of the NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking. You will have the opportunity to practice active learning experiences and guide thinking in the classroom, debriefing, and post-clinical conference. The workshop will discuss the essential elements of the NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking and demonstrate skills in guiding active learning experiences in the classroom, simulation, and post-clinical environments.

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 Workshop Fees

Pre-Summit Full-Day Workshops A-F

  • Through July 31
    $255 (NLN member); $405 (non-member)
  • After July 31
    $305 (NLN member); $405 (non-member)

Pre-Summit Half-Day Workshops G-J

  • Through July 31
    $149 (NLN member); $279 (non-member)
  • After July 31
    $179 (NLN member); $279 (non-member)



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