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Pre-Conference Full-Day Workshops

Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:15 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 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.

B. Get 'Em Thinking Instead of Sleeping! Life Beyond the Lecture
Presenter: Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF

Use of phrases such as active learning and the flipped classroom has become commonplace in nursing education, resulting in a wide variety of definitions and approaches and even some confusion. This session will provide direction on what these terms mean, how to develop and implement learning strategies, and how to ensure that what you are doing supports what students are to learn, including achieving the expected level of thinking. You will leave this session with activities and tools you can use immediately to engage, and perhaps even excite, both your students and yourself.

C. Legally Defensible Practice as an Academic Nurse Educator – 2017 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.

D. Through the Looking Glass: Enhancing Student Learning
Presenters: Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A; National League for Nursing
Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF; Marquette University College of Nursing  

New nurses require well developed clinical reasoning skills in order to deliver safe, effective, and compassionate care. Educating our future practitioners demands the use of transformative strategies to develop critical reflection and clinical reasoning skills. In the continuing series of discussions around the 2014 NLN/INACSL vision statement, “Debriefing Across the Curriculum,” experts in simulation debriefing will provide a hands-on experience of how debriefing is transforming our learning spaces. This interactive workshop will highlight the skills needed to guide students to reflect on and use their content knowledge in the classroom, skills lab, and clinical environments. Your hands-on experiences will also include developing key teaching strategies in each of these areas as you learn to debrief across the curriculum.  Learning outcomes: define measureable objectives for success; discuss the essential elements of good debriefing; and demonstrate skills in guiding critical conversations in the following areas – classroom, skills lab, clinical/post-clinical.

E. Big Data, Analytics, and Exploratory Data Analysis: Cutting Edge Tools and Techniques for Nursing Faculty
Presenter: Darrell Spurlock, Jr., PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, Widener University School of Nursing

Collecting, managing, and analyzing big data – large volume, complex data made possible through the ease of electronic collection  –  is an area of emerging importance in nursing and nursing education and an area where nurses and nurse educators need skill development to address existing knowledge gaps. This two-part pre-conference workshop will address identified knowledge gaps by introducing nurse faculty to the emerging concepts of big data, exploratory data analysis, and analytics as they relate to nursing and nursing education.

In part 1 of the workshop, principles of advanced survey design and electronic data collection will be addressed in depth – focusing on the “collecting” phase of the big data process. Attendees will learn best practices of electronic data collection for research, evaluation, and quality improvement-related purposes. Topics include user-focused design principles, use of innovative survey item formats, designing data collection forms for web, mobile, and other channels (e.g., SMS), techniques to improve survey response rates, and evidence-based strategies for sampling from large populations.

The focus of part 2 will be on exploring and analyzing big data collected from surveys or from other sources (e.g., learning management systems, college/university databases, electronic health records) with a focus on visual analysis, exploratory data analysis techniques, and on creating efficient data management workflows.

(Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop computers for hands-on experience in working with large datasets to visually explore and make sense of the data.)

F. Enhancing Learning Through Technology
Presenter: Jone Tiffany, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF; Bethel University

Nurse educators are being challenged to adapt their teaching styles to meet the needs of the new generation of learners. The students entering higher education have grown up using technology in and out of the classroom. Using practical knowledge and hands-on experience, the workshop will focus on using technology and instructional methods to enhance student engagement and learning both in and out of the classroom.

Significant time will be allotted to demonstrate and practice using the latest educational technologies which include web-based resources, desktop resources, and online applications. Participants will leave with the knowledge to apply at least one new technology skill to their work setting; discuss ways that educational technology can support instruction and student learning; and demonstrate leadership by modeling the use of educational technology. 

Objectives: 1) describe the use of emerging technologies that engage student learning; 2) discuss the benefits and challenges of integrating technology into learning; and 3) demonstrate the use of a variety of technologies used in nursing education.

(Participants should bring their smart phones, tablets, or laptops to this workshop.)

G. The ABCs of Developing Program Systematic Evaluation Plans for NLN CNEA Accreditation
Presenter: Laurie Peters, PhD, MSN, RN, Indiana University

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 NLN CNEA 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.

H. Preparing Your Program for NLN CNEA Accreditation: Beginning the Journey
Presenter: Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; National League for Nursing

Are you preparing your program for initial accreditation? Do you have questions about how to plan and organize your program’s goal of achieving accreditation? This all-day session is designed for those nursing program administrators and faculty who are new to the accreditation process, and for those who are responsible for guiding a never-before accredited program through the initial accreditation process. Topics to be covered include applying NLN CNEA accreditation standards to your program; preparing faculty, staff, and students to participate in the accreditation process; and approaches to organizing the program’s self-study.

Pre-Conference Half-Day Workshop

Thursday: 8:00 am - 11:45 am

I. Interpreting Testing Results for Maximizing Impact on Teaching, Course and Curriculum Revisions, and Student Outcomes
Larry E Simmons, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC; National League for Nursing

This workshop is designed to assist nursing education faculty to apply examination results beyond grades and course completion for the nursing student. Test results also provide rich information for faculty that should impact course evaluations and revisions, curriculum review, and enhancement of student outcomes. The content will address item analysis review of classroom testing, development and use of test blueprints, and test construction as the foundational basis for evaluation of student learning outcomes. The principles and concepts of standardized learner exams in nursing education will be discussed. The application of test results from standardized exams will be presented and put into action by the participants as a group experience. A clearer understanding of how the components fit together and application of the findings should result in the enhancement of student learning outcomes both in classroom and clinical experiences.

Navigating the Summit (For First Time Attendees)

Thursday: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Session 1:

Thursday 3:30-4:15 pm

1A. Effective Teamwork and Collaborative Assignments in the Online Environment: Mastering the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits to Develop a Future Community of Colleagues
Teaching Excellence Across the Curriculum
Session Type: Basics
Presenters: Tonya Breymier, PhD, RN, CNE, COI, Indiana University East

This presentation will share evidence-based best practices and practical design of collaborative assignments as well as common sense support tools for success in the online learning environment to develop nurses toward effective teamwork and collaboration.

1B. BSN Students as Key Players in a University Employee Wellness Program
Teaching Excellence Across the Curriculum
Session Type: Basics
Presenters: Leslie Cole, DNP, RN, The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing

Overseen by nurse faculty, community health nursing students are key components of a university employee wellness program. Students perform health screenings and a variety of other services for this population. Student efforts have enabled the identification of health issues. This initiative promotes health in the local community while actively engaging students in the art of health promotion and disease prevention.

1C. Failing to Fail in Undergraduate Nursing: The Drive for Teaching Excellence
Teaching Excellence Across the Curriculum
Session Type: Beyond Basics
Presenters: Angie Docherty, NursD, MPH, RN, Oregon Health & Science University

A mixed-methods study showed that educators are failing to fail student nurses. The study, conducted in a baccalaureate and ADN consortium, suggests that a number of factors influence grading practices including conflict avoidance, rubric reliance, and institutional rigor. To ensure integrity and excellence in all aspects of nursing education, transparent discussion, and solution-based research are required across the sector.

1D. How to Develop Self-Directed Learners
Teaching Excellence Across the Curriculum
Session Type: Basics
Presenters: Maria Flores-Harris, DNP, RN, CNE, Kaplan Test Prep

For this presentation, the cycle of practice and feedback will be explained with in-depth explanations of the components of the cycle – practice, observed performance, and targeted feedback. Discussion of the importance of metacognitive skills, the use of formative evaluation, the development of a culture that values learning over performance, and the proper development of objectives will also be included.

 1E. Technology Tools: Can We Make Learning Fun and Effective?
Technology (Including Simulation)
Session Type: Basics
Presenters: Jodi Berndt, PhD, RN, CCRN, PCCN, CNE, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

This session will highlight several low-cost interactive teaching tools and web-based applications that can be used to engage students in critical thinking activities and facilitate learning while having fun. Strategies to embrace technology use in the classroom, laboratory, clinical and online settings will be shared and best practices will be identified.

1F. The Use of Social Media and Cybercivility Guidelines in Nursing Schools
Technology (Including Simulation)
Session Type:
Beyond Basics
Jennie De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, Duke University School of Nursing

This study aimed to determine whether explicit guidelines regarding cybercivility in social media, online classrooms, and email correspondence are available to students in selected nursing schools. The findings of this study would help nurse educators and administrators formulate comprehensive and complete policies and procedures of cyberincivility, thereby facilitating a culture of cybercivility in nursing education.

1G. Interprofessional Preparation of Leaders In Health Professions Education
Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Practice (IPP)
Session Type:
Beyond Basics
Anne Belcher, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Johns Hopkins University; Toni Ungaretti, PhD, JHU School of Education

An interprofessional program for the development of leaders in health professions education will be presented.  The collaboration among the disciplines of nursing, medicine, public health, education, and business will be described, with a focus on the strategic role of nurse educators in curriculum design and implementation, recruitment of faculty and students, and ongoing quality improvement.

1H. Teaching Innovations for Systems-Thinking in Graduate Programs for Nurse Educators
Leadership and Systems Change
Session Type:
Beyond Basics
Janet Phillips, PhD, RN, ANEF, Indiana University; Ann Stalter, PhD, RN, Wright State University

This session will provide nurse educators with an evidence-based model on systems-thinking for leadership in system-based practice for a culture of health. The authors will present their NEW STEPS model, which advances systems thinking for quality and safety both locally and globally. Exemplary teaching strategies will be included to help nurse educators operationalize systems thinking in their curricula.

1I. Implementation of Just Culture in Student Progression Issues Using a Faculty-driven Algorithm
Leadership and Systems Change
Session Type:
Beyond Basics
Tammy Spencer, MS, RN, CNE, ACNS-BC, CCNS, University of Colorado College of Nursing; Gail Armstrong, PhD, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN, CNE, University of Colorado College of Nursing; Laura Rosenthal, DNP, ACNP, FAANP, University of Colorado College of Nursing 

In pursuit of implementing just culture, health care systems have adopted a standardized approach to analyze error in care. A model by David Marx categorizes error etiology to guide standardized responses and improve systems. An algorithm, based on Marx’s work, was created by nurse faculty to provide a process for decision-making about student progression issues. An overview and use of the algorithm will be discussed.

1J. Making Your #NLNVoices Heard in the New Congress
Leadership and Systems Change
Session Type: Basic
Presenter: Christine Murphy, MA​

In the first months of this new Congress, we’ve seen legislators bombarded with messages from constituents. How do your #NLNVoices stand out in a sea of messages from other vocal constituents and partisan politics? This session will explore what the new Congress looks like and the most effective ways to make your #NLNVoices break through the noise. It is designed to help you understand the inner workings of a Congressional office and constituent communications, pressing policy policies before Congress, and creative ways to reach Capitol Hill with #NLNVoices.

Opening Session, Keynote Address & President's Award

Thursday: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Opening Reception

Thursday: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Thursday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CNE Reception (By Invitation Only)

Thursday: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 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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