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Third NLN Technology Conference Features Keynoter Angela McBride and Presenters Diane Billings, Helen Connors, Pamela Jeffries, and Diane Skiba


Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2 The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis, MO, Two Pre-Conference Simulation/Informatics Workshops Also Available Early-Bird Registration Closes October 1


September 25, 2008—New York, NY— Bringing together recognized experts in simulation, e-learning, informatics, and telehealth, the National League for Nursings 2008 Technology Conference opens next month at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, MO.

Intended to help nurse educators remain current in these rapidly evolving areas, participants will:

  • Develop ways to implement the recommendations of the NLNs newly released position statement: Preparing the Next Generation of Nurses to Practice in a Technology-rich Environment: An Informatics Agenda
  • Tour a state-of-the-art simulation center to learn how to take simulation designs to the next level: move beyond patient care to multi-disciplinary simulations involving delegation and increasingly complex curricular concepts
  • Prepare to revolutionize nursing education through new ways of incorporating e-learning into classroom and clinical settings
  • Discover how others are using Second Life and Social Networking
  • Hear about the impressive accomplishments of the first group of scholars in the HITS/HRSA grant program

The conference will open with a keynote address, "Informatics for ALL Nurses," by Angela McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor-university dean emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing. Other featured presenters include Diane Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, Chancellors Professor Emeritus from Indiana University School of Nursing; Helen R. Connors, RN, PhD, FAAN, associate dean and professor, University of Kansas, School of Nursing and executive director of the KU Center for Healthcare Informatics; Sharon Decker, PhD, CS, CCRN, ANEF, professor and director of Clinical Simulations, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; Janet Grady, DrPH, RN, ANEF, associate professor and director of the nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and principal investigator on the Office of Naval Research-sponsored project "Nursing Telehealth Applications Initiative"; Pamela R. Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing; Diane J. Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, professor and health care informatics option coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver School of Nursing; Brent Thompson, DNSc, RN, associate professor at West Chester University; and Judith J. Warren, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI, Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor of Nursing, SEEDS program director, and coordinator of the graduate healthcare informatics specialty track at the University Kansas School of Nursing, as well as the director of nursing informatics in the University of Kansas Center for Healthcare Informatics.

There are two pre-conference events. Participants in the Basic Simulation Workshop learn how to design and implement simulation into the curriculum. The Integrating Informatics into the Curriculum workshop focuses on how nurse educators can find and use a variety of informatics resources, and plan implementation and evaluation strategies.

Its not too late to receive a discount for early-bird registration. To receive the early registration rate, payment must be received on or before October 1. Regular online/fax registration for the conference will close on October 17. On-site registration will be available the day of the conference for those who miss the deadline. If you are planning to register on-site, contact

For complete conference information, log onto the NLN web site at and click on the link for faculty development.

Editors and reporters: To arrange interviews of featured speakers in advance of the conference or to attend the conference, please contact Karen R. Klestzick, NLN chief communications officer, at 212-812-0376 or