Faculty Practice Pre-Conference (PLN)

Designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice.

The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference is designed for those who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice. The pre-conference immediately precedes the Doctoral Education Conference, allowing educators to attend both events. This pre-conference is associated with AACN's Practice Leadership Network (PLN).

Hotel Information

The Naples Grande Beach Resort is Coming Back Grander Than Ever after Hurricane Irma! The resort has been upgraded and revitalized since the weather impact and is proud to reopen its doors again to guests beginning in December. AACN is excited to host its Doctoral Education Conference as planned in January in Naples. We hope to see you there!

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-227-2182

Hilton Naples (approximately 6 walking minutes)
5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-430-4900

Staybridge Suites Naples - Gulf Coast (approximately 5 driving minutes)
4805 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-643-8002

The room blocks at the Naples Grand Beach Resort, the Hilton Naples and the Staybridge Suites Naples are filled.

The following hotels are located near the Naples Grande Beach Resort and may have availability over the meeting dates:

Residence inn Naples by Marriott (approximately 5 minutes by car)
4075 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-659-1300

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Naples (approximately 13 minutes by car)
3557 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109

Courtyard by Marriott (approximately 12 minutes by car)
3250 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-434-8700

Hampton Inn Naples-Central (approximately 7 minutes by car)
3210 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103
Phone: 239-261-8000


Southwest Florida International (RSW) is approximately a 35-minute drive to/from the hotel. Taxi fare is approximately $94.00 each way. For further ground transportation information, please visit www.flylcpa.com/othertrans/. For directions to the Naples Grande Beach Hotel please visit: www.naplesgrande.com/directions.

Hotel self-parking is available at $18.00 per night; valet parking is available at $28.00 per night.

Above rates are subject to change.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing nursing education (CNE) hours will be awarded to those who attest to attendance at entire sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the conference. The CNE certificate will be provided online only after completion of evaluation.

Dietary and Special Needs

If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free) or special needs, please email us prior to the event at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Registration, Light Continental Breakfast, and Poster Presentations

7:45-8:15 a.m.
Practice Leadership Network Meeting
Join practice colleagues at this informal breakfast discussion. Open to members and guests at no charge.

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Program Session
Faculty Practice: Past, Present, and Future

Faculty practice is a constantly evolving field. This session will outline the past, present, and future of faculty practice, with a specific focus on how the past has shaped faculty practice and how the current environment is influencing and defining its future.
Presenter: Michael Carter, DNSc, DNP, FAAN, University Distinguished Professor, Interim Director, DNP Program, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Break and Poster Presentations

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Program Session
Transitioning BSN-to-DNP Graduates into Clinical Practice and Academia

This session will focus on the unique needs of the BSN-to-DNP student as they prepare to move on to their next role. Panelists will discuss specific strategies for assisting these students and preparing them for this transition, including strategies that address practice readiness, barriers for practice for the BSN-to-DNP student, and the challenges of transitioning from practice to academia.
Panel Presenters: Elizabeth Remo-Platt, DNP, Assistant Professor (new faculty placing BS-DNP students into practice), LaChiana Hamilton, DNP, Adjunct Faculty (recent BS-DNP student), and Crystal Ché Williams BSN, RN, (DNP Student), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

12:00-1:30 p.m.
(On your own)

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Program Session
State of NP Residency Programs

Join the discussion about post-graduate nurse practitioner (NP) residency programs. Topics will include the current state of NP residency programs, how residencies assist new NPs as they transition into practice, and what the future holds for NP residencies.
Speaker: Ann Marie Hart, PhD, Professor and DNP Program Director, Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

3:00-3:30 p.m.

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Program Session
The Essentials for Board Recertification: Where Practice Does or Does Not Fit In

In this panel presentation, three nursing leaders representing different organizations will lead a conversation about board recertification. Panelists from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB), and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) will share their perspectives on the role clinical practice plays in the recertification process.
Panel Presenters: Maryola Villarruel, DNP, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Susan D. Ruppert, PhD, Professor of Clinical Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX and Member at Large, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board, and Anne C. Thomas, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI and President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties


Registration Fees


  Early Bird
By December 19, 2017
After December 19, 2017
AACN Members    
PLN Network Members $229 $279
Non-PLN Network Members $249 $299
AACN Non-Members $249 $299

For payment related questions, please contact us at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

If you subsequently cannot attend this event, the following options are available:

1. You may substitute your registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

2. If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:

  • Cancellation requests received by January 3, 2018 will be refunded minus a $75 non-refundable administrative fee.
  • Cancellation requests received after January 3, 2018 will not be granted any refunds.
  • Refunds will not be given for no-shows.
  • No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged a $75 non-refundable administrative fee after the event.

Please note: Cancellations received fewer than 7 days prior to the conference start date will be reviewed and processed within two weeks after the last day of the conference.

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements. AACN assumes no responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, or other travel costs.

Location Information

The Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103

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