Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program

This interactive program provides participants with frameworks for how to tell stories about science. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the frameworks as individuals or in small groups.

The Research Leadership Network (RLN) is comprised of nursing faculty who have leadership roles facilitating research within their nursing programs.

The AACN Research Leadership Network will foster professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues. Networking within these groups will be facilitated through programs, meetings and electronic communications.

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 For directions to the Naples Grande Beach Hotel please visit:

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

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930

Thursday, January 18

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Membership Update
Speaker: Julie Zadinsky, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research and PhD Program Director, Augusta University, Augusta, GA and Chair, Research Leadership Network (RLN)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Introduction to Storytelling and the WSP (Word Sentence Paragraph) Model
Telling a story about our research involves conveying a message that is easy to understand, precise and interesting. The WSP model will show us how to present a convincing, precise, and neatly crafted story of our research.
Speaker: John M. Clochesy, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Using the WSP Model
Practice in Small Groups with Facilitators

10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
Telling our Story with Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha is a presentation format in which 20 slides are presented in 6 minutes, 40 seconds (20 seconds/slide) to convey a clear, concise, and engaging story about our research.
Speaker: Cindy Munro, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Miami, FL

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 - 11:40 a.m.
Developing & Presenting a Pecha Kucha
Practice in Small Groups with Facilitators & Presentation to All Participants

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Debriefing: Applying Story Telling with Graduate Students and in Practice
Discussion of using WSP and Pecha Kucha with students and with our practice partners.
Speaker: Judith E Hupcey, EdD, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Networking dinner opportunities are planned for the evening of January 19, 2018. More information and a sign-up sheet will be available at the RLN program. 

Registration Fees


  Early Bird
By December 19, 2017
After December 19, 2017
AACN Members    
RLN Network Members $79 $99
Non-RLN Network Members $99 $119
AACN Non-Members $199 $219
Full-Time Students* $50 $60

* Full-time graduate students carrying 9 or more credit hours this semester may request a 50% discount. Submit your request together with verification of your full-time student status to

For payment related questions, please contact us at

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

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 $25 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 $25 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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