Conference Program

All sessions are listed in Pacific Time. (PT)

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

In-Person Schedule

Thursday, January 19

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Open

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Attendee Lounge Open
Attendees are welcome to unwind, meet with peers, or simply take a break in the legendary Crown Room located in the iconic Victorian Building of the Hotel Del Coronado. Did you know that this breathtaking San Diego venue is named for its gorgeous crown chandeliers that were designed by L. Frank Baum, the author of Wizard of Oz and a longtime Del visitor?

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open
Access exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the individual booths and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. (Solution Providers will showcase Thursday and Friday only)

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Explore the Opportunities with All of Us Research HUB
All of Us is part of a new era in which researchers, health care providers, technology experts, community partners, and the public work together to develop individualized health care. The All of Us Research Program, a national precision medicine initiative involving a partnership between AACN and NIH, and it is committed to engage more than a million participants from historically underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Explore the work underway and discover how this initiative can benefit you, your family, your students, and your program of research. You will even have an opportunity to sign up at the meeting to become one in a million!

1:00-1:45 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Meet & Greet

Join us for this informal networking opportunity hosted by the Doctoral Education Conference Planning Subcommittee. Connect with fellow first-time attendees, ask questions, and jump start the conference. We look forward to seeing you!

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary

Integrating Machine Learning and Human Knowledge to Build the Future of Healthcare 

As the use of Artificial Intelligence or AI becomes more prevalent in clinical practice, an area of great impact involves the use of computers to recognize people, diagnoses, and interventions. While this promises new benefits to health and health care, new problems and unanticipated consequences may also result. In this talk, Kevin Slavin will review the strengths and challenges of both computational and human approaches to providing health care, and how the strongest systems integrate these approaches to achieve optimal results. Ultimately, the most effective systems will use both machine and human learning to achieve the best outcomes in research and clinical practice.
Speaker : Kevin Slavin, Entrepreneur, Technology Pioneer, and Algorithms Expert

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Networking Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary    
Why I Train Grandmothers to Treat Depression

Join this inspirational talk with Dr. Dixon Chibanda, one of only a handful of psychiatrists working in Zimbabwe, who will share evidence, insights, and powerful stories on the importance of meaning and purpose as tools to empower people to provide emotional, psychological, and mental health support. Discover how this innovator is using a precious resource - grandmothers to provide crucial mental health services for a population of more than 16 million. Hear how we can leverage meaning and purpose to create a sense of belonging and foster intergenerational connectedness in an increasingly disconnected world. 
Speaker: Dixon Chibanda, PhD, Director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI), Founder of Friendship Bench, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa

5:00-7:00 p.m.
AACN Welcome Reception with Poster Presentations
Kick-off the conference with an engaging opening reception. Take this opportunity to network with friends and colleagues, talk with poster presenters, and visit with exhibitors while enjoying a glass of wine and light fare.

7:00 p.m.
Coronado Walk-and-Talk with AACN President and CEO

Join AACN President/CEO Deborah Trautman for this optional walk. Get in your daily while enjoying Coronado. The group departs promptly at 7:00 p.m. from the hotel entrance. See you there!

Friday, January 20

6:00 a.m.
Running and Walking Groups
Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

7:00-9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Poster Viewing

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Registration Open

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Attendee Lounge Open
Attendees are welcome to unwind, meet with peers, or simply take a break in the legendary Crown Room located in the iconic Victorian Building of the Hotel Del Coronado. Did you know that this breathtaking San Diego venue is named for its gorgeous crown chandeliers that were designed by L. Frank Baum, the author of Wizard of Oz and a longtime Del visitor?

7:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Forums

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network Forum
    Join colleagues to meet, greet, and network with other DEILN members and potential members. You will have the opportunity to meet the steering committee and other members you may have only met or worked with virtually. Learn about the activities of DEILN and share thoughts on future engagement activities. All are welcome to attend.
     
  • New Dean Dialogue
    Gather for a thought-provoking conversation about the opportunities and challenges of a new deanship. This forum is aimed towards individuals who have been in a dean or director position for two years or less.
     
  • Practice Leadership Network Breakfast Forum
    Come meet with members of the Practice Leadership Network (PLN) at our annual networking breakfast. During this time, we’ll discuss the role of the PLN, brainstorm ideas for future educational sessions to meet the needs of our network, discuss the development of a faculty practice tool kit and share opportunities to become involved in PLN events.
     
  • Strategies to Promote Acceptance of a Manuscript
    Some people avoid writing because they are immobilized by the fear of rejection. Those who have experienced a rejection often are too discouraged to ever try submitting a manuscript again. This session will focus on strategies for writing a manuscript that will be accepted for publication. Topics include avoiding writer’s block, analyzing criteria for an interesting topic, matching the topic with the appropriate audience and the right journal, developing your idea, and avoiding common pitfalls. Come with a topic idea and let us help you get started with writing or revising a manuscript.
    Seating is limited. First come, first serve.
    Facilitator: Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, Dean Emeritus, University of Utah College of Nursing, Editor, Journal of Professional Nursing
     
  • PhD/DNS & DNP Award Podium Abstract Presentations
    Hear from the 2022 Outstanding PhD/DNS Dissertation and DNP Project Award Recipients about their ground-breaking research and practice innovations.

9:00-11:30 a.m.
Podium Abstracts

(See separate schedule for details)

AACN Podium Abstracts are oral presentations showcasing studies, projects, or programs that have been peer-reviewed and competitively selected. Each session includes three consecutive 20-minute presentations around a similar topic/theme without scheduled breaks. Authors are allotted 15 minutes for their abstract presentation, with 5 minutes for audience questions. All podium presentations will be available on-demand after the conference.

Podium abstracts are grouped by the below topics:

  • Academic Nursing: Excellence & Innovation
  • Leading & Advancing Improvements in Health, Health Care, & Higher Education
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

9:00-10:00 a.m.
D3 – Deep-Dive Discussion

PhD Attrition:  Ideas, Strategies, and Solutions Addressing the Issue

This deep dive session will describe the current status of PhD program attrition based in the evidence gleamed from the very recent PhD Pathways to Excellent Report by AACN along with several case exemplars from selected PhD programs. We will also explore strategies to decrease attrition and promote a sense of community within our PhD programs. We will also engage our audience in an open forum discussion to highlight other interventions or strategies that are being used to address attrition.
Facilitators: Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, Dean, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester, MA, and Jane Georges, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA                                   
           

10:00-10:30a.m.
Networking Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.
D3 – Deep-Dive Discussion
PhD Postdoctoral Fellowships: Ideas, Strategies, and Solutions

After a brief overview of the recommendations contained in AACN’s Pathways to Excellence position statement, presenters will consider issues, experiences, barriers, and facilitators to advancing postdoctoral fellowships in nursing. Strategies to influence policy and enhance the success of postdoctoral fellowships will be proposed through the group’s dialogue.
Facilitators: Cindy Munro, PhD, APRN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, and Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
 

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch Forums
(bring your lunch)

  • Forum for Associate Deans for Research
    This facilitated informal discussion is intended specifically for associate deans/directors at research-intensive schools receiving significant research funding. The agenda is focused on issues particularly relevant to these types of programs and personnel, although all are welcome to attend. 
     
  • Forum for DNP Program Directors
    This facilitated informal discussion is intended specifically for DNP program directors. The agenda is focused on issues particularly relevant to these types of programs and personnel, although all are welcome to attend.
     
  • Forum for PhD Program Directors
    This facilitated discussion is intended specifically for PhD program directors. The agenda is focused on the AACN's PhD Pathways initiative and issues particularly relevant to the research-focused doctorate. All are welcome to attend.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
NursingCAS Luncheon: A Demonstration of AACN’s Student Application and Admissions Management Portal

Learn about AACN’s Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). NursingCAS provides colleges a FREE student application and admissions platform to efficiently manage data-driven reviews in a cloud-based software. Learn why 290 colleges of nursing and 115,000 student applicants used NursingCAS to manage their nursing school applications last cycle.
Pre-Registration required here. Limited seating.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

  • Cultural Intelligence: An Inclusive Excellence Approach to Addressing Diversity in Research and Doctoral Education
    Practices that do not holistically consider diversity have perpetuated inequitable distribution of resources and disparities in research, education, and outcomes. This educational activity is designed to impart knowledge on the CQ (cultural intelligence) framework and cultivation of networks of inclusive excellence. It will also provide information on how to prioritize diversity and apply CQ to research and to pedagogical methodologies in doctoral education. Participants will learn strategies that contribute to sustainable impacts on mitigation of bias-influenced practices and outcomes.
    Speaker: Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, APRN, Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Yale University, Orange, CT
     

  • DNP-PhD Nursing Collaboration to Assess Nurse Practitioner Competencies
    DNP-prepared Nurse Practitioners and nurse scientists can collaborate to support future research, develop efficient healthcare delivery models, and create tools that assess the competencies NP students gain through doctoral education. Emerging science and trend data support DNP education for entry to NP practice. As outlined in the Essentials, DNP prepared NPs have competencies to transform the health of patients directly and at the systems-level. Explore how to leverage research to demonstrate doctoral level NP competencies using the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ DNP prepared NP minimum data set.
    Speaker: Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, APRN, Program Director, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
     

  • Envisioning the 2021 Essentials in a DNP Strategic and Financial Business Planning Course     
    Academic excellence includes preparing nurses for the challenge of contemporary nursing practice. The 2021 Essentials call for a transition to competency-based education, outlining the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from DNP programs. Join two faculty as they share how they used the 2021 Essentials Implementation Tool Kit to apply new domains and competencies to their course. Come ready to learn about an innovative online strategic financial business planning course designed to provide DNP students with the knowledge and skills needed to serve as leaders who effectively analyze healthcare issues and then utilize business tools to develop financially viable strategic plans.
    Speakers: Sheryl Stogis DrPH, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, and Rebecca Kathleen Vortman, DNP, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago
     

  • Incorporating Climate Change into Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula
    Explore how to integrate climate change concepts into DNP curricula using the domains and competencies outlined in the 2021 Essentials as the curricula scaffold. Climate change is a global crisis with profound health implications. The session will provide examples of climate change objectives and identify innovative assignments that help students meet those objectives. Nurses must be educated to recognize the impact of climate change on health and prepared to engage in adaptation, mitigation, and resilience strategies to lessen this global concern.
    Speakers: Mary Quinn Griffin, PhD, RN, Professor, Institutional Researcher, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and Margaret Rafferty, DNP, APRN, Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY
     

  • The Dual Doctorate DNP/PhD Nursing Program 
    ​Dual doctorate DNP/PhD programs are emerging as nurses are seeking terminal degrees in clinical practice and research.  These integrative programs focus on clinical practice, leadership, and nursing research. The programs provide a unique skill set focusing on the integration of evidenced based practice and the generation of new knowledge through research. This session will explore the uniqueness of these programs and the new evolving role of the practice scholar and nurse scientist.  
    Speakers: Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH;
    Karen Macauley, PhD, APRN, Director, School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
     

  • The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence Position Statement: Review and Discussion
    The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence
    position statement that was completed by the task force assigned by AACN.  We will discuss the highlights of 3 manuscripts submitted by this group emphasizing the salient features that were captured in each article. There will be an open discussion with the audience that will allow for further validation of the evidence compiled in this position statement.
    Speakers: Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester, MA, and Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
      
  • The State of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Education: A Review and Discussion
    AACN’s The State of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education in 2022 provides a cross-sectional view of DNP programs and outcomes through a review of the latest data, DNP curriculum, the published literature, and interviews with key stakeholders. What does this mean for DNP educators and what are our next steps? The presenters will walk-through key findings and offer templates that individual programs can use for review and planning purposes.
    Speakers: Danielle McCamey DNP, APRN, Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Catherine Ling, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Networking Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
(repeated from above)
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

6:00 p.m.
Networking Dinner (Optional)
A great opportunity for you to connect at dinner with other participants and expand your network while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportations costs (if any).

Saturday, January 21

6:00 a.m.
Running and Walking Group

Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

6:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Open

6:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Attendee Lounge Open

6:30-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Plenary

CCNE Forum on Revision of the Accreditation Standards

Join the co-chairs of the newly formed CCNE Standards Committee for an important dialogue about CCNE’s accreditation standards review and revision process. Take advantage of this opportunity to offer comments and ask questions about CCNE’s 2018 Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Do the current accreditation standards adequately assess nursing program quality and effectiveness at the baccalaureate and graduate levels? Do any of the standards and key elements need clarification? What opportunities are there for the CCNE community of interest to participate in the standards revision process? What is the timeline for the revision process and how might my program be impacted?
Presenters: CCNE Standards Committee co-chairs Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Pamela B. Simmons, PhD, APRN (ret.), Senior Director and Professor, Emerita, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
Facilitated by Jennifer Butlin, EdD, Executive Director, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, DC

8:15-9:15 a.m.
Like-Schools Informal Discussions
Bring your breakfast to one of these collegial sessions, which are facilitated by members of the Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee. This open forum provides you with an opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to different school types. You may choose which group to attend based on affinity; no pre-registration is required.

  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Academic Health Centers
  • Private Colleges/Universities
  • Public Colleges/Universities

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Plenary
Creating a Healthy Work Environment in Nursing Education: What Matters?

A healthy work environment is imperative for recruiting, retaining, and supporting the vitality of our faculty. We will address this call for action with practical suggestions for making our academic settings ones of optimism, joy, and confidence where current and future nurse leaders can flourish and establish their roots for success. Dr. Fontaine will share how the Healthy Work Environment standards from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN, 2005) can be adopted for academia with positive outcomes. They will also share Dr. May and colleagues’ emerging research on “cultures of mattering” in healthcare education – how do we create work and learning environments where everyone feels as though they are valued and adding value? We will share practical tips that conference participants can take back to their schools for immediate implementation and positive change.
Speakers:
Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, RN, Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA, and Natalie B. May, PhD, Associate Professor of Research, School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Leadership Plenary
Rounds with AACN Leadership

Dr. Cynthia McCurren, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors, and Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and CEO, will offer updates on AACN’s current initiatives and answer questions about the direction of the association, strategic priorities, current and future partnerships, and policy objectives. Hear from AACN’s leaders about the national impact being made in academic nursing.
Speakers:
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

Virtual Schedule

Thursday, January 19

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary

Integrating Machine Learning and Human Knowledge to Build the Future of Healthcare 

As the use of Artificial Intelligence or AI becomes more prevalent in clinical practice, an area of great impact involves the use of computers to recognize people, diagnoses, and interventions. While this promises new benefits to health and health care, new problems and unanticipated consequences may also result. In this talk, Kevin Slavin will review the strengths and challenges of both computational and human approaches to providing health care, and how the strongest systems integrate these approaches to achieve optimal results. Ultimately, the most effective systems will use both machine and human learning to achieve the best outcomes in research and clinical practice.
Speaker : Kevin Slavin, Entrepreneur, Technology Pioneer, and Algorithms Expert

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary    
Why I Train Grandmothers to Treat Depression

Join this inspirational talk with Dr. Dixon Chibanda, one of only a handful of psychiatrists working in Zimbabwe, who will share evidence, insights, and powerful stories on the importance of meaning and purpose as tools to empower people to provide emotional, psychological, and mental health support. Discover how this innovator is using a precious resource - grandmothers to provide crucial mental health services for a population of more than 16 million. Hear how we can leverage meaning and purpose to create a sense of belonging and foster intergenerational connectedness in an increasingly disconnected world. 
Speaker: Dixon Chibanda, PhD, Director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI), Founder of Friendship Bench, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa

Friday, January 20

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Virtual Poster Viewing

AACN leads in innovation with this new offering of a virtual poster viewing for all conference attendees. This new feature is included to amplify reach across AACNs member schools and to reach faculty who may not be able to attend in person. Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

  • The Use of Technology
  • Digitally Innovative Learning and Teaching Strategies
  • Competency-Based Assessment Methods

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Coffee & Conversation

What Keeps You Up At Night?

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

  • Cultural Intelligence: An Inclusive Excellence Approach to Addressing Diversity in Research and Doctoral Education
    Practices that do not holistically consider diversity have perpetuated inequitable distribution of resources and disparities in research, education, and outcomes. This educational activity is designed to impart knowledge on the CQ (cultural intelligence) framework and cultivation of networks of inclusive excellence. It will also provide information on how to prioritize diversity and apply CQ to research and to pedagogical methodologies in doctoral education. Participants will learn strategies that contribute to sustainable impacts on mitigation of bias-influenced practices and outcomes.
    Speaker: Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, APRN, Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Yale University, Orange, CT
     

  • DNP-PhD Nursing Collaboration to Assess Nurse Practitioner Competencies
    DNP-prepared Nurse Practitioners and nurse scientists can collaborate to support future research, develop efficient healthcare delivery models, and create tools that assess the competencies NP students gain through doctoral education. Emerging science and trend data support DNP education for entry to NP practice. As outlined in the Essentials, DNP prepared NPs have competencies to transform the health of patients directly and at the systems-level. Explore how to leverage research to demonstrate doctoral level NP competencies using the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ DNP prepared NP minimum data set.
    Speaker: Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, APRN, Program Director, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
     

  • Envisioning the 2021 Essentials in a DNP Strategic and Financial Business Planning Course     
    Academic excellence includes preparing nurses for the challenge of contemporary nursing practice. The 2021 Essentials call for a transition to competency-based education, outlining the necessary curriculum content and expected competencies of graduates from DNP programs. Join two faculty as they share how they used the 2021 Essentials Implementation Tool Kit to apply new domains and competencies to their course. Come ready to learn about an innovative online strategic financial business planning course designed to provide DNP students with the knowledge and skills needed to serve as leaders who effectively analyze healthcare issues and then utilize business tools to develop financially viable strategic plans.
    Speakers: Sheryl Stogis DrPH, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, and Rebecca Kathleen Vortman, DNP, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago
     

  • Incorporating Climate Change into Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula
    Explore how to integrate climate change concepts into DNP curricula using the domains and competencies outlined in the 2021 Essentials as the curricula scaffold. Climate change is a global crisis with profound health implications. The session will provide examples of climate change objectives and identify innovative assignments that help students meet those objectives. Nurses must be educated to recognize the impact of climate change on health and prepared to engage in adaptation, mitigation, and resilience strategies to lessen this global concern.
    Speakers: Mary Quinn Griffin, PhD, RN, Professor, Institutional Researcher, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and Margaret Rafferty, DNP, APRN, Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY
     

  • The Dual Doctorate DNP/PhD Nursing Program 
    ​Dual doctorate DNP/PhD programs are emerging as nurses are seeking terminal degrees in clinical practice and research.  These integrative programs focus on clinical practice, leadership, and nursing research. The programs provide a unique skill set focusing on the integration of evidenced based practice and the generation of new knowledge through research. This session will explore the uniqueness of these programs and the new evolving role of the practice scholar and nurse scientist.  
    Speakers: Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH;
    Karen Macauley, PhD, APRN, Director, School of Nursing, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
     

  • The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence Position Statement: Review and Discussion
    The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence
    position statement that was completed by the task force assigned by AACN.  We will discuss the highlights of 3 manuscripts submitted by this group emphasizing the salient features that were captured in each article. There will be an open discussion with the audience that will allow for further validation of the evidence compiled in this position statement.
    Speakers: Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester, MA, and Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
      
  • The State of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Education: A Review and Discussion
    AACN’s The State of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education in 2022 provides a cross-sectional view of DNP programs and outcomes through a review of the latest data, DNP curriculum, the published literature, and interviews with key stakeholders. What does this mean for DNP educators and what are our next steps? The presenters will walk-through key findings and offer templates that individual programs can use for review and planning purposes.
    Speakers: Danielle McCamey DNP, APRN, Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and Catherine Ling, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2:30-3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
(repeated from above)
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction.

Saturday, January 21

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Plenary

CCNE Forum on Revision of the Accreditation Standards
Join the co-chairs of the newly formed CCNE Standards Committee for an important dialogue about CCNE’s accreditation standards review and revision process. Take advantage of this opportunity to offer comments and ask questions about CCNE’s 2018 Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Do the current accreditation standards adequately assess nursing program quality and effectiveness at the baccalaureate and graduate levels? Do any of the standards and key elements need clarification? What opportunities are there for the CCNE community of interest to participate in the standards revision process? What is the timeline for the revision process and how might my program be impacted?
Presenters: CCNE Standards Committee co-chairs Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Pamela B. Simmons, PhD, APRN (ret.), Senior Director and Professor, Emerita, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
Facilitated by Jennifer Butlin, EdD, Executive Director, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, D

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Virtual Poster Viewing

AACN leads in innovation with this new offering of a virtual poster viewing for all conference attendees. This new feature is included to amplify reach across AACNs member schools and to reach faculty who may not be able to attend in person. Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

  • The Use of Technology
  • Digitally Innovative Learning and Teaching Strategies
  • Competency-Based Assessment Methods

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Plenary
Creating a Healthy Work Environment in Nursing Education: What Matters?

A healthy work environment is imperative for recruiting, retaining, and supporting the vitality of our faculty. We will address this call for action with practical suggestions for making our academic settings ones of optimism, joy, and confidence where current and future nurse leaders can flourish and establish their roots for success. Dr. Fontaine will share how the Healthy Work Environment standards from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN, 2005) can be adopted for academia with positive outcomes. They will also share Dr. May and colleagues’ emerging research on “cultures of mattering” in healthcare education – how do we create work and learning environments where everyone feels as though they are valued and adding value? We will share practical tips that conference participants can take back to their schools for immediate implementation and positive change.
Speakers:
Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, RN, Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA, and Natalie B. May, PhD, Associate Professor of Research, School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottsville, VA

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Leadership Plenary
Rounds with AACN Leadership

Dr. Cynthia McCurren, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors, and Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and CEO, will offer updates on AACN’s current initiatives and answer questions about the direction of the association, strategic priorities, current and future partnerships, and policy objectives. Hear from AACN’s leaders about the national impact being made in academic nursing.
Speakers:
Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors, and Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

Continuing Education

Seal of the American Nurses Credentialing Center

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Eligible attendees may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) for participating in AACN conferences.

DON'T MISS - Pre-Conference Programs

PhD Pre-Conference | January 18

9:15 a.m. - The Path to Excellence: Innovation and Impact
10:30 a.m. - Innovations to Attract and Retain PhD Students and Faculty
1:30 p.m. - Doctoral Research Training Partnerships: Sustainable Solutions for PhD Education
3:00 p.m. - Pathway to Excellence: Where to Start and How to Get There

Learn More


Faculty Practice Pre-Conference | January 18

8:15 a.m. - Building a Consulting Practice
9:15 a.m. - Achieving Sustainability through Academic-Practice Partnership: Risks, Benefits, and Lessons Learned
10:15 a.m.The Development of a Medical Legal Partnership through an Interdisciplinary Academic-Practice Partnership
11:00 a.m. - Podium Presentations
1:00 p.m. - Podium Presentations
1:30 p.m. - Overview of the 2022 Faculty Practice Toolkit
2:00 p.m. - Brainstorming Session: Connecting the Essentials to Faculty Practice
2:45 p.m. - Supporting Moral Resilience in Faculty Practice

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Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program | January 19

9:05 a.m. - Engaging Marginalized Populations in Nurse Led Community-Based Research
9:30 a.m. - Inclusion of Adolescents in Quantitative & Qualitative Studies
10:00 a.m. - Strategies and Lessons Learned on the Successful Recruitment of Older Adults of Haitian Ancestry
10:25 a.m. - Strategies for Inclusive Recruitment of Vulnerable Populations in Research
11:00 a.m. - Program Session: Collaborative Round Table Research Discussion

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