Conference Program

All times listed are EST. Program is subject to change.

  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Thursday, January 21
  • Friday, January 22
Wednesday, January 20

10:00 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 in the conference for attendees to learn and network with poster abstract authors. Abstracts reflect innovation and highlight these particular topics.

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

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Welcome & Awards
Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, Chair, AACN Board of Directors

Opening Remarks
Linda Thompson, DrPH, RN, Dean and Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, and Chair, Doctoral Education Conference Planning Sub-Committee

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Opening Plenary Session
How COVID-19 Kicked Open the Door to Innovation in Doctoral Education
Academic leaders are being challenged to re-envision their roles by expanding access to education, leveraging interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration, and assuming responsibility for the communities they serve to speed positive social change. Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael M. Crow discusses the imperative to redesign 21st-century learning and evolve new, adaptable, and technology-empowered models of education needed to serve today’s student.  Dr. Crow introduces the university charter, design aspirations, and teaching and learning realms that underpin ASU’s “fifth wave” model. He discusses how this reconceptualization made ASU the “#1 most innovative” school in the U.S. according to US News and World Report and enabled the rapid, seamless, and successful advancement of its teaching, learning, and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaker: Michael M. Crow, PhD, President, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
The Time is Now: Will the Real Future Nurse Scientists Stand Up?
The COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped this Nation for the past year has revolutionized health care. Many practices of the various professions will bear little resemblance to what they have been in the past. For their part, nurses will immediately acknowledge the need to begin bonding with local, state, and national political leaders, and they will face challenges to increasing nursing leadership knowledge at all levels, particularly at the doctoral level. In this presentation, the importance of ensuring that legislators are familiar with nursing contributions to health care and of preparing increasing numbers of nurses to assume leadership roles in clinical, administrative, research and educational practices. Additionally, a re-design of nursing models of education and research will be examined.
Speaker: Brigadier General (Ret.) Clara Adams-Ender, MSN, RN, Former 18th Chief Army Nurse Corps, and Former Deputy Commander General, Military District Washington.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Solution Circle

Exceptional Design: Interviews and Questioning for Authentic and Meaningful Online Course Design

SME Interviewing and self-questioning at the beginning of an online course design is a simple technique that supports the transformation of good course design to an exceptional one. Learn, practice, and apply this discovery-phase technique to achieve a memorable, meaningful impact for all learners in a nursing program in this interactive presentation.
Presenters: Debra A. Cherubini, PhD, RN, Chair, Department of Nursing and Assistant Professor, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; and Krista Galyen, PhD, Vice President of LX Design

2:00-3:00 p.m.
All of Us Research Program 
Learn about the All of Us Research Program as well as its future funding opportunities for AACN member schools. Get details on how your school can seek grant monies to advance the rapid dissemination of the National Institutes of Health Precision Health/Medicine initiative.
Speaker: Colleen Leners, DNP, APRN-BC, Director of Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Podium Abstract Presentations

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Meet the Experts: Dr. Michael M. Crown & Gen (Ret.) Clara Adams-Ender

Thursday, January 21

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversations
Come and Engage! Moderated sessions on a variety of topics in small group discussion forums on selected topics.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Podium Abstract Presentations

10:45-11: 45 a.m.
Deep Dive Discussion
Developing Diverse Faculty Scientists: recruiting, retaining, and ensuring academic success
This session is designed to discuss information about initiatives and programs implemented in Schools of Nursing to successfully develop diverse faculty scientists. In addition, lessons learned with regard to counseling, coaching, and supporting diverse faculty as they progress through promotion and tenure will be shared. Following participation, attendees will be able to describe programs that have worked well and discuss lessons learned about recruiting, retaining, and enhancing promotion and tenure success for diverse faculty. The session will consist of presentations followed by Q&A and participant interaction.
Speakers: Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, New York, NY; and Randolph Rasch, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing, Michigan State University, Lansing MI

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Shannon Zenk, PhD, RN, Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Solution Circle: NursingCAS Overview: A Demonstration of the Student Application and University Management Portal

Join this webinar to learn about AACN’s Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). NursingCAS provides colleges a FREE admissions platform to efficiently manage data-driven application reviews in a cloud-based software. Learn why 290 colleges of nursing and 53,000 student applicants used NursingCAS last year to manage their nursing school applications.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions

“Finding the Fertile Ground”: Developing a Program of Research that Addresses Equity and Fosters Inclusion  
Diversifying the ranks of academic nurse scientists has been presented as one strategy to address persistent racial and ethnic health disparities. In keeping with this goal, we must ask what are the facilitators and barriers that nurse scientists from diverse backgrounds face during their academic journeys? Most significantly, how can academic institutions provide sufficient mentoring, nurturing, and coaching to support their success? This session addresses these issues through the lived experience of a minority nurse scientist with extensive teaching and research expertise in health equity. Examples of strategies to ensure that nurse scientists from all backgrounds thrive are described using exemplars from her career.
Speaker: J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Secondary Appointment, Africana Studies, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Shaping the Professional Identity of Nurses through Doctoral Education
Professional identity in nursing can be defined as a sense of oneself that is influenced by characteristics, norms, and values of the nursing discipline, resulting in individual thinking, acting, and feeling like a nurse. This presentation shares how to implement an action plan to demonstrate professional identity in nursing specific to doctoral education. This solution session examines the draft AACN Essentials related to professionalism (Domain 9) and offers easy-to-apply action steps to help students demonstrate their professional identity from education to practice. 
Speakers: Amy Hite, DNP, FNP-BC, Associate Professor, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS; Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Associate Dean Innovative Partnerships & Practice, and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS; and Kristi Frisbee, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions

Creating a Supportive Environment for PhD Students and Faculty Development
This presentation shares several strategies to support PhD students’ scholarly activities throughout the program in relation to Boyer’s four domains of scholarship: the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. These strategies will include the innovative program curriculum, colloquium, online PhD student lounge, portfolio, advising model, program evaluation, and financial support that we have recently implemented. Also, along with the increasing emphasis on the collaboration between PhD and DNP scholars, the DNP-to-PhD program curriculum, shared courses, and collaborative works will be highlighted. We will share strategies to mentor junior faculty members in the PhD program curriculum and the implementation of an advising model that facilitates PhD faculty development in research, teaching, and mentoring.
Speakers: Mikyoung Angela Lee, PhD, RN, Associate Director of PhD Program and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX and Sandra Cesario, PhD, RNC, Director of PhD Program and Professor, College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX

Practical Strategies to Use at State Universities to Address Large Cohorts of DNP students
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports the number of students enrolled in DNP programs increased from 32,678 to 36,069 from 2018 to 2019. During that same period, the number of DNP graduates increased from 7,039 to 7,944. Despite AACN’s 2004 position statement to move all advanced nursing practice education to the doctoral level, many schools continue to offer it at the master’s degree level. Many schools successfully transitioned their programs but struggled with adequate resources for the growing number of students and the faculty, staff, and preceptor workload associated with the DNP Project courses.  The goal of this session is to describe how one school modified the DNP Project courses from a traditional chair and committee format to a class-driven format with multiple sections to successfully manage large numbers of DNP students across nine specialties. Specifically, the session describes the model with successes and challenges as well as details regarding finances, course coordination, project advisors, project team, annual offerings, and grouping of students.
Speakers: Shannon Idzik, DNP, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, and Associate Dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Friday, January 22

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Re-Envisioning the Essentials
You have shared feedback, input, and suggestions, and we have listened! As we approach the membership vote on the collaborative work of the Essentials Revision Task Force, conference attendees will have an opportunity to evaluate the iterative and comprehensive work of the membership and task force members. This impressive deliverable has been centered on intentionality on the seismic changes impacting the discipline of nursing. An overview and crosswalk of themes within and across domains are presented.

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Research-Focused Doctoral Programs in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence Task Force
This session provides an overview of the iterative work to date of the Pathways to Excellence task force and insight into the elements being considered for inclusion in the proposed revision of the Research-Focused Doctoral Programs in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence Task Force position statement.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Leadership Plenary
Rounds with AACN Leadership
Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Chair of the AACN Board, and Dean and Professor, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR and Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO of AACN, offer a session for membership to answer pressing questions about the direction of the association, strategic priorities, current and future partnerships, and policy initiatives. Come hear the leadership of your association speak to the national impact being made in academic nursing. 
Speakers: Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Dean and Professor, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR, and Chair, AACN Board of Directors; and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Break and Live Chat with Poster Abstract Presenters

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Pathways to Philanthropy for Nursing
This session illustrates the valuable contributions of the nursing profession in shaping health investments and impacts of the philanthropic sector. It includes examples of nurses directly engaged in philanthropy and their investments of time, skill, and resources have influenced the profession and the health of people in communities. The session includes an exploration of the intersection between public health and nursing research.  It also focuses on identifying emerging topics and vital approaches to establishing partnerships with Foundations and increasing access to funding resources and tools. 
Speaker: Phyllis Meadows, PhD, RN, Senior Fellow, Health Programming, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

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