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Fall Faculty Forum Presentations

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.

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

Conference attendees can chat in real-time via the conference platform with the authors during dedicated hours as well as earn 2.5 hours of Nursing Professional Continuing Development (NCPD) formerly Continuing Education Units (CEUs), if all posters are viewed.

Oral Health Hot Topics: You Can't Have Good Overall Health Without Good Oral Health
This presentation addresses the oral-systemic links for three high morbidity population health challenges: HAP, HPV, and COVID-19.  The three conditions provide innovative clinical exemplars for operationalizing the IPEC competencies and the social determinants of health. Exciting interprofessional classroom, simulation, and clinical teaching-learning strategies will be featured that help promote collaboration between nursing students at undergraduate and graduate levels with student peers across the health professions. This session will highlight the influence of the social determinants of health in the prevention of HAP, HPV, and COVID-19, related oral health complications, and essential interventions for providing whole-person care that links oral health with overall health.  

Evolution of the AACN Essentials
The Fall Faculty Forum will focus on content and themes central to AACN’s work to update the Essentials, including competency-based education, informatics and technology, professionalism, population health, and innovation. Dr. John McFadden, Co-Chair of the Essentials Task Force, will provide opening remarks and an overview of the work underway to re-envision the Essentials using a consensus-building process. Learn how you can share your feedback on the Essentials through the National Faculty Meeting, which is occurring at many schools of nursing through mid-December. 
John McFadden
, PhD, CRNA, Co-Chair, Essentials Revision Task Force, and Dean and Professor, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 

Disruptions and Innovation in Healthcare: Building the Nursing Workforce of the Future
New entrants, worldwide disruptions, and evolving trends in our nursing workforce influence how we prepare future nursing professionals.  From education to hospital administration to nursing practice, we need to think differently about how we lead, overcome challenges, and thrive. 
Speaker: Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, Head of Clinical Innovations, Trusted Health, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Competency Based Education: Beginning with the Learner
In this session, participants receive an overview of the history and philosophical underpinnings of competency-based education (CBE). Contemporary implementation of CBE in health professions education is discussed, and a case for moving to competency-based education in nursing is made. Educational assumptions, principles, definitions, and outcomes of CBE are outlined. The application of CBE principles to create learner-centered assessments in nursing education are explored. The session concludes with a review of the implications of competency-based education for faculty responsibilities and development.
Speaker: Jean Bartels, PhD, RN, Provost and Vice President Emerita of Academic Affairs, and Dean and Professor Emerita of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Moderator: Michelle Edmonds, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, Professor, Keigwin School of Nursing, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, and Member, Faculty Development Conference Planning Sub-Committee

Preparing Nurses to Thrive and Lead in a Technology and Data Rich Environment
Nurses work in technology-rich environments and must make decisions based on data and information using informatics processes. To optimize the information and communication technologies to care for patients, consumers, and populations, nurses must know best practices for using technologies and how to use data to drive decision making. This session will provide guidance on informatics and information technology required of all nurses along with teaching strategies for faculty. 
Speaker: Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair: Family, Community and Health Systems Leadership Pathway, and Director, Specialty Track Coordinator, MSN Nursing Informatics, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama Birmingham, AL

Emerging Technologies:  Navigating Disruptive Innovation 
Technology is omnipresent; . from our smart phones, tablets, and laptops to the multiple learning management systems available to deliver courses. How technology is leveraged in nursing education is pivotal to long-term outcomes, including student success and satisfaction. To stay competitive and relevant to the next generation of learners, nursing educators must embrace innovation and technology creating interactive, multidimensional learning environments. Strategies for integration of technology and active learning will be discussed while giving the participants the opportunity to conceptualize how they can transform their own learning environments. Harness the power of innovation and develop the skill set needed for faculty to thrive as disruptive innovators! 
Speaker: Missi Stec, DNP, CNM, Professor & Associate Dean for Evaluation and Educational Innovation, College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY

Nursing Practice within a Population Context: Exemplars in Practice and Education 
For at least a decade, healthcare experts have discussed population health as both a mechanism and goal for health care overall. What does this mean for nursing practice? How can nurses enhance their practice with population health knowledge and skills? How should nurse educators teach this skill set? Most significantly, how does this add value to nursing’s contribution to improving the health of the public across the care continuum? This session addresses these issues and presents exemplar models of nursing practice and education in the context of population health.
Speakers: Susan Swider, PhD RN, Professor and Director, Advanced Public Health Nursing Program & Transformative Leadership: Population Health Program, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL, and Erica D. Hooper-Arana, DNP, RN, Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente Regional Program Manager-Academic Relations and Community Health, Oakland, CA 

Professional Identity Formation: Beyond Competencies
A focus on competencies is certainly a central theme in today’s higher education conversations. However, competency is not the entire story. This session will explore how professional identity formation became a valued pedagogical consideration in nearly all health professions education and how it fits well with a competency-based approach to nursing education. The language and growing science surrounding the concept of professional identity in nursing will be shared as well as strategies for incorporating professional identity formation in undergraduate and graduate curricula. 
Speaker: Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Associate Dean Innovative Partnerships & Practice, and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS