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2021 Doctoral Education Conference 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.

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

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

Podium Abstract Presentations

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

“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.

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

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.

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.