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2019 Faculty Development Conference Presentations

Welcome and Opening Plenary
Advancing the Scholarship of Practice: Developing Clinical Knowledge While Balancing Workload*

AACN recently put forth a consensus-based position statement on Defining Scholarship for Academic Nursing. The demand for doctoral education for advancing practice and nursing scholarship has dramatically increased as has the need for sustainable academic and clinical partnerships. The surge in the number of graduates from Doctor of Nursing Practice programs may help to assure that new knowledge generated by PhD researchers can be effectively and expeditiously translated into clinical practice. These practice scholars must maintain their competencies as a practitioner while also balancing their academic and practice demands, which includes generating new clinical knowledge. This presentation will offer strategies to address this balancing act.
Speaker: Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor of Nursing, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA

Plenary
The Lived Experience: Successful Mentorship of Novice Advanced Practice Faculty into an Academic Role*

As the nation faces nursing faculty shortages, academic settings must find creative ways to recruit and train faculty. Transitioning from the role of advanced practice clinician to academia poses challenges. The faculty member must strike the balance between clinician and educator, by completing the expectations for teaching, service, and scholarship. By implementing and subscribing to Boyer’s model, faculty members can be creative in sharing life experiences and translating them into scholarship outcomes. This presentation explores strategies for developing a successful practitioner scholar career within an academic setting.
Speaker: Kim Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, Associate Professor of Nursing, Breiner Family Endowed Professor of Nursing, and Director, DNP and NO Programs, Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University, PA

Plenary
How Would Boyer Respond to New Economy Thinking? A Fresh Look at Academic Scholarship*

Boyer broke many boundaries about forms of scholarship to ensure the academy remains relevant to the public. Principles of New Economy Thinking are presented through the lens of innovation, creativity, and scholarship. Exemplars of PhD and DNP clinical and implementation science will demonstrate how conceptual recombination and inventions - both ideas and products - are desirable to address issues that improve access to care, cost, and advance quality and safety.
Speaker: Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, President and CEO - NursDynamics, LLC, and Senior Professor and Director, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing, Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety

Plenary
Getting Published: Tips for Success*

Publishing is an excellent method for the dissemination of the body of evidence that advances nursing science. It is essential that faculty not only publish their scholarship, but they also mentor students in the publishing process. This session focuses on strategies to select a topic for publication, methods to determine the appropriate audience for the topic, and tactics for selecting a suitable journal.
Speaker: Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, ACNP-BC, Dean Emeritus, University of Utah, College of Nursing, and Editor, Journal of Professional Nursing

Plenary
Structuring High Quality Learning Experiences: Differentiating Class Enrollment Sizes in Online Nursing Courses*

Nurse educators become scholarly teachers when they assess and strengthen methods of transmitting, transforming, and disseminating knowledge to others engaged in the teaching-learning process. This session describes the presenter’s quest to identify optimal class enrollment sizes in online college courses for the dual purposes of delivering the educational quality students deserve while meeting the university’s revenue needs. Using existing research evidence and applying three well-established educational theories, Dr. Taft introduces the concepts of teaching efficiency and teaching intensity. Participants will learn how to identify course characteristics appropriate for large enrollments and those requiring smaller sizes.
Speaker: Susan Taft, PhD, RN, Former Director, MSN-MBA Dual Degree and MSN in Nursing and Healthcare Management Programs, and Associate Professor Emerita, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Closing Plenary
The Science of Nursing Education: Building the Evidence Base for Improved Teaching, Learning, and Nursing Practice*

In this session, participants receive an overview of the “state of the science” supporting nurse educator practice. Participants engage in dialogue about the nature and quality of existing nursing education research evidence and identify key changes needed to build a more rigorous evidence base. Barriers and facilitators to conducting research in nursing education will be examined; participants also explore the ways in which nursing education is connected to other areas of nursing practice including administration, practice, and advanced practice nursing. The session concludes with a discussion of priorities for future research and the many advantages that inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration can bring to the nursing education enterprise.