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2020 Doctoral Education Conference Presentations

Continuing the Conversation: Comparing DNP Project National Trends to the AACN 2015 White Paper: Developing a Plan to Get from What Is to What Should Be (Limited to 50 attendees)
Please join an engaging discussion with faculty from across the United States exploring the national trends regarding DNP Project processes. While progress has been noted, gaps remain when comparing “what is to what should be.” This topic has consistently created lively discussions at doctoral conferences and through professional organization communication forums. This in-person, open session will allow for continued exploration of timely trends and will serve as a platform for developing the next steps in aligning DNP projects with the AACN 2015 White Paper recommendations.
Facilitator: Jeannie S. Garber, DNP, RN, Professor of Nursing, Coordinator of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, School of Nursing, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Plenary Session
Foresight Leadership: Anticipating the Future of Doctoral Education In Nursing

Foresight leadership is an essential for 21st century health care leaders who want to be successful. How well one can anticipate disruptive innovations and the consequences of hard trends pivots on the degree to which leaders in an organization are focused on the future rather than the immediate present or past. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss principles and practices that support the development of foresight leadership and futures literacy to anticipate future trends influencing doctoral nursing education.
Speaker: Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit, Director, Katharine Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Moderator: Rhonda E. Maneval, DEd, RN Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Nursing, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, New York, NY

Perspectives on Practice-Focused Doctoral Education for Nurse Practitioners and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
This interactive session will provide an overview of data on entry-into-practice DNP degree programs for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and practice-focused doctoral degree programs for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). We will examine the progress made, challenges faced, and lessons learned in transitioning to a practice-focused doctoral degree for NPs and CRNAs. Perspectives from the audience will be gathered to provide additional insights regarding the transition to practice-focused doctoral education programs in nursing.
Speakers: Lorna Finnegan, PhD, FNP, Dean and Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Chicago, IL and President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Washington, D.C., Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, RN, Professor, Associate Chair, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush University, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL, and Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), Park Ridge, IL

D3 - Deep Dive Discussion
Feasibility, Sustainability, and the PhD Pipeline

As the number of DNP programs continue to grow, institutions with PhD programs face increasing difficulties in attracting sufficient numbers of students to remain cost-effective. This panel presentation will focus on understanding the diversity within PhD education and provide innovative ideas for creating sustainable pipelines of researchers and educators. Discussion points include how institutional characteristics may affect PhD programming and potential institutional agreements; approaches to student-centric programming; and strategies to meet institutional needs for PhD -prepared faculty and increasing the success of existing programs.
Speakers: Joan Vitello, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Worcester, MA and Carolyn Hart, PhD, RN, Chair of Nursing and Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Moderator: Rhonda E. Maneval, DEd, RN Professor, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Nursing, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, New York, NY, and Member, AACN Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee

D3 - Deep Dive Discussion
Shaping the BSN to PhD Student: Rewards and Lessons Learned

There is a shortage of PhD-prepared nurses to advance the science of nursing. The development of BSN-to-PhD in Nursing programs were conceived to address this need. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the experiences and practices of the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies used to cultivate the BSN-to-PhD student.
Speakers: Joseph P. DeSantis, PhD, APRN-BC, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, and Charles Aldon Downs, PhD, ACNP-BC, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Moderator: Kathleen Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California and Member, Los Angeles, CA

Emerging Solutions
These sessions are complimentary, and no pre-registration is required. You may select two topics. All topics repeat 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Emerging Solutions for Faculty in Practice-Focused Programs

  • Time-Tested Approaches to DNP Scholarly Projects: Findings of A Descriptive Exploratory Collaborative
    Explore a range of DNP scholarly projects conducted in established DNP programs. Evaluate the approaches, frameworks, processes, analytics, and outcomes. Connect with faculty colleagues in a conversation about challenges encountered in the conduct of these projects, facilitators that promote success, and strategies to achieve sustainability.
    Speakers: Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; and Martha Sylvia, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Charleston, SC
    First Session Moderator: Kathleen Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    Second Session Moderator: Shelly Wells, PhD, APRN-CNS, Chair and Professor, Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK

     
  • Academic-Practice Partnerships, Faculty Workload, and Alignment of the DNP Project to Address the Needs of Health Systems
    This session will discuss methods and techniques that faculty may employ in supporting students in their DNP final project while maintaining the primary focus on student learner outcomes. A well-designed, meaningful DNP project is guided by strong academic-practice partnerships through the co-creation and shaping of the DNP project so that the healthcare system can yield great benefit. The scholarship of practice must directly address and resolve specific issues in nursing and healthcare on multiple levels geared to ensure health system, faculty, and student success. Don’t miss the discussion of how rigorous clinical scholarship in the form of outcome studies are crucial to generate evidence on the safety, quality, cost, and access of DNP practice for individuals and organizations and how the DNP-prepared graduate can contribute to their organizations as they work to improve systems of care.
    Speaker: Sheila Melander, PhD, APRN, Professor, Associate Dean of MSN and DNP Faculty, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    First Session Moderator: Rhonda E. Maneval, DEd, RN Professor, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Nursing, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University, New York, NY, and Member, AACN Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee
    Second Session Moderator: Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, RN, Dean and Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, Dallas, TX

     
  • The BSN to DNP Model: Linking Education and Systems Thinking to Transform Health Care
    Rapid changes in both nursing education and health care beckon advanced practice registered nurses to be clinically competent and possess critical systems thinking skills to meet society’s expectations for patient-centered care. Faculty play a pivotal role in the successful integration of both the clinical requirements mandated for advanced practice and the development of impactful systems-level skills. With a focus on the BSN to DNP pathway, attendees will discover new approaches to preparing APRNs with the skills needed to navigate the complexities of competing systems and transform health care.
    Speaker: Rodney Hicks, PhD, APRN, Assistant Dean and Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, College of Graduate Nursing, Western University of the Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, and Shannon Idzik, DNP, ANP-BC, Associate Professor and Associate Dean Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
    First Session Moderator: Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, RN, Dean and Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, Dallas, TX
    Second Session Moderator: Kathleen Becker, DNP, ANP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Expanding the View: A Contemporary and Future Perspective of DNP/PhD Collaborations
    This session will focus on a frank discussion on the current state of the DNP and PhD in contemporary nursing and nursing education. Both the DNP and PhD are firmly established terminal degrees in the profession, but where do they intersect? What is the future of the nurse scientist role and DNP for the teacher/scholar model in the academic setting and practice opportunities? As we see an increase in DNP programs and decrease in MSN programs how do we capture the reality and promote nurse scientist and experts in practice? This session will explore ideas for the future of both doctorates in nursing and come to a common place to move forward.
    Speaker: Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Professor/chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program. Joseph A. Lauritis, C.S.Sp. Chair for Teaching and Technology, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
    First Session Moderator: Shelly Wells, PhD, APRN-CNS, Chair and Professor, Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK
    Second Session Moderator: Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, Dean and Warwick Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY, and Chair, AACN Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee

     
  • Re-Envisioning PhD Programs of the Future
    A great deal has changed in doctoral education since the 2010 AACN Task Force Report, “The Research-focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence.” Considering the context of changing landscapes in health care and science we believe we are at a critical point for re-envisioning and reaffirming the critical role of research-focused PhD prepared nurses. In this forum we will share discussions from research intensive schools of nursing and share thoughts on how to advance research-focused PhD programs that will support discovery and innovation.
    Speaker: Antonia M. Villaruel, PhD, RN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, PA, and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, Chair, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and Co-Director, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program
    First Session Moderator: Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, Dean and Warwick Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY, and Chair, AACN Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee
    Second Session Moderator: Linda Thompson, DrPH, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA

     
  • Breaking New Ground? The Dual PhD/DNP Degrees in Nursing
    Dual doctoral programs in nursing have been in existence for ten years, yet little has been documented about the development, evaluation, and success of these programs. We will provide an overview of the dual degree, summarize existing programs, describe one longstanding dual degree program, discuss challenges and successes of the program and propose recommendations for moving the dual degree forward on the national landscape. Discussion questions for the audience will include what is the position of your institution on Dual Degree programs? What metrics are important to collect? What are potential external funding streams? and How should we measure success in dual degree students?
    Speaker: Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, Professor and Director of the PhD Program, and Rene Allen Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Clinical Professor, Director of the DNP Program, College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    First Session Moderator: Linda Thompson, DrPH, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
    Second Session Moderator: Julie K. Zadinsky, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean for Research, PhD Program Director, College of Nursing, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

          

Leadership Plenary
Rounds with AACN Leadership

Dr. Ann Cary, Chair of the AACN Board, , and Dean of the Marieb College of Health and Human Services and Professor, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO of AACN, offer a session for the 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.
Speaker: Ann Cary, PhD, RN, Dean of the Marieb College of Health and Human Services and Professor, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, and Chair, AACN Board of Directors; and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
Moderator: Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, Dean and Warwick Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Lexington, KY, and Chair, AACN Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee

Closing Plenary Session
Re-envisioning the AACN Essentials: A Task Force Update

The AACN Board of Directors appointed a task force to update The Essentials to reflect today’s healthcare and higher education environment, a transition to competency-based education, and alignment across baccalaureate and graduate degrees. This visionary approach will allow for numerous opportunities for feedback and consensus building among diverse stakeholders. This presentation will provide an overview of the progress to date and allow sufficient time for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback as this work moves ahead.
Speaker: Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, and Co-Chair, AACN Essentials Revision Task Force; and John McFadden, PhD, CRNA, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL and Co-Chair, AACN Essentials Revision Task Force

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