Program

Learner Outcomes

  • Employ design thinking to an entrepreneurial journey to innovatively approach challenges as opportunities.
  • Examine historical context of previous health epidemics to guide the formation of graduates of nursing education programs who deliver compassionate person-centered care.
  • Describe the implications to academic nursing on the transition to competency-based education and assessment through intentional competency and sub-competency attainment.
  • Design curricula that transform point of care nursing to align to the new AACN Essentials.
  • Demonstrate understanding of social needs, social determinants of health, and health equity and the ability to produce the next generation of nurses grounded in achieving health equity and advancing social justice.
  • In-Person
  • Virtual
  • Available On-Demand

In-Person Schedule

Thursday, December 2

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.                                     
Registration Open                                                               

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Solution Circles
Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format, examining current challenges in the field of academic nursing. 
AACN does not endorse particular products or services being presented during the Solution Circle. 

  • Developing Clinical Judgment and Preparing for Next-Gen NCLEX with Lippincott ® Solutions                                                                            
    Solution Circle sponsored and presented by Wolters Kluwer
    Discover how Lippincott Nursing Education's suite of products helps students develop clinical judgement, prepare for Next-Generation NCLEX and for success in practice. 

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.             
Networking Lounge and Solution Provider Showcase Open                                
Access exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the individual booths and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs.

1:00-1:30 p.m.
First-Time Attendee Meet & Greet                                 
Connect with fellow first-time attendees, ask questions, and jump start the conference. We look forward to seeing you!
Hosted by the AACN Transform Planning Sub-Committee

2:00-3:30 p.m.    
Welcome and Opening Plenary                                           
Embracing the Entrepreneurial Journey
Entrepreneur Jane Chen, will discuss how she applied design thinking, a systematic process for problem-solving, to find a solution for the life-threatening inability of many premature and low birth-weight newborns to regulate their body temperature. Jane will show how she and her team invented a portable infant incubator, which costs less than 1% of a traditional incubator, and how this innovation has saved close to 350,000 lives – including in some of the most remote areas of the world. In this talk, Jane will show how to look at problems with a fresh perspective and share lessons on how to create fertile ground for innovation to flourish and grow. She also will share key leadership lessons learned in her journey as an entrepreneur, with a focus on resilience, vulnerability, and how to see challenges as opportunities.
Speaker: Jane Chen, MBA. MPA, Founder and CEO, Embrace Innovations

3:30-4:00 p.m.                                      
Networking Break                                       

4:00-5:00 p.m.                                              
Lessons Learned from Nursing’s Early Response to the AIDS Crisis: What Does Great Look Like?
This session will spotlight the impact nurses have on leading innovation and advancing new models of care with a focus on the Johnson & Johnson produced documentary 5B. This film conveys the inspirational story of how nurses took extraordinary action to care for patients in the first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital in the early 1980s.  Members of an expert committee convened by AACN will discuss the central themes from 5B and how this film can be used as a teaching tool to inspire the next generation of nursing students to provide compassionate care.
Speakers: Edilma Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS- BC, Chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies; Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Cassandra M. Godzik, PhD, APRN, , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Geraldine Rebach, MS, BSN, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Washington, DC Chapter; Julie Slade, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Chatham University School of Health Sciences; and Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN,  Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness; University of North Carolina at Chape Hill

5:00-7:00 p.m.                                         
AACN Welcome Reception with Poster Presentations           
Kick-off the conference with an engaging opening reception. Take this opportunity to network with friends and colleagues, talk with poster presenters, and visit with exhibitors while enjoying light fare.

Friday, December 3

6:30 a.m.
Optional Running and Walking Groups
Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                                     
Registration Open                                        
Networking Lounge Open                                   
                                             
7:30-8:30 a.m. 
Optional Breakfast Session (Sponsored by the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program)                                        
Improving Racial and Health Equity: Integrating Oral Health Innovations in Cancer, Diabetes and Childhood Tooth Decay
(This session is limited to the first 100 attendees. Breakfast is provided. First come, first serve.) 

This presentation addresses how to improve racial and health equity by integrating oral health in populations with chronic conditions: Cancer, Diabetes and Childhood Tooth Decay. These chronic conditions provide innovative clinical exemplars for examining the impact of the social determinants of health on the links between oral health and overall health. We discuss common oral health problems associated with each of these conditions and how they are accelerated by racial and health disparities. Nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives on the frontlines of primary and acute care can play a leadership role in integrating oral health in the whole-person care provided to these patient populations to improve racial and health equity.
Speakers: Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, Executive Director, and Erin Hartnett, DNP, PNPPC-BC, Program Director, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, NY

8:00-9:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast and Poster Viewing                       

8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.             
Solution Provider Showcase Open                                       

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Forums
New Dean Dialogue
New deans are invited to dialogue with a member of the AACN Board of Directors. Get support and feedback on some of the issues that are most disruptive to the operations of your college and learn about the resources available to you from AACN.

Breakfast Forums             
Coffee and Conversations with Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Though all are invited to attend, this facilitated informal discussion is intended specifically for faculty teaching in or across program types. 

Transform 2021 Conference Feature - Facilitated Networking Breakfast moderated by members of the Transform Conference sub-committee
(Bring your breakfast).  

Special Interest Groups (SIG) 

  • Entry Level Nursing Education – Administrators (i.e., Program Manager, Director, Coordinators, etc.) (BSN, ABSN, MSN)
  • RN to Baccalaureate Nursing Education
  • Advanced Nursing Education – Administrators (i.e., Program Manager, Director, Coordinators, etc.)

8:15-9:15 a.m. 
All of Us Research Program 
The All of Us Research Program, a national precision medicine initiative involving a partnership between AACN and NIH, is working to engage more than a million members from historically underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Explore the work underway and discover how this initiative can benefit your teaching and program of research.
Speaker: Colleen Leners, DNP, APRN-BC, Director of Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

9:30-10:45 a.m.  
Emerging Solutions I*
Don’t miss these deep-dive learning opportunities that illustrate practical tips through a fusion of lecture-based instruction, case studies, peer learning, and interaction. 

  • Improving Healthcare Access using Telehealth Technologies The National University Nurse Managed Clinic (NUNMC) was created to improve access to care for the low-income residents of several South Los Angeles County communities.  NUNMC cost- effectively uses faculty-supervised nursing and health professional students, in collaboration with a full-time clinical team, to deliver services onsite at designated locations, within faith-based institutions and drug rehabilitation centers. To augment the care delivered, clinicians utilize telehealth care technologies to remotely monitor clinical trends, assist in the early detection of adverse symptomatology, and help offset disease progression.  The NUNMC Team works in collaboration with a Community Advisory Board, and the faculty and students in the university departments of nursing, community health, and health sciences. 
    Speakers: Gloria McNeal, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Vice President for Community Affairs in Health, National University, La Jolla, CA  

  • GNSA Digital Innovators Program: Fostering Creative Pedagogical Strategies for Future Nurse FacultyThe Digital Innovators Program (DIP), a unique collaborative effort between GNSA and Apple, provided graduate level nursing students, who were either already teaching or have a desire to teach in the future, a structured learning experience integrating technology into both the real and virtual classroom. This session will provide a high-level overview of the DIP program, including learning topics, specific creative strategies, and program facilitation and structure. Attendees will meet program participants, learn about the problem they were seeking to solve, and hear how their innovative projects have transformed their teaching, student engagement, and approach to creative problem solving.
    Speaker: Nicole F. Garritano, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington, KY
     
  • Integrating Informatics and Information Technology Best Practices into Nursing Curricula
    All nurses practice in data and technology rich environments and must be competent in using automated tools to make decisions and achieve better outcomes.  This session will build upon the Faculty Development Conference objectives and address the new competency expectations outlined in the Essentials by providing faculty with real world teaching strategies, examples, cases, and assessments that can be incorporated into existing course work for entry-level and advanced nursing students.
    Speaker: Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama Birmingham, AL; Katherine Dudding, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; and Benjamin Galatzan, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
     
  • Leaning Into Your Success During Changing Times 
    As the world emerges from a time of cognitive trauma and isolation, nurses remain at the forefront of providing hope and health care. In this environment, managing your own resiliency and well-being must be a priority.  This interactive program will help you develop resiliency strategies that will help you lean into success during volatile times.  Combining expert storytelling with research, the presenter will inspire, entertain, and motivate. Using neuroscience, you will learn the secrets to ensure your continued success and well-being as you move forward into these ever-changing times.
    Speakers: John F. Edwards, MA, CSP, CExO (Chief Excitement Officer), The Edward Group, Calabash, NC
     
  • AACN Essentials Domain 3: Population Health-Tips and Tools for Faculty
    Take a closer look at the concept of population health and relevant core content and skills, as they relate to the AACN Essentials. The presenters will highlight faculty resources for teaching and assessing learner competencies in population health at both entry and advanced specialty level of practice.  Exemplars of use of the Essentials Tool Kit for both didactic and practicum learning experiences will be discussed, along with presentation of existing and potential measures of learner competencies in population health.
    Speakers: Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC Professor and Director, Advanced Public Health Nursing Program & Transformative Leadership: Population Health Program, College of Nursing, Rush University; 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
     
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI): Preliminary Results of an Environmental Scan to Inform Future Plans 
    This presentation will offer an overview of work led by Dr. Marie Allsopp at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation on Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Nutrition and Dietetics: Overcoming Obstacles to RDN Recruitment, Education and Advancement. The presenter will share findings of an environmental scan to identify best practices and lessons learned by healthcare professional programs that have resulted in increased DEI among students and faculty.
    Speaker: Marie Allsopp, DrPH, RDN, LDN, Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Nutrition and Dietetics: Overcoming Obstacles to RDN Recruitment, Education and Advancement Fellow Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Chicago, IL
     
  • Enhancing Nursing Education with Innovative Technology
    Education is an evolving process that requires continuous adaptations and reflection. The days of passive lectures are behind us. Today’s student desires the innovative use of technology, meaningful feedback, evidence-based teaching modalities, and cost-effective resources to enhance their learning experience. This session will demonstrate innovative technology used to teach foundational anatomical concepts required for clinical application.
    Speakers: Austin Alexander, DPT, PT, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
     
  • Understanding the Barriers to Achieving Health Equity 
    Education is a conduit to increase awareness of the persistent social and structural barriers that perpetuate poor health outcomes and demand action through patient advocacy. There is value in educating nursing students about the impact of discrimination and prejudice in the healthcare system along with inadequate policies (e.g., states refusing Medicaid expansion) that contribute to inequitable health care.  This session will model community engagement principles that enhance didactic and clinical nursing education.  
    Speakers: Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; and Jessica Wells, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA  
     
  • Using the Power of Influence to Transform Nursing Education
    The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report has directed attention to the rising demand for nurses who are prepared to reconcile historical factors that undermine the quality of health care. Ensuring that nurses are positioned to advance health equity has triggered a seismic shift in the content that is emphasized in nursing education and will require more than a contemporary curriculum. Individuals may need to adopt practices or discuss topics that induce anxiety or may not completely align with their personal beliefs. Some have lauded the power of influence as a transferrable skillset that could counter organizational behaviors that threaten to slow the pace of transformation. Indeed, what the future of nursing envisions may very well hinge in part on the power of influence.
    Speakers: Kenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP, Associate Vice Provost, Social Mission & Academic Excellence, Chamberlain University, Chicago, IL 

10:45-11:15 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions II

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch and Visit Solution Provider Showcase                    

2:00-5:30 p.m.
Podium Abstracts                       
This is AACN’s version of TEDTalks, where during a 60-minute session three presenters each have 15 minutes to present key points, the audience has 15 minutes to ask questions.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Abstracts 
3:00-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. Abstracts
4:15-4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-5:30 p.m. Abstracts


6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                            
Optional Networking Dinners
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and shared transportation costs (if any). Dinner groups will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the hotel lobby.

Saturday, December 4

6:00 a.m.
Optional Running and Walking Groups
Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                                     
Registration Open                                                 
Networking Lounge Open                                   

7:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast                                   

7:30-8:30 a.m. 
Faculty Leadership Network (FLN) Meeting                     
Join colleagues to celebrate and contemplate future directions for the network. In addition to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, we identify issues of mutual interest and opportunities for engagement in an informal setting. All are welcome to attend.

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Solution Circles
Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format, examining current challenges in the field of academic nursing. 
AACN does not endorse particular products or services being presented during the Solution Circle. 

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Plenary
Competency-Based Education and Assessment: A Shared Student/Faculty Commitment
In order to produce meaningful change in student knowledge and performance, both students and faculty must have a solid understanding of the expected outcomes for assignments, assessments, courses, and the respective nursing program. AACN’s new Essentials defines the core competencies for entry and advanced nurses within 10 domains.  Creating strategies to teach and assess those competencies requires developing clear outcomes, comprehensive learning experiences, performance assessments, and quality feedback. This session will explore approaches for incorporating competency-based education into the curriculum while assisting faculty and students to commit to the process and its outcomes. This session builds upon the conversation from the Faculty Development Conference with actionable strategies for enacting competency-based education.
Speaker: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                                              
Closing Plenary                                            
The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Resetting and Reframing Nursing Education
The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report recognizes the foundational importance of bolstering nursing education to protect the public’s health and achieve health equity. Regardless of practice setting, nurses of the future will be expected to have a sophisticated understanding of social needs, social determinants of health, and health equity and the ability to apply this knowledge in their practice. For nursing to lead in elevating the health and well-being of the nation, nursing education must reset and reframe to make the transformations necessary to cultivate the next generation of nurses grounded in achieving health equity and advancing social justice.
Speaker: Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, Member, Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Virtual Schedule

All times are listed in Central Time.

Thursday, December 2

11:00 a.m.-5:00 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 to amplify reach across AACNs member schools and to reach faculty who may not be able to attend in person.  Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.             
Solution Provider Showcase Open                                
Access exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovative and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the individual booths and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. 

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Solution Circles
Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format by examining current challenges in the field  of academic nursing. 
AACN does not endorse particular products or services being presented during the Solution Circle. 

2:00-3:30 p.m.    
Welcome and Opening Plenary*                                           
Embracing the Entrepreneurial Journey
Entrepreneur Jane Chen, will discuss how she applied design thinking, a systematic process for problem-solving, to find a solution for the life-threatening inability of many premature and low birth-weight newborns to regulate their body temperature. Jane will show how she and her team invented a portable infant incubator, which costs less than 1% of a traditional incubator, and how this innovation has saved close to 350,000 lives – including in some of the most remote areas of the world. In this talk, Jane will show how to look at problems with a fresh perspective and share lessons on how to create fertile ground for innovation to flourish and grow. She also will share key leadership lessons learned in her journey as an entrepreneur, with a focus on resilience, vulnerability, and how to see challenges as opportunities.
Speaker: Jane Chen, MBA. MPA, Founder and CEO, Embrace Innovations

3:30-4:00 p.m.                                      
Break & Visit Solution Provider Showcase

4:00-5:00 p.m.                                              
Lessons Learned from Nursing’s Early Response to the AIDS Crisis: What Does Great Look Like?
This session will spotlight the impact nurses have on leading innovation and advancing new models of care with a focus on the Johnson & Johnson produced documentary 5B. This film conveys the inspirational story of how nurses took extraordinary action to care for patients in the first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital in the early 1980s. Members of an expert committee convened by AACN will discuss the central themes from 5B and how this film can be used as a teaching tool to inspire the next generation of nursing students to provide compassionate care.
Speakers: Edilma Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS- BC, Chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies; Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Cassandra M. Godzik, PhD, APRN, , Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Geraldine Rebach, MS, BSN, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Washington, DC Chapter; Julie Slade, DNP, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Chatham University School of Health Sciences; and Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN,  Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness; University of North Carolina at Chape Hill
 

Friday, December 3

9:00 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 to amplify reach across AACNs member schools and to reach faculty who may not be able to attend in person.  Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.        
Solution Provider Showcase Open
Access exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovate and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the showcase and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. 

9:30-10:45 a.m.  
Emerging Solutions 

  • AACN Essentials Domain 3: Population Health-Tips and Tools for Faculty
    Take a closer look at the concept of population health and relevant core content and skills, as they relate to the AACN Essentials. The presenters will highlight faculty resources for teaching and assessing learner competencies in population health at both entry and advanced specialty level of practice.  Exemplars of use of the Essentials Tool Kit for both didactic and practicum learning experiences will be discussed, along with presentation of existing and potential measures of learner competencies in population health.
    Speakers: Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC Professor and Director, Advanced Public Health Nursing Program & Transformative Leadership: Population Health Program, College of Nursing, Rush University; 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
     
  • Enhancing Nursing Education with Innovative Technology 
    Education is an evolving process that requires continuous adaptations and reflection. The days of passive lectures are behind us. Today’s student desires the innovative use of technology, meaningful feedback, evidence-based teaching modalities, and cost-effective resources to enhance their learning experience. This session will demonstrate innovative technology used to teach foundational anatomical concepts required for clinical application.
    Speakers: Austin Alexander, DPT, PT, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX

10:45-11:15 a.m.
Break & Visit Solution Provider Showcase

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Emerging Solution 

  • Integrating Informatics and Information Technology Best Practices into Nursing Curricula 
    All nurses practice in data and technology rich environments and must be competent in using automated tools to make decisions and achieve better outcomes.  This session will build upon the Faculty Development Conference objectives and address the new competency expectations outlined in the Essentials by providing faculty with real world teaching strategies, examples, cases, and assessments that can be incorporated into existing course work for entry-level and advanced nursing students.
    Speakers: Marisa Wilson, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama Birmingham, AL; Katherine Dudding, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; and Benjamin Galatzan, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
     
  • Using the Power of Influence to Transform Nursing Education 
    The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 has directed attention to the rising demand for nurses who are prepared to reconcile historical factors that undermine the quality of health care. Ensuring that nurses are positioned to advance health equity has triggered a seismic shift in the content that is emphasized in nursing education and will require more than a contemporary curriculum. Individuals may need to adopt practices or discuss topics that induce anxiety or may not completely align with their personal beliefs. Some have lauded the power of influence as a transferrable skillset that could counter organizational behaviors that threaten to slow the pace of transformation. Indeed, what the future of nursing envisions may very well hinge in part on the power of influence.
    Speaker: Kenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP, Associate Vice Provost, Social Mission & Academic Excellence, Chamberlin University, Chicago, IL 

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Solution Circles
Learn from industry experts in a collaborative format by examining current challenges in the field of academic nursing. 
AACN does not endorse particular products or services being presented during the Solution Circle. 

Saturday, December 4

8:00 a.m.-12:00 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 to amplify reach across AACNs member schools and to reach faculty who may not be able to attend in person.  Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.        
Solution Provider Showcase Open
Access exhibitors and sponsors showcasing innovate and forward-thinking products and services. Take time throughout the day to visit the showcase and identify strategic partners to fulfill your institutional needs. 

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Plenary
Competency-Based Education and Assessment: A Shared Student/Faculty Commitment
In order to produce meaningful change in student knowledge and performance, both students and faculty must have a solid understanding of the expected outcomes for assignments, assessments, courses, and the respective nursing program. AACN’s new Essentials defines the core competencies for entry and advanced nurses within 10 domains.  Creating strategies to teach and assess those competencies requires developing clear outcomes, comprehensive learning experiences, performance assessments, and quality feedback. This session will explore approaches for incorporating competency-based education into the curriculum while assisting faculty and students to commit to the process and its outcomes. This session builds upon the conversation from the Faculty Development Conference with actionable strategies for enacting competency-based education.
Speaker: Margaret Rauschenberger, MSN, RN, Professor, Dean of Nursing Emerita, and Associate Dean, School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Break & Visit Solution Provider Showcase

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                                              
Closing Plenary                                            
The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Resetting and Reframing Nursing Education
The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report recognizes the foundational importance of bolstering nursing education to protect the public’s health and achieve health equity. Regardless of practice setting, nurses of the future will be expected to have a sophisticated understanding of social needs, social determinants of health, and health equity and the ability to apply this knowledge in their practice. For nursing to lead in elevating the health and well-being of the nation, nursing education must reset and reframe to make the transformations necessary to cultivate the next generation of nurses grounded in achieving health equity and advancing social justice.
Speaker: Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, Member, Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
 

Available On-Demand

AACN will provide select sessions on-demand after the conference concludes. Stay tuned for more details. 

CE Credit

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Eligible attendees may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) for participating in AACN conferences.

Please note program is subject to change