Conference Program

  • In-Person
  • Virtual

In-Person Schedule

All sessions listed in Central Time (CT)

Thursday, December 1

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration
Open

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Exhibitor 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.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Solution Circle: Clinical Judgment Formation Using an Academic Electronic Health Record
(Vendor Sponsored Sessions)
Sponsored and presented by Wolters Kluwer
AACN has not been involved with the planning of the content for the Solution Circle, nor does it endorse presented products or services. Provided content is the sole responsibility of the presenting sponsor.
The academic electronic health record is an important tool in demonstration how to utilize clinical judgment with a variety of patients in different healthcare settings. Bringing patient cases into the classroom allows students the opportunity to practice recognizing and analyzing cues, prioritizing hypotheses, generating solutions, taking action and evaluating outcomes. Participants will walk through how to create and implement patient cases in a variety of academic settings along with student worksheets. Participants will then experience clinical in the classroom and learn how to utilize the academic health record to further develop student’s clinical judgment, prepare them for Next Generation NCLEX and future practice.

1:00-1:45 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
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
What will healthcare look like in 20 years? What are the game-changers? Where are the opportunities? How can we think differently about the future of healthcare? In this keynote, global futurist Dr Bruce McCabe will inspire and uplift us with transformative technologies and stories from the cutting-edge, drawing on his meetings with leading thinkers and scientists around the world. Using each of these stories as a catalyst, Bruce will help us 'think differently,' and most importantly optimistically, about our future, and to reflect on the implications for teaching and preparing future generations of nurses.
Speaker: Bruce McCabe, PhD, Director, S2 Intelligence Pty Ltd

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Networking Break & Visit Exhibitor Showcase                    

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary
Inciting Joy Through Movement, Play, and the Arts

Join nurse, dancer, and creative joy inciter Tara Rynders as she invites you into an innovative and interactive experience of reflection, joy, and self-compassion. Drawing from her experience creating theatrical performances in hospital settings and intimate play-based workshops for nurses, Rynders harnesses her passion for nursing and the arts to collectively honor our shared humanity through care, curiosity, and creativity. This presentation is an immersive opportunity to connect with one another, reflect on where we have been, and collectively reimagine a more joyful future together.
Speaker: Tara Rynders, MFA, RN-BC, Artistic Director and Founder, The Clinic

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 a glass of wine and light fare.

5:15-5:45 p.m.
Attendee Hand-On Experience: VR Nurse Education Simulation

Friday, December 2

6:30 a.m.
Running and Walking Groups

Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

7:00-9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Poster Presentations
Talk with poster presenters, network with colleagues, and visit exhibitors while enjoying a light continental breakfast.

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Registration Open

7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Forums

  • DEILN Forum
    Join colleagues to meet, greet, and network with other DEILN members and potential members. You will have the opportunity to meet the steering committee and other members you may have only met or worked with virtually. Learn about the activities of DEILN and share thoughts on future engagement activities. All are welcome to attend.
     
  • Discover the All of Us Research Hub
    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 you, your family, your students, and research program. You will have an opportunity to sign up at the meeting to become one in a million!
     
  • Faculty Leadership Network (FLN) Breakfast Forum
    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.
     
  • 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.

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Session: Oral Health Innovations to Bridge the Gap Between Education and Practice: Improving Health Equity and Population Health

Sponsored and presented by the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program and the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing

AACN has not been involved with the planning of the content for the Solution Circles, nor does it endorse presented products or services. Provided content is the sole responsibility of the presenting sponsor.

This presentation addresses how to integrate the AACN Essentials to bridge the education-practice gap by including oral health in key population health problems: Mental Health Disorders, Cardiovascular Disease and Respiratory Conditions. These population health problems challenge faculty and clinicians to develop interprofessional clinical competencies by integrating oral-systemic exemplars that examine the links between oral health and overall health, as well as the impact of the social determinants of health. We discuss common oral health conditions associated with each of these problems, how they are accelerated by racial and health disparities, how health professionals can partner to develop innovative health care solutions, as well as teaching-learning strategies. Nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives on the frontlines of primary, acute, school and community settings can play a leadership role in integrating oral health in the person-centered care provided to these patient populations to improve racial and health equity.
Speakers: Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, Executive Director, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program and Jessamin Cipollina, MA, Program Manager, Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University, NY

(Breakfast is provided. First come, first serve.)

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Podium Abstracts

(See separate schedule for details)
This is AACN’s version of TEDTalks, where during a 60-minute session, three presenters each have 15 minutes to present key points and 5 minutes for Q&A.
There are no breaks during the 60-minute presentations.
Abstract Themes:

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

Abstract Time Schedule-at-a-Glance:

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Podium Abstracts​
    • 10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. Podium Abstracts
    • 11:15-11:30 a.m. Break
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Podium Abstracts

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch
(on your own) and Visit Exhibitor Showcase

12:45-1:45 p.m.
NursingCAS Luncheon
A Demonstration of the Student Application and Admissions Management Portal
Learn about AACN’s Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). NursingCAS provides colleges a FREE student application and admissions platform to efficiently manage data-driven reviews in a cloud-based software. Learn why 290 colleges of nursing and 115,000 student applicants used NursingCAS to manage their nursing school applications last cycle.
Pre-Registration required
here. Limited seating.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions

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.

  • Academic Innovations in the Hospice/Palliative/Supportive Sphere of Care: Promoting Excellence in Competency-Based Nursing Education           
    Join academic leaders to learn how to support faculty in advancing excellence in palliative and end-of-life nursing care education and evaluation. Hear about the AACN and ELNEC endorsed entry- and advanced-level palliative care competency statements, explore development of a crosswalk document that aligns the AACN Essentials with CARES and G-CARES, and hear about two novel instruments that evaluate primary palliative nursing care knowledge and competence. Time for interactive discussion will be included.
    Speakers: Andra Davis, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Innovation, University of Portland, Portland, OR, and Megan Pfitzinger Lippe, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 
     
  • Activating the AACN Essentials through Graduate Student Organization Engagement
    As nursing programs shift towards a competency-based education model, academic institutions are working to quantify student learning outcomes. This presentation will showcase how faculty and graduate nursing students leverage the AACN Essentials through engagement in student organizations. Through collaboration with faculty, the student body, and community partners, student leaders integrate experiences applicable to professional roles. Students develop leadership and communication skills, while also gaining confidence and professional identity formation, which align with the Essentials.
    Speakers: Amy Manderscheid, DNP, APRN, Associate Professor, and Anne McKay, DNP, APRN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 
     
  • Addressing Structural and Institutional Barriers to Promote Academic Success in Under-Represented Minority Nursing Students: Strategies Promoting Equity and Inclusion
    This presentation will discuss a number of strategies for increasing equity and inclusion at a college of nursing with a diverse student body. This will include specific examples of strategies that have been successfully implemented, including updating the college's mission statement, recruitment and retention of diverse students, staff and faculty, and initiatives to promote students' academic success.  
    Speaker: Sarah M. Fitz, DNP, APRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
     
  • Developing Competency in Quality and Safety: Tools for Meeting the Essentials
    Discover resources and guidance available to help you crosswalk the QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) competencies and the 2021 Essentials. Members of the QSEN Crosswalk Teams will introduce tools available to help faculty integrate quality and safety competencies into entry-level and advanced-level nursing programs.  Implications for faculty and program directors, based on the crosswalk results, will be identified, and explored through group discussion.
    Speakers: Barb Tassell, DNP, RN, Instructor, College of Nursing, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH, and Elizabeth Byrd, PhD, APRN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
     
  • Developing Inclusive Excellence in Academic Nursing and the Nursing Workforce
    Inclusive Excellence involves a comprehensive organizational change of repositioning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as fundamental to institutional excellence and socially just environments. Fostering environments where diverse backgrounds are valued and respected is an imperative for achieving Inclusive Excellence. To do this, academic leaders must face the challenge of assessing their institutional capacity, structures, and commitment to DEI and making adjustments that will advance their stated mission, vision, and goals. This session will describe how the four dimensions of the Inclusive Excellence Ecosystem for Academic Nursing align and assist nursing schools with organizing and guiding their DEI efforts. Examples of activities and structures illustrating the dimensions will be offered.
    Speakers: Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, New Orleans;  Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA; Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; and Rolanda Johnson, PhD, RN, Professor, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
     
  • Level Up Your Classroom: Integrating Technology to Improve Outcomes
    Have you ever wanted to stop doing things the same way you always have?  Have you ever thought that there had to be a better way? Through an exploration of theory and pedagogy, this session is designed as a foundation of how get out of the way and start being a change agent with your learners.  By providing relevant examples, exploring new technologies, and considering who the learners is, participants will learn how to leverage technology effectively to promote equity in their environment.
    Speaker: Melissa Ann Stec, DNP, APRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 
     
  • Moving the Civility Needle in Academic Nursing: Evidence-Based Strategies for Creating Healthy Work Environments
    The detrimental impact of incivility, bullying, and other forms of workplace aggression is well documented. To better understand the complexities of academic incivility, the presenter conducted a national study to examine the extent of the problem; contributing factors; most frequently occurring uncivil behaviors; barriers in addressing incivility, and ways to foster interpersonal and organizational civility. This session offers evidence-based strategies to build healthy academic environments; promote inclusive and collegial workplaces; and enhance faculty well-being and career satisfaction.
    Speaker: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus, Boise State University, Boise, ID
     
  • Nursing Practice, the Law, and a Negligent Homicide Charge
    Decades of safety research, including the Institute of Medicine’s pioneering report To Err Is Human, have demonstrated that a punitive approach to healthcare errors drives problems into the shadows and decreases patient safety. In addition, catastrophic errors are often the result of many factors, and the ability to safely report errors allows for root cause analysis and correction of systemic problems. This session will explore the fallout from the recent verdict in the RaDonda Vaught case involving a former nurse who was criminally prosecuted for a fatal drug error. Come explore the potential impact of this decision on nursing practice from legal experts who will discuss implications for the profession. 
    Speakers: Monica Foster, JD, Executive Director, Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, and Kathryn Elias Cordell, JD, General Counsel, Columbus Regional Health, Greenwood, IN
     
  •  Reimagining Nursing Education through Virtual Reality
    Virtual Reality (VR) and connecting people with technology are widely considered the next evolution of computing with the potential to reimagine how we prepare the next generation of nurses. Winston-Salem State University has partnered with University of North Carolina, School of the Arts to develop VR simulations that provide nursing students with an opportunity to learn in a simulated clinical environment.  The simulations have been designed to support NCLEX changes that prioritize reasoning skills through three core learning areas: nursing procedures, patient assessment, and responding to situations as they arise. The presenters will share a demo and insights into their work to create VR simulations, key considerations to create an optimal learning experience for students, and their perspective on how VR will revolutionize nursing education.
    Speakers: Susan Hall, EdD, RN, Associate Professor, Family and Community Health Area Coordinator, and Gina DeCelle, PhD, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult Health Area Coordinator, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC; and Ryan Schmaltz, Technologist and Project Director, VR Nurse Training Simulations, School of the Arts, University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC
     
  • Using Design Thinking to Thread the Social Determinants of Health in Undergraduate Curriculum
    This session will describe how Design Thinking was used as a unifying framework to foster understanding of the social determinants of health in an undergraduate nursing program.  Students utilize Design Thinking to develop innovative solutions for clinical problems experienced by diverse populations across all spheres of care in a series of four sequenced courses.  Details of the teaching strategy and how it supports the acquisition of competencies defined by the AACN Essentials will be shared.  Design Thinking offers opportunities for students to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and use creativity in finding person-centered, evidence-based solutions to clinical problems.
    Speakers: Mary Jo Vetter, DNP, RN, Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Clinical Associate Professor; Karyn Boyar, DNP, RN, Director, Master of Science, Clinical Research Program and Clinical Assistant Professor; and Stacen Keating, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY
     
  • Vulnerability, Psychological Safety, and Inclusive Learning: Exploring Strategies for Promoting Student Success
    As nursing education faces an academic landscape emphasizing next generation NCLEX® readiness, AACN Essentials alignment, and a generation of post-pandemic learners, nurse educators are increasingly focused on maintaining and promoting student success. Incorporating transformative approaches to teaching and learning—and student responses to those approaches—highlights the need to examine effective strategies to foster student success. This interactive session will introduce the role of psychological safety in the learning process and discuss its relationship with the vulnerability of learning and student success. Participants will explore strategies for cultivating psychologically safe learning environments across the curriculum. Through immersive exercises, participants will have the opportunity to apply principles of psychological safety that promote inclusive learning when encountering challenging situations.
    Speaker: Rachel Onello, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 

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

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions
(Repeated from above)
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.

6:00 p.m.
Networking Dinners 
(Optional)
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants and expand your network 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 share transportations costs (if any). The dinners are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. – participants meet at 5:45 p.m. at the concierge desk in the hotel lobby.

Saturday, December 3

6:00 a.m.
Running and Walking Groups

Meet with other early risers at the hotel entrance. Running and walking maps are available on the conference app.

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Open & 
Networking Lounge Open

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

7:30-8:15 a.m.
Coffee and Conversations

Though all are invited to attend, this facilitated informal discussion is intended specifically for faculty teaching in or across program types. Breakfast will be provided.

  • AACN Resources for Faculty
  • Faculty of Minority Serving Schools
  • Hot Topics for Entry Level Faculty
  • Hot Topics for Advanced Level Faculty

8:15-9:15 a.m.
CCNE Forum on Revision of the Accreditation Standards
Join the co-chairs of the newly formed CCNE Standards Committee for an important dialogue about CCNE’s accreditation standards review and revision process. Take advantage of this opportunity to offer comments and ask questions about CCNE’s 2018 Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Do the current accreditation standards adequately assess nursing program quality and effectiveness at the baccalaureate and graduate levels? Do any of the standards and key elements need clarification? What opportunities are there for the CCNE community of interest to participate in the standards revision process? What is the timeline for the revision process and how might my program be impacted?
Presenters: CCNE Standards Committee co-chairs Anne Hirsch, PhD, APRN, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Pamela B. Simmons, PhD, APRN, (ret.), Senior Director and Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, LA
Facilitated by Jennifer Butlin, EdD, Executive Director, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, DC

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Plenary

Infusing and Instilling Joy - A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed healthcare globally. The burden and moral distress have increased the risks of psychological distress, burnout and loss of joy in nurses – rupturing creativity and innovation. This presentation will highlight the importance of intentionality in infusing joy in academic, clinical, research, administrative and policy settings. A framework; Awareness, Balance & Purpose, and Co-creation, the ABCs of infusing joy, will serve as a guide on how nurses at the individual, team and system level can become empowered and intentional in infusing joy.
Speaker: Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, Executive Director, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Next Generation NCLEX and the New Essentials: Synergies and Alignment

Join NCSBN’s Jason Schwartz for an important update on the changes coming to the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams, effective April 2023 framed by a discussion of the rationale and research behind the changes. Topics covered include the NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model; considering AACN Essentials new ways of teaching and learning; the clinical judgment case study and associated item types; “standalone” item types that will augment measurement of clinical judgment; new partial credit scoring methods NCSBN will use to evaluate candidate responses; and updates to the overall structure of the examinations. Mr. Schwartz will also highlight available resources from NCSBN and allow time to answer questions from conference attendees.   
Speaker: Jason Schwartz, MS, Director, Outreach, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL, and Nicole Williams, MSN, RN, Associate Director, Examinations, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL

Virtual Schedule

All sessions listed in Central Time (CT)

Thursday, December 1

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Poster Viewing
Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Virtual Exhibit
or Showcase Viewing
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.

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary

Technology and the Future of Healthcare
What will healthcare look like in 20 years? What are the game-changers? Where are the opportunities? How can we think differently about the future of healthcare? In this keynote, global futurist Dr Bruce McCabe will inspire and uplift us with transformative technologies and stories from the cutting-edge, drawing on his meetings with leading thinkers and scientists around the world. Using each of these stories as a catalyst, Bruce will help us 'think differently,' and most importantly optimistically, about our future, and to reflect on the implications for teaching and preparing future generations of nurses.
Speaker: Bruce McCabe, PhD, Director, S2 Intelligence Pty Ltd

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

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Plenary

Inciting Joy Through Movement, Play, and the Arts
Join nurse, dancer, and creative joy inciter Tara Rynders as she invites you into an innovative and interactive experience of reflection, joy, and self-compassion. Drawing from her experience creating theatrical performances in hospital settings and intimate play-based workshops for nurses, Rynders harnesses her passion for nursing and the arts to collectively honor our shared humanity through care, curiosity, and creativity. This presentation is an immersive opportunity to connect with one another, reflect on where we have been, and collectively reimagine a more joyful future together.
Speaker: Tara Rynders, MFA, RN-BC, Artistic Director and Founder, The Clinic

Friday, December 2

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Virtual Poster Viewing

Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Virtual Exhibitor Showcase Viewing
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.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Coffee & Conversation

What Keeps You Up At Night?

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Emerging Solutions

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.

  • Developing Inclusive Excellence in Academic Nursing and the Nursing Workforce
    Inclusive Excellence involves a comprehensive organizational change of repositioning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as fundamental to institutional excellence and socially just environments. Fostering environments where diverse backgrounds are valued and respected is an imperative for achieving Inclusive Excellence. To do this, academic leaders must face the challenge of assessing their institutional capacity, structures, and commitment to DEI and making adjustments that will advance their stated mission, vision, and goals. This session will describe how the four dimensions of the Inclusive Excellence Ecosystem for Academic Nursing align and assist nursing schools with organizing and guiding their DEI efforts. Examples of activities and structures illustrating the dimensions will be offered.
    Speakers: Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, New Orleans;  Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA; Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; and Rolanda Johnson, PhD, RN, Professor, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
     
  • Level Up Your Classroom: Integrating Technology to Improve Outcomes
    Have you ever wanted to stop doing things the same way you always have?  Have you ever thought that there had to be a better way? Through an exploration of theory and pedagogy, this session is designed as a foundation of how get out of the way and start being a change agent with your learners.  By providing relevant examples, exploring new technologies, and considering who the learners is, participants will learn how to leverage technology effectively to promote equity in their environment.
    Speaker: Melissa Ann Stec, DNP, APRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 

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

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Emerging Solutions

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.

  • Moving the Civility Needle in Academic Nursing: Evidence-Based Strategies for Creating Healthy Work Environments
    The detrimental impact of incivility, bullying, and other forms of workplace aggression is well documented. To better understand the complexities of academic incivility, the presenter conducted a national study to examine the extent of the problem; contributing factors; most frequently occurring uncivil behaviors; barriers in addressing incivility, and ways to foster interpersonal and organizational civility. This session offers evidence-based strategies to build healthy academic environments; promote inclusive and collegial workplaces; and enhance faculty well-being and career satisfaction.
    Speaker: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus, Boise State University, Boise, ID
     
  • Reimagining Nursing Education through Virtual Reality
    Virtual Reality (VR) and connecting people with technology are widely considered the next evolution of computing with the potential to reimagine how we prepare the next generation of nurses. Winston-Salem State University has partnered with University of North Carolina, School of the Arts to develop VR simulations that provide nursing students with an opportunity to learn in a simulated clinical environment.  The simulations have been designed to support NCLEX changes that prioritize reasoning skills through three core learning areas: nursing procedures, patient assessment, and responding to situations as they arise. The presenters will share a demo and insights into their work to create VR simulations, key considerations to create an optimal learning experience for students, and their perspective on how VR will revolutionize nursing education.
    Speakers: Susan Hall, EdD, RN, Associate Professor, Family and Community Health Area Coordinator, and Gina DeCelle, PhD, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult Health Area Coordinator, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC; and Ryan Schmaltz, Technologist and Project Director, VR Nurse Training Simulations, School of the Arts, University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, December 3

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Virtual Poster Viewing

Abstracts showcase innovative evidence-based practices, highlight emerging trends, and offer best practices on these topics:

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

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Virtual Exhibitor Showcase Viewing
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.

8:15-9:15 a.m.
CCNE Forum on Revision of the Accreditation Standards
Join the co-chairs of the newly formed CCNE Standards Committee for an important dialogue about CCNE’s accreditation standards review and revision process. Take advantage of this opportunity to offer comments and ask questions about CCNE’s 2018 Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Do the current accreditation standards adequately assess nursing program quality and effectiveness at the baccalaureate and graduate levels? Do any of the standards and key elements need clarification? What opportunities are there for the CCNE community of interest to participate in the standards revision process? What is the timeline for the revision process and how might my program be impacted?
Presenters: CCNE Standards Committee co-chairs Anne Hirsch, PhD, APRN, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Pamela B. Simmons, PhD, APRN, (ret), Senior Director and Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, Northwestern State University,
Natchitoches, LA
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Facilitated by Jennifer Butlin, EdD, Executive Director, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, DC

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Plenary

Infusing and Instilling Joy - A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed healthcare globally. The burden and moral distress have increased the risks of psychological distress, burnout and loss of joy in nurses – rupturing creativity and innovation. This presentation will highlight the importance of intentionality in infusing joy in academic, clinical, research, administrative and policy settings. A framework; Awareness, Balance & Purpose, and Co-creation, the ABCs of infusing joy, will serve as a guide on how nurses at the individual, team and system level can become empowered and intentional in infusing joy.
Speaker: Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, Executive Director, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Next Generation NCLEX and the New Essentials: Synergies and Alignment
Join NCSBN’s Jason Schwartz for an important update on the changes coming to the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams, effective April 2023 framed by a discussion of the rationale and research behind the changes. Topics covered include the NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model; considering AACN Essentials new ways of teaching and learning; the clinical judgment case study and associated item types; “standalone” item types that will augment measurement of clinical judgment; new partial credit scoring methods NCSBN will use to evaluate candidate responses; and updates to the overall structure of the examinations. Mr. Schwartz will also highlight available resources from NCSBN and allow time to answer questions from conference attendees.   
Speaker: Jason Schwartz, MS, Director, Outreach, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL, and Nicole Williams, MSN, RN, Associate Director, Examinations, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, IL

DON'T MISS - Pre-Conference Programs
Offered in-person only

Faculty Development Pre-Conference

Wednesday, November 30
9:00 a.m. - Navigating Essentials Implementation: Exploring Tools and Tips for Succes
11:45 a.m. - Transformation to Competency Based Education by Implementing the AACN Essentials: Creating a Structure, Process, and Defined Outcomes to Make it Happen
2:00 p.m. - Incorporating AACN Essentials into Simulation Scenarios and Utilizing Simulation to Assess Competencies
3:15 p.m. - Critical Inquiry into Essentials Implementation: Exploring Frequently Asked Questions
4:30 p.m. - Sustaining Mental Health and Resilience in Academic Nursing

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Faculty Leadership Network (FLN) Program

Thursday, December 1
9:00 a.m. - Context of the Current Environment
10:30 a.m. - Faculty and Student Resilience and Well-being
12:00 p.m. - Application o fConcepts Learned

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Executive Development Series (EDS) for Faculty

November 30
9:00 a.m. - Unpacking the Current Leadership Context
10:45 a.m. - Charting a Course: Leadership with Purpose
1:15 p.m. - Design Your Adventure Part 1: Inspiration
3:30 p.m. - Design Your Adventure Part 2: Ideation

December 1
8:45 a.m. - Design Your Adventure Part 3: Implementation, Testing to Learn and Pausing to Refuel

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Continuing Education

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