Doctoral Education Conference


Faculty Practice Pre-Conference

Building the Staircase to Develop and Sustain Community-Based Faculty Practice

This 1-day pre-event, hosted by AACN’s Practice Leadership Network (PLN) prior to the Doctoral Education Conference, is designed for individuals involved in promoting, administering, and engaging in faculty practice. Emphasis is being placed on the need for practice-savvy educators who can translate current healthcare environment scenarios to the classroom at every level.

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Call for Abstracts is Open!

Each year, the Faculty Practice Pre-conference invites abstracts that reflect innovation and highlight topics around Social Justice, Health Equity, and Leadership in Doctoral Education.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who promote, administer, and engage in faculty practice.

How to Attend

The Faculty Practice Pre-Conference will be offered as an in-person event prior to the Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, FL.

Conference Venue

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive 
Naples, FL 34103

Registration Fees

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference Sandard
Ends Dec. 18
Begins Dec. 19
PLN Network Member $329 $429
AACN Member $349 $449
AACN Non-Member $449 $549


  • You may substitute your registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at
  • If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:
    1. Cancellation requests received by January 4, 2024, will be refunded minus a non-refundable administrative fee:
        1. PhD Pre-Conference: $90
        2. Faculty Practice Pre-Conference: $90
        3. Research Leadership Network (RLN) Program: $30
    2. No refunds will be given after January 4, 2024, nor will refunds be given for no-shows.
    3. No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged the non-refundable administrative fee as outlined above after the event.
  • Your cancellation request must be submitted in writing to and confirmed by AACN.

Please note: AACN will issue refunds within a 2-week time period of receipt of written cancellation notice.

Event Cancellation by AACN

AACN reserves the right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel this conference and any related group activity for any circumstance beyond AACN's control, including but not limited to emergency, acts of God, government regulations, disaster, strike, and non-fulfilment of minimum group requirements. If AACN cancels an event, every attempt will be made to reschedule or provide a modified virtual offering, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled/virtual event. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, AACN will issue a full refund of the registration fee(s). Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled/postponed event cannot be refunded under any circumstances as AACN resumes no responsibility for such expenses.


At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Articulate implementation of innovative faculty practice partnerships and initiatives.
  2. Identify financial sustainability to support faculty practice.
  3. Describe the impact on communities through innovation and evaluation strategies.
7:00-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:00-7:30 a.m. Coffee & Conversations (join your colleagues for coffee and discussion around hot topics)
7:30-8:00 a.m. Poster
8:00-8:15 a.m. Opening/Leadership Network Membership Forum
Brenda Douglass
Assistant Professor and Practice Leadership Network 
Chair, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
8:15-9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation
Designing and Implementing a University-based Nurse Managed Clinic

Speaker: Gloria McNeal, PhD
Associate Vice President Community Affairs in Health School of Health Professions, National University, Los Angeles, CA
9:35-10:30 a.m. Building Blocks to a Successful Academic Faculty Practice Model
Speaker: Lana Sargent, PhD
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Practice and Community Engagement Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break (Posters)
10:45-11:45 a.m. Building an Interprofessional Faculty Practice for Individuals Living in Homelessness: Strategies for Success
Speaker: Tina Gustin, DNP
Associate Professor, Director for the Center for Telehealth-Innovation, Education, and Research

Speaker: Carolyn Rutledge, PhD
Professor, Eminent Scholar Old Dominion University
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 p.m. Climbing the final step: How we implemented full practice at an academic medical center 
Speakers: Carolyn Dickens, PhD, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Practice and Community Partnerships and Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL and Susan Swart, EdD, Chief Executive Officer of SYS Consulting Solutions, Inc. and Executive Director of the American Nurses Association – Illinois.
(Moderator – Tina Gustin)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Break & Poster Presentations
2:30-3:30 p.m. Program Session
The Mobile Unit Panel: Leveraging Academic Practice Partnerships for Faculty Practice

Join us as we discuss how to leverage scholarships for students and faculty.
Panel Presenters: Tina Gustin, DNP, Old Dominion University; Gloria McNeal, PhD, Associate Vice President Community Affairs in Health School of Health Professions, National University, Los Angeles, CA; Sharon Stager, DNP, Salve Regina University
3:30-4:00 p.m. Conference Takeaways
Faculty Practice- Alignment to Competency-Based Education and The Essentials
Join us for the last session of the day for a rich discussion on application of Competency-Based Education (CBE) in Faculty Practice. Exemplars will be included to integrate The Essentials (AACN, 2021) domains of Research and Scholarship, Education, and Patient Outcomes for translation to faculty practice.
Speaker: Brenda Douglass, DNP, Assistant Professor and Practice Leadership Network Chair, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Mary McNamara, DNP, Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Innovative Partnerships and Faculty Practice

Questions about this conference session?

Contact AACN Membership Assistant Peri Beckerman at

Phone: 202-463-6930   |