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Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators

Evidence-Based Teaching & Learning

August 1-2, 2014  •   Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Any seasoned nurse educator will tell you that nursing education is a calling. It requires a foundation of evidence-based teaching strategies, a little creativity, and a commitment to excellence in order to be the most successful. During the 6th annual Nuts & Bolts conference, you will not only hear strategies from some of the top nursing educators in the country, but you will work alongside them to improve your classroom, clinical, and lab learning environments. This year’s focus on evidence-based teaching will help with every course in the curriculum. Hands-on activities help you master practical strategies for teaching and learning in fundamentals, maternal-child, medical-surgical, health assessment, and much more. Free Wi-Fi will be available.

Conference Objectives:

Upon completion of the conference, the participant will be able to:

  1. Develop evidence-based connections between clinical, simulation, and classroom learning.
  2. Create classroom and clinical learning activities that promote clinical reasoning.
  3. Develop evidence-based learning experiences based on the NCLEX® client needs.
  4. Identify assessment strategies that provide valid, reliable data for program development.
  5. Identify factors that create barriers to student success in the classroom and on NCLEX®.
  6. Analyze evidence-based tools for developing a culture of student success.
  7. Describe proven strategies to support faculty and curricular success.
  8. Manage educator workload to enhance performance.

Tool Box With a Purpose

Back by popular demand! This year the Tool Box will have over 100 tools mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies. These ready-to-use tools help educators quickly implement evidence-based learning strategies that engage learners. Start the first day of classes with the tools you need to help your students excel.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for clinical instructors, nurse educators and administrators in PN/VN, ADN, diploma, and BSN programs. Because of the active learning focus, other health care educators will benefit as well.


Business-casual attire is appropriate for the conference. Please note that the temperature in the meeting rooms varies; dress in layers to ensure your comfort.

Call for Posters

Consider submitting a poster related to nursing education or an evidence-based clinical study with implications for nursing education. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will occur by July 15. For complete poster presentation guidelines, you may download the guidelines. For questions, please email or call 952.423.8659.

Nursing Contact Hours

Up to 23.5 hours of nursing continuing education will be awarded upon completion of CE criteria.

6.0 Pre-Conference A — The New Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Exam Test Blueprint
3.0 Pre-Conference B — Know White and Her Seven Learners +1
3.0 Pre-Conference C — Best Practices in Clinical Teaching
2.0 Pre-Conference D — 5 Strategies for Accreditation Success
11.0 Main Conference — Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators (2 days)
1.0 Poster Voting (main conference)
3.5 Post-Conference E — Test Item Writing: The NCLEX® Connection

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NurseTim, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CE completion criteria includes: payment of conference fee, attendance of the entire session, and submission of a completed evaluation tool.

All faculty and planners at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services and (2) any unlabeled/ unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.

Conference Speakers

Hilda Alcindor, BA, RN

Hilda Alcindor, PhD (hon.) BA, RN, FAAN
Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti (FSIL)
Dean Alcindor was born and educated in Haiti and is fluent in four languages. She graduated as a registered nurse from the École Nationale d’Infirmières (National School of Nursing) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She received a BA in Health Services Administration and multiple certifications that include Quality Assurance, Case Management, Education, and was conferred an Honorary degree of “ Docteur Honoris Causa” in nursing sciences.

As an RN, Ms. Alcindor worked internationally for over 40 years in several positions that include home health, critical care, emergency department, administration, and school health. Committed to the profession of nursing, she is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Black Nurses Association, Association des Infirmières Licenciées d’Haiti, and the Haitian-American Nurses Association.

In October 2004, Ms. Alcindor was appointed founding Dean (Doyenne) of Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti (School of Nursing of the Episcopal University of Haiti), the first 4-year baccalaureate school of nursing in Haiti. Since its inception, FSIL has had 6 graduating classes (82 BSNs). These graduates are known internationally for excellence in nursing and leadership. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Ms. Alcindor and her students coordinated thousands of international volunteers to meet the needs of over 16,000 victims. Currently, they provide healthcare to over 5,000 patients a year. They specialize in serving some of the poorest people in Haiti.

Her commitment to leadership has included numerous articles, mentoring, speaking, and oversight of $16 million USD in economic and healthcare growth in Haiti. In October 2013, she was inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses. She is only the second Haitian nurse to receive this honor.

Tim Bristol, PhD, RN

Tim Bristol, PhD, RN
Walden University—Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tim is an internationally known nurse educator and educational consultant. He has taught at all levels of nursing in both public and private institutions. He has also consulted with the healthcare industry through public health, global health, acute care, long-term care, and professional trade organizations. Sharing his expertise through a number of written works on adult learning, instructional design, curricular innovation, and faculty development, he is known for a practical, straight- forward approach to academic success. Dr. Bristol is owner of NurseTim, Inc. and faculty at Walden University and serves on the board of directors for Health eVillages and the FSIL Nursing School in Leogane, Haiti.

Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE

Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE
G.A.M.E.S./Tool Thyme for Trainers
Michele is known for her innovative teaching methods in the field of health care education and training. She has been training educators and trainers full time for twenty-two years. She has won the “Excellence in Nursing” award, has been selected as one of the “Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana” and was also elected to the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. The National Nursing Staff Development Organization named her the recipient of the prestigious Belinda Puetz award in 2000. She was named “Business Woman of the Year” in 2003 and 2004 by the National Business Council.

Sue Field, DNP, RN, CNE

Sue Field, DNP, RN, CNE
Northland College
Dr. Sue Field has been a Registered Nurse for 36 years, she has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and is a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Field has 15 years of experience in nursing education, including 7 years as a director of an Associate Degree Nursing Program which obtained initial NLNAC accreditation under her direction in 2010.

Dr. Field is currently working as a consultant for a statewide college system in Minnesota to assist PN and AD Nursing Programs in the attainment of national accreditation.

Dr. Field has developed multiple tools which she has used to assist other nursing programs during the accreditation process. One of the tools is a Systematic Evaluation Plan Template which she will explain in her presentation.

Other noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • The development of a successful nursing program on the White Earth Indian Reservation from 2005 to 2009
    • Writing and being awarded multiple grants for this project and working in collaboration with the White Earth Tribal College and the White Earth Nation.
  • Comparison study of two clinics and their nurses’ cultural competence following an educational program.
    • Her manuscript related to her study is published in the Clinical Scholars Journal, October 2012.
  • Creation of templates to implement the 2010 NLN Outcomes and Competencies Framework for Nursing Education. Dr. Field worked with her faculty and two National Consultants from 2010 to 2012 in the development of the templates and has made multiple presentations nationally.
    • This work has been accepted for publication in the NLN Perspectives magazine. Publication date not yet determined.

Judith A. Halstead PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Judith A. Halstead PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Indiana University School of Nursing
Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is executive director of the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation in Washington, DC. She has over thirty-five years of experience in nursing education with expertise in online education, nurse educator competencies, and evidence-based teaching in nursing education. She is co-editor of the widely referenced book on nursing education, Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty. Dr. Halstead is the recipient of numerous awards including the MNRS Advancement of Science Award for the Nursing Education Research Section and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Excellence in Education Award. She is a fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as the president of the National League for Nursing from 2011-2013.

Susan Hendricks, EdD, RN, CNE

Susan Hendricks, EdD, RN, CNE
Indiana University
Dr. Susan Hendricks has been a nurse since 1983, receiving a BSN from the University of North Dakota and an MSN from the University of Wisconsin, and has specialized in community mental health nursing. As an IU faculty member Dr. Hendricks has focused her academic career on curriculum, evaluation, student success, and the study of innovation in nursing education. In recent years she has taken on increasing leadership roles, including evaluation director, assistant dean, and chair of the IU statewide curriculum committee that developed the RN to BSN curriculum. Currently the associate dean for undergraduate programs at IUPUI, Dr. Hendricks has engaged faculty in planning and implementing an exciting new concept- and competency-based curriculum.

Judith W. Herrman PhD, RN, ANEF

Judith W. Herrman PhD, RN, ANEF
Judy is a nurse educator with a passion for adolescents, nursing education, and creative teaching strategies. Experiences in pediatric staff nursing, nursing management, and nursing education provide contexts for current practice as a nurse educator, nurse researcher, and national speaker. Judy is actively involved in research related to adolescent decision- making and sexuality, interpersonal violence prevention, and teaching strategies focusing on age-related learning. Publications in many and varied journals disseminate results to varied audiences. Judy is currently the Chair of the Delaware State Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board, a member of the Senate Appointed Teen Dating Violence Task force, and is the Chair of the Delaware Girls Initiative, an advocacy group dedicated to the needs of girls at risk in the state. Authoring the book Creative Teaching for the Nurse Educator has provided Judy with the opportunity to share strategies around the nation and learn from other faculty.

J. Raney Linck, MS, RN

J. Raney Linck, MS, RN
University of Minnesota
Raney Linck, MSN, RN is a nursing faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing as part of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Raney incorporates technology and digital tools throughout his courses and teaches students to integrate these tools into their practice. He was named the 2013 Minnesota Nurse of the Year in Education and Research by the Minnesota March of Dimes. He also publishes the blog “Digital Trends in Nursing” in association with Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL) magazine, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Susan Luparell, PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE

Susan Luparell, PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE
Montana State University
Susan Luparell is a nationally recognized speaker and author on the topic of incivility in nursing education. An associate professor at Montana State University, Susan is involved in both the baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and has received several commendations for excellence in teaching. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical implications of incivility, including how it affects others and how it can be managed in academic as well as in clinical settings. Prior to joining the faculty ranks, Susan practiced as a critical care clinical nurse specialist.

Barb Schreiner, PhD, RN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM

Barb Schreiner, PhD, RN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM
Elsevier, Inc.
Dr. Barb Schreiner's career has been a blend of clinical practice, education, research and performance improvement. She is currently the Director of Research for Review and Testing at Elsevier and is involved in studying the predictive properties of HESI review products. She also has thirty-five years’ experience teaching in both clinical and academic environments and is an adjunct faculty professor in the graduate nursing programs with Capella University. Dr. Schreiner has a master's degree in nursing from the University of Florida where she also minored in adult education. She has a PhD in education from Capella University where she specialized in training and performance improvement. She holds a board certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM), is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
Mesa Community College
Karin J. Sherrill is a nurse educator with over twenty years of teaching experience at Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. During her teaching tenure, she has been involved with multiple projects including online education, informatics development, active teaching strategies, new grad transition to practice, and the integration of classroom, lab and simulation technologies. She teaches third-semester nursing students in the classroom and simulation lab along with facilitating student success courses throughout the curriculum. Karin currently serves on the Maricopa Nursing Testing Committee, the T.I.G.E.R. Informatics Education Committee, and is the president of the Arizona League for Nursing. Karin has consulted for the National League for Nurses Testing Services, National Council State Board of Nursing, and several publishing companies. She is a member of the Arizona and National League for Nursing, the Arizona and American Nurses Association, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and was founding president for the Arizona Simulation Network.

Virginia Wangerin, MSN, RN, CNE

Virginia Wangerin, MSN, RN, CNE
Upper Iowa University
Virginia “Ginny” Wangerin, PhDc, MSN, RN, CNE is an educator, consultant, and speaker with over thirty years experience in nursing. She also taught the PN, ADN, BSN and graduate level, currently teaching in an RN-BSN program and providing faculty/staff development. Her primary areas of expertise are curriculum development and evaluation, including teaching and evaluation strategies and accreditation success. Ginny has served on numerous committees and boards, advocating for others including nursing professionals, the elderly, and at-risk populations. In October 2011 she was honored by the Iowa Nurses Association with the Edith Ruppert Award, in recognition of having contributed significantly to the improvement of nursing and the professional organization.

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Dr. Mary Judith Yoho is the president at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Houston Texas. In her over thirty-five years in nursing, Dr. Yoho has held roles in nursing practice, instruction, research, management and education policy. Prior to joining Chamberlain College of Nursing, she was the National Director of Faculty Development for Education Affiliates and for Elsevier Review and Testing. Throughout her career, she has coordinated and participated in multiple grant projects and has authored and co-authored ten publications on topics including student testing and faculty recruitment and retention. Dr. Yoho has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of test development and exam analysis. She is a National League of Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).


The conference is being held at the Hilton. Below are a couple options for lodging.

Alternate Accommodations
Minneapolis Airport Marriott

2020 American Blvd East Bloomington MN 55425

The Hilton is out of rooms with the special rate but the Minneapolis Airport Marriott is offering rooms at $139.00 per night. The Marriott will also provide you with complimentary shuttle service to and from the conference each day. To make reservations you can click here or call the Minneapolis Airport Marriott at 1.800.228.9290 and tell them you are with the group "Nuts and Bolts Conference" to get the special rate. This special rate is only available until Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Hilton Minneapolis Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd East • Bloomington, MN 55425
(free shuttle from MSP airport to hotel)

The Hilton is conveniently located minutes from the Mall of America and next to the beautiful Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

$119 single/$129 double + 14.28% tax
All the rooms reserved at the rate have been taken. (see above for more info)

For reservations:
Call 952.854.2100 or toll-free 800.445.8667
Online: Hilton Minneapolis Airport

A block of rooms has been reserved under Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators until July 1, 2014. To ensure group room pricing, register early before the room block is full. The block is full (see above for more info). Complimentary internet access provided in all guest rooms.

Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations and should make payments for lodging and other hotel services directly to the Hilton Minneapolis Airport/Mall of America.



Mall of America

60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
Mon-Sat: 10am–9:30pm Sun: 11am–7pm

Free shuttle from the Hilton!

Mall of America has been described as a city within a city. Along with an extensive range of shops, restaurants, and entertainment, there are many unique features to Mall of America likely to be found in any community. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, so grab a free shuttle and explore over 500 stores and miles of walkway! Find more


Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge

Located adjacent to the
Hilton Minneapolis Airport Hotel
Open daily—sunrise to sunset

Over 8 miles of scenic trails!

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the nation, a place where eclectic wildlife lives next door to three million people. Today, the refuge comprises over 14,000 authorized acres, stretching for 34 miles — many of which have trails and interpretive signs. Take a morning or evening hike and explore the beautiful sights located just steps from the conference!


Hiking for
Haiti Nursing Students

NurseTim's team is committed to giving back. For over six years, Dr. Bristol has worked in Haiti with Haitian nursing faculty and students. This year you can help! Every Nuts & Bolts participant gets a pedometer. NurseTim will give one dollar for every 1000 steps to the Haiti Nursing Foundation. Whether you are hiking the Mall of America or the National Wildlife Refuge, your steps will help nursing students in Haiti.


The complete agenda can be downloaded and printed out from the brochure. For descriptions of each session please click on the Sessions button on the right.


Sessions Menu

Pre-Conferences (July 31)

The New Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Exam Test Blueprint
Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE
8:00-4:45 (Full day session)

This workshop provides an overview and review of the major topic areas included in the detailed test blueprint of the Certified Nurse EducatorCM Exam. The attendees will become familiar with the organization of the exam and all the major topic areas. Emphasis will be placed on preparing for the exam, with strategies for understanding the competencies. Practice questions and group activities will be used throughout.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand research evidence that supports active learning techniques for more meaningful teaching.
  • Experience and reflect upon a "lesson" that both deepens their understanding of active learning and invites them to critique and expand upon the concept for their own teaching.
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Know White and Her Seven Learners +1
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE

Have you ever wondered how to make content memorable for your learners? Have you noticed that there are several different ways to reinforce important information for your learners? Let “Know” White introduce you to her eight learners. In this session you will learn to assess someone’s primary learning style in less than 60 seconds.  Learn some innovative methods to appeal to each style of learner.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand research evidence that supports active learning techniques for more meaningful teaching.
  • Experience and reflect upon a "lesson" that both deepens their understanding of active learning and invites them to critique and expand upon the concept for their own teaching.
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Best Practices in Facilitating Clinical Learning:
Trying Out Strategies That Work
Susan Hendricks, EdD, RN, CNE

Multiple forces in nursing education are calling for transformation of our clinical learning environments for pre-licensure nursing students. This pre-conference workshop serves as a strong overview of best clinical education practices, with many opportunities for faculty to “try out” new approaches, both from the educator and learner point of view. In this interactive session, nursing faculty will discuss best practices in clinical education with a basis in relevant learning theory and nursing evidence. Nursing faculty will have the opportunity to “be” the learner and “be” the teacher as we try out multiple learning experiences. Particular focus areas will include active learning strategies, conceptual learning strategies, developing clinical judgment, developing reflection through storytelling, and student evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand research evidence that supports active learning techniques for more meaningful teaching.
  • Experience and reflect upon a "lesson" that both deepens their understanding of active learning and invites them to critique and expand upon the concept for their own teaching.
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5 Strategies for Accreditation Success – Expert Panel, Dinner, Collaboration

This event will help your team focus on your accreditation process. Whether your team is preparing for initial accreditation/reaccreditation, approval/reapproval, a focused visit, or data collection for an upcoming self-study, you won’t want to miss this important panel discussion. Emphasis will be on your connections with others (faculty, stakeholders, students, et al.) and management of large amounts of data.

  • Professional (NLNAC/CCNE) – State Board of Nursing
  • Regional Accreditations (HLC-NCA, SACS, etc.)
  • Self-study; interim reports; systematic evaluation; substantive changes

Includes: dinner, decadent dessert, two hours participation, +2 contact hours

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand research evidence that supports active learning techniques for more meaningful teaching.
  • Experience and reflect upon a "lesson" that both deepens their understanding of active learning and invites them to critique and expand upon the concept for their own teaching.
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Day 1 (Aug. 1)

The Evidence Base of Active Learning: With Exemplars
Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

The keynote speakers will provide  an  engaging tour of active learning.  Looking to clinical reasoning as the ultimate goal of all nursing students, faculty are challenged with classroom, lab, and clinical strategies to help facilitate their growth. The learning environment needs to promote a culture of learning how to learn. The evidence base is abundant in support of these strategies. To make the evidence base of active learning real, a number of active learning exemplars will be used.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply evidence-based practice in education to improve nursing education at all levels.
  • Create an active learning strategy that can be used with nursing students.
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The Evidence Base of Student-Centered Classrooms: With Exemplars
Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

This keynote address will give first-hand experience with the student-centered classroom. From building  an effective lesson plan  to creating simulations that work, ensuring that the learners own their growth is essential. During the keynote, participants will have an opportunity experience the difference between faculty-centered and student-centered classrooms.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate between a faculty-centered and student-centered classroom.
  • Develop a student-centered lesson plan.
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Breakout Session 1

Retention Success From Fundamentals to Finals – Part 1
Virginia Wangerin, MSN, RN, CNE


Programs are called on to retain students from day one through graduation, while assuring that graduates are prepared to enter the profession and pass the NCLEX® exam. This 2-part session will explore the challenges, strategies and resources for enhancing student success at multiple points from admission through the final course. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and challenges for sharing.

Note: Sessions 1A & 2A are intended to be taken in sequence.

Learning Outcomes:

Simulation — Interprofessional Success
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


Teamwork and collaboration. We’ve all heard about it, but how do we create an environment of teamwork when students mostly ‘observe’ the process in the clinical setting rather than participate with active collaboration?  Simulation provides the ideal setting for students to par-ticipate in interprofessional collaboration.  It’s safe, non-intimidating, and supportive — but mostly, it can be fun.

Learning Outcomes:

Concept-Based Curriculum: Taking the First Steps
Susan Hendricks, EdD, RN, CNE


Making a curricular change toward a concept-based curriculum involves many steps. In this session, consider strategies for negotiating a successful curriculum change project, including visioning, defining the scope of the project, and building capacity for concept-based teaching and learning. Explore several approaches to curricular change, including melding concepts into an existing curriculum versus building a new curriculum, and some of the first steps to get started.

Learning Outcomes:

The Evidence Base for Standardized Testing in Nursing Education
Barb Schreiner, PhD, RN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM


This session will summarize the existing decade of research underpinning the use of standardized testing. Participants in this session will leave with an understanding of the evidence behind standardized tests, an awareness of the benefits and pitfalls of such tests, and an appreciation for the role of testing in program outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

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Breakout Session 2

Retention Success From Fundamentals to Finals – Part 2
Virginia Wangerin, MSN, RN, CNE


(See 1A)

Note: Sessions 1A & 2A are intended to be taken in sequence.

Learning Outcomes:

Data for Program Success: From the Classroom to Accreditation
Sue Field, DNP, RN, CNE


This session will provide participants with ideas on how to efficiently and effectively collect data required  for accreditation bodies (ACEN and CCNE). Emphasis will be placed on identifying essential data (student, alumni, employer satisfaction surveys, program completion rates, NCLEX® results, and placement rates), collecting the data, managing the data and reporting on the data. Examples of surveys, methods to collect and track the data, and means of reporting the data to make improvements to your program will be reviewed.  All are encouraged to bring samples to share and discuss.

Learning Outcomes:

Simulation – Simulation and NCLEX
An Evidence Base for Practice

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


Simulation has advanced from a simple learning tool to an effective way of performing detailed evaluations.  Structuring simulation curriculum around the NCLEX® blueprint, debriefing with NCLEX® and evaluating with NCLEX® as your simulation curricular backbone provides a solid evidence-based strategy to improve your program outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

Service Learning:
At Home and Abroad

Hilda Alcindor, PhD (hon.), RN, FAAN


Knowledge, skills, and attitudes for professional nursing require a sense of ownership in the world in which we live. From the social ills of the inner city to the plight of the impoverished on a global scale, nursing students and faculty need experiences that help them develop a sense of civic responsibility. This panel will discuss learning strategies with lifelong implications.

Learning Outcomes:

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Day 2 (Aug. 2)

Breakout Session 3
8:15 - 9:30

Incivility in Nursing Education:
Four Reasons Why We Should Tackle This Beast

Susan Luparell, PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE


Are you ever left speechless by the inappropriate behavior of some students? Do you ever feel as though your hands are tied in trying to address it? Incivility in the learning environment may well be one of the most frustrating challenges we face as faculty. In this interactive session you will be enticed to take a more proactive stance in fostering civility in your own environment.

Learning Outcomes:

Evidence-Based Practice as a Theme in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF


Undergraduate curricula, course content, and teaching methods are often based on personal experience, tradition, and currently available research. There is a dearth of evidence that undergirds the foundations of nursing education. This session presents selected curricular models, key curriculum components, and accompanying research and evidence that may augment nursing education.

Learning Outcomes:

iPads, Tablets, and Handhelds:
A Hands-On Exploration of the Evidence Base!

J. Raney Linck MS, RN


Keeping clinical reasoning as the central theme, we will explore the use of mobile devices in education. This hands-on session will give participants an opportunity to experience strategies that have proven effective in all levels of education and practice. From active learning to assessment and professional practice, the power and pitfalls of these devices will be addressed. (Bringing a device is welcomed, but not required.)

Learning Outcomes:

QSEN Across the Curriculum
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF


The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Project offers faculty a framework that promotes growth in clinical reasoning. Using the six competency domains, we will consider relevant learning activities across the curriculum. We will explore assumptions, active learning strategies, and assessments that promote growth in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of the nurse in today’s healthcare industry.

Learning Outcomes:

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Breakout Session 4

Preventing Incivility in Your Classroom:
Six Strategies for Taming the Beast

Susan Luparell, PhD, ACNS-BC, CNE


Have you ever been flummoxed by inappropriate student behavior, having been caught so off-guard that you were unable to respond in a meaningful way? If so, you are not alone! Many faculty feel ill-prepared to manage the challenging student situations that arise from time to time in nursing education. In this interactive session, you will learn strategies to enhance civility in the classroom that you can begin implementing immediately. Techniques designed to set the overall expectation for civility, as well as methods for giving constructive feedback about inappropriate student behavior, will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

Research Classes That Work
Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF


Research is a challenging topic to bring to life for nursing students. Although an appreciation and understanding of evidence-based practice is vital for nursing practice, nursing students do not always see this material as essential to their education. Creative strategies designed for nursing research education will be presented to enhance learning and application to nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Grading Written Work – Less Pain, Greater Purpose
Virginia Wangerin, MSN, RN, CNE


Graduating nurses need to enter the workforce prepared to communicate effectively. Superlative writing is important for effective teamwork, quality improvement, and daily communications within health care teams supporting safe patient care. Grading essays, research papers and other written assignments is an important skill for all faculty to master. Strategies to improve student writing while maximizing faculty time investment will be presented.

Learning Outcomes:

ESL and Diversity: Helping Students Succeed
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


The growing diversity of our student population provides a variety of perspectives within that population, but also more challenges for our educational toolbox.  This session will look at the evidence for best practices for meeting the needs of our diverse population to maximize student success. 

Learning Outcomes:

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Creating Teaching That Counts
Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF

Today's students want learning to be fun. Concurrently, educators strive to ensure that teaching is effective, current, and based on critical learning needs. This session presents fun and effective strategies designed to enhance clinical and classroom teaching and learning in nursing education.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore selected creative teaching strategies designed to enhance nursing student learning in the classroom and clinical areas.
  • Analyze the application of selected creative teaching strategies to personal nursing education practice.
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Flipping the Class or Flipping the Focus
The Future for Faculty
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Whether you are a seasoned flipper, or just considering how to get the students to read before coming to class, this keynote address will give you the opportunity to look at teaching and learning in a whole new light. Through developing a culture of guided study, students will come prepared for situated learning. We will explore development of pre-class, classtime, and post class learning for every level of the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize constructivist learning principles to connect different parts of the curriculum.
  • Develop a flip-based learning activity for a current class, lab, or  clinical experience.
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Post-Conference (Aug. 3)

Test Item Writing — The NCLEX® Connection
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

This workshop will focus on the successful development, maintenance, and revision of test items and exams. We will explore strategies to create and revise questions for the purpose of identifying students’ ability to implement safe and effective clinical judgment while providing care. Participants will practice using NCLEX®-related client needs, the nursing process, and quality and safety concepts to enhance the validity of test items. There will be introductory exploration of item analysis and test blueprints as well. Bring test items to use as practice.

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The Friday luncheon and Breakout Session 1B are sponsored by Elsevier, Inc. This sponsorship will not influence the design and scientific objectivity of any conference educational activity.

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