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Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators. from Critical Thinking to Clinical Reasoning. Pre-conference August 6th, Post-Conference August 9th

Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators

August 6-9, 2015  •   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 7th 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. Identify strategies to balance faculty workload while enhancing quality.

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 20. 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 Preparation
3.0 Pre-Conference B — Creative Teaching Strategies
3.0 Pre-Conference C — NCLEX® Success: A Careplan for the Program in Need
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, 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.

Rose Beebe, EdD, MS, RN, OCN

Rose Beebe, EdD, MS, RN, OCN
Elsevier, Inc.
Dr. Rose Beebe began her career at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in 1983. During her tenure, she has served roles of Nursing Instructor, Chair of Health Sciences, and currently is the Interim Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. She has been successful in leading the accreditation review process and gaining full continuing national accreditation for the nursing and surgical technology programs, development and approvals for a RN-BSN program, and the transitioning of the surgical technology program from a certificate to an associate of applied science degree. As a member of the West Virginia Consortium for Associate Degree Nursing Taskforce, Dr. Beebe has been instrumental in the development and implementation of a common state-wide concept-based associate degree nursing program. Dr. Beebe has presented nationally on topics affecting health science education, such as nursing student’s perception of success and the impact of simulation on knowledge and critical thinking skills of nursing students. Dr. Beebe earned her BSN and MS in Nursing at the Ohio State University and EdD in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University.

Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN

Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN
Indiana University
Diane Billings is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana. As a consultant and freelance instructional designer, she works with faculty groups to integrate best practices in teaching and learning in online courses. She is the author of three award-winning nursing textbooks and has published articles in nursing and higher education journals in the area of using information technology to support teaching and learning. She is the recipient of national awards for her teaching and innovative use of technology. She serves on the editorial boards of five nursing journals. Her current research focuses on benchmarking the best practices in teaching and learning.

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.

Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN

Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
Barry University
Jessie M. Colin is a professor and director of the PhD, nursing executive leadership, and nursing education programs at Barry University's College of Nursing and Health Sciences. A trilingual Haitian, Dr. Colin was recognized in 2009 as one of South Florida's most prominent black women. She serves as the chair of the education committee of the Florida Board of Nursing and was the first Haitian nurse appointed to the Florida Governor's Haiti Advisory Committee. She devotes her professional life to advancing nursing knowledge, health policy, and transcultural nursing, and co-founded the only baccalaureate nursing program in 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.

Johnny Grainger, MA, PhD(c)

Johnny Grainger, MA, PhD(c)
Crown College
Johnny Grainger is Program Director of the Communications Department at Crown College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has served as a consultant and educator to K12, higher education, and corporate professionals for over 18 years. Specializing in organizational communication, Johnny’s ability to guide collaboration and communication serves as an invaluable tool to any faculty member.

Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE

Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE
University of Evansville
Dr. Hall has been a nursing educator for 20 years. She co-authors Fundamentals of Nursing and has expertise in curricular design and program evaluation. Amy is the White Family Endowed Professor and Chair of the Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. She is currently leading her faculty through curricular revisions, which include implementing a conceptual approach in the baccalaureate nursing program. She provides continuing education and consults with other nursing educators nationally to help them implement conceptual-based learning in their programs.

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.

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

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
Gateway 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 is an educator, consultant and speaker with over 30 years’ experience in nursing. She has been a bedside nurse, educator, administrator and community volunteer. She led the Des Moines Area Community College nursing program through significant growth and success until 'retirement' in 2007. She is currently teaching in a RN-BSN program and has also taught at the graduate level. As an educational consultant, she has led programs through curricular revision (QSEN), correcting deficiencies (interim visits and reports) and assessment planning. As president of the Iowa Nurses Association from 2007 to 2011, she spent time advocating for nursing, education and healthcare issues at the state and national level. Ginny has spoken at the National Press Club and been a part of many key initiatives including the Governor’s Nursing Task Force and Iowa Council of Nurses. Currently she teaches with Upper Iowa University and Nursing Education Consultants.

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).


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, 2015. To ensure group room pricing, register early before the room block is full. Complimentary breakfast is provided each morning and internet access is available 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 at


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 (August 6)

Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Exam Preparation
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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Creative Teaching Strategies
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE

Are you searching for some new and creative ways to teach your learners? This session will allow you to experience new hands-on teaching strategies for difficult concepts that will assure that everyone “gets it.” Learn about flow theory and how it relates to your teaching. Explore ideas to integrate simple technology into how you teach. Experience activities that will hone critical thinking skills for all learners. In this interactive session you will be an active participant throughout the event.

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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NCLEX® Success:
A Careplan for the Program in Need
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Is your program looking at improving outcomes related to the first-time NCLEX® pass rate? Are you wondering how best to make the NCLEX® a part of every level of the curriculum? The NCLEX® is just as relevant to the undergraduate curriculum as it is to the nursing student. For this reason, faculty can capitalize on the evidence based clinical focus in the test plan. Whether it is LPN or RN, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers an outline of clinical practice that can effectively help faculty improve just about every learning activity and assessment in their lesson plan. This practical and engaging pre-conference will give you tools you can implement today to promote retention and ultimately student success.

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

Do you have questions and concerns about an upcoming external review? This event will help your team focus on the overall assessment, approval, and accreditation process. Whether 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 (ACEN/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. 7)

Critical Thinking to Clinical Judgment in Class
Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Prioritization needs to be a part of every learning experience. This hands-on keynote experience will help faculty move the lesson plan from knowledge/comprehension to application/analysis. By bringing clinical to class, faculty will effectively and efficiently usher the students into the world of higher order thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss best practices highly effective teachers use to stimulate critical thinking and clinical judgment.
  • Create a plan to adopt at least one highly effective teaching strategy designed to stimulate clinical judgment in the classroom.
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The Evidence Base of Student-Centered Learning: With Exemplars
Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Higher-order thinking in clinical requires students and faculty to move through the halls of healthcare with professional nursing competencies at the ready. By creating habits related to professional competencies, the student in clinical becomes a knowledgeable worker who is focused on safe and effective care. This hands-on keynote will allow faculty to experience these strategies firsthand (scrubs optional).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify evidence-based teaching strategies essential in creating a student-centered learning environment.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of student-centered learning environments.
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Breakout Session 1

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


This session will provide participants with strategies to efficiently and effectively collect data required for accreditation (ACEN, CCNE, CNEA). 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:

Infusing Fundamentals Across the Curriculum
Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE


Who said fundamentals are just for beginning nursing students? Fundamental concepts provide a solid knowledge base for competent nursing practice. Participants in this interactive session will identify key fundamental concepts essential to nursing practice. Strategies for introducing, teaching, reinforcing and building upon fundamental concepts throughout the curriculum will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

Research Utilization as a Curricular Thread
Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN


In an effort to enhance current curriculum, participants will explore and compare different approaches in conducting research and evidenced-based practice in nursing and health care. Describe approaches to integrating research and evidenced-based practice into clinical and operational processes. Participate in the research process by utilizing the PICO model to design a research project.

Learning Outcomes:

Prop Up Your Presentation
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE


An object lesson is when you use a physical tool or prop to illustrate a difficult concept. This session offers ideas and examples you can adapt to teach your most difficult concepts. Props can enhance your content in many new ways. These prop examples can transform your learners from being “propped up” to completely awake and engaged.

Learning Outcomes:

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Breakout Session 2

Integrate the Power of Adaptive Educational Tools Into Your Nursing Program
Rose Beebe, EdD, MS, RN, OCN


Different student learning styles make traditional, onesize-fits-all learning approaches largely ineffective. Yet customizing class time and learning activities to meet your students' unique needs and prepare them for the NCLEX® can be time-consuming and challenging for all nursing educators. Adaptive educational tools can address this challenge by helping students acquire, retain, and retrieve knowledge quickly and effortlessly throughout their education and into their clinical practice. Attend this session to learn more about how these innovative resources will complement existing educational tools and enhance your nursing curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

Technology for Critical Thinking
Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE


Blogs, social media, and apps..oh my! Today's digital native learners expect faculty to use technology in the classroom. This interactive session will discuss best practices in using technology to stimulate critical thinking. Participants will explore a variety of innovative educational technology tools and develop a plan to implement at least one new learning strategy in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

Simulation and NCLEX®: An Evidence Base for Practice
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


Program data collection is an expectation of our accreditation agencies. The bigger question is, what do we do with that data and can it really improve student outcomes? Simulation is a great active-learning strategy and can be highly effective in impacting student outcomes. Watch your outcome data improve with the use of simulation.

Learning Outcomes:

Lions, Tigers, and Bears—Oh My!!
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE


Have you ever taught a class with unhappy learners? A class that was so challenging that you found yourself clicking your heels together and repeating, “I just want to go home?” If so, this session will share practical, simple, and easy-to-implement ideas you can use to alter the situation. Orchestrate the dynamics in your class so that it becomes a win-win for all.

Learning Outcomes:

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Day 2 (Aug. 8)

Breakout Session 3
8:30 - 9:45

Preventing Incivility: Proactive Solutions for the Classroom and Beyond
Johnny Grainger, MA, PhD(c)


Incivility is often the result of unfulfilled expectations. How do we assess the impact of incivility in the context of our environment? Join us as we identify weaknesses and establish specific parameters to clarify and strengthen expectations. Together, we will create a more positive classroom experience and work environment by lessening the impact of incivility.

Learning Outcomes:

Debriefing for NCLEX® Success
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


Debriefing is a time for students to focus not only on what they missed but how they learn. Combining the excitement of simulation with the Client Needs in the NCLEX Test Plan gives your students an opportunity make meaningful connections through the debriefing experience.

Learning Outcomes:

Service Learning at Home and Abroad
Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
Hilda Alcindor, 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:

Concept-Based Curriculum: Taking the First Steps
Virginia Wangerin, MSN, 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:

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Breakout Session 4

Cures for Common Contention: Conflict Management Strategies
Johnny Grainger, MA, PhD(c)


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Join us as we take preventative steps to avoid unhealthy conflict in the classroom. We will chart a course to identify and assess root causes while laying the foundation for a healthy approach to conflict management. With a few preventative steps, we pave the way for productive classroom management.

Learning Outcomes:

ESL and Diversity: Helping Students Succeed
Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


The growing diversity of our student population provides a variety of perspectives within that population, and subsequent challenges for our lesson plans. This session will look at the evidence for best practices for meeting the needs of our diverse population to maximize student success. Through the use of focused strategies, participants will gain the skills needed to help the English language learner succeed.

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:

Flipping the Classroom Without Flipping Out
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF


Save time and improve outcomes. The goal of learning in nursing education is to help the student with learning how to learn. Flipping the classroom gives us that opportunity through allowing the faculty and students to view class time as clinical time. In this session, participants will get a fully immersed experience in the flipped classroom. From no-tech to hi-tech and everything in between, there will be something for every participant.

Learning Outcomes:

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Using the NCSBN Practice Analysis and NCLEX® Test Plan to Guide the Development of Classroom Learning Experiences
Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN , ANEF // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Using the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Practice Analysis and the NCLEX® Test Plan, the speakers will provide examples of how to use these tools to design high-level learning activities across the curriculum. By using the integrated processes and the client-needs framework, faculty will ensure students experience a full range of concepts essential to nursing practice. This plenary session will give faculty an opportunity to experience learning activities firsthand.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize the NCSBN Practice Analysis and the NCLEX® Test Plan to guide development of learning activities for use in the classroom.
  • Integrate high level learning and assessment activities into the lesson plan.
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Using the NCSBN Practice Analysis and the NCLEX® Test Plan to Guide the Development of Clinical Learning Experiences
Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN , ANEF // Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Ensuring that clinical learning is focused on higher-order thinking can be a challenge for faculty and students alike. The speakers will demonstrate use of the NCSBN Practice Analysis and the NCLEX® Test Plan to guide the selection of learning experiences in clinical practice. This plenary session will give the opportunity for hands-on practice with learning strategies that can be used in all clinical learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a higher-order learning activities for clinical practice based on the NCSBN Practice Analysis and the NCLEX® Test Plan.
  • Select clinical assessment and evaluation strategies based on integrated processes and client needs through an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.
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Post-Conference (Aug. 9)

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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Three or more faculty registrations will qualify your group for a discount. Further discounts are available for large groups of six or more. Registrations must be mailed or registered online together with fees paid prior to conference registration deadline.

Subscriber Discount
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Early Bird Discount
Register before June 15th to receive your automatic discount.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for changes to registrations (cancellations and refunds) prior to July 21. No refunds issued after July 21.


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Vendors and Sponsorship

This conference has received support from a variety of vendors. We encourage you to visit these vendors during your breaks.

The Friday luncheon and Breakout Session 2A are sponsored by Elsevier, Inc. This sponsorship will not influence the design and scientific objectivity of any conference educational activity.

You can find more information about becoming a vendor on our exhibitor page.





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