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Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators: the Evidence-Base of Learning Success. Pre-conference August 2nd, Post-Conference August 5th

Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators

August 2-5, 2018  •   Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Abstract Submission

Consider submitting a poster related to nursing education or an evidence-based clinical study with implications for nursing education. This conference is designed specifically for nurse educators with a special focus on active learning and assessment. The deadline for submitting an abstract is July 15, 2018. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected participants will be notified shortly after that.

Prepare your poster to stand alone on an easel (which we’ll provide). You'll want your poster to measure 3' x 4', in order to fit on the stand, and to provide adequate space for display.

Presenters are expected to be available for questions and discussion with participants during posted exhibit/poster session hours. Handouts and your contact information are recommended for attendees but not required.

Your presentation should be related to nursing education, although clinical studies that advance the art or science of evidence-based nursing will be considered. Of special interest are abstracts that address innovative teaching strategies, special learning needs of nursing students, creative clinical experiences, student success strategies, clinical simulation, pharmacology teaching ideas, and online learning. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

Remember that you must attend the conference and pay registration fees. Also, posters are to be attended during exhibit times. Please download a copy of the brochure to see exhibit times.

Submit your abstract here.

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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 successful. During the 10th annual Nuts & Bolts conference, you will not only hear strategies from some of the top nurse educators in the country, but you will also 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.

It was all so meaningful and helpful. I have so many ideas to take back to the other faculty. I am super excited about going forward in my new adventure.

Clara R.
2017 participant

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 strategies that provide valid, reliable data for assessing student and program outcomes.
  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.

Toolbox With a Purpose

Having helped over 30,000 faculty, our one-of-a-kind toolbox is back! This year the toolbox will have over 100 tools mapped to the NCLEX® Test Plan and the QSEN Competencies.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for clinical instructors, nurse educators, and administrators in PN/VN, ADN/ASN, diploma, BSN, and graduate programs. Because of the active-learning focus, other healthcare 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

Submit by July 15, 2018.

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 selected participants will be notified shortly. See Call for Posters to submit your abstact and get complete poster presentation guidelines.

Day 2 was just as exciting and exhilarating as Day 1 and filled with so many suggestions and opportunities to better meet the students needs. As an educator I will definitely use every bit of the suggestions that were given...The entire conference and every subject area went hand-in-hand and lent...much-needed encouragement to me.

Geraldine V.
2017 participant

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—Simulation Essentials for Nurse Educators
3.0 Pre-Conference B—Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) Exam Prep for Certification: Getting Started
3.0 Pre-Conference C—Facilitating Clinical Learning: Practices and Environments that Work
2.0 Pre-Conference D—New Faculty Dinner Experience: From Surviving to Thriving
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.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for registration changes (cancellations/refunds) prior to July 21, 2018. No refunds will be issued after July 21, 2018.

Conference Speakers

Hilda Alcindor, BA, RN

Hilda Alcindor, PhD(h), RN, FAAN
Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti (FSIL)
Hilda 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, including quality assurance, case management, and 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, including 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 four-year baccalaureate school of nursing in Haiti. Since its inception, FSIL has had six 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.

Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN

Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN
Tampa General Hospital
Dr. Alejandro is the director of case management and post-acute programs at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, a 1,011-bed level-one trauma, burn, and transplant academic medical center. Dr. Alejandro is a prominent expert in case management of at-risk populations and is a hospital executive consultant with a focus on systems redesign and care coordination.

Dr. Alejandro was the 15th President (2012-2014) of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and is the immediate past president of the West Florida Chapter of NAHN. He serves as vice president of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association and treasurer of the International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation of Sigma Theta Tau International. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Alejandro received his certificate in vocational nursing from South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas; BS in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington; MBA in healthcare management from the University of Dallas; MS in nursing from the University of Phoenix; and his PhD in human services from Capella University.

Since 2000, Dr. Alejandro has taught ADN, BSN, MSN, and DNP level courses in the traditional classroom, clinical, and online settings. He has taught courses in nursing foundations, nursing research, healthcare quality, nursing finance, administration, business management, and organizational behavior.

Anne Brett, PhD, RN

Anne Brett, PhD, RN
University of Phoenix
Anne Brett has climbed the career ladder in higher education. Her 30-year teaching career has spanned the educational continuum in nursing from entry level to doctoral programs. She has been a nursing program director, dean of nursing, executive dean of health sciences and public services, and, most recently, Dr. Brett was president/CEO of Cox College in Springfield, MO. Dr. Brett has extensive experience with all levels of accreditation and assessment. Nursing education and leadership are her passions, second only to her family!

Tim Bristol, PhD, RN

Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN
Walden University—Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tim Bristol is a faculty development and curriculum design specialist. He has taught at all levels of nursing, including LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and PhD. Developing new programs, providing innovations in learning, and helping programs internationally, he is an expert in bringing the evidence base of nursing, healthcare, and education to students and faculty at all levels. Through consultations, writing, and mentoring, Dr. Bristol assists faculty in identifying the competencies needed to effectively enhance programs for optimal student outcomes. He has certification as a nurse educator, is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education, and is internationally known for bringing excitement through success to his colleagues and students. His motto: "Today we will learn how to learn."

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, RN, BSN, M.Ed., 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 the last 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. Field has 20 years of experience in nursing education, including seven years as a director of an associate degree nursing program which obtained initial national accreditation under her direction in 2010. Dr. Field is currently the director of healthcare education and partnership for HealthForce Minnesota, a Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State college system. She is currently working as a consultant to assist Minnesota PN and AD nursing programs in the attainment of national accreditation. Due to her extensive work as a consultant for national accreditation, Dr. Field has developed multiple tools which she uses to assist the nursing programs during the accreditation process.

Susan Hendricks, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Susan Hendricks, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Dr. Hendricks has been a nurse since 1983 and an educator since the 1990’s. She has facilitated many clinical groups in mental health, medical-surgical, and community health settings. Dr. Hendricks' scholarship includes a focus on the impact of clinical learning environments on student satisfaction and learning, including preceptored, concept-based, and interprofessional learning. She serves as the associate dean for undergraduate programs at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

J. Raney Linck, MS, RN

J. Raney Linck, PhD, MS, RN
University of Minnesota
Dr. Linck is a simulation and clinical specialist at the University of Minnesota. His years of experience in academic and practice-based education have given him a reputation for innovation in classroom, lab, and clinical learning environments. He serves as a mentor and resource for LGBT students, nurses, and faculty.

Teri Murray, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN

Teri Murray, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN
Saint Louis University School of Nursing
Dr. Murray is the dean of the Saint Louis University School of Nursing. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, a PhD in higher education administration from Saint Louis University, and a certificate in management and leadership in education from Harvard University.

Dr. Murray has worked to advance diversity in nursing education by obtaining federal Nursing Workforce Diversity funding to expand educational opportunity to underrepresented groups in nursing education and through her service on the National Advisory Committee to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing program (NCIN), a program founded to alleviate the nursing shortage and to increase the diversity in the nursing profession.

Dr. Murray devotes her career to making significant and lasting contributions to improve the health status of vulnerable or at-risk populations. Her research and policy interests are focused on the social and structural determinants of health, population health, and the interplay between the social environment and health outcomes.

Dr. Murray is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and a recipient of the Salute to Excellence Healthcare Award for Stellar Performance. She has numerous publications, presents nationally, and has garnered significant external funding for initiatives to advance diversity in nursing education.

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

Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM
Elsevier, Capella University
Dr. Barb Schreiner's career has been a blend of clinical practice, education, research, and performance improvement. As an advanced practice nurse, she has provided diabetes care and education to children and adults in a variety of settings. As a researcher, she has been involved with more than 40 research projects, including serving as a co-investigator with the NIH-NIDDK study to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes in children. As an educator, Dr. Schreiner has a 40-year history of teaching in nursing, allied health, and medical schools. As a training and performance improvement specialist, she has consulted with healthcare organizations to identify and use data to solve problems. Dr. Schreiner has a PhD in education with a focus on training and performance improvement and a master's in nursing and serves as the senior director of assessment content and research at Elsevier. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League for Nursing, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the Association for Training and Development, and a recipient of the DAISY Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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

Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN
Upper Iowa University
Karin is a nurse educator with a passion for faculty development and student success. She teaches at Maricopa Community Colleges and Upper Iowa University, specializing in the integration of the flipped classroom. Karin has been involved with many local, national, and international projects for teaching, learning, and student development. Additionally, Karin works with the National League for Nursing’s testing services and has consulted with Elsevier, Skyscape, and NurseTim, Inc. She is the founding president of the Arizona Simulation Network, and current president of the Arizona League for Nursing. In 2011, she was inducted into the NLN Academy for Nurse Educators. Karin is active in several national and international nursing education and simulation organizations.

Karin was an excellent speaker—engaged faculty and gave ample opportunities for participation.  Her active learning strategies discussion was very helpful for the faculty and contained several “take‐home” ideas that faculty continue to use in the classroom.

Beverly R.
Campbellsville University

Deidre Walton, JD, MSN, RN-PHN

Deidre Walton, JD, MSN, RN
National Black Nurses Association
Dr. Deidre Walton is the immediate past president of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. A nominee by Modern Healthcare for the 100 most influential people in healthcare, 2014, she was invited to attend the 2015 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. She is an outstanding leader, one who is known for her acumen about health policy, human rights, health care reform, and negotiating change. She earned her BSN, MSN, and JD and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. She has extensive managed care experience in nursing practice, education, and administration where she develops, implements, supports, and promotes health services strategies, tactics, policies, and programs that drive the delivery of quality health care. As a patient advocate and an international leader in healthcare, her expertise is often requested for the resolution of issues regarding healthcare finance, quality patient care, culturally competent care, and safety for patients and employees. Dr. Walton’s familiarity with managing large cost-related data sets has provided opportunities for her to implement review processes and “road maps” in health systems that help to improve health outcomes among persons with complex health conditions. She provides strategies for workforce diversity and inclusion. She has a global outreach in health policy and nursing. She is a recipient of numerous awards from local, state and US Congress organizations, including the Veterans’ Brain Trust Award from US Representatives from NY, GA and FL. Dr. Walton is a US Army Lieutenant Colonel (retired).

Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE

Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE
Iowa State University
Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE 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 has experience with both undergraduate and graduate programs. Ginny led the Des Moines Area Community College nursing program through significant growth and success during her tenure as faculty, program chair, and district director. As the director of an RN-BSN program with multi-state locations, she strategically implemented an innovative concurrent enrollment partnership with associate degree programs. She is currently developing a new RN-BSN program at Iowa State University, building upon strong programs in nutrition, wellness and health coaching, chronic disease management, and leadership.

Ginny has successfully led programs through the accreditation process with NLNAC and CCNE, and served as consultant for state accreditation/approval processes. President of the Iowa Nurses Association from 2007 to 2011, she spends time advocating for nursing and healthcare issues at the state and national level. She was invited by Senator Tom Harkin to join him at the National Press Club in May 2009 where she talked about "Chronic Disease—Impact on Health Care". Ginny served on the Governor's Nursing Task Force in 2008 and the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control from 2002-2007, and several statewide nursing task forces impacting practice and nursing regulation as well as health care organization boards of directors. She is currently on the Iowa Board of Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee. As a leader in the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Coalition, she was instrumental in activities furthering nursing practice and education in the state. Ginny was one of four nurses profiled in "The American Nurse", May/June 2009, as a nurse educator and advocate. 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.

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE
Herzing University
Dr. Yoho is the system dean of nursing for Herzing University’s PN, ASN, BSN, RN-MSN and MSN programs. With 40 years of nursing experience, she has served in practice, research, policy development, and leadership. Dr. Yoho has been a NLN certified nurse educator for over 10 years. From 2011-2014, Dr. Yoho was the campus president for Chamberlain College of Nursing in Houston, Texas. 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, exam analysis, and preparing students for NCLEX® success.

Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF

Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF
Notre Dame College
Barbara Yoost's passion for innovative teaching strategies has defined her nursing education career. She has held faculty appointments in associate, diploma, and baccalaureate nursing programs, and presents across the United States and internationally in the Middle East and Europe. She is a recipient of the Kent State University Distinguished Honors Faculty Award and STTI Delta Xi Excellence in Nursing Education Award. Barbara was an early proponent of handheld technology and developed the conceptual care map as a tool for enhancing a student’s ability to understand the multi-faceted nature of patient care. She serves on the EOCUMC Board of Pensions and Benefits, and is the co-author of three nursing textbooks.


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

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

$133 (single or double) + 14.53% tax

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 6, 2018. To ensure group room pricing, register early before the room block is full. Complimentary breakfast is provided each morning at the conference 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: 10 am–9:30 pm Sun: 11 am–7 pm

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! Find out more at


Hiking for
Haiti Nursing Students

NurseTim's team is committed to giving back. For over 10 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.

PRE-CONFERENCES: August 2, 2018

  • 6:30–8:00
  • Session A & B registration/continental breakfast included
  • 8:00–4:45
  • Simulation Essentials for Nurse Educators (hands-on)
  • 8:00–11:15
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) Exam Prep for Certification
  • 12:30–1:30
  • Session C registration
  • 1:30–4:45
  • Facilitating Clinical Learning: Practices and Environments that Work
  • 4:30–6:00
  • Session D registration
  • 6:00–8:30
  • New Faculty Dinner Experience: From Surviving to Thriving

DAY 1: August 3, 2018

  • 7:00–8:00
  • Registration/continental breakfast included
  • 8:00–8:15
  • Welcome, disclosures, and overview
  • 8:15-10:15
  • Collaborative Diversity World Café
  • 10:15-10:45
  • Break/poster display and voting
  • 10:45-11:45
  • Learning Strategies for At-Risk Students
  • 11:45-1:00
  • Lunch/poster display and voting
  • 1:00–2:15
  • Breakout Session 1
  • 2:15-2:45
  • Break/poster display and voting
  • 2:45–4:00
  • Breakout Session 2

DAY 2: August 4, 2018

  • 7:30–8:30
  • Registration/continental breakfast included
  • 8:30-9:45
  • Breakout Session 3
  • 9:45–10:15
  • Break/poster display and voting
  • 10:15–11:30
  • Breakout Session 4
  • 11:30–12:30
  • Lunch/posters close @ 12:30
  • 12:30-2:00
  • Evidence-Based Active Learning for Faculty and Students
  • 2:00–2:30
  • Break
  • 2:30–4:00
  • Bringing Clinical to Class: A Practice Model
  • 4:00–4:15
  • Wrap-up and evaluation

POST-CONFERENCE: August 5, 2018

  • 7:30–8:00
  • Registration/breakfast
  • 8:00–12:00
  • Test-Item Writing—The NCLEX® Connection


Sessions Menu

Pre-Conferences (Aug. 2)

Simulation Essentials for Nurse Educators
J. Raney Linck, PhD, MSN, RN
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN

8:00-4:45 (full-day session)

This session will be an active, hands-on opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect your simulation teaching! Best practices and the evidence base will be applied to student preparation, high/low-tech application, moulage, the debriefing process, and more. An emphasis will be placed on integrating cultural diversity and the NCLEX® client needs into each experience. Simulation across the curriculum will be addressed. Be prepared to "dig in" and participate! Remember, what happens in the sim room stays in the sim room! Comfortable clothes/shoes recommended. Download full agenda!

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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Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE®) Exam Preparation
Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

This workshop reviews the major topic areas included in the detailed test blueprint of the CNE® exam. 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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Facilitating Clinical Learning: Practices and Environments that Work
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE

Effective clinical learning is a key component of nurse preparation, yet learning experiences in clinical settings are often conducted much as they were 40 years ago. In this hands-on, engaging session, explore strategies for improving clinical education. Try out innovative clinical learning assignments that you can adapt to your own school.

Although simulation and evaluation of student learning are both important considerations in today’s learning environment, the scope of this discussion will be limited to learning in actual clinical environments.

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New Faculty Dinner Experience: From Surviving to Thriving

Includes: dinner, dessert, two hours of participation, plus two contact hours

This dinner event is a chance for new faculty to collaborate with other nurse educators who are in the same position. In addition, you will hear from seasoned faculty who have been where you are. This hands-on event will provide you with tools to make that leap from practice to the role of nurse educator go more smoothly. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to lead in your role with tips you can apply immediately.

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Day 1 (Aug. 3)

Collaborative Diversity World Café
Jose Alejandro, PhD, RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, FAAN
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN
Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
J. Raney Linck, MSN, RN
Teri Murray, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN
Deidre Walton, JD, MSN, RN-PHN


The need to attract, empower, and retain a diverse student body has never been greater. Led by a panel of six experts in diversity from around the country, this unique World Café event will allow you to collaborate through an engaging two hours of exploration, problem solving, and hands-on development of plans you can use this fall. Emphasis will be placed on positive action steps for all academic environments. Be a part of the solution by being a part of this life-changing experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore barriers to attracting, empowering, and retaining diverse students.
  • Analyze the evidence base of developing diversity in the nursing workforce for actionable data in nursing education.
  • Develop plans to be utilized in nursing education to build diversity in the student body.
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Learning Strategies for At-Risk Students
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE

At-risk students require creative, multifaceted approaches to ensure their success. In this session, you will examine creative teaching strategies designed to educate a variety of learners.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare the model of learning and behavior-based teaching and learning.
  • Discuss the characteristics of outcome-based teaching.
  • Identify tools to use for teaching content with outcomes in mind.
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Breakout Session 1

Spellbinders: Stories that Create Magic, Inspire, Teach, and Motivate
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE


Stories have been used for thousands of years as a teaching tool. In this session, discover ways to improve your own storytelling skills so that when teaching, your stories can provide a meaningful learning point. This session focuses on increasing the impact of your message by sharing storytelling success secrets that you can apply immediately.

Learning Outcomes:

ESL and Student Success
Jessie M. Colin, PhD, RN, FRE, FAAN
Karin xJ. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN


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 students who are English language learners. The goal will be to provide participants with concrete strategies to maximize student success.

Learning Outcomes:

Creating a Culture of NCLEX® Success
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN


The NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® exams are based on the clinical practice of the new nurse. The exams are designed to assess cognitive processing as an indicator of readiness for practice. The exams do not assess what a graduate knows, but rather how they know. Developing a culture where processing is the focus helps students form habits for success in clinical and on NCLEX®. From fundamentals to complex nursing care, this session will give you the tools needed for success.

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Accreditation Success: Ten Strategies for Success
Anne Brett, PhD, RN
Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE
Sue Field, DNP, RN, CNE


Successful accreditation starts well before the site visit team arrives on campus. This session presents strategies for integrating accreditation standards across the program, creating a culture of continuous quality improvement, and long-term accreditation success.

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Breakout Session 2

Pharmacology Fun: From Fundamentals to Flipping and Beyond
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN


Integrated? Concentrated? Safety-focused? NCLEX®-focused? Have it your way? Pharmacology is one of the more challenging parts of any curriculum. Remembering that pharmacology is vital in all parts of the curriculum, regardless of philosophy, is what matters most. This session will help faculty identify strategies for bringing pharmacology to life in every classroom, lab, and clinical learning experience. By showing students how to holistically approach patient care, their ability to critically think through pharmacology concerns will improve.

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Data-Driven Decisions for NCLEX® Success
Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM


Nursing instructors and leaders now more than ever have access to information about their students’ performance. However, we may struggle with how to answer questions such as: How likely is it that a student entering our program graduates? How likely is it that our graduates will pass NCLEX®? How do we demonstrate the quality of our program to external accreditors? If you have ever asked these questions, you have already begun to address evidence-based education. This session will explore how to formulate the right questions, how to select the best sources for data, and how to interpret the information to make informed, data-driven decisions.

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Strong Faculty Teams: Building the Best for Future Success
Susan Hendricks, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Teri Murray, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN


Faculty leaders and members alike are responsible for developing and maintaining effective work relationships. This session introduces participants to tools that can be used to help faculty build an effective team and adapt to significant change. Positive responses to common breakdowns in faculty teams are addressed in this interactive, hands-on session.

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Data for Program Success and Accreditation
Sue Field, DNP, RN, CNE


Data, data, data…What is your evidence? When it comes to an accreditation visit, how do you verify that your program has data to make changes to your program? What data do you collect? How does your program analyze the data and how do you document changes? Participants will hear ideas on how to effectively collect, identify, and report data required for accreditation bodies. Emphasis will be placed on identifying essential data, collecting, managing, and reporting the data for program quality improvement. Examples of methods to collect, track, and report the data to make improvements to your program will be reviewed.

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Day 2 (Aug. 4)

Breakout Session 3
8:30 - 9:45

Four Oral Poster Presentation Options

In each category, three poster abstracts will be selected for presenters to share a 20-minute oral presentation. Emphasis will be on direct application and how faculty can enhance what they are currently doing to meet key goals. When you share, we all win. You choose! Submit your abstract now!

Culture and Diversity


Emphasis is placed on both how to help students from diverse backgrounds and how to help faculty integrate culture and diversity into every learning experience.

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Clinical Learning and Assessment


These oral abstracts will focus on best practices and the evidence base in managing clinical learning experiences.

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Simulation Learning and Assessment


Simulation is an essential part of the curriculum. These oral presentations will focus on how to manage simulations and how to make simulation an effective curricular thread.

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Curricular Success


Success comes when faculty and students are working together to enhance outcomes. These three oral presentations will give concrete exemplars of programs attaining success for all.

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Breakout Session 4

Concept Mapping: Active Learning for Transformative Nursing Education
Barbara L. Yoost, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF


This session explores the evolution of concept mapping as an active-teaching strategy that can be integrated into class, lab, simulation, and clinical experiences. The advantages of concept mapping for multi-modal learners are discussed, and hands-on examples of how concept maps enhance the ability of students to critically think and develop sound clinical judgment are provided. This session provides faculty with tools that facilitate straightforward evaluation of a student’s ability to synthesize critical concepts and understand comprehensive patient-centered, research-based care. Concept mapping and conceptual care-mapping technologies are highlighted.

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iPads, Tablets, and Handhelds: A Hands-on Exploration of the Evidence Base!
J. Raney Linck, PhD, MSN, 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.)

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QSEN Across the Curriculum (hands-on)
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN


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.

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Note-Taking That Works: Forming Habits for Success (hands-on)
Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN


When students are processing large volumes of information, it is difficult for them to reach higher levels of cognitive learning (e.g. application and analysis). Helping students learn how to learn begins with helping them form effective and efficient methodology in managing large amounts of information. This often includes creating habits related to note-taking while reading and during lecture. This also includes a process of organizing information for easy retrieval at a later date. Participants will explore these principles through hands-on activities meant to replicate the student experience.

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Evidence-Based Active Learning for Faculty and Students
Barbara L. Yoost, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF

Integrating active-learning strategies into the classroom requires students to be better prepared for class, enhances knowledge retrieval and retention, and facilitates greater concept integration among classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. Evidence supporting the use of active learning in the classroom will be explored. Participants will engage in a variety of interactive learning strategies that require students to apply, analyze, and create. Advantages and challenges to developing and implementing active-learning modalities will be discussed. Be ready to have fun while experiencing creative ways of transforming students into safer practitioners!

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  • Discuss evidence that supports integrating active-learning strategies into the classroom.
  • Engage in active-learning strategies that facilitate higher-level thinking about critical concepts essential to patient safety.
  • Explore ideas for application of active-learning modalities in various educational milieus.
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Bringing Clinical to Class: A Practice Model for Didactic Learning Experiences
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN

Students need to see direct application of important concepts and content learned in lecture. This session will help faculty identify key opportunities to help students appreciate how didactic learning will apply in the clinical setting. Using readily available clinical and instructional tools, faculty are able to create a learning experience that is both memorable and effective. Understanding the principles of realism, educators help students better retain vital concepts while keeping them engaged. Whether your class size is 20 or 120, this closing session will be an engaging experience of learning by doing.

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  • Describe the evidence base supporting realism in the classroom.
  • Develop a learning activity for lecture that is based on clinical.
  • Identify challenges of using clinical tools in the classroom.
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Post-Conference (Aug. 5)

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

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 an introductory exploration of item analysis and test blueprints as well. Bring test items to use as practice.

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More Conference Information

Registration Deadline

Register early!
July 21, 2018 is the registration deadline. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, please register early. Call and reserve your room soon, as the hotel room block sells out every year. Register by June 15, 2018 to receive a discount.

Discounts Available

Group Discount
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 completed online together with fees paid prior to the conference registration deadline (July 21, 2018). Group discounts will be applied automatically.

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Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for changes to registrations (cancellations and refunds) prior to July 21, 2018. No refunds issued after July 21, 2018.


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