Doctoral Conference Meeting Schedule

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Wednesday, January 25

Faculty Practice Pre-Conference
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Registration
Poster Presentations

8:00-10:00 a.m.
Opening Program Session
The Worth and Value of Faculty Practice
Explore the concepts of worth, value, importance, and sustainability with respected nursing deans who have had administrative and financial oversight for academics and practice. Identify how successful faculty practice supports the mission of the school and contributes positively to various activities within the nursing academic unit. Discuss additional organizational issues important to faculty practice including administrative support, internal and external marketing, and faculty recruitment. Speakers: Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean, College of Nursing and Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; and Sally Lundeen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Break and Poster Presentations

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Program Session
Balancing Practice, Teaching, and Administrative Roles
Where are you and your colleagues on the teaching-practice continuum? What are your school’s expectations about academic workload? Are you able to recruit and maintain faculty who are enthusiastic about practice? What strategies can you personally use to successfully juggle multiple roles? Join experienced colleagues to explore these and other issues about that elusive entity: professional role balance.
Speakers: Kathryn Fiandt, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Clinical Affairs, School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; Connie Zak, DNP, MBA, APRN, BC, Associate Dean for Scholarship and Director of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing & Health Professions, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL; and Susan Buckholz, PhD, ANP-BC, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Practice Leadership Network
Business Meeting
(Bring your own)
This business meeting is open to PLN members and guests.

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Program Session
Continuing Challenges: Contracting, Coding, and Billing
While quality care is a primary nursing value, cash flow has always been a pivotal concern in all types of faculty practice. Join an expert in practice management and revenue operations to explore the current issues involved in nurse practitioner contracting, coding trends, and billing points in order to improve the bottom line of your faculty practice enterprise.
Speaker: Kenneth E. Klingensmith, President and CEO, Health Associates, Inc., Houston, TX

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Break and Poster Presentations

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Closing Program Session
Enhancing Links Between Practice and Research
Clear links exist between faculty practice and the school’s research mission. There is growing emphasis on research collaboration among disciplines. And nurses prepared doctorally for both research and practice are increasingly asked to interact with each other around research questions. Consider ways to maximize the links between practice and research in the nursing academic unit, the campus, and the community.  
Speaker: Patricia A.  Murphy, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, Professor, Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women's & Reproductive Health, College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, January 25

Doctoral Education Conference
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

4:00-7:30 p.m.
Conference Registration                                                                                  

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Reception and Poster Presentations

Thursday, January 26

6:45-8:00 a.m.
Registration and Light Continental Breakfast                    

8:00-9:15 a.m.
A Quick Overview of Doctoral Education in Nursing
Speaker: Kathleen Potempa, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Opening Program Session


The Future of Nursing: Implications for Doctoral Education                               R         P

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change Advancing Health by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine has fueled much discussion regarding the future of nursing education and practice. Reflect on the implications of this critical report specific to doctoral education in nursing.
Speaker: Michael R. Bleich, PhD, Dr. Carol A. Lindeman Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR and Member of the committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine

9:15-9:45 a.m.

9:45-11:00 a.m.
Program Session
The Future of Nursing: Implications for Research                                                R         P
The future of nursing and health care are closely linked, and research is pivotal to both. Join a respected researcher to consider how significant ideas and opportunities for nursing research are embedded in The Future of Nursing report. Consider how faculty from all types of doctoral programs can champion and optimize nursing research using this important report as a guide.
Speaker: Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Nursing, and Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

11:00-11:15 a.m.
Stretch Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (select one)

  • Research Focus: Future Faculty - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the PhD in Nursing  Preparing PhD students for a complex future with shrinking resources is a challenge.  What contributions do non-nurse faculty and researchers make to nursing education and scholarship? How do various disciplines intersect? What is the value of having multiple disciplines and faculty specialties available to and interacting with students? Bat around these and other ideas in this stimulating session.
    Speakers: William L. Holzemer, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey; and Barbara A. Mark, PhD, Sarah Frances Russell Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Practice Focus: VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education
    This initiative, currently active in five regions of the country, is designed to transform clinical education and advance interprofessional collaboration and performance improvement. Join nursing academic and practice leaders from this program to learn more about its characteristics, and how schools can take similar steps toward transforming DNP education.
    Speakers: Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Shirley M. Moore, PhD, The Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; and Kathryn Wirtz Rugen, PhD, Nurse Consultant, Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL

12:30-3:30 p.m.
Research Leadership Network
(Separate registration required)

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Program Session
CCNE Forum on Accreditation Standards                                                                     P

The CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (amended April 2009) is being revised for the accreditation of baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.  Learn about the standards revision process and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to members of the CCNE Standards Committee.
Speakers: Members of the Standards Committee, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Washington, DC

Friday, January 27

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:20 a.m.
Practice Leadership Network (PLN) Breakfast Meeting     
Join practice colleagues discuss issues of mutual interest and future directions. All are welcome!

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Participants may attend two of these six repeating topics, held 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sessions are separated by a 30-minute break.

  • Federal Funding Updates                                                                         R         P
    Hear and discuss the most current information about federal funding sources important to doctoral nursing faculty and students.
    Speakers: Patricia Grady, PhD (Invited), Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD; and Julie Sochalski, PhD (Invited), Director, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
  • Interprofessional Education at the Doctoral Level                                    R         P
    The release of the 2011 Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice has fueled interest in incorporating the competencies into the nursing curriculum. Learn more about the recent national work; discuss how to overcome barriers to implementation; and hear what colleagues are doing to advance interprofessional competencies specifically in doctoral education.
    Speakers: Jane Kirschling, DNS, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and President-Elect, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Ann L. Horgas, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; and Gerri Lamb, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Growing Your Own: Preparing Doctoral Faculty                                     R         P
    To increase the pool of doctorally prepared faculty, some schools have formal programs to educate their own faculty. Explore selected investment and transition models used by colleagues’ schools, the business case for establishing such programs, the return on investment, and the system change that can occur as a result.
    Speakers: Judith A. Halstead, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN; and Teri Kaul, PhD, Chairperson, Nursing Department and Director Graduate Nursing Program, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
  • Collaborative Models for Awarding the Doctoral Degree                        R         P
    Schools are challenged to increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses, and to transition from master’s to DNP programs as part of the growing national movement. These can be resource-intensive initiatives in an already constrained economic climate. Learn from colleagues who are active in successful collaborative models to award PhD and DNP degrees, and identify strategies to develop similar programs in your region of the country.
    Speakers: Sue Ellen Bell, PhD, Professor and Graduate Programs Coordinator, School of Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (representing the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities DNP Consortium); Barbara Boss, PhD, Professor and Director of DNP Program, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (representing the Mississippi Educational Consortium for Doctoral Education); and Kathy Magilvy, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO (representing the NEXus project.
  • Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Nursing                                                             R
    What are the models and issues concerning post-doc experiences? Where does the post-doc fit into an educational plan? Where are we going with these? How can individuals and schools be most competitive for external funding? Discuss answers to these and similar questions with academic colleagues seasoned in these types of opportunities.  Speakers: Margaret Grey, DrPH, Dean & Annie Goodrich Professor, School of Nursing, Yale University, New Haven, CT; and Jackie Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Major Benchmarks in DNP Programs                                                                   P
    Even as DNP programs increase dramatically across the country, educators continue to grapple with issues of how best to demonstrate student mastery of content and ensure academic program rigor. Consider the use of capstone projects, portfolios, comprehensive exams, and other educational strategies that serve as benchmarks, and share ideas with colleagues.
    Speakers: Judy Honig, EdD, Professor and Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY; and Cheryl Cummings Stegbauer, PhD, Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

10:00-10:30 a.m.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Forum for Associate Deans for Research
This informal discussion is specifically intended for research deans/directors at research-intensive schools receiving significant research funding.  The agenda is focused on issues particularly relevant to these types of programs and personnel, although others interested are welcome to attend.
Facilitator: Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, Associate Dean for Research Affairs, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC

1:00 – 3:25 p.m.
Abstract Presentations
(See separate schedule)

Saturday, January 28

7:15-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:20 a.m.
Informal Interest Discussions 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
  • NEXus Project
  • Using the AACN/EBI DNP Assessments for Program Improvement
  • The New AACN Online Collaboration Communities

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Breakout Session (select one)

  • Research Focus: Early-Entry PhD Option for Baccalaureate Students: A Bridge to the Future
    The profession has been challenged to increase doctorally prepared nurses, especially for the faculty role, and to be fully successful in this ambitious undertaking, traditional thinking won’t do. Gain encouraging insights from schools that identify and develop promising undergraduate students for doctoral study and successful scholarly careers. Get ideas for implementing a similar program in your school.
    Speakers: Nadine M. Nehls, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Jennifer Harrison Elder, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; and Therese S. Richmond, PhD, Director, Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Practice Focus: The Non-APRN Pathway in DNP Education
    DNP education is making impressive gains across the country, and a substantial number of nurses choose non-APRN pathways.  Explore issues surrounding educating students for roles in such specialties as executive leadership, community health, and informatics. Share ideas with colleagues about advancing and strengthening these programs.
    Speakers: Jane Kapustin, PhD, Assistant Dean for the Master's and DNP Programs, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; and Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

10:00-10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Program Session
Linking Research and Practice to Advance Nursing Science                               R         P
What constitutes nursing science, and what are the current issues? Beyond the challenge of doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses, what are we aiming for? What will these leaders do to influence research and practice? How can nurses in research and practice work together to advance nursing science and improvements in patient care?  Join a respected nurse researcher to consider answers to these questions and engage in this national conversation.
Speaker: Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Member, Board of Governors, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)