GNAP Conference Schedule

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Monday, April 9

7:15 – 9:00 p.m.         
Welcome and Early Registration at the Hotel (optional)

Tuesday, April 10

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.        
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.         
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speaker: Elaine Andolina, MS, RN, Director of Admissions, University of Rochester School of Nursing and Chair, Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Steering Committee

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            
GNAP Program Session: Reality Based Leadership – Ditch the Drama and Become a Highly Valued Asset in the Academic Environment

Come master the vital competencies that all professionals need  in order to be successful in these changing and challenging times – those that will ensure results while being emotionally inexpensive to the organization. You will receive tools to become personally accountable, adjust rapidly to change, and move away from personal opinions to work for the benefit of the academic organization, producing tremendous results. 


  • Gain clarity on ways to add true value to an organization
  • Learn and practice Personal Accountability Tool
  • Enhance fluency in navigating changing times
  • Gain excitement about driving for organizational results

Speaker: Cynthia Wakeman, President, Cy Wakeman Inc.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Program Session: Reality Based Leadership (continued)

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Buses depart for University of Pittsburgh

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception and tour University of Pittsburgh

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Program Session: Changing Directions in Advanced Practice

This presentation will provide a perspective on the distinctions between Advanced Practice roles and the specialties within them. Attention will be given to the LACE group (Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education) and The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The Consensus Model was developed to address the lack of common definitions regarding the APRN roles, the increasing numbers of nursing specializations, credentials and scope of practice, and a lack of uniformity in educational and state regulations. It is designed to create and support a variety of new advanced practice roles based on needs of today's health care system.

Speaker: Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

6:00 p.m.
Return to Hotel

7:00 p.m.
Group Dinners (sign-up sheets will be provided during the conference)

Wednesday, April 11

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast/GNAP Meeting: Discussion, Elections, Awards, Planning for 2012 GNAP Conference in North Carolina

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Program Session: Effective Use of Social Media for Marketing and Doctoral Student Recruitment

Social media helps nursing schools build powerful online relationships with prospective students. In this interactive session, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using social media as a recruiting tool while also sharing new ideas and strategies you can use to maximize your digital influence.

Speakers: Jasmine Hoffman, Director of Communications, Emory School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA; and William Miller, DNP/Graduate Program Coordinator, Wilkes University School of Nursing, Wilkes-Barre, PA

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (select one)

  • Show Me the Numbers
    Nursing Admissions professionals are aware that gathering and using qualitative and quantitative data are imperative for effective admissions and recruiting. Learn some practical applications to analyze and understand this data, which can make your life easier and improve your program.

    Speakers: Carol A. Aspinwall, Coordinator of Doctoral Student Academic Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; and Patricia Peerman, RN, MA, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management, Vanderbilt School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
  • How We Make it All Work
    Whether we work/live on the West Coast, East Coast, Northeast, Midwest or in the South we’ve all have been affected by the economy. Come hear what some institutions have done to downsize but work in an effective and productive manner.

    Speakers: Rhonda Flenoy-Younger, Director of Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions, University of California-Los Angeles School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA, Cathleen Mumper, MA, Director of Student Services, Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science University of San Diego, San Diego, CA; and Marjorie Fass, MA, Assistant Dean of Student Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Taking PRIDE in Recruitment

In an effort to address the need of increasing diversity within the nursing workforce, Frontier Nursing University has established the PRIDE Program (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education). The ultimate goal of the PRIDE program is to recruit and retain qualified underrepresented students in our graduate school of nursing who will meet the healthcare demands of an increasingly diverse population. Join us as we discuss how institutional cooperation, a focused strategic plan, and enhanced recruitment efforts have significantly affected this grant-funded initiative at our institution.

Speakers: Stephanie A. Boyd, BS, Director of Recruitment and Retention, Frontier Nursing University, Lexington, KY; and Kimberly Trammell, MPA, PRIDE Program Coordinator/Student Services Coordinator, Frontier Nursing University, Lexington, KY

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
GNAP Conference Closing: Survey, Photos, and Evaluation