Master's Education Conference Schedule

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Thursday, March 1

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

1:00-2:30 p.m.   
Opening Program Session
Using the New Master’s Essentials Toolkit
Learn about various elements of the new toolkit designed to streamline implementation of the revised Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing. Compare the new Master's Essentials to the Baccalaureate and DNP Essentials as well as the IOM Future of Nursing report. Get answers to important implementation questions and identify the various helpful resources available to faculty.
Speakers: Members of the AACN Task Force on The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing

2:30-2:45 p.m.                                                                                                     
Strech Break                                                                                                            

2:45-4:15 p.m.                                                                                                           
Program Session
Interprofessional Education and Practice: Preparing Master’s Students
Interprofessional education (IPE) and collaboration have received additional momentum from the IOM Future of Nursing report and the release of competencies by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative in which AACN was an active partner. IPE is of high interest to master’s education across program types. How can IPE be facilitated by schools of all sizes and missions? What competencies are critically important for the future? What are the perceived barriers and how can they be overcome? Join an expert in interprofessional education and collaboration to consider the issues and priorities in this vital area. 
Speaker: Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, School of Nursing, and adjunct faculty School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Stretch Break           

4:30-6:00 p.m.
Program Session
Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Evaluate Program Effectiveness
Nurse educators often are skilled at measuring individual student learning and achievement, but may be stumped when it comes to evaluating the educational program as a whole. What program outcomes should be measured? How do we collect useful information? How do we analyze data and justify program changes? Transfer valuable quality improvement concepts and models to the assessment of graduate programs in nursing.
Speaker: Kathleen Z. Wisser, PhD, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN to BSN Completion and MSN Program Director, and Assessment Lead for University, Alvernia University, Reading, PA      

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

Friday, March 2

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

7:30-8:20 a.m.
Informal Breakfast Discussion
Online Education Requirements and Regulations         
Facilitated by the Master’s Education Conference Subcommittee                  

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Concurrent Sessions
The concurrent sessions are held 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., separated by a 30-minute break. Topics repeat, and you may select two.  

  • The Master's in Nursing Education: Implementing the Revised Master's Essentials    
    The revised Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing includes specific recommendations for the clinical educator role. In addition to courses and experiences specific to teaching, students in these programs should be exposed to all nine essentials, as well as graduate preparation in an area of clinical practice. Identify ways to make master's programs with a focus in nursing education congruent with the revised Essentials and learn from the successes of colleagues.
    Speakers: Nancy O. DeBasio, PhD, RN, Dean, Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, MO; Pauline Komnenich, PhD, RN, Professor and Director, Nurse Educator Program, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Mary Oesterle, EdD, RN, Professor and Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program; and Mary E. Weyer, EdD, APN, CNS, Professor, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL                      
  • Collaborative Models for Awarding the DNP Degree        
    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 perceived as resource-intensive initiatives in an already constrained economic climate. Learn from colleagues who are active in successful collaborative models to award DNP degrees, and identify strategies you can use to develop similar programs in your own regions of the country.
    Speakers: Sue Ellen Bell, PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC 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, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, Professor and Director of DNP Program, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (representing the Mississippi Educational Consortium for DNP Education); and Kathy Magilvy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Programs, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO (representing the NEXus project) 
  • Implementing the New Adult-Gerontology APRN Education Requirements in NP and CNS Programs funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation
    The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation requires programs preparing adult or gerontology NPs or CNSs to significantly expand the curriculum to prepare graduates to provide care across the entire adult age spectrum. The transition to this new education model requires the redesign of NP and CNS programs preparing graduates to care for adults, including adult, gerontology, family, women’s health and psych/mental health programs. Learn more about faculty and student resources, curricular models, and recommendations to facilitate this transition.
    Speakers: Faculty representing Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist programs

  • Looking Forward: Assessing Successes in CNL Education and Practice
    The CNL movement is making dramatic strides across the country, and now that graduates are in practice, most programs now are turning their attention to validating academic preparation, transition to practice, thoughtful utilization of graduates, and assessing academic and practice outcomes. Consider efforts to assess success in both educational programs and practice settings.

    Speakers: Gail Schoen Lemaire, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, CNL, Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Program, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD;
    Karen L. Spada, MSN, MPH, MHA, FNP, Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services; and Marjory Williams, PhD, RN, Associate Chief, Nursing – Education/Research/Support Services, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, TX; and Tricia Thomas, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CNL, Director, Nursing Practice and Research, Trinity Health Systems, Farmington Hills, MI

  • Innovative Approaches to Distance Education
    While online and technology-enhanced instruction is exploding in popularity, schools often transfer traditional content to an online format with many of the same expectations of students.  Learn from colleagues from two programs about very different models of distance learning and gain practical insights about making positive changes to your own programs.
    Speakers: Bonnie Beardsley, PhD, RN, CNE, Product Developer, Graduate Nursing Degree, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT; and Denise Gormley, PhD, RN, Executive Director, Master’s Specialties, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

  • Oral Health Education and Best Practices in Nursing: Enhancing Faculty Capacities
    Recent national reports reinforce the importance of oral health and highlight the centrality of the nursing profession in improving oral health outcomes and access to care. Learn more about a national oral health agenda and tools that can augment existing curricula and clinical practice to help master’s students prioritize oral disease prevention, provide evidence-based oral health care in a variety of settings, and collaborate in interprofessional teams across the health care system.
    Speaker: Maria C. Dolce, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY 

12:00-1:30 p.m.         
Lunch and Informal Networking (on your own)

1:30-4:35 p.m.                                                                                               
Abstract Presentations 

Saturday, March 3

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

7:30-8:20 a.m.
Informal Breakfast Discussion(s)

  • RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

  • IRB Requirements and Success Strategies for Master’s Students 

8:30-10:00 a.m.                                                                                                         
Program Session
CCNE Forum on Accreditation Standards                                                           
The CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing Programs (amended December 2011) 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          

10:00-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.                                                                                              
Closing Program Session
Health Policy and Advocacy for Master’s Students
The AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, address the need for nurses to help shape the health care delivery system and participate actively in health care reform. Nurses in every setting have opportunities to promote health, advance values important to patients and professional nursing, and advocate for changes in the health care system. Gain insights and pragmatic approaches for teaching master’s students across programs about their important professional roles in policy and advocacy.
Speaker: Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, 2010-2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)