Elsevier Faculty Development Conference

January 2 - 5, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV – Attend Live OR Via Live Webcast

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In these challenging times, nurse educators are faced with many demands as the volume of health science information explodes, agencies demand highly competent graduates, and technology tools rapidly change our techniques for teaching.

As nurse educators are bombarded with increased expectations and demands for curriculum change, they face faculty shortages and rapid turnover. Effective new teaching strategies to efficiently move students from knowledge based learners to high level thinkers are vital to achieving program outcomes. Join us to learn from nurse educators who are making an impact on student and program success. Enjoy the thrills of Las Vegas, meet colleagues from across the nation working with similar challenges, and find innovative solutions for you and your institution.

Barbee Bancroft has provided more than 2,000 educational and motivational seminars on clinical topics and health maintenance topics to healthcare professionals and corporations throughout the US and Canada.
A widely acclaimed speaker, she is noted for her humorous, entertaining and information-packed seminars. She is the author of the books, Medical Minutiae, An Apple a Day – the ABCs of Diet and Disease and Live a Little, Laugh A Lot.

Many people can conduct health seminars, or write books on health, but very few can make them both thoroughly informative and entertaining. Barbee Bancroft makes complex health topics easily understandable, appealing and hilarious.

A graduate of East Carolina University and the University of Virginia, she has been the keynote speaker for many prestigious nursing conferences and has held graduate faculty positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Arkansas. She has provided courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment to both graduate and undergraduate students. She is currently the Executive Director and President of CPP Associates, Inc., a continuing education firm for corporations and healthcare professionals based in Chicago, Illinois.

Elsevier and Contemporary Forums are proud to provide nurse educators with the outstanding tools they have relied on for years. We continually strive to meet the needs of today's health care professionals and remain at the forefront of nursing education. Elsevier Faculty Development Conference 2014 reflects our constant commitment to being your preferred information source for all of your nursing education needs.

To show our ongoing commitment to nursing education, Elsevier, the world's leading health science publisher, is  pleased to announce our third annual Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Awards. These awards recognize the work of three outstanding nursing faculty member who show exceptional skill, innovation and effectiveness in regards to promoting student learning, professionalism and self-confidence. The entry submission will be reviewed and judged by a panel of experienced professionals in the nursing education field. For more information go to Elsevieradvantage.com/ElsevierEducatorAward

Viva Las Vegas

...it’s impossible to resist the excitement!

A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs - Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of five Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys. Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.


Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify upcoming trends in nursing education and their integration into faculty practice.
  • Describe strategies for linking nurse education curriculum to nursing practice.
  • Discuss methods to measure program and course outcomes.
  • Use technology to engage students in active learning.
  • Identify options for creative instructional delivery and course management.
  • Integrate best practices in teaching and learning relevant to advancing nursing education.
  • Develop strategies for mentoring and professional growth within the faculty role.


  • Powerhouse Keynote Speaker: Barbee Bancroft, MSN, PNP, RN, author and lecturer.
  • Two dynamic half day Preconferences designed to give you a concentrated session on one or more areas of your practice: "Clinical Reasoning in the Clinical Setting" and "Critical Thinking and Test Item Writing".
  • Comprehensive "Concept Based Curriculum" Preconference (6 hours of CE) presented by the dynamic Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE, author and lecturer.
  • Elsevier Exceptional Educators of the Year Awards.
  • Poster presentations and exhibits of teaching tools that can help promote quality and efficiency in nurse education.
  • "Can't attend in person? Attend "virtually"...by registering for the Live Webcast of this conference.  
  • Can't attend the Live Conference or the Live Webcast? Consider pre-ordering online access to the recorded conference as another exciting option.

Who should attend?

  • Nursing and Allied Health Faculty
  • Other Educators In Interdisciplinary
  • Learning Settings
  • Deans of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Staff Development Educators
  • Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Allied Health Faculty

...anyone interested in Nursing Education.


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As a new educator, I found this conference to be a great learning experience, as well as a great way to network with other nurse educators within the country!

Leia Bobo, MSN, RN
Fairmont, WV

Conference Program


This workshop is for educators who want to transform nursing education and increase their effectiveness in the clinical setting through an emphasis on clinical reasoning. You will learn how to maximize student learning in the clinical setting by incorporating the principles from Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation, and the presenter's clinical and adjunct experience in a wide variety of settings. The presenter will incorporate and develop his three C's of clinical practice: caring, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning, as well as the paperwork that ties it all together!


  • Apply the concepts of clinical reasoning advocated by Patricia Benner in "Educating Nurses" in the clinical setting.
  • Identify effective principles to maximize the clinical experience for students through an emphasis on clinical reasoning during Preconference, clinical and Postconference.
  • Apply templates developed by the presenter that incorporate clinical reasoning in student's clinical paperwork and an alternative clinical assignment.
  • Describe how Kristen Swanson's caring theory can be situated to promote caring behaviors by nursing students in the clinical setting.

7:30 a.m.

Preconference A Registration
Continental Breakfast


Building the "Living" House of Clinical Practice …
Foundation: Caring, Engagement, Professional Behaviors


Erecting the Walls: Situating Pharmacology, F&E, and A&P


Roof-Tying it All Together: Clinical Reasoning and Nurse Thinking


Supporting Structures: Safety, Education and Expert Practice


Refreshment Break


Practical Strategies to Promote Student Learning (and Keep Your Sanity!)


How to Practice Nurse Thinking in Post-Conference


Clinical Reasoning Paperwork


Skeletons in the Closet: Incivility and Men in Nursing

12:15 p.m.

Questions & Discussion/Wrap-Up





This workshop presents the relationship between student learning outcomes, course objectives and student evaluation using NCLEX-style test items. It prepares participants to write and evaluate test items that require critical thinking in order to successfully answer the question. Participants will implement a 3-step method to analyze test items and consider targeted strategies to improve test items. There will be an opportunity during the Preconference session to put the principles learned into analysis of actual test items.


  • Evaluate test items for ability to test critical thinking.
  • Learn to measure an exam's reliability and validity, including use of a 3-step method for item analysis
  • Develop an exam blueprint that reflects a valid exam.

1:00 p.m.

Preconference B Registration


Critical Thinking & Internal Evaluation


External Evaluation & Guidelines for Effective Critical Thinking Tests


Refreshment Break


Content Validity & Reliability Tools


"Tweaking" an Item & Practice Evaluation of Test Items


Questions & Discussion




This full day workshop addresses questions such as: How is the concept-based curriculum different from a body systems, disease-focused curriculum? How will my students benefit from this type of program structure? How is teaching in a concept-based curriculum different and can I do it? These and other questions will be answered in this session which offers a practical explanation of a concept-based curriculum, how to put such a curriculum together, and how to teach in this type of curriculum. Specific tools and guidelines will be provided.


  • Explain how a concept-based curriculum is structured.
  • Discuss approaches to planning class sessions with a concept-based curriculum.
  • Examine teaching/learning strategies appropriate for the concept-based curriculum.

7:30 a.m.

Preconference C Registration
Continental Breakfast


Overview of a Concept-Based Curriculum


Refreshment Break


Approaches to Structuring a Concept-Based Curriculum

12:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own


Planning Lessons in the Concept-Based Curriculum


Refreshment Break


Teaching/Learning Strategies that Work Best with a Concept-Based Curriculum


Questions & Discussion/Wrap-Up



7:00 a.m. Main Conference Registration
Exhibits/Posters Session
Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & 2014 Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator of the Year Award
Recognition for exceptional skill, innovation and effectiveness in the promotion of student learning, professionalism and self-confidence will be awarded to 3 nominated recipients.
Julie Elmquist, BS, MS
Cheryl L. Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN
8:15 Nurse Educator Competency: The Importance of Networking
One of the benefits of attending a national conference is the opportunity to network with other educators across the world who share the same challenges. In this opening session, you will identify and focus on your personal learning needs and objectives for the conference and share your expertise with others. Discover the synergy that happens when educators work together to connect the dots.
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

Academic and Practice Partnerships: Preparing Nursing Students for Future Practice
The shift in thinking that clinical students "are guests in the health­care institution" to the perspective from "education and practice are partners in preparing future nurses" requires a shift in the academic/ practice relationship. Academic/practice partnerships provide the vehicle for this shift in thinking. This panel discussion focuses on necessary, but reasonable, competencies for nurses from the education, practice, and regulatory perspectives. The panel will address how education and practice can partner to achieve those competencies.

Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE

Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
Melanie Shatzer, DNP, RN
Nancy Spector, PhD, RN
10:15 Refreshment Break
Exhibits/Posters Session

Academic and Practice Partnerships: Preparing Nursing Students for Future Practice

Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE

Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
Melanie Shatzer, DNP, RN
Nancy Spector, PhD, RN
11:30 Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel
12:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
1:30 Mentoring and Orienting Faculty: What ALL Faculty Need to Know
Many schools of nursing offer an excellent orientation and mentoring program for faculty. However, many of these orientation/ mentoring programs lack basic elements necessary to engage in the many facets of the nurse faculty role. This session provides an overview of the top ten issues not typically included in the faculty mentoring process throughout the educator's career that results in undue stress for all levels of nurse educators.
Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE
2:45 Refreshment Break
Exhibits/Posters Session

Faculty-to-Faculty Incivility: Ways to Promote Collegiality and Community
Faculty-to-faculty incivility can devastate the academic environment, cause physical, psychological, and emotional harm, and negatively impact recruitment and retention. This interactive session will describe an array of evidence-based strategies to build positive relationships and partnerships, foster collegial workplaces, and enhance faculty recruitment and retention.
Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

4:30 Questions and Discussion
Faculty Panel
5:00 Nurse Educator Competency: The Importance of Shared Connection
Have you ever wished you could have all the important content highlighted in a quick and easy way? In this session, recap and connect with your new colleagues in a fast paced, end of day session
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE
5:30 Adjourn

** = Live Webcast Sessions

7:30 a.m.

Exhibits/Posters Session
Continental Breakfast



#11** Teaching Students to Manage Difficult Interactions and Resolve Conflict: Strategies that Promote Effective Communication and Teamwork
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss strategies to teach student nurses to manage conflict and resolve situations where difficult communication creates a challenge to providing safe and effective patient care. Equipped with knowledge of these strategies, educators will assist nursing students to develop the communication tools needed to influence the care of patients and to improve patient care processes and outcomes for the institutions that employ them.
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

#12 Hit the Learning Jackpot: Engaging Learners with Innovative Technology in the Classroom and Beyond
This hands-on learning experience will teach you how to use new technologies and programs in an innovative way to engage your learners in and out of the classroom. Come learn how to use different apps, such as Nearpod and create innovative presentations using Prezio and Apple TV to make learning collaborative and fun.
Amy M. Hall, PhD, RN, CNE

#13 Improving Outcomes with Testing Policies
Writing testing policies that improve outcomes is an essential tool in the effective use of standardized testing. A recent study that describes currently used policies and provides support for which policies are most promising, will be discussed.
Lisette Barton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

#14 Creating Civility to Promote Healthy Academic Work Environments
Incivility and bullying behavior can have devastating and lasting effects on all members of the campus community. This interactive session will describe a step-by-step, evidence-based framework to recognize, prevent, and address academic incivility, and to successfully transform the organizational culture in nursing education.
Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


Refreshment Break
Exhibits/Posters Session



#21** Curriculum Evaluation: Making Sense of Data
This session explores practical ways to make data collection and analysis efficient and effective and how to use the results to make effective decisions for improving your curriculum.
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

#22 Teaching Thinking: We Do It But Where's the Evidence?
Nursing faculty agree we teach thinking in our nursing courses using learning activities such as case studies, simulation, and other strategies. However, specifically describing how the skills and strategies of thinking are taught that are then used in these various learning strategies is often missing. Therefore, it is difficult to explain how thinking is consistently taught and gains in thinking are evaluated as the student moves through the program. In this session, specific tools and a clearly delineated process will be presented.
Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE

#23 Fostering Global Synergy: Promoting Education and Healthcare Through International Partnerships
This session will discuss the development and implementation of international partnerships. The synergy that emerges from these international partnerships promotes academic and clinical experiences that benefit faculty, students, and clinicians.
Carl Ross, FNP-BC, CNE

#24 It Takes a Village: A Collaborative Model for Online Course Development
This presentation will discuss the evolution and implementation of a 32-week collaborative model for online course development within a college of nursing that is based on best practices. The roles of the Dean, Online Faculty Member, the Faculty Manager, and the Web Development Manager with regards to course development will be described.
Margaret Wheeler, PhD, RN, CNE


Lunch On Your Own

1:00 p.m.


#31** Flipping the Classroom: Bring Clinical to Class
Should you provide your students with a topical outline or patient assignment? What do students need to tackle the challenges of 21st century nursing? We will explore how to flip the classroom in a way that brings your lesson plan to an all new level.
Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

#32 Integrating NCLEX Style Questions into Class, Clinical and Lab
How do students know how to prepare for classroom exams? How does faculty help students learn more about application of strategies for successfully choosing the right responses? This session will help attendees capture ideas for the "How" and the "Why" to integrate NCLEX style questions in the classroom, lab sessions and in the clinical arena. Attendees will participate in exercises to experience methods for integrating these questions for all levels of nursing courses.
Judith Driscoll, MEd, MSN, RN

#33 Bringing the Classroom to Life: Using Simulation in the Classroom 
Educators struggle to find innovative ways in which to facilitate active learning in the classroom. Teaching with simulation provides opportunities for students to actively engage and can effectively be used in the classroom. This session will describe the various types of simulation and will focus on a plan for designing a simulated clinical experience for students in the classroom.
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE

#34 Critical Thinking & Digital Books: Building the Foundation with Digital Textbooks
Do you have great classroom activities derailed by unprepared students? Do students give you a blank stare when you refer to the text? In this session attendees will learn how to get students into the textbook, prepared for class and ready to participate in critical thinking using digital textbooks.
Janine Dailey, MSN, RN



#41** Interprofessional Education: What's the Importance and How Do I Implement IPE?
The healthcare industry has experienced a resurgence of the need for interprofessional educational experiences before our students reach the professional setting. Develop an understanding of the importance of IPE activities and learn creative strategies for implementing IPE within your curriculum.
Valerie M. Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

#42 Tips and Strategies for Integrating Informatics Into an Undergraduate Program
This presentation will describe the latest strategies and techniques for defining and integrating informatics into the undergraduate curriculum. Topics include: the rationale for informatics, specifics on informatics competencies and rich examples of successful techniques for integrating material into coursework.
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN

#43 Warming the Climate for Men in Nursing Education
Men in nursing have experienced gender bias and discrimination that are responsible for male attrition rates in education that are much higher in comparison to women (30-50%). The unique barriers that men experience in nursing and nursing education will be identified so that concrete strategies to break down these walls can be implemented to promote the retention and success of men in your nursing program!
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN

#44 No Tech, Low Tech, High Tech
Great educators always have a backup plan for teaching when using technology. In this session, you will learn how to present critical content and skills utilizing all three parameters of technology.
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE


Refreshment Break
Exhibits/Posters Session



#51** Conquering Conceptual-Based Teaching in the Classroom and Clinical Areas
This session will describe classroom strategies as well as clinical strategies for reinforcing Conceptually-Based Teaching.
Kristin E. Oneail, MSN, RN

#52 Integrating QSEN Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Infusion
This presentation will describe how one nursing program in the mid-Atlantic region developed a repository for tools and strategies to be used to infuse the QSEN competencies across the undergraduate¬curriculum and how that repository has influenced faculty.
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

#53 Mannequin vs. Standardized Patient Simulation: Each is Unique!
Simulation involves re-creating the reality of the clinical setting using mannequins, live actors (standardized patients), or a mixture of both (hybrid). Develop an understanding of the similarities and differences surrounding both types of simulation based educational methods.
Valerie M. Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

#54 Incorporating Clinical Reasoning Case Studies in Your Classroom to Prepare Students for Professional Practice (As Well As the NCLEX!)
This session is for educators who want to transform nursing education and increase their effectiveness in the classroom through an emphasis on clinical reasoning. Incorporating the principles from Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation, the presenter developed three levels of clinical reasoning case studies for use in the classroom.
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN




7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


Nurse Educator Competence: The Importance of Follow Through
This session will connect like minded educators with a plan for follow through. Shared solutions to educator challenges will be highlighted.
Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE


Nursing Issues with Minority Populations
The United States has steadily increased its racial and ethnic populations. Nurses must be skilled in identifying when culture may impact the delivery of nursing services. This session will identify key issues for nurses to consider when providing care to diverse minority populations.
Courtney H. Lyder, ND, ScD(H), FAAN


LGBT Equity and Inclusion in Health Education
Longtime LGBT health educator Shane Snowdon will describe how institutions around the country are addressing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) concerns by expanding their curriculum and enhancing their climate. Challenges faced by LGBT patients and students—and reality-tested strategies for addressing them will be discussed.
Shane Snowdon, MA


Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Break


Take This Job and LOVE IT...
Barbee presents a lively and humorous look at the wonderful world of nursing. She shares her 30+ years of experience by weaving tales from yesteryear with current nursing and medical progress. Barb's best bets for maintaining an exciting and fulfilling nursing career will have you laughing your way to another healthy and prosperous year in the nursing profession.
Barbee Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP

12:30 p.m.

Wrap Up/Drawing
Cheryl L. Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN



After 21 years of teaching, I did not think it would be easy to learn new pedagogical techniques. Michelle Deck proved me wrong as she conducted THE most valuable sessions I have attended in years.

Maria Pettinato, RN, PhD
Seattle, WA

Conference Faculty

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
La Salle University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Valerie M. Howard, EdD, MSN, RN
Planning Program Committee Member
Associate Professor
Robert Morris University, SNHS
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Ann B. Bain, EdD, MSN, RN
Program Planning Committee Member
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Nursing
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas

Courtney H. Lyder, ND, ScD(H), FAAN
Dean and Assistant Director, UCLA Health System
Professor of Nursing, Geriatric Medicine & Public Health
Executive Director, UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute
Los Angeles, California

Barbee Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP
President of CPP Associates, Inc.
CPP Associates, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Cheryl L. Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN
Program Planning Committee Member
Manager of Faculty Development - Elsevier
St. Louis, Missouri

Lisette Barton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor
University of Houston – Victoria
Sugar Land, Texas

Kristin E. Oneail, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
NEPQR Project Director
Lourdes University
Sylvania, Ohio

Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Consultant, Curriculum/Accreditations
Principal/Owner, NurseTim.com
Waconia, Minnesota

Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Normandale Community College
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Linda J. Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE
President, Linda Caputi, Inc.
Consultant for Nursing Education: Curriculum, Accreditation, Faculty Development
St. Charles, Illinois

Carl Ross, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE
Coordinator, International Programs
University Professor of Nursing
Robert Morris University SNHS
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Boise State University School of Nursing
Founder of Civility Matters®
Boise, Idaho

Melanie Shatzer, DNP, RN
Director, Academic Service Partnerships
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Janine Dailey, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Clarkson College
Omaha, Nebraska

Shane Snowdon, MA
Director, LGBT Health & Aging Program, HRC
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Albany, California

Michele L. Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE
President and CEO, G.A.M.E.S.
CEO, Tool Thyme for Trainers
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Nancy Spector, PhD, RN
Director, Regulatory Innovations
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Specializing in Nursing Education
Chicago, Illinois

Judith Driscoll, MEd, MSN, RN
Program Planning Committee Member
Dean of Academic Success
Chamberlain College of Nursing
St. Louis, Missouri

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Director, Academic Consulting Group
St. Louis, Missouri

Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Informatics
School of Nursing
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Amy M. Hall, PhD, RN, CNE
White Family Endowed Professor and Chair
University of Evansville
Evansville, Indiana

Margaret Wheeler, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean, RN/BSN Option
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio


A Certificate of Attendance is given upon completion of course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.


Preconference A or B

Preconference C

Main Conference

1Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

4 ANCC/4.8 CA BRN contact hours

6.25 ANCC/7.5 CA BRN contact hours

17.5 ANCC/21 CA BRN contact hours

2Other Professionals

4 hours

6.25 hours

17.5 hours

1Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes).

2You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course. Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.


Viva Las Vegas...it's impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world's greatest collection of chefs. Treat yourself to a world-class show, or consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay. There's never a dull moment in Las Vegas.

Don't miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, with walkways and art throughout. You'll find luxury hotels, a casino and Crystals, a three-story retail center whose shape resembles the multi-faceted surface of a quartz crystal.

There's never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don't miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you'll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.

Take your Las Vegas experience up a notch at the MGM Grand! This year's conference hotel is putting the finishing touches on a complete resort renovation. From guest rooms and suites and the casino floor, to new shops like Sugar Factory and Blizz, there is plenty to tempt and entertain. Be sure to find time to take in a performance at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club or be dazzled by the heart-pounding display of acrobatic and martial arts performances at by Cirque de Soleil. Whether it's dining at award-winning restaurants or taking in the nightlife, the new MGM Grand has it all.

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as "Vegas!"  Join your colleagues for the "Elsevier Faculty Development Conference" and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at    (702) 892-7575 or go online to www.visitlasvegas.com.


The conference will be held at the MGM GRAND HOTEL LAS VEGAS, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from December 31, 2013 to January 6, 2014 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.

Rates: $210 single/double (December 31, 2013); $89 (January 1-6, 2014)
Above rates are based on single/double occupancy. Each additional person will be $35 per night with a maximum of 4 people per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation early and before the "hotel room block release date" which is Monday, December 2, 2013. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, rooms and group rates may no longer be available so call the hotel regarding availability.

RESORT FEE: $25 daily resort fee plus 12% lodging tax will be added to the room fee above per night per room. This will afford the following services; complimentary in-room high speed internet access. Daily newspaper available for pick up. Complimentary printing of boarding passes, copies and faxes up to 5 pages and notary services at the business center. Unlimited local and toll free calls & complimentary access to the cardio room.

For room reservations, call (800) 929-1111 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' Elsevier Faculty Development Conference. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.

Reserve your room online here.

Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.

For additional hotel information, call the MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas at (702) 891-1111, or go to www.mgmgrand.com.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after.

For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or go online to www.hertz.com and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000261.

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Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

  Early Registration*
(On/before 11/21)
Regular Registration
(After 11/21)
PRECONFERENCE A or B $185 each $215 each
Nurses, Others $550 $595
Full-Time Students $500 $525
Live Webcast $425 $425

*Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before November 21.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference. In addition, you will have complimentary access to the recorded sessions posted after the conference at ContemporaryForums.com for one year.

Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

(Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available.)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconferences. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.
          $25 PER PERSON discount for 3 or 4 in a group
          $45 PER PERSON discount for 5 or more in a group

(Online registration is not available.)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared.

Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received on/before November 21 receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after November 21 are assessed a $75 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees.

Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email: info@cforums.com

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Online Learning

Register for online access to the recorded Elsevier Faculty Development Conference before 1/2/2014 for special pre-order discount. Cost is $395 and includes:

  • Access to all recorded Preconference A and B and Main Conference presentations in a multimedia format for two years (Preconference C not recorded)
  • Online exams to earn over 45 hours of ANCC credit
  • Share online conference sessions with 3 colleagues at no cost (online exams for CE credit optional for colleagues @ $10 per session)

Conference sessions will be available at OnlineCELibrary.com approximately two weeks after the end of the live conference. Access instructions and Conference Code will be emailed to you. 

Place your order today by registering above and selecting the Online CE Library option in the drop down box. You may also mail/fax your registration form or call 1-800-377-7707.

NOTE: Live Webcast participants will also have access to the recorded Main Conference sessions.  For more information about the live webcast option, click on the Webcast tab.


Hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities can provide and manage quality accredited continuing education to meet staff needs. To request group account details and discount pricing visit OnlineCELibrary.com or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information


Elsevier Faculty Development Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada           January 2 - 5, 2014

Thank you for registering for the Elsevier Faculty Development conference, being held January 2 - 5, 2014, at the MGM Grand Hotel, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 18109, (702) 891-1111.


Thursday, January 2, at 7:30 a.m. Preconference A will check in between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m., Preconference C will check-in between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and Preconference B will check in between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. You must check in to receive your conference materials. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.


Friday, January 3, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. If you attended the Preconference, you do not need to check in again for the Main Conference.


Begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and online and are open only to registered participants. Out of consideration to others, infants, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms or refreshment break areas.


Approximately ten days before the conference begins, you will receive an email with instructions to review, download or print the handout materials posted by the faculty on the Contemporary Forums website at ContemporaryForums.com. The slides will not be printed in the Conference Guide you will receive. Please add ContemporaryForums@cforums.com to your Contacts and/or Safe Senders list since emails may be filtered as Spam or blocked.


This conference will be recorded and you will have complimentary access for one year to the multimedia presentations posted on the ContemporaryForums.com website via the "My Account" link. Details will be in the Conference Guide and access instructions will be emailed to you approximately two weeks after the conference ends.


Contemporary Forums' Online CE Library is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education and offers over 1000 multimedia presentations recorded from our live conferences. For more information or details about group access discounts, visit OnlineCELibrary.com or call 925-361-4811



Offers a special conference rate which is available until December 2, 2013, or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early by calling MGM Grand Reservations at 800-929-1111. Be sure to say you are participating in the Elsevier Faculty Development conference. To reserve your room online, please visit our website at ContemporaryForums.com for details. After the release date of December 2, call the hotel directly at 702-891-1111 to check for room availability.


Both Valet and self-parking are complimentary at the MGM Grand Hotel.


The Las Vegas Monorail connects eight major resorts along the Las Vegas Strip.  You can board at the MGM Grand station and make the circuit around the Strip in 15 minutes. Visit their website at www.lvmonorail.com for more information.


Fare from McCarran International Airport to the MGM Grand is approximately $15.00. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.


Contemporary Forums has partnered with LASxpress to offer $16.00 one-way airport shuttle service to/from McCarran Airport. To make a reservation at this discounted rate, CLICK HERE, or go to the Elsevier Faculty Development conference brochure on at www.contemporaryforums.com and click on the "Hotel/Travel" button.


Join the conversation and receive live conference updates. Use #EFDC14 to connect with other participants, exhibitors and faculty. Tweet using #EFDC14 to ask questions, post feedback and more. Be sure to follow Contemporary Forums at twitter.com/CForums.

View our Live Conference Calendar

Questions? Call us at (800) 377-7707
between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Monday - Friday (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com

Live Webcast

Can't make it to Las Vegas? Participate as a virtual attendee and register for the Live Webcast today!

Experience the plenary sessions, along with Concurrent Sessions #11, 21, 31, 41 & 51. Interact live with other virtual attendees via the chat room and submit your questions/comments online for speaker responses during the faculty panels - all from the convenience of your home, office or practice setting via our OnlineCELibrary.com website.

The webcast begins on Friday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) and ends on Sunday, January 5 at 12:45 p.m. (PST). The registration fee is $425 and includes participation in 15 sessions and a Certificate of Attendance for up to 17.5 hours. Check your local time to participate.

Virtual attendees will also have access to their recorded webcast sessions and concurrent sessions not part of the live webcast (including the credit), via the OnlineCELibrary.com for 2 years.

Register above by selecting Live Webcast option from the drop-down box or fax/mail payment with completed registration form in the brochure. 

Live Webcast Group Discounts Available for 3 or More!

3-9 group discount price: $350 each - save $75 per registration
10 or more group discount price: $325 each - save $100 per registration

You must register as a group to receive the discount. Fax/mail registrations together or call 1-800-377-7707 to receive the discount. Group discounts not available for online registrations.

2013 Elsevier Faculty Development Conference Live Webcast participant comments:

"All in all, I applaud the on line conference (and I have said so on fb!) Busy schedules and dwindling monetary support for faculty development makes traveling to many conferences prohibitively expensive (in $ and time) This mode of attending opens doors for continued attendance. Well done Contemporary Forums!"

"An excellent conference and I am so grateful that I was able to attend on-line. I am starting up a new program and gained many helpful tools and ideas. Perfect way to start off a new program."

"I am quite pleased with the quality of this conference as delivered via webcast. I especially appreciated the speakers that purposefully took the needs of the distance students as a part of their presentations."

"This was my first time with a live webcast of this type and length. No complaints. Excellent support when needed. Everyone did a great job. I also enjoyed networking with other faculty in the chat room. I would do this again."




  • Have you successfully implemented a program to evaluate, improve or redesign your curriculum?
  • Have you successfully implemented technology to facilitate student learning throughout your curriculum?
  • Have you developed or tested new strategies to improve student learning?
  • Have you worked in a collaborative partnership, developed interdisciplinary courses, or used technology in interdisciplinary teaching?
  • Have you implemented new strategies to evaluate students throughout the curriculum or to measure outcomes?
  • Have you used effective strategies to develop leadership capacity within your school or organization?
  • Have you successfully integrated QSEN competencies or Nursing Concepts into your curriculum?
  • If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your colleagues would love to hear how you did it! Share your triumphs and achievements with your own poster presentation.
  • Presenters will receive special recognition during the conference as well as a discount on a future Contemporary Forums meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to get more information from presenters during the poster exhibitions.

Poster applications from teams and individuals are welcome. Deadline for application is November 15, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST.
To submit an abstract for a poster presentation, please visit: www.onlinecelibrary.com/els


Exhibit & Advertising Information

Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.

Why Exhibit

  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specilaists from around the country
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operations

Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

We can also provide information on other opportunities, including:

  • Sponsorships
  • Advertising

Become an Exhibitor

Please download the Support and Exhibit Opportunities Prospectus and contact Contemporary Forums with your questions or requests.

Download: Exhibit Prospectus and Information (On Conference calendar, please click on the black star for the specific exhibitor prospectus you wish to download.)
Email: exhibits@cforums.com
Phone: (925) 361-4807

Current Exhibitor

Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact Elaine White at ewhite@cforums.com

About Contemporary Forums

Contemporary Forums provides leading-edge, fully accredited, clinical continuing education conferences for healthcare professionals. Our conferences are attended by the most influential healthcare professionals from around the country.