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


8:15 am

Building the "Living" House of Clinical Practice - Foundation: Caring, Engagement, Professional Behaviors
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


8:30 am

Overview of a Concept-Based Curriculum


8:45 am

Erecting the Walls: Situating Pharmacology, F&E, and A&P
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


Roof-Tying it All Together: Clinical Reasoning and Nurse Thinking
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


Supporting Structures: Safety, Education and Expert Practice
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


Practical Strategies to Promote Student Learning (and Keep Your Sanity!)
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


10:15 am

Approaches to Structuring a Concept-Based Curriculum


10:45 am

How to Practice Nurse Thinking in Post-Conference
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


Clinical Reasoning Paperwork
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


Skeletons in the Closet: Incivility and Men in Nursing Questions & Discussion/Wrap-Up
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN


1:30 pm

Critical Thinking & Internal Evaluation
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


1:30 pm

Planning Lessons in the Concept-Based Curriculum
Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE


2:15 pm

External Evaluation & Guidelines for Effective Critical Thinking Tests
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


Content Validity & Reliability Tools
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


3:15 pm

Teaching/Learning Strategies that Work Best with a Concept-Based Curriculum Questions & Discussion/Wrap-Up
Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE


4:15 pm

"Tweaking" an Item & Practice Evaluation of Test Items - Questions & Discussion
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


8:00 am

Welcome & 2014 Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator of the Year Award
Julie Elmquist, BS, MS
Cheryl Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN


Nurse Educator Competency: The Importance of Networking
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE


Academic and Practice Partnerships: Preparing Nursing Students for Future Practice


Academic and Practice Partnerships: Preparing Nursing Students for Future Practice (continued) Questions & Discussion - Faculty Panel

1:30 pm

Mentoring and Orienting Faculty: What ALL Faculty Needs to Know
Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE


Faculty-to-Faculty Incivility: Ways to Promote Collegiality and Community Questions & Discussion - Faculty Panel
Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


Nurse Educator Competency: The Importance of Shared Connection
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

During each Concurrent Session, 4 topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms. Sessions are limited in size and choices are assigned in the order received. Indicate your selections on the Registration Form.

8:30 am


Teaching Students to Manage Difficult Interactions and Resolve Conflict: Strategies that Promote Effective Communication and Teamwork
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

Hit the Learning Jackpot: Engaging Learners with Innovative Technology In the Classroom and Beyond
Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE

Improving Outcomes with Testing Policies
Lisette Barton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

Creating Civility to Promote Healthy Academic Work Environments
Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN



Curriculum Evaluation: Making Sense of Data
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Teaching Thinking: We Do It But Where's the Evidence?
Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE

Fostering Global Synergy: Promoting Education and Healthcare Through International Partnerships
Carl Ross, FNP-BC, CNE

It Takes a Village: A Collaborative Model for Online Course Development
Margaret Wheeler, PhD, RN, CNE

1:00 pm


Flipping the Classroom: Bring Clinical to Class
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Integrating NCLEX Style Questions Into Class, Clinical and Lab
Judith Driscoll, MEd, MSN, RN

Bringing the Classroom to Life: Using Simulation in the Classroom
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE

Critical Thinking & Digital Books: Building the Foundation with Digital Textbooks
Janine Dailey, MSN, RN



Interprofessional Education: What's the Importance and How Do I Implement IPE?
Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

Tips and Strategies for Integrating Informatics Into an Undergraduate Program
Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN

Warming the Climate for Men in Nursing Education
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN

No Tech, Low Tech, High Tech
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE



Conquering Conceptual-Based Teaching in the Classroom and Clinical Areas
Kristin O'Neail, MSN, RN

Integrating QSEN Across the Curriculum: Strategies to Infusion
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

Mannequin vs. Standardized Patient Simulation: Each is Unique!
Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

Incorporating Clinical Reasoning Case Studies in Your Classroom to Prepare Students for Professional Practice (As Well As the NCLEX!)
Keith Rischer, MA, RN, CEN, CCRN

8:00 am

Nurse Educator Competence: The Importance of Follow Through
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE


Nursing Issues with Minority Populations
Courtney Lyder, ND, ScD(H), FAAN


LGBT Equity and Inclusion in Health Education Questions & Discussion - Faculty Panel
Shane Snowdon, MA


Take This Job and LOVE IT ?
Barbee Bancroft, MSN, RN, PNP

12:30 pm

Wrap Up/Drawing
Cheryl 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
Associate Professor
The College of New Jersey
School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science
Ewing Township, New Jersey

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

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

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

Linda J. Caputi EdD, MSN, ANEF, CNE
Professor Emerita, College of DuPage
President, Linda Caputi, Inc.
Consultant: Curriculum, Accreditation, NCLEX® Success,
Test Item Writing, Many Other Areas
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Cynthia Clark PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Planning Program Committee Member
Professor Boise State University School of Nursing
Founder of Civility Matters
Boise, Idaho

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

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

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

Julie Elmquist BS, MS
Program Planning Committee Member
Contemporary Forums
Program Manager
Dublin, California

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

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

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

Cheryl L. Mee MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN
Manager of Faculty Development
Consultation and Implementation
Services, Education, Elsevier
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kristin E. O'Neail MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
NEPQR Project Director
Lourdes University
Sylvania, Ohio

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

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

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

Susan Sportsman PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Director, Academic Consulting Group
A Service of Elsevier
St. Louis, Missouri

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

Donna Walls PhD, RN, CHSE
eSolutions Implementation Manager
Consultation & Implementation
Services, Education, Elsevier
St. Louis, Missouri

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


Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Preconference A - Clinical Reasoning In The Clinical Setting: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B - Critical Thinking And Test Item Writing: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference C - The Concept-Based Curriculum: What's All The Buzz About?: 6.25 ANCC / 7.50 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 17.50 ANCC / 21.00 CA BRN contact hours


Preconference A - Clinical Reasoning In The Clinical Setting: 4.00 hours
Preconference B - Critical Thinking And Test Item Writing: 4.00 hours
Preconference C - The Concept-Based Curriculum: What's All The Buzz About?: 6.25 hours
Main Conference: 17.50 hours

Nursing Faculty/Educator

Preconference A - Clinical Reasoning In The Clinical Setting: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B - Critical Thinking And Test Item Writing: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference C - The Concept-Based Curriculum: What's All The Buzz About?: 6.25 ANCC / 7.50 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 17.50 ANCC / 21.00 CA BRN contact hours

Dean of Nursing & Allied Health

Preconference A - Clinical Reasoning In The Clinical Setting: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B - Critical Thinking And Test Item Writing: 4.00 ANCC / 4.80 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference C - The Concept-Based Curriculum: What's All The Buzz About?: 6.25 ANCC / 7.50 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 17.50 ANCC / 21.00 CA BRN contact hours


You 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.

General Information

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.

Need a ride from the Las Vegas Airport to your hotel?
Elsevier Faculty Development Conference
has partnered with LASxpress to offer $16.00 one-way airport transfers.
Book Now to receive this special rate.

$16.00 One Way Transfer Inclusive

  • Guaranteed 1st Stop Service
  • 30% Savings vs. Taxi Service
  • Immediate Priority Boarding
  • No Waiting in Taxi Lines
  • Airport Meet and Greet Service


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

Regular Registration Fee


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


Las Vegas, NV           January 2 - 5

Thank you for registering for the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference conference, being held January 2 - 5, 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

Live Webcast Main Conference

Early Registration Fee
(Between January 1, 1970 and January 6, 2014)


Regular Registration Fee
(After January 6, 2014)


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."



We are inviting representatives from professionally relevant companies, organizations and hospitals to exhibit equipment, supplies, services and career opportunities.

For exhibit space availability or additional information:
PHONE: (925) 361-4807
EMAIL: exhibits@cforums.com
VISIT: contemporaryforums.com/exhibitors.html



  • 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