2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference

March 16 - 18, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV

Inspiration . Motivation . Collaboration
New and improved 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference
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It’s all about inspiration, motivation, and collaboration!

The challenges faced by today’s nurse educators on a daily basis require innovation, creativity, and evidence-based solutions. To prepare students to think critically and become safe, competent, and confident members of the healthcare team — especially in today’s rapidly changing education and clinical practice environments — educators need to think outside the box when it comes to taking advantage of new technology, finding better ways to combat content saturation, and emphasizing the importance of safety in patient care.

Join us to be inspired and learn from nationally renowned nurse educators and experts who are making an impact on student and program outcomes. Meet colleagues from across the nation working with similar challenges, and collaborate on innovative solutions for you and your institutions.


  • New 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference combines our Elevate Outcomes with HESI Conference, Concept-Based Curriculum Symposium, and Faculty Development Conference into one information-packed, mega-event.
  • Three dynamic Preconferences provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of a hot topic in nursing education.
  • Conference “take-aways” provide quick reference and renewed motivation to use the relevant information presented at the program.
  • Poster presentations and exhibits of teaching strategies that can help promote quality, innovation, and efficiency in nursing education.

HOST CITY: Las Vegas

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...


Just Added!

Meet Carolyn Jones, photojournalist, filmmaker and author, during a book signing of her award winning book, The American Nurse! Book signing will take place at 12:00pm on Friday, March 17. Copies of the book will be available onsite for purchase.

Conference Objectives

  • Learn how to spend your time and energy wisely to achieve improved professional and program outcomes.
  • Develop best practices for using technology to engage students in active learning.
  • Explore the latest strategies for bridging the education-practice gap.
  • Discuss innovative ways to prepare students for the NCLEX exam using standardized testing.
  • Identify opportunities for implementing creative instructional delivery and course management techniques to improve faculty practice.
  • Use classroom and clinical learning activities to promote clinical reasoning and reinforce QSEN competencies.
  • Implement assessment strategies that provide valid, reliable testing data for program development and improvement.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in nursing education, concept-based teaching, standardized testing, and student assessment, including:

  • Nursing Faculty
  • Deans of Nursing
  • Staff Development Educators
  • Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Other Educators in Interdisciplinary Learning Settings


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This is a must-go for any nurse educator, no matter how seasoned you are! Joy Brychta, MSN, RN, WHNP

Conference Program

Preconference A: Integrating QSEN Across the Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Classroom and Clinical

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

This presentation will describe teaching strategies that support the QSEN competencies and demonstrate how they can be integrated into the curriculum. Participants will examine student learning activities that emphasize each of the six QSEN competencies, as well as discover teaching tools and resources readily available that can be easily implemented in classroom and clinical teaching. Discussion will include clinical evaluation instruments and the development and use of unfolding case studies.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify knowledge, skills, and attitudes that emphasize the IOM/QSEN competencies.
  • Identify teaching strategies that can be incorporated into their classroom or clinical teaching.
  • Identify resources for linking strategies that promote quality and safety to their specific theory or clinical teaching.


7:00 am

Preconference A Registration/Continental Breakfast


Aligning Teaching Strategies to the QSEN Competencies
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC


Refreshment Break


Aligning Teaching Strategies to the QSEN Competencies (Cont’d) - Using Unfolding Case Studies to Teach - Aligning Clinical Evaluation to the QSEN Competencies - Q&D
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

12:15 pm


Preconference B: TechQuest: Exploring Technology for Learning

Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC

Apps, avatars, webquests, wikis, MOOCs … and more! How can these and the ever-increasing number of technological tools be used for educational purposes? What evidence is present to guide use of these tools? BYOD (bring your own device: such as smartphone, tablet, or laptop) as we embark on a journey to explore how learning can occur with the benefit of technology. Join the expedition! Come to this workshop prepared to build upon your current knowledge, try out new and innovative tools, analyze best practices, and create a plan for increasing the use of technology in your educational practice setting.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze available evidence designed to guide best practices for integrating technology into the learning setting.
  • Experiment with an unfamiliar technological learning tool for the purpose of analyzing its use in educational settings.
  • Design a plan for integrating knowledge gained from the workshop into individual educational practices.


12:00 pm

Preconference B Registration


Analyze Evidence Related to Technology in Education
Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC


Hands-On: Experiment with Technology
Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC


Refreshment Break


Hands-On: Experiment with Technology (cont’d)
Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC


Design a Plan for Integration
Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC



Preconference C: Certified Nurse Educator-CM (CNE®) Exam Preparation

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

This workshop reviews the major topic areas included in the detailed test blueprint of the CNE® Exam. Attendees will become familiar with the organization of the exam and all the major topic areas. Emphasis will be placed on preparing for the exam, with strategies for understanding the competencies. Practice questions and group activities will be used throughout.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explore major content areas included in the CNE Test Blueprint.
  • Discuss theories and strategies for facilitating teaching and learning.
  • Describe the process for curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Define the process for socialization of the nurse into the educator role.


7:00 am

Preconference C Registration/Continental Breakfast


Introduction & Workshop Overview - Exploring the CNE Blueprint
Mary Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE


Refreshment Break


Learning Styles & Curriculum Evaluation
Mary Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

12:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own


Curriculum Development & Implementation
Mary Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE


Refreshment Break


Thinking, Competencies & Socialization - Q&D
Mary Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE



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.


7:00 am

Main Conference Registration/Exhibits/Posters Session/Continental Breakfast


Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


Generation NeXt Comes to College: Understanding Today’s Nursing Students
Mark Taylor, EdD, MSW

Our traditionally aged nursing students are different. They have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving, and supervising them through their programs. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self-esteem, consumer expectations, use of technology, and styles of interacting can impact, and interfere with, their learning, persistence, and academic success at school, and workplace readiness and success. This session will help nursing instructors understand the social, personal, and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence, and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational and personal goals.


Are We Doing Things Right … or Doing the Right Things?
Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

In this interactive session, we will explore the impact of workplace responsibilities and requirements on desired and required faculty outcomes. Beginning with a philosophical discussion, participants will think about Peter Drucker’s famous quote, “the successful person places more attention on doing the right thing than doing things right.”  Then, through a series of interactive exercises, we will identify specific ways in which day-to-day faculty work could be reexamined to focus more on what it means to be “doing the right things” in nursing education. We will also explore personal decisions about time and resources, along with variances and similarities in institutional norms for faculty work. This session will also include current research findings on faculty workload and outputs, incorporating information from the discipline of nursing, as well as findings and thoughts from the larger arena of higher education.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session


The American Nurse: Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes
Carolyn Jones

Photojournalist and filmmaker Carolyn Jones has spent the past four years interviewing over 100 nurses from every corner of the U.S. in an effort to better understand the role of nurses in this country's healthcare system. In this dynamic session, she shares her own story of the nurse who helped her get through breast cancer, as well as her findings on the American experiences of health care, poverty, childbirth, war, imprisonment, and the end of life through the lens of nursing. You won’t want to miss this inspiring session about the indispensable figures on the front lines of health and healthcare today!

12:15 pm

Networking Lunch (Provided in Exhibit Hall)



#11 Teaching the Underprepared Student
Mark Taylor, EdD, MSW

With as many as half of high school graduates requiring remedial academic work when they enter college (with many needing deep remediation in math, reading, and language skills) and the skills gaps in non-traditional returning students who may be long separated from academics, colleges in general, and nursing programs in particular, struggle to bring underprepared students to successful academic outcomes. This session addresses the issues of the underprepared student in academic competence and confidence, and provides guidance to nursing faculty to help students persist, learn, and graduate.

#12 Moving Beyond the Basics in Psychometric Test Data Analysis
H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sound psychometric test data analysis is critical to effective teaching in a modern health professions graduate or undergraduate classroom. Students often get frustrated when they perceive the content emphasis of the lecture is not fairly represented on a respective test. The key to the proper expectations of student testing performance mostly hinges on the degree of test validity and reliability. This session begins with a quick review of basic test psychometrics, and then move on to a discussion of which psychometric parameters should be standard program/department policy and which should be the preference of the individual faculty. The question of where academic freedom begins and ends will also be examined, along with a review of the best evidence for psychometric test analyses.


#13 Academia and Practice: Fostering Academic Progression Using Collaboration
Colleen Manzetti, DNP, RN, CNLCP, CNE

This session will explore the work of the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC), a collaboration between academia and practice partners in developing seamless transition models supporting academic progression across diploma and associate degree nursing programs to baccalaureate programs. Participants will examine research measures, the five dimensions of collaboration among the partners, and suggested best practices for future work.

#14 Using Case Studies to Improve Student Performance
Claudine Dufrene, PhD, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE

This presentation will focus on the different approaches taken by undergraduate nursing faculty in the use of commercially prepared case studies to enhance student learning and improve specialty exam scores. Participants will examine data comparing exam scores before and after the use of the case studies.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session



#21 Critical Thinking Test Item Writing: Implementing Alternate Format and Innovative Test Items
Mary Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE

Develop the knowledge and skills needed to write critical thinking, alternate format exams, and innovative exam items that prepare students for NCLEX-RN exam success. This session will explore developing test items, stems, choices, and rationales. Participants will have an increased understanding of exam blueprint development related to alternate format and innovative test items. We will also analyze strategies to revise multiple-choice test items to a higher level of critical thinking to reflect clinical practice.


#22 Using Gap Analysis to Modify Course Content and Teaching Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
Christine Sproles, MSN, RN

HESI Specialty Exams are a great way to help prepare nursing students for their NCLEX exam upon graduation, but what happens when HESI scores are below benchmark (850)? Attend this session to learn how gap analysis can improve HESI scores by helping instructors identify areas of weakness in course content, implement changes to that content along with learning objectives and teaching strategies, and add specific evaluation methods to test this information prior to HESI exams.

#23 Journey into the Brain: Applying Neuroscience to Education
Jobeth Pilcher, EdD, RN-BC

Take a journey inside the learning brain! Jump in and look around. What do you see? We usually think of the brain as an organ of health or illness. However, it is also the organ of learning. What happens in the brain during learning? What strategies can help learners remember and apply new content? Come explore the neuroscience of learning during this engaging and interactive session.

#24 Facilitated Decision-Making
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

“We have to make a decision as a group, but we can’t agree on an approach. We are stuck in a stalemate!” Most faculty have uttered these words at some point in their career — often more than once. This session will provide participants with skills to facilitate group decisions, so that actions can be taken to move the organization forward. We will also explore a framework to prepare for and facilitate a group decision-making process, with opportunities to practice these skills in selected scenarios. The rapid change occurring in nursing and health professions education is escalating and nursing programs must respond quickly. The strategies presented in this session will provide the skills needed to support the kind of decision-making required in today’s changing educational environment.



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.

7:00 am

Exhibits/Posters Session/Continental Breakfast



#31 Manage Options and Necessary Knowledge for an Excellent Year: Helping Students Succeed
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

Ready your students for a successful year by teaching skills necessary for success in nursing school. This session explores ways to teach study strategies, critical thinking/problem solving, team building, and resource utilization. Come and gain ideas you can adapt to your program.


#32 The Effects of Two Debriefing Styles on Nursing Students' Knowledge, Anxiety, Therapeutic Communication and Psychiatric Assessment Skills
Debrayh Gaylle, EdD, RN

In this session, we will explore a quasi-experimental pretest posttest study in which two simulation debriefing techniques were compared to determine the effectiveness of each on student learning. In-simulation debriefing that provided immediate feedback during the simulation was compared to traditional post-simulation debriefing. Participants will discuss how findings from this research suggest that in-simulation debriefing is an effective method of teaching therapeutic communication.

#33 Facilitating Student Learning: Cumulative Testing and Retrieval Learning
Terry Throckmorton, PhD, RN

This session focuses on research related to cumulative testing and retrieval learning, and the outcomes achieved through study versus retrieval learning. Participants will also explore research available to support the use of retrieval learning.


#34 Strategies to Provide Constructive Feedback to Students: A Skill to Support Quality and Safety
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

Giving and receiving feedback is frequently identified as a trigger for incivility and conflict in nursing education, yet it is necessary for personal growth and patient safety. Nursing faculty are in a unique position to model these skills. During this presentation, challenges to giving and receiving feedback will be identified and participants will learn strategies to effectively deliver constructive feedback to students so it is viewed and valued as an opportunity for self-improvement, optimal patient safety, and high quality care.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session



#41 Integrating Performance Assessment with High Impact Learning
Barbara Yoost, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF

In this session, we will explore performance assessments that complement NCLEX exam-style evaluation and address the highest levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. Join us as we discuss techniques for enhancing student ability to achieve QSEN competencies, as well as high impact learning strategies that support transformative nursing education.

#42 Impact of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity on Success of the First Attempt of the NCLEX-RN
E. Tina Cuellar, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Schools of nursing and nursing faculty are struggling with high attrition rates and low NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates. Many of the students with high attrition rates and low NCLEX-RN pass rates are culturally and linguistically diverse. In some classrooms there may be as many as 5 to 10 culturally and linguistically diverse students. There is also an increase in male nursing students that may be impacting the cultural diversity in the classroom. Join us as we discuss the need for emotional and moral support among culturally and linguistically diverse students, as well as those who are not challenged by culture and language, including males, Native Americans, and blacks.

#43 INACSL Standards of Best Practice Simulation-SM: A Guide to Quality Education Using Simulation
Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation were cited in the NCSBN Simulation Study as a way to design and deliver quality education experiences using simulation. The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) developed the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation to provide evidence-based best practices for the use of simulation as an instructional strategy to improve patient care. In this session, we will make linkages to QSEN competencies and linkages to the NCSBN Simulation Study and subsequent NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for pre-licensure nursing programs to the integration of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation. In addition, participants will learn tips for integrating the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation into simulation programs as a guide to the design and implementation of quality-simulation based education.

#44 Be Wise to What’s Up and Coming: Engaging, Active Teaching Strategies
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

Do you ever teach those with short attention spans and multiple demands?  Come to this session and experience four methods you can immediately adapt to your classes. Plan to use these active and engaging strategies immediately in your teaching practice.



LUNCH PRESENTATION - Writing and Publishing: Overcome the Roadblocks Today! (CE credit provided. Box lunch provided for all Conference attendees.)
Cheryl Mee, MSN, MBA, RN

There are multiple vehicles to communicate with colleagues about the work you do. Consider writing about incremental improvement projects and the outcomes, not only research projects. Learn more about the writing process and how to overcome roadblocks that hinder your progress.

12:30 pm


#51Panel Discussion: Using Data to Revise a Modern Nursing Curriculum
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
Claudine Dufrene, PhD, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE
Joan Becker, MA, BSN, RN

Because there are multiple, interrelated factors that impact the success of nursing students, faculty often struggle to determine which curricular changes should be made to increase the likelihood of success for all students. This panel will explore ways to use data to make choices that maximize student and faculty success in an efficient way. Each presenter will briefly describe examples of curriculum improvement approaches, using data rather than opinion to make decisions. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions aimed at helping them use their own evaluation data and other evidence to improve the success of their students.

#52 Healthcare Errors: Does Nursing Education Have a Role?
Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Nearly two decades ago, the 1999 IOM report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, raised awareness of the impact of healthcare (medical) error on patient outcomes, including more than 400,000 people dying each year from preventable healthcare errors (James, 2013). “Healthcare is not as safe as it should be [nor] can be” (IOM, 1999). Join us as we discuss the current state of healthcare errors and how nursing education is contributing to these patient outcomes. Patient stories will be used as exemplars to put faces to healthcare errors. This session will also provide strategies to change nursing education practices, integrating the QSEN Competencies to equip the next generation of nurses/practitioners to be part of the solution rather than continue to contribute to the problem of poor patient outcomes.

#53 Clinical Teaching in a Concept-Based Curriculum: Strategies and Evaluation
Sarah d’Empaire, MSN, RN
Barbara Knopp, MSN, RN

This session examines a redesigning of clinical experiences from traditional, direct-client care each day to concept-focused activities that promote critical thinking development. Participants will also explore an evaluation strategy based on IOM, QSEN, and NLN competencies that provides multiple ways for students to demonstrate concept application, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” traditional checklist.

#54 (Session Cancelled)


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session



#61 Breaking the Cycle of Academic Dishonesty: Understanding Vulnerabilities While Emphasizing an Ethical Framework
H. Michael Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kim Brunnert, PhD, CESP

Nursing faculty confront new digital vulnerabilities and challenges to the security of their test banks every day. Students may not understand when they are crossing the line of academic dishonesty, copyright infringement, and intellectual property violations. Faculty, administrators, and testing vendors strive to stay ahead of those who knowingly want to cheat the system. Implementing and enforcing sound and effective academic honesty policies and procedures to enhance the integrity of testing and performance is critical. In this session, we will explore technical and policy considerations, as well as an ethical framework of professional nursing practice, to support a culture of academic honesty.     

#62 Successful Implementation of a Concept-Based Curriculum: One Dean’s Perspective
Joan Becker, MA, BSN, RN

This session, delivered by Joan Becker, the Dean of a large metropolitan ADN program, explores multiple teaching-learning activities appropriate for a CBC that have been effective in class, clinical, and laboratory experiences — along with tips on how these three components should be correlated. In addition, she will share strategies that she used to prepare faculty for the implementation of a CBC and ways in which she provided ongoing support for maintaining and improving the curriculum.


#63 Cultivating Mindfulness to Improve Patient Safety: A Primer for Nursing Educators
Susan Reeves, EdD, RN

A key responsibility of nursing faculty is the development of a nursing student's ability to "think like a nurse." Building an understanding of the nursing process and the role of reflective and critical thinking are hallmarks of this core ability. However, today's nurse must not only be able to deliver competent nursing care, they must also do so while assuring the care is delivered safely while operating in a complex and dynamic environment. Other disciplines such as aviation, nuclear power, and firefighting incorporate the development of specific mindfulness skills in their professionals, such that there exists an innate focus on both error prevention and resilience in their day-to-day work. What if, in the future, "think like a nurse" included such concepts? Imagine the progress we could make in reducing patient harm! This session will explore the steps for creating such mindfulness in our nursing students through a study of principles and practices of high-reliability organizations and their application to nurse work.  


#64 Holistic Review in Nursing: A Strategy Whose Time Has Come
Karen Bankston, PhD, MSN, FACHE

In this dynamic session, participants will discuss the holistic review process as a part of a university’s student admissions strategy. This approach facilitates achieving a more diverse student body, which has been shown to improve long term student success. A recent study conducted by Urban Universities for HEALTH, co-directed by the presenter, will also be examined.



Thanks for sharing tools that could assist me to teach and learn for the present and the future. Donna Funk, MN/Ed, EdSp, ADED, RN, ONC

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

Karen Bankston PhD, MSN, FACHE
Associate Dean
Clinical Practice, Partnerships and Community Engagement
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Cincinnati, Ohio

Joan Becker MA, BSN, RN
Executive Dean of Nursing
and Associate Degree Nursing Faculty
El Centro College
Dallas, Texas

Kim Brunnert PhD, CESP
Director of Psychometrics
Review and Testing, HESI
Houston, Texas

E. Tina Cuellar PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Director, Curriculum: Review &Testing
Elsevier/Education (HESI)
Houston, Texas

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

H. Michael Dreher PhD, RN, FAAN
The Elizabeth Bell LeVaca Dean & Professor
School of Nursing
The College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, New York

Claudine Dufrene PhD, RN-BC, GNP-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor
The University of St. Thomas School of Nursing
Houston, Texas

Carol F. Durham EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Director
Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE)
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sarah H. d’Empaire MSN, RN
Practical Diploma and Associate Degree Nursing
Nursing Instructor, Director
Nursing Simulation Biotechnology Center
Edgecombe Community College
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Debrayh Gaylle EdD, RN
Assistant Professor
The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Nelda Godfrey PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean
Innovative Partnerships and Practice
University of Kansas School of Nursing
Kansas City, Kansas

Carolyn Jones
Author and Director
The American Nurse Project
New York, New York

Barbara Knopp MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Programs
Edgecombe Community College
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Colleen Manzetti DNP, RN, CNLCP, CNE
Assistant Professor and Graduate Faculty
Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, New Jersey

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

Jobeth Pilcher EdD, RN-BC
Nurse Professional Development Specialist
Center for Clinical and Patient Learning
Baylor Scott & White Health
Dallas, Texas
Part Time Faculty, School of Education, Capella University
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Susan A. Reeves EdD, RN
Professor and Dean
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Colby-Sawyer College
New London, New Hampshire

Susan Sportsman PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Director, Consultation and Services
Elsevier Education
Dallas, Texas

Christine Sproles MSN, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Fortis Institute
Pensacola, Florida

Jeannine Strunk BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Mark Taylor EdD, MSW
President, Taylor Programs
Little Rock, Arkansas

Terry Throckmorton PhD, RN
Principal Researcher, Education
Houston, Texas

Mary Judith Yoho PhD, RN, CNE
Senior Director,Pre-licensure BSN Programs
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Houston, Texas

Barbara L. Yoost MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF
Co-Author, Fundamentals of Nursing: Active Learning for Collaborative Practice, Elsevier
Adjunct Professor, Notre Dame College
Consultant and Peer Advisor, Academic Consulting Group
Shaker Heights, Ohio


In support of improving patience care, Contemporary Forums is jointly 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: 4 ANCC/4.8 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 4 ANCC/4.8 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference C: 6 ANCC/7.2 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 11.25 ANCC/13.5 CA BRN contact hours
Lunch Presentation: 1 ANCC/1.2 CA BRN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes.) 

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team. Contemporary Forums is one of 36 continuing education organizations to receive Joint Accreditation.


Dazzling Location                     

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--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 seven Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group, or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Café, and T-Mobile Arena. Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy, and magic performing during your stay.

The Park, which opened Spring 2016, is an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars, and entertainment connecting New York, New York, the Monte Carlo resort, and the new T-Mobile Arena. The Park offers an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring, and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds. Unique water features and dramatic plantings incorporating a variety of beautiful desert blooms provide unexpected visuals to add to your enjoyment. 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, casinos, 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. You’ll want to take in Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the LINQ Promenade. This dining, shopping and entertainment complex features a 550 foot observation wheel right in the heart of the Strip. The views of the Las Vegas valley are spectacular!

The LINQ Hotel & Casino, located at the heart of the Strip, is the first Las Vegas destination resort designed to appeal to the socially motivated traveler, with direct access to unique and authentic attractions, shopping and dining experiences all encompassed in one urban entertainment district, The LINQ Promenade. The accommodations of Las Vegas’ new iconic hub features cutting-edge technology, modern furnishings and direct access to The LINQ Promenade. A VIP lounge and concierge desk is available with touchscreen capabilities for immediate bookings of favorite dining and entertainment offerings. All rooms are also equipped with an interactive system on the television to access hotel amenities. Other highlights include the famed restaurants Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Hash House A Go Go and the Nook Café. The LINQ has the largest and finest collection of antique, classic, muscle, race, exotic, and special interest automobiles on display in the world—$100 million worth—and most are for sale!

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 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education 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.

This was a great way to develop and network as faculty. The content and speakers were directed at teaching me about becoming a more confident and up-to-date instructor. Carmen Vela, MSN, RN


Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, 3535 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 March 14 to March 19 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $129 single/double (March 14-16) 
  • Rates: $169 single/double (March 17-18)

          Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

  • You can call the hotel call center directly at (888) 373-9855 on or before the cut-off date.  Individuals must identify themselves as attending the 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference to receive the special group rate (Group Code is SQENE7).  If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account.  PLEASE NOTE – ALL reservations made via the hotel call center will be assessed a fee of $15 per reservation.  This fee does not apply to reservations made via the online link.  Avoid the extra fee and reserve online today!
  • To reserve your room online, click HERE.
  • Room reservations are subject to a daily resort fee of $29. Resort fee includes daily in-room high speed internet access, all local calls, and fitness center access for two daily. Resort fees are not assessed for Diamond and Seven Stars guests.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before February 12. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation early. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 pm, call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 731-3311.


Travel Discounts

 Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZXAY744468. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

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 (405) 749-4434, or go online at www.hertz.com and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000264. 


As a first-time attendee, I have found this conference to be the best as it provides “real-time” 21st century information relevant to the practiceof nurse educators. Dawn M. Zimmerman, DNP, MSN, APRN, RNC, CNE


Special Discount- Attend BOTH Preconference A & B for a special rate of $200 each on/before February 2, or $225 each after February 2.

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. 

Register on or before February 2, 2017 for a chance to win one of three complimentary limousine service from Las Vegas McCarran Airport to the LINQ Hotel upon your arrival!

Tuition (U.S. Funds) - Select one below.


Preconference A: Integrating QSEN Across the Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Classroom and Clinical

Nurse, Other

Early Registration Fee
(On or before February 2, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After February 2, 2017)


Preconference B: TechQuest: Exploring Technology for Learning

Nurse, Other

Early Registration Fee
(On or before February 2, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After February 2, 2017)


Preconference C: Certified Nurse Educator-CM (CNE®) Exam Preparation

Nurse, Other

Early Registration Fee
(On or before February 2, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After February 2, 2017)



Nurse, Other

Early Registration Fee
(On or before February 2, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After February 2, 2017)


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

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, boxed lunch each day of the Main Conference, 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 in your account at ContemporaryForums.com for one year.

Early Registration Fee Deadlines
Payments postmarked or telephone/fax registration made with credit card on/before February 2, 2017 qualify for the early registration fee.

Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register)
Register only ONCE, online at www.ContemporaryForums.com, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707,  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. 

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Expressor 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. 

Group Discounts (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

Partial Attendance (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 must be made by phone or in writing. A $75 processing fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received or postmarked on/after February 17, 2017. However, tuition paid, less the $75 processing fee, may be applied to a future Contemporary Forums conference of equal or greater value. No refunds for "no shows."

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

Questions?  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

Contemporary Forums Online 
ContemporaryForumsOnline.com is the leading source for quality accredited healthcare continuing education.  Earn CE on demand by selecting from hundreds of multimedia presentations recorded at our national live conferences.  Each session is presented by expert faculty and topics cover a wide range of clinical areas.  Learn and earn at your convenience. Visit ContemporaryForumsOnline.com.

Contemporary Forums Online GROUP DISCOUNTS
Provide your staff with high-quality continuing education and give your budget a break with Contemporary Forums Online Group Access Account. Organizations of any size can create customized CE programs for staff education and development. To request group account pricing and details, visit ContemporaryForumsOnline.com or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information


Las Vegas, NV           March 16 - 18

Thank you for registering for the 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference conference, being held March 16 - 18, at the The LINQ Hotel and Casino, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (866) 523-2781..


Preconference A & C: Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 a.m. Preconference B: Thursday, March 16 at 12:00 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, March 17, from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. If you attended a 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.


Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.  Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.


Participants will complete online speaker evaluations for each session attended and then an overall evaluation in order to obtain CE credit and print the Certificate of Attendance. Completion of this process is the attendee’s responsibility and must be completed within 30 days after the conference by going to our website at ContemporaryForums.com.  Detailed instructions will be emailed to you and also available in the Conference Guide you receive onsite.  


Contemporary Forums Online is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education that offers over 1,000 multimedia presentations recorded from our live conferences as well as live events. Set up your free personalized account today at ContemporaryForumsOnline.com. For more information about discounted group access accounts, email info@cforums.com or call 925-361-4811.



Offers a special conference rate.  Special group rates are in effect from March 14-19. To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before February 12, 2017. 

To reserve your room, attendees may call the Hotel at (888) 373-9855 on or before the cut-off date. Individuals must identify themselves as part of 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference to receive the special group rate (Group code is SQENE7). If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account.

To reserve your room online, click HERE.

ALL reservations made via the Telephone Call Center will be assessed a fee of $15 per reservation. This fee will NOT apply to reservations made via the internet.

For additional hotel information, call the The LINQ Hotel & Casino at (702) 731-3311.  


Fare from McCarran International Airport to The Tropicana is approximately $20.00. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

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

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Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the 2017 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference!

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.  Become an exhibitor, register today!

Why Exhibit

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

Become an Exhibitor

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

Exhibitor Prospectus

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact Elaine White at ewhite@cforums.com or call (925)361-4807 for details.


Click here for Accepted Abstract Grid

Call for Abstracts

We want to hear from you if you have successfully implemented:

▪ Effective and innovative strategies to improve faculty practice
▪ Novel and useful ways to bridge the education-practice gap
▪ Techniques to improve student success and the application of knowledge
▪ Methods to effectively redesign, improve, and evaluate curriculum and
program outcomes
▪ Theory-guided use of technology to engage students in active learning
▪ Options for creative instructional delivery and course management
▪ Approaches for developing leadership capacity within your school
or organization
▪ Innovative teaching and assessment strategies for improved
student outcomes

Your colleagues would love to hear how you did it! Share your triumphs and achievements with your own poster presentation. Posters offer the perfect venue to network, exchange ideas, and improve the overall quality of nursing education for everyone at the conference. Gain the recognition you deserve for your work by being chosen to present your poster during this national conference!

Poster applications are welcome from both teams and individuals. Abstracts will be accepted for submission through January 20. Abstract authors will be notified by January 31 of reviewers’ decision. Poster authors (up to two) will receive a discount on their 2017 main conference registration, as well as a coupon for a future Contemporary Forums conference.

SUBMIT your poster abstract today!