2018 Elsevier Nursing Education

Las Vegas, NV • January 3 - 5, 2018

This exceptional three-day conference provides all the information, tools, and resources needed to equip today’s students for success in tomorrow’s fastpaced nursing environment. 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. The 2018 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference reflects our constant commitment to being your preferred information source for all of your nursing education needs.


Pre-Registration (on/before November 1) Early Registration** (on/before December 1) Regular Registration (after December 1)
Preconferences (attend one) $220 (attend one) $248 (attend one) $275 (attend one)
Preconferences (attend a morning and afternoon Preconference) $340 $380.00 $425.00
Main Conference $508 $572.00 $635.00
Pre-Registration (on/before November 1) Early Registration** (on/before December 1) Regular Registration (after December 1)
Preconference A $95 $115 $150
Preconference C $95 $115 $150
Preconference A + C $150 $190 $260
Main Conference $345 $395 $445
Registration (on/before January 2)
Preconferences & Main Conference $380.00

Conference Details

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One dedicated mega conference provides all the information, tools, and resources needed to equip today’s students for success in tomorrow’s fastpaced nursing environment.

» Join us for this eye-opening opportunity to learn from nationally renowned nurse educators and exceptional speakers who are making an impact on student and program outcomes. Get their advice and secrets to success in key areas, including:

► Improving test scores and job placement rates

► Engaging students in thinking at higher levels

► Incorporating conceptual learning in your classroom

► Utilizing the latest learning technology

» It’s everything you need to know about the future of nursing education, all in one conference!  And so much more!

Highlights & Benefits

  • New 2018 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.
  • Unique networking opportunities allow you to connect with peers and presenters.
  • Poster presentations and exhibits of teaching strategies that can help promote quality, innovation, and efficiency in nursing education.

Committee Members

Program Planning Panel
Marguerite Ambrose, PhD, RN
Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE

Conference Chair, Elsevier
Cheryl L. Mee, MSN, MBA, RN

Senior Program Manager, Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN

Program Manager, Contemporary Forums
Adriana LeBer, MAOM

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

This presentation will describe teaching strategies that support the QSEN competencies and demonstrate how they can be integrated into the curriculum. Participants will learn about 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.
  • Discuss teaching strategies focused on quality and safety concepts that can be incorporated into their classroom or clinical teaching.
  • Discover resources for linking strategies that promote quality and safety to their specific theory or clinical teaching.


7:00 AM

Preconference A Registration/Continental Breakfast


Teaching Strategies that Emphasize Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork and Collaboration, Evidence-Based Practice, and Quality Improvement for Classroom and Clinical Learning
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC


Refreshment Break


Teaching Strategies to Emphasize Updated Safety Concepts and Informatics for Classroom and Clinical Learning
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC


Adopting QSEN as a Framework for Clinical Evaluations; Incorporating Unfolding Case Studies as a Strategy to Emphasize Quality and Safety Concepts - Q&D
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC

12:15 PM


Preconference B: Critical Thinking & Test Item Writing: Strategies for Success

This Preconference session will review the components of critical thinking test items. The participants will review the guidelines for developing test items that require critical thinking.  Participants will evaluate test items and also have an opportunity to review and edit test bank items for use in faculty-made tests. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the components of critical thinking items
  • Apply guidelines for developing test items that require critical thinking for student success.
  • Analyze the reliability and validity of a test and test items.
  • Evaluate the critical thinking property of test items.
  • Edit test bank items to improve their critical thinking property.


7:00 AM

Preconference B Registration/Continental Breakfast


• Critiquing Test Questions • Identifying the Components of Critical Thinking Test Items
Marguerite Ambrose , PhD, RN
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE


• Applying Guidelines for Developing Test Times that Require Critical Thinking for Student Success • Developing Questions from Stem Through Distractors • Evaluating the Critical Thinking Property of Test Items
Marguerite Ambrose , PhD, RN
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE


Refreshment Break


• Analyzing the Reliability and Validity of a Test and Test Items
Marguerite Ambrose , PhD, RN
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE


• Reviewing and Editing Test Bank Questions to Improve Their Critical Thinking Property - Q&D
Marguerite Ambrose , PhD, RN
Donna Walls, PhD, RN, CHSE

12:15 PM


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

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.


12:15 PM

Preconference C Registration


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


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


Refreshment Break


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


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



Preconference D: Teaching Today's Students: Research-Based Instructional Practices

Today’s 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 nursing training. 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 program will help nursing faculty understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to their training, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how we can best help all of our students reach their educational goals by transitioning to a researched informed model of learning based on increasing both student activity and leveraging available technologies to improve instructional efficiency and effectiveness. An instructional model and methods to increase students' responsibility for their own learning, personal ownership of class goals and to improve students reaching meaningful learning and developmental goals will be described and demonstrated with immediately applicable techniques.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current cohort of nursing students in generational perspective.
  • Describe the current outcomes issues identified in the work readiness of college graduates.
  • Compare the traditional teaching model to an active learning model.
  • Describe techniques to operationalize each stage of a seven step best practices instructional model.


12:15 PM

Preconference D Registration


Understanding Today’s Learners in Generational Context: Modal Traits and Outcomes
Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD


From Traditional Teaching to the Learning Model; Principles of Best Practice
Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD


Refreshment Break


Reaching Learning Outcomes around Knowledge, Skills and Values Dimensions Though Research-Based Instruction: The Seven-Step Model
Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD


Best Practices Techniques - Q&D
Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD



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


Cheryl Mee, MSN, MBA, RN


Leadership for All and All for One: Administrators, Faculty, and Students Unite
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Which nurses need leadership skills? Professional competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing, nurse practice acts, the NCLEX exam, and even accreditation standards speak to the need for our students to develop as leaders. Leadership is just as much a culture to be experienced as a skill to be learned. Considering the nature of nursing education, administrators and faculty teach their students more about leadership through actions and interactions than through lectures and projects. It is for this reason that nursing programs should seek to create a culture of leadership that not only benefits the students, but also promotes job satisfaction for deans, directors, and faculty at all levels.


Innovating Education
Mark Taylor, MSW, EdD

While recent buzz has centered around the impact of “disruptive innovations” on the higher education landscape, little attention has been directed toward the impact and application of these change forces on actual instruction. This session will explore disruptive processes in postsecondary education and address opportunities to reinvent and transform the nursing education for the 21st century.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session


NCSBN Research on NCLEX Examination Redesign and Next Generation NCLEX Update - (NCSBM Speaker - TBD)

This informative presentation will provide insightful background information on NCSBN research regarding nursing clinical judgment assessment, as well as address the exciting progress being made on the next generation NCLEX exam redesign project.


Networking Lunch (Box Lunch provided in Exhibit Hall)

1:00 PM


#11^ Create a Policy for Effective Exam Development: Results of a National Survey with Implications
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Karin Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN
Virginia Wangerin, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

^ = Webcast Sessions

Ready, fire, aim! Many faculty struggle with what it means to create a test blueprint, develop test items, and conduct effective item analysis. A landmark study includes data on 647 faculty from around the nation. After analyzing this data and comparing it with lessons learned from thousands of faculty over the past two decades, the determination was made that faculty need help with developing policies that can guide the testing and examination process in nursing education. This session will explore an example of policy format that serves to guide faculty in best practices. An effective policy will provide faculty with guidelines that help them develop and manage valid and reliable assessments of learning.

#12 Remediation Matters: Implementing Strategies to Promote Student Success
Shiela Ford, MSN-Ed, RNC

Remediation is sometimes overlooked in nursing education. In this session, we will discuss basic remediation strategies faculty can implement to promote student success and improve student retention.

#13 Validity 12 and APRN Validity: A Preliminary Report
Terry Throckmorton, PhD, RN

Gain valuable insights from this overview of the initial analysis of the RN/PN data from the Validity 12 study and the APRN validity study.

#14 Innovative Techniques to Include Prioritization and Delegation in Simulation
Cheryl Smith, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP

Questions about prioritization and delegation on the NCLEX exam are some of the most difficult for students to answer. Join us as we discuss unique active learning methods that you can use in the simulation lab to promote the development of students’ clinical reasoning skills and increase their understanding of prioritization and delegation. These strategies are not only interactive and engaging, but they are also an effective way to prepare students for the NCLEX exam.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session



#21^ The Evidence Base for Standardized Testing in Nursing Education
Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM

^ = Webcast Sessions

As nursing programs are increasingly pressured to fill the impending vacancies in nursing positions, faculty search for tools to both prepare students for NCLEX success and perhaps predict NCLEX outcomes. Nationally normed, standardized exams can support these efforts in a number of ways, such as identifying at-risk students, providing remediation options, and validating program outcomes. Join us as we summarize existing research supporting the use of standardized testing, and discuss characteristics to consider when choosing a standardized testing program. We will also use case examples to explore when and how to best use standardized testing in a nursing curriculum. By the end this session, you will have a deeper understanding of the evidence behind standardized tests, an awareness of the benefits and pitfalls of such tests, and a greater appreciation for the role of testing in nursing program outcomes.

#22 Strategies to Provide Constructive Feedback to Students Using the QSEN Competencies as a Framework: Deterring Incivility and Supporting 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 positively model these skills. During this workshop, we will identify challenges to giving and receiving feedback, as well as explore strategies for delivering constructive feedback to students using the QSEN competencies as a framework. Offering feedback in this manner helps students view and value it as an opportunity for self-improvement, optimal patient safety, and high-quality care.

#23 Using Clinical Faculty to Strengthen Program Outcomes
Nancy Barker, EdD, MSN, RN

In this session, you will learn about issues related to the evaluation of adjunct clinical faculty, as identified by nursing administrators in higher education institutions. We will also explore a variety of evaluation best practices, as well as implementation strategies you can use within your institution to help strengthen program outcomes.

#24 Return on Investment: Integrating Simulation in Your Curriculum
Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

The NCSBN Simulation Study supported the use of evidence-based simulation scenarios as a substitute for clinical in pre-licensure programs, highlighting the need for academic nurse leaders to provide adequate support for simulation activities. In this session, you’ll learn how to use the NCSBN guidelines to integrate simulation as a substitute for clinical, as well as explore the positive impact this has on improving outcomes, conserving resources, and raising awareness for your nursing program and university.



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^ Engaging Students in Active Learning Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Megan Ubben, MSN, RN, CPN

^ = Webcast Sessions

This hands-on session will provide specific teaching strategies to help instructors learn to create an engaging classroom environment that promotes critical thinking and application of course content. We will explore techniques for “flipping the classroom,” as well as discuss realistic student preparation assignments. You will leave the session with valuable ideas you can put to use immediately for preparation, classroom activities, and evaluating learning in facilitated learning environments.

#32 Positive Action, Positive Thinking: An Integrated Student Preparatory Plan for NCLEX-RN Success from Admission to Graduation
Shelley Cobbett, EdD, MN, GnT, RN

Student preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam needs to start the minute they begin a nursing program — not as an “add-on,” but as part of an integrated, comprehensive preparation plan that spans the entire curriculum. In this session, we will discuss the PASS (Preparatory Achievement Sources for Students) team’s implementation best practices for optimal student success on the NCLEX-RN exam using a HESI package and Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing (EAQ). We will also provide an update on the research findings from phase II of a study that investigated the relationship between HESI learning/assessment resources and success on the NCLEX-RN. Opportunities for growth, and the challenges we encountered, will be candidly shared in the hope that lessons learned during our journey can assist you and your school in creating or revising student NCLEX-RN preparation activities.

#33 Developing Serious Virtual Games to Enhance Simulation-Based Learning in Nursing Education
Marian Luctkar-Flude, PhD, RN
Jane Tyerman, PhD, MScN, RN

With the increased emphasis on technology-based education, nurse educators continue to experiment with innovative approaches to technology-enhanced clinical simulation — a method consistently associated with better knowledge, skills, and behavioral outcomes. Drawing on vast experience, the presenters will discuss key components in the development and implementation of high-quality, serious virtual games used within undergraduate nursing education, including the assembly of a diverse team of experts, collaboration, effective use of technology, the use of standardized patients and related training, script writing, and video recording.

#34 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, and innovative exam items that prepare students for NCLEX-RN exam success! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore guidelines for creating innovative test items, stems, choices, and rationales. Participants will also gain a better understanding of exam blueprint development and learn valuable strategies for revising multiple-choice test items to reflect the higher level of critical thinking required for clinical practice.


Refreshment Break/Exhibits/Posters Session



#41^ Concepts! We Practice Conceptually, So Let’s Teach that Way
Tammy Pleasant, MSN, RN, CNE

^ = Webcast Sessions

Nurses practice conceptually, but traditional nursing education has been based more on a medical model. This session will focus on concepts of nursing practice and how conceptual teaching and learning can help bridge the education-practice gap and prepare students for the NCLEX exam. Attendees will also have the opportunity to identify challenges they face when implementing conceptual teaching or a concept-based curriculum, and develop strategies to overcome these challenges.

#42 Implementing the Use of the NCLEX® Test Plan to Guide Students’ Course Success and NCLEX Test Preparation
Shiela Ford, MSN-Ed, RNC

Attend this informative presentation to learn how to use the NCLEX Test Plan in nursing program courses to promote student success.

#43 Essentials of E-Learning: A Sanity Saving Approach
Tim Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Any mention of technology in practice always leads back to one key word — safety. Whether it is accessing the evidence-base on the fly, communicating with others, or managing robotics, safety is the driving force for technology in healthcare. E-Learning gives students an opportunity to develop habits of critical thinking with technology in a way that will expand their safety-consciousness. The goal of integrating e-learning into the lesson plan is to make technology invisible for the sake of focusing on critical thinking, and subsequently, safety. This hands-on session will explore simple, yet powerful steps to begin integrating e-learning today. Please bring a tablet or laptop to actively participate in this session!

#44 Getting Into Gear: Moving in the Right Direction
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

In this dynamic session, we will explore a variety of new and creative teaching tools for increasing the effectiveness of your classes. From implementing kinesthetic strategies, to using innovative object lessons to teach difficult and challenging content, discover how you can transform the classroom experience to capture your students’ attention and get them moving in the right direction.


Session Change



#51^ Dead Giveaway: Can You Solve the Critical Thinking Mystery?
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

^ = Webcast Session

As Sherlock Holmes once said, “The game is afoot!” Tap into your inner detective in this engaging session as we seek to solve the mystery of critical thinking. Immediately applicable to your teaching, you’ll experience a unique case activity that you can incorporate into your class to promote clinical reasoning and reinforce QSEN competencies.

#52 An Evidence-Based, Team Approach to NCLEX Success!
Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN

Preparing pre-licensure students to take the NCLEX exam is a priority for all nursing programs. Learn how to implement the most current evidence-based strategies to support learners, create a cohesive faculty team, and maximize student success on the NCLEX exam.

#53 Visualizing Your Data for Greater Understanding of Student Performance
Kim Brunnert, PhD, CESP
Winona Vesey, PhD

Here’s your chance to learn multiple methods for using graphs and charts to visually clarify data. Specifically, the focus will be on graphically representing basic student and cohort data, such as overall scores and category scores. We will also explore several different types of graphs, including longitudinal line graphs, control charts, and category bar charts compared to national data. Overall, you’ll gain valuable knowledge on how to create graphs that dramatically increase understanding of student performance.

#54 Faculty Advising and Peer Mentoring: Promoting Student Success
Karla Findley, MA, BS

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 16% between the years of 2014-2024 — a much higher rate than the average of all other occupations. With this in mind, it is essential to provide pre-licensure nursing students with intentional resources to promote their success in our nursing programs and properly prepare them for the workforce. Join the discussion as we explore the viability of implementing faculty advising and peer mentoring programs to help pre-licensure nursing students thrive both educationally and professionally.

12:30 PM

LUNCH PRESENTATION - How to Avoid the 7 Deadly Speaker Mistakes (CE credit provided. Box Lunch provided for all conference attendees.)
Kathleen Pagana, PhD, RN

Did you know that if your presentation skills are weak, you probably appear less competent — even if you are a content expert? Some speaking mistakes, like the occasional “ah” or “um,” are minor and will not doom your presentation. However, if you commit any of the seven deadly speaker mistakes, your presentation is sure to fail. This engaging and eye-opening session will reveal these deadly mistakes and address strategies to avoid them so you can become a better speaker in the classroom, at conferences, and at national conventions.


Incivility and Bullying in Nursing Education
Cheryl Smith, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP

Incivility and bullying are challenging issues that negatively impact nursing education and can be destructive. Join us as we shine a light on this troubling subject and explore evidence-based strategies to prevent bullying and incivility.


Balancing Your Life in the Midst of Change & Chaos
Kathleen Pagana, PhD, RN

Would you describe your life as sane and satisfying, or chaotic and crazy? Overloaded people often abandon key self-care practices that bring relief and help them cope in stressful times. The resulting situation is unhealthy, unsustainable, and unnecessary. During this fun, lively, and interactive program, we will explore personal and professional adjustments you can make to help manage the multiple decisions and requests bombarding all aspects of your life. You’ll learn that balance isn’t a luxury, but a necessity for supporting an energizing personal life, developing a rewarding career, and invigorating your pride and passion for patient care.



Gerry Altmiller EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC
Associate Professor of Nursing
The College of New Jersey
School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science
Director, QSEN Institute Regional Center at the College of New Jersey
Ewing Township, New Jersey

Marguerite Ambrose PhD, RN
Digital Product and Assessment Consultant
Elsevier Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nancy Barker EdD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
West Chester University
West Chester, Pennsylvania

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

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

Shelley L. Cobbett EdD, MN, GnT, RN
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Curriculum Development and Implementation Lead
Dalhousie University School of Nursing – Halifax and Yarmouth Sites
Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Karla Findley MA, BS
VN & APN Retention Specialist
San Jacinto Community College – South Campus
Houston, Texas

Shiela R. Ford MSN-Ed, RNC
Department Chair of Nursing
San Jacinto Community College – South Campus
Houston, Texas

Valerie M. Howard EdD, MSN, RN
Dean and University Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Adriana LeBer MAOM
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Marian Luctkar-Flude PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Queen's University, School of Nursing
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Cheryl L. Mee MSN, MBA, RN
Assessment and Testing Consultant
Education, Elsevier
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kathleen D. Pagana PhD, RN
Author: The Nurse's Etiquette Advantage, 2nd edition
Co-Author: Mosby’s Diagnostic & Lab Test Reference, 13th edition
President and CEO: Pagana Keynotes & Presentations
Certified Speaking Professional (CSPTM)
Professor Emeritus, Lycoming College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Tammy Pleasant MSN, RN, CNE
Digital Product Educator
Maryland Heights, Missouri

Barb Schreiner PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM
Senior Director
Assessment Content and Research
Education/HESI, Elsevier
Houston, Texas

Karin J. Sherrill RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN
Residential Faculty and Consultant
Maricopa Nursing at Gate Way Community College
Phoenix, Arizona

Cheryl M. Smith EdD, MSN, RN, FNP
Professor, Columbus State University School of Nursing
Columbus, Georgia

Jeannine Strunk BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

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

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

Jane Tyerman PhD, MScN, RN
Professor, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Megan Ubben MSN, RN, CPN
Digital Product Educator
Olathe, Kansas

Winona B. Vesey PhD
Houston, Texas

Donna Walls PhD, RN, CHSE
Director, Digital Product Education & Consultation
Dallas, Texas

Virginia “Ginny” Wangerin PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Nursing Education
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Mary Judith Yoho PhD, RN, CNE
System Dean of Nursing
Herzing University
Tomball, Texas

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 and constantly evolving -- check out the Lucky Dragon, Vegas’ newest casino on the strip. Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey,  Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa , just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of Cirque du Soleil productions, Absinthe, a can't-miss circus-style spectacular, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Café, Pearl Concert Theater and T-Moble Arena. 

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, including luxury hotels, casinos and Crystals, a three-story retail center.

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 Damwhere 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!

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Caesars Palace, one of the most dazzling and opulent hotels on the Las Vegas strip. From pampering to partying, there’s no end to the list of things to do in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, where your Las Vegas vacation goes from ordinary to extraordinary. With its spectacular fountains, beautiful landscaping, gleaming marble and magnificent guest room towers, you will truly feel as if you have landed in the lap of luxury at this world-class destination. And Caesars has so much to offer in terms of entertainment … book a show at the spectacular Colosseum Theater, headlining the biggest names in show business, including Cher, Mariah Carey, The Who, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Elton John and Rod Stewart.

Enjoy watching the high rollers or trying your luck in Caesars lively casino. Dance the night away, and spot a celebrity or two, at Omnia (voted Best Night Club in Las Vegas in 2015 and 2016), Caesars trendy “see and be seen” nightclub, overlooking the action of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Rejuvenate the next day at the award-winning Qua Bath & Spa, Caesars retreat for pampering yourself in a tranquil and elegant environment.

Spacious, elegant and stately, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis is a collection of exclusive watering holes, fully-stocked cabanas and palatial sunbathing spots.  Featuring six pools, the Oasis offers a unique and distinctive experience for sun worshippers as well as those who would prefer to make a splash. And you won’t go hungry at Caesars where a culinary adventure awaits, including options ranging from French, Italian, American and Asian cuisines. From celebrity-owned restaurants and a world-class buffet, to upscale dining and casual fare, Caesars offers the finest in Las Vegas restaurants.

“The Shopping Wonder of the World,” The Forum Shops are a must-see Caesars Palace shopping destination that includes approximately 160 boutiques representing the biggest names in fashion as well as a variety of well-known restaurants. This unique shopping destination adjoins the hotel and features a dynamic environment of moving classis statuary, where daylight turns to dusk and evening before your very eyes. Caesars is non-stop entertainment!

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 “2018 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.

 Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at the Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, 3570 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 January 1 to January 6, 2018 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $129 single/double. Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • Daily Resort fee of $35
  • To reserve your room online, click HERE
  • To reserve your room via the Telephone Call Center*. Attendees may call the Hotel at (866) 227-5944 on or before the cut-off date. Individuals must identify themselves as part of 2018 Elsevier Nursing Education Conference to receive the special Group rate. 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. *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.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before December 2, 2017. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now.  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 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 731-7110.

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. 

In support of improving patient 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: 4 ANCC/4.8 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference D: 4 ANCC/4.8 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

Contemporary Forums is awarded Joint Accreditation to advance Interprofessional Continuing Education. Joint Accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the healthcare team.



  • Access to all recorded Preconference and Main Conference sessions for 3 years.
  • Online evaluations to earn over 40 hours of ANCC credit.

Register by selecting the Online Learning option.  Register by January 2 to receive the pre-order discount of $375. Conference sessions will be available at Contemporary Forums Online approximately 2-3 weeks after the end of the live conference.  Access instructions will be emailed to you.


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

Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the 2018 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

Exhibitor Schedule

Advertising and Marketing Opportunties

Register to become an exhibitor

View conference calendar

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

Las Vegas, NV | January 3 - 5

Thank you for registering for the 2018 Elsevier Nursing Education conference, being held January 3 - 5, at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 731-7110.


Preconference A & B, Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 a.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.

Preconference C & D, Wednesday, January 3 at 12:15 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.


Thursday, January 4 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.


As a registered attendee, access your account to the conference by clicking HERE, and enter your First Name, Last Name, Email and Zip Code.  Please ensure that the information you enter matches your registration information.

Once on your account, you will access the following for viewing and downloading:

  1. E-Conference Guide, which is available about 5 days prior to the conference.
  2. Speaker Slides and Handouts, which are available, provided that the speakers turn them in, 5 to 10 days prior to the conference.
  3. Session Evaluations, made available during the conference after the session has ended.  Evaluations must be completed within 30 days after the completion of the entire conference.
  4. Certificate of Completion, available upon completing all speaker and conference evaluations.  A copy in PDF format will be made for viewing and printing.


Offers a special conference rate, available from January 1 to 6, 2018 or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early.

To reserve your room online, click HERE.

To reserve your room by phone, call Caesars Palace Las Vegas room reservations at (866) 227-5944 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums Elsevier Nursing Education Conference.

After the release date of December 2, call the hotel directly at (702) 731-7110 to check for room availability.


Self-Parking is $12 per day at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Valet Parking is $20 per day.


Taxis charge approximately $30 from McCarran International Airport to the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Taxis are available at the curb outside of the baggage claim area.  Check door signage for the appropriate exit. Note: Prices are subject to change.


Abstracts submissions will be accepted through November 8!

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.
  • Plans for mentoring and professional growth within the faculty role.
  • Approaches for developing leadership capacity within your school or organization.

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 November 8.  Abstract authors will be notified by November 17 of reviewers’ decision.

Poster authors (up to two) will be eligible to register for the full Main Conference at the Early Registration tuition fee (November 1 cut-off fee), regardless of their date of registration.  A code will be provided in the Notification Letter you receive.

Submit your poster abstract today!

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