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Discover the latest information for the 2020 OADN Convention, including speakers, topics, workshops, and other exciting events.

All convention registrants are eligible to attend all sessions and workshops of the virtual convention at no additional charge.

Attendees can earn up to 59 contact hours! Contact hours will be awarded to those who complete their electronic evaluation forms for each session attended and the overall evaluation. (California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP11439.)


Check back soon for more session additions on COVID-19 and racial justice implications for nursing education programs. 


Full Day Workshop

Next Gen Learning for the Next Generation NCLEX

Philip Dickison PhD, RN

Increasing complexity in clinical practice has created an environment that is causing challenges for the new nurse. In response to this complexity, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is promoting a model of Clinical Judgment to guide us into a new era of assessment and learning. The Next Generation of NCLEX® is sure to build both intrigue and suspense. Through this hands-on session, participants will develop strategies to set the stage for creating a classroom of clinical judgment.

  1. Describe the new clinical judgment model from NCSBN.
  2. Develop lesson plans and curricular threads based on clinical judgment.
  3. Create learning activities that promote the development of clinical judgment in class, lab/sim, and clinical.

Featured Sessions

Stories of a First Generation Immigrant: Bedside to Boardroom

Cyrus Batheja EdD, RN, MBA, PHN, BSN, ADN
National Vice President of Policy and Clinical Solutions at UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Health care is an industry that is experiencing immense and rapid change in the United States.  Nurses are at the center of this change.  The need for leaders in nursing is growing, and nurses are finding themselves quickly moving from the bedside to the boardroom.  This presentation describes the stories of a first generation immigrant, who found safety within an associate degree nursing program, then leveraged those experiences to successfully enter practice and eventually change the health care system for the better. It explores the irony of an “outsider” finding a place of acceptance and maximizing the opportunities he was granted.

Leading With Purpose: Creating Civility, Collegiality, and Community in Nursing Education

Cynthia Clark PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

The detrimental impact of workplace incivility is well documented and if allowed to take root, the consequences can be extreme. So, imagine an enjoyable academic environment; a place where you, your colleagues, and students can truly thrive. This engaging and thought-provoking session provides a deepened and empirical understanding of incivility, its impact on individuals, teams, and institutions—and emphasizes the role of leadership at all levels of nursing education to foster and sustain healthy academic work environments.

A Discussion on Systemic Racism: Implications for Health and Healthcare Leaders

Deborah Washington, PhD, RN

How has the Black Lives Matter movement impacted your organization, your family, and you? The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, all happening in the middle of the COVID-19 experience, are having a powerful impact on society.  Where can nurses, the nation’s most trusted profession, connect and impact systemic racism across health and healthcare? How do nurse leaders choreograph cultures in which some wear buttons expressing, “Black Lives Matter,” while another’s reads “Blue Lives Matter.” As leaders, how do we more deeply examine our self-awareness of race and racism? How do we lead in spaces that impact patients, colleagues, and society?

Next-Gen Testing Update: Shortcuts to a Rapid Rollout

Karin J. Sherrill MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN

The purpose of this session is to introduce faculty to a painless method for developing Next-Gen alternative format test items in preparation for the 2023 NCLEX® exam changes. Real-life examples will allow each participant to begin implementing high-level clinical judgment test items into the classroom and future exams immediately. 

  • Identify the various styles of test items being piloted by NCSBN®
  • Discuss ways to integrate this style of items into testing.
  • Create Next Gen items using a shortcut template. 
ALL ABOARD! - Leading the Faculty in a NextGen Curriculum Makeover

Karin J. Sherrill MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN

The thought of integrating NextGen into each course is overwhelming to most faculty.  As a result, the resistance of faculty is often met. This session will focus on a simplistic process for leading change that will transform the way your program teaches and tests, preparing your students to think and perform like a Next-Generation Nurse.  The purpose of this session is to guide faculty and nurse administrators through the process of leading a NetGen program makeover that focuses on the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (CJMM) supported by the NCSBN Next Generation NCLEX Project(NGN).

  • Discuss the pros and cons of NextGen integration.
  • Discuss ways to obtain NextGen buy-in from resistant faculty.
  • List methods to integrate NextGen into the curriculum.
  • Create a NextGen curriculum integration plan for your campus.
Are You Prepared to Advance Health Equity?


Achieving one’s highest level of health is a fundamental right that is not always actualized. To what extent does your curriculum prepare students to advance health equity? This session is designed for forward-thinking educators who seek novel ways to advance health equity. Participants will be guided in a discourse that deepens awareness of factors that undermine health equity and pedagogical practices that help to improve healthcare outcomes.

However, not all graduates feel adequately prepared to advance health equity or improve patient outcomes for marginalized groups. The persistence of healthcare disparities despite professional values that undergird nursing’s pursuit of high-quality care could contribute to moral distress and fuel nursing burnout.   To what extent does your nursing curriculum prepare students to advance health equity? While numerous upstream factors threaten the advancement of health equity, this session will highlight the role of educators in addressing and mitigating those factors.

Live Closing Panel: Leading with Purpose and Perspective

Lauren Cline EdD, MN, RN
Rishi Desai MD, MPH
Deb Washington PhD, RN

moderated by Anna Valdez PhD, RN, PHN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN, FAADN - Editor in Chief, Teaching and Learning in Nursing

As we consider the experiences, sessions and discussions during this virtual conference it is important to now reflect on not just what brought us here but how we will move forward with a renewed perspective.  The complex issues facing nursing education require leaders to think differently and be comfortable with innovative disruption. In addition, there is an emphasis on being resilient and responsible while also focusing on renewal for themselves and those they serve.  Finding purpose during disruption takes a great deal of effort but also brings forth the realization that we are stronger together.  This session will feature panelist insights on the current crisis, conference presentations, and challenge you to think about what you will bring back to each of your states, your programs, and your students to create lasting impact.  Please join us for this important conversation and call to action!

Half Day Workshops

Effectively Leading Curriculum and Assessment in an ACEN Accredited Nursing Program

Nell Ard PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Keri Nunn-Ellison EdD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE
Suzette Farmer PhD, RN

Whether you are a dean, director, chair, coordinator, or course lead, being a leader in nursing education brings challenges and opportunities. To be a successful leader in the nursing education environment, the nurse educator and leader of today and tomorrow must cultivate and develop leadership skills. The development of leadership skills can contribute to job satisfaction and, importantly, help ensure program quality. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the role of an academic nurse leader and the multiple leadership roles in a nursing education program. Content for this workshop includes competencies for nursing education leaders and alignment of the competencies with role expectations of a leader in academic settings. The workshop will provide the participant an opportunity to acknowledge strengths, to identify competencies that need development, and to initiate an individualized leadership plan, which addresses strengths and necessary competencies to be effective in leadership roles.

  • Describe the characteristics of an effective leader and Apply nurse educator competencies to the academic nurse educator and leadership roles.
  • Discuss the impact that nursing regulation has on leadership in nursing education
  • Discuss how to ensure the quality of the nursing program is maintained under your leadership.
  • Describe resources to assist nurse leaders in the transition process and the role of an academic nurse leader and Develop an individualized leadership plan.
A Mindful Approach to Healing Ourselves and Healing Our Profession

Sara Lefkowitz MPA, BSN, RN

The unifying theme of this workshop is Mindfulness; - being aware of present moment experience in a nonjudgmental way with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. This will include practice of mindfulness meditation and explore in the moment stress reliving techniques. Participants will create a Calm Kit to keep in their purse, locker or car. A regular meditation practice can lead to a mind that is habitually calm; rather than one filled with worry. This part of the workshop will present formal meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing and informal practices: mindful handwashing and the mindful check-in. This part of the workshop draws from Jon Kabat Zinn PhD’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.

The nursing practice arena requires nurses to perform complex time sensitive tasks with great accuracy (medication administration). Additional work stressors include heavy workloads, shift work, staffing, and emotionally intense situations. It can be hard to manage job demands “perfectly” and nurses can be highly critical of their own job performance. What would you say to yourself if you were your own best friend? Self compassion practices invite the nurse to bring kind awareness to difficult emotions and use self soothing techniques for support. This part of the workshop draws from Christine Neff PhD’s Mindful Self Compassion Program.

The emotional intensity of nursing situations and dynamic relationships with patients and coworkers can create a sense of overwhelm. Unprocessed emotional content may result in the replaying workday scenarios and emotions long after they have happened. This leads to feeling like you have not left work even when you are home. Naming feelings and needs; being seen and heard can transforming. Empathy Buddy Practice is a mindful communication practice which provides this safe container. This features the work of Marshall Rosenberg PhD.

Mindfulness does not resolve workload or safety issues. This part of the workshop discusses nursing advocacy.

The Future Vision of Nursing Education: Creative Pathways to Next Generation NCLEX® Item Writing

Tina Rayfield MSN, RN, BS, PA-C

Research suggests that new graduates struggle to achieve competency in clinical practice on entry level despite successful results on NCLEX®. Employers are striving to find ways to bring these new graduates into current practice safely and effectively. This practice gap identified a nursing education crisis and has prompted the National Council State Board of Nursing (ncsbn) to ask the question “are we testing the right thing?” Interesting question not only for the National Council but for every nursing school who is working to produce graduates that are professional, caring, competent and safe practitioners.

In preparation for the Next Generation NCLEX® in 2023, this workshop will explore strategic pathways of teaching clinical judgment to support student learning. It will also assist to develop the blueprint of the Next Generation Items to assess students understating of clinical nursing judgment and ensure practice ready success.

  • Define the Next Generation blueprint and type of items that will be tested on the Next Generation NCLEX®.
  • Develop each of the identified Next Generation item types using simplified approach.
  • Organize a plan for implementation of these item types for program success.
Vetting the Virtual: Building Nurse Faculty Capacity to Evaluate Virtual Simulation Options

Rebecca Cockrell MSN, RN, CHSE
Kathy Fischer MSN, RN, FNP
Lea Stevens MSN, RN

Declared the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization, 2020 challenged the profession in ways not experienced since the influenza outbreak of 1918.  Nurses were required to adapt processes and maximize resources to protect those entrusted to their care.  Nurse educators faced similar challenges as students were prohibited from both clinical and classroom environments requiring an immediate transition to remote education.  The crisis of fulfilling clinical requirements forced educators to immediately integrate virtual simulation - computer based simulation - whether familiar with best practices or not. Limited time, resources and knowledge contribute to faculty’s need for an easily accessible database of simulation resources.  Answering the call of their membership, the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing organized a team of leaders, nursing faculty and simulationists to develop this database.  The goal of this resource is to assist faculty with identifying virtual simulation options to augment and or replace clinical experiences while supporting faculty education related to the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM Simulation Design. 


Responsive Strategies for Safe Clinical Experiences During a Pandemic

Joan Becker MA, BSN, RN
Lauren Cline EdD, MN, RN
Kathy Dolter PhD, RN Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

As a result of the recent COVID-19 crisis even more challenges have been experienced in providing quality clinical education.  Recognizing the need for modifications based on the pandemic requires strong academic/clinical partnerships be formed to create innovative solutions.  In addition, ensuring meaningful clinical opportunities will necessitate strategies to explore alternative placement sites.  Creating meaningful partnerships makes sure that critical dialogue for high quality and safe return of students to clinical settings takes place.  This session will also focus on establishing academic/clinical partnerships as described by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Clinical Partnering During a Pandemic

Arkia Armstrong MSN, RN-BC
Michelle Dunn MSN, RN
Jill Saye BS, RRT, RCP

Like many clinical education sites, the pandemic situation caused Novant Health to cease student clinical rotations for schools in the area.  The health system was required to adopt new processes and safety protocols before student clinical experiences could resume in June.  A partnership between Novant and Surry Community College was created to educate faculty and students on new COVID-19 guidelines for re-entry, and gain support for successful compliance with the new policies through shared understanding.  This session will highlight how to develop strong academic/practice partnerships that foster collaboration in designing critical strategies for safely returning students to the clinical setting.

Advocate to Graduate: Supporting Nursing Students Through the Pandemic

Lynette Apen MSN, RN
Sue Wetzel MS, RN

Understanding the importance of advocacy at all levels is critical to the success of nursing programs, faculty and students. This session will explore the need for high level advocacy in the wake of the loss of clinical placements.  There is advocacy with government agencies like the Board of Registered Nursing, the role of advocacy in fostering legislation and understanding the critical skills needed to advocate with faculty regarding modified curriculum and instruction.  Navigating the various aspects of advocacy during turbulent times while remaining focused on the end goal of graduating students takes skill and perseverance.

Long-Distance Leadership: Best Practices to Lead a Remote Nursing Workforce

Lisa Urban PhD, MSN,RN

Leading at a distance has challenges and numerous rewards. Remote leadership opportunities in nursing and higher education are growing due to the increase in on-line program offerings and hospital mergers. This session will explore leadership models and best practices that remote nursing leaders can use to lead a remote workforce.

Building an Effective Learning Community in the Online Environment

Donna Hedges PhD, MBA, MSN, CNE, RN

The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed nursing education.  Faculty unfamiliar with online teaching were required to transition quickly. While the online learning environment presents challenges in terms of faculty confidence and skill, it also provides faculty with the opportunity to expand their teaching strategies to the online environment.  One critical aspect to successful online teaching is creating and maintaining effective learning communities.  This session will discuss the concept of online learning communities, provide faculty with effective strategies designed to build faculty – student relationships, and to support students in meeting course objectives and program outcomes.  This session is especially designed for faculty who are new to the online environment and those seeking ways to increase student engagement.

Leading Through Disruption

Anna Valdez, Ph.D., RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN, FAADN

This year nursing has experienced significant disruption caused by natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this session will be on describing successful leadership approaches that can be used to promote positive learning outcomes and harmony when faced with significant disruption.

Implications for Nursing Programs in the Age of Coronavirus

Joan Frey EdD, MSN, BS, ANEF
Dara Lanman MSN, BSN, CNE
Audria Denker DNP, RN
Steven Carniol MA, BPS

The advent of coronavirus has shaken the world. Prior to the 21st century, where previously isolated diseases were within geographic locations, international mobilization of economies and people has created potential for pandemic situations. Leaders in U.S. nursing programs need to reassess and emphasize preventative precautions and new curriculum strategies.

How #BlackLivesMatter Informs Nursing Education

Sharon Goldfarb, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Nursing students and faculty are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress as COVID has changed our clinicals and classrooms. As we pivot to keep students on track the news is filled with stories of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dion Johnson, there are demonstrations and protests and discussion of the role of the police and the criminal justice system. Nurse educators must discuss the social determinants of health and the morbidity and mortality of racism. Our mission should be creating the next generation of nurses be better prepared to understand the structural racism of the medical field and have solutions to combat these inequities.

Moving the Clinical Experience Outside the Hospital

Lindsey Baertlein MSN, RNC-MNN
Johni Beth Teague MSN, RN
Anna Williams MSN, RN

The paucity of clinical sites revealed a deficit in the clinical learning environment. Hospital facilities are juggling multiple schools of nursing with enlarging cohorts, while the nursing shortage calls for increases in enrollment in nursing programs, cycling the need for additional faculty and alternative clinical facilities that provide high quality, positive student learning environments.

Inclusion Excellence: Addressing Bias and Racism in Nursing Education

Piri Ackerman-Barger PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Faculty must be willing to transform nursing education into an inclusive environment by understanding the need to discuss the intersections of diversity and health equity.  It also requires exploring how we undo racism through becoming equity-minded, developing antiracist policies and teaching anti-racism.  This session will distinguish types of racism (structural, institutionalized, systemic, biological, individual and internalized) leading to insights for best practice strategies in mitigating unconscious bias and addressing individualized microaggressions as they occur. 

Creative Clinical Partnership with Mental Health

Amanda Innes MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR

In an effort to expand psychosocial clinical experiences to include mental heath care outside of inpatient units, a partnership was formed between an ASN nursing program and the outpatient facility of a local mental health hospital.  This partnership allows students to learn more about social determinants of mental health.

Debriefing Virtually: how a multi-campus school implemented strategies to standardize and maintain student learning through debriefing

Nina Almasy DNP, RN, CNE
Danica MacRae, MSN, RN, CHSE

Description: the presentation will provide an overview of the pre and post COVID-19 simulation debriefing practices in a multi campus Associate Degree Nursing department. The presenters will describe strategies and provide examples of virtual debriefing in a variety of simulated clinical experiences. Challenges faced, lessons learned, and future implications will be shared with the audience.

Simulation to Increase Leadership Competency in Pre-Licensure RN Students

Kathleen Rupp PhD, MSN-L, RN, CNE
Amanda Hundley PhD, MSNEd, RN 

The ability for RN students to lead and manage patient care is paramount to their success in transitioning to professional practice. Simulation that is focused on leadership competencies such as prioritizing, delegation, and management of care may increase the students’ confidence in their clinical reasoning and problem-solving ability.

Mini-Simulations: Strategies to Enhance Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement

Denise M. McEnroe-Petitte, PhD, MSN, BSN, AS, RN

Nursing laboratory hours are required for second level Medical/Surgical Nursing courses at our university. In order to keep nursing students actively involved, the incorporation of mini-simulations have been found to be helpful with enhancing their critical thinking and clinical judgement. By doing these short activities, the nursing student has been able to quickly determine their actions and make appropriate decisions to situations that they may encounter in nursing practice.

Lights, Camera, Simulation!

Mel Pinter PhD, RN, CNE

Simulation is an integral part of today’s nursing education. Does simulation have to be a live event to be effective and meaningful for the students? Maybe, maybe not. This presentation will illustrate how a recorded simulation was incorporated into the classroom setting.

Escape! Game-based Learning in the Online Classroom

Janeen Berndt DNP, RN, ACNS, CNE

Escape Rooms are increasingly used as an opportunity for active learning in face-to-face simulation labs.  Virtual nursing education environments can also benefit from using this innovative strategy. Participants will learn how the concepts of Escape Rooms can be implemented in virtual environments.

Take Action: Developing a Proactive Approach to Student Success

Allison Brosch MSN, RN
Tara Weber MSN, RN

An innovative student support tool was developed to predict student risk for course failure. Presenters will share tool development, statistical analysis, and how results are used to guide a proactive, individualized student support plan. Interactive discussion will guide participants to create a similar tool and plan to impact student retention.

Nursing Faculty as Change Agent – Introducing IPE to Your Institution

Ann Curtis DNP, RN

Nursing students must develop interprofessional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to be effective healthcare team members. Nursing faculty are change agents who can maximize clinical and academic connections to create interprofessional learning experiences. Strategies for beginning and growing IPE and sample learning activities will be shared.

Mentoring Tips for Assisting New Faculty to Acclimate to Academia

Jacquelyn Gibbs DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Teaching nursing in an academic setting can be overwhelming at first for new faculty. In most academic settings, new faculty have not only teaching responsibilities for their position, but also service and professional activity requirements. These position requirements can be overwhelming for faculty without proper mentoring.

Helping Students Form a Professional Identity

Nelda Godfrey PhD, ACNS-BC, RN, FAAN, ANEF

The transition from lay person to nurse professional can often be difficult. Those nursing faculty who work with pre-licensure nursing students often see these difficulties first hand.  This interactive session will explore the research literature about professional identity in nursing, invite dialogue and discussion from the group about the findings, and offer evidence-based approaches for forming and fostering professional identity at the pre-licensure level.

Successful Remediation: A Structure to Make It Work

Beth Hensley RN, BSN, EdD

Academic success is essential for progression and program completion. However, numerous students struggle to effectively learn and pass course tests. A structured remediation sequence using self-assessment, personalized plan of action, group discussion (face-to-face and virtual), and critical reflection can make a significant difference to students' academic success and program completion.

Enriching Faculty Leadership for an Expanding Global Nursing Workforce

Matthew Howard DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, CPN
Danielle Perkins PhD, RN 

This presentation describes one organization’s journey to develop a novel and innovative faculty experience to enhance leadership acumen. Our growth coupled with the success of past academies provided a path for the expansion of faculty leadership development.

NEPIN: Empowering, Engaging, and Enhancing the Success of the ADN

Tina Lear MHA
Mary Dickow MPA, FAAN

This presentation will relay the significance of the ADN to patient success, the role data plays to promote success, the responsibility of educators to mentor students for lifelong success, and NEPIN’s goal to increase awareness of the contributions of nurses who begin their education in an ADN program.

Promoting Novice Educators’ Leadership Skills through Planned Orientation and Mentoring

Elaine Mohn-Brown EdD, RN, CMSRN

A year-long formal orientation and mentoring program was implemented for novice educators to promote: (1) learning needs of nontraditional ADN students; (2) facilitating teaching skills in didactic and clinical settings; (3) assessing and evaluating student learning; and (4) enhancing leadership skills. Benefits and downsides for mentors and faculty are discussed.

Simulation in the Classroom: Connecting Knowledge to Clinical Practice

Kalaine Weatherly MSN, RN
Catherine Healey MSN, RN

Gaps between training and clinical practice can lead to incongruencies between what is taught, and the realities of the clinical setting.  Experiences that mimic real patient care, patient care environments, and elicit real patient-like responses, are best suited to promote engagement, critical thinking, and integration of classroom and clinical learning.

Leading Innovative Approaches for Curriculum Redesign to Impact Health of Communities

Debra Kaczmar PhD, RN
Kathryn Defede MSN, RN
Nikki West MPH

This session will highlight how leadership at all levels in two diverse associate degree programs engaged in an innovative nursing curriculum redesign initiative focused on new, non-clinical environments in community and population health to fluidly respond to changes in practice while preparing nurses to lead through change and advance health.

7 Strategies for Designing an Effective Online Nursing Course

Mariann Harding PhD, RN, CNE, FAADN

Effective online nursing courses are designed so that teaching and learning is organized in the most effective and engaging manner possible. Since the student’s learning experience is almost entirely mediated through technology, the design, selection, and arrangement of online course materials is critical. Whether revising a course or developing a new one, by embracing these 7 strategies, faculty will be able to select and sequence content that maximizes student learning.

Creating the Roadmap for Your Leadership Journey

Kimberly Harper MS, RN, FAAN CEO, Indiana Center for Nursing & Board Chair Emeritus, Nurses on Boards Coalition
Christy Dryer DNP, RN, CNE Vice President of Academic Programs Cecil College

Please join us for a personal and thought provoking discussion that will lead you through the development of your personal leadership journey. No matter where you are in your journey, this session will help you recognize your leadership quotient now, where you wish  it to be and assist you in creating a plan to achieve your personal and professional leadership goals.

Writing as a Leadership Skill

Michael R. Bleich Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN

Our world requires leaders to pay attention to writing, from text messaging to email, from abstracts and summaries, and more.  Faculty are leaders and participants will hone their skills to manage the message for tone, clarity, and impact, whatever the writing task demands.  Shortcuts to effective communication will be addressed, including ways to manage pesky chain emails that clog the inbasket.

Meet the Editor of Teaching and Learning in Nursing

Editor in Chief, Teaching and Learning in Nursing

Have you been considering writing for publication? Are you doing something innovative in your teaching that you want to share? In this session, the Editor in Chief for Teaching and Learning in Nursing will answer your questions about how to get published. Bring your ideas and questions.