Summer Leadership Webinar – Engaging in Crucial Conversations


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Nursing educators are called on to engage in critical conversations on a regular basis with students, faculty, administrators, and practice partners. Because some of these discussions can be difficult makes it even more important for you to possess the tools and strategies to handle these discussions with more ease and positive results.

A discussion of the different types of communication styles to assist in approaching conflict is a focus of the presentation and why avoidance is not a helpful strategy. Exploring your feelings and reactions to difficult conversations will be a crucial aspect of communication with students and faculty.

The takeaways for the webinar will focus on identification of ways to practice and apply these tools and strategies in your own environment.


Shelly Malin, PhD, RN

Dr. Malin has 47 years of experience in nursing and has worked in many different roles including: Bedside nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Director, Assistant Vice President, Endowed Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Over 25 of those years were spent in higher education, often in joint positions (University/Medical Center). She currently serves as the Director of Health Systems Leadership Graduate Programs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Her passion is working to ensure patients and families receive quality health care and have full access to the gift of excellent nursing care. To accomplish this goal she has committed much of her career to Leadership Development for health care professionals.


Catherine Miller, EdD, MS, RN, FAADN

Dr. Miller has more than 48 years’ experience working in academic nursing education. She has been a faculty member, as well as an administrator in both community college, baccalaureate, and graduate level degree nursing education programs. While in the community college setting, she worked with regional BSN programs to develop articulation agreements for graduates of the ADN program for seamless transfer for RN to BSN students. Dr. Miller served as project director of the first NWD HRSA Grant at ISU-MCN (2012-2015) with an emphasis on expanding diversity within the nursing workforce. Following her retirement, she has continued to serve as a consultant to nursing education programs as a curriculum and accreditation consultant. She serves as a member of the Illinois State Board of Nursing.