Pathway Sessions

2024 Aspire Convention

Pathway Sessions

Pathway sessions are the one-hour concurrent educational sessions taking place throughout the Convention. Pathway sessions are broken down by the following six educational tracks: collaborative partnerships, competency management, education, inquiry, onboarding & orientation, and role development. Use the quick links below to view this year's sessions listed by track. View the full schedule.

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Collaborative Partnerships 

Cyber-Attack: Collaborative Partnership for Ambulatory Readiness

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology

  • Amy Rowland, MS, BSN, RN, NPD-BC

Is your organization prepared for a cyber-attack? Join us in exploring the Ambulatory Downtime Readiness Program- a collaborative journey in creating a comprehensive readiness program to facilitate safe patient care in the event of a prolonged downtime within the nuanced context of the ambulatory healthcare setting.

Empowerment: A Team-Based Model to Navigate Workload and Job Satisfaction

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Leadership 

  • Jennifer Berry, MSN, RN, CNRN; Katherine S. Peterson, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE; Gina Sargent, DNP, RN, NPD-BC

Too much to do and not enough time to do it well? Learn how the transition to a teams-based model can empower NPD staff to elevate NPD practice by increasing knowledge sharing, efficiency, visibility, and job satisfaction.

Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships to Create the Workforce of Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Diversity & Inclusion

  • Jennifer Bodine, DNP, FNP-C, NPDA-BC, CEN; Kelli Schweitzer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Explore ways to further demonstrate the value of the NPD specialty through collaborative partnerships and the Outcome-based CE Model© (OB-CE)! Learn how to create academic and practice partnerships to engage and elevate your nursing workforce so they can achieve new levels of greatness within your organization!

We are All in This Together: Cultivating Product Partnerships

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Leadership

  • Lillian Jensen,  MN, RN, CNL, NPD-BC; Jacqueline Dolatowski, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Feeling overwhelmed with rapid-fire product changes? Discover actionable steps and tools to cultivate collaborative product partnerships and streamline product education.

Filling the Gaps! Support to Become a Patient Care Tech

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Leadership

  • Melissa Rouse, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, NEA-BC, CENP; CPHQ; Dana Nation, MSN (Ed), RN, CAPA; Jennifer Hadd, MSN, RN, PCCN

Attendees will learn about the innovative way a hospital system partnered with local technical colleges to create a career advancement program to train Certified Nursing Assistants

Volunteers and Technology: An Innovative Partnership to Enhance Patient Experience

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology 

  • Mandy Walter, MSN, RN, NPDA-BC, WHNP-BC; Stephanie Zidek, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC

Promoting the adoption and use of a patient portal during the inpatient stay increased communication between patients and caregivers. Through a collaborative partnership between nursing professional development and volunteer services, four inpatient pilot sites demonstrated improved patient experience scores and outcomes.

Collaborative Care: Strengthening Healthcare Teams Through Interprofessional Continuing Education

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert 

  • Valerie Ventura, MSN-Ed, RN, NPD-BC; Kelli Ramos

Explore the transformative journey of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) department as they shifted away from operating in silos and embraced a collaborative, team-based approach to education.  Through interactive discussions, problem-based learning, and self-reflection, attendees will gain insights into the strategies and benefits of fostering an interprofessional learning environment.

NPD Practitioners Forging Collaborative Partnerships to Support Nursing Pathways

Thursday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Leadership

  • Tabitha Kinlaw, MBA, DNP, MSN (Ed), RN, NPDA-BC, NPD-BC, CNOR, ONC; Dawn Whiteside, DNP, MSN (Ed), RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA

In this session, participants will explore how to effectively forge collaborative multidisciplinary partnerships between academic and healthcare organizations thereby helping to mitigate shortages of nurses across various nursing specialties.

Improving Collaboration and Communication Through Interdisciplinary Resuscitation Simulation

Thursday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent 

  • Eleanor Delewski, MSN, RN, CPEN, SANE-A;Amanda Hart, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC; Shannon Wittenberg, MSN, RN, CEN

Participants will be guided through the process of initiating a multidisciplinary simulation program. Multidisciplinary simulation can be an effective method for improving new nurse’s knowledge and confidence in resuscitation simulations and can also foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.

Affiliate Connections for Collaborative Learning

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Leadership

  • Chris Wilson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Sheila StCyr, MS, RN, NPD-BC; Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Danene Coroneos-Shannon, PhD, BSN, BA, MCHES, NPD-BC, NC-BC; Leanna Bonczkowski, MS, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC

Are you part of an ANPD affiliate? Or would you like to start one? Would you like to keep your affiliate running at top performance?  Affiliate leads from around the country will share inspiration, recommendations, and best practices of launching and sustaining an ANPD affiliate group.

Once You Pop-Up You Can’t Stop: Nurse Resident Outreach

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent 

  • Stephanie Zidek, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC; Veronica Bigott, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, MEDSURG-BC, GERO-BC, NPD-BC

Nursing Professional Development Specialists (NPDS) are in the position to impact nurses and the community.  Learn how a team of NPDS overseeing a Nurse Residency Program collaborated with local youth organizations to promote community outreach initiatives among Nurse Residents.

Competency Management

Innovative Pathways: Revolutionizing Competency Tracking Through Our Cutting-Edge App

Thursday, April 11 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology

  • Becky Weiderstrom, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM; ; Michelle Scortzaru, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Tracy Scoville, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, RNC-OB; Shelly Hicks Cain, EdD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNORe

During this session we will unveil the journey of a hospital system that harnessed the power of existing technology to create a user-friendly app revolutionizing how competency documents are accessed, tracked and stored.

Ambulatory Mock Code: Making Mock Code Meaningful for Multiple Locations

Thursday, April 11 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert

  • Sydney Bush-Foster, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Suzanne Duckworth, MSN, RN

Ambulatory areas previously trained in hospital system mock code were found to be unprepared to use those skills in code situations and function as a team. An ambulatory mock code training model was developed to address the different process of codes in the ambulatory setting and improve overall code response.


Who Knows What, Where?

Thursday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Memory Van Beek, MHPE, PGCE, ACC-ICF, RN; Diane Cannon, DNP, MHA, RN

Discover how Nursing Professional Development practitioners at a large academic health system tackled professional practice gaps in nursing competencies, leading to greater equity in education, compensation, and staffing. This session explores the transformative journey of a project that leverages innovative models, collaborative partnerships, and digital tools to standardize competencies, ultimately increasing engagement, improving care quality, and enhancing patient experiences while fostering a just culture of ownership, empowerment, and accountability by answering the question, ‘Who knows what, where?’

Innovative Approaches to EKG Competency Practice: Interdisciplinary System Standardization

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Diversity & Inlcusion

  • Carly Grzehowiak, MSN, RN; Mandy Tucker, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC; Felicia Sadler, MJ, BSN, RN, CPHQ, LSSBB

EKG identification is a clinical skill that has profound impact on the rapid identification of life-threatening conditions, and quality-of-care patients receive across the healthcare continuum. This session will discuss how interdisciplinary standardization of EKG competency practices can impact system competency performance metrics, and discuss implications for patient outcomes across a large healthcare system.


Carpe Noctem - Seize the Night!

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice | Sub-Track: Healthy Work Environment

  • Krisha Clopton, MSN, RN, PHN

Carpe Noctem (Seize the Night) is a nighttime professional development series for night shift caregivers. Learn how this series has leveraged educational and professional development opportunities for night shift caregivers in a highly interactive and budget neutral way!

Unlocking How to Escape Standard Education Platforms

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice

  • Amanda Bennett, MSN, RN; Michael DeFrancisco, MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC

Have you ever felt trapped in customary teaching methods? During this presentation we will decipher strategies to ignite your learner’s attention, and transition from standard education platforms to the use of escape rooms for nursing education.

S.O.S.! Behavioral Health Competence for Nurses in Other Specialties

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology

  • John Elliott, MNE, RN, NPD-BC

Frontline nurses are increasingly challenged to ensure safety and provide holistic therapeutic care for patients and families with behavioral health needs in non-psychiatric care settings.  See how a unique program was designed and implemented to meet the practical needs of these caregivers in an efficient virtually facilitated format.

Virtual Learning Center: Digital Platform for Just-In-Time Education

Thursday, April 11 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology

  • Tiffany Low, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, MEDSURG-BC, PHN; Elizabeth Paige Huchro, MBA, MA, RN

A virtual learning center is a centralized resource for storing educational materials and information rooted in evidence-based practice. Outcomes discussed will include up-to-date, immediately accessible educational resources, cost savings, impact on standardized practice, and improved patient outcomes.

NPD Practitioners Hack Solutions for Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Diversity & Inclusion 

  • Veronica Bigott, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, MEDSURG-BC, GERO-BC, NPD-BC; Lillian Jensen, MN, RN, CNL, NPD-BC; Stephanie Zidek, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC

Are you seeking an innovative solution to an insurmountable organizational problem yet have minimal time, resources, and inspiration to get started?  Come to this session to immerse yourself in the world of hacking and how it facilitates rapid problem solving, collaboration and breakthrough ideas.

Practice Makes Perfect: Increasing Nurse Confidence Documenting Medical Codes

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Jennifer Caldwell, MSN, RN, CCRN; Tammy Lis, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K, NPD-BC

Discover how nurses boosted their confidence with medical code documentation through standardized realistic simulations. Learn how this innovative approach can transform your code team.

Creative Educational Design: Increasing Psychiatric Nurse Confidence in Medical Emergencies

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Lesly Worsley-Hynd, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

We all know how difficult it is to maintain competency in low-frequency, high-stress skills. Learn how a psychiatric hospital implemented a training plan to increase staff confidence & knowledge in accessing emergency medical equipment.


The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Coordinating Multi-Site Research Studies

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert

  • Rachel E.Wood, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, CPEN; Joy Huston, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CEN

This presentation will describe challenges, successes, and opportunities for coordinating multi-site research studies across a health system. Using an interactive game format, we will share the highs and lows of our journey to creating a culture of nursing inquiry.

Identifying NPD Structure in Diverse Organizations

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert

  • Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPDA-BC, FAAN; Patsy Maloney, EdD, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, NEA-BC; Ryan MacDonald, PhD; Kendall Young, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, MEDSURG-BC, CCM; Armesse J. Randolph-Cheney, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Mary Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC, NREMT-P, CPTD

Preliminary results of a study examining NPD organizational structure using organizational participatory research. 

A Virtual EBP Internship with Open-Access Resources

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Technology

  • Lori VanWingerden, BSN, RN, NPD-BC

In a growing health system, how can evidence-based practice (EBP) leaders be developed in engaging and cost-effective ways? Experience how this virtual EBP internship provides open-access resources for broad application in multi-site and multidisciplinary settings.

Increasing Preceptor Preparedness: A Quality Improvement Project Using the Prep-ExPresS

Thursday, April 11 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Lisa E Guthrie, PhD, RN, NPD-BC; Carrie Armstrong, BSN, RN, NPD-BC

A survey identified preceptor learning needs, and an educational course was developed to prepare nurses to think like a preceptor! This interactive presentation will help participants apply precepting principles, to identify learning needs guiding them to think like a preceptor too!

Igniting Inquiry: Validation Study of a Nursing Education Competency Tool

Thursday, April 11 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Vincenza Coughlin, PhD(c), MS, RNC-MNN, CNE, NPD-BC, NEA-BC; Alice Nash, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

The purpose of this session is to explore findings of a national research study examining the validity of a Nursing Education and Competency Algorithm (NE-CA) utilized in acute care nursing professional practice.

Onboarding & Orientation

Unlocking Nursing Excellence: Inspiring Innovative Orientation Strategies

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Novice

  • Sara E. Niebuhr, MSN, RN, CCRN

Step into the future of nursing orientation, where traditional PowerPoint presentations and lectures are replaced with captivating tech-driven methods. Explore innovative approaches like blind faith, artistic creations, and gamification, all supported by compelling evidence for a truly enriching learning experience.

Pre-novice to Novice & Beyond; Before, During, After Nurse Licensure

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Healthy Work Environment

  • Joy Memmen, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, NPD-BC

Access to professionally experienced and seasoned nurses has grown critically difficult in the post-pandemic era when hospitals need them the most, necessitating a rethinking of the "grow your own" concept.  This session explores an innovative, comprehensive approach for addressing the senior-level RN student bridge-to-practice via unique collaboratives built to selectively accept, hire, train, and longitudinally support new nurses in multiple specialties at a busy acute-care community hospital.

Empowering RNs: Strengthening New Nurse Support through Standardized Electronic Check-Ins

Thursday, April 11 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice | Sub-Track: Diverisity & Inclusion

  • Melissa Liu, MN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC, CPN; Ashley Turner, MN, RN, CPN

Discover our journey from paper to electronic check-ins for new hire RNs, showcasing NPD Practitioner's data-driven influence, swift competency adaptation, and integrated mental health resources, nurturing seamless transitions and inclusivity.

Adapt the TIER, Take Out the Fear!

Thursday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Audience Level: Novice | Sub-Track:  Technology

  • Kristen Peterson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Lindsay Pederson, BSN, RN; Tiffany Pilliow, MSN, RN; Valecia Suide, MSN, RN-BC; Katherine Wallander, BSN, RN, MS-BC

This presentation is to describe a standard orientation model framework to individualize orientation to aspire for safe patient care, create a supportive culture for resource-driven nurses, and establish a structure of accountability.

Re-Designing a Psychiatric NPD Department for Effectiveness

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track:  Leadership

  • Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, NPDA-BC, CCRN-K, NEA-BC; Laelonni Williams, MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC

In 2021, a free-standing psychiatric facility’s NPD department was re-designed to promote departmental effectiveness, reduce facility employee turnover, and improve educational processes. The re-design process, NPD roles and 2-year outcomes will be discussed.

Experiential Exposure Orientation Skills Sessions

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice

  • Angelia Webb, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Kristan Black, MSN, RNC-MNN; Jennifer Lawson, MPH, BSN, CMSRN, CRRN; Amy Hollis, RN, BSN, CCRN; Sahra Humes, BSN, RN; Cynthia Jill Heard, MSN, RN

Step into the future of employee onboarding! This electrifying presentation will show you how to transform the mundane classroom-style orientation into a thrilling adventure for both eager learners and seasoned NPD specialists by infusing experiential exposure into orientation skills sessions.

Electronic Orientation Checklist: Click It to Check It!

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track:  Technology

  • Rubie Rose Costales, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC; Tonya Pagor, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Fran Majca, MA, BSN, NPD-BC

A large hospital system spanning two states launched an electronic orientation checklist initiative across the practice continuum impacting at least 15, 000 nurses and 6,000 nursing assistants.  94 checklists were transitioned from paper to an electronic platform creating an updated, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to orientation resources.

Role Development

NPD Certification - It's More Than Taking the Test!

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice

  • Mary Holtscheider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC, NREMT-P, CPTD; Jo-Ann R. Robinson, DNP, APN-BC, NPD-BC, RNC-OB

Ever wonder why you should get certified in Nursing Professional Development (NPD) if you already have a clinical nursing specialty certification? This session will explore how NPD certification can help you develop your role, expand your influence, and elevate outcomes in your environment. Join us and become more future ready as an NPD practitioner!

Making the UNconscious, CONscious: A Walk in the Shoes of Others

Wednesday, April 10 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track:  Diversity & Inclusion

  • Leslie Wright Brown, MS, RN, NPD-BC

The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030 outlines nursing's role and responsibilities in addressing health equity, structural racism, and the social determinants. NPD specialists are called upon to provide diversity, equity and inclusion education during this global social justice awakening. This interactive session will encourage uncomfortable, but open, honest conversations as a teaching methodology, creating a safe educational space for participants to share their authentic lived experiences, while also providing opportunity to experience an educational activity that can be duplicated in a variety of settings. 

Expanding Professional Development Clinical Ladders Beyond Registered Nurses

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Jennifer Miller, MSN, NPD-BC, PMH-BC; Kerry Young, DNP, CHSE, PMH-BC

Clinical ladder programs (CLP) are an integral part of nursing professional development. Learn how to easily apply this structure to create a CLP for ancillary staff to provide a pathway for ancillary staff development, interdisciplinary evidence-based practice, and improve patient outcomes, retention, and job satisfaction.

Reflective Drawing and the New Graduate Experience

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track:  Healthy Work Environment 

  • Kathleen Kingman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN

The first year of being a new graduate nurse (NGN) is an emotional rollercoaster! Discover how a reflective art project helps NGNs share their emotions and connect back to the Stages of Transition©.

Cultivating the Future: How to Support the Novice Nurse

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Jaime Cesnickas-Doane, MS, RN, NPD-BC

This presentation will share the creative strategies implemented to support and retain novice nurses. Utilizing the foundation of Community, Connectedness, Collaboration, and Commitment to help to grow and support the garden of novice nurses.

Aspire, Adapt, Achieve: LPNs Rekindling the Bedside Connection

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Amanda Odom, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; CCRN; Nola Lanham, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC; Kristin Gartner, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC, IBCLC, C-ONQS

Discuss the future of bedside nursing! Explore how a five-hospital community healthcare system designs and implements a multimodal transition to practice program, reestablishing Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) into the acute care bedside nurse setting.

Level Unlocked: Creating Engaging Advanced Training for Preceptors

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Competent

  • Shannon Bowling, PT, DPT, GCS; Ashley Tennis, MSN, RN, AMB-BC

Initial preceptor training tends to address broad theories at a beginner to intermediate level, while Preceptor Workshop 2.0 exclusively uses dynamic activities to enhance the skills of current preceptors. This session describes course development dedicated to an engaging application of concepts without using a formal didactic presentation.

Human Skills Bootcamps: Strategies to Enrich Your Daily Life

Wednesday, April 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Novice | Sub-Track:  Healthy Work Environment

  • Rachel Kelter, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPC; Kayla Dunagan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Kim Hodges, DNP, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC

Join us for an interactive bootcamp experience focused on developing essential human skills. Learn how implementing human skills discovery sessions can positively impact professional development by exploring 18 months of outcomes data. You’ll experience first-hand how these active learning experiences have been demonstrated to be key to a healthy workplace by increasing human connection and belonging.

The Organizational Value of Evidence-based Practice and Leadership for NPDs

Thursday, April 11 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Leadership 

  • Naomi Fox, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN; Christine Wilson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Rebecca Garber, MSN, RNC-OB, NPD-BC; Carin Resseguie, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC; Mandi Mernin, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Margo Preston Scott, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

The NPD Evidence-Based Academy and the NPD Leadership Academy are 12-month long programs designed to meet the professional development needs of the nursing professional development community. This session describes the value of knowledge gained in both academies as four selected participants present their organization outcomes and sustainability plan.             

Improving NPD Confidence with Application of Respectful and Equitable Practice

Thursday, April 11 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track:  Diversity & Inclusion 

  • Vanessa Cameron, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, CNL; Regina Stuart, MBA; Dominique Jarman, MSN, RN

By attending this session, you will be able to identify the benefit of intentionally including Respectful and Equitable Practice as a foundational component within your NPD role. You will also learn creative strategies to bring this information back to your team.

Nurse Specialist Empowers Success and Increases Retention Rates

Thursday, April 11 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track:  Healthy Work Environment 

  • Carrie Kollar, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, VA-BC

The nursing workforce shortage is affected by declining nurse retention rates coupled with the need to focus on supporting students and nurses. This workforce initiative, implementation of a Nurse Specialist to empower Full-Ride Scholarship recipients, supports well-being, learning, development, and system operations; resulting in a resilient and prepared nursing workforce and an increase of retention rates to transform and advance health equity.

Creative (and Budget Friendly) Simulations that Go Beyond Knowledge Gaps

Thursday, April 11 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Audience Level: Novice

  • Carrie Hamilton, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN; Julie Gates, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Michelle Youngberg-Campos, PMC, MSN, RN, CV-BC; Tonya Heidenreich, MSN, RN; Melissa Karenke, MSN, APRN/ ACNS-BC

Want to increase or improve your team’s utilization of simulation but don’t have a large simulation budget?  Let us share our creative and innovative ideas to integrate simulation into educational design that addresses more than just knowledge gaps for participants.

Live from Aspire! NPDs in Unique Roles

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Novice | Sub-Track: Leaderhsip

  • Naomi Fox, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN; Stephanie Zidek, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC

Join us for a live broadcast of the NPD Forecast podcast, where you'll learn from NPD colleagues with a wide variety of responsibilities as they share best practices in their unique nursing professional development roles.

Risky Business

Friday, April 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Leadership

  • Nola Lanham, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC

Are you bogged down with education requests from your friendly risk manager? Learn how the NPD leader can influence meaningful solutions to practice gaps identified in Root Cause Analysis.

Cross-Cultural Mentorship: An Equitable Career Development Approach for BIPOC Employees

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Competent | Sub-Track: Diversity & Inclusion

  • Janelle A. Wozniak, MSN,RN; Amrita Prakaashana, MEd

Cross-Cultural Mentorship intentionally embraces differences between individuals. Learn how a large multi-site organization utilized this strategy to prioritizes the leadership career development for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) employees.

How Do You Like Them Apples? NPD Practice Transition

Friday, April 12 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Audience Level: Expert | Sub-Track: Healthy Work Environment 

  • Tiffany M. Ward, MSN, RNC-OB, FNP, CNS; Leslie Lyle Solorzano, MSN, RN, CCRN; Benson Yeung, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CHSE

Apples as a form of teacher appreciation are nice, but what our NPD teams really need is an engaging, thoughtful and evidence-informed approach to their on-boarding and development. Come get excited about NPD Practice Transition with a team that is committed to building and sustaining an evidence-informed, brain-based, holistic and engaging program.