ANPD Convention Scholarship Recipients —Will You Be Next?

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ANPD Convention Scholarship Recipients—Will You Be Next?

By Jamie Donohue, ANPD Membership and Operations Associate, and Jillian A. Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

The Annual Convention Scholarship Program provides members with an opportunity to attend the premier education and networking event for nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners and professional development (PD) associates. ANPD would like to recognize the 2020 and 2021 candidates that were selected by the ANPD Recognition Committee based on their ability to apply and share knowledge gained at the Annual Convention, and their potential to positively impact the NPD specialty.

2020 Annual Convention Scholarship Recipients

Jamie Readinger, MSN, RN, CCRN

Thomas Maxwell, MSN, MA, RN-BC


2021 Annual Convention Scholarship Recipients

Akela Edwards, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC™

Carrie A. Kooy, BSN, RN

Doreen Nord, MSN, RN, CEN, NPD-BC

Kate B. Hubbard, MSN, RN, OCN

Karen Jeffries, MS, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC

Kathy Smith, MSN, NPD-BC, ONC

Patricia Ann Clark, MBA, BSN, RN

Rebecca Bradley, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Sheurika McKeever, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Tracey Young, MSN, RN

Jessica Guenser-Onstot, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON

All scholarship applications presented to the Recognition Committee are blinded to ensure complete objectivity in the review process, ensuring that the chosen candidates come from a range of diverse backgrounds regarding organization, title, and geographic location. The 2022 Annual Convention Scholarship Program applications are now open through November 1, 2021—click here to learn more and apply today!

Continue reading below for scholarship recipient testimonials.


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Akela Edwards, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC™

Why wouldn’t you want to be revitalized?! When I initially submitted documents for the ANPD Convention scholarship, I honestly didn’t believe I was going to attend such an outstanding event. I can’t tell you how this past convention compares to previous live ones, but I can compare the virtual experience to others elsewhere. Kudos to the phenomenal planning committee for putting together such an inclusive, virtual convention!

I’ve already met with my colleagues to build upon our preceptor development after being inspired by two presentations—’Did You Tell the Orientee?’ Strategies for Preceptor Feedback Skill Development and Cultivating Successful Preceptors Through Rapidly Changing Environments. Two other presentations helped me find ways to articulate the value of and develop an NPD practitioner—Demonstrating Value: When Outcome Measures Speak and A Virtual NPD Fellowship Program: A Supportive Community During Transition.

Did you read everything above with excitement?! If so, then you’re in the right place and the feeling is mutual! I have already reached out to an ANPD affiliate nearby, applied to be a subject matter expert, and made so many connections during the convention. I hope to see you all at future events and thank you ANPD for this opportunity!

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Kate B. Hubbard, MSN, RN, OCN

I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to attend the Aspire to Inclusivity convention. The convention was exactly what I needed at this point in my nursing professional development career. As a unit-based educator for 11 years, I have spent many years “learning on the job.” While I’ve been fortunate to have many excellent NPD mentors over the years, I have taught myself many aspects of the NPD role. I recently recognized the gaps in my knowledge and searched for a way to close those gaps and grow professionally. I found ANPD earlier this year and was blown away by the amazing resources provided by the organization.

Attending the convention took my knowledge to the next level. The convention was full of passionate and knowledgeable speakers who sparked my love again for NPD practice. The topics were very relevant to my role with sessions on competency management, preceptor development, and demonstrating the value of the NPD role. My favorite session was Going from Caboose to Conductor: Shifting from Afterthought to Current Collaborator. The speakers highlighted the importance of NPD practitioners being included at the onset of project planning to ensure the best outcomes, which really resonated with me.

I move forward after this conference with a more solid foundation of my role. I am studying for my NPD certification and incorporating the things learned from the convention into my NPD role. I am mentoring a team of staff nurses in their first unit-based quality improvement team. The courses I teach are now including new engagement strategies that I learned from the convention. My new hire orientations are being revamped, and I am finding new ways to support my preceptors. I am energized in my professional work and loving my NPD specialty once again!

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Karen Jeffries, MS, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC

Being awarded the ANPD convention scholarship was an honor. Observing presentation sessions with other ANPD convention attendees was a wonderful experience. Even though it was virtual, it was great to be able to chat questions, send emojis, and see where others were from. Sharing thoughts and ideas with so many others was valuable. Hearing how to use Instagram for effective and interactive communications was informative. Also, being a concurrent session presenter, it was fun to be able to interact with an audience from all around the world. Thank you very much for this educational opportunity!

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Tracey Young, MSN, RN

I am very honored to have been awarded the ANPD scholarship for the 2021 online convention. It was a great venue for nursing education and professional development opportunities. I am personally and professionally committed to excellence in nursing and my continued desire for knowledge goes above and beyond. The sessions included the most current evidence, research, and resources for the commitment of best practices in nursing. I especially enjoyed the mindfulness sessions, as today’s nurses are tasked with more as staffing is lessening related to nursing burnout. The mindfulness techniques that were taught can be helpful for yourself or for you to teach to other colleagues. I particularly enjoyed the session regarding the education of the QR code as it is important to implement quick strategies for staff to have access to education as patients are requiring more complex care. The registered nurse—a leader and an advocate—is so important during the current healthcare challenges also. As new nurses are being tasked to orient new nurses before their own orientation is complete, it is imperative that the more seasoned nurses be informal leaders to support the novice nurses and share their knowledge for safe, competent patient care. I always strive for opportunities to grow professionally and to share my experiences and expertise with my peers and the staff that I manage and mentor. Each session offered valuable information that is beneficial for the future of nursing. Again, thank you.

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Jessica Guenser-Onstot, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON

I am very grateful to the ANPD Recognition Committee for the opportunity to attend the online ANPD Annual Convention this year. Though I missed being in person with other NPD practitioners from across the country, I appreciated the chance to listen to so many presentations and even re-watch some of my favorites to glean every bit of goodness.

I have so many favorites but was uniquely impressed with Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC and the representation from the UofL Health Nursing Professional Development team. They contributed several presentations and posters that showcased their team’s dynamic impact on nursing engagement through a variety of interventions throughout their organization.

I also appreciated Ginger Nelson, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, RNC-NIC and Jenny Harshman’s, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, CCRN-K work on onboarding and developing new NPD practitioners. I downloaded their interactive PDF and have lots of material to keep looking through to gain more inspiration on how we welcome and prepare new members on our NPD team.

I could go on and on about the innovative problem solving during the pandemic, the novel ideas that arose to transform in-person classrooms into virtual learning platforms, and the exceptional approaches to dismantling bias and preparing a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Truthfully, I aspire to be like each of these NPD practitioners that produced and shared wonderful examples of their work during this year’s convention. 

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Jamie Readinger, MSN, RN, CCRN

I am thankful for the opportunity to share my experience as a 2021 ANPD Annual Convention scholarship recipient. While this year’s conference was unique in format, it remained an exceptional growth and learning opportunity. With each session, I was inspired by each presenters’ energy and passion for developing the nursing profession. Learning from such an impressive group of nursing professional development professionals is an energizing experience that will transcend into the education and support I provide to my staff. I particularly appreciated a presentation discussing academic and clinical partnerships. I currently serve as a nurse residency facilitator and am in the beginning stages of achieving accreditation. Learning how to initiate and maintain relationships with academic partners will help me to foster continuous program improvement along with accreditation achievement. Since the conference, I have initiated contact with this presenter and gained an additional resource to guide me in this journey. Another presentation I enjoyed focused on implementing an organizational nurse residency social media page. The presenter’s photos encouraged me to consider how to better highlight the work and achievements of our nurse residents throughout my own organization. I left this presentation with information on how to initiate a page, maintain followers, create posts, and organize content. I learned to appreciate social media as a useful method in supporting new graduates during their transition to practice.


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