5th Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference


5th Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference

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Registration Fee:

$25 (Includes lunch and break sessions)

$15 UPMC Schools of Nursing Faculty or UPMC Nursing Education Employees Business Unit _________________

$20 PLN Members (Must show current membership card)

Return with payment by March 11, 2013 to: Angela Balistrieri

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

Make Checks payable to: MHSN 1401 Blvd. of the Allies

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


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5th Annual Best Practices in Nursing Education Conference, March 22, 2013— Registration

Conference Faculty

Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger - completed her BS in

Nursing from Penn State University and her PhD in

Nursing form Widener University. She is an experienced

educator and has taught nursing for more than

20 years Currently, she is a Professor of Nursing and

coordinates the PhD program at Indiana University of

Pennsylvania. Dr. Shellenbarger is widely published

in nursing education and has many articles on innovative

teaching strategies, faculty role development,

scholarly writing, and the use of technology in nursing

education. She has also conducted research on

nursing education issues and has completed numerous

presentations at regional, state, and national venues.

She is a certified nurse educator, a Fellow in the

Academy of Nursing Education, and serves on the

Board of Governors for the National League for


The following faculty will be presenting:

UPMC Mercy

School of Nursing: Mayra Toney, RN; MSN; Marian

Yavorka-Jobe, RN; MSN

Nursing Education: Robin Myers, RN; MSN, CRNP

Operating Room: Suzanne Dugita, RN; MSN, CRNP;

Susan Salera, RN; MSN, CNOR

UPMC Shadyside

School of Nursing: Janet Skees, RN; DNP, CNE;

Cheryl Carr, RN; DNP, CNE

UPMC St. Margaret

School of Nursing: Ann Ciak, RN; PhD; Gina De-

Falco, RN; MSN; Mary Dee Fisher, RN; DNP; Mary

Beth Langdon, RN; MSN; Janey Roach, RN; DNP,

ONC; Kathleen Kozak, RN; MSN, CCRN, CNE,

McKeesport Campus

Nursing Education: Doris Cavlovich, RN; MSN

Mt. Aloysius College

Nicole Custer, RN; MS, CCRN-CSC

Western Pennsylvania Hospital

School of Nursing: Lauren Miller-Dilts, RN; MSN;

Stephanie Robinson, RN; MSN

Please visit the PLN—Area VI table

UPMC Schools of Nursing

5th Annual

Best Practices in

Nursing Education





Friday, March 22, 2013

Sr. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium

UPMC Mercy Hospital

Event sponsored by the following:

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing

UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing

Pennsylvania League for Nursing, Area VI


8:15– 8:45 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45– 9:00 Welcome

Marge DiCuccio, CNO, UPMC Mercy

9:00–10:00 Keynote address

“Innovation in Nursing Education

Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger

10:00–10:15 Break

10:15–11:15 Concurrent Session 1

11:15–11:45 Session 2 Poster Presentations

11:45–12:30 Lunch and PLN Award Ceremony

12:30–1:30 Concurrent Session 3

1:30–2:00 Dessert Break

2:00–3:00 “Concept-Based Curriculums—

the Future of Nursing Education

Dr. Linda Kmetz, Executive Director

UPMC Schools of Nursing

3:00–3:15 Evaluation/award CE Certificates

4.5 CEs will be awarded, pending approval for attending

the entire conference, through PSNA

Return registration form with payment by

March 11, 2013


1-A Remediation 101: Strategies for Nurse Educators

A downward trend in the National Council Licensure for

Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates and unsuccessful

student completion of associate degree (AD) nursing

education programs has increased remedial measures in

nursing education over the past decade. Lack of empirical

research on remediation in AD nursing education indicates

that students receive varied remediation approaches and

methods. This presentation identifies implementation

strategies for nurse educators.

1-B Student Driven Simulation: Increasing Nursing

Skills and Confidence Teaching nursing students to

develop critical thinking habits that promote patient safety

and positive patient outcomes is a challenging endeavor.

The challenge for nurse faculty is to design and develop

educational scenarios that not only simulate real patient

centered experiences, but also promote skill proficiency

in a cost effective and creative manner. Student nurses

can also be active participants in creating and generating

realistic and safe learning environments.

1-C Non-traditional Clinical Sites as Viable Alternatives

for Student Learning The problem of access to

traditional clinical sites for nursing education exists in all

educational settings. Nursing faculty have utilized alternatives

to traditional inpatient acute care hospital experiences,

including a county correctional facility, a bilingual

pediatric clinic and a healthcare program for the

homeless. Faculty have discovered that these experiences

have the potential to accelerate students’ professional role

development while supporting the changing contemporary

demographics of nursing practice.

SESSION 2 – Poster Presentations

Pre-Licensure Students’ Perceived Importance of

Concepts in Nursing Practice In response to errors occurring

in healthcare, the Institute of Medicine identified

five core competencies healthcare professionals should

possess in order to provide safe, quality care. In 2005,

the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

project was implemented to meet the challenge of preparing

future nurses for practice. Faculty developed this project

to assess changes in students’ perceptions related to

key concepts in nursing practice.

OR Traffic: Implementing Change through Education

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a hospital National Patient

Safety Goal. SSI is the second most common hospital

acquired infection. The Association of periOperative

Registered Nurses (AORN) recommends limiting traffic

in the operating room suite and entering the operating

room from an anteroom or middle room entrance. A two

phase study to determine the number of door swings per

case was planned with 30 surgeries observed for traffic.

Face Time – Up Close and Personal: Improving Communication

and Collaboration through the Use of

Panel Discussions in Educational Courses Effective

communication is vital throughout every level and type of

health care provider to insure positive outcomes and patient

satisfaction. Additionally, effective communication

fosters improved collaboration with peers and those from

other disciplines. At UPMC Mercy, the Nursing Education

Department has been restructuring its educational

courses to focus on communication and collaboration

among health care providers.

Student Perceptions Regarding Utilization of a High

Fidelity Mannequin vs. Standardized Patient in a

Simulation Scenario The use of technology has greatly

impacted how learning occurs in schools of nursing.

Faculty at a local school of nursing explored the

students’ perceptions in relation to high fidelity simulation

by collecting data on students’ preferences utilizing

a high fidelity mannequin or the standardized patient in

a simulation scenario for learning activities.


3-A Purposeful PeriOperative Education to Support

the Culture of Safety in a Nursing Curriculum

Improving patient safety has become a global ambition

for healthcare delivery systems. A particular concern is

the provision of safe care during surgical procedures.

A test of change project and pilot study was designed to

help students benefit from experiences in the

periOperative setting by facilitating the internalization

of QSEN competencies related to the themes of safety

and teamwork in the practice setting.

3-B Reaching New Heights: Redesigning Evaluation

for the Simulation and Clinical Environments As

the health care environment becomes more complex and

diverse, nurse educators are challenged to provide an

educational setting that produces graduates who can

provide safe, competent, quality care in a reliable and

consistent manner. Simulation has been affirmed as an

effective pedagogy for healthcare educators to utilize.

The evaluation of a student’s simulated learning

experience is a critical element in the assessment of a

student’s clinical competence. Developing and

implementing appropriate and unbiased evaluation tools

is critical.

3-C Casino Day: Using Gaming as a Method to

Evaluate Retention of Basic Level Nursing Skills

Assessing a student’s competency in performing skills

has changed reflective of the characteristics of the

millennial student learner at one school of nursing. The

millennial generation performs best through interaction.

Today’s students would rather “do” than memorize.

Utilizing the concept of “gaming”, a group of faculty

has developed a “Casino Day” to not only assess how

the student performs a skill, but also as a mechanism to

reinforce knowledge and encourage collaboration among


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