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Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, Nov 3, 8 - 11:30am Eastern

ALSN will offer 2 pre-conference workshops on Thursday morning


  • Member: $155
  • Non-Member: $180

Workshop 1: Leading and Sustaining Evidence-based Practice Changes in Healthcare: Solutions from the Field of Implementation Science

Thursday, Nov 3, 8 - 11:30am Eastern

Room 199A

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the field of implementation science, with specific focus on application of principles for leading sustainable practice changes among healthcare teams.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the theoretical underpinnings of implementation science and its key components.
  2. Identify principles of implementation science that nurse leaders can utilize when leading and sustaining evidence-based practice changes in healthcare settings.
  3. Develop an EBP project implementation plan that integrates components of behavior change, complexity science, and implementation science. 

Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Director, DNP Nurse Executive Track; Director, Implementation Science, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP; College of Nursing; The Ohio State University

Sharon is the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Director of the DNP Nurse Executive Track, and Director for the Implementation Science Core of the Fuld National EPB Institute for the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. Dr. Tucker studies, practices and teaches in the areas of behavioral interventions for mental health and wellness and implementation science to promote EBP. She focuses on women and children, employees and worksite interventions for health, well-being, resilience and mental health. She is certified as a mental health clinical nurse specialist, integrative nurse coach and meditation/mindfulness teacher. Dr. Tucker is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program Alumna; an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and National Academies of Practice; serves as Associate Editor for Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing; publishes widely and serves on regional and national boards.

Molly McNett, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS, FAAN
Professor, Clinical Nursing; Assistant Director, Implementation Science, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP; College of Nursing; The Ohio State University

Molly is a Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University and Assistant Director of Implementation Science at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).  Dr. McNett’s research centers on care of critically ill patients after severe neurological injury.  In her work, she has led multiple funded, multi-site studies, and routinely leads international, interdisciplinary guideline development groups in critically synthesizing the research literature to generate meaningful practice recommendations. She has extensive experience working with leadership teams in health systems to apply research findings and evidence-based practice recommendations using an implementation science approach.  Dr. McNett routinely leads interdisciplinary teams in creating infrastructures for EBP and research, and has led numerous task forces to integrate key components of research, evidence-based practice, implementation science, and quality improvement initiatives into healthcare settings.   

Workshop 2: The New Essentials: Integrating CBE to Unite Academic and Practice Leaders

Thursday, Nov 3, 8 - 11:30am Eastern

Room 139

Implementing the AACN Essentials and integrating competency-based education (CBE) will be a challenging task even for the most skilled educators. This presentation will focus on one school’s unique faculty-led model to navigate these curricular revisions with a strong belief that to bridge the gap from academics to practice, graduates must be competent, predictable, resilient and lead with a social justice lens. The structure, processes, and current outcomes will be shared including strategies to meet the charge of CBE: critical assignments, rubrics, and simulation.  Plans for frequent faculty development strategies will be reviewed. Participants will have the opportunity to use the presenter’s organizational structure and course mapping templates, as well as approaches to infuse CBE during this engaging and interactive session.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the use of Organizational structure to accomplish curricular revisions across a School of Nursing.
  2. Understand approach to faculty development as pivotal to curricular revision work success.
  3. Understand the AACN New Essentials and Level 2 Sub competencies in the context of curricular mapping and gapping.
  4. Explain ways of measuring competency-based approaches to include signature assignments.
  5. Incorporate and apply individual schools of nursing to structure, process, and outcomes related to curricular revisions during interactive portion of session.

Dawn Mueller-Burke, PhD, CRNP, NNP-BC; Assistant Professor, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Chair of the New Essentials Curricular Revisions Taskforce, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Dawn has a clinical focus in the Neonatal Intensive Care arena where she spent most of her career as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) PhD program with a focus in neonatal neurophysiology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in a developmental genetics’ laboratory with a focus in stem cell biology. Her research sought to better understand neonatal brain injury and to identify potential interventions, including hypothermia and stem cell therapy to improve outcomes after neonatal brain injury. She shifted her focus to leadership and educational based endeavors once joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2004 where she teaches across degree programs, specifically in the NNP program.  She is nationally certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, with a per diem practice in the NICU at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  In 2011 she served as the Faculty Chair of the DNP Transition Task Force incorporating the AACN Essentials, leading all the APN Masters specialties at UMSON to the doctorate (DNP) beginning Fall 2014. She is currently the Chair of the New Essentials Curricular Revisions Taskforce at UMSON, with a targeted implementation of the graduate programs in the Fall of 2024. She is part of the national dialogue on the curricular revisions and speaks at various venues to share the structure, process and outcomes related to the curricular revisions implementing the AACN Essentials and integrating a competency-based approach to education. 

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