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APRN Summit

For neonatal content tailored specifically for the advanced practice nurse, look no further than NANN’s APRN Summit.

Attendees will enjoy a half-day session that identifies solutions to national issues unique to APRN’s. This year’s Summit focuses on looking at the way nurses educate using simulation and its application in the health care setting, how simulation labs foster skill development and competency, and hot topics and controversies in Neonatology.

Keynote Address

Changing the Way We Educate: Workforce Expectations and Evolving Healthcare Systems

pamela-jeffriesPamela R. Jeffries, PhD RN FAAN ANEF
Professor and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing

This presentation focuses on different teaching modalities which have altered the way we educate new graduates using experiential learning and immersion in clinical simulations. Evidence will be provided on best practices in clinical simulations with implications being discussed for meeting the needs of a dynamic healthcare landscape and workforce.  Changes in clinical education will be presented along with implications for policy guidelines.

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing, is internationally known for her research and work in nursing, simulation and health care education. Throughout the academic community, she is well regarded for her scholarly contributions to the development of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning techniques, new pedagogies and the delivery of content using technology.

As the principle investigator on grants funded by federal and state agencies and numerous national organizations, including the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and education. With the NLN, Dr. Jeffries developed the major contribution to simulation scholarship, the framework and monograph now known as the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory.  

She is a sought-after keynote speaker and delivers nationally and internationally presentations on nursing leadership and her research. Throughout her career, she has shared her expertise in clinical education, simulations and other emerging technologies as a consultant to health care organizations, corporations and publishers. Her numerous publications cover a wide-range of topics pertinent to nursing education, clinical simulations and health care policy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the state of the science in clinical simulations and Experimental Learning.
  2. Outline the NLN Jefferies Simulation Theory.
  3. Describe the national, landmark NCSBN study that impacts nursing clinical education in the academy and practice.
  4. Discuss the policy implications from the NCSBN simulation study and impact across the nation.


Breakout Session: Clinical Track

Hot Topics in Neonatology: Does my Practice Need to Change?

Robert Ursprung, MD MMSc
Director of HRO/Patient Safety for Women & Children's Services: Mednax
Neonatologist: Cook Children's Medical Center

This session will discuss a variety of important and controversial topics in Neonatology and provide a framework for clinical practice when the literature is not definitive.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify management strategies for complex hyperbilirubinemia issues such as isoimmunization and when to use IVIG.
  2. Illustrate reflux and GERD management.
  3. Compare and contrast high flow NC versus CPAP and bubble CPAP versus conventional.


Breakout Session: Faculty Track

Designing a Simulation-based Curriculum: The Essentials Including Debriefing and Evaluation Approaches

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD RN FAAN ANEF
Professor and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing

This session will review the basic elements necessary for creating a simulation-based curriculum. Key essentials will be provided in addition to reviewing different debriefing approaches; both important in connecting theory to practice for the learner or new graduate. To obtain evidence and outcomes data, evaluation strategies will be discussed and will provide a framework for how to measure the success of simulation outcomes, the process of implementing a simulation, as well as student learning outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current literature and evidence supporting the value and role of clinical simulations.
  2. Outline important elements for consideration when utilizing a simulation based curriculum.
  3. Discuss educational strategies critical to implementing simulation into a nursing curriculum.
  4. Review debriefing techniques and strategies.