2021 Pre-conference Workshops

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM


Pre-conference Workshop Option #1
Title: Mindfulness, Inner Balance, and Resilience

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Audience
Description

Rabbi Simcha (Susan) Zevit
Staff Chaplain
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Practice and Academia

We all know that the stressors of working in healthcare can impact us on every level; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This session will provide both the science and research, and the experiential practice, of techniques to reduce stress and burnout, and to cultivate resiliency and well-being. You’ll walk away feeling re-charged, relaxed and ready for the conference ahead, and with simple yet effective self-care tools that will benefit you, the patients you care for, and those you work and live life with!

Pre-conference Workshop Option #2
Title: Integrating Mathematics and Safe Nursing Practice Through Authentic Lab Scenarios

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Audience
Description

Lead Presenter:
Daniel Ozimek, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
 
Co-Presenters:
Lindsay Good, M.Ed.
Instructor, Mathematics
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
 
Glenn Murphy, MSN, RN, CNE
Course Coordinator, Nursing Faculty
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
 
Gayle Watson, EdD, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K
Assistant Professor, Nursing, and Skills Lab Coordinator
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
 
Anna Wendel, MSN, CRNP
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
 
Elizabeth Zimmermann, DNP, MSN, RN, CHSE
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
 
Kristen Zulkosky, PhD, RN, CNE
Professor, Nursing, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Practice
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences


Academia and Practice

The goals of this workshop are (1) to share findings of an on-going collaboration between mathematics and nursing faculty, and (2) to engage attendees in co-constructed clinical lab scenarios that were developed for nursing students to connect their understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts to practice. The presenters will also share data on the students’ experience and provide suggestions for implementing these authentic scenarios throughout the nursing curriculum. 

Additional information: (can you link to these details)

In October, the joint Task Force between QSEN, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin held a national convening of leaders from the mathematics, statistics, education, and nursing communities to construct recommendations around mathematics and statistics education for nursing.  Among these recommendations was the call for nursing and mathematics faculty to build partnerships to construct authentic learning experiences for nursing students. Additionally, it was recommended that faculty identify opportunities for integrating mathematics throughout the curriculum with a specific focus on quality and patient safety — rather than as a “once and done” course at the beginning of a nursing program.

 The goals of this workshop are (1) to share findings of an on-going collaboration between mathematics and nursing faculty, and (2) to engage attendees in co-constructed clinical lab scenarios that were developed for nursing students to connect their understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts to practice. The presenters will also share data on the students’ experience and provide suggestions for implementing these authentic scenarios throughout the nursing curriculum.

It is essential that this work is shared with the QSEN community to illustrate the necessity for nursing and mathematics faculty collaboration.  By engaging in authentic lab scenarios themselves, attendees will gain an understanding of how the activities explicitly connect mathematics concepts with safe nursing practice. 

Content and Methods:
1. 20 minute presentation and group discussion: Presenters will provide a quick overview of the current state of mathematics education in nursing education, the recent learnings of the “High-Quality Mathematical Preparation for Nurses” QSEN Task Force, and the recommendations from the recent “Math for Nurses” convening at the University of Miami in October 2019.
2. 5 minute presentation: Attendees will learn how mathematics and nursing faculty collaborated to create authentic lab scenarios that integrate mathematics concepts, clinical practice, and patient safety.
3. 45 minutes small group activity: Attendees will engage in authentic lab scenarios and experience these activities as learners.
4. 20 minute group discussion and reflection:  Attendees will debrief as a group and reflect on how the authentic scenarios (1) support students’ understanding of essential mathematics concepts for safe practice, and (2) illustrate the importance of revising current instructional practices in nursing education with respect to teaching mathematical concepts.  

Attendees will “take-home”:
1. Information and frameworks developed by the joint QSEN Task Force and attendees of the “Math for Nurses” Convening around authentic mathematics education for nursing students.
2. The experience of engaging in authentic lab scenarios as learners, and the implications of these scenarios for safe nursing practice.
3. Lesson plans and strategies for implementing these authentic lab scenarios.
4. Specific suggestions for building connections with their fellow nursing and mathematics peers around mathematics education in nursing programs.       


Pre-conference Workshop Option #3
Title: Promoting Quality and Advancing Improvement Science: The VA Quality Scholars Fellowship for Pre and Post-doctoral Nurses

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Audience
Description

Dr. Ruth Kleinpell
Dr. Brant Oliver
Dr. Meg Wallhagen
Dr. Corrine Abraham
Dr. Kathryn Rugen
Dr. Rebecca Miltner
Dr. Mary Dolansky

Practice

This session will highlight opportunities for nurses in the VA Quality Scholars (VAQS)  fellowship program. The VAQS program is a premier pre/post-doctoral fellowship educating interprofessional healthcare clinicians as system-level practice change leaders with a comprehensive skill set in quality improvement (QI), informatics, implementation, research, and teaching Senior nurse faculty and current VAQS nursing fellows will present examples of ongoing QI and clinical project work.  In addition, an exemplar focused on measurement strategies for quality improvement initiatives will showcase how VAQS fellows gain expertise in QI methods and measurement that can help transform healthcare quality.
 
Overview: The VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) program is the premier pre/post-doctoral fellowship educating interprofessional healthcare clinicians as system-level practice change leaders with a comprehensive skill set in quality improvement (QI), informatics, implementation, research, and teaching. Currently, eleven VAQS sites support the program through partnerships with health system leaders and faculty. Fellows participate in a national curriculum, lead improvement and/or research teams, and establish professional development plans.
 
Additional information:
 
Session Outline:
 
1. VAQS program: Overview/History (20 minutes)
2. Office of Nursing Services academic and Clinical partnerships (20 minutes)
3. VAQS program: Examples of VAQS fellow initiatives (50 minutes)
4. VAQS program in action: Using measurement techniques to focus on quality improvement – Brant and MN fellow (20 minutes)
5. Open Discussion/Dialogue – attendees and VAQS faculty/fellows/alumni (40 minutes)


Pre-conference Workshop Option #4
Title: Academic-Practice Partnerships for Disaster Shelter Management using Systems Thinking for QSEN Competency Adoption

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Audience
Description

Ann M. Stalter, PhD, RN, M.Ed. 
Judith Schnatz, BSN, RN
Marianne Urban, MS, RN
Cecilia M. Bidigare, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE

Practice and Academia

Come learn about and play an innovative board game entitled, “Volunteer Nursing in a Red Cross Shelter”, that teaches QSEN competencies and systems thinking. All are welcome!! 
 
This interactive presentation will describe a sustainable academic-practice partnership between the American Red Cross Dayton Ohio Chapter, Disaster Health Services division and Wright State University College of Nursing and Health (QSEN Pilot School) undergraduate nursing faculty. Disaster Health Service nurse leaders, nurse educators, nurses, and nursing students from multiple schools partnered to develop a board game designed to engage student recruits about the nursing management of populations staying in disaster shelters. The purpose of this session is to share the development of the board game as an innovative practice strategy, bridging QSEN competencies and systems thinking theory to engage students in practice aspects of shelter management. Participants will have an opportunity to play the game, as well as to discuss the game. The discussion will focus on the game as a potential disaster shelter recruitment and training resource, a classroom teaching-learning tool, and, in terms of best evidence-based methods to evaluate the learning mastery of QSEN competencies, systems thinking, and shelter management. 
 
Game development was funded by the Susan B, Hassmiller Red Cross Award  
 
Hour 1: Review of Game Development
Hour 2: Gameplay
Hour 3: Debriefing and tabletop work


QSEN Contact

Email: qsen.institute@gmail.com
Phone: 216.368.3839


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