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21st Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators Conference: Innovations, Quality and Safety in Nursing Education and Practice

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Intended changes participants reported after attending the last conference

  • Looking at how cognitive structuring can be incorporated into clinical teaching or by simulation.
  • Crucial conversations – I'll try and implement these ideas and steps into my practice.
  • Explore partnerships with local employers to develop residency programs for GNs.
  • Use debriefing to develop clinical reasoning in newly hired RNs.

Other comments from last year's participants

  • Looking at how cognitive structuring can be incorporated into clinical teaching or by simulation.
  • The information inspires me to attempt changes that require involving others.
  • The idea to cut down student idle time and improve their understanding of the real job of being a nurse is exciting.
  • The culturally competent content discussion was helpful in giving some easy to include strategies.

Conference information


Speaker handouts will be posted online one week prior to the conference. Paid participants will receive a link to them. If additional handouts are received after this, they will be posted as we receive them. If none are posted, that means we did not receive any in spite of requesting them. Handouts will remain up at least two weeks after the event. Please do not share this link with others. If they need a link, please ask them to contact us:

Requirements for successful completion

Contact hours will be awarded to all learnerss who:

  • Attend and be paid in full.
  • Participate in any individual or group activities.
  • Complete the online evaluation form.

This approval is reciprocal in all states and for all specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC approval process.

Group discount

If you have three or more people registering from your organization please call our office, 573-882-0215, for group discount information.

CE certificates

A certificate of completion is provided to all conference participants who are paid in full and complete the conference evaluation form. If you are not paid in full, your CE credit will be awarded upon payment in full.

Lost certificates may be replaced with a written request to the Nursing Outreach office for a fee of $10 per certificate. We will need your name (exact same name that you used for registering) and the date and title of the conference you attended.

Registration cancellation and substitution

We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to cancel or send a substitute. If you cancel your attendance seven or more business days before the conference, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. You may send a substitute at any time. Please notify the Nursing Outreach office of any registration changes prior to the conference to facilitate the check-in process.

Please note that upon submitting your registration, you are responsible for paying the full registration fee, whether or not you actually attend the conference, unless your registration is canceled at least seven business days prior to the conference. All cancellation notices must be in writing; e-mail notification is acceptable.


If you register without paying, you are responsible for payment whether or not you attend the conference unless you cancel at least seven business days before the conference.

Program changes and cancellations

Nursing Outreach reserves the right to make changes in content and speakers, or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each enrollee if a program is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, registration fees are automatically refunded in full. You will be notified one week prior to the activity date, and a full refund will be sent to you. The University of Missouri-Columbia will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

Commercial support

When commercial support is received for an educational activity, the conference planning committee maintains complete control over the selection of content and speakers. Acceptance of commercial support does not imply approval or endorsement of any product.


Taping by attendees is not allowed at any educational activities sponsored by Nursing Outreach.

Tax deduction

Your expenditure for this activity may qualify you for a Lifetime Learning federal tax credit. Tax deduction information regarding continuing education expenses is available from the IRS or tax advisors (Treasury Regulation 1.162.5).


  • Participants are asked to set their cellphones on vibrate or silent and to exit the meeting room for all calls.
  • Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.
  • MU complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have special needs as addressed by the ADA and need special assistance with this or any portion of the learning process, please notify us as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
  • Please contact the Nursing Outreach Office at or 573-882-0215, if you need special dietary considerations.
  • See what Columbia has to offer

We are pleased to invite you to the 2017 Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators Conference, now in its 21st year. We have planned a pre-conference workshop and two days of outstanding educational programming based on suggestions from last year's conference attendees, input from our expert planning committee and the most pressing needs facing educators from both practice and academic settings.


Early registration by Oct. 27

  • Pre-conference (limited enrollment)
    $75 face-to-face, box dinner included
  • Main conference
    $179 for day one
    $179 for day two
    $322 for both days
    $116 for students day one
    $116 for students day two
    $209 for students both days

Regular registration after Oct. 27

  • Pre-conference (limited enrollment)
    $90 face-to-face, box dinner included
  • Main conference
    $199 for day one
    $199 for day two
    $358 for both days
    $136 for students day one
    $136 for students day two
    $245 for students both days


In its 21st year, the primary goal of this annual event is to strengthen linkages between practice-based and academic nursing educators. It continues to provide a forum to discuss pivotal issues affecting the educational preparation of students and the lifelong learning of practicing professional nurses. Jointly developed by practicing academic faculty and seasoned hospital-based educators, the content is both evidence-based and practically useful.

Target audience

This conference is intended for staff development educators and managers, preceptors, faculty from vocational-technical, undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, continuing education specialists and others interested in the preparation of nurses and their ongoing competency.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain new insights and perspectives regarding the critical issues facing academic nursing education, staff development and lifelong learning.
  • Increase knowledge of best practices in nursing education for both academic and practice-based environments and identify how to use these practices in your own setting.
  • Collaborate to meet the increased demand for competent lifelong learners and practitioners.
  • Renew the passion and appreciation for the important work of skilled nurse educators.

Featured speakers

Carol Goodyear-BruchDay 1, Nov. 9
Nursing's Impact on Healthcare through Transformational Leadership

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, senior director, patient care services, Children's Mercy, Kansas City

Goodyear-Bruch s a leader in the nursing community, presenting nationally on professional aspects of nursing, today's healthcare environment, and leadership. She is actively involved in advocating for nursing, serves on various boards of directors and served as national President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Caryl has authored various publications and enjoys her role in mentoring new authors. She serves on the editorial board for the Nursing Management Journal and is currently on the American Organization of Nurse Executives publications committee.


Carol Goodyear-BruchDay 2, Nov. 10
Reflective Practice:  Transforming Education, Improving Outcomes

(This day jointly provided by Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing)

Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for global initiatives, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sherwood has a distinguished record in leading advances in nursing education locally and globally. She helped lead the Robert Wood Johnson funded Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project to lead transformation of curricula to prepare nurses in quality and safety. Her interactive presentation style engages participants in transformative thinking and learning to create change. She served as President of the International Association for Human Caring and as Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is co-editor of three books on Reflective Practice and the AJN Book of the Year, Quality and Safety Education: A Competency Approach for Nurses.


Pre-conference workshop

  • Nov. 8
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • MU Patient Centered Care Learning Center
    Shelden Clinical Simulation, fourth floor

Advanced Techniques in Simulation

  • Dena Higbee, EdS, CHSE, director
  • Elaine Louder, BS, simulation education specialist

Simulation is recommended in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report as a valued strategy for preventing or decreasing errors in the clinical setting. The focus of this pre-conference is on advancing the skills of nurse educators who are incorporating simulation into their teaching but want to advance their knowledge and skills. Using patient scenarios, students can learn the complex cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills that were once gained through hands-on patient care. Additionally, practice-based educators are being asked to evaluate and remediate the skills of their nurses, including advancing critical thinking. 

Topics for this pre-conference include:

  • Setting up the simulation
  • Writing case studies
  • Teaching vs. evaluation
  • Preparing and Interviewing the standardized patient

Pre-conference agenda

5:30 p.m.

  • Light dinner served

6 p.m.
Setting Up the Simulation

  • Writing case studies
  • Human and material resources needed
  • Simulation for evaluation vs. teaching

7:15 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
Preparing and Interviewing the Standardized Patient

8:30 p.m.

Thursday agenda

7:30 a.m.

  • Continental breakfast
  • Visit exhibits

8:15 a.m.

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, teaching professor and assistant dean, Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia

8:30 a.m.
Nursing's Impact on Healthcare through Transformational Leadership

  • Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K, senior director, patient care services, Children's Mercy, Kansas City
  • Nursing is in the midst of constant change and uncertainty in our healthcare system with increasing regulatory requirements, unstable revenue streams, and a rise in nurse turnover while we continue to seek ways to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care.  We are members of a profession that promises people the use of our intellect and our heart of caring – the science and the art – to assure health and wellbeing. A strong foundation of our professional nursing practice rests within our human business of relationships. This session will help to raise awareness of our "why" so we can appreciate our professional nursing practice.

9:45 a.m.
Beverage break

  • Visit exhibits

10:05 a.m.
The Business Case for Professional Nursing Practice

  • Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K
  • Nurses are to be full partners in redesigning healthcare in the United States so we must prepare and enable ourselves and other nurses to lead change to advance health. Participants will leave the session with a proven set of methods helping them to design and implement innovative projects improving outcomes of educational efforts.

11:05 a.m.
Two Approaches to Ensuring Nurse Competency Today

  • Using the Wright Model
    Nancy Schuenemeyer, RN, supervisor of training, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • A Competency Validation Strategy
    Stephanie Hunt, BSN, RN, CMS-RN, clinical coordinator, MU Healthcare Center for Education and Development
  • Individuals in need of nursing care expect the nurse providers to be competent in delivering that care.  Our ANA Code of Ethics, Standards and Scope of Practice and many regulatory agencies set standards for nursing practice and each nurse is held to those standards.  This session will relate how two healthcare organizations are managing the competency assessments of their nurse employees.              

12:05 p.m.
Hosted lunch

12:45 p.m.
Poster session with dessert bar

  • 30 minutes of CE credit awarded for poster session
  • Presenters will be with their posters during this time                

1:15 p.m.
Bridging the Gap: The Multigenerational Workforce

  • Kathy Bennett, MSN, RN, CEN, system clinical education specialist, Saint Luke's South Hospital/Anderson County Hospital, Kansas City
  • Currently there are healthcare workforces comprised of as many as five generations.  Knowing what makes each generation unique and how they view authority and share information is imperative to a healthy work environment.  Some of the challenges when a group this disparate in beliefs and values comes together as a team will be discussed along with ideas to promote teamwork.

2:15 p.m.
Taking Your Rightful Place at the Table

  • Gretchen Gregory, MS(N), RN, instructor of nursing, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • With 3.3 million registered nurses in the United States, it is easy to assume they have a strong voice in all aspects of healthcare. However, nurses have historically remained silent, not taking a leading role in issues pertaining to healthcare. This session addresses how nurses can find their voices and use their expertise in promoting nursing as a resilient member of the healthcare team and ignite transformation.

3:15 p.m.
Beverage break

3:30 p.m.
Compassion Fatigue: The Need for Awareness and

  • Carole Branch, DNP, PNP-BC, PNP, lung transplant/pulmonary hypertension, St Louis Children's Hospital, St Louis
  • The continuing stress of meeting the needs of patients and families can result in compassion fatigue.  Hospital leadership have come to realize that compassion fatigue has significant implications in retaining competent, caring professional staff and that providing programs education, support and skill building are a valuable investment of resources.

4:30 p.m.

Friday agenda

This day jointly provided by the Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing
7:30 a.m.

  • Continental breakfast
  • Visit exhibits

8:15 a.m.

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC

8:30 a.m.
Reflective Practice: Transforming Education,
Improving Outcomes

  • Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, professor and associate dean for practice and global initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • The emotional labor of nursing takes a demanding toll on nurses as they cope with workforce issues, increasingly complex patients, and advancing technology. Reflective practice is often called a window into the soul, a way to examine one's work and reconsider approaches for the future in developing professional maturity. In this interactive session, we will examine the contradictions between the ideal and real world, explore space to develop one's own reflective practice, and demonstrate application to providing safe, high-quality care.

9:45 a.m.
Beverage break

  • Visit exhibitors

10:05 a.m.
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses: QSEN as Transformative Action

  • Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
  • Nurses are often the last line of defense in patient safety. As the health care provider most present with patients, nurses must be prepared with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work in and lead health care systems focused on healthcare improvement and patient safety. The national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project provides a roadmap with preparation in the six essential competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Using case studies and story, participants in this session will examine ways to replace complacency, task orientation, and blame culture with a focus on high reliability principles to develop a mindset for safety culture to improve outcomes and find satisfaction in doing good work.

11:05 a.m.
Error Management and Just Culture in Teaching Nursing Students

  • Ann O'Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNE, NE-BC, ANEF, assistant dean, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, Quincy, Ill.
  • How does your school handle student errors and violations of college policies? How is it working for you? In this presentation you will learn how one college developed a "Just Culture" policy to successfully deal with these issues.

12:05 p.m.
Hosted luncheon

12:45 p.m.

  • 30 minutes of CE credit awarded for poster session
  • Presenters will be with their posters during this time

1:15 p.m.
Students with Physical Disabilities

  • Disability Center
    Ashley Brickley, MAE, assistant director, MU Disability Center
  • Title IX
    Brittani Fults, education and prevention coordinator, MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX
  • Faculty moderator
    Sherri Ulbrich, PhD, RN, CCRN, Rosemary T. Porter Faculty scholar, associate teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Nursing is a challenging profession and is becoming ever more complex in its delivery. Persons with physical disabilities have unique perspectives to address these challenges and have the ability to acquire nursing knowledge and skills and function in nursing roles.  Yet they are often excluded or not supported in the nursing profession due to outdated beliefs and admission standards. The time has come to examine how we can provide a more inclusive environment in both nursing education and the workplace where persons with physical disabilities might optimally contribute to health outcomes.       

2:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Choose one session

A)  Instructional Design Principles for Nurse Educators

  • Laura Foley, MEd, instructional designer, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Participants in this session will learn how "beginning with the end in mind" is a key to creating effective instruction at any level. We will discuss how to develop measurable learning objectives, determine whether the objectives have been met, and select the materials and activities that will support learners in achieving the objectives.

B)  Student Life-School Balance

  • Mary Beth Schillinger, LCSW, behavioral health services, MU Student Health Center, Columbia
  • Nursing is a very stressful profession. There are the physical demands of 12 hours shifts, more complex patients and inadequate staffing. Central to what nurses do, emotional demands and suffering are experienced almost on a daily basis.  These issues filter down and lead to the high attrition rates among nursing students. How can nursing educators manage stress and model healthy behaviors, along with teaching stress- reducing concepts in the curriculum and practice setting?  This session includes ways to identify students or employees who are stressed, techniques to assist them and a conversation about how you manage your own stress.

3:20 p.m.
Beverage break

3:35 p.m.
Ethics and Nursing Education

  • Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean, Innovative Partnerships and Practice, Clinical Professor, The University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS
  • The purpose of this interactive session is to highlight nursing ethics issues in: (a) teaching in a pre-licensure nursing program, as well as (b) those specific ethical issues that arise when working with large groups of novice learners in the intense healthcare learning environments. We will identify issues and develop strategies based on evidence, and use case studies and group discussion/role play as means to make these issues 'real' for the participants.

4:35 p.m.


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    S266 School of Nursing Building
    Columbia, MO 65211-4120
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Location and lodging

The main conference on Nov. 9 and 10 will be held at the Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center Ballroom, 120 E. Nifong, Suite D, Columbia, MO, 65205.  Should you need to be reached during the activity, the phone number is (573) 875-6608.

The pre-conference on Nov. 8 will take place at MU Patient Centered Care Learning Center, fourth floor. Directions will be sent with confirmation of registration. 

A block of rooms has been reserved on the nights of Nov. 8 and 9 at the special rate of $99 until Oct. 8 at the Stoney Creek Hotel located at 2601 South Providence Rd., Columbia. After this date, rooms will be on a space available basis only. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-659-2220 and be sure to ask for the MUNURSING EDUCATORS CONFERENCE ROOM BLOCK. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing reservations with a credit card.

See website for map with location of Peachtree Banquet Center and Stoney Creek Hotel.  They are within roughly a one mile radius.


The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center‘s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1019-7

Up to 6.75 will be awarded for Day 1 (Nov. 9) and 6.75 contact hours for Day 2 (Nov. 10) to all individuals who attend, complete the evaluation form, and are paid in full. An additional 2.25 contact hours will be awarded for the Pre-Conference on the evening of Nov. 8. This approval is reciprocal in all states and for all specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC approval process.

Planning committee

  • Katherine G. Bowman, PhD, RN, associate teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia
  • Lorraine P. Buchanan, MSN, RN, clinical assistant professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Linda Cook, BSN, RN, coordinator, clinical education, Bothwell Regional Health Center, Sedalia 
  • Susan Devaney, EdD, RN, CNL, adjunct professor, MSN degree program, Central Methodist University, Fayette
  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, teaching professor, assistant dean, Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia 
  • Joyce Gentry, PhD, RN, professor, director and department chair, Columbia College, Columbia 
  • Victoria Grando, PhD, RN, academic dean and professor, Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences, Kansas City
  • Anne Hackman, BSN, RN, MPA, NE-BC, senior director, performance management and insights, advanced practice strategies, Boston
  • Linda Sue Hammonds, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile
  • Anne Heine, MS(N), RN, instructor of clinical nursing, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia 
  • Ruth Jones, MS(N), RN, director of nursing and allied health, Moberly Area Community College, Moberly
  • Libby Klipfel, BSN, RN, CNOR, educator director, Missouri Delta Medical Center, Sikeston
  • Susan McCoy, MSN, RN, nurse educator, learning organization, Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia
  • Gina Oliver, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, associate teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia 
  • Betsy Reeves, MSN, RN, clinical educator, Center for Education and Development, University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia
  • Ann Richardson, MSN, RN, nurse educator, RN-BSN degree program, Central Methodist University, Fayette 
  • Nancy Schuenemeyer, RN, supervisor training, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • Cynthia S. Stephens, MSN, RN, clinical instructor, Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Suzanne Weckman, MSN, RN, CEN, time critical diagnosis and staff development coordinator, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla