Last month, we hosted our first Nursing Forum, a day-long professional development event for nursing instructors at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Drawing attendees from all over New England and beyond, the Nursing Forum focused on “Educating the Next Generation of Nurses” with a series of workshops and presentations from experts on a wide-variety of topics.
In addition, it included an interactive Learning Center where attendees could browse our titles and find out more about our digital nursing products such as Navigate 2 and online courses and curricula. While there, they could also catch enlightening demos from Educational Technology Consultant, Rob Howson, and an informative poster presented by Corinna Preuschoff, PhD.
Executive Editor, Amanda Martin, summed up the energy of the day by saying that,
“We are so pleased with the success of our first annual Nursing Forum! It was a day of information sharing, collaboration, and ongoing dialogue around the unique trends and issues facing today’s nursing education landscape. We are grateful to our speakers for their thought-provoking sessions and to our participants for their active engagement. I feel privileged to work for a company that places such value on the expansion and dissemination of nursing knowledge, and this event marks an exciting step forward for the Nursing Division at Jones & Bartlett Learning.”
Attendees had rave reviews as well. According to Valeria Ramdin from Northeastern University, it was “such a wonderful and insightful conference.” While Pat Hedderson from NYCCT declared that “it was completely invigorating!”
Kicking off the day was Margaret Reneau, PhD, MSN, RN, Director of Online Nursing Programs for Saint Xavier University, who spoke about “Nursing Education for the 21st Century: Transitioning to Online Course Delivery.” Read some feedback from attendees:
“Dr. Reneau was fabulous. I would definitely come to another conference to listen to her.”
“Excellent! She was a great speaker and her topic was very relevant.”
Jeri Milstead, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, author of the recently published Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide, Fifth Edition, delivered an inspiring session on “Health Policy and Politics: Leadership in Action.” Read what attendees had to say:
“Absolutely amazing – shared her passion for nurse leadership with effective, anecdotal stories.”
“Loved her down to earth presentation! Makes me want to delve more into political advocacy for health care.”
Dr. Patty Spurr, Associate Dean and Professor from Spalding University gave an educational and entertaining talk on “Moving from Face-to-Face to Online Programming for an RN to BSN Program.” Read more feedback from attendees:
“Good information. Loved her sense of humor.”
“Inspiring on how to make it work.”
Anita Finkelman, RN, MSN, from Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing, and author of the recently published Professional Nursing Concepts: Competencies for Quality Leadership, Third Edition, presented an engaging session on “Applying Technology to Engage Students Today and in the Future: Successes and Challenges.” Read some of the attendee feedback:
“Dr. Finkelman is a great speaker.”
“Humbling to be able to see her speak; her knowledge base is so broad.”
Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, Director at Boston Medical Center, offered expert insights on “The Practice Perspective.” Read what attendees had to say:
“Very informative regarding residency program for new graduates.”
“It was good to have a speaker out of the practice setting; she gave very practical pointers to take back to the classroom.”
The entire nursing team at Jones & Bartlett Learning would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who attended our Nursing Forum and made the day such a triumph!