Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, April 12

Concurrent Session Tracks (Include various levels throughout each track)

  1. Interprofessionalism and Teamwork
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Clinical Application and Translation into Practice
8 - 9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Presentation of Abstract Awards

Kathryn Lothschuetz Montgomery, PhD, RN,

Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives
University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Creating the Future of Health Care through Appreciation, Influence, and Control: Using the AIC Model to Create a 21st Century Health Care System (All)

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Senior Faculty Fellow
Indiana University

Discover how to shape the future of health care using the power of purpose, the awareness of influence, and the value of professional practice responsibilities (choice) that influence nursing care differences that sustain a 21st century health care system.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session 1

1A: Shared Medical Appointments in the Medical Home (Intermediate)
Christine Engstrom PhD, CRNP, AOCN
Director, Clinical Practice
Veterans Health Administration

Shared medical appointments provide benefits of improved access to health care, productivity, and education through optimal inter-professional collaboration. Shared appointments foster patient education, health behavior coaching, and counseling, in addition to the individual clinician-patient visit.

1B: Staffing Methodology — Creating the Evidence (Novice)
K. Sue Haddock, PhD, RN
Associate Chief of Staff for Research
William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, S.C.

Staffing decisions require professional judgment rather than sole use of standardized metrics. Staffing needs are specific to clinical settings and cannot rely only on fixed staffing models or prescribed patient formulas. This presentation describes the Veterans Affairs' (VA) development of staffing evidence.

1C: Evidence Reviews: Assessing Their Quality and Usefulness (Expert) — Interactive Session
Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Considering the challenges in finding, critically appraising, and synthesizing information, review articles may provide the most feasible resource for clinicians searching for solutions to health problems. Yet, reviews vary considerably in quality and breadth. This presentation examines the type of evidence reviews, the hallmarks of a quality review, and the challenges in conducting such reviews.

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session 2

2A: Advancing Practice through Teamwork (Intermediate)
Nicole Brandt, PharmD, CGP, BCPP, FASCP
Associate Professor, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Science

This session highlights the impact of inter-professional collaboration from clinical practice, education, and research. Examples of teamwork that will be described include, but are not limited to, evaluation of implementation of new technology in long-term, geriatric educational initiatives as well as comprehensive dementia care in an ambulatory care setting.

2B: Leading by Publication: Informing Professional, Lay, and Scientific Communities (Intermediate) — Interactive Session

Panel Members

Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN
President, Marrelli and Associates, Inc.
Editor, Home Healthcare Nurse

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Kristin Seidl, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing Outcomes, Research and Evidence Based Practice
University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing


Charlene C. Quinn, PhD, RN
Nurse Researcher
Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS)
Nursing Education and Research Center
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

This session features discussion on how to write and translate clinical evidence-based projects and research into meaningful publications.

2C: How to Convert Evidence into Practice: The Case of Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes (Expert)
Anne Sales, PhD, RN
Nursing Business and Health Systems Division
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Research Scientist
Center for Clinical Management Research
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

This session will focus on the evidence we have on nurse staffing and outcomes for hospitalized patients. After a brief review of the current evidence, we will discuss approaches to putting this evidence into practice, considering the nature of the evidence and the realities of practice situations. This session will appeal mostly to nurse managers and researchers interested in the relationship between nursing and patient outcomes.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Using Evidence-based Quality Improvement to Advance Medical Home Implementation

Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH
Co-Director, Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Adjunct Professor of Health Services
University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health

Patient-centered medical homes hold great promise for improving the quality, costs, and experiences of care. The VA health care system has launched its own brand of medical homes—Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs)—in the largest implementation of its kind in the nation. This talk will describe the emergence of the PACT model and the role of evidence-based quality improvement and interprofessional practice to accelerating the effect of PACT innovations.