Cleveland Clinic is hosting the 2019 PNEG conference. The conference provides professional nurse educators and academic nursing faculty with the knowledge, tools and resources to advance their professional development and clinical performance.

Conference Objectives:

  1. The learner will be able to explore collaborative relationships within nursing and interprofessional education to enhance education and practice.
  2. The learner will be able to identify leadership roles and opportunities for nurse educators practicing within the changing landscape of healthcare.
  3. The learner will be able to share innovative education approaches and strategies to enhance nursing education in all settings.


Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Sunday, October 6, 2019


InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106


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Conference Rate: $139.00
Group Name: CCF Nursing – PNEG Conference
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Conference Rate: $139.00
Group Name: CCF Nursing – PNEG


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Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation

General Sessions

Staying Joyfully Engaged at Every Stage of Your Career

Thursday, October 3 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN
Donna Cardillo

Florence Nightingale said, “Nursing should not be a sacrifice, but one of the highest delights of life.” Staying fully engaged and happy through the continuum of your career is vital to your success, your effectiveness as a healthcare professional, and even your health. Spend a fun, energetic, and practical session with The Inspiration Nurse as we explore ways to pump up the volume in your career…and your life!

Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN is the Inspiration Nurse and the Nurse Whisperer. She is a powerhouse of energy, wisdom, humor and has been referred to as a positive force of nature who lights a path for others to follow. She is an expert blogger at DoctorOz.com and the original “Dear Donna” columnist at Nurse.com. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. She is a life-long Jersey Girl with attitude and chutzpah to spare!

Preparing Practice-Ready Nurses: A Mandate and Effective Strategy for the Present and Future

Saturday, October 5 | 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Patricia Benner

Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis, RN, PhD
Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis

Presentation will focus on teaching and learning clinical reasoning, learning to develop a sense of salience and perceptual grasp through the use of unprompted real clinical cases, and highly clinically contextualized lessons, so the beginner doesn't have to imagine what they have never seen in practice.

Dr. Benner is a professor emerita at the University of California School of Nursing. She is a noted nursing educator and author of From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice, which has been translated into twelve languages. She has directed over 50 doctoral dissertations. She pioneered the use of Interpretive Phenomenology in Nursing. She is the director of this Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching National Nursing Education Study, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation which is the first such study in forty years. Additionally, she collaborated with the Carnegie Preparation for the Professions studies of clergy, engineering, law, and medicine. Dr. Benner is designated as a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing. She was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and Danish Society for Nurses. Her work has influence beyond nursing in the areas of clinical practice and clinical ethics. She has received two honorary doctorates. She is the first author of Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Ethics and Clinical Judgment (2010) with Christine Tanner and Catherine Chesla, and she has coauthored twelve other notable books including a 2nd Edition of Clinical Wisdom and Interventions in Acute and Critical Care: A Thinking-In-Action Approach.

Dr. Kyriakidis, with Drs. Patricia Benner and Tom Ahrens, has worked to radically transform the education of clinicians and students, their ability to clinical thinking and reason, and their preparation to become practice-ready. To prepare clinicians to become practice-ready, the learner must first gain the necessary knowledge, but as importantly, must then be challenged in an unprompted way to notice what is clinically relevant, make sense of all information, recognize the problem, and then problem-solve. Further, Dr. Kyriakidis has led the development of analytics that provide individualized and specific insights to educators about each learner’s clinical thinking, reasoning, and judgment. The analytics revolutionize an educator’s understanding about what and how to better educate learners. With patient safety and quality patient care as the highest concerns of Nursing Leaders, preparing practice-ready nurses is the major challenge of the future.

A Conversation on Interprofessional Education

Saturday, October 5 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Dolansky

Nichole Kelsey, MSN, RN, CHSE
Nichole Kelsey

Maureen Washock BSN, RN, CPN
Maureen Washock

Monica Yepes-Rios, MD
Monica Yepes-Rios, MD

Get an introduction to the new Health Education Campus, followed by a panel discussion that will share information on an exciting, interactive, and novel Interprofessional Education Day that was recently conducted by the Cleveland Clinic. We'll review how IPE can be incorporated into clinical and academic learning, identify challenges, share lessons learned and discuss plan for sustainment.

Dr. Mary Dolansky is an Associate Professor and Director of the QSEN Institute (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She also serves as the National Nursing Director of the Veterans Administration Quality Scholars. Locally, she is the Senior Faculty for the VA Quality Scholars program mentoring pre and post-doctoral health care professionals in the scholarship of improvement. She is currently co-leading the implementation of the Age-friendly Health System (John A. Hartford Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) approach that ensures that care delivery integrates “What matters” and older adults’ mobility, mentation, and medications.

Nichole Kelsey is currently a Simulation Education Specialist in the Nursing Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Recognized as a leader in simulation, she has received both the Excellence in Nursing Education award and the Professional Development and Education: Professional Practice Model award. She is one of the few that hold an Advanced Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator credential from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Her educational interests include innovative curriculum development, simulation education research, and faculty development. She has formally presented simulation at national and international conferences. Nichole is a member of SSH and published in both Clinical Simulation in Nursing and Simulation in Healthcare. Before becoming an educator, Nichole had worked as a registered nurse in critical care, trauma, and emergency department settings.

Maureen Washock has been working in nursing education and simulation including IPE since 2009. She teaches courses for new graduate nurses, incumbent nurses with pediatric specialty and IPE for American Heart Association courses as well as emergency response at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. She is the co-chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Simulation Committee as the representative for nursing education along with a pediatric hospitalist. She has presented at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, the Association for Nursing Professional Development conference, the American Academy of Pediatrics conference and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses conference.

Dr. Monica Yepes-Rios is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is the Director, Diversity and Inclusion Education at Lutheran, and Directs the CC Longitudinal Clerkship Didactics and Learning Groups. Dr Yepes-Rios joined the Cleveland Clinic Ohio City clinical practice in 2017 to expand clinical services and educational opportunities with the growing Hispanic community. Prior to this role, Dr Yepes-Rios was at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at various military treatment facilities, where she developed community outreach projects and several communications skills training programs. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at The George Washington University Medical Center, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Yale University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr Yepes-Rios has over 25 years’ experience in medical education and internal medicine clinical practice. Her passions are the delivery of culturally sensitive care, curriculum development on health systems and societal factors affecting health outcomes, and mentoring trainees to engage with underserved communities, with a special interest in the Hispanic community.

Supporting Well-Being, Harmony and Resilience in the Workplace. The role of the Nurse Educator

Sunday, October 6 | 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Adele A. Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Adele A. Webb

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) describes healthcare as one of the most stressful places to work in America. While it is unclear how this stress effects retention, the fact remains that attrition of nurses is at an all-time high. Nurse educators have the opportunity to address the issue by providing pathways that support well-being and harmony in the workplace. Strategies to develop and support resilience will be discussed.

Dr. Webb is the Assistant Dean for External Relations and Partnerships at Capella University. In the early 1990’s, she began focusing on HIV in under‐developed countries. Over the last 25 years, her focus has been on international nurse capacity building in 51 countries as it relates to both communicable and non‐communicable diseases. She has received extensive funding for her international work and has published her findings in several refereed journals. She has contributed to WHO guidelines, testified to the Institute of Medicine and given testimony to the White House on nursing workforce issues. A sought‐out speaker on international nursing care issues, Dr. Webb continues to collaborate with the World Health Organization as well as the World NCD Congress. In recognition of her body of work, she has received not only the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Lifetime Achievement Award, she has also received the Nicholas Andrew Cummings award for Excellence in Interprofessional Practice from the National Academies of Practice. She is an International Council of Nurses Global Health Fellow, a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2019, Dr. Webb was named One of One Hundred Great Nurses in Ohio.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Thursday, October 3 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC1: Professional Development Educational Design: Utilizing CBE methodology to achieve identified outcomes for competency attainment
Jennifer Graebe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Explore how to use backwards planning to develop learning outcomes and identify applicable competencies. Participants will also learn how to align evaluation and assessment to learning outcomes to determine knowledge, skill and/or practice acquisition

PC2: Simulation Facilitation and Debriefing
Nichole Kelsey, MSN, RN, CHSE; Michelle Feliciano, MEd, CHSE Maureen Washock, BSN, RN, CPN
This faculty development session will provide a sampling of simulation facilitation education used in an introductory Simulation Educator Workshop. Attendees will be immersed in facilitation and debriefing concepts where active participation is guaranteed.


Thursday, October 3 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Conference Sessions
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Concurrent Session A
2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Concurrent Session B
3:20 p.m. - 4 p.m. Snack Break
4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Session
Staying Joyfully Engaged at Every Stage of Your Career
Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception & Exhibits

Friday, October 4 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Concurrent Session C
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session D
10:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Beverage Break
10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session E
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Poster Presentations & Exhibits
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Concurrent Session F
3:10 p.m. - 4 p.m. Snack Break
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Concurrent Session G

Saturday, October 5 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Desk
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Open Breakfast
8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. General Session
Preparing Practice-Ready Nurses: A Mandate and Effective Strategy for the Present and Future
Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis, RN, PhD
10:05 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Concurrent Session H
11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Beverage Break
11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Concurrent Session I
12:35 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Lunch
1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Poster Presentations & Exhibits
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. General Session
A Conversation on Interprofessional Education
Monica Yepes-Rios, MD
Nichole Kelsey, MSN, RN, CHSE
Maureen Washock, BSN, RN, CPN
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Health Education Campus Tours & Reception

Sunday, October 6 Conference Agenda
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. General Session
Supporting Well-Being, Harmony and Resilience in the Workplace: The role of the Nurse Educator
Adele A. Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Beverage Beak
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Session J
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session K

*Exact times are subject to change


Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this conference.

Contact hours

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • 3.75 = Preconference #1 or #2
  • 1.0 = Session A
  • 1.0 = Session B
  • 1.0 = Opening Session
  • 6.75 = Contact hours

Friday, October 4, 2019

  • 1.0 = Session C
  • 1.0 = Session D
  • 1.0 = Session E
  • .5 = Posters
  • 1.0 = Session F
  • 1.0 = Session G
  • 5.5 = Contact hours

Saturday, October 5, 2019

  • 1.5 = General Session
  • 1.0 = Session H
  • 1.0 = Session I
  • 1.5 = General Session
  • .5 = Poster
  • 5 = Contact hours

Sunday, October 6, 2019

  • 1.0 = General Session
  • 1.0 = Session J
  • 1.0 = Session K
  • 3.0 = Contact hours

Total including Pre-Conference = 20.25



Conference Fees
Early Bird (6/1 to 7/31) Regular (8/1 to 9/15) Late (9/15 to 10/2)
Regular Attendee $575 $650 $775
Cleveland Clinic Caregiver $400 $450 $550
Single Day $300 $350 $400
Single Day-CCF Caregiver $210 $245 $280
Single Half Day (Thr. or Sun.) $150 $200 $250
Pre-Conference  $125 $125 $125


All cancellations must be received in writing by September 1, 2019 and sent to PNEGCLE@ccf.org. Cleveland Clinic shall issue a refund, minus a One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) administrative fee, in the same manner that the registration was originally paid.

Registration Transfer

Attendees may transfer their registration to another individual by sending a request to PNEGCLE@ccf.org.

Session Selections

Seating for breakout sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Your selections through registration helps us assign appropriately sized rooms to each session, but does not guarantee your spot in the session.

Photo Release

Please be advised that there will be Cleveland Clinic photographers taking pictures of the speakers and participants during this conference. If you are not comfortable with appearing in photos, kindly move out of the site of the cameras. Thank you.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Exhibitors and Supporters

For more information, or to book your supporter opportunity, please contact PNEGCLE@ccf.org

Diamond Supporter

Orbis Education

Gold Supporter

Capella University

Silver Supporter

Wolters Kluwer Logo

WGU Ohio

Medline Logo


American Sentinel University

Ashland University

Association for Nursing Professional Development

CAE Healthcare

Chamberlain University College of Nursing

Duquesne University School of Nursing





Herzing University

Hurst Review

Limbs & Things


Ohio University School of Nursing

Pocket Nurse

S4 Netquest

University of Pittsburg School of Nursing

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Update: The abstract submission system has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts.

Types of Presentations:
Abstracts may be submitted for an oral session or poster presentation. When submitting the abstract, the presenter will be asked to indicate if the abstract is to be considered for oral presentation only, poster presentation only, or are willing to be considered for either an oral or a poster presentation (only one format will be chosen and then assigned to the presenter).

Oral Session: Formal presentation in a lecture-style format lasting between 50-75 minutes.

Poster Presentation: Conference planners will supply an assigned presentation space and a 4-foot high by 6-foot wide cork display board. Format for the poster presentation should include a creative, visual presentation of the abstract content.

Poster presenters should be present at their poster display for at least a portion of assigned poster presentation times to allow colleagues to ask questions. Exact times are subject to the final program and will be communicated to presenters.

Abstract Categories/Themes:
The abstract is limited to 350 words, excluding the title. Abstracts should align with the conference theme (Collaborating, Leading, and Educating), and should fit into one of the following categories: Quality Improvement, Research, or Best Practice/Innovation. Authors should submit their work within the category and theme that they feel best fits.

Collaborating - different yet related health care groups working together to enhance nursing education and practice (e.g. Interprofessional Education; Clinical/Academic Partnerships, Community Partnerships)

Leading - inspiring and motivating nurses and other health care providers to seek unexpected and remarkable results within nursing education (e.g. influence strategies; leadership roles, skills or opportunities)

Educating - facilitating learning for nurses and other health care providers that develops knowledge, skills, values, and beliefs (e.g. innovative teaching strategies, new technological advances, continuing education)

Will projects/research in progress be accepted?
When deciding if you are going to submit your work, it is important to review all scoring criteria to ensure you can answer all of the criteria. Research submissions must be original research with completed results at the time of submission. Quality improvement and best practice/innovative practice submissions need to have been implemented.

Abstract Criteria:
The components of the abstract for each category are listed below to help presenters ensure they have included all required information based on scoring criteria. Presenters are encouraged to write the abstract in a word processing file (e.g. MS Word) and then cut and paste the appropriate sections into the abstract system. Please be sure to verify that special characters used are pasted correctly.

The final abstract (body of abstract) must be no more than 350 words (excluding the title and authors’ names/institutions). Please check the word count of your abstract in a word processing program prior to cutting and pasting the abstract into the online submission form. The abstract title should clearly indicate the nature of the subject. Acronyms should not be used in the title and should be written out on first mention. Do not include any identifying information in the abstract, such as the institution of the presenters or the institution where the project took place.

Abstracts are reviewed for completion of requested information according to category. Please review the criteria below for each category to ensure your abstract aligns with the category you are submitting to.

  • Research abstracts should include: Problem, Methods, Results, Conclusion (include IRB approval statement)
    Note: research should be original research with completed results at the time of submission.
  • Quality Improvement abstracts should include: Problem, Methods, Results, Implications for Nursing
  • Best Practice/innovative Practice abstracts should include: Problem, What is Known, Description of Best practice/Innovation, Implications for Nursing Education and Professional Development

The first presenter listed on the abstract submission will be the person who receives all correspondence from the PNEG Abstract Committee regarding the abstract. There is a maximum of 3 presenters per abstract. Once a decision has been made to accept the abstract for presentation, all presenters agree to register for the conference.

Abstract submission, review, and acceptance:
Abstracts must be submitted via the electronic abstract management system by the requested deadline. A blind review of the abstract is directed by the PNEG Abstract Review Committee and abstracts may be selected for an oral session or poster presentation. The abstract will be evaluated for the completion of requested information and adherence to all instructions. If an abstract does not adhere to the stated criteria, it will not be reviewed. Notice of the outcome of review will be sent early May, 2019.

Can I make changes to my abstract after it has been accepted?
Once you have submitted your abstract and it has been accepted, you are not able to make any changes to the abstract of the focus of the abstract.

ANCC Standards
Abstract authors must comply with the standards from ANCC Standards for Disclosure and Commercial Support. You may go to www.ana.org to download the entire document.

  • The abstract must be free of commercial interest
  • Commercial interest organizations are not eligible to submit abstracts
  • An individual must disclose any financial relationship with an entity with a commercial interest.
  • The content or format of the CNE activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest of an entity with a commercial interest.

Who do I contact for questions about abstract submissions?

For questions on abstract submission, please email:

Dr. Christian N. Burchill
Nurse Scientist, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation