2021 Hybrid Nursing Educators Conference

Conference Schedule

Day 1: Monday, June 14




Welcome Remarks & Orientation to the Day 


Optional Add In:

Mauritha Hughes MSED, BSN & Amanda Quintana, DNP, RN, FNP, Coach-CTI

As organizations seek to be inclusive and culturally diverse, ensuring leaders and team members have cultural competence is a must. Building the skills needed to understand what diversity and inclusion mean and how to apply that understanding to create and support a diverse workplace does not happen organically. It takes dedicated time to acknowledge the bias within, have the difficult conversations and discuss how to make changes within your organization. 


Morning Break


Bias Busters II

Mauritha Hughes MSED, BSN & Amanda Quintana, DNP, RN, FNP, Coach-CTI

This workshop builds on Bias Busters I to allow participants to further explore the effects of bias in everyday situations and determine alternative behaviors that stop bias in its tracks. This is a 2-hour skill building learning experience takes participants on a journey designed to develop skills that will transform behavior and systems of bias.   




Lessons Learned: A Debrief of the Past Year

Escaping the Boredom of Online Learning: The Implementation of Virtual Escape Rooms

Sarah E. Patel, MSN, RN, C-EFM

The COVID-19 pandemic required the implementation of revolutionary teaching methods, including escape rooms, to facilitate students’ understanding and application of course material. Escapes rooms allow undergraduate nursing students to gather clues to “escape” a virtual room in Google Forms by integrating knowledge gained from course content and applying clinical reasoning skills. Within each room, students are given patient scenarios and questions related to the course content that formulate a key to crack the escape code. This presentation will demonstrate the use of virtual escape rooms to enhance the virtual learning environment.

DIY Simulation for the Virtual World

Edna Watts, MSN, RN

Drew Schneider, MA, CHSE

“Off the shelf” virtual simulation software is expensive and rarely matches the learning experience and features of pre-COVID in-person simulations.  This session will introduce participants to a virtual simulation model using Zoom that incorporates multimedia and branched logic that is cost effective and can be customized to meet instruction needs.  Key components of this model include learners who participate one at a time, patient condition changes based on learner actions in the scenario, and live (synchronous) delivery of the scenario.


Morning Break


Lessons Learned: A Debrief of the Past Year (Con’t)

Hybrid Modalities in Nursing Simulation

Lorenzo Saenz

This past year, nurse educators across the world were using simulations in an unprecedented environment. Educators at Western New Mexico University educators have used concept maps as a pre-simulation assignment to familiarize nursing students with the core concepts involved in their simulations. The post simulation assignment was a SWOT analysis with the focus on the key performance indicators outlined in the NMNEC simulation outline. The debriefing process was also been retooled to include immediate viewing of a team’s simulation footage as they engage in their SWOT analysis. This presentation will review our processes and share our lessons learned.

Actor Simulation (SP) in Zoom

Drew Schneider, MA, CHSE

This session will describe how to best conduct actor (SP-Standardized Patient) simulation in Zoom.  Despite the physical limitations, this model has many benefits and allows for the effective assessment of learner “soft skills.”  Examples of effective scenario types will be given in the session.


Afternoon Break


Lessons Learned: A Debrief of the Past Year (Con’t)

Using What You Already Have to Create Robust Online/Virtual Learning Activities in a Concept Curriculum Model

Sara Avila, MSN, RN

Lori Cheney, MSN, CNE, RN

Shauna Mangum MSN, RN, CNE

During the Spring of 2020 faculty were forced to move from in person to completely online/virtual learning.  By using creative engagement activities and on-hand tools, faculty at San Juan College were able to provide a robust transition to didactic, skills laboratory, and clinical learning experiences for ADN and BSN student cohorts.  Members of San Juan College faculty will share some of their best student learning experiences during this session. 

How Humor Can Stimulate Learning

Jamie Leah Tolley, MSN RN    

They say “humor is the best medicine”. This presentation will delve into many other ways humor can promote serious learning, increase the interest and engagement of students, and decrease stress in learning difficult information.



Day 2: Tuesday, June 15


Registration/continental breakfast


Welcome/Administrative announcements


Maintaining Academic Integrity in the Digital Age

Diane Evans Prior, DNP, RN

Don’t we yearn for the days when students just wrote notes on their sleeves? Educators in the 21st century struggle with students “gaming” computer resources, buying cheaply available test banks, overriding anti-cheating software, and freely sharing resources. This session will explore real-life experiences with students cheating and steps that instructors can take to stay proactive and help build a culture of integrity in America’s most trusted profession.


Mentorship in Nursing Education

Nora Domínguez, Ph.D.

Mentoring is critical to professional growth, yet learning about mentoring is often relegated to trial and error. Furthermore, in the past few decades, the traditional vision of mentoring has expanded to include new forms of developmental support. In this interactive session, we will explore the evolution of the field from traditional mentoring relationships to the concept of developmental networks.  We will discuss evidence-based effective practices and a framework to leverage developmental networks for career success.  


Morning Break


Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Education & Clinical Partners

Collaboration between nursing programs and clinical partners is an essential part of educating the next generation of nurses. Since the pandemic, nursing education has had to adapt and modify clinical experiences for nursing students. This panel will explore perspectives on clinical education with COVID-19 limitations: What are the impacts clinical partners are facing and how the facilities are responding to these limitations? What do clinical partners need from educators to address the modifications required in the clinical setting? This session will provide a reflection and observation of new graduate nurses in clinical settings. 




You Are Not Alone: Coping with Burnout in Trying Times

Rebecca Ruark-Pope, PhD

Faculty often say they feel burned out. But feeling burned out isn’t always the same as burnout, a workplace syndrome frequently impacting professionals in caring professions, like faculty. And with all the challenges of 2020 and an uncertain 2021, more and more faculty are feeling exhausted, cynical, and even disengaged. But you are absolutely not alone. So, what exactly is burnout, and how do you identify it? What strategies can you use to become more burnout resilient? In this workshop, we’ll answer these questions and spend time building a burnout resilience plan you can take with you into the new year.


Afternoon Break


Learning with Laughter

Anita Reinhardt, PhD, RN

Nursing is a serious business requiring intense education. But educators may find that humor is key to helping students stimulate an interest in learning; promote understanding and bonding; and for students navigating education in very uncertain times with regards to both their education and their profession humor can bring much light and lightness. Most nurse educators are not natural stand-up comics but that should not stop them from using humor in their classroom. In this session, we’ll explore how experienced educators have used humor. We could we ALL use a laugh.

To prepare for this very grave session we ask all attendees to bring their favorite nursing anecdote, joke, meme, or any other nursing humor content and be prepared to share. 


Conference Wrap-Up: Challenges/Best Practices/How do we tie it all together?

Diane Evans-Prior, DNP, RN, Academic Affairs Director of Nursing, School of Health, Wellness, & Public Safety, Central New Mexico Community College


Evaluations and Q&A




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