Sixteenth National DNP Conference: 2023 Virtual

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion without Detachment and Division

August 10-11, 2023 – 9 am - 2 pm EST

What to Expect

2023 Conference Objectives

By the end of this conference participants will be able to:
  • Identify potential dynamics of (health care) groups at risk of alienation
  • Recognize ramifications of a fractured approach to (nursing) education and practice as a result of a lack of diversity
  • Enhance current academic approaches to diversity and inclusion in the (nursing) classroom
  • Demonstrate the translation of successful academic outcomes to (health care) practice
  • Share practice approaches that utilize DEI practice that demonstrate improved outcomes for patients and healthcare teams.

2023 Theme:
Working Together For A United
Future In Nursing Education
And Practice.

This conference will address what creates division that impedes education and practice while generating solutions and actions to enhance our collective efforts of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Culture, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and religious diversity are foundational concepts that may be addressed by conference faculty.

Doctoral prepared nurse driven, and/or translated initiatives are desired to demonstrate the theme and objectives of this conference. Collaboration of efforts that include professional colleagues with different educational preparation are preferred.

2023 Conference Registration Deadlines And Fees

Deadlines And Fees

Early Bird Registration ends
April 30, 2023 $275

Presenter Registration ends
July 20, 2023 $250

Student Registration Rate ends
July 1, 2023 $225

Regular Conference Registration Rate is offered
May 1, 2023 through July 1, 2023 $325

Late Registration Rate is offered
July 2, 2023 through August 11, 2023 $375

Continuing Education Contact Hours 16

To receive contact hours for this activity,the participant must:

1. Attend selected breakout and plenary sessions in their entirety,

2. View and engage with the poster presenters,

3. Complete evaluation forms reflecting participation, insights and feedback.

This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for 16 hours maximum.

Provider and Activity number: 50-18959



August 10, 2023 09:00

Seeing JEDI in 3D: Defend - Deny - Dismantle

Objective 1: Discuss opportunities for mending and closing the JEDI gap in education and practice.

Objective 2: Explore strategies to overcome barriers to dismantling JEDI in nursing practice and education.

Objective 3: Understand the implications for dismantling JEDI.

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Vivienne Pierce McDaniel

August 10, 2023 10:00

Mini Podium: Facilitators and Barriers to the Application of the Acuity Adaptable Model of Care

Objective 1: Apply the Conceptual-Theoretical-Empirical model to practice problems.

Objective 2: Describe the application of theoretical frameworks to DNP projects.

Objective 3: Examine the implications of being prepared to apply a social justice framework to practice problems.

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Angela G. Opsahi

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Noah Blessing
BSN Honor Student

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Aaliyah Perdieu
BSN Honor Student

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Grace Rasche
BSN Honor Student

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Amy Hagedorn Wonder
BSN Honor Student

August 10, 2023 10:15

Mini Podium: Applying a Theoretical Framework Changes Practice

Objective 1: Describe the application of theoretical frameworks to DNP projects.

Objective 2: Examine the implications of being prepared to apply a social justice framework to practice problems.

Objective 3: Examine the implications of being prepared to apply a social justice framework to practice problems.

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Jean M. Bernhardt

August 10, 2023 10:30

Mini Podium: Vanderbilt University's Experience with Growing Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion

Objective1: Reflect on the history of DEI at Vanderbilt.

Objective 2: List leaders and initiatives that promote diversity at the university, school of nursing, and medical center.

Objective 3: Describe the current level of servie and future plans for expansion fo DEI initiatives through the emerging Leadership Academy.

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Pamela R. Jeffries

August 10, 2023 10:45

Mini Podium: Utilizing the Marburg Heart Score for Early Recognition of Chest Pain in an Urgent Care Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project

Objective 1: Understand risk that presents to an ill-equipped urgent care setting when a patient with chest pain walks in to the department.

Objective 2: Understand the Marburg Heart Score tool and Clinical Guidelines and how these can assist in the recognition and triage process in an urgent care.

Objective 3: Develop a greater level of confidence as a nurse and healthcare provider when a patient with chest pain comes in to an urgent care clinic.

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Stephanie Jean Koger

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Margo Minnich

August 10, 2023 11:00

Break (11:00 -11:15)

Please visit our Poster and Exhibit Hall

August 10, 2023 11:15

Breakouts: Health Disparities and Appropriate Use of LGBTQIA+ Communication in Healthcare

Objective 1: To educate about health disparities in people who identify as LGBTQIA+

Objective 2: To educate on the use of appropriate ways to communicate with patients who identify at LGBTQIA+

Objective 3: To educate about the appropriate LGBTQIA+ terminology when communicating with patients

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Katherine A. Bloompott

August 10, 2023 11:15

Breakouts: In the Interest of Justice: Racism in Nursing

Objective 1: Understand the harm caused by racism within the nursing profession.

Objective 2: Acknowledge disparities experienced by Black nurses .

Objective 3: Encourage action to support a Black nurse harmed by racism.

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Amanda J. Golino

August 10, 2023 11:15

Breakouts: Thinking Outside the Box -Pandemic DNP Project

Objective 1: The learner will explain the value that having a diverse leadership team can have on overall organization performance and patient outcomes.

Objective 2: Define and describe imposter syndrome and the impact this can have on employee morale and employee productivity.

Objective 3: The learner will identify strategies that can be taken to attract a diverse pool of candidates to take open executive leadership positions

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Angel A. McCullough

August 10, 2023 12:15

Break Lunch/Exhibitors (12:15 -13:00)

August 10, 2023 13:00

Mini Podium: Developing a Hospital-Based Resuscitation Program to Track and Improve Patient Response and Outcomes

Objective 1: Discuss lessons learned in building a resuscitation program.

Objective 2: Identify key considerations for creating a resuscitation program to improve code response and patient outcomes in cardiac arrest.

Objective 3: Analyze the data utilizing a software device to provide education to code team members.

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JoAnn Wolfson

August 10, 2023 13:15

Mini Podium: Evaluation of Naloxone Administrations in non Anesthesia Setting at a Comprehensive Cancer Center

Objective 1: Implement a tracking and reporting system of Naloxone.

Objective 2: To evaluate response to naloxone administration.

Objective 3: To examine trends related to opioid use and safety.

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Susy Varghese

August 10, 2023 13:30

Mini Podium: Using Simulation as a Tool to Teach Social Determinants of Health to Nurse Practitioner Students

Objective 1: Understand how simulation can be used to teach cultural concepts and social determinants of health.

Objective 2: Identify at least one method of incorporating simulation scenarios into NP courses.

Objective 3: Obtain access to the textbook Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Practitioner Educators: A Faculty Guide, which includes 15 high-fidelity simulation scenarios, 12 of which address diversity and social determinants of health.

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Leslie M. Moro

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Priscilla Simms-Roberson

August 10, 2023 13:45

Mini Podium: Ageism and Discrimination of Older Adults Greater than 65 Years of Age

Objective 1: Increase awareness of ageism and discrimination in older adults.

Objective 2: Learner will gain knowledge regarding the link between ageism and mental health implications.

Objective 3: Provide methods to learners to reduce ageism and discrimination in healthcare.

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Amy Jo Dudley

August 10, 2023 14:00

Breakouts: New Advances in Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP): Not Just For Cardiovascular Disease Anymore

Objective 1: the participant will identify how the diastolic augmentation of EECP affects preload, afterload, coronary blood flow, and angiogenesis in the vascular and microvasculature systems.

Objective 2: the participant will be able to describe biochemical and systemic effects of EECP and beneficial outcomes for cardiac, vascular, and long Covid patients.

Objective 3: the participant will be able to apply knowledge of the advances in EECP therapy to enhance care of the cardiovascular and long Covid patient population, especially minority and underserved communities.

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Kathleen M. Cox

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Cecily M. Hanna
MSN, APRN, FNP-C, FlowTherapy

August 10, 2023 14:00

Breakouts: Building an Equitable Learning Environment Using the BELE Framework for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Nursing Education

Objective 1: Participants will be able to describe the BELE Framework as applied to nursing education.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to list two best practices for CALD students in nursing courses.

Objective 3: Participants will be able to list two best practices for CALD students when developing campus culture.

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Beth S. Sanford

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Maria E. Sevigny

August 11, 2023 09:00

A Conversation with Dean Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Doctor Ernest J. Grant about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Objective 1: Reflect on personal and professional experiences regarding how DEI has influenced professional .

Objective 2: Discuss where we are as nurses and how we are evolving as a profession within the concepts of DEI.

Objective 3: Discuss and explore how DEI will poise nursing for change in the future.

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Ernest J. Grant

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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos

August 11, 2023 10:00

Mini Podium: Increasing Screening Colonoscopy Rates and Colon Cancer Knowledge in Adults at Risk for Alienation

Objective 1: the participant will know how to assess health literacy.

Objective 2: the participant will be able to identify populations at risk for alienation.

Objective 3: participants will be able to identify methods that promote patient inclusion.

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Jennifer Lynn Wilson

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Gypsy Rain Glover

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Felicia Renee Renales

August 11, 2023 10:15

Mini Podium: Practical Strategies to Incorporate DEI in DNP Project Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

Objective 1: the participant will be able to identify diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts relative to DNP projects.

Objective 2: the participant will be able to articulate formative DNP project assessment strategies that incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts.

Objective 3: the participant will be able to develop a DNP project roadmap integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts.

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Aaron M. Sebach

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Kathryn F. Leach

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Joanne F. Fletcher

August 11, 2023 10:30

Mini Podium: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: Ending Bias and Stigma related to Obesity

Objective 1: Provide an overview on how weight bias and obesity stigma can impact the health outcomes of people with obesity.

Objective 2: Provide an overview on the joint international consensus statement, developed by a multidisciplinary team of international experts, addressing weight-bias and stigma.

Objective 3: Identify strategies and recommendations to address and end stigma and weight bias to foster positive health outcomes for individuals with obesity

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Bermesola M. Dyer

August 11, 2023 10:45

Mini Podium: Implementation of an Updated Screening Tool to Identify Human Trafficking Victims in the Emergency Department

Objective 1: Improve current screening processes to identify human trafficking victims within the emergency department.

Objective 2: Increase the knowledge of identifying red flags of human trafficking victims.

Objective 3: Increase awareness of local and national resources that are aailable to human trafficking victims.

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Laura Elizabeth Flinn

August 11, 2023 11:00

Break (11:00 -11:15)

August 11, 2023 11:15

Breakouts: Examining Professional and Leadership Practice in DNP Graduates Across the USA

Objective 1: Examine how successful DNP academic outcomes translate into practice through data collected in this study.

Objective 2: Discuss the three research stages that created and validated the new DNP Leaders in Practice Tool.

Objective 3: Detail three main quantitative and qualitative findings from this study

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Ronda D. Mintz-Binder

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Carol Boswell, Ed.D

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Patricia Allen, Ed.D.

August 11, 2023 11:15

Breakouts: Educating Nursing Students Using a Homeless Population

Objective1: Identify the unique dynamics of the homeless population in healthcare.

Objective 2: Share practice approaches utilizing DEI that demonstrate improved patient outcomes.

Objective 3: Discuss educational and practice gaps in knowledge of caring for homeless populations.

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Sheryl Winn

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Sandra Copeland

August 11, 2023 12:15

Break Lunch/Exhibitors (12:15 -13:00)

August 11, 2023 13:00

Mini Podium: Emotional Peer Support: A Quality Improvement Initiative Emphasizing Clinician Well-being

Objective 1: the participant will be familiar with the term second victim.

Objective 2: the participant will be able to identify steps to standing up formal peer support access.

Objective 3: the participant will acknowledge the negative effects commonly associated with the second victim phenomenon.

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Amber E. HIgh

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Sharron Forest
DNP, APRN, NNP-BC Associate Professor & DNP Program Director

August 11, 2023 13:15

Mini Podium: Implementing a Diabetes Prevention Program at a Community Pharmacy

Objective 1: Explain the importance of developing culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials and curricula.

Objective 2: Identify the need for diabetes prevention measures in the Hispanic community and engagement strategies.

Objective 3: Evaluate a pilot educational initiative for cultural and linguistic appropriateness.

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Monica Angelique Geiger

August 11, 2023 13:30

Mini Podium: Undergraduate Nursing Student Perceptions of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Clinical Learning Using Q Methodology

Objective 1: the participant will be able to discuss facilitators of the clinical learning environment.

Objective 2: the participant will be able to discuss the inhibitors of the clinical learning environment.

Objective 3: By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to describe the themes around diversity within the clinical setting.

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Angela G. Opsahl

August 11, 2023 13:45

Mini Podium: Trauma-Informed Higher Education: Campus-Based and Online Strategies to Support Students from Refugee Backgrounds during their Educational Journey

Objective 1: Participants will be able to identify the 4Rs of informed trauma care.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of resurfacing trauma in students.

Objective 3: Participants will be able to develop three strategies to create a trauma-informed environment in their educational or professional setting.

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Beth S. Sanford

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Maria E. Sevigny

August 11, 2023 14:00

Breakouts: Enhancing Health Equity Competency in the Leadership Development of Baccalaureate Nursing Students

Objective 1: Discuss evidenced-based research and resources related to health equity.

Objective 2: Identify collaborative shared learning approaches including interactive group exercises that reinforce learning.

Objective 3: Relate new insights and world views regarding health equity and the nursing role in leading change.

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Theodora Culang Levine

August 11, 2023 14:00

Breakouts: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing Education and Practice

Objective 1: Understand how A.I. can help identify potential dynamics of healthcare groups at risk of alienation, thereby providing a road map to improve healthcare access and outcomes for these underserved communities.

Objective 2: Demonstrate the capabilities of A.I. in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing education and practice by offering personalized learning experiences and translating academic successes into practical applications.

Objective 3: Highlight the potential of A.I. in facilitating the sharing of successful DEI practices across healthcare institutions, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for patients and healthcare teams, while fostering a united future in nursing education and healthcare practice.

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Grace H. Sun

Keynote Speaker

Vivienne Pierce McDaniel, DNP, MSN, RN

Dr. Vivienne Pierce McDaniel places a high value in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) and in advancing health equity in all aspects in nursing. Her contributions and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and dismantling structural racism in healthcare is recognized locally, at the state level, and nationally. She is often seen in Congress and at General Assembly in her state advocating for issues that impact nursing and healthcare.

Vivienne chairs the Virginia Nurses Association DEI Council and serves on the as the DEI ambassador. She is a member of the Virginia Clinicians for Climate Change Steering

Committee and is a frequently invited guest speaker due to her advocacy for health equity for the underserved and underrepresented. Vivienne is the president of the Central Virginia Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and is a co-chair of the NBNA Health Policy Committee.

Vivienne serves on several boards including the Virginia Nurses Foundation Board-of-Trustees, the Board of Directors of Chi Alpha at Large Sigma chapter, the Virginia State University Department of Nursing BSN Advisory Board and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence JEDI Advisory Council. In May 2022, she was appointed to Henrico, Parham and Retreat

Doctors’ Hospitals Board of Trustees.

Vivienne is a DEI consultant and ambassador for James Madison University’s School of Nursing and a DEI consultant for Sentinel U ® a healthcare simulation learning innovation, product. In 2021 she was inducted as a Fellow of the AACN Diversity Leadership Institute’s (DLI) inaugural cohort, and currently serves as a DLI mentor and consultant. In addition to her DEI work, she is s long-term care executive nurse consultant, and an adjunct nursing professor who mentors DNP students. She has authored articles, and is a podcast co-host. In 2022, Vivienne was awarded the American Nurses Association’s Exemplar in Nursing Leadership in Ethics award which recognizes an individual registered nurse who has authentically demonstrated the highest standards of ethics and leadership in daily nursing practice.

Dr. Pierce McDaniel earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Walden University, her Master of Science in Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from American Sentinel University, and her Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree from Thomas Nelson Community College.

Plenary Guest Presenters

Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN

Interim Vice Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Grant was the 36th president of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nurses’ organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

He is a prolific and engaging speaker with decades of experience as a nurse and in professional organizations.

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is Dean and Professor of the Duke University School of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is a nurse practitioner dually licensed in primary care and psychiatric-mental health nursing and he is credentialed as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Clinically, he specializes in the primary care of adolescents and adults at elevated risk of or experiencing negative sexual health outcomes, in particular HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Participating Exhibitors