2024 Joseph and Joan Pranis Kenney Endowed Conference for Excellence in Nursing Education: Cultivating an Environment for Student Success through Simulation, Clinical Engagement, and Mentorship

March 8, 2024

Nursing students are expected to become competent in assessment, clinical judgement, communication, and hands on skills. Nursing students struggle with transitioning from school to the workforce, as evidenced by about 18% of new nurses leave their first job within 1 year of starting their jobs (American Nurses Association, 2024). These problems can be challenging to address with an increasing number of nursing students enrolled with limited resources, clinical experiences, and faculty available.

As student nurses transition into the interprofessional setting of their first nursing role, they need to be well prepared and supported through the process. The presentations at the 2024 Joseph and Joan Pranis Kenney Endowed Conference for Excellence in Nursing Education are dedicated to cultivating an environment for success. Implementing simulation-based education will better prepare students for their clinical experiences in the early months of their nursing practice, enabling them to communicate with and function within the healthcare team with confidence. Fostering clinical partnerships with nurse leaders, physicians, and unit teams will connect the mission and purpose of the educational clinical environment and the working clinical environment and can establish mutually beneficial collaboration between the two. Supporting new nurses through a formal mentorship program will improve staff satisfaction and engagement, decreasing turnover within the first year and creating a stronger healthcare team.

Target Audience

Nurse

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to increase the variety and opportunity of clinical experiences in the student nurse educational environment through the implementation of simulation-based experiences. 
  • Participants will be able to develop, facilitate, and debrief a basic simulation that aligns with clinical learning objectives for the improvement of assessment skills, clinical judgement, communication, and hands on skills.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to create an excellent learning experience for student nurses in the clinical setting by fostering clinical partnerships through aligning mission and purpose, evaluating influencing factors, and communicating effectively.
  • Participants will understand the concept of developing an emotional bank account with key stakeholders in clinical partnerships and will create a stakeholder analysis.
  • Participants will be able to identify the importance of developing a mentorship program to enhance recruitment, retention, and leadership development.
     
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 5.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
02/06/2024
Course expires: 
06/30/2024
Event starts: 
03/08/2024 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
03/08/2024 - 3:00pm EST

Nursing students are expected to become competent in assessment, clinical judgement, communication, and hands on skills. Nursing students struggle with transitioning from school to the workforce, as evidenced by about 18% of new nurses leave their first job within 1 year of starting their jobs (American Nurses Association, 2024). These problems can be challenging to address with an increasing number of nursing students enrolled with limited resources, clinical experiences, and faculty available.

As student nurses transition into the interprofessional setting of their first nursing role, they need to be well prepared and supported through the process. The presentations at the 2024 Joseph and Joan Pranis Kenney Endowed Conference for Excellence in Nursing Education are dedicated to cultivating an environment for success. Implementing simulation-based education will better prepare students for their clinical experiences in the early months of their nursing practice, enabling them to communicate with and function within the healthcare team with confidence. Fostering clinical partnerships with nurse leaders, physicians, and unit teams will connect the mission and purpose of the educational clinical environment and the working clinical environment and can establish mutually beneficial collaboration between the two. Supporting new nurses through a formal mentorship program will improve staff satisfaction and engagement, decreasing turnover within the first year and creating a stronger healthcare team.

UPMC Mercy, Clark Auditorium
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Tom Dongilli
Jennifer Malatek
Marie Langdon 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 5.0 contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 5.00 Attendance
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