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Research Day 2020

  Virtual Research Day 2020

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Research Day was live recorded, click on the video to view it in its entirety

Research Day, an annual event, remains a way for faculty, students, and health care professionals to share the impact of their research and scholarship, while hearing new perspectives and forging collaborative partnerships.

This year’s FREE event will be hosted virtually, focusing on the interconnections of the 2020 Year of the Nurse, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the evolving future of nursing within the context of public health, nursing voice, ethics, advocacy, and policy.

Research Day will include a virtual poster session followed by the Mary T. Boynton Distinguished Lecture Series – a 5-panel discussion with experts in public health, nursing voice, ethics, advocacy, and policy. Each panelist will speak on their respective area of expertise followed by an open discussion with participants.

Virtual Poster Session: Students, faculty, and professional nurses in the region are invited to share complete and ongoing original research and creative academic service-learning activities. We will showcase your work in a virtual forum, ForagerOne, where viewers can engage in the content and actively connect with presenters by posting comments.

How to Participate: If you would like to present a poster of your research or academic service-learning activity, please complete the registration. You will then be directed to enter the information for your poster. Posters must be uploaded into ForagerOne by October 28th midnight EST, instructions will be provided on how to do this. For information on poster guidelines, click the poster guideline button.

Poster Guidelines

Date: November 2, 2020

Time: Poster sessions begin at 5:00pm; The Mary T. Boynton Distinguished Lecture Series begins at 6:00pm with an introduction by Dr. Sue Hassmiller. Panel discussion begins at 6:15pm.

Location: ForagerOne will be hosting the poster sessions. The panel discussion will be hosted by Zoom. A Link will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to event.

About the Panelists:

Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN

Susan Hassmiller is currently serving as the Senior Scholar-In-Residence and Senior Adviser to the President on Nursing at the National Academy of Medicine from January 2019 through December 2020. In this role, she is serving as a key member of the leadership team for the Future of Nursing 2030 report. She is also the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, and in partnership with AARP, Hassmiller also directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. This 50-state and District of Columbia effort strives to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and will additionally seek to build a Culture of Health. Hassmiller served as the report’s study director.

Hassmiller’s work has included service in public health settings at the local, state and national levels, including HRSA. She taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University in Virginia.

Hassmiller is an elected member of the National Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and sits on other advisory committees and boards, including the Hackensack Meridian Health System, UnitedHealth, Carrier Clinic and the American Red Cross. She is the recipient of many awards and three honorary doctorates, but most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Zenobia Harris – DNP, MPH, BSN, CPH

Dr. Zenobia Harris is a Public Health Nursing Leader with over 35 years of experience in providing preventive health care to Individuals, groups and communities. A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (BSN), The University of Alabama at Birmingham (MPH) and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (DNP) , she worked in varying capacities ( Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Local Health Unit Administrator, Chief Maternal and Child Health Nursing Administrator, Patient Care Manager and Regional Director)  within the Arkansas Department of Health for most of her professional career.

She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Arkansas Birthing Project, a mentoring and empowerment program for pregnant women. This program connects local community volunteers with pregnant women to promote the growth and birth of healthier babies to women of color. She is also an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Fellows Program. Her research involved utilizing technology to improve the education and training offered to Birthing Project volunteer mentors.

Zenobia has also been active on the national level, advocating for health equity and for improvements to maternal, child and family health. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and has served on the Board of Directors of several national health organizations, including City Match  and Birthing Project, USA and is currently President of the Association of Public Health Nursing and Co-Chairperson of the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations. She also serves on the editorial board of the Public Health Nursing Journal. She is interested in promoting a culture of health and specifically,  evidence- based practices which promote improved health status and outcomes in communities of color.

Pamela J Grace – RN PhD, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Ethics (Retired), William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

Pamela Grace, RN, PhD (UTK), FAAN is an experienced nurse and educator. An Associate Professor of Nursing and Ethics at the William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College, until her retirement from fulltime work in June 2020, she continues to teach courses in ethics for Boston College and Duquesne University.  She also serves as a Senior Nurse Scientist in the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has written and presented extensively on nursing philosophy, nursing ethics, and healthcare ethics. Her award-winning book, Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice (2018) is now in its 3rd edition and is used internationally as a guide to ethics in advanced practice settings. Her scholarly work focuses on increasing nurses’ abilities to fulfill professional goals of individual and societal health.

Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Nursing

Suzanne Miyamoto is the CEO of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice, and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. With nearly two decades of policy, advocacy, and leadership experience, Dr. Miyamoto directs the internal operations to help the organization achieve its mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Dr. Miyamoto is highly regarded for her expertise in health care and education policy as well as her leadership and successful development of advocacy-based coalitions. Prior to her position at the Academy, Dr. Miyamoto served as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Chief Policy Officer. Starting at AACN in 2006, Dr. Miyamoto supported the membership as a policy analyst, advocate, and strategist at the federal level. She simultaneously led the Nursing Community Coalition— the largest national nursing coalition focused on inserting the voice of the profession in health policy discussions— from 2008-2018.

Dr. Miyamoto is member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium and the National Minority Quality Forum’s Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Miyamoto is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies and the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.

Previously, she held roles at the state and federal level with the National Institutes of Health, the State Commission on Patient Safety for the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition, and Capitol Hill. Dr. Miyamoto is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an Honorary Friend of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and a 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Mike Hastings –  MSN, RN, CEN, 2020 Emergency Nurses Association President.

Hastings has worked in a variety of settings in his career – from rural and urban pre-hospital, to leading Research and Quality for the University of Kansas Hospital Emergency Department, a Level I Trauma/Burn Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He served as a trauma program manager at Dell Children’s Medical Centers of Central Texas, a Level I Trauma Center in Austin, Texas; managed a freestanding emergency department; and is currently clinical manager for Swedish Edmonds Emergency Department in Edmonds, Washington.

Hastings joined ENA in 2004 after nursing school and has been actively involved at the local, state and national level. He served as the 2011 Kansas ENA State Council President-elect; 2012 Kansas ENA State Council President; 2012-15 ENA Leadership Planning Conference committee member; 2015 Austin chapter President-elect; 2015 Texas ENA State Council Secretary-elect; 2014-15 Texas Professional Education Chairperson; and Emergency Nursing 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee member. He also was appointed through the U.S. Department of Transportation to represent emergency nursing on the National EMS Advisory Council from 2012-2018.

Hastings earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University. He later attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, where he earned his bachelor’s in nursing. He later received his master’s in nursing focused on organizational development from the University of Kansas. In 2015, he received the Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumnus Award from The University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2017, he was recognized as March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Patient Advocacy in the state of Washington. He is a certified emergency nurse.

Ron Kraus – MSN, RN, EMT, CEN, TCRN, ACNS-BC, is the President-Elect of the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors. He is in his fourth year on the board.

Kraus joined ENA in 1996, just weeks into his first job as an emergency department nurse. Now a lifetime member, he has been actively involved in multiple ENA leadership roles at the local, state and national level, including as a chapter president, state membership chairman, co-author of a successful national resolution in 2011, Indiana ENA State Council president in 2012, and as a member of many national committees. Kraus is also an experienced national speaker.

Kraus has served patients as a staff nurse, charge nurse and flight nurse. He earned his master’s degree in nursing as a clinical nurse specialist from Indiana University in 2009, and currently serves as the emergency department clinical nurse specialist at Magnet-designated Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, a large academic urban Level I trauma center in Indianapolis. He received the Indiana ENA State Council Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year Award in 2015.

Kraus looks to utilize his experience as a leader in multiple organizations to advocate, educate and network to provide the optimum care for patients in a safe environment for all with a goal to advance the specialty of emergency nursing.

Kraus grew up in the small town of Walton, Indiana, earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout from the Scouts BSA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing, with a minor in biology, from Indiana University in 1996. At Indiana, he was active in leadership roles on campus, including as president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Please join us for this FREE virtual event! Registration is capped at 300 participants, so be sure to register today! Registration closes at midnight on October 26th. Due to limited space, poster presentations are available to the first 100 presenters. Posters must be uploaded into ForagerOne by October 28th midnight EST.

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CNE Statement:

This program provides _1.5_ contact hours through the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. The University of Tennessee, College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation. The specific criteria for awarding contact hours for this include completion and submission of an evaluation form.

To receive contact hours there is an additional fee of $10 due at registration.