Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, senior partner at Innovative Health Resources and Editor of the Nephrology Nursing Journal, has written a guidebook for nurse preceptors. The book, Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success, was published by STTI.
Dr. Ulrich is known for her research studying nursing work environments and the experiences of new graduate nurses as they transition from nursing school into the workforce. She currently serves as the consultant on Healthy Work Environments for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Ulrich has been a co-investigator on a series of national nursing workforce and work environment studies and on studies of critical-care nurse work environments conducted for AACN.
Dorrie K. Fontaine, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Previously, she served as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. That association recognized her contributions with its Lifetime Member Award. Dr. Fontaine was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1995, has received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is a member of STTI.
Dr. Fontaine has been a strong advocate for interprofessional education, engaging medical and nursing students in collaboration with the dean of the School of Medicine. Most recently she has investigated strategies to promote nursing education partnerships, diversity, and interprofessional education in university settings. Her priorities as dean at University of Virginia, School of Nursing include continued work in promoting healthy workplace environments, building more interprofessional collaborations, and increasing diversity in both the faculty and student populations.
Irmajean Bajnok, PhD, RN, is the director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence. Over her 30-year career, she has held a number of leadership positions and is recognized for her expertise in strategic health care planning and operational issues. Dr. Bajnok has been a member of the nursing faculty in universities across Ontario – University of Toronto, McMaster University, Ryerson University and Western University.
Dr. Bajnok oversees the development, dissemination, and evaluation of the RNAO Best Practice Guidelines in both the clinical nursing and healthy work environment areas of focus for best practice guidelines. She has developed a number of creative approaches to support knowledge transfer activities, in particular in relation to healthy work environment best practice guidelines and implementing clinical guidelines.
Carol Jorgensen Huston, DPA, MSN, MPA, RN, FAAN, is the director of the school of nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC). She is the co-author of five textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. She is also the co-developer of the Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking. Dr. Huston serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, the International Scholarly Research Network, and the National Advisory Board for the Assessment Technologies Institute. She served as the 2007-2009 president of STTI.
Dr. Huston is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and has keynoted more than 250 presentations at nursing and health care conferences worldwide. Her research interests include critical thinking, mentoring, outcomes measurement, quality health care, empowerment of the nursing profession, and the impact of the staffing mix on quality of health care.
Luncheon Plenary Speaker
Cynthia "Cindy" Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University and the Founder of Civility Matters®. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow in the National League of Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Clark has received numerous awards, including the 2011 NLN Excellence in Educational Research award where she was recognized for her groundbreaking work in fostering civility in the nursing community. Her book titled Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education is available through STTI publishers.
Dr. Clark’s pioneering work has opened essential conversations on a serious issue that often remains hidden and frequently ignored; she has brought national and international attention to the controversial issues of incivility and bullying in academic and practice environments. Her research has led to the development of “best practices” on ways to measure, prevent, minimize, and address uncivil and disruptive behavior.
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