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Hot Issues Conference: Online Nursing Education

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Academic fields all around are exploring how technology can transform education, but the field of nursing has already cleared much of its path headed toward the next frontier in education transformation. Nursing educators reached for technology to develop effective online education in response to demands for registered nurses (RNs) to receive higher education and increased expectations of nurses–and the field hasn’t looked back.

The topic of technology in education is hot enough that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has focused its 2013 Hot Issues Conference on using technology to transform nursing education. Held every other year, the Hot Issues Conference zooms in on an issue that concerns deans and faculty of AACN member schools.

Academic Partnerships (AP) will join The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) in this year’s conference. Jean Ashwill, RN, MSN, assistant dean at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and AP’s Healthcare Division Director Cynthia Koomey, MSN, RN, will present Online Teaching-Learning: Policies and Practices for the Future of Nursing Education.

In 2008, UT Arlington partnered with Academic Partnerships, which provides universities with resources to set up their online campuses and provides expertise in areas such as recruitment of students, enrollment services, marketing, and technology integration.

The unique partnership enabled the College’s highly regarded RN to BSN program to be delivered in an innovative online modular format using mixed media and academic coaches to maximize student success. The program’s tremendous success earned UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and AP a Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Conference Details

The 2013 Hot Issues Conference is held April 11 to 13 in St.Louis, MO. The conference addresses the use of technology to transform nursing education and encourages attendees to:

  • Explore online educational delivery models.
  • Discuss productive ways to work with state boards of nursing on distance education issues.
  • Examine regulatory issues that impact the current state of technology use in nursing education as well as consider future directions.
  • Identify key requirements for online courses that have a clinical component.

View the conference schedule.

The inaugural Hot Issues Conference was held in April 2003, and topics to date have included the faculty shortage, the teaching role, and clinical simulation.

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