From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 15, 2012

Editor’s note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

39th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development

I recently had the privilege of presenting a paper at the 39th annual Professional Nurse Educator Group (PNEG) in Philadelphia. This is a group that has been sponsoring a conference for many years in a unique way. They are a virtual network. There is no governing body, no administrative group, or board of directors. It consists of a group of academic educators and NPD specialists who felt that there was a need for educators from both groups to come together, learn from each other, and work together to advance the profession of nursing and educator skills.

The “hot” topic was simulation. The focus of many of the presentations was innovations in simulation. Other interesting topics that were presented effectively included innovations in teaching strategies, how to prepare students for their roles as professional nurses, and promotion of research and EBP.

Poster sessions were also excellent. I was impressed with the many innovations poster presenters had developed pertaining to educating both students and professionals. I can truly say that this conference was one of the most innovative I have attended in a number of years.

The 2013 conference will be held October 17-20 in Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit I encourage you to seek out this and other conferences that help us to grow as NPD specialists.

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