Darrell Spurlock, Jr.


Darrell Spurlock, Jr. PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research at Widener University in Chester, PA. As a nurse-academic psychologist, Dr. Spurlock has published and presented widely on educational research, measurement, statistical analysis, and evidence-based practice (EBP) topics. Dr. Spurlock is a frequent workshop presenter and research methods/statistical consultant. He currently serves as the Journal of Nursing Education Methodology Corner Editor.

Workshop Session 1

Thursday, 19 April 2018 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 p.m.

Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing Education Researchers

To advance the science of nursing education, quantitatively-focused studies must employ rigorous, best-practice statistical techniques. This workshop will help researchers with a working knowledge of basic statistics to select and conduct more advanced procedures such as power analysis, advanced correlation/regression, ANOVA/ANCOVA, multivariable non-parametric techniques, and longitudinal analytic procedures.

Workshop Session 2

Thursday, 19 April 2018 | 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Becoming a Nursing Education Scholar: Reflections, Challenges, and Rewards

This pre-conference panel session will showcase three exemplary nursing education scientists and their programs of research on diverse educational topics and in a variety of settings. They will share their journeys as researchers advancing the science of nursing education. Conversations with the panelists will include examining their experiences, the benefits and challenges of conducting pedagogical research, and lessons learned. The second half of this preconference will offer participants the opportunity to converse with the panelists about conducting research in nursing education and establishing a research trajectory to advance the science.

Barbara Patterson


Dr. Barbara J. Patterson is Director of the PhD Program and Associate Dean for Scholarship and Inquiry in the School of Nursing at Widener University. She is also the Distinguished Scholar in the NLN Chamberlain Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Her research and publications are in the areas of evidence-based teaching, veterans care, and leadership in nursing education. She is faculty for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International where she works with novice nurse educators and leadership development. Dr. Patterson was Chair of the Research Review Panel for the NLN (2012-2015) and is the Research Briefs editor for Nursing Education Perspectives.

Celeste M. Alfes


Dr. Alfes has 20 years of experience teaching Baccalaureate Nursing Students and has been instrumental in developing high fidelity simulation and standardized patient programs internationally. Her research incorporates interprofessional simulations and standardized patient experiences to strengthen clinical reasoning and performance outcomes. Dr. Alfes is an NLN Simulation Leader, serves on the National Science Foundation, and is the site PI for the Air Force Research Laboratory study entitled Improving Healthcare and Decision Making through Live,Virtual, and Constructive Training.

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst


Dr. Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE ANEF is an Associate Professor at Marquette University. Her research is at the forefront of disciplinary efforts to develop, use, and test innovative teaching methods to improve students’ clinical reasoning skills, and investigate how teachers can be prepared to use evidence-based teaching methods. Her work has been recognized for leading initiatives to transform nursing education and she has influenced pedagogical changes in educational practices locally, nationally and internationally.

Susan Luparell


A fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education, Susan Luparell is an expert on the dynamics between teacher and student and their influences on the health of the learning environment. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on the topic of incivility in nursing education. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical implications of incivility, including how it affects others and how it can be managed in academic as well as in clinical settings.

Workshop Session 3

Thursday, 19 April 2018 | 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Differentiating Boundaries: Research and Practice Doctorates

This pre-conference session will explore the boundaries of quality improvement and research. There will be discussions comparing the practice doctorate and the research-focused doctorate as ways to generate knowledge. Strategies will be explored that promote rigorous scholarly projects and dissertations, navigation of the human subjects review process, and collaboration between practice and research doctorates to advance the science of nursing education.

Karen Morin


Dr. Morin has extensive experience in nursing education, and has expertise in doctoral education [PhD & DNP], curriculum development and program evaluation. She has been actively involved in several Sigma Theta Tau International leadership programs such as Board Leadership and is a founding faculty of the STTI & J & J Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy. She has served as mentor in both the NFLA and ENFLA. She is a Past President of STTI (2009-2011).

Katherine Moran


Dr. Moran, Associate Professor at University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing, is a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is known for her work as a diabetes expert and practice scholar. Her work includes an award-winning textbook, co-authored with Drs. Burson and Conrad, The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project: A Framework for Success. This notable team also serve as consultants for universities across the U.S. on DNP program development.

Melissa Willmarth-Stec


Dr. Stec is a Professor and Associate Dean for Evaluation and Educational Innovation at SUNY Downstate. She is a 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator and holds an Apple teacher certification. Her mixed methods research entitled “Exploring adaptation to a curriculum delivered via iPad” has completed two phases of research on student and faculty tablet use. Dr. Stec is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is nationally known for her work on technology infusion in nursing education and the translation of pedagogy using technology-centric methods.

Workshop Session 4

Thursday, 19 April 2018 | 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Informatics: Integrating the Essentials Into Education and Practice

Informatics happens at the intersection of people and technology. Embedded within the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials documents are clear, leveled objectives on achieving informatics competencies prior to graduating from a BSN, MSN or DNP program. These essentials are aimed at equipping students with advanced tools to implement in order to drive change. The session will focus on two key concepts to informatics in nursing. The first is the integration of the informatics essentials into education. The second concept will explore the opportunities to use informatics based research to achieve the quad aim of improved outcomes, decreased cost, improved patient satisfaction and improved provider satisfaction.