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Establishing Assessments to Measure Clinical Judgement
20th Annual Nurse Educator Conference

May 21-22, 2024
Louisville, KY

The Kentucky League for Nursing invites you to participate in our Nurse Educator Conference focusing on current and future issues of interest to nurse educators. This year's conference will be held in-person at the Holiday Inn East Hurstbourne in Louisville, KY.


Nursing education supports articulation pathways that promote progression to licensure and advance the attainment of professional credentials. The innovative efforts to support the advancement of nursing education are most evident in the offerings of baccalaureate completion programs. The continued exploration of transferable knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can accelerate nurses into professional practice is worthy of consideration. Reimagining pathways to professional practice will be the focal point of the presentation and discussions.


1. Define professional competence.
2. Formulate strategies to evaluate competence.
3. Construct an academic progression model to reduce the duplication of academic content.
4. Examine assessment methods to validate experiential learning.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This conference is designed for all nurses with an interest in the future of nursing education. Day 2 will feature special sessions for prelicensure nursing students.

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Dr. Dodie Serafini, PHD, MSN, RN, CNE serves as the Director of Assessment Services for the National League for Nursing. She entered her professional nursing career as a licensed practical nurse. Over the next 20 years she progressed through her academic journey. Dr. Sarafini holds an MSN focused on nursing education and PhD in Educational Leadership. She holds the NLN certification as a nurse educator. Dr. Serafini provides strategic direction for the NLN Assessment Services Division and leads teams of expert consultants and volunteer committees of item writers to review and revise the portfolio of assessments. She will provide the keynote presentations on Day 1 and a student-focused session on Day 2 of the conference.

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Kelly Jenkins, MSN, RN, NE-BC is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing , holding more than 31 years of nursing experience, including a variety of nursing roles in acute care. Throughout her career, she has worked as an intensive care staff nurse, nurse educator, assistant director of nursing, director of critical care services, director of nursing, director of case management, quality director, and a corporate compliance officer. Kelly has also served on advisory boards for both health careers at her local high school, as well as the nearby community college nursing program. She has a passion for working collaboratively to drive change as a means of influencing quality outcomes for the constituents of the Commonwealth. Kelly also served as a KBN Board member for almost 8 years, ending her last term in the position of Board President.


Jason Schwartz, MS offers 25 years of experience in high-stakes testing and a reputation for innovation, leadership, and trust. Jason is the Director of Outreach at NCSBN where one of his primary roles is the sharing of accurate and useful information with stakeholders regarding NCSBN examinations, services, and other offerings. Prior to joining NCSBN in 2019, Jason spent 10 years with Pearson VUE supporting the NCLEX and other NCSBN programs in various roles at the executive level.

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William Lanman, RN, MSN has been a Registered Nurse since 1999 and holds BSN and MSN degrees from Bellarmine University. He has a background in Critical Care Nursing, Academic and Clinical Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership. Will served as a staff nurse in multiple critical care settings and as Critical Care Clinical Educator for Norton Hospital prior to joining the Norton Healthcare Institute for Education and Development, designated by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, in 2010. First serving as System Nurse Educator, Will now leads Norton Healthcare’s system nursing education strategy as Nurse Manager, Center for System Nursing and Ancillary Education. Will has a background in academic education, having taught numerous didactic, clinical, and lab courses in former roles as full-time and adjunct faculty for Galen College of Nursing and adjunct faculty for Indiana University Southeast. He will present a student-focused session on Transition to Practice. 



8:00–8:30 am                 Registration/Breakfast/Vendors

8:30–8:45 am                 Welcome 

8:45–10:15 am               Dr. Dodie Serafini

10:15–10:30 am             Break/Vendors

10:30–11:30 am             Dr. Dodie Serafini

11:30 am-1:00 pm         Lunch/Business Meeting/Vendors

1:00–3:00 pm                 Dr. Dodie Serafini

3:00–3:10 pm                 Break/Vendors

3:10–4:45 pm                 Dr. Dodie Serafini

4:45–5:00 pm                 Vendors


8:00–9:00 am                   Breakfast/Vendors           

9:00–10:00 am                 Kelly Jenkins 

10:00–11:00 am               Posters

11:00 am–12:00 pm        Nurse Educators - Concurrent Sessions

                                           Students - Dr. Dodie Serafini

12:00–1:00 pm                 Lunch/Vendors

1:00–2:30 pm                   Nurse Educators - Jason Schwartz

                                           Students - William Lanman, Transition to Practice                        

2:30–2:40 pm                   Break

2:40–3:40 pm                   Concurrent Sessions

3:40–4:00 pm                   Evaluations/Silent Auction/Closing


Last day to register is May 14, 2024

​Before 4/1/24

  • KLN Member: $250

  • Retired KLN Member: $175

  • Non-Member: $290 (Includes Membership Fee)

  • Prelicensure Student: $50 (Day 2)

After 4/1/24

  • KLN Member: $275

  • Retired KLN Member: $175

  • Non-Member: $315 (Includes Membership Fee)

  • Prelicensure Nursing Student: $50 (Day 2)

Presentation materials will be available on the KLN website. Printed materials may be requested at the time of registration for an additional fee of $25.


Dietary Options

Meals will be buffet-style.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to April 15, 2024, subject to a $25 administrative fee. Substitutions for paid registrants will be accepted at the door.

KLN reserves the right to cancel or alter the program if unanticipated circumstances necessitate change.

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All sessions will be held in the Conference Center at the Holiday Inn East Hurstbourne, 1325 S Hurstbourne Pkwy and I-64, Louisville, Kentucky 40222.


A block of rooms have been reserved for conference attendees at a special rate of $125 per night. This special rate ends April 19, 2024. Use Code # Z1N. There is no charge for vehicle parking.


For reservations, call the Holiday Inn at 502-426-2600.

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Continuing Education Contact Hours

14.2 Contact Hours

Attendance Requirement

Participants must stay for the entire program and complete the written evaluation to be awarded KBN Contact Hours.

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KBN Approval: Madisonville Community and Technical College, the Division of Nursing, has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). Provider #3-0039-12-25-001. Expiration Date: December 31, 2025. Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education program does not constitute endorsement of program content.

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