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Nursing Education Leaders Bridge Clinical Practice and Nursing Education
19th Annual Nurse Educator Conference

May 18-19, 2023
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.


The Kentucky League for Nursing Spring 2023 Conference is a gathering of academic nurse educators and hospital clinical educators who are at the forefront of shaping the future of nursing education. The conference theme is Nursing Education Leaders Bridge Clinical Practice and Nursing Education. The conference will explore the many ways in which educators are leaders in the healthcare field, including their role in developing the next generation of healthcare professionals, shaping the direction of healthcare education, and driving innovation in healthcare delivery.


Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from nursing education experts in both clinical practice and academic arenas. During the conference, you will be able to network with peers to gain valuable insights and learn strategies for success in your own teaching and leadership role. This conference will be an opportunity for educators to gain new perspectives, share their own experiences, and learn from one another in an interactive, collaborative environment. This conference is unique in that you will experience the shift in thinking paradigms from a place of passive followership to thinking as an empowered, active front line leader in your respective role.


The KLN 2023 Conference aims to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills, and strategies they need to be effective leaders in nursing education. By the end of the conference, attendees should be able to apply what they have learned and be better equipped to lead in their roles as educators in the healthcare field.


The objectives of the conference are:

Cognitive Domain:

  • Define leadership in the context of healthcare education.

  • Analyze the role of educators as leaders in shaping the future of healthcare.

  • Evaluate effective leadership strategies and practices.

  • Synthesize new ideas and insights on leadership and apply them to their own teaching and leadership roles.

 Affective Domain:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the importance of leadership in nursing education systems.

  • Increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing educators as leaders.

  • Enhance your own leadership skills and confidence.

  • Foster collaboration and networking among attendees.

 Psychomotor Domain:

  • Practice effective leadership strategies through interactive break out groups.

  • Apply new leadership skills and techniques in your own teaching and leadership roles.

  • Develop a personalized action plan for leadership development and implementation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This conference is designed for all nurses with an interest in the future of nursing education.

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Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC is the System Executive Director of Professional Practice for the University of Louisville Health System in Louisville, KY. She obtained a BSN from the University of Louisville in 2004. Since then, she has completed an MSN in Education from Walden University, and a DNP in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University. She has practiced in Nursing Professional Development since 2009. She is certified in critical care, nursing professional development and as an advanced nurse executive. She was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Nursing as an RN Board Member in 2019, during which time she has served as the chair of the APRN and Practice Councils and on the Education Committee and Credentials Review Panel. She was elected to two terms on the Association for Nursing Professional Development’s (ANPD) Board of Directors, serving from 2019 through March 2023. She has published multiple journal articles spanning topics from critical care, nursing professional development and nursing engagement and retention. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on similar topics, with a primary focus on NPD, engagement and leadership. She is the 2015 recipient of the ANPD’s Belinda E. Puetz award, which recognizes overall excellence in Nursing Professional Development.

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              Dr. Dodie Serafini, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE entered her professional nursing career as a licensed                            practical nurse. Over the next 20 years she progressed through her academic journey. Her MSN is                      focused on nursing education  and  her  Ph.D. is in  Educational  Leadership. She holds the NLN certification as a nurse educator. Her topic will be Establishing Assessments to Measure Clinical Judgement.


               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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Valerie Jones, MSN Ed, RN

Joy Pennington, MSN Ed, RN



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

8:30–8:45 am                 Welcome 

8:45–10:15 am               Dr. Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

10:15–10:30 am             Break/Vendors

10:30–11:30 am             Dr. Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

11:30 am-12:00 pm       KBN Panel Discussion

12:00–1:00 pm               Lunch/Business Meeting/Vendors

1:00–3:00 pm                 Dr. Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

3:00–3:10 pm                 Break/Vendors

3:10–4:30 pm                 Dr. Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

4:30–5:00 pm                 Evaluations/Vendors


8:00–9:00 am                   Breakfast/Vendors           

9:00–10:00 am                 Dr. Dodie Serafini, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE - National League for Nursing 

10:00–11:00 am               Posters

11:00 am–12:00 pm        Concurrent Session

12:00–1:00 pm                 Lunch/Vendors

1:00–2:30 pm                   Jason Schwartz, MS - NCBSN                         

2:30–2:45 pm                   Break

2:45–3:45 pm                   Concurrent Session

3:45–4:15 pm                   Evaluations/Silent Auction/Closing


​Before 4/1/23

  • KLN Member: $250

  • Retired KLN Member: $175

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

  • Prelicensure Student: $125 (Includes Membership Fee)

  • Graduate Student: $250 (Includes Membership Fee)

After 4/1/23

  • KLN Member: $275

  • Retired KLN Member: $175

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

  • Prelicensure Student: $125 (Includes Membership Fee)

  • Graduate Student: $250 (Includes Membership Fee)

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.


Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellations prior to April 15, 2023, 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 $11

9 per night. This special rate ends April 28, 2023. Use Code # N3K. 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 #3-0039-12-23-001. Expiration Date: December 31, 2023. Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education program does not constitute endorsement of program content.

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