The ANCC is happy to bring back the Research Symposium organized by the ANCC Research Council, and The Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management. We will meet in Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 7:30 a.m. ET for a full day of interaction and information. The Research Symposium will be held in conjunction with the co-located ANCC National Magnet Recognition® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence® Conferences.

The symposium is designed for anyone whose expertise could impact the research community, especially in nursing. This includes individuals in leadership roles engaged in all phases of research within their nursing programs, and particularly those with a focus on developing a research program.

The primary learning objective of the symposium is to explore and evolve strategies to guide and increase organizational capacity for conducting practice-based, nurse-led research, and to evaluate outcomes for patients, nurses, and healthcare organizations.

Research Symposium Highlights

Special emphasis will focus on:

  • Nursing outcomes research and nurse well-being
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion issues impacting nursing practice-based research
  • Research on health disparities, the underrepresented, and access to nursing care
  • Equity in research
  • Strategies for inclusion: enhancing diversity in research subjects, research teams, reviewers, other stakeholders
  • Research design and methodological approaches
  • Other fields and ideas, such as novel interprofessional collaborations


  • Develop solutions to problems that researchers may face
  • Identify new resources, tools, and strategies impacting research capacity
  • Gain an enhanced appreciation for nurse-led practice-based research
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of funding, grants, and program management
  • Bring back innovative solutions to research teams and the organization
  • Carry forward a renewed spirit and strategies to sustain that spirit in research.
  • Networking opportunities to share innovative ideas with nurses, researchers, and other participants.


The symposium commences with an opening Plenary distinguished researcher and closes the day with a Keynote Lecture by a renowned research leader. The event format will be in-person, with concurrent sessions in several tracks all day from which participants can choose, including panels and interactive programming. Lunch is included as a superior, intimate networking opportunity and posters will be presented.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Matthew D. McHugh

Keynote Speaker Matthew D. McHugh

Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, CRNP, RN, FAAN is the endowed Independence Chair in Nursing Education, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia. Funded by the National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR), on Aging (NIA), and on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), he is a leading nursing outcomes and policy researcher. His work integrates a unique combination of advanced training and expertise in public health (focusing on healthcare policy and management), law, health services , policy research, and clinical nursing. He is an expert in patient outcomes and disparities research methods, utilization and management of the large datasets, construction of outcomes measures from administrative and clinical registry databases, and rigorous analysis of these data and measures using advanced methods. His research was cited in legislation proposed in Pennsylvania in 2016 on safe nurse staffing levels, as well as in federal bills related to nurse staffing. He is a Fellow in interdisciplinary collaborative research centers at Penn including the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, the Institute on Aging, the Institute on Urban Research, and the Population Studies Center. Dr. McHugh is a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric–mental health clinical nurse specialist. He was a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and Fulbright Scholar with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in Denmark.

Speaker Nora Warshawsky

Nora Warshawsky, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FAAN is a recognized expert in nursing leadership science and her cutting-edge research is informing nurse manager and leader practice. Her expertise is built on a foundation of more than 25 years in nursing practice, over a decade of teaching and leading graduate nursing academic programs, and leadership coaching to numerous nurse executives.  Her work has been disseminated through more than 50 publications and numerous presentations to national and international audiences. She was awarded the 2022 American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Foundation Nurse Researcher of the Year and the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing’s (ALSN) 2021 Suzanne Smith Memorial Scholarly Writing Award in recognition of the impact of her research on nursing leadership practice. Dr. Warshawsky is co-leading the ALSN and AONL Foundation research task force to initiate a national academic-practice research collaborative. She serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Pathway to Excellence and as the Associate Editor of Nursing Administration Quarterly.

Presentation: Burnout and Clinician Well-being During COVID: Findings from a Study of Magnet Hospital Nurses and Physicians

Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, October 12th
Click on a time-frame to view concurrent sessions and descriptions!

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.



Session: RS01

Dr. McHugh’s presentation will outline findings of the US Clinician Wellbeing Study. An interdisciplinary group of over 20,000 RNs, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants, and physicians working in an inpatient or ED settings across 60 Magnet hospitals provided critical new data and insights into opportunities to improve the work environment and improve clinician wellbeing.

Presentation: Burnout and Clinician Well-being During COVID: Findings from a Study of Magnet Hospital Nurses and Physicians

  • Matthew McHugh, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Multisite Nurse-Led Research Studies

Session: RS02

Learn how an interprofessional program was built to advance professional development through practice-based translational science research and evidence-based practice projects.  Discover how a community hospital’s research journey expanded to develop a successful multi-site research study, involving an RCT, funding and recruiting, and findings about nurse well-being.

Presentation: Building a Successful Multi-Site Interprofessional Research Infrastructure

  • Christine Somberg, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, NE-BC, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL

Presentation: Together We Are Better: Growing a Multi-Site Research Study

  • Jennifer Bonamer, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, NPD-BC, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL

Nursing and Data Science in Patient Outcomes

Session: RS03

Reimagine research methods where nursing and data science merge using clinical and operational data. An unprecedented big-data resource was used to link cutting-edge computational technology to nursing-focused research questions across a variety of subject areas. Interprofessional team collaboration with data scientists can eliminate manual data identification, collection, management and analysis.

Presentation: Communicating Across the Disciplinary Divide: Lessons Learned from Nursing and Data Scientists

  • Warren D Frankenberger, PhD, RN, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Presentation: Partners in Coding: How a Team of Nurse Scientists, APRNs, Data Scientists and Librarians Reimagined Traditional Research Methods

  • Elizabeth Froh, PhD, RN, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Innovative Models to Advance Nursing Research

Session: RS04

Overcome challenges of person dependent nursing research transforming to a medical center sustained program. This session features how to recruit and orient nursing researchers, using research rounds and non-traditional means. Discover ways to enable research friendly progress and sustaining nursing scholarship.

Presentation: Mentoring Novice Nurse Scientists in the Clinical Setting: Advocating for a Research-Friendly Environment

  • Mary Cazzell, PhD, RN, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX

Presentation: Achieving a Successful Nursing Research Program: Standards, Tools, and Resources to get There!

  • June Rondinelli, PhD, RN, CNS, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, CA

Presentation: A Sum Greater Than the Parts: An Innovative Nurse Scientist Model

  • Patricia Pawlow, PhD, ACNP, BC, ChristianaCare, Newark, DE

Engaging Nurses in the Culture of Inquiry

Session: RS05

This session describes a steering council triaging projects between QI, EBP and research, and a program bolstering research mentorship. Discover how continued education videos sparked interest in research. Learn way in which nurses can input ideas for research and innovation using QR codes, and explore more on CITI certification!

Presentation: If You Build It, They Will Come: Boots on the Ground Research

  • Jeannine M Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN, City of Hope, Duarte, CA

Presentation: The Unexpected Spark in Clinical Inquiry Amidst a Pandemic

  • Rachel B Baker, PhD, MSW, RN, CPN, TriHealth, Cincinnati, OH

Presentation: SPIN- A Program to Set the Spirit of Inquiry in Motion

  • Jennifer M Darcy, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, NY

Fostering Inclusivity and Belonging: Workforce Pipeline and Health Equity

Session: RS06

Presenters will discuss strategies to recruit and provide clinical opportunities for underrepresented students and offering financial opportunity toward a nursing career, through a workforce pipeline program.  This session also highlights the importance of interprofessional education (IPE) in the promotion of health equity, aligning with National Academy of Medicine recommendations.

Presentation: Improving the Diversity of a Nursing Workforce Through the Use of a Pipeline Development Program

  • Margaret Lafashia, MBA, RN, NPD-BC, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington, DE

Presentation: Interprofessional Education and Promotion of Health Equity: The Heart of a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

  • Misty Pagan, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ

Presentation: Fostering Inclusivity and Belonging: Workforce Pipeline and Health Equity

  • Winter Washington, Gainwell Technologies, Mclean, VA

Meet the Funders

Session: RS07

In this session, representatives of funding organizations will describe their grant programs and funding priorities. Focusing on new investigators, the panelists will discuss characteristics of good proposals and what kinds of information and feedback are available for applicants. The American Nurses Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau offers research grant opportunities.

Presentation: Meet the Funders

  • Ken Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, FAAN, Sigma, Indianapolis, IN
  • Maureen Doyle-Scharff, PhD, MBA, FACEHP, Pfizer Inc.
  • Kate Judge, American Nurses Foundation

1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

The Veteran Core Values Version 2.0 Educational Workshop


  • Presenter: Lisa A. Brannack, PhD (c), RN, DNP, FNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, JD, MPH, MADR
  • Moderator: Kenneth (Ken) Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, ’91BSN, RN, FAAN

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lessons from the Pandemic in Advancing Nursing Scholarship

Session: RS08

This session will uncover strategies and tactics used to advance and sustain new knowledge & innovations. Learn how partnerships with Schools of Nursing faculty strengthen the focus on scholarly dissemination, and engage in multisite research collaborations. Discover the key operational word – PIVOT and the tenets of the PIVOT model!

Presentation: Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, LSSYB, FAAN, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Research Methods for High Quality Research Process

Session: RS09

This session discusses the elements of research designs and methods including analysis, common designs and methodology, interpreting results, peer review and developing manuscripts. Learn the ways of sampling and randomization, interpreting results, comparative designs, and highest strength. Uncover methods to include effect size, minimum sample size, a representative sample, attrition.

Presentation: Research Designs & Methods: Selecting, Conducting and Disseminating High Quality Research and a Best Fit for the Research Questions/Aims

  • Nancy M Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, Nursing Research and Innovations, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Fostering Nurse-led Research with Clinical-Academic Partnerships

Session: RS10

Presenters will discuss how a joint research collaboration between a major state college of nursing and a children’s hospital shaped research and strategy. Discover how a nurse scientist collaborative that formed a decade ago has advanced and integrated evidence-based healthcare delivery, inspired and supported nurse-led research!

Presentation: Clinical-Academic Partnerships: Creation of a Joint Research Strategy to Advance Nursing Science

  • Catherine Kleiner, PhD, RN, Professional Resources, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO

Presentation: Pediatric Nurse Scientist Collaborative: Advancing Nursing Science Through Integrative Collaboration to Improve Pediatric Health

  • Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Aurora, CO

Nurse-led Research for Improvement

Session: RS11

Nurse-led Research for Presenters will discuss an academic-practice partnership across 1,200 US clinics involving 3,300 Nurse Practitioners, QI tools, implementation science, CFIR and RE-AIM. Another study is described using EHR data. This pre-post study involving care coordination will be reviewed in the context of the FDA framework, and data extraction, curation and harmonization. Improvement

Presentation: Igniting Research: The Intersection of Improvement, and Implementation Science

  • Anne M Pohnert, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, MinuteClinic, Woonsocket, RI
  • Mary A Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Presentation: Use of Real-World Data in Patient Outcome Research: A Case Exemplar of Data Curation and Analysis

  • Kristin Seidl, PhD, RN, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Meet the Editors

Session: RS12

Editors will describe the types of articles their journals are interested in publishing, and the process used to review manuscripts submitted for consideration. Focusing on new writers, editors will discuss characteristics of good manuscripts, and the support or feedback authors might expect when asked to revise a manuscript.

  • Simon Kitto, PhD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
  • Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York, NY
  • Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, MD

Re-envisioning Nurse-led Research Models

Session: RS13

Examine how to baseline a clinical staff KSAs, enact evidence-based inquiry, and assessing research capacity-building progress over time. Learn how a diverse interprofessional group is leading implementation science and EBP research. Discuss re-envisioning building a culture of research inquiry that drives evidence-based nursing care at a center for pediatric n

Presentation: Building the Culture of Inquiry: Transformation from Traditional to Inquiry-based thinking

  • Mei Lin Chen-Lim, PhD, RN, CCRC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Springfield, PA

Presentation: The Successful Re-visioning of a Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

  • Margaret McCabe, PhD, RN, CRN-BC, FAAN, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Session: RS14

Dr. Warshawsky is a distinguished expert in research that informs nursing leadership practice. Her endnote presentation will build on the lessons of the day’s speakers, providing actionable strategies to build sustainable nurse-led research centers. She will conclude by sharing thoughts on advancing practice-based scholarly inquiry in nursing.

Presentation: Creating Sustainable Practice-based Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing

  • Nora Warshawsky, PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

2022 ANCC Research Symposium Scholarship Application

Sponsored by

For the first time, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is pleased to be able to provide a scholarship award for individuals attending the 2022 ANCC Research Symposium.  A limited number of awards for up to $1,500, sponsored by Gainwell, will be available to support attendance expenses including registration, transportation, up to 2 nights lodging, and per diem for meals. Scholarship awardees will be selected based on demonstrated financial need or hardship and application of knowledge toward advancing practice-based, nurse-led research.

Note: Awards are ONLY for the ANCC Research Symposium pre-conference event and cannot be applied toward attendance to the co-located ANCC National Magnet Recognition® and ANCC Pathway to Excellence® Conferences.

The application deadline has passed. Please look out for scholarship opportunities next year.

Attendees who participate in the ANCC Research Symposium on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, and meet CNE eligibility requirements may earn up to 6.5 CNE credits for concurrent and poster sessions.

Note: The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17219.

What Past Attendees Have Said…

The keynote and closing sessions really tied nicely into relevant subjects which impact our ability to improve practice.
I enjoyed the exposure to like-minded nursing colleagues committed to engaging themselves and others in scientific inquiry.
Engaging clinical nurses in research and establishing partnerships to advance nursing science speakers were excellent and information given was what I was looking for.
This is one of the few meetings that brings together nurse scientists in hospital settings from around the country — I really appreciate the opportunity to network and learn from peers who have a similar role.

The Research Symposium registration is separate from the ANCC National Magnet Conference® and Pathway to Excellence Conference® held on Oct. 13-15, 2022.

For more information, send inquiries to: