ANA Enterprise Research Forum. October 11, 2023. Chicago Illinois.

The ANA Enterprise is excited to bring back the Research Symposium Engaging Minds and Empowering Nursing Research, organized by the ANAE Research Council, and The Institute for Nursing Research and Quality Management. This year, we will meet in Chicago on Wednesday, October 11 starting at 8:00 a.m. CT for a full day of interaction and information (breakfast to begin at 7:30 a.m. CT). 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 individuals engaged in all phases of research within their nursing programs, particularly practice-based research; nursing leaders, and those who focus on developing research programs.

The theme of this year’s one-day symposium is, bolstering nursing and interprofessional research capacity and addressing the many challenges faced in establishing and maintaining practice-based nursing research.

Research Symposium Highlights

Sessions and posters may be focused on the following topic areas:

  • Developing a successful practice-based research project
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in practice-based research
  • Competence/analysis/methods for EBP – discerning types and quality of evidence
  • Advancing EBP to translational research
  • Developing and engaging of nurses who come from diverse communities and backgrounds in practice-based research
  • Value of nursing (economic added value)
  • Building a culture of research inquiry, professional development, and mentorship
  • Advocating for and supporting an interprofessional research-friendly environment
  • Engaging clinical nurses and patients in research
  • Navigating and maximizing PhD-DNP collaborations
  • Collaboration between schools of nursing and practice environments (academic-practice partnership models)
  • Nursing outcomes research and nurse well-being
  • Research design and methodological approaches
  • Networking opportunities to share innovative ideas with nurses, researchers, and other participants.


After attending the symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods into an organizational research program
  • Develop interprofessional collaboration and clinical-academic partnerships
  • Identify and overcome challenges to nursing research
  • Build an inclusive and diverse research team addressing inequity in healthcare
  • Bring back innovative solutions to research teams and the organization
  • Carry forward a renewed spirit and strategies to sustain that spirit in research


The symposium commences with an opening Plenary distinguished research leader and closes the day with a Keynote Lecture by a leader in research education at a top-tier university. 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 an intimate networking opportunity and posters will be presented.

Keynote Speakers

Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President and
Chief Nursing Executive
Co-Chair, Equity and Access Council
New York City Health + Hospitals

Dr. Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive and Co-Chair, Equity and Access Council for NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal public health care system in the nation, serving 1.4 million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations. She serves as clinical lead for the organization, directing more than 9,600 nurses; planning, overseeing and evaluating all aspects of clinical operations, services and nurse education to ensure the delivery of quality, safe, standardized, and cost-effective nursing care to patients and the community. As co-chair of NYC Health + Hospitals’ Health & Equity Access Council, she is actively engaged in identifying and defining system-wide strategic diversity and inclusion priorities.

Dr. Cineas previously held nursing leadership roles at as Senior Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at New York City’s Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital; and as Patient Care Director of Neurosurgery and the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital.

She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University.

In 2021, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the most significant milestones in a nurse leader’s career, in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. In 2020 and 2021, she completed the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship program at Case Western Reserve University’s Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, one of just 11 nurse leaders selected for the inaugural class. In 2022, she was one of a select group of nurse executives completing the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship Program at the Academy, in partnership with the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. In 2022, she completed the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Dr. Cineas serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Nursing, teaching nursing leadership courses in the doctoral and masters level degree programs. She is on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel, “Reducing Health Care Disparities;” is president of the New York City American Heart Association Board; is a member of the Helene Fuld College of Nursing Board; a member of the Promoting Health in Haiti Board; a member of the American Nurses Association Nurse Staffing Task Force; a member of the “Bridging Quality and Equity in Health Care Delivery’ Project Task Force of the United Hospital Fund of New York; a board member of Nurses Educational Funds; a member of the Policy Committee, Best Practices Committee, and Program Committee Vendor Support Team for the New York Organization of Nurse Executive Leaders; a Scientific Committee member and Keynote Speaker for the Nursing World Conference; a founding member of the National Black Nurses Association Greater NYC Chapter; a board member on the Long Island University Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing Professional Nursing Advisory Board; and a member of the New York University Alumni Board.

A dynamic and passionate public speaker, Dr. Cineas is regularly called upon as a keynote and panelist at numerous national and international healthcare conferences, spotlighting improvements and evidence-based best practices in the nursing profession. Her recent presentations include speeches on nursing best practices during the COVID-19 global pandemic; nursing education, recruitment and retention; and special addresses on implementing diversity and inclusion strategies.

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Office of Nursing Research and Innovation-Nursing Institute; Cleveland Clinic Health System
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kaufman Center for Heart Failure- Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute, Cleveland Clinic main campus
Consultant Staff, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health System 

As Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides research and innovation services throughout Cleveland Clinic, a multicenter system. She mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice and conducts her own heart failure programs of research on (a) understanding bio-behavioral issues that impact self-care adherence and clinical outcomes in heart failure and (b) improving conformity to recommended care advocated in national heart failure guidelines.  

Dr. Albert serves as a clinical nurse specialist within the George M and Linda H Kaufman Center for Heart Failure Treatment and Recovery at the Cleveland Clinic as a provider in an advanced heart failure ambulatory clinic on the main campus. She is adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg Denmark and adjunct Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland OH. Nancy is a national and international consultant, educator and faculty member to healthcare professionals on heart failure, evidence-based practices, research and innovative thinking.  

Nancy is widely published with over 390 peer-reviewed publications in medical and nursing journals and 27 book chapters. She is editor and chapter author of the 2016 book titled: Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program and the first author of the 6th editon of Quantum Leadership. Dr. Albert served as the 2020-2021 President of the Heart Failure Society of America, a national multidisciplinary organization and was the first President of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (2004-2006). Nancy received the Nursing Leadership Award by the Heart Failure Society of America in September 2018, Healthcare Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association in June 2015, and Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-care Nurses in May 2013.  

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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What Past Attendees Have Said…

“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 keynote and closing sessions really tied nicely into relevant subjects which impact our ability to improve practice.”

The Research Symposium registration is separate from the Magnet and Pathway co-located conference on Oct. 12-14, 2023.

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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.

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