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 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.

Attendees who participate in the ANCC Research Symposium on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, and meet CNE eligibility requirements may earn up to 7.5 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.

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