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National nursing leaders to speak at the U of R School of Nursing’s 3rd Annual DNP Summit


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Leading voices in nursing education and practice will come together at the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s annual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Summit on Friday, Oct. 26. 
Now in its third year, the DNP Summit is a day-long conference welcoming clinicians, scholars, executives and, policymakers from across the country to showcase the contributions of DNP-prepared nurses and explore an evolving vision for DNPs to positively affect clinical practice, health policy, and care delivery across the health care continuum. 
“In the face of an increasingly complex health care landscape, the University of Rochester School of Nursing is proud to join the national conversation about the roles that nurses with practice doctorates can play to achieve healthcare transformation,” said Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, who is associate dean of education and student affairs and DNP program director at the University of Rochester School of Nursing
In an effort to facilitate that national conversation, the DNP Summit will feature five speakers who are leaders in nursing practice and education: 
  • Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP, RNP, FAANP, FAAN
    • Keynote address – “The Future is Here: DNP as Entry to Advanced Practice”
    • Idzik is associate dean of the DNP Program and an associate professor of organizational systems and adult health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
  • Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS
    • Opening and closing remarks – “Practice, Vision, Visibility”
  • Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
    • Plenary session – “Un-tunneling Your Vision: One DNP’s Journey from New Graduate to Innovator in Primary Care”
    • Blankson is the chief nursing officer for Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Grant Martsolf, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
    • Plenary session – "The DNP and Nurse Practitioner Workforce: The Future of NP Education"
    • Martsolf is a policy researcher and affiliated adjunct at Parde-RAND Graduate School at the RAND Corporation. He is also a professor of acute and tertiary care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.
  • Karen Davis, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    • Plenary session – “Leadership Perspective on Integration of DNPs in Health Care Delivery”
    • Davis is associate vice president and chief nursing executive of Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and affiliated UR Medicine hospitals. She is also assistant dean for clinical practice at the University of Rochester School of Nursing
Clinicians with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree are playing an increasingly visible role in transforming clinical practice and care delivery, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses is growing. This spring, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) announced its commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner (NP) education to the DNP degree by 2025. NONPF emphasizes that the DNP curriculum is not an add-on to a master’s NP curriculum; instead, the curriculum integrates objectives and learning opportunities for students to achieve the NP core and population-focused competencies written for doctoral-level education.
Rotondo says the DNP Summit’s 2018 theme of “Practice, Vision, Visibility” will explore this transition to doctoral education for advanced nursing practice and demonstrate how DNPs are leading change, creating new approaches to care, and improving patient and system outcomes.
In the context of a nationwide shift toward a post-baccalaureate entry into DNP programs, the DNP Summit serves as a unique forum, not just for DNP-prepared clinicians and students, but for all health care professionals who will work with doctorally prepared nurses.
6.75 contact hours will be available for attendees. More information on the DNP Summit, registration, and continuing education hours is available online

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