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Pre-Conference Workshops

2021 Pre-Conference Workshops

MNRS is proud to offer additional educational opportunities to the MNRS members and conference attendees.  We encourage you to explore adding pre-conference workshops to your conference experience.  Please note that workshops will be help on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  Workshop participation requires registration and an additional fee.

Conference attendees can join either both half day conferences for an additional $175.00 each.

Half-Day Workshop:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

1:00 – 4:30 PM CENTRAL

Team science: Advancing Culturally Responsive Research to Improve Health Outcomes

Workshop Speakers:
Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Susan Dunn, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Eileen Hacker, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Team science is a necessary and powerful strategy to answer the complex health problems in our society so that we have the best
chance to provide evidence-based care which results from research conducted by nurse scientists.At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the steps in building a strong interdisciplinary team.
    Content will include:
    -Writing an effective abstract-the gateway to building a team
    -Identify skills and expertise needed for a successful team and project
    -Articulate individual contributions
    -Prepare an abstract of the research to be conducted that includes the expertise needed for the research to be successful, potential team members and areas of expertise, and an estimate of time commitment for each of the roles
  2. Explain how to develop and sustain the team. Content will include:
    -Agree on a leadership plan
    -Establish a shared language
    -Build interpersonal relationships
    -Create incentives for participation
    -Maintain momentum
    -Develop goals and establish expectations
    -Potential exercise: Have participants give an elevator speech about their research and research expertise and develop a feasibility study.
    -Develop two team building exercises to facilitate interpersonal relationships and creative problem solving among team members.
    -Create a list of potential incentives for team members
  3. Design a specific communication plan to accomplish goals. Content will include:
    -Clarify roles and commitment of team members
    -Describe means of open communication
    -Build trust & respect
    -Develop a plan for meetings and don’t deviate
    -Celebrate successes
    -Avoid siloed communications
    -Construct an initial team meeting agenda that addresses team member expectations for ongoing communication.
    -Determine ways the team can communicate group and individual members’ progress with research goals
  4. Provide examples of pitfalls and a plan to avoid them to thrive in the midst of differences. Content will include:
    -Don’t make assumptions
    -Share, play fair & don’t hit
    -Tend to members needs for advancement
    -Preserve creativity
    -Mentor junior members
    -Maintain transparency
    -Embrace unplanned/unexpected change while protecting goals
    -Confirm each team member’s commitment to the role on the project
    -Encourage accountability
    -Develop a plan for individual team member accountability to the research
  5. Develop, analyze, and evaluate outcomes of the team and project. Content will address:
    -Timelines
    -Roles and responsibilities of team members
    -Capitalize on the expertise of team members
    -Plan for a writing group
    -Plan for who evaluates what and when
    -Review of original goals

Half-Day Workshop:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CENTRAL

Toolbox for Collecting and Integrating Environmental and Occupational Exposure Data

Workshop Speakers:
Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN
Azita Amiri, PhD, RN
Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Luz Huntington Moskos, PhD, RN, CPN

Over one-fifth of global death and disability can be attributed to environmental factors, according to World Health Organization estimates. Globally, both indoor and outdoor air pollutants are leading risk factor for death and lost quality of life years for a broad range of common diseases including asthma, cardiovascular events, and COVID-19. In July 2018, the National Academies of Medicine, Science, and Engineering launched the “Environmental Health Matters Initiative” underscoring the critical need for the environmental and occupational exposure research. Given that the theoretical foundation of nursing is based on Florence Nightingale’s concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing, nurse scientists must be able to understand the impact of environmental determinants of health and incorporate exposure measurements into their research protocols.

This workshop will provide learners with an intellectual toolbox of environmental and occupational exposure data for nursing research. The workshop is conceptually organized into levels of measurement and analyses using the socio-ecological framework. Furthermore, we apply the content to the nursing research by integrating methods for endotype characterization (the causal
pathway) into the NIH/NINR Symptom Science Model’s process of complex symptom, phenotype characterization, biomarker discovery, and clinical applications. We will address both methodology and measurement for data collection.

During the workshop, learners will become familiar with common environmental data collection tools that can be incorporated into their research: biomarkers (e.g., cotinine), self-report validated exposure assessment; individual/personal wearable monitoring of e.g., volatile organic compounds (VOCs); area monitoring (home or workplace) of e.g., community air quality; and COVID-19 as an occupational co-/exposure including measures/considerations of environmental controls as infection control and the built environment of the clinical unit as a factor. Learners will have the opportunity to explore how these exposure measurements can be incorporated into their research questions and data collection methods in the era of COVID-19. By the end of the workshop, learners will have compared and contrasted relevant research design, level of analysis, strengths, and limitations for each type of exposure measurement. The workshop will be facilitated by research experts who have incorporated air quality measures into completed research projects that include formaldehyde, VOCs, particulates, and other pollutants.