2010 Graduate Nursing Admission Professionals 
The Magical Journey of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

April 6-7, 2010
Disney Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, FL

Monday, April 5 

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.     
Welcome and early registration at the hotel (Optional)

Tuesday, April 6

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.     
Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibits

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.     
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jane Dolan, MS, RN, Graduate Clinical and Recruitment Coordinator, Pace University- Lienhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, NY and Chair, GNAP Steering Committee

8:45 – 10:00 a.m.     
GNAP Keynote Address
The Impact of Social Media on Admissions
Over the past five years we have seen a seismic shift in how people both consume and create media. This shift has impacted our lives from how we communicate with friends and family to how we research purchases, educational opportunities, and careers. TMP Worldwide's Steven Ehrlich will discuss the evolving recruitment landscape and the impact of Social Influence Marketing and Web 2.0 on brands. Steve will make you rethink your current strategies, help you achieve better ROI, and help you plan for the future.
Speaker: Steven Z. Ehrlich, Global Vice President, Client Development TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, LLC, New York, NY

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.    

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.    
Concurrent Program Sessions
Integrating Technology to Reach Prospective Graduate Students
Learn the three components of an integrated cross-media communication strategy: the development of a personalized, automated communication plan; in person and online information sessions; and customized, student web portals. Hear about how UC faculty, staff, and graduate students worked collaboratively to integrate this cross-media system to reach prospective graduate students, including the use of online inquiry forms, customized content, checklist for prospective students, and more to elevate its program enrollment results.
Speaker: La-Vern V. Sutton, MS, Director of Recruitment, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH      

The Nuts and Bolts of Recruitment (for those with fewer than two years experience)  Gain knowledge of the basics of recruiting from two seasoned admissions professionals who have over 25 years of combined experience.  They will share the tips and helpful hints they have gathered along the way!
Speakers: Elaine Andolina, MS, RN, Director of Admissions, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY and Jackie Min, BS, Graduate Outreach Coordinator, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.      
Concurrent Program Session
The Efficacy and Impact of Graduate Admissions Interviews  
Hear an interesting presentation on an evidence-based review of contemporary literature on the efficacy and effects of the graduate admissions interview.  In addition, there will be a discussion on the issues and implications of the graduate admissions interview in nursing.
Speaker: Carol M. Patton, DrPH, RN, FNP-BS, CRNP, CNE, Professor of Nursing, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

DNP or PhD – What Meets the Students’ Needs?
Learn about the difference in these two credentials so that you can assist students in applying to the doctoral program that is the best fit with their career goals.
Speaker: Paddy Peerman, MS, RN, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.     

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.        
Concurrent Program Sessions
Truce and Truth in the Tropics
Learn how the use of technology helped a community find clinical capacity it didn't think it had.  Hear about the “Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) for the South Florida Consortium,” a time-saving and efficient method of clinical preceptor assignments.
Speakers: Rafael (Ralph) Egües, Jr., Executive Director of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida and Susan Medina, CCPS Resource Manager, Nursing Consortium of South Florida, Inc.

Dedicated to Diversity: Recruitment of Underrepresented Populations into Nursing
Enjoy this informal roundtable discussion of the imperative challenges and strategies to recruit and retain underrepresented groups (gender, ethnic diversity, etc.) in nursing.  Bring your ideas to share!
Speaker: Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.       

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.      
Program Session
Meeting Students’ Financial Needs in Challenging Economic Times
Hear and discuss strategies about how we secure/capture and distribute on-campus funding resources, online opportunities, and how to guide students to find sources of funding.
Speakers: Carol Aspinwall, Coordinator of Doctoral Student Academic Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, Madison, WI and Clay Hysell, MA, Assistant Dean for Graduate Services, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, April 7

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.     
Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Business Meeting
Join us at this important session where we will update members on the accomplishments of the year, introduce new officers, discuss plans for the 2011 conference, and disseminate individual awards.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  
Break/Exhibit time

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.   
Introducing NursingCAS
Find out more about the historic work underway to launch the nation's first centralized application service for nursing programs - NursingCAS.  Discover how this Web-based service will help your school streamline the admissions process, gain exposure to a more diverse student applicant pool, and fill seats in all types of programs.  This informal discussion will be followed by Q&A from all attendees.
Speakers: Sharon Cannon, West Texas Nursing Education Collaborative, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX  and Marla Fohlinger, Executive Director for Student Services, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.     
Optional Recruitment Event
Graduate Recruitment Fair – meet interested NSNA students seeking graduate   information. Any GNAP conference participant is welcome to set up a booth.

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General Information

The registration fee for the 2010 Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Conference is $399.  The deadline for early registration is Tuesday, March 16, 2010.  The registration fee after March 16 is $469.  E-mail messages confirming registration for this meeting will be sent to all participants. 

- $30 (discount for being a GNAP Network Member)
- $30 (Additional registrant from same institution)

Conference attendees are welcome to set up a table to advertise their schools to NSNA participants during GNAP’s recruitment fair on April 7, 2010 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one of the recruitment fair/NSNA attendees.

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The room rate is $159 per night.  Complimentary Hi-speed Internet access is provided in each guest room and in public spaces. To make your reservations, please visit NSNA’s website at www.nsna.org/meetings/annualconvention.aspx.  The first option on the list is "Click here to make your room reservation."  Please type AACN in the box labeled Additional Requests
If you make your hotel reservations through this site you can also make Disney's Magical Express reservations (for free) there too, as soon as you receive your confirmation number from the hotel.

Disney’s Magical Express Service is a complimentary shuttle and luggage delivery
Service, which conveniently takes you from the Orlando, FL Airport (MCO) directly to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and back again when it’s time to return. Book this service ahead of your visit by calling (407) 827-6777 or visit www.DisneyConventionEars.com/dme for more information. You must make your hotel reservation before you make your shuttle arrangements because you must have a confirmation number provided by the hotel. Taxi service is available from MCO airport to the resort for approximately $65 one way. Complimentary self-parking is available at all Disney hotels. Valet parking is $12 per day.

Continuing Education
Continuing Education contact hours will be provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to all conference participants at no additional cost.  CE certificates will be provided in your conference packet.

Refund and Cancellation Policy
Registrations that are canceled up to one week before the meeting will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.  Cancellations received with less than one week’s notice will be refunded minus a $150 administrative fee.  There will be no refunds for no-shows.

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements.  Non-refundable airline tickets are the responsibility of the registrant. 

Additional Information
For more information contact AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC  20036; (202) 463-6930.  If you require any special access in order to take part in this meeting, please contact Erica Turner at AACN or by e-mail at eturner@aacn.nche.edu

Information about this and other AACN conferences is available at the AACN Web site, www.aacn.nche.edu

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