Pre-Conference Workshops

Enhance your conference experience with an in-depth, four-hour session on Thursday, April 6, before the conference begins. Please note that an additional registration fee applies for pre-conference workshops.

SPN Member: $150 / Non-Member: $200 

Thursday Morning Pre-Conference Workshops (Choose One) | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Competency Assessment for the Real World

Donna Wright, MS, RN 

This workshop explores the elements needed to create a successful competency program. Attendees learn many creative strategies for competency management and creative ways to verify competencies in all departments.  This session explores ways to operationalize competency programs and ensure compliance across hospitals. Join us for a humorous look at how to make all this happen and how to create a system that really works. You won’t believe how easy it can be!

Writing a Winning Publication from Your Capstone Project 

Cecily Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN; Myra M. Huth, PhD, RN, FAAN

Have you thought about writing a manuscript for publication but don’t know where to start?  Have you completed a great capstone project that you want to share? Sharing our success stories is vitally important to our profession; however, writing for publication often times seems overwhelming!  This workshop is designed to teach you the process of writing for publication from abstract to conclusion.  To get the most value out of this workshop, please bring a draft of a manuscript and receive feedback from the editors and your peers.

Thursday Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mental Health; Not Just for Psych Nurses: Preparing All Pediatric Nurses to Care for the Mental Health Needs of Our Patients Today 

Miriam Lusher, MSN, RN, CPN; Greg Putman, MBA, BSN, RN; Susan A. Bonis, PhD, RN; Tracy Brennan, BSN, RN-BC

The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to prepare pediatric nurses to care for the current developmental, behavioral and mental health needs in today’s patient care setting.  The content is designed for clinical nurses at the point of care, school nurses, nurse leaders, nursing educators and nursing students. The workshop provides an overview of the following developmental, behavioral and mental health issues seen in all pediatric patient care settings: autism, suicide ideation and prevention, eating disorders and the transgender population.