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Bresenoff-Feierstein Presentation Series

RSVP for lectures at http://go.vcu.edu/feierstein.

 “From Clinician to Scientist, from Scientist to Innovator: Lessons from the Field"

Presented by Tom Ahrens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, research scientist, Barnes Jewish Hospital

Thursday, June 14, 2018 

11 a.m. – Lecture, 12 p.m. - Lunch

 The author of five books and over 100 papers, Ahrens is a renowned clinical scholar, scientist and entrepreneur. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing.  Ahrens partnered with renowned educator Patricia Benner on a product called NovEx and now owns a company, Viven, which develops software and content designed to foster behavioral change in patients. His lecture will address how entrepreneurism supports the aims of professional nursing practice and how to bring an idea to practice and become scalable for widespread replication, using exemplars from his own work.   

 “Cross-disciplinary Collaboration: At the Nexus of Innovation and Innovation Education."

Presented by Garret Westlake, Ph.D., executive director, VCU DaVinci Center

Thursday, January 10, 2019

11 a.m. – Lecture, 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

 Westlake's career as an academician and entrepreneur is defined by his imaginative use of technology and weaving the disciplines to solve critical social challenges.  A lifelong advocate for individuals with disabilities, he conducted early work involving the examination of connectionist networks to model and intervene in the treatment of dyslexia; further research links the design and delivery of biofeedback training to support individuals on the autism spectrum.  As executive director of the da Vinci Center for Innovation, Westlake is leading the transformation of VCU into one of the nation’s leading universities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, real world entrepreneurial experiences, and economic development through the activation of public research universities as innovation hubs. His lecture will address the opportunities and breakthroughs through interprofessional collaboratives.


Langston Center Annual Symposium

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 "QSEN - The Movement: Embracing the Quality and Safety Cultures in Academic and Service Environments"

Keynote: Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, associate professor, The College of New Jersey and clinical nurse specialist consultant, Einstein Healthcare Network  

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Noon to 3 p.m. -  VCU School of Nursing Younger Auditorium

Lecture, panel discussion and poster presentations - Lunch will be provided.

 A major leader in the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) movement, Altmiller has consulted with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on its Transition to Practice program. She also serves on the QSEN Institute Advisory Board and has conducted research to examine provider incivility and its impact on patient safety.  Her keynote will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion on several key topics, including big data and its influence on quality, the patient experience, and interprofessional perspectives on elevating provider safety. 

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