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We are pleased to announce that Versant has been selected for a Rapid Fire Poster Presentation at the 2018 American Nurses Association Quality and Innovation Conference!

Our abstract, “Incivility as a Barrier to a Healthy Work Environment”, was selected via peer review committee from a pool of over 500 applicants. Representing Versant with a poster and group presentation will be Cheryl Mallory, BSN, RN-BC with Jean Shinners, PhD, RN-BC.

The conference will be held March 21-23rd 2018 in Orlando, Florida. See you there!

Arkansas Children's Hospital, a Versant client  serving Arkansas and surrounding areas, has recently achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  To learn more, visit  the Arkansas Children's Hospital website at the following link: http://www.archildrens.org/news/news-story?news=67 

A Versant colleague, Sue Johnson, author of Nightingale's Legacy: The Evolution of American Nurse Leaders is currently working on a book investigating the IOM (2010) recommendations and The Future of Nursing report. Dr. Johnson is currently conducting written interviews with practicing RNs in multiple roles and healthcare settings to determine their perceptions and recommendations for nursing’s future beyond 2020. Since nurse leaders between ages 25-45 will be responsible for the future direction of nursing beyond 2020, honest input from this group will be invaluable in assessing Nightingale’s vision for the profession, achievement of the IOM recommendations, and other innovative approaches for nursing’s future success. The study is completed in a written “interview form” consisting of 12 questions and will take 20-30 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Sue directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jean Shinners PhD, RN-BC, Executive Director Versant’s Center for the Advancement of Nursing (Vcan) is a current member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Scope and Standards Task Force. Based on a NPD Role Delineation Study (Warren & Harper, 2015) the revised Scope and Standards will be published this summer 2016. The Scope and Standards provides direction for ANPD practitioners in the area of education and clinical practice.

Concurrently, Dr. Shinners and Chris Schumacher MS, MSN, RN-BC are using the revised ANPD Scope and Standards in a leadership text: Application of the Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice, in the publication: Leadership in Nursing Professional Development: An Organizational and System Focus, Charlene Smith (Ed.) to be release this summer. Dr. Shinners and Ms. Schumacher will also be presenting their leadership perspectives at the ANPD Annual Convention in Pittsburgh July 19-22.

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