The 2022 Penn Medicine Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice Virtual Conference will be held Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. EST to 4:30 p.m. EST. Sessions include keynote and featured speakers listed below. We also have University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing faculty presenting recent research findings, a panel of clinical nurses discussing their research and evidence-based practice projects, breakout sessions focusing on research and evidence-based practice methods. In addition, we have an optional early bird session at 7:00 a.m. EST before the conference begins and optional lunch sessions. A virtual poster session is available after the conference. 

December 8, 2022

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

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Robin P. Newhouse

Dean and Distinguished Professor,

Indiana University School of Nursing

Robin Newhouse is the dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing and an IU Distinguished Professor. She earned a A.A. from Anne Arundel Community College; B.S.N. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; M.G.A., M.S.N. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Her research focuses on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcomes. She has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues and evidence-based practice. Newhouse was appointed to the methodology committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is currently serving as the committee's chair. She has served on multiple Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees and is the immediate past chair of the Academy Health Board. Newhouse was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the American Nurses Credentialing Center Presidents Award in 2015. In 2017, Newhouse was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 

Featured Speaker:

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JoAnne Reifsnyder 

Professor of Health Services Leadership and Management at the University of Maryland School of Nursing

JoAnne Reifsnyder is a seasoned nurse executive with more than 40 years of experience in clinical practice, administration, consulting, education and research. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a master's degree in Business Administration from George Washington University. In 2002 Dr. Reifsnyder co-developed the first palliative care minor focused on preparing advance practice nurses in other specialties as palliative care generalists, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  Dr. Reifsnyder has held executive and leadership roles in both hospice and post-acute/skilled nursing settings. Reifsnyder was appointed in January 2021 as Professor of Health Services Leadership and Management at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She also holds an appointment in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she teaches leadership in the MS in Palliative Care. She was formerly the Chief Nursing Officer for Genesis HealthCare headquartered in Kennett Square, PA. Dr. Reifsnyder has authored numerous abstracts, papers, and book chapters and was an editor/author of a 2011 multi-authored text, Population Health and co-author of Nurse’s Law published in 2014.  

Featured Speaker:

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Colleen Pogue

Professor of Health Services Leadership and Management at the University of Maryland School of Nursing

Colleen A. Pogue, PhD, RN is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Penn’s School of Nursing in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.  Her current research interests focus on the importance of nursing in the delivery of quality health care and improved patient outcomes within integrated healthcare systems. She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. 

Featured Speaker:

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Matthew McHugh 

The Independence Chair for Nursing Education
Professor of Nursing
Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
Faculty Director, Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As principal investigator on multiple large-scale studies funded by NIH, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. McHugh’s work has advanced the field of nursing outcomes and policy research by showing the value of investing in nursing as a vehicle to achieve a higher functioning health care system. For example, Dr. McHugh has conducted studies directly evaluating implemented policy; papers from his AHRQ-funded study evaluating the impact of a California law mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals have been published in leading policy journals including Health Affairs and The Milbank Quarterly. He is now evaluating a new nurse-to-patient ratio mandate in Queensland, Australia. Dr. McHugh has also carried out a number of studies evaluating the impact of nurse practitioner scope-of-practice restrictions and Medicaid reimbursement rates on access to care.