Bringing clinical into the classroom

Recorded Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 1 hour
Learn how Rochester’s School of Nursing approached a reinvention of their nursing program by integrating technology into the academic setting.

In 2018, the Rochester’s School of Nursing leaders set out to revamp their program by committing to a competency-based, collaborative approach to a curriculum taught in an active learning environment. The leaders had a deliberate desire to identify evidence-based practices and use digital technology whenever possible to increase the effectiveness — and the efficiency — of student learning.

The goal of their multidisciplinary team? Answer a simple question: “How would you prepare today’s nursing students for the clinical setting?”

In this webinar, our expert speakers Dean Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN; Associate Dean Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP; Kaitlyn Burke, MS, RN, CCRN, CNEcl; and Tara Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, in a discussion moderated by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP, revealed how the University of Rochester embraced a collaborative approach to reinvent their nursing education program.

Learn how they approached this reinvention of their program, the ways technologies were and should be integrated into the academic setting, their recognition from AACN for re-envisioning traditional models for nursing education, and leading programmatic change and the lessons learned along the way.

  • Describe how a collaborative approach and blended team strategy can lead to a successful design of immersive learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Identify technology solutions designed to bring the clinic to the classroom.
  • Create a plan to facilitate an active, collaborative learning environment that allows students to deepen critical thinking and clinical judgment skills.
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About the facilitator

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Senior Clinical Editor, Lippincott® NursingCenter®
As the Senior Clinical Editor for Lippincott NursingCenter, Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP plans and develops content to help nurses learn and stay up to date, meet their licensure and certification requirements, and achieve their professional goals while prioritizing work/life integration. Lisa received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and has over 25 years of nursing experience with a background as a critical care nurse and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently volunteers at a nurse-run clinic for low-income and uninsured residents in her community, managing acute and chronic conditions, providing education, and improving health. Lisa also serves on the Medical Reserve Corps, supporting public health initiatives, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

About the speakers

Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Dean, University of Rochester School of Nursing; Independence Chair of Nursing Education; Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center

Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, serves as Dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Geriatric Medicine, and Vice President of the University of Rochester Medical Center. She previously served as the Associate Dean for graduate education and Director of the PhD Program at the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University.

Kitko has extensive clinical research experience with the palliative care needs of persons living with complex chronic conditions and their family caregivers, especially in the context of advanced heart failure. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NINR and NHLBI) and the American Heart Association. Kitko is also the PI of an interdisciplinary training grant (NIH/NHLBI) designed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who will pursue graduate school. She has widely disseminated her work and has received numerous national and international awards.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association, she served as a Josiah S. Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar from 2015 to 2017, where she developed an interdisciplinary certificate in primary palliative care. Kitko received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. She earned her master’s as a clinical nurse specialist in 2001 and a PhD in nursing with a minor in gerontology in 2010, both from Penn State.

Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP
Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP
Associate Dean, Education and Student Affairs; Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program; Professor of Clinical Nursing

Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, leads the education and student affairs mission at the University of Rochester School of Nursing as the Associate Dean, and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Rotondo is a national contributor to advancing DNP education and a member of AACN’s Essentials Implementation Faculty Toolkit workgroup. She has published and presented on DNP scholarship, competency-based education, and integration of technology in nursing education. She was selected as a 2018 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellow and 2020 Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Rotondo’s vision as the Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs has been the development of a learning organization that fosters collaboration and creativity to design novel educational approaches in active learning environments to prepare graduates for the complexity of 21st century healthcare. Under her leadership, there has been strategic investment in building academic-practice partnerships, expanding education technology, and developing academic innovation infrastructure to optimize teaching and learning in an inclusive, supportive environment.

Tara M. Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC
Tara M. Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC
Director, Academic Innovation; Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing

Tara Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at University of Rochester School of Nursing. As the Director of Academic Innovation, she oversees instructional design, the development of learning resources, educational technology, Quality Matters certification, and curriculum assessment. She leads the Redefining Our Classroom (iROC) initiative, the school’s iPad® program, which successfully achieved Apple Distinguished School designation in October 2021.

Serwetnyk has focused her research on innovative teaching strategies to improve outcomes. In addition to her work at the School of Nursing, she led two research studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center to evaluate training outcomes for online and hybrid American Heart Association Life Support courses, leading to the implementation of the Resuscitation Quality Improvement program across disciplines. She has presented nationally on education technology, instructional design, student engagement, and active learning strategies to foster student engagement and the development of critical thinking skills.

Serwetnyk is a member of several professional organizations, including the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, the Association for Nurses in Professional Development, and the New York Organization for Nurse Executives and Leaders. She received the Klainer Entrepreneurship Award from the School of Nursing in 2019 and 2023 and was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Colleague Award in 2021 and 2022. In addition, she co-authored the application and was awarded the 2023 AACN Innovations in Professional Nursing Award in the Academic Health Center Category.

Kaitlyn Burke, MS, RN, CCRN, CNEcl
Kaitlyn Burke, MS, RN, CCRN, CNEcl
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

Kaitlyn Burke, MS, RN, CCRN, CNEcl started her nursing career in an adult burn/trauma intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. Since joining the School of Nursing faculty in 2019, she has taught in both the school’s 12-month Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses (APNN) and the Master’s in Nursing Education program. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Burke coordinates instructional design support for the APNN program as a member of the Education Innovation Team, mentors and advises students in the Master’s in Nursing Education program, and serves on several school committees. Burke has assisted with implementing active learning strategies and digital technologies, supported by the school’s iROC (Redefining Our Classroom) initiative, in the APNN program and has presented nationally on this work. She was the recipient of the 2021 Josephine Craytor Nursing Faculty Award and the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award.

After earning a bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College, Burke continued her education at the University of Rochester School of Nursing where she earned her nursing degree and master’s in nursing education. She also earned a certificate in online teaching and learning from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education. She is a member of the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

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