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Nursing Conference

Evidence-Based Community Engagement in Nursing Conference

The Calvin University Department of Nursing invites you to a spring conference designed to provide new, well-grounded insights for nurses who work in a community setting, community health, schools, administration education or any other nursing role in the community.

Come and discover innovative new strategies to identify and address health disparities in the community. Learn about evidence-based assessment for these strategies, their effectiveness in promoting health in diverse populations, and ways to ensure the sustainability of community engagement projects.

This conference is brought to you with the generous support of the Kappa Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.



11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.


12–1 p.m.


1–2 p.m.

Welcome and opening remarks
Keynote speaker Dr. Ellen Olshansky, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, Community-Partnered Research in Nursing: A Key Approach to Improving the Health of the Public

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions

  • Mark Lubberts, MSN, RN, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
  • Karen Kaashoek, MSN, RN, Catherine’s Care Center
  • Karen Meyerson, MSN, APRN, NP-C, AE-C, Asthma Network of West Michigan
  • Panel discussion with:
    • Katie Orent RN, Parish Nurse, Trinity United Methodist Church
    • Louise O'Donnell, RN, MS, NP Faith Community Nurse, Cathedral of Saint Andrew
    • Marj Timmerman, RN, Executive Director of Congregational Care, First United Methodist Church

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Posters, tea and scones

3:45–5:15 p.m.

Panel session

Calvin University Nursing Faculty: Improving Health in Grand Rapids Neighborhoods

  • Gail Zandee, MSN, RN
  • Mary Molewyk Doornbos, PhD, RN
  • Suzan Couzens, MSN, RN
  • Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, RN

5:15–5:30 p.m.

Wrap up and evaluation

For RN’s who attend all sessions, 4 continuing education contact hours will be awarded.

Abstract Submission Requirements

Abstract submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2016. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space availability basis.

Abstract submission process: Abstracts must be emailed as an attachment to Abstracts should be submitted without identifying information. Please use “Evidence Based Community Engagement in Nursing Conference” as the email subject. Please include the following in the email message:

  • Primary author (including credentials)
  • Additional authors (including credentials)
  • Institutional affiliation for each author
  • Primary author contact information

Abstract topic options: Preference will be given to abstracts involving a community based topic.

Research Project

Completed research and research in progress may be submitted. Abstracts must be a maximum of 350 words, must include the title, headings, and the following key elements:

  • Background/Significance
  • Purpose
  • Theoretical/Conceptual framework
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Key words

Evidence Based Project (EBP)

Completed EBPs and EBPs in progress may be submitted. Abstracts must be a maximum of 350 words, must include the title, headings, and the following key elements:

  • Nature and scope of the project
  • Synthesis and analysis of supporting literature
  • Project implementation
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Outcomes
  • Recommendations
  • Key words

EBP Literature Review

The 350 word abstract must include the title, headings, and the following key elements:

  • Problem
  • Purpose
  • Search Strategy
  • Results of literature search
  • Synthesis of Evidence
  • Implications for Practice
  • Key words

Abstract approval notification process: Primary authors will be notified of the review committee’s decision by March 7. Questions regarding the abstract submission process can be addressed to Jesse Moes (


  • Prince Conference Center
  • 1800 E Beltline Ave SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • 49546
April 2016
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