Color Outside the Lines: Creative Approaches to Develop Clinical Reasoning

Color Outside the Lines: Creative Approaches to Develop Clinical Reasoning

Practice partners identify gaps in students’ ability to transfer clinical knowledge to clinical judgment. Creating an environment that supports application of knowledge to practice is essential to bridging this gap. This session will focus on identifying strategies and creating activities that support the development of clinical judgment skills.

Kelly Simmons, DNP, RN

KELLY SIMMONS, DNP, RN is an Education Consultant with ATI Nursing Education. She served as the Academic Dean/Chief Academic Officer, Program Concentration Director for a PhD program, and Program Director a variety of nursing programs. She earned her DNP degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, her MSN degree from Northern Kentucky University, and her BSN degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Simmons has developed, taught, and directed both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her areas of clinical expertise include critical care and post-anesthesia recovery. Dr. Simmons is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky (2012), a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Chair of the Rosedale Green Board of Directors, Covington, KY. Areas of professional interest include nursing administration and program/curriculum development.

Dianna Johnston, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE- Nursing Education Consultant-Program Manager

Dianna Johnston, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNE brings a wealth of experience that spans practice, leadership, healthcare reimbursement, military service, and nursing education. Dr. Johnston enthusiastically shares her expertise and experience with students, faculty, administrators, and practice partners to graduate the best-prepared nurses. Always seeking new and exciting ways to engage students in their learning, Dr. Johnston has participated in and led many opportunities to advance classroom, lab, and clinical instruction that facilitates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to best prepare pre-licensure students for the workforce. Prior to joining ATI, Dr. Johnston held various roles in nursing education and leadership. She is well versed on curriculum and faculty development. Prior to joining ATI, she participated at the ground level with the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium to develop an innovative concept-based curriculum for statewide implementation. Dr. Johnston has worked with several institutions over the past 15 years to improve retention, completion, and NCLEX pass rates with great success that included implementation of the ATI product solutions. Dr. Johnston received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Walden University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Executive Organizational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. She is a decorated wartime veteran who served in the United States Air Force and recipient of numerous teaching awards.