Hot Topics in Nursing Education

Hot Topics in Nursing Education

This session will highlight recent and upcoming issues in nursing education that will have a direct impact on nurse educators. Topics such as the explosion in online education, key elements for creating meaningful partnerships between academia and service, and areas for faculty development will be covered. Implications for nurse educators at all levels will be discussed.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three evolving trends in nursing education
  • Describe the impact of evolving trends in nursing education on their work environment
  • Articulate two actions they can take to help expand their personal level of practice in the rapidly changing environment.


Mary (Beth) Mancini

Mary (Beth) Mancini, RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAHA, ANEF, FAAN, is Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Education Innovation, at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation where she holds the Baylor Professorship for Healthcare Research. Prior to moving to this academic role, she was Senior Vice President for Nursing Administration-Chief Nursing Officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, a position she held for 18 years. Dr. Mancini received a BSN from Rhode Island College, a Master’s in Nursing Administration from University of Rhode Island and a PhD in Public and Urban Affairs from The University of Texas at Arlington. Beth is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in high-quality, high-volume, accelerated online education (distance education). Her work in this area resulted in her college becoming the country’s largest college of nursing in a public university and led to the College of Nursing receiving the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s prestigious Star Award in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Mancini was recognized with a Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. Dr. Mancini is an active volunteer with numerous professional organizations. She currently serves as a member of the National Academies of Science Global Task Force on Innovations in Health Professions Education. She is a past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, as well as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Simulation Task Force and WHO’s Initiative on Training, Simulation, and Patient Safety. Her research interests include innovations in education, interprofessional collaborative practice, and development of high-performing healthcare teams through the use of simulation. She’s received more than $6.5 million in competitive grants and has written for more than 100 publications on topics such as innovations in online education, simulation in healthcare, and patient safety.