Leading with Confidence

Leading with Confidence

Are you a new nurse educator administrator or program director, or think this role might be in your future? Program administration requires knowledge, skills and abilities that build on the faculty role and extend into the business arena. This Pre-Summit Leadership session is specifically designed for the novice nursing administrator and will provide key information all new nursing administrators need to know. You’ll learn how to function effectively in your new role, as well as network with other new nursing leaders and established leaders in the field. Topics included in the Pre-Summit Session are listed below:
Success by Design- Dr. Kelly Simmons
This session will provide a high- level overview of processes and key agencies that play an important role in successful administration of a nursing program. From program approval to regional and national accreditation, the challenges can seem daunting and overwhelming. We will help you identify strategies to successfully navigate your journey. Bring your computer to interact during the presentation and bookmark the websites that apply to your program.

Program Evaluation and Accreditation (1.5 hours) – Dr. Ann Smith, Dr. Lisa Homer, Dr. Debbie Lyles
This component of the Pre-Summit workshop provides an overview of best practices regarding programmatic assessment, evaluation, and accreditation. It will include how to design effective program assessment and evaluation, review components of a systematic evaluation plan, and how to use data for continuous program improvement. We will also provide an overview of the major national nursing accreditation agencies, including requirements, processes, and preparation for obtaining and/or renewing accreditation.

Leading Resilient Teams to a New Era in Nursing Education (1.5 hours)- Dr. Teresa Stephens
Academic nurse leaders must be prepared to lead radical change to successfully meet the requirements and challenges in the transformation of nursing education. Resilient teams are necessary to successfully navigate the challenges and adversities on this journey to assure positive growth and outcomes. Workshop participants will be guided through an interactive process based on Bandura’s theory of Collective Efficacy and Stephens’ Model of Resilience to begin developing their own Resilient Teams.


Debbie Lyles, PhD, MN, CNE

With a long and varied career in nursing and nursing education, Debbie Lyles received her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, an MN from the University of South Carolina, and a PhD in post-secondary and adult education from Capella University. Areas of clinical experience as a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist include pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology, and home health. Her experience in nursing education includes RN-to-BSN and Associate Degree Nursing, and Licensed Practice Nursing, where she served in faculty positions and various senior administrative positions. Active at the local and state levels, she served on many advisory boards and committees. As a nurse educator, her areas of passion and expertise include student policies, curriculum development and implementation, accreditation, and program evaluation, with presentations at the local, regional, and national level. Active in the accreditation process, she served as a site visitor, site visitor chair, review panel member, and appeal panel member. Research interests include simulation, specifically capstone simulation experience and interdisciplinary simulation. Most recently she has been immersed in Next Generation NCLEX content, with a focus on assisting faculty to understand best practices for integration in teaching and learning. In addition, she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received several recognitions of teaching excellence throughout her career. Dr. Lyles has been with ATI since 2017 and is currently serving as Director of Consulting.

Kelly Simmons, DNP, RN, CNE

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.

Teresa M. Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Dr. Teresa “Tese” Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE is a nurse educator, researcher, and consultant with 35 years experience in both practice and academic settings, from adjunct faculty to Dean. She is the author of Stephens’ Model of Resilience and the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (Personal Resilience Enhancement Plan). Her research is focused on RESILIENCE, specifically as a tool to promote well-being and professional fulfillment in nurses, nursing students, and other clinicians, with an emphasis on the radical transformation of academia. Much of this work is built upon the narratives of Holocaust survivors. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and serves as a consultant, advisor, and member of several professional organizations, task forces, and work groups. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, her Master of Science in Nursing from King College, a post-graduate certificate in nursing education from the University of Tennessee, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. She is the author of multiple publications and book chapters and a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences and workshops. Her favorite role is as “Nonnie” to her beloved Emmie and Owen.

Ann Smith, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP, CNE

Dr. Underwood Smith has been a registered nurse for 30 years, with the majority of her clinical experience in perioperative and emergency nursing, along with more than 20 years in postsecondary nursing education. She earned her BSN and MSN-FNP at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and her PhD in Educational Leadership- Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University. Her primary research focus has been on student retention and success, including intrusive interventions for high-risk students. She has held positions as dean, director or faculty at all undergraduate levels of nursing education and is the recipient of several awards for innovation and excellence in teaching. She served on multiple local, regional and state-level committees in the areas of curriculum development, accreditation, student retention and engagement, program evaluation, faculty development, active learning, test blueprinting, online education, and student success. As a program director, she was actively involved in the development and implementation of a statewide concept-based curriculum into all Virginia ADN nursing programs. Additionally, Dr. Underwood Smith has extensive experience in both college and programmatic accreditation, serving as a team member and chair on multiple site visit teams, as well as on evaluation review panels.

Lisa Homer, PhD, RN, CNE

Lisa Homer, PhD, RN, CNE, is a Nursing Education Consultant with ATI Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for more than 23 years with 14 years of post-secondary nursing education experience at multiple levels. Prior to joining ATI, Dr. Homer served in various faculty and administrative roles, with her last position as Director of Assessment and Evaluation. Her areas of expertise include program assessment and evaluation, accreditation, curriculum development/revision, and continuous programmatic quality improvement.