Nursing Symposium

BGSU Nursing Symposium 2021 Clinical Judgement: Think like a nurse
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Clinical judgment is the ability of a nurse to make decisions for patients using evidence-based practice, knowledge, skills, experience, communication and reflection. Student nurses begin developing clinical judgment in nursing school and continue developing this essential skill after they become working nurses. But how do nurses continue to foster and enhance clinical judgement throughout their careers?

This virtual nursing symposium will present strategies and insights to maximize the development of clinical judgement. We will have experts in the field of nursing education and clinical judgment speaking as part of the symposium. Podium presentations will focus on clinical judgment in nursing, pre-licensure education, staff education, practicing nurses and leadership. Join us as we explore the newest trends in clinical judgment.

Who should attend

Nurse educators, staff educators, nursing leaders, nursing students and health care professionals


Free! Attendees are encouraged to consider making a donation to BGSU's Nursing Scholarship Fund to help support nursing scholarships.

Continuing education

Six contact hours are offered (attendance required for whole conference)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ann Nielsen, Ph.D., RN
Clinical Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Ann Nielsen has been on faculty at the Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing since 2001. Her clinical and teaching focus includes neonatal, pediatric, perinatal nursing care, health promotion and nursing leadership. Scholarship interests include curricular and clinical design, concept-based learning in the clinical environment, use of reflection in student learning, and educational assessment and evaluation. Practice interests include development of academic practice partnerships that further improvement in nursing education and patient care. Nielsen has made a significant contribution to nursing education regarding clinical judgment and reflective thinking.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Mary Ann Jessee, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Assistant Dean for Academics, Generalist Nursing Practice, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Dr. Mary Ann Jessee joined the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing faculty in 2003 with a background in medical surgical and neurosurgical intensive care nursing practice. Her research focuses on how the learning environment, including the clinical environment and curricular implementation strategies, influences the development of clinical reasoning in pre-licensure nursing students. As the pre-specialty level director, she supports a learning environment that promotes student development of clinical reasoning through innovative and challenging learning experiences designed to develop the knowledge, skill and attitudes essential for the future of nursing practice. 


9:00-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker (Dr. Nielsen)

10:40-11:10 a.m. Breakout Session #1: Project Belly: A Creative Solution to Developing Empathy

11:15-11:45 a.m. Breakout Session #2: Concept Maps and Critical Thinking: Making Your Patient Whole Again

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Lunch

12:30-1:00 p.m. Breakout Session #3: Incorporating Reflection in LGBTQ Training For Rural Healthcare Workers

1:10-1:40 p.m. Breakout session #4: Simulation and Structured Debriefing: Making Connections

1:45- 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session #5: Teaching Clinical Judgment: “Clear Skies Ahead” and “Why Do You Think That”

2:20-2:50 p.m. Breakout Session #6: Thinking Like a Nurse: A Need for Skill Competency Reboot

3:00-4:30 p.m. Plenary Speaker (Dr. Jessee)

Updated: 12/01/2023 05:14PM