2019 Doctoral symposium

Transforming Healthcare: Leading with Data

On February 16, 2019, the GNLC is proud to host its fifth Doctoral Symposium:


When: Feb. 16, 2019. Breakfast, posters and registration starting at 8:00am. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. (specific building location coming soon) Parking is free.

Register: Registration is $45 - we will accept a limited number of on-site registrants on the day of the event. Online registration is now closed

Hotels: Fairfield 2631-A N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 452-5202

Holiday Inn Express 2600 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 295-1144

Hampton Inn 2461 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 451-0050

Antebellum Inn 200 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061 (478) 453-3993

Podium and Poster information: Podium and poster presentation application will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email abstracts to ganursingcoalition@gmail.com. Submission will be accepted starting Wednesday Jan. 2 until Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Submission instructions are HERE. **NOTE: there is a contest for the poster presentations

CEUs: 6 CEUs for this event

Tentative Schedule:

8:00-8:30 a.m.  Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m. Welcome

8:45-9:45 a.m. Podium presentations 

9:45-10:00 a.m. Break

10:00-11:00 a.m. Workshops: Practice doctorate students, Research doctorate students, Faculty

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Big Data: Is That a Thing, Like Big Hair? Speaker: Vicki Hertzberg, PhD, FASA

12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch and posters

1:00-2:00 p.m. Skill-building breakout sessions:

Designing the perfect presentation - John Cranmer, DNP, RN

How to Publish - Bonnie Jennings, PhD, RN, FAAN

Effective grant writing – Susan Welch, EdD, RN, CNE & Julie K. Zadinsky, PhD, RN

Entrepreneurship – Troy Heidesch, DNP, RN

2:00-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15-3:15 p.m.  Plenary: The Quest for Data Speaker: Jeanie Cimiotti, PhD, FAAN

3:15-3:30 p. m. Closing and poster contest results

about our speakers


Vicki Hertzberg, PhD., FASA

Dr. Hertzberg is an internationally-recognized expert on “big data” and its impact on health care. She is widely known for her work measuring the social contacts in emergency departments and disease transmission on aircraft carriers. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Environmental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Her work has been published in high-impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, PLOS One, and Pediatrics.


Jeannie Cimiotti, PhD., FAAN

Dr. Cimiotti is an internationally known health services researcher with expertise in nurse workforce issues and the quality of patient care. Dr. Cimiotti uses large provider and patient datasets such as those available through local, state, and national government sources to identify issues in care delivery and subsequent provider and patient outcomes. Through her research she has examined a variety of provider outcomes such as job dissatisfaction and burnout, and patient outcomes such as hospital-acquired infections and infection-related and other outcomes such as hospital lengths of stay, readmissions, failure-to-rescue, and patient mortality. She has served as a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for ICUs and on the U.S. News & World Reports, Best Hospitals for Common Care, Medical Advisory Panel.

Her current research funded through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing examines the use of advanced practice registered nurses in acute care and associated patient outcomes, as well the availability of nurses during times of natural disasters and how the availability of nurse resources are associated with both nurse and patient outcomes.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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