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2019 WNRCASN Annual Conference

February 20, 2019 9:00 AM MST to February 22, 2019 4:00 PM MST

Fantasyland Hotel and Conference Centre in West Edmonton Mall
17700 87 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4
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WNRCASN Annual Conference, February 2019

Rejuvenating Nursing Education Through Relational Practice

Dates: Feb 20 to 22, 2019

Location: Edmonton, AB

Host Schools: University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Grand Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Athabasca University, and MacEwan University!


Location: West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland Hotel and Conference Centre, 17700 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4. Reservations Phone: 800-737-3783                                   

A block of Superior rooms has been reserved that include Theme Rooms (Polynesian and Roman Themed Rooms) as well as Executive King, Superior Queen, and Superior Queen with Bunk Beds. There are limited numbers of the theme rooms at the blocked rate of $164 / night (plus applicable taxes) Tuesday Feb 19 through Thursday Feb 21. If you choose to stay the night of Friday Feb 22 or through the weekend, the rate does increase to $199/ night (plus applicable taxes). The going rate for rooms in the Fantasyland Hotel is $230 - $276 / night, so these are great rates! We encourage you to BOOK EARLY as the reserved rooms block will be released as on January 20, 2019 and room rates will increase to reflect current demand. 

**To receive the conference rate for your room reservation, please call and inform the booking receptionist that you are booking with the Western and Northern Region, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing - WNRCASN. 

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Call For Abstracts

Abstract submissions are open and being accepted through December 31, 2018. Please CLICK HERE to be taken to the abstract submission portal. You will need to begin a new form for each submission.

Direct link to abstract submission portal:

Abstract Requirements

The same abstract submission form is used for oral and poster presentations. For your planning purposes, oral presentation time spots will be 25 minutes long, including the time for questions and discussion. Sessions will end after 25 minutes allowing attendees 5 minutes to transition to the next presentation.

Poster viewing sessions will be built into the program and presenters will be asked to be at their posters during this time. Depending on the number of poster abstracts that are submitted, we may need to run multiple poster presentation tracks. Presenters will be notified of the day and time their poster presentation will occur.  

Abstracts will be uploaded through the submission portal as a WORD or PDF file. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 300 words. They may be single or double-spaced but should include the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Indication of scope of presentation- research study; innovation or scholarship in teaching, learning, or evaluation; professional faculty development, technological advancement for use in teaching and learning, etc. 
  • May follow a journal article abstract format (i.e. Introduction, Purpose or Objectives, Methods, Findings or Results, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the impact or potential impact for nursing education. 
  • Reflect the scholarly nature of the presentation.
  • Include 2-5 references that are not part of the 300 Word count. Only one document may be uploaded for each abstract submission, so include references in the same document. 



The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is open now. Submissions will be accepted until 6pm on December 31, 2018.

Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to the Principle Author of the abstract by January 7, 2019.

Conference Registration will open in early November. Early Bird rate will expire December 31, 2018!

Room Rates at the Fantasyland Hotel with the conference rate of $164/night plus applicable taxes are only available until January 20, 2019, and there are a limited number of themed rooms, so PLEASE BOOK EARLY!


Two exciting workshops have been scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The workshops will be in addition to the conference and have an additional registration fee associated with them.

Workshop #1

Explore learner-centered teaching and develop your relational-educator toolkit with renowned author and educational researcher, Dr. Maryellen Weimer!

Maryellen Weimer, PhD

Professor Emerita, Penn State Berks

Maryellen Weimer is a professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Weimer has consulted with more than 600 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.

Weimer has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor Blog each week on Faculty Focus. A distinguished scholar and author, Dr. Weimer’s books include Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), and Improving Your Classroom Teaching (Sage Publications, 1993). Her Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd ed. (Jossey-Bass, 2013) remains one of the most influential books for educators looking to adopt a learner-centered approach in their classrooms. 

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Workshop #2

Explore simulation debriefing using the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning (DML) method with nursing education researcher and immediate past-president of INACSL, Dr. Kristina Thomas-Dreifuerst!

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Assistant Professor of Nursing at Indiana University and Immediate Past-President of INACSL

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University. She has been a nurse educator for the past 20 years, teaching didactic and clinical courses in traditional and online environments to pre-licensure, graduate and doctoral students. Her research is at the forefront of disciplinary efforts to a) develop, use, and test innovative teaching methods to improve students’ clinical reasoning skills, and b) investigate how teachers can best be prepared to use evidence-based methods including simulation and debriefing to enhance clinical teaching and she is the author of the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning (DML) method of clinical and simulation debriefing. Dr. Dreifuerst is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 NLN-Laerdal Debra Spunt Lectureship. In 2014 she was also inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education.

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MALs / Executive Committee Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3 pm to 6 pm. The Members-At-Large (MAL) and Executive Committee Board Meeting will begin at 3pm, also at the Fantasyland Hotel in Conference Room 5. This is the annual face-to-face board meeting for the MAL and Executive Committee. Each member school of WNRCASN has an appointed Member-At-Large. These members are expected to attend the conference and attend the Board Meeting each year. MALs who are not able to attend may designate an alternate who will attend in their place. This person must be a member in the Association, as they will have voting rights delegated to them by the named MAL. MALs will have had specific communication regarding this meeting from the President and Secretary in advance. If you are not sure if you are a MAL, please contact This is a working meeting, and dinner will be provided. 

Opening Reception, Grants and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The opening reception of the conference will take place in the Fantasyland Hotel in Conference Room 7. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. A cash bar for wine and beer will be available. Music and entertainment are being finalized and we will share our exciting evening program with you soon!

Conference Proceedings

Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22, 2019 will be two full days of conference proceedings with keynotes, plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and poster presentations. 

  • Be sure to join us for the opening keynote address from Dr. Maryellen Weimer!
  • Our closing keynote is just being confirmed and we will announce shortly!


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The WNRCASN AGM will take place over hot breakfast on Friday, February 22, 2019. All full members of the Association are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion and voting. The Secretary will circulate an agenda for the meeting in advance.

Fun and Adventure! 

Special discounted tickets will be made available for the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark, the Galaxyland Amusement Park, as well as the Scotiabank IMAX / 3D movie theatre. Other attractions and discounted dining options are currently being explored and we hope to have fun and exciting adventure packages to suit everyone and their families! These discounted tickets will be available to purchase from the WNRCASN website in advance of the conference and as part of your conference registration.



$50.00 Workshop 1 Wednesday, Feb 20 1/2 Day Morning Workshop - Dr. Maryellen Weimer, "Learning More About My Teaching".

$100.00 Workshop 2 Wednesday, Feb 20 Full Day Workshop - Dr. Kristina Thomas-Dreifuerst, "Simulation Debriefing for Meaningful Learning".

$425.00 Full Member Registration
$500.00 after 07:00 pm February 6
$375.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$375.00 Associate Member (Retired or Graduate Students who are Faculty) Registration
$500.00 after 07:00 pm February 6
$325.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$275.00 Single Conference Day - Member Rate: Full and Associate Registration
$225.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$100.00 Professor Emeritae

$200.00 Undergraduate Student Registration
$150.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$125.00 Undergraduate Student 1 Day Conference Rate
$75.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$480.00 Non-Member Ticket ** It's cheaper to become a member first!
$500.00 after 07:00 pm February 6
$430.00 Earlybird rate before January 31

$330.00 Non-Member Single Day - **it is cheaper to join as a member first!
$280.00 Earlybird rate before January 31


$150.00 VENDOR - Additional person from same company. Company must already have paid one full Vendor registration fee.