34th Annual Virtual ABNF Conference

June 10-11, 2021



Conference Speakers: Leadership Institute, Keynote, and Competency-based Learning

Dr. Voncella McCleary-Jones

Associate Dean, Academics, Faculty and Student Affairs, College of Health Professions, & Chair, School of Nursing, Wichita State University

A native of Fayetteville, NC. Prior to joining Wichita State University, McCleary-Jones was a tenured Associate Professor at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where she also served as the Director of the Master’s Nurse Education Program and as Interim Assistant Dean for Educational Excellence.  McCleary-Jones holds a PhD in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma and Master of Science in Nursing Education. McCleary-Jones’ research and scholarship focuses is health literacy, minority health, and nursing education.  McCleary-Jones’ clinical specialty areas include adult Intensive Care and Post-Anesthesia Care.  McCleary-Jones is a Harvard Macy Scholar, holds certification from the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and is a Fellow of the NLN’s Academy of Nursing Education, a national distinction that recognizes her sustained and significant contributions to nursing education.

Dr. John Lowe

Professor and Joseph Blades Centennial Memorial Professorship, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

A faculty affiliate of the Native American Indigenous Studies Program. Lowe also is an Indigenous Scholar affiliate of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.  Lowe established the only Indigenous Nursing Research worldwide. Lowe is a Cherokee tribal member with Cherokee, Creek, and Lenape tribal heritage and one of 25 Native American doctoral prepared nurses in the U.S. Lowe is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an alumnus of the American Nurses Association Ethnic Minority Fellowship predoctoral program and has served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee.  Lowe was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Nursing Research and elected as a member of the Fellow Selection Committee of the American Academy of Nursing. Lowe has represented Native American and Indigenous health care professionals in many national and international forums. Lowe developed an evidenced-based intervention that utilizes the traditional Talking Circle format to reduce substance use and risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth. Lowe is currently the Principal Investigator of several National Institutes of Health funded research projects. Lowe also co-authored the Native American Nursing Conceptual Framework which is being used to guide nursing curriculum.

Dr. Gloria McNeal

Associate VP, Community Affairs in Health, National University

Recipient of significant extramural funding totaling over $12 million. Having been continuously funded for the past 20 years, she currently serves as the PI for the HRSA Simulation Education Training grant, a highly competitive grant awarded to only 5 programs nationwide. McNeal has authored over 170 articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and editorials, and has served as editor or associate editor for peer reviewed nursing journals. McNeal obtained her BSN at the Villanova University College of Nursing, and MSN and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Graduate School of Education, respectively. McNeal’s dissertation investigated the scholarly productivity of Black nurse academicians and was awarded with meritorious distinction. McNeal sits on the ABNF Board and has chaired the Public Policy Committee since 2006. McNeal’s current research work focuses on improving access to care for underserved communities, for which she recently received the Edge Runner Model of Care Award presented by the American Academy of Nursing. She is a former RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, and former officer of the US Navy Nurse Corps earning three promotions and two medals of commendation.

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June 10 – 11


Virtually (Zoom)

Conference Agenda

  • Thursday, June 10
  • Friday, June 11
Thursday, June 10
  • 9:30 – 9:40, Opening Session
  • 9:40 – 10:00, Welcome & Greetings
  • 10:00 – 11:00, Keynote Address
  • 11:00 – 12:30, CE Session 1
  • 12:30 – 1:00, Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:30, CE Session 2
  • 3:30 – 3:40, Closing Remarks/Instructions
Friday, June 11
  • 9:30 – 9:45, Orientation & Gathering
  • 9:45 – 11:45, CE Session 3
  • 11:45 – 12:15, Lunch
  • 12:15 – 1:15, Leadership Institute
  • 1:15 – 2:15, CE Session 4
  • 2:30 – 4:00, CE Session 5
  • 4:00 – 4:30, Awards Ceremony & Closing
  • 4:30 – 5:00, General Membership Meeting

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