2024 Annual Research Symposium


The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing's Annual Research Symposium provides an opportunity for participants to share information from research studies, evidence-based projects, integrative reviews or concept analyses that focus on clinical excellence, nursing education or health care leadership, highlighting inclusivity and excellence in nursing research.

Keynote Speaker


President, International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning;
Professor, College of Nursing;
Undergraduate Simulation Coordinator
University of Central Florida

Dr. Desiree A. Díaz, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN is the Undergraduate Simulation Coordinator and Professor at the University of Central Florida. She completed a Post Doc from Johns Hopkins with Dr.Pamela Jeffries which focused on simulation pedagogy. Dr. Diaz creates tests and disseminates research on cutting-edge technologies such as holograms within the simulation community. Her strategies within simulation research pedagogy over the last decade have promoted health equity and brought awareness to healthcare disparities.  She was a National Coalition Ethnic Minority Nurse Scholar and Health Leadership Fellow. She serves as President of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation.

Her current grant funding focuses on educating and exploring ways to eliminate healthcare disparities while educating the workforce. As co-PI to current government grant “ENFERMERIA” which looks to empower and enhance linguistic services  and culturally congruent care within the Hispanic community while encouraging advancement to graduate degrees of diverse post-baccalaureate student populations. Dr.Diaz engages multiple means to reduce healthcare inequity and encourage healthcare equity advocates. 


The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Nursing Research, the Health Care Professional Development Program and the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma, along with 2024's platinum sponsor CSL Behring and silver sponsor EBSCO.


Event Details

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Larson Kelly Auditorium, Driscoll Hall

Continuing Professional Development

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program will award 3.5 contact hours.

To receive contact hours for this program, participants must attend at least 85% of the program and complete and return the program summative evaluation.

The program is offered at not cost but registration is required.