20th Annual UCLA Nursing Science and Innovation Conference

UCLA Nursing Science & Innovation Conference

Join UCLA Health Nursing and the UCLA School of Nursing as they showcase science-based discoveries, best practices and processes, and policy development. This year’s conference theme is “Celebrating 20 Years of Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and Innovation” – and will include addresses from two nationally recognized nurse scientists.

This year's conference will be in-person only. 

Preliminary Agenda

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM/PST

  • Registration & Breakfast
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Opening Keynote Address
  • Breakout Session
  • Poster Session
  • Lunch
  • Breakout Session II
  • Poster Session II
  • Closing Keynote Address
  • Poster Awards

**Preliminary Agenda Subject to Change**

Learner Outcomes Include

  • Discuss nursing science and innovation that addresses contemporary issues in clinical practice.
  • Examine nursing science and innovation approaches, including implementation strategies, that can help us understand and improve the health of our communities.
  • Describe the role of nursing research in the development of health policy.


  • General Registration: $100 - Registration closes on Friday, May 10, 11:59 PM/PST 

General Registration  UCLA Nursing Student Registration


Covel Commons

UCLA Covel Commons, 200 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024 | Map and Directions


  • Park in PSV | map
  • Parking permit: Pick up or purchase a parking permit from an attendant OR purchase one from the “Pay-by-Space” kiosks located on the P1 level. You may also purchase a parking permit through the Bruin ePermit Portal. Park in any unmarked space. Place the permit on your car dashboard so it is visible through the driver’s side of the windshield.

Call for Abstracts

UCLA School of Nursing and UCLA Health Nursing are now accepting abstract submissions for podium (oral) and poster presentations for the 20th Annual UCLA Nursing Science and Innovation (NSI) Conference at UCLA Covel Commons on May 22, 2024. Learn more>

Abstracts must be submitted online as blinded versions by 11:59 PM/PST on Friday, April 19, 2024

Keynote Speaker

Maria ORourke

Dr. Maria W. O’Rourke, RN, PhD, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer, President, Maria W. O’Rourke & Associates, LLC.

Dr. O’Rourke is renowned for her pioneering seminal work on professional role clarity. This effort began in the mid 1960’s when defining the work of nursing as a professional practice discipline and clarifying the role of the RN as a key decision maker...

Keynote Speaker

Kristin Choi

Kristen Choi, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Nursing and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, 
Associate Program Director, UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program

Dr. Choi studies healthcare systems, health policy, and healthcare delivery mechanisms that could be modified to improve population mental well-being.