Friday, September 14, 2018

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Poster Viewing

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Presentation of the AMSN Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care

Keynote Address


How Nurses Practice Quality Care – Evidence, Stories, and Solutions

1.0 contact hour

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

This session focuses on nurses’ contributions to health care quality using more than a decade of research, examining factors that influence the rural nurse’s ability to practice quality care and examples from the literature. Approaches for how nurses, administrators, and organizations can work together to improve quality are also discussed.

Sponsored by MSNCB

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (111-114)


Implementation of an Electronic Handoff Report: A Quality Improvement Project

1.25 contact hours

Angelica Ahonen, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC

The development of a consistent, safe, and efficient electronic handoff tool is critical to promote relevant and timely communication among health care providers in the care of patients.


In-Hospital Stroke vs. Stroke Mimic

1.25 contact hours


Med-surg nurses need to be knowledgeable about factors that increase stroke risk, able to identify signs of stroke, proficient in assessing patients with new onset of stroke-like symptoms, informed about stroke mimics, and aware of the need for timely diagnosis and treatment.


Impact of LGBTQ Cultural Competence Education for Registered Nurses

1.25 contact hours

Tyler Traister, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, OCN, CTN-A

Review the findings of a research study to assess the knowledge and attitudes of registered nurses about LGBTQ people. In addition, a newly designed educational intervention on nurses’ knowledge and attitudes will be discussed.


Writing for Publication

1.25 contact hours

Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C,CMSRN, CNE

Review the basics of writing for publication and identify appropriate resources to support the process.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch Symposium


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Maximizing the Role of Nutrition

David Evans, MD, FACS, PNS

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (121 - 124)


Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice: Clustered Assignments – A New Care Delivery Model

1.0 contact hour

Barbara Potts, MS, MEd, RN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG; Laura Droll, MS, RN, NE-BC; Cailtin Wears, BSN, RN-BC; Laura Buzenski, BSN, RN-BC

Explore one institution’s development of an updated care delivery model using budgeted allocated resources to optimize patient safety, patient satisfaction, and staff engagement.


Women’s Health Update for the Medical-Surgical Nurse

1.0 contact hour

Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Gain an update on current issues in women’s health, with a focus on implications for care in a med-surg setting.


Non-Invasive Ventilation on Med-Surg Units and at Home

1.0 contact hour

Pamela Garrett, MN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CMSRN

Non-invasive mask ventilation with CPAP, BiPAP, and NPPV machines is becoming increasingly common in the hospital and home. Med-surg nurses and case managers need to be knowledgeable about the options available in non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV), how NPPV benefits the patient, and the essential elements of patient education regarding NPPV.


Acute Kidney Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease in the Med-Surg Patient

1.0 contact hour

Sally Russell, MN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

The medical-surgical patient is often at risk for acute kidney failure as well as chronic kidney disease. We will begin with the risk factors and the lab values of importance: Cr, BUN, and GFR. The focus will then be about planning care for patients experiencing AKF or CKD.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Beverage Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (131-134)


Building a Nurse Peer Review Committee to Enhance Professional Practice

1.25 contact hours

Rebekah Powers, DN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CSPHA, CHTSCP; Byron Koonce, RN

Discuss the development by a 300-bed county hospital of an effective nurse peer review committee of bedside nurses who are willing to evaluate the practice of other professional nurses.


Clinical Antimicrobial Stewardship

1.25 contact hours

Kristie Zappas, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

Describe the challenges related to the appropriate diagnosis of infections in medical-surgical patients.


Elevating Skin Injury Prevention: Team Applications

1.25 contact hours

Margaret Ecklund, MS, RN, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC

Gain an overview of pressure injury risk assessment, tools for implementation, and practical strategies for team engagement.


Complementary and Alternative Therapies – What Does the Evidence Say?

1.25 contact hours

Virginia Hallenbeck, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Med-surg nurses need to be well-informed about complementary and alternative therapies. The discussion will include the therapies that have the most potential to help patients, as well as the ones that could be harmful.