Friday, September 27, 2019

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


The Role of Nurses in Population Health

1.0 contact hour

Linda Burnes-Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Linda leads the delivery of high-quality nursing care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, ambulatory care clinics, the Medical Network, and Marina Del Rey Hospital, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Burnes-Bolton has impacted healthcare policy, clinical practice, and patient care nationally.

Sponsored by MSNCB

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (111-115)


Finance and Nursing

1.25 contact hours

Jacalyn Liebowitz, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, CPHQ

Discuss how a positive collaboration between the nursing and financial sectors of the healthcare arena helps ensure quality care for patients and financial stability for organizations. Understand the financial implications of quality metrics.


Creation and Sustainment of a Specialized Geriatric Unit: Nurses Leading the Way

1.25 contact hours

Deborah Francis, DNP, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC; Krystal Renz, MS, RN-BC; Maggie Shaw, RN-BC; Tracy Blevins, BSN, RN; Kelley Fitzgerald, BSN, RN

Explore the creation of a multi-specialty project team led by staff nurses to create and implement a unit dedicated to improving patient satisfaction and the overall quality of care of the high-risk, complex geriatric patient population.


Conflict in the Healthcare Workplace: How to Face It Head on

1.25 contact hours

Elisa Romero, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Nurse leaders will learn how to address conflict in the workplace, including strategies to manage and control conflict, transforming toxic workplace cultures into healthy, safe, and professional ones.


Using RCA and FMEA Processes for Maximum Benefit

1.25 contact hours

Ellen Evans, MN, MPH, CPHQ, CJCP, CPPS, RN

Summarize the processes and outcomes related to completing a root cause analysis (RCA) and the processes and outcomes related to completing a failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and determine the benefits and differences of use of each of the tools. Through the use of these tools by frontline staff, the culture of safety in the department will improve as well.


Know Your Arthritis: OA vs. RA

1.25 contact hours

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

Review defining clinical features of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including etiology, treatment, and prognosis. Emphasis will be placed on nursing care requirements for patients with OA and RA, including critical areas for patient education and potential post-operative management after potential surgical treatment.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch and Learn Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions (121 - 125)


From Good to Great: Empowering Bedside Staff to Lead the Way in Quality Improvement 

1.0 contact hour

Allison Young, BSN, RN; Amanda Free, MSN, RN

Discuss the use of bedside nursing staff as quality improvement coaches to improve the adoption and sustainability of effective quality improvement interventions.


State of the Evidence in Falls Prevention Programs

1.0 contact hour

Kathleen Meyer, DNP, GCNS, BC; Bradley Benick, MSN, MA, RN, VHA-CM

Examine the current state, definitions, and common risk factors associated with falls, along with interventions currently in use to reduce the instance of falls and which has the best evidence for prevention and reducing injury.


What Makes an AMSN PRISM Award® Unit Exemplary? Key Characteristics of Units that Have Achieved AMSN PRISM Award® Recognition

1.0 contact hour

Barbara Brewer, PhD, MBA, MALS, RN, FAAN; Claire Bethel, MSN, RN-BC; Megan Quinn, BSN, RN

This session will provide results of a research study that evaluated completed applications that were submitted for AMSN PRISM Award® recognition. The study used content analysis to identify key characteristics of med-surg units that received the award.


Back to Basics: Nursing Fundamentals Promote Best Patient Outcomes

1.0 contact hour

Beth Norman, MS, RN, CNS, ARNP, ACNS-BC

The work of the med-surg nurse is rapidly changing into a task-oriented environment, utilizing skills with less focus on the art of nursing. This session will provide you with basic nursing care interventions that will promote the art of nursing while improving patient outcomes.


Addressing the Silent Healthcare Dilemma: Intimate Partner Violence

1.0 contact hour

Cindy Merrow, MSN, RN-BC

Nurses can play an important role in identifying victims of intimate partner violence who present to healthcare settings. Learn how to identify and respond to these individuals, with an understanding of this healthcare epidemic and the associated complexities.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Beverage Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (131-135)


At the Table, Not on the Menu: Strengthening AMSN’s Voice in Advocacy

1.25 contact hours

Frank Purcell, BS

With so much change in health care, nurses’ voices in health policy could not be more important today. Learn how AMSN is organizing med-surg nurses and a vital advocacy agenda to make a difference – and how you can play a role.


Opioids, Addiction and the Med-Surg Nurse

1.25 contact hours

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Review the signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal and examples of evidence-based tools for the med-surg nurse to screen for presence and severity. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to manage withdrawal and treatment of substance use disorder, and their implications, will be covered.


Creating a Culture of Safety: Improving Communication in Healthcare

1.25 contact hours

Cynthia Stinson, PhD, APRN, CNS, RN-BC; Ruthie Robinson, PhD, RN, CNS, FAEN, CEN, NEA-BC

This session will share the culmination of 10 years of legal consulting, using actual nursing malpractice cases to identify themes associated with errors or omissions that most likely lead to safety issues, with a discussion of how these problems can be alleviated or reduced.


Diabetes Update 2019

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC; Mary J. Garner, BSN, RN-BC

Advances in the use of insulin treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus have changed how they are used in patient care. This session will review the normal physiologic insulin secretion by pancreas, types of insulin available, automated insulin delivery systems, insulin pump, and closed loop insulin delivery systems.


Are You Prepared to Care for Your Next Admission: A Transplant Patient?

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Review assessment and nursing care for kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine/multi-visceral, heart, and lung transplant recipients; list common aspects of care; and discuss immunosuppressive drug therapy.