Friday, October 23, 2020

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


Contributing to Health Care: From Medical-Surgical Nursing to Health Policy

1.0 contact hour

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

This session introduces a journey from medical-surgical nursing practice to high-level public policy engagement. The opportunity and obligation of nurses to bring their expertise to impact health care in both arenas are considered and specific strategies are offered.

Sponsored by MSNCB


9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Coffee Break


11:15 am – 12:30 pm


Concurrent Sessions (111-115)


The Service Line Model – A Novel Design for Medical-Surgical Nursing Service Delivery

1.25 contact hours

Mark McClelland, DNP, RN, CPHQ

Medical-surgical nursing has become extremely complex since the emergence of the modern hospital in the early 1900s. Despite a robust patient safety movement, hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. A new model for delivering nursing services on medical-surgical units could lead to higher levels of quality and nurse engagement.


Obesity: Prevalence, Comorbidities, and Nursing Management

1.25 contact hours

Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN, CBN

The session will provide an expanded understanding of the disease of obesity and the corresponding nursing management.


Managing Secondary Victimization

1.25 contact hours

Carlo Piraino, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC, FACHE

This presentation will shed light on a subject that has been hiding far too long and present how one hospital addressed the growing presence of secondary violence.


EBP when the Evidence Is Evolving

1.25 contact hours

Michele George, MBA, BSN, RN; Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC

This session will feature a panel of members providing perspectives on evaluating rapidly changing guidelines and recommendations and implementing corresponding nursing care during a pandemic. Information on how to analyze and prioritize traditional and non-traditional sources of evidence also will be included.


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Decreased Length of Stay and Improved Efficiency

1.25 contact hours

Lisa Florida, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Alissa Schick, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Hyacinthe Thibodeaux, MSA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

This session will discuss how the service line of one institution implemented a standardized interprofessional approach to improve patient care and decrease length of stay.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


Lunch and Learn Concurrent Sessions (121 - 125)


Are You High? What Today’s Marijuana Laws Mean to Nursing Practice

1.0 contact hour

Cherie Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI; Carolyn Gersch, PhD, RN, CNE; Nicole Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI

This session will provide the key knowledge about the NCSBN Guidelines for Nursing Care of the Patient using medical marijuana, medical marijuana education in pre-licensure and APRN nursing programs. We will also discuss how use (or banning) of medical and/or recreational marijuana impacts policies for nurses and the care they provide.


Caring for Military and Veteran Patients: Applying the Evidence

1.0 contact hour

Susan Hopkinson, COL, PhD, RN; Teresa Williams, DNP, MAJ, APRN

This presentation will provide a background on the U.S. military to include demographics and culture, use evidence to assist in highlighting the unique health care needs of the military/veteran population, highlight resources available to military and veterans, suggest practical applications for medical-surgical nurses and their managers, and provide real-time discussion and feedback from active duty military nurses.


When Your Unit Is Drowning: Staffing Response Team to the Rescue!

1.0 contact hour

Julie Gillespie, MSN, RN, ONC; Allison Carlson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CMSRN

We will discuss the development of a staffing response team as an in-the-moment enhancement to the hospital-wide staffing plan that utilizes in-house personnel. This supports the integration of employees across all units, promotes patient and staff safety,and enhances teamwork and communication, thus creating a more positive culture.


Recharging Resuscitation Responses Utilizing Low-Fidelity Simulation

1.0 contact hour

Tiffany Caudill, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN; Grace Allen, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Chasity Wagoner, BSN, RN-BC

The unfamiliarity of nurses with skills and equipment used in emergency situations has led to delays in initiation of compression and defibrillation. Actions taken during the first two minutes of a cardiac arrest are critical to patient outcomes. Nurse educators identified opportunities to improve response times in order to meet American Heart Association guidelines.


Developing Leadership Skills of the Clinical Nurse at the Bedside

1.0 contact hour

Sania Emara, MSN

This session will discuss the development of leadership skills of the clinical nurse at the bedside and how this empowers nurses to influence changes to enhance patient and organizational outcomes.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Beverage Break


3:30 pm – 4:45 pm


General Session


Developing an Outcome-Based Competency Model for Medical-Surgical Nursing

1.25 contact hours

Cynthia Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC; Manfred Straehle, GISF; Richard Farmer Alexander, RN, CMSRN

This session will describe the development process of AMSN’s comprehensive competency model for medical-surgical registered nurses. These competencies are leveled across the career progression of the medical-surgical nurse and are measurable, tied to organizational outcomes, and can be used within medical-surgical practice by nurses, managers, and organizations.