Friday, October 13, 2017

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

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

Keynote Address


The RN Workforce – Relationship to the Medical-Surgical Nurse and Healthy Practice Environment

1.0 contact hour

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)

Discuss projected near-term changes in the RN workforce and the impact it has on nurses in the medical-surgical nursing practice environment.

Sponsored by MSNCB

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (111-114)


Sepsis Update: Early Recognition and Treatment

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Review the pathogen factors, host factors, host response, organ dysfunction, and circulatory and cellular/metabolic abnormalities that result in sepsis, along with early intervention and treatment options.


New Drug Update and Ways to Prevent Errors During Transitions of Care

1.25 contact hours

Marlea Wellein, PharmD, BCPS

Focus on newly approved medications commonly taken by med-surg patients and understand why the medication is used, how it is dosed, common adverse events, monitoring considerations, and other important administration precautions. This session will also highlight ways to minimize errors with medications during transitions of care.


Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck: Reducing Readmissions While Providing Best Practices to Your COPD Patients

1.25 contact hours

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

Managing patients with COPD has become increasingly complex and challenging. Successful approaches include use of a variety of bronchodilators, PAP therapies, and oxygen and mobility strategies. Transitional care and interventions targeted on the causes of rehospitalization can help reduce readmission rates.


Improving Patient Alert Mechanisms: An Academic-Practice Partnership Project

1.25 contact hours

Tyler Sturdivant, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, SCRN

The breakdown of clinical research, product development, unit implementation, and policy revision to include standardization of colored alert wristbands for patients specific to the academic health system will be presented.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch Symposium


Your Patients Strength Matters: The Role of Nutrition in Enhanced Patient Recovery

Christina Sherry, PhD, RD

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (121 - 124)


Care of the Patient at Risk for Suicide on the Medical-Surgical Unit

1.0 contact hour

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN; Cheryl Puntil, MN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Describe evidence-based strategies to assess and provide for the safety of patients at risk for suicide in the medical-surgical inpatient setting.


Innovations in Fall Prevention: Beyond the Fall Bundle

1.0 contact hour

Norma McNair, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA

Explore how fall prevention bundles and innovations may reduce falls and protect against fall-related injuries.


Medical-Surgical Nurses as Care Coordinators: Creating Harmony Out of Cacophony to Improve Patient Outcomes

1.0 contact hour

Luke Emerson, BSN, RN, CCCTM

RNs will learn the importance of care coordination and transition management (CCTM). Attendees will acquire new skills to implement in their practice of coordinating care from a certified clinical navigator in trauma services.


Improving Health Outcomes Utilizing Culturally Competent Strategies

1.0 contact hour

James Persad, MSN, RN-BC; Marsha Sinanan-Vasishta

An important building block of clinical care is cultural competency. On its own, it’s not a remedy that will improve health outcomes and eliminate disparities; rather, it’s a necessary component if we’re to deliver optimized care to all patients. Research has shown that developing culturally competent strategies – combined with patient-centered interventions when possible – leads to enhanced health outcomes. At New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), we support culturally congruent care, and have developed several strategies which all align to create a patientcentered and culturally sensitive approach to care. This promotes health outcomes by enhancing communication and provides education for staff and patients. In developing and implementing these strategies, we engaged members of our organization’s interprofessional teams as well as external agencies.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing/Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (131-135)


Chronic Complications of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

1.25 contact hours


Review venous thrombosis (VT) and risk factors for VTE and VTE prevention. This session will also explain postthrombotic syndrome and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).


Putting the Patient Puzzle Together: Our Impact on Early and Effective Nutrition

1.25 contact hours

Andrea Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM; Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Let’s put the patient puzzle together! Where does nutrition fit in the complex matrix of patient care? Learn ways to maneuver care to place the nutrition piece in our nursing skill set, our language, and our care plan. Review best practices to place the puzzle pieces together to support the nurse in keeping nutrition at the forefront. Attend this session to explore ways to implement early nutrition interventions and avoid potentially preventable conditions (PPCs).


The “Self-Entitlement Theory”: Equipping Nurses with Skills and Self-Awareness to Care for the Demanding and Difficult Patient

1.25 contact hours

Traci Brackin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

This session will review the “self-entitlement theory” and components from other professions for a theoretical framework that nurses can use to build skills when treating the demanding and difficult patient population.


Lead Nurse Quality Indicator Tool: Identifying Clinical Hotspots with Real-Time Data

1.25 contact hours

Fontine Mamais, MSN, RN; Cherie Neil, MSN, RN

A clinical dashboard that consolidates key metrics allows lead nurses to quickly identify individual patient needs, and when coupled with standardizing workflows, improves real-time follow-up by the lead nurse.


What’s All the Hub?

(No contact hours will be awarded for this session.)

AMSN Staff

Join us for this session about AMSN’s online community, the AMSN Hub. This is where members meet to discuss clinical practice, legislative, and other nursing topics. AMSN staff will explain how this networking resource works and how you can get started.