Saturday, October 1

6:45 am – 7:50 am



Breakfast Symposium

Sponsored by Hill-Rom (Participation is limited)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Town Hall


The Elephant in the Room: Assessing and Addressing Nurse Staffing Solutions

1.25 contact hours

Michele D. George, MBA, BSN, RN

Safe and appropriate staffing is a complex issue faced daily by nurses. Ineffective staffing has a negative effect on the practice environment, so various staffing models are now being proposed to address this challenging problem. Please join us for a lively Town Hall to share best practice examples of effective staffing models and their impact on the practice environment.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Bedside Shift Report: Shining the Light of Evidence-Based Practice on a Nursing Tradition

1.25 contact hours

Deborah Rouse, BSN, RN-BC, VA-BC

Accelerate your knowledge about the bedside shift report (BSR) process. Come learn about an evidence-based five-pronged model for implementing BSR in your organization to reduce communication errors and improve safety and quality. Results of a research study assessing RN self-efficacy with BSR will be described.


Liver Disease: Not Just for People Who Drink Too Much

1.25 contact hours

Shannon Allean Rives, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN

Examine aspects of liver disease from interpreting elevated liver enzymes to identifying evidence-based nonpharmacologic treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatic encephalopathy.


If It Isn't an MI, What Is It? The Path to Diagnosis of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain

1.25 contact hours

Curtis Ernest Olson, BSN, BA, RN, EMT-P, CEN

Examine the noncardiac etiologies of chest pain, starting with the subtle or obvious clues from initial patient presentation to typical emergency department testing to final differential diagnosis.


Pathophysiology and Treatment of Thyroid and Adrenal Gland Disorders

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

This presentation will focus on treating altered thyroid and altered adrenal function. The session will also provide an overview of normal endocrine function, emphasizing the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis and the hypothalamic- pituitary-adrenal axis. We will examine the usual etiologies of hypo/hyper thyroid and hypo/hyper adrenal function, diagnostic studies, and pharmacotherapeutics.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-224)


What Will Medical-Surgical Nursing in Your Organization Look Like in 2020? A Game Plan to Assure It Successfully Transitions and Flourishes!

1.25 contact hours

Mary Jean Potylycki, MSN, RN-BC
Catherine Morrow, BSN, RN

Use transformational leadership practices and strategies to assure nursing and the medical-surgical specialty successfully transition and flourish in the new health care paradigm.


Parkinson's Disease: What Our Patients Want Us to Know

1.25 contact hours

Melissa Armstrong, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN

Learn about Parkinson's disease (PD) through the eyes of the patient with PD and their caregivers.


Acute Liver Failure: Monitor, Treat, and Support

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN

Review issues related to liver failure such as clinical manifestations, general patient care, laboratory testing, hemodynamic management, bleeding prevention, infection control, and treatment. Managing complications including metabolic abnormalities, encephalopathy, cerebral edema, and increased intracranial pressure will also be discussed.


But I'm Not a Psych Nurse: Caring for Patients with Behavioral Health Needs in the Medical-Surgical Setting

1.25 contact hours

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Identify skills to care for the patient with psychiatric needs in the medical-surgical setting.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Learn How to Enhance (and Maybe Even Enjoy!) the Experience of Nursing Students on the Medical-Surgical Unit

1.25 contact hours

Kathleen M. Martin, DNP, RN, CNE

Learn how bedside nurses can create a positive learning experience for nursing students. This session identifies ways nurses can help students improve their communication and patient assessment skills, leaving them more engaged and confident.


Grief Takes You by Surprise: What to Do and What to Say

1.25 contact hours


Review case studies and evidence-based practice on how to help patients and families cope when they are experiencing grief and mourning.


Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS): A Paradigm Shift in Surgical Nursing Practice

1.25 contact hours

Heidi Robinson, MSN, RN

Discuss how a plan of care using enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways helps improve patient outcomes while reducing cost.


The New #1 Hospital-Acquired Infection and How to Prevent It

1.25 contact hours

Barbara Quinn, MSN, CNS

Examine how nurses can use a team-based, interprofessional approach to take the lead in their hospital system to monitor and implement an effective NV-HAP prevention program.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

General Session


Catastrophic Events: Excellence in Healthcare Security and Safety

1.25 contact hours

Steve Lugar, BS, FBINA

This session will provide an overview of current trends in violence and address warning signs and response methods. Crime prevention through environmental design and active shooter response and recovery will also be discussed.