Saturday, September 15, 2018

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 9:30 am

Town Hall


Workplace Resilience

1.25 contact hours

Marisa Streelman, MSN, RN, CMSRN

The ability to be flexible and adaptive is a necessary function to operate in a practice environment with increasing demands and changing priorities. Join us for this Town Hall session as we explore issues and strategies related to developing resiliency for med-surg nurses to decrease stressors, increase well-being, and ensure a healthy practice environment.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Violence at the Bedside: Not Routine Nursing Care

1.25 contact hours

Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN; Jessica Fuller, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN; Nicole Watson

Describe the outcomes of a multi-professional nursing task force organized to identify knowledge, attitudes, and practices of nursing staff regarding patient visitor violence (PVV).


NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis): The Silent Epidemic

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Review the pathophysiology, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment options for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).


Heart Failure Medication Update

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

The focus of this presentation will be the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of heart failure. A general overview of the heart failure functional status and guidelines will be presented. Newer medication approaches that are being used in the treatment of heart failure also will be discussed.


Beyond Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The New Era of Competence in Nursing

1.25 contact hours

Cheri Constantino-Shor, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CRNI

Explore the establishment of and emerging viewpoints on what defines competency in the nursing profession. Discussion will include the need to develop assessment and clinical skills, as well as non-technical skills, such as teamwork, communication, advocacy, giving and receiving feedback, reflection, and emotional intelligence to survive and thrive in the modern health care environment.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-224)


Risky Business and Malpractice Claims: Setting a Patient Safety Agenda

1.25 contact hours

Lisa Painter, DNP, RN

Use malpractice data claims to showcase the actions, behaviors, and characteristics of nurses that result in medical malpractice claims. Also review the fundamentals associated with a risk management program and its ability to prioritize the patient safety agenda while promoting a culture of safety.


Creating Excellence in Inpatient Diabetes Management: Diabetes Management Mentor’s Contributions to Quality Outcomes

1.25 contact hours

Rebecca Aboumerhi, RN, CMSRN; Annemarie Cvijanovic, BSN, RN-BC

Discuss a mentoring program developed to foster the professional development of the bedside nurse in the nuances of diabetes management, teaching/learning principles, and communication skills.


The Lost Population: Treating Alcohol Withdrawal in the Acute Care Inpatient Population

1.25 contact hours

Traci Ashcraft, BSN, RN

Discuss the results of an evidence-based project focused on identifying and treating patients with alcohol withdrawal.


Smart Pumps and Patient Safety: A Decade of Evidence to Guide Practice, Decision-Making, and Leadership

1.25 contact hours

Kristi Campoe, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ; Karen Giuliano, PhD, RN

This interactive session will review the last decade of evidence during the smart pump evolution in nursing practice. Guidelines for safe and effective use of smart pumps as a complex technology will be discussed from a nursing and human factors perspective. Participants will be guided to improve patient safety in clinical practice through informed decision-making.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Medical-Surgical Nurses Advocate for Promotion and Practice Awareness

1.25 contact hours

Doris Velasquez, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCCTM; PHN;
Robin Cavaliere, BSN, RN

Explore the success of chapter development to promote individual leadership, growth, and empowerment to advance the med-surg nursing specialty.


Creating a Multidisciplinary, Multi-Leveled Tracheostomy Care Bundle

1.25 contact hours

Jasmine Lee Hill, MSc(N), RN

This session will focus on how to create a tracheostomy care bundle based on the needs of the med-surg nursing staff, the patient, and his/her family. This includes assessing, designing, and implementing tracheostomy care protocols, policies, information booklets, and support systems.


A Designated Medical-Surgical Unit Assures Excellence in End-of-Life Care for Dying Patients in the Acute Care Setting

1.25 contact hours

Anna Corl, RN, CMSRN; Kristina Holleran, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Gain insights related to the need for comprehensive excellence in end-of-life care and innovative strategies to effect a cultural paradigm shift for dying patients in the med-surg setting.


Disaster Management Nursing

1.25 contact hours

Cynthia Steinwedel, PhD, RN

Discuss meaningful ways for med-surg nurses to plan for disasters, respond competently to these events, and help individuals and communities to recover from disasters in a healthy way.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Beverage Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-244)


Developing a New Nursing Team while Building a Positive Culture without Any Current Staff

1.25 contact hours

Kathy Fisher, BSN, RN, CNML

Identify the methods a nursing unit used to increase patient satisfaction for a new nursing unit with mostly new nurses.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocols – Innovative Tactics for Enhanced Outcomes on a Medical-Surgical Unit

1.25 contact hours

Kristina Holleran, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Krysten McGovern, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Gain knowledge of ERAS protocols, with emphasis on the key roles of and interventions by medical-surgical nurses to successfully implement pathway tactics. Lessons learned can be replicated in any med-surg setting with colon-rectal surgery patients.


Who Is at Risk for Failure to Rescue? A Medical-Surgical Nurse’s Dilemma

1.25 contact hours

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN

Guidelines and tips on how to categorize patients and prioritize a surveillance plan so nurses can detect changes and intervene early to prevent clinical deterioration will be shared.


We Will Survive! One Unit’s Story of Recovery Following a Patient Suicide

1.25 contact hours

Ann DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC; Robin Sells, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC

This session will review the statistics surrounding med-surg patients with psychiatric diagnoses and some strategies that support quality care. One tragic case scenario will be shared highlighting the steps taken to continue to promote patient safety and to support the physical and emotional well-being of the unique care team best suited to treat these patients.