Saturday, September 28, 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 – 9:30 am

Town Hall


Evidence-Based Implications for Nurse Staffing

1.25 contact hours

Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN

In this town hall, evidence-based issues related to staffing will be discussed.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-215)


Mentorship: A Pathway for Leadership Development

1.25 contact hours

Mary Rich, DNP, MAS, RN, NE-BC, CCRN; Tracy Vitale, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NE-BC; Mary Jo Loughlin, MAS, BSN, RN, NE-BC

The Institute of Medicine acknowledged the need for structured mentorship programs supporting development of nurse leaders across the care continuum. This session will examine the innovative journey of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of NJ to implement an award-winning nurse leader mentorship program.


Breathless – Cervical Spine Surgery Complications and Legal Issues

1.25 contact hours

Barbara Levin, BSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC, LNCC

Explore the case study of a patient who expired following a cervical spine fusion. The presenter will discuss the etiology of the patient’s condition/symptoms along with information about the legal process regarding this patient (specifically nursing documentation).


There Is No “I” in Team, But There Is “Me”: The Impact of Social Capital on the Severity of Second Victim Syndrome in Registered Nurses

1.25 contact hours

Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN

This session will demonstrate the important role that social support, at all levels of an organization, plays in the severity of second victim syndrome experienced by registered nurses. It will address the critical role an institution’s social network plays in a nurse’s ability to recover from second victim syndrome.


The Hope Floor

1.25 contact hours

Tamara Mitchell, MSN, RN

Explore the success in using a interprofessional team approach to address the medical and behavioral needs of a specific patient population with complex psychosocial comorbidities.


Risk Management Considerations for the Medical-Surgical Nurse

1.25 contact hours

Franchesca J. Chaney, MS, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, CPSO, DFASHRM, Director of Risk Management, American Society for Health Care Risk Management, Chicago, IL

Even the best nurses make errors. Teamwork has been proven to decrease some errors in care delivery models. This session will provide examples of how these errors occur and demonstrate how teamwork can decrease the likelihood of these errors reoccurring. Attendees will see how the quality of care established by error reduction, system redesigns, and the teamwork culture can play a role in establishing a new care delivery model.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-225)


Knock-Knock: Intrinsic Accountability Is at the Door

1.25 contact hours


This session will provide innovative, focused discussion on intrinsic accountability, coupled with benefits of technology, and show how to improve and sustain outcomes, while supporting a cultural shift. This is possible with shared decision-making, clearly defined roles and expectations, motivation, and a patient-centered approach.


Public Health Pests and Nursing Nightmares: Practical Strategies for Managing Bed Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies

1.25 contact hours

Patrick Burke, MPH, CIC

Med-surg nurses come into contact with pests of public health importance such as bed bugs, scabies, and lice. This presentation will dispel some myths and discuss practical strategies for managing patients who bring these pests along for their hospital stay.


Interruptions in the Medical-Telemetry Nursing Unit: Just Part of the Culture?

1.25 contact hours

Susan Hopkinson, PhD, MSN, RN-BC

This session will describe the ethnography conducted on a nursing unit and the findings of how the culture contributes to interruptions on a medical unit.


Men’s Health

1.25 contact hours

Sally Russell, MN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Male health issues, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, testicular cancer, and prostatic cancer will be our topics of discussion during this session. Focus will be on etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, early detection, and treatment.


Law and Order for Medical-Surgical Nurses

1.25 contact hours

Lorie Brown, JD, MN, RN


Nurses will learn how to protect their most valuable asset, their license, by using an acronym called GIFTS. When nurses use their GIFTS, they are able to improve patient care while legally protecting their license.

12:30 pm - 2:00pm


Lunch Symposium

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute
(Participation is limited)

Joyce Black, PhD, RN, FAAN; Katie Starr, PhD, RDN, LDN

Nursing professionals play a critical role in enhancing surgical outcomes and are key in detecting areas for improvement in care. This continuing education session, presented by the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute (ANHI), will demonstrate how a multi-disciplinary team can utilize evidence-based perioperative nutrition and wound healing protocols to optimize patient outcomes.


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-245)


APRNs as Leaders in Complex Discharge Planning: Tools for Success

1.25 contact hours

Margaret Ecklund, MS, RN, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC; Lori Dambaugh, DNP, CNS, RN

A presentation and analysis of evidence-based tools and current research utilized for complex discharges and reductions in readmissions will be shared, along with a discussion of the nursing roles in relation to complex discharge planning.


Multimodal Pain Management: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic at the Bedside

1.25 contact hours

Michael Urton, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC

Understanding the current opioid epidemic is critical to identifying how nurses might assist in efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. This presentation will review the physiologic underpinnings of acute and chronic pain, before focusing on techniques to improve patients’ pain experiences with less reliance on opioids.


Caution: You Are Administering Hazardous Drugs. Are You Using Safe Handling Practices?

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Review the NIOSH guidelines and requirements, and discuss the technology and procedures available to decrease the risks of handling, preparing, and administering hazardous drugs.


Cardiac Procedures and Interventions

1.25 contact hours

Sheila Chucta, DNP, APRN-CNS, CCRN, ACNS-BC; Jodi Doney, MS, RN-BC, CNL

We will review a case study format to discuss care of patients who have undergone cardiac catheterization, placement of cardiac stents, and cardiac ablations. Procedures will be reviewed with focus on care management post-intervention.


Embracing Diversity! One Hospital’s Journey Towards Creating Inclusive Care Environments for LGBTQ+ Patient Populations

1.25 contact hours

Ann Yacone DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC

We will discuss healthcare disparities experienced by the LGBTQ+ population and share our journey toward providing culturally competent care to the LGBTQ+ community utilizing Health Equality Index (HEI) as a resource. This work is beneficial to our patients and families as well as our LGBTQ+ employees.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm - Beverage Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

General Session


Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs and Competencies

1.25 contact hours

Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP, FAAN

This session will address the findings from a national study of AMSN members regarding their evidence-based practice (EBP) beliefs and competencies as well as their ability to implement EBP.

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

General Session 260


Are You Considering CMSRN Certification? Are You Due for Recertification?

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

Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN, CBN; Wes Foster, MSN, BA, RN, CMSRN, CCCTM, OCN; Cathryn Kelly, MSN, RN, RD, CCCTM; Summer Bryant, DNP, RN, CMSRN; Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC; Kristina Esposito, BBA

Stop by for some light snacks while board members share their certification stories and get answers to all your CMSRN certification and recertification questions!