Saturday, October 24, 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 – 9:30 am

Town Hall



1.25 contact hours

AMSN Volunteer Leaders

Join us for a town hall discussion on current areas of key importance to the medical-surgical nurse and practice environment.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-215)


Think/Act/Feel like a Nurse: Nurses' Professional Identity

1.25 contact hours

Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF

Our current understanding and the language we use about “professionalism” in nursing is outdated and inadequate. This interactive session will address the scientific work regarding professional identity in nursing and show how a deeper understanding of nurses’ professional identity can better recognize nurses’ unique contributions to improve health.


Management of Intentional Foreign Body Ingestion in Adults

1.25 contact hours

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, APRN-CNS, CMSRN; Lynne Kokoczka, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Learn how one hospital system used an interprofessional team approach, individualizedplans of care, and a system-wide nursing protocol for patients with foreign body ingestion.


Virtual Care Model on Medical-Surgical and Telemetry Units

1.25 contact hours

Renee Roy, MSN, RN; Jessica Peterson, PhD, RN

The virtual innovative patient care model represents a major change in the care of patients on medical-surgical and telemetry units. Building on the success of virtual nursing in other areas, VIP care is an example of how technology can promote patient care excellence in this nursing specialty.
This session will not appear in the AMSN Online Library.


Nursing Burnout with Substance-Using Inpatients: A New Hope

1.25 contact hours


Patients with conditions associated with substance use disorder (SUD) can exhibit incivil behaviors that are challenging for acute care nurses. This session will explore the impact of an SUD treatment pathway on RN burnout, retention, engagement, patient experience, and number of police calls.


Items to Pack for the Journey of High Reliability

1.25 contact hours


This session focuses on departmental leaders and front-line staff engaging in activities that lead their departments toward high reliability. Journey travelers must learn the mechanics of the vehicle for the trip and find necessary supplies to pack. This presentation will prepare medical-surgical leaders for the five phases of the high-reliability journey.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-225)


Writing for Publication

1.25 contact hours

Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C, CMSRN, CNE

Review the basics of writing for publication and identify appropriate resources to supportthe process.


E-Cigarette and Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI): What We Know About This New Pulmonary Disorder

1.25 contact hours

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

In 2019, an outbreak of acute lung injury in healthy young adults and teens appeared in medical centers across the United States. Health care providers need to be knowledgeable about vaping methods, products, and usage, as well as identification and management of e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI).


Taking Care of Our Own: Hospital-Based Stress Management for Nursing Staff Self-Care

1.25 contact hours

Tawana Brown, BSN, RN, HN-BC

This session will present research data that emphasizes the importance of taking care of our own. You will take away ideas of how to promote this type of initiative to nursing leadership, including how to access institutional data to support your idea.


Non-Pharmacologic Interventions: What Are We Afraid of?

1.25 contact hours

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

The purpose of this interactive presentation is to discuss non-pharmacologic interventions (NPI) and to debunk the myths and explore the evidence behind their use. In addition, after sharing findings from a national study, the speaker will lead discussion on factors that make nurses reluctant or afraid to use or recommend NPI in their own practice.


Quality Learning with Quick Response (QR) Codes

1.25 contact hours

Kristen Foley, BSN, RN, OCN; Jaime Burgess, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Chasity Wagoner, BSN, RN-BC


Nurses lack reliable access to education and training on unfamiliar skills and equipment used in the practice setting. This creates an environment prone to error and compromised patient safety. The introduction of QR codes allows for quick access to videos, increasing the comfort and proficiency of performing high-risk, low-volume skills and the operation of equipment at the bedside.

12:30 pm - 2:00pm


Lunch on Your Own


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (241-245)


Nursing Leadership, Inspiration, Retaining Nurse Leaders

1.25 contact hours

Elisa Romero, MSN, RN, CMSRN

In this interactive presentation attendees will learn about the stages of leadership and the qualities demonstrated and needed to be most successful.


Breathe Easy: Decreasing COPD Readmission Rates in a Community Hospital

1.25 contact hours

Cristen Mackwell, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN; Moira Kendra, DNP, MA, RN ACNP-C

This session will explore the development of a strategy for discharge with a COPD care bundle delivered by an interprofessional health care team to reduce readmission rates. Decreased rehospitalizations among patients discharged after a COPD hospitalization is our institution’s goal in an attempt to improve the quality of pulmonary care during the hospital stay, enhance the quality during transitions of care, and decrease financial burdens to health care facilities.


It’s A Whole New World: Preventing Workplace Violence in Health Care

1.25 contact hours

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

Health care is the second leading industry for workplace violence. Possessing skills in de-escalation is as important as any other clinical skill. Understanding the pathology behind a person’s violent behavior and the stages of a crisis can help equip front-line staff with the skills to preventing harm.


An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project to Improve the Nurse-Patient Communication Process

1.25 contact hours


An adequate skill set for effective professional communication is increasingly documented to be a significant variable in health care processes that are associated with important health care outcomes. High-quality services are dependent upon the communication between health care professionals and the client. Teaching nurses effective communication skills can improve communication skills among the largest group of health care workers who provide health care on a 24/7 basis, with strong potential for high impact for improved patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.


Reducing Falls and Patient Deconditioning through a Nurse-Driven Mobility Program

1.25 contact hours

Brigit Piercy, MHA, BSN, NE-BC, RN-BC; Mathilde Kubic, MSN, APRN, AGCNS, CCRN-K; Traci Fox, PT

Explore how with the collaboration of nursing and physical therapy, a nurse-driven mobility program was successfully implemented, decreased patient falls, and prevented the majority of patients’ mobility levels from declining during their hospital admission.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm - Beverage Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions


The Anatomy of a Lawsuit - Understanding Medical Malpractice and How to Protect Yourself

1.25 contact hours

Sarah Bush, MBA, CPHRM; Maureen Murphy, BS-HCA, RN, CMSRN

This session will inform participants of what to expect when you receive a call from risk management regarding pending litigation. Additionally, the presenters will breakdown the litigation process and help participants have a better understanding of what they cando to protect themselves should they be involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit.


Don’t Eat That: Nursing Care of Patients with Toxic Exposures and Clinical Collaboration with Poison Control

1.25 contact hours

Kathrine Huff, MS

This session will describe the process of caring for a patient exposed to a toxicant, including the purpose and benefits of collaboration with a local poison control center.


Interactive End-of-Life Education for Medical-Surgical Nurse Residents Integrates Patient Care and Self-Care

1.25 contact hours

Julie Gates, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Carrie Hamilton, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN; Ashley Pond, MSN, RN-BC

The goal of this presentation is to address the current format for discussing end of life, reflect on personal experiences and open dialogue about real scenarios, and create a healthy work environment through innovative teaching strategies and support.


Getting to Yes: A QI Intervention to Reducing Refusals of VenousThromboembolism Prophylaxis in Surgical Patients

1.25 contact hours

Victoria Saunders, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism represent common and potentially preventable adverse outcomes following surgery. Without prophylaxis, pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of post-operative mortality. This session will explore a quality improvement initiative to allow nurses to feel more competent in both the administration of and knowledge base regarding VTE prophylaxis and how the utilization of the QI intervention has been instrumental in lowering the percentage of patient refusals.


Am I a Psychiatric Nurse Too?

1.25 contact hours

Cherie Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI; Nicole Heimgartner, DNP, RN, CO

This presentation addresses the evolving need of the medical-surgical nurse to recognize psychiatric mental health needs of patients. Attendees will explore basic means of assessment, recognition, and interventions appropriate when caring for medical-surgical patients being treated for primarily physiological conditions, who also have psychiatric mental health needs.

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Evening Session


The AMSN PRISM® Award – Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process

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

Ronald Martin, MSN, MA, RN, CMSRN, Chair, AMSN PRISM Award Committee

This session will provide updated guidance for submitting a successful AMSN PRISM Award application.