Saturday, October 14, 2017

6:30 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast Symposium (Participation is limited)


InVEST in Fall Prevention

Jennifer Berry, BSN, RN, CNRN, NVRN-B

Take fall prevention to the next level! Join us to learn best practices for reducing falls in your facility as Jennifer Berry shares her experiences in reducing falls for special population patients at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix.

Sponsored by Hill-Rom

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Town Hall



Putting the Spotlight on You: Nurses as Leaders

1.25 contact hours

Summer Bryant, MSN, RN, CMSRN

The best leaders are those who shine from within and bring out the best in others. You and your colleagues will take the mic during this interactive discussion on how nurses can lead, mentor each other, and advance the nursing profession for the future. We will all leave with a better understanding of the importance of nursing leadership and the ways nurses can be inspirational and visionary leaders every day.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Urology: The Five Most Common Interventions

1.25 contact hours

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

This session will focus on five common interventions used in addressing urologic disorders. We will focus on the care of ureteral stents placed after removal of renal stones, orchiectomy in the treatment of testicular cancer, cystectomy as a treatment for bladder cancer, prostate removal/ablation as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and sacral neuromodulation as a treatment for incontinence.


Communication and Caring in Substance Abuse

1.25 contact hours

Leslie Gervase, MSN, BA, RN-BC, OCN, CMSRN

Identify and describe the experience of the patient with substance abuse disorder and the licensed nurse delivering the care. Using Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (SBAR) and Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank You (AIDET) strategies, the clinical nurse will articulate evidence-based techniques to communicate during a difficult patient encounter, leading to an improved nursing and patient experience.


Acute Pancreatitis: Opening Pandora’s Box

1.25 contact hours

Kathleen Hill, MSN, APRN, CCNS; Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Review the causes, clinical course, therapies, and complications arising from acute pancreatitis in adults.


Compassion and the Bottom Line: Making a Difference One Patient at a Time

1.25 contact hours

Ann Polen, MEd, BSN, RN, CHES, CCRP

Examine an unconventional and budget-friendly approach to address staff engagement and the patient experience.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-224)


Trauma Patients on Med-Surg Units

1.25 contact hours

Jennifer Serfin, MD

Review how trauma patients are treated from the ER to the ICU and how they transition to the med-surg unit. Examine how common injuries affect patients and what changes may indicate worsening status.


Psych Patients on a Medical Unit: Nursing Strategies and Interventions

1.25 contact hours

Aliesha Rivera, MSN, RN-C

Discuss the five most common psychiatric diagnoses that occur on a medical unit. Understand the pathology of the diagnoses to choose nursing interventions in the most optimal way to avoid violent circumstances sooner rather than later.


The Problem with Risk Assessment Tools: Why Is Everyone at Risk?

1.25 contact hours

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD

Attendees will actively participate in several exercises that demonstrate how to evaluate risk assessment tools using nothing more than a smart phone and a piece of paper.


Impacting Quality Outcomes through the Utilization of an Innovative Unit-Based Nursing Role

1.25 contact hours

Stacey Trotman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC; Melissa Eberhard, BSN, RN, CCRN

The patient safety and quality nurse role at one institution demonstrates leadership and expertise in employing core values related to safety and quality measures intertwined in nursing practice, mentorship, and clinical support.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Pharmacotherapeutics: Dementia, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

The focus of this presentation will be the treatment of elderly patients who have an altered mental status. This session will also provide an overview of anatomic and physiologic changes in elderly patients. Information will be provided about the biochemical alterations associated with such mood disorders as anxiety and depression. Current treatment approaches for elderly patients will be discussed, along with rationales for treatment.


I Got Rhythm: Atrial Fibrillation Pharmacology and Management

1.25 contact hours

Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN; Kathleen Hill, MSN, APRN, CCNS

This session will review the pathophysiology, characteristics, descriptive categories, and current treatment guidelines for atrial fibrillation. Strategies for preventing thromboembolism through interactive case studies will also be discussed.


Do I Have Enough FTEs? I’m Always Short-Staffed!

1.25 contact hours

Gordon Natal, Jr., MSN, MHA, RN, CCRN, CMSRN, NEA-BC

Gain tools to evaluate current staffing patterns, allocation of FTEs, and methods for validating the need for additional staff.


Learning from Our Mistakes: Using Monthly Nursing Morbidity and Mortality Rounds to Improve Patient Safety

1.25 contact hours

Lynnita Montague-Daddio, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC

Explore how trending safety events and allowing for collaborative case review may be an effective method to tailor nursing education and address system shortcomings.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

General Session


Elevating Skin Injury Prevention: Team Applications

1.25 contact hours

Margaret Ecklund, MS, RN, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC

Pressure injury prevention programs rely on each member of the health care team taking responsibility for protection. From the point of entry to the system to discharge, elevating the importance of skin integrity becomes part of standard workflow. This session provides practical strategies for team implementation.