Sunday, October 25, 2020

7:00 am – 1:15 pm

Registration Open


7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


7:00 am – 9:45 am

Poster Viewing


8:00 am – 9:00 am

General Session


Nurse Suicide

1.0 contact hour

Judy Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN

Describe the incidence of nurse suicide, list modifiable workplace risks, and describe three suicide prevention techniques.

9:15 am – 10:15 am

General Session


Replenish at Work: Micro-Restorative Practices to Promote Well-Being

1.0 contact hour

Cathy Alvarez, MA, RN, CNML, HNB-BC; Pamela Mulligan, BSN, RN, NBC-HWC

Identify how an integrative approach to well-being improves awareness of self-care and self-care practices for nurses. Components of mindful awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion will be discussed, followed by experiential micro-restorative practices which can be incorporated into the work day to relieve stress and promote caregiver well-being.

10:15 am – 10:45 am

President’s Address/Closing Remarks

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Beverage Break


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Leveling the Playing Field

1.0 contact hour

Stephanie Huckaby, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC

The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies that promote professionalism and engagement within unlicensed personnel, specifically patient care technicians (PCTs).


Hepatitis, Liver Failure, and Cirrhosis: Reversible or Path to Liver Transplantation?

1.0 contact hour

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K, CCTN

The management of hepatitis, liver failure, and cirrhosis focuses on screening, symptom management, and portal hypertension management. This presentation will review the pathophysiology, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment options for hepatitis, liver failure, and cirrhosis.


Supporting Transgender Patients in Health Care

1.0 contact hour

Connor Wesley, BSN, RN

This lecture is for anyone that wants to better understand the transgender community and desires to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care.


Increase Two RN Skin Assessment Adherence by Utilizing an Automated AlertSystem - The Foundation for Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI) Prevention

1.0 contact hour

Lisa Smith, MSN, RN-BC; Christina Guerrier, MBA

This session will discuss the efforts of one institution to investigate root causes for noncompliance with standard policy regarding pressure injuries and to use the information to develop an early prevention of pressure injury alert system (EPPIA) and standardize EMR documentation.


What Is Wrong with This Picture?: Using True Legal Case Scenarios to Identify Practice Lacks and Updates in Common Situations

1.0 contact hour

Polly Zimmermann, MS, MBA, RN-BC, CEN, OCN, FAEN

Using unfolding case scenarios of real-life medical-surgical malpractice legal cases, we will go through what happened, what clues should have been recognized/responded to, related essential (some new) information, and what happened in these cases. Update, learn, and apply the lessons gleaned from them.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


Managing Nursing Care in a Pandemic

1.0 contact hour

Marisa Streelman, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Amy Allen, MSN, RN, CNML

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from health care organizations faced with a global pandemic. Descriptions of how organizations managed PPE, staffing, staff safety, patient safety, and capacity concerns in communities with “shelter-in-place” orders will be included along with insights on ways to handle the fear and anxiety of patients, staff, and the community.


AV Blocks: What Every Med-Surg Nurse Needs to Know

1.0 contact hour

Allison Perkins, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

The purpose of this session is to assist the med-surg/telemetry nurse in gaining knowledge on how to interpret different types of AV blocks.


Bullying and Patient Safety: How to Prevent and Combat Bullying in the Workplace

1.0 contact hour


Ruthie Robinson, PhD, RN, CNS, FAEN, CEN, NEA-BC; Cynthia Stinson PhD, APRN, CNS, RN-BC

This session will explore the definitions, theories, and methods of identification of bullying. Attendees will be able to discuss the impact of bullying on individuals, units, organizations, and patients.


Beyond the Opioid Crisis: Infectious Complications of Intravenous Drug Use

1.0 contact hour



The current opioid epidemic has caused a public health crisis in the spread of blood-borne pathogens and infections in people who inject drugs (PWID) along with an increase in complications from overdose and overdose deaths. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the scope of the crisis and will be able to apply theirexpertise when caring for patients at the bedside.


Immuno-Oncology: Unleashing the Ultimate Uncloaking System

1.0 contact hour

Jane Lacovara, MSN, CNS-BC, CMSRN

Immuno-oncology is a form of precision medicine, whereby the health care team uses individual biomarkers in the patient to help guide individual clinical treatment and decision-making. Medical-surgical nurses will see or are already seeing these patients as they move throughout our complicated health care systems and are in a unique situation to help patients. Join us for this lecture to learn how you can identify and provide excellent care to these patients!

1:15 am