Sunday, September 16, 2018

7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

General Session


Leadership Practices and Developmental Needs Reported by Frontline Medical-Surgical Nurses

1.25 contact hours

Terry Jones, PhD, RN

Describe findings from a frontline leadership survey and how these findings can help guide the development of leadership behaviors in frontline staff.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poster Viewing

9:15 am – 10:00 am

President’s Address/Closing Remarks

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Nursing “Cents”

1.0 contact hour

Amanda Kidd, MSN, RN, ACNPC-AG, NEA-BC

Discuss ways in which nurses impact financial outcomes.


The Elephant in the Room: Opioid Withdrawal

1.0 contact hour

Aliesha Rivera, MSN, RN-C

Provide a clinical pathway that facilities can adopt to allow early identification of patients addicted to opioids. Appropriate and consistent treatment to minimize negative outcomes from opioid withdrawal will also be discussed.


Detecting and Treating Delirium in the Medical-Surgical Patient

1.0 contact hour

Donna Miller, DNP, MSN, MEd, RN

Delirium is not just a syndrome unique to the intensive care unit but follows patients across the continuum of care. This session lays the foundation for understanding and intervening to improve patient outcomes for patients on med-surg units.

This session will not be included in the Online Library.


Trauma Care Beyond the ABCs

1.0 contact hour

Amy Clontz, MSN, RN-BC

The medical-surgical nurse can improve patient outcomes by recognizing typical physiologic changes for common problems among adult and geriatric trauma patients. Concepts involving analysis of care provided throughout the trauma cycle will be reviewed. These include resuscitation, common injury patterns, assessment and recognition of complications, evidence-based interventions, and injury prevention.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


A Paradigm Shift for IV Push Safety

1.0 contact hour

Maureen Burger, MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE

This session will walk the participant through the history of IV push medication preparation and administration, discuss the relevant research findings on IV push medication preparation and administration, and highlight the barriers to safer care to help nurses confidently and safely give IV push medications in the acute care setting.


Multimodal Pain Management: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic at the Bedside

1.0 contact hour

Michael Urton, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC

A multimodal approach to pain is essential to reduce reliance on opioids and improve patient outcomes. This session will review the physiologic aspects of acute and chronic pain and provide recommendations for nurses to establish safe and effective pain management plans of care.


Is It Normal Aging or Dementia?

1.0 contact hour

Alice Poyss, PhD, CNL, APRN-BC

Understand the difference between what occurs as part of the normal aging process and dementia.


Moral Distress in Medical-Surgical Nursing: What It Is and How to Cope

1.0 contact hour

Tracy Scheirer, PhDc, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Identify the attributes, antecedents, and consequences of moral distress and discuss potential solutions to resolve moral distress in individual practice settings.