On-Demand Convention Sessions

On-demand convention sessions will be available to attendees as part of their convention registration package. These sessions will feature pre-recorded convention content focusing on general areas of concern to medical-surgical nursing. Sessions will be available via the AMSN Online Library.

On-demand convention sessions will be available to attendees as part of their virtual convention registration package. 



Managing Secondary Victimization


Carlo Piraino, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC, FACHE
This presentation will shed light on a subject that has been hiding far too long and present how one hospital addressed the growing presence of secondary violence.


Caring for Military and Veteran Patients: Applying the Evidence


Susan Hopkinson, COL, PhD, RN; Teresa Williams, DNP, MAJ, APRN
This presentation will provide a background on the U.S. military to include demographics and culture, use evidence to assist in highlighting the unique health care needs of the military/veteran population, highlight resources available to military and veterans, suggest practical applications for medical-surgical nurses and their managers, and provide real-time discussion and feedback from active duty military nurses.


Writing for Publication


Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C, CMSRN, CNE
Review the basics of writing for publication and identify appropriate resources to support the process.


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


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.


Breathe Easy: Decreasing COPD Readmission Rates in a Community Hospital


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.



Leveling the Playing Field


Stephanie Huckaby, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CSSGB
The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies that promote professionalism andengagement within unlicensed personnel, specifically patient care technicians (PCTs).


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


Lisa Smith, MSN, RN-BC; Christina Guerrier, MBA
This session will discuss the efforts of one institution to investigate root causes for non-compliance 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.


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Decreased Length of Stay and Improved Efficiency


Lisa Florida, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Alissa Schick, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Hyacinthe Thibodeaux, MSA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
This session will discuss how the service line of one institution implemented a standardized interdisciplinary approach to improve patient care and decrease length of stay.


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


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.


Reducing Readmissions One Handoff at a Time: Standardizing Report from Acute Care to the Post-Acute Care Setting


Marisa Streelman, DNP, RN, CMSRN
This session will discuss the process of standardizing handoff from acute care to post-acute care and reducing readmission rates.


Evidence-Based Practice, Dispelling the Myths in Nursing Practice

Virginia Hallenbeck, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC
This presentation will provide a definition of evidence-based practice as well as the steps that a nurse should take in the process according to Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt. The results of several EBP projects will be used to dispel several nursing myths/traditional nursing practices in the areas of wound care, IV therapy, positioning, care of urinary catheters, use of oxygen, and hygienic care.


Proactive A1c Screening and Education for the Elective Total Joint Patient

Jennifer Miller, MSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC
This session will explore the current practice of how elevated hemoglobin A1C values are handled in the elective joint population and develop a means for ensuring patient education and continued follow-up in the community setting.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Yes, It Happens in Med-Surg!

Sally Russell, MN, CMSRN, CPP
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is most commonly seen with patients in the ICU, but many times it is med-surg nurses who see the signs and can advocate to get patients the care they need right away. This session will discuss ARDS signs and symptoms for patients and the role that med-surg nurses play in care for patients with this syndrome, especially during this heightened time of COVID-19.

Becoming a Nurse Activist – No Time Like the Present

Mary Beth Modic, DNP, APRN, CNS, CDE
With the health care arena constantly evolving, it is imperative for nurses to work as leaders to ensure quality in patient care and professional practice. This session will explore strategies that will enhance nurses' activism capacity.

Helping the Healers: Identifying and Halting Lateral Violence in Nursing

Lateral violence has been shown to have a significant impact on retention, nursing engagement, and patient safety. This session will explore how in addressing the issue of lateral violence, nurses can create a better practice arena for themselves and colleagues and ensure a safer and kinder health care workplace.

Medical-Surgical Nurse Engagement and Increasing Staff Satisfaction

Valentine Duran, DNP, RN, PHN, CMSRN, CNML
Commitment to and satisfaction with jobs are two aspects of the overall experience that contribute to engagement in the general workplace. This session will explore the importance that staff satisfaction plays in the med-surg practice arena and ways in which engagement contribute toward creating a healthy and productive professional team.

Social Medial Pitfalls

Celess Tyrell, BA, DES
Social media can be a wonderful tool, but there are potential pitfalls and dangers associated with this technology. Learn tips for what should and should not be posted on social media, ramifications of sharing inappropriate information, and ways to make social media more productive and beneficial. Instructions for using this technology will be provided as time permits.

Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Failure in the Med-Surg Patient

Sally Russell, MN, CMSRN, CPP
The medical-surgical patient is often at risk for acute kidney failure as well as chronic kidney disease. We begin with the risk factors and the lab values of importance: Cr, BUN, and GFR. The focus is then about planning care for patients experiencing AKF or CKD.

Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice: Clustered Assignments a New Care Delivery Model

Barbara Potts, MS, MEd, RN, APRN-CNS, ACCNS-AG; Laura Buzenski, BSN, RN-BC;
Laura Droll, MS, RN, NE-BC; Caitlin Wears, BSN, RN-BC
Explore one institution’s development of an updated care delivery model using budgeted allocated resources to optimize patient safety, patient satisfaction, and staff engagement.

Clinical Antimicrobial Stewardship

Kristie Zappas, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)
Describe the challenges related to the appropriate diagnosis of infections in medical-surgical patients.

Violence at the Bedside: Not Routine Nursing

Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG; Jessica Fuller, MSN, MBA-HCM;
Nicole Watson
Describe the outcomes of a multi-professional nursing task force organized to identify knowledge, attitudes, and practices of nursing staff regarding patient visitor violence (PVV).

NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis): The Silent Epidemic

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K
Review the pathophysiology, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment options for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Risky Business and Malpractice Claims: Setting a Patient Safety Agenda

Lisa Painter, DNP, RN
Use malpractice data claims to showcase the actions, behaviors, and characteristics of nurses that result in medical malpractice claims. Also review the fundamentals associated with a risk management program and its ability to prioritize the patient safety agenda while promoting a culture of safety.

Death and Dying - How We Care for Our Patients and Ourselves

Noelle Clark, MSN, RN, OCN, NPD-BC
This session will provide a systematic view of the dying process and the nursing care of the dying patient. The use of the compassion fatigue intervention of a Code Lavender debriefing session to assist nurses with coping also will be described.