Friday, October 1, 2021

All times listed are in Eastern daylight time (EDT) zone.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Poster Viewing

Poster presentations will spotlight the efforts of colleagues and medical-surgical units around the world.

9:30 am – 10:40 am

Presentation of AMSN Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care

Keynote Address

1.0 contact hours

How Med-Surg Nurses Can Shape the Future of Nursing

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

The Future of Nursing: 2020-2030, released in the spring of 2021, laid out priority areas for the nursing field during the next decade, including advancing health equity. Dr. Susan Hassmiller will describe how med-surg nurses can help to tackle the major issues of our time, including improving nursing well-being, advancing health equity, and promoting nursing leadership.

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1.25 contact hours

Clinical Leadership in Front-Line Nurses


Terry Jones, PhD, RN

This session will discuss the important role that nurses on the front line of clinical care play and the factors that enhance leadership practices and promote patient care quality.


Assessing Acute Abdominal Pain: A Practical Review


Peter Buch, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP

This interactive practical session will review the typical and atypical gastrointestinal (GI) presentations of pain as well as important non-GI sources of pain. Case studies will be used to address key points. Attendees will leave with a virtual clinical toolbox to help in the diagnosis and management of acute abdominal pain.


How to Get There from Here: How to Improve Patient Safety in Your Medical-Surgical Department


Ellen Evans, MN, MPH, CPHQ, CJCP, CPPS, RN

This presentation will outline steps to take to improve the culture of safety at a departmental level.


The Role of Peer Review in Scholarly Publication


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

The focus of this session will include the professional benefits to the peer reviewer in scholarly publication, general overview of the review process, methods for how to write an effective review, the value of the marked manuscript, and ways of communication regarding publication decision.


Identifying Frailty Risk using EHR Nursing Data for ICU Transfer and Mortality


Deborah Lekan, PhD, RN-BC; Marjorie Jenkins, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

This session examines how frailty, when characterized using EHR clinical data, can be used in risk prediction models to identify patients at high risk for adverse outcomes. Focus also will be given to the need for increased resource intensive care and individualized nursing care planning to help prevent clinical deterioration, which can lead to ICU transfer and in-hospital mortality.

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Concurrent Lunch and Learn Sessions

1.0 contact hours

Improving Patient Outcomes through Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification


Norma McNair, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA; Rebecca Lash, PhD, RN

This session will explore a pilot study done to address the impact of nursing certification on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes.


Marijuana: Patient Care Issues


Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

This session will explore the challenges nurses face in caring for a patient who uses marijuana.


Career Development Relationships: Why You Should Care


Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN

This session will explore the five career development relationships (CDRs) and how they fit into a career trajectory.


EBP Initiative of Capnography for Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression


Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN, RYT200

Opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) can rapidly lead to full-blown respiratory failure. This session will explore why capnography is a valuable assessment tool to determine the cause and severity of a patient’s respiratory distress and guide decisions on and use of treatment options. It will also delineate steps for creating a multidisciplinary EBP initiative in a multi-hospital system.


Am I a Psychiatric Nurse Too?


Cherie Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI; Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI

This presentation discusses the evolution of psychiatric-mental health needs in the medical-surgical patient population and equips the med-surg nurse with tools to recognize, react, and refer patients appropriately.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Beverage Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

General Session

1.25 contact hours

Racial Issues in Health Care

Robin Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Susan Swayze, PhD, MBA, MA

Inequities in quality health care are well documented, and most of us have seen this in our professional lives. Our faculty will explore the background of this complex issue and provide specific techniques to address the conscious and unconscious biases that are the background for these inequities.