Thursday September 30, 2021

AMSN is in the process of switching our Convention schedule to an easy-to-follow navigate, engaging virtual platform. We want your experience to be as smooth and interactive as possible. For more information on our digital platform visit The Virtual Experience page

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

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Chapter Breakfast

Join us for a Chapter Members' Breakfast (by Zoom! Bring your favorite coffee mug!) to meet and network with other chapter members, celebrate wins, and share chapter successes. Hear a presentation from Medtronic on how they can work with you on the local level. Plus, some insider information on upcoming AMSN programs! Chapter members only. Link by email or by reaching out to

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

1.25 contact hours

Opening Ceremonies/Opening Address

COVID Power Talk: Taking Stock during a Pandemic


Since March, the world of health care has been turned upside down. Patient demands, challenging work environments, and burnout have been at an all-time high. The intensity, urgency, and uncertainty are daily stressors. In this program, Terry Foster discusses some of his most meaningful experiences—both good and bad—during this pandemic. You will learn ideas for how to maintain a healthy attitude, convey positivity, and a “can do” approach in the workplace, and by all means, use humor as a proven coping mechanism—even in the darkest of times. You and your staff deserve to hear this talk. Sit back, listen, laugh, and relax. You’ve earned it.

Convention registrants may access the online recording of this session in the AMSN Online Library for 30 days after the recording of the session is made available. This session will not be available in the Online Library after that date.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

1.25 contact hours

Concurrent Sessions

Moral Injury in Nursing: Fractured Hearts and Wounded Souls


Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE; Patricia Pitman, PhD, FAAN

Many nurses are familiar with the term moral distress, which is defined as "knowing the right thing to do but being in a situation in which it is nearly impossible to do it" (Jameton, 2017). Moral injury is a concept first defined and witnesses in military veterans when they bore witness to, or participated in, activities that ran counter to their individual moral code. Moral injury results in profound harm to the individual and can result in PTSD-like symptoms and maladaptive coping mechanisms and may lead to suicide. Exploration of this concept is just starting in the nursing profession and a research study is underway to understand nurses' experiences with moral injury. This session will examine the concept of moral injury, the system level issues contributing to moral injury, and the initial findings of the research project and will discuss and present potential solutions.


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.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


Visit the virtual exhibit hall to connect with exhibitors live and to support our exhibitors and AMSN!

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Poster Viewing

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

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

1.00 contact hour

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


Keynote Address

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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Visit the virtual exhibit hall to connect with exhibitors live and to support our exhibitors and AMSN!

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Poster Viewing

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

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Med-Surg Moments - The AMSN Podcast: The Unexpected Pathways to Med-Surg Nursing Wisdom

Wisdom helps us better understand and navigate our daily lives as med-surg nurses, through the continual acquisition of experience, knowledge, and good judgement. The Med-Surg Moments co-hosts will be discussing and sharing stories about the nursing wisdom they've gained throughout their careers and the many ways wisdom has contributed to their professional and personal successes in life.