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Improving Patient Outcomes, Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections, Nurse-Led Research Among Key Topics at Philadelphia National Nurses’ Convention

Convention Sessions Will Address Hot Topics, Policy and Practice Issues Affecting Clinical Nurse Specialists

Hundreds of advanced practice registered nurses from across the U.S. will meet to discuss and learn about the latest research, innovations and practices affecting their work as clinical nurse specialists at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 21st Annual Conference. The Future Is Today: Entering a World of New Practice Challenges for the Clinical Nurse Specialist will be held:

March 3 – 5
Lowes Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA


Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and have education and training in advanced nursing care, physiology, pharmacology and physical assessment. CNSs’ work varies; they can provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients, advance nursing practice, and improve clinical processes to achieve greater safety and quality.

At the conference, leading CNSs from across the country will share the latest information on hot topics and cutting-edge issues in health care at sessions and workshops, including:

  • interprofessional approaches to geriatric education and pediatrics;
  • improving health outcomes in the emergency department;
  • reducing hospital readmissions;
  • reducing hospital acquired infections, such as catheter associated urinary tract infections and pressure ulcers;
  • tools to reduce health care costs;
  • improving pain management through protocols and research;
  • the impact of electronic medical health records on health care;
  • and more.

In addition to nearly 50 sessions, there will be 68 poster presentations on a range of health care issues from addressing malnutrition in adult hospital patients to using movies as a tool to help patients with end-of-life issues to reducing smoking among mental health in-patients at the VA.

Ann B. Hamrick, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean of Academic Programs from Virginia Commonwealth University will deliver the opening keynote address “The CNS as an Ethical Leader: Moral Distress and Ethical Practice Environments,” on Thursday, March 3 at 9:30 am.

Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN Chief Nurse Executive/Associate Executive Director from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing will address the general session, “Catalyzing Change in a Dynamic Healthcare Market: Reflections on the CNS Role,” on Friday, March 4 at 10:15 am.

Michelle Larkin, JD, MS, RN Associate Vice President and Associate Chief of Staff at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be the closing session speaker, “Building a Culture of Health in America,” on March 5 at 11:00 am.

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