2021 Annual Conference

Presented VIRTUALLY March 9-11, 2021

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Overview

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The 2021 Annual Conference is moving from the Big Easy to your Easy Chair! We will not let anything stop the Resurgence of the CNS in 2021, not even COVID!

Top reasons you cannot miss the first-ever NACNS Annual Virtual Conference:

  • Top-notch LIVE Keynote Presentations from Vince Holly and Katherine Brown-Saltzman
  • LIVE Pharmacology Workshops from distinguished peers
  • Over 100 On-Demand sessions and poster presentations to watch at your own pace
  • A total of 63.75 contact hours available PLUS 4.50 Nurse Pharmacology credits
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall and NACNS Committee Tables
  • Creative, interactive networking meet-ups, activities, games, ceremonies and SO MUCH MORE!

Registration is now open, and we already have a fantastic, CE-rich agenda planned for you. Visit the Agenda tab for more details.

Registration

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Registration Fees:

Member:Early Bird: $249 (ends February 14, 2021)
Regular: $299
Non-Member:$399
Student:$149

Agenda

Agenda Overview (subject to change)
All times in ET

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

11:00 AMOpening Ceremony
11:30 AMOpening Keynote: Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, the Resurgence of the CNS
12:30 PMConcurrent Session A: Capture Value of the CNS
12:50 PMMeet-Ups by Licensure Status; CNSI Town Hall
1:20 PMBreak and Visits with Exhibitors
1:45 PMPharmacology Workshop 1: Pharmacologic Treatment of COVID-19 in Adult and Pediatric Patients by Alaine Dekerlegand and Emily Johnston
3:15 PMConcurrent Session B: CNS Improving Outcomes
3:35 PMMeet-Ups by Role
4:05 PMBreak and Visits with Exhibitors
4:30 PMSocial Event (To Be Announced)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

10:00 AMCurrent President’s Remarks and Awards Presentation
10:40 AMConcurrent Session C: COVID Topics 1
11:00 AMPharmacology Workshop 2: Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Hospitalized Patient by Jane Swartz
12:30 PMLunch with the Exhibitors and Top Three Student Posters Presentation
1:30 PMConcurrent Session D: COVID Topics 2
1:50 PMConcurrent Session E : Symposia and Workshops
2:50 PMExhibit Hall Visits and Poster Session A
3:30 PMMeet-Ups by Specialty
4:00 PMSocial Event (To Be Announced)
5:00 PMCNSI Induction Ceremony

Thursday, March 11, 2021

10:00 AMStudent Breakfast with the President
10:30 AMIncoming President-Elect Remarks
11:00 AMConcurrent Session F: Interprofessional Collaboration, Diversity and Inclusion
11:20 AMExhibit Hall Visits and Poster Session B
11:50 AMConcurrent Session G: Project Management, Quality Initiatives and Patient Populations
12:10 PMLunch with the Exhibitors and Poster Session C
12:40 PMPharmacology Workshop 3: Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health Pharmacology by Linda Ledet
2:10 PMConcurrent Session H: CNS as Researcher and Other Topics
2:30 PMNACNS Awards Presentation
2:45 PMClosing Keynote: Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN, CNS Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19
3:45 PMClosing Ceremony
4:00 PMNACNS Business Meeting

CE Hours

NACNS Live CE Language 2021

JAP

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 18.50 ANCC contact hours.

CA Nurses
Amedco is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP13683, for 18.50 contact hours.

Nurse Pharmacology Credits
This activity has been approved for a total of 4.50 Nurse Pharmacology credits. Please note onsite agenda for identification of sessions eligible for pharmacotherapeutic hours and self-submit those to your board.  Keep the agenda as a reference in case they have questions.

 

NACNS Enduring CE language 2021

JAP

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 45.25 ANCC contact hours.

CA Nurses
Amedco is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP13683, for 45.24 contact hours.

Nurse Pharmacology Credits
This activity has been approved for a total of 4.50 Nurse Pharmacology credits. Please note onsite agenda for identification of sessions eligible for pharmacotherapeutic hours and self-submit those to your board.  Keep the agenda as a reference in case they have questions.

Keynotes

Opening Keynote:

Resurgence of the CNS in the US and Globally by Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN

CNSs have demonstrated value and contribution in meeting societal needs for many years. The CNS is prepared to address the everchanging and challenging healthcare environment. This session highlights the unique contribution of CNSs, particularly throughout the COVID pandemic. CNS practice in other countries will be discussed, illustrating the emergence of the role outside of the USA. Strategies to further promote and advance the role of the CNS will be highlighted.

Vince Holly has worked as an RN in critical care since 1996. He went on to graduate from Indiana University’s Adult Health CNS program in 2005. He has been Adjunct Faculty with Indiana University since graduation and has precepted multiple CNS students. Vince’s specialty focus is Critical Care, serving the adult and geriatric population. He is an active member in NACNS, the American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CIOCNS) and Affiliate of NACNS, Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) and the International Council of Nurses APN/NP Network. Along with his membership in these organizations, Vince has received accolades and served in leadership positions. He received the AACN Circle of Excellence award in 2012. Vince is a past president of CIOCNS. He served on the NACNS Practice Committee for 6 years, the Board of Directors and was the President from 2017-2018. He currently serves as member of the CAPNI Legislative Committee. Vince has presented locally, state level and nationally on a variety of topics including: the role of the CNS, progressive mobility in ICU, Delirium prevention and treatment, Med/surg certification preparation, alcohol withdrawal, enteral feeding and professional development. Vince is also a co- editor of the book Clinical Nurse Specialist Role and Practice: An International Perspective.

Closing Keynote:

The Ethical Practice of Steadying Oneself in the Winter Storm by Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN

Have you noticed that the storms in health care are unrelenting? That if it is not one thing it is another? Have you noticed the deep fatigue that resides in you, with each surge of chaos and demands? Are you sometimes worried that you will no longer practice with joy, commitment, and compassion? Let’s unpack the ethical obligation of self-care, honoring the dark winters and the possibility of spring using the transformative power of the narrative.

Katherine Brown-Saltzman is the former co-director of the UCLA Health Ethics Center. Katherine’s work in ethics is a natural extension of her clinical practice which began in pediatric oncology and then focused on end-of-life care. In 2004, being a member of two ethics committees and co-chairing the UCLA Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, she co-founded the UCLA Health Ethics Center which led to helping develop a robust clinical ethics consultation service and a clinical ethics fellowship. She has been a co-investigator in ethics grants from AACN, ONS, Sigma Theta, was part of an NIH grant developing end-of-life education for medical students, as well as a PCORI grant on advocacy. Her most recent area of research is centered on clinical ethics. She has been active in developing interdisciplinary programs on sustaining self-care, moral distress, and ethics education, including jointly developing a clinical ethics fellowship at UCLA. She co-founded and has been president of Ethics of Caring, a non-profit that has provided annual ethics conferences for Southern California since 1993. The first National Nursing Ethics Conference in 2011 was modeled on Ethics of Caring and Katherine has been the co-chair of the planning committee throughout its tenure. She lectures nationally and internationally, has developed ethics and end of life care policies, and has published on such diverse topics as, ethics, professional self-care, end-of-life care, bereavement, spirituality, psychosocial care, guided imagery and cultural issues. In semi-retirement, a state of preferment, she is a lecturer at UCLA School of Nursing, writing about ethics, discovering her new home in Oregon, enjoying grandchildren, gardening and writing poetry.

Pharmacology Workshops

These Workshops have been approved for a total 4.50 Nurse Pharmacology Credits.

Pharmacotherapy in COVID-19 by Dr. Alaina DeKerlegand and Dr. Emily Johnston

Learning objectives:

  • Describe pharmacotherapy options available for treatment of patients with COVID-19
  • Evaluate primary literature available for guiding treatment decisions in COVID-19
  • Discuss practical considerations for drug administration and monitoring in patients on COVID-19 pharmacotherapy

Direct Oral Anticoagulants in the Hospitalized Patient by Dr. Jane Swartz

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the role of direct oral anticoagulants in the hospitalized patient.
  • Compare the direct oral anticoagulants.
  • Discuss the anticoagulant therapy elements of performance within the National Patient Safety Goals.

Improving Client Outcomes for Anxiety and Depression with Pharmacology Management by Dr. Linda Ledet

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the current environmental situation and its impact on mental health with stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Identify general medical factors to consider when treating mental health conditions.
  • Determine clinical features that guide antidepressant and antianxiety medication selection and dosing.
  • Analyze clinical presentations of depression and anxiety disorders to consider changes in pharmacology management.
  • Focus on strategies for managing common side effects and common clinical challenges of treating anxiety and depressive disorders.

 

Pharmacology Workshop Leads

Alaina DeKerlegand

Alaina DeKerlegand

Dr. DeKerlegand received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and further went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2017. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at AdventHealth Orlando in Orlando, Florida in 2018 and her PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 2019. She joined the team at Our Lady of the Lake in July 2019, where she serves as the Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist. She is involved with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee (local and system levels), Research Committee, Education Committee, and COVID Pharmacy Task Force. Her interest areas include gram-negative resistance and fungal infections.

Emily Johnston

Emily Johnston

Dr. Johnston received her undergraduate training at Louisiana State University and further went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in 2017. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Our Lady of the Lake in 2018. Dr. Johnston completed her PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Prisma Health Richland, in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2019. She is currently involved in Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 hospital taskforce. Her interests include sepsis, pain/sedation management, fluid management, and COVID-19 pharmacotherapy.

Linda Ledet

Linda Ledet

Dr. Linda Manfrin Ledet, DNS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. Dr. Ledet is Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana School of Nursing. Dr. Ledet is certified as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Dr. Ledet is currently a board member of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She has been in nursing education over 22 years and a RN for 36 years. Clinical experience, research, and expertise includes mental health nursing, the therapeutic relationship, intimate partner violence prevention, HIV infection risk behaviors, and professional boundaries. Dr. Ledet has served as an expert witness on professional boundaries for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Dr. Ledet has multiple publications in her fields of specialties. Dr. Ledet has received several honors throughout her career, including being the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Zeta Teaching Excellence Award and the Research Award, the LSFN Nightingale Awards 2020 Faculty School of Nursing Nurse Educator of the Year, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, the Allen A. Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching, the LSUHSC School of Nursing Caring Award and the PK Sheerly Nursing Entrepreneur Award.

Jane Swartz

Jane Swartz

Dr. M Jane Swartz serves as Director of Interprofessional continuing education at the University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions. She has served as content expert in the online Anticoagulation Therapy certificate program since 1996. Dr. Swartz participates in the education activities by The Anticoagulation Forum and works with the National Board of Anticoagulation Providers. Jane serves as adjunct assistant professor for the nursing graduate program for the CNS specialty courses. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2012 and board certified in Adult-CNS since 1996.

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Exhibitors

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