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Sep 2016
Oct 2016


Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW,
Washington, District of Columbia,
Tel: 202328200

2016 AMSN 25th Annual Convention






The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing. AMSN is a vibrant community of more than 10,000 medical-surgical nurses who care about improving patient care, developing personally and professionally, advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing, and connecting with others who share their compassion and commitment. The strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health.

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Sep 28   

7:00 am – 10:00 am

Registration Open

7:00 am – 7:45 am

Continental Breakfast for CRC Registrants Only

7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Pre-Convention Review Course


Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course

13.75 contact hours for attending both days.

Caroline Ashman, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Becoming a CMSRN® is one of the best career moves you’ll ever make. If you’re preparing for the exam or if you're new to med-surg nursing, you’ll want to take this 2-day course for its review of all the basics and exam tips. It includes:

  • Body systems review
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Common pathological conditions and treatments
  • Appropriate nursing interventions

Earn 13.75 contact hours for attending both days.

CRC Only: $259 member/$319 regular

Optional book special available. AMSN members $110 + free shipping. Regular pricing $135 + free shipping. See details

Preregistration required. Specify on your registration form or by registering online.

Note: registration for this course does not include the CMSRN exam.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration Open

Sep 29   

7:00 am – 6:30 pm

Registration Open

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

First-Time Attendee Orientation

4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies & Opening Address


Surviving and Thriving in the Crazy World of Nursing!

1.25 contact hours

Terry M. Foster, MSN, RN, FAEN, CCRN, CPEN

Do you sometimes just need to hear about the good things nurses do? Listen to this practical, realistic, and positive talk about the supportive and caring work of nurses. We’ll talk about what makes nurses tick, as well as what can tick us off! We’ll also laugh at some of the crazy and funny things that only nurses know. We want you to listen, laugh, be energized, and restore your pride as a professional nurse!

6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Grand Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall/Poster Viewing

Sep 30   

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

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

Keynote Address


Leadership and Responsibilities of the Nurse at the Bedside and Shared Governance

1 contact hour

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN, FAAN

The health care system is in the midst of a major transformation, shifting from a volume-grounded delivery system to a value-driven system. This shift has changed the rules, calling for new structures and services, delivery models, leadership, and practices that will alter the nurse’s role in important ways.

Sponsored by MSNCB

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (111-114)


Advocacy for the Medical-Surgical Nurse; Influencing the Legislative and Regulatory Process

1.25 contact hours

Leslie Yarnell Gervase, MSN, BA, RN-BC, OCN

Discuss how nurses are uniquely qualified to step into leadership roles to influence clinical decisions to promote quality clinical care delivery problems identified through public policy.


Don’t Let Chronic Pain Be a Barrier to Quality Care

1.25 contact hours

Michael Scott Urton, MSN, CNS, APRN-BC

Illustrate how dialogue and scripting can be used to improve pain management interactions with patients.


Up and Down the GI Track: What’s New in 2016

1.25 contact hours

Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP

The last few years have brought significant changes in the field of gastroenterology. Are you up to date on the current guidelines? Eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, biliary tract disorders, diverticulitis – come join the discussion and let’s review some compelling interactive cases.


Cursing in Nursing: The Rationale Behind the Behavior and Strategies on How We Can Change Our Thinking to Improve the Practice Environment

1.25 contact hours

Amanda Beth Fay, MSN

Develop an awareness of language, how it affects us, and its effect on patient safety. We’ll discuss how we can change our thinking through our words so we are effectively heard. Better language helps create an authentic and creative work environment that supports both nurses and patients.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm



Lunch Symposium

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute (Participation is limited)


12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (121-124)


Communication Between RN and Physician

1 contact hour

Wendy Sullivan, RN
Cynthia Ward, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Research has shown that disconnects in communication between health care providers have been linked to adverse patient outcomes and frustration within the health care community. Good communication between nurse, physician, and patient will lead to safe and efficient patient care. Our project has improved patient, provider, and nurse communication and has led to better outcomes.


Effects of Nurse-Physician Collaborative Rounding

1 contact hour

Barbara Oberg Hansen, MS, RN, LNCC, CPHRM

Legal implications of documentation will be discussed with an emphasis on nursing documentation in the era of the electronic medical record (EMR). Strategies for clear, concise, credible documentation will be described with examples. The nurse’s role in patient safety and risk management related to EMR documentation will be identified.


Writing for Publication

1 contact hour

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

Identify opportunities to write from everyday practice and explore the manuscript development, revision, and publication process.


Lateral Violence

1 contact hour

Janie Chappell, MSN, RN

Examine the concept of lateral violence in the nursing profession. We will also discuss how to recognize lateral violence, and identify prevention and intervention strategies.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing/Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (131-135)


Interprofessional Patient Care Rounds

1.25 contact hours

Eric Griffin, MSN, RN, CEN
Laura Anne Bolella, BSN, RN
Debra Jean Meyer, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Explore how to create a standardized bedside interdisciplinary team approach in developing a plan of care where the patient is not the audience but an active team member.


Heart Failure Outcomes: Patient and Nursing Factors

1.25 contact hours

Susan Bionat, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN

Discuss nursing and patient factors affecting outcomes of readmissions and related evidence interventions.


Living with COPD: Nursing Management using a Case Study

1.25 contact hours

Jessica Sherman, DNP, RN-BC

This session will follow two individuals suffering from COPD and their caregiver from diagnosis through treatment. The case study includes the tough decisions involved in palliative and end-of-life care. We will also discuss the physiologic differences of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency and how the slight differences matter in individual treatment. COPD diagnosis and the nurse’s role in managing COPD will also be addressed.


Nurses Can Impact Patient Transitions of Care

1.25 contact hours

Cheryl Panza, RN, CMSRN
Lynda Nester

Examine how using a interprofessional team approach to care and meeting patient goals promotes success for the patient, and in turn, the provider and facility.


The AMSN PRISM Award® – Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process

(No contact hours will be awarded for this session.)

Virginia Hallenbeck, DNP, RN, ACNS
Kristi Reguin-Hartman, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC
Gwendolyn D. Mulholland, MSN, AGCNS-BC, RN-BC, CWOCN, CMSRN, CFCN
Karen Lange, MS, NE-BC, RN, CMSRN
Kathleen Singleton, MSN, RN, CNS, CMSRN

Do you work on an exemplary unit? Would you like to apply for the AMSN PRISM Award but are unsure of the process? During this session, you’ll learn everything you need to know about submitting a successful application. PRISM Task Force members will explain the criterion and key attributes of an exemplary unit will be reviewed. A Q & A session will address additional questions.

Oct 01   

6:45 am – 7:50 am



Breakfast Symposium

Sponsored by Hill-Rom (Participation is limited)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Town Hall


The Elephant in the Room: Assessing and Addressing Nurse Staffing Solutions

1.25 contact hours

Michele D. George, MBA, BSN, RN

Safe and appropriate staffing is a complex issue faced daily by nurses. Ineffective staffing has a negative effect on the practice environment, so various staffing models are now being proposed to address this challenging problem. Please join us for a lively Town Hall to share best practice examples of effective staffing models and their impact on the practice environment.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Bedside Shift Report: Shining the Light of Evidence-Based Practice on a Nursing Tradition

1.25 contact hours

Carol Ann Esche, DNP, MA, RN, NE-BC
Deborah Rouse, BSN, RN-BC, VA-BC

Accelerate your knowledge about the bedside shift report (BSR) process. Come learn about an evidence-based five-pronged model for implementing BSR in your organization to reduce communication errors and improve safety and quality. Results of a research study assessing RN self-efficacy with BSR will be described.


Liver Disease: Not Just for People Who Drink Too Much

1.25 contact hours

Shannon Allean Rives, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN

Examine aspects of liver disease from interpreting elevated liver enzymes to identifying evidence-based nonpharmacologic treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatic encephalopathy.


If It Isn't an MI, What Is It? The Path to Diagnosis of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain

1.25 contact hours

Curtis Ernest Olson, BSN, BA, RN, EMT-P, CEN

Examine the noncardiac etiologies of chest pain, starting with the subtle or obvious clues from initial patient presentation to typical emergency department testing to final differential diagnosis.


Pathophysiology and Treatment of Thyroid and Adrenal Gland Disorders

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

This presentation will focus on treating altered thyroid and altered adrenal function. The session will also provide an overview of normal endocrine function, emphasizing the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis and the hypothalamic- pituitary-adrenal axis. We will examine the usual etiologies of hypo/hyper thyroid and hypo/hyper adrenal function, diagnostic studies, and pharmacotherapeutics.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-224)


What Will Medical-Surgical Nursing in Your Organization Look Like in 2020? A Game Plan to Assure It Successfully Transitions and Flourishes!

1.25 contact hours

Nicole Spess, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Catherine Morrow, BSN, RN

Use transformational leadership practices and strategies to assure nursing and the medical-surgical specialty successfully transition and flourish in the new health care paradigm.


Parkinson's Disease: What Our Patients Want Us to Know

1.25 contact hours

Melissa Armstrong, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN

Learn about Parkinson's disease (PD) through the eyes of the patient with PD and their caregivers.


Acute Liver Failure: Monitor, Treat, and Support

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN

Review issues related to liver failure such as clinical manifestations, general patient care, laboratory testing, hemodynamic management, bleeding prevention, infection control, and treatment. Managing complications including metabolic abnormalities, encephalopathy, cerebral edema, and increased intracranial pressure will also be discussed.


But I'm Not a Psych Nurse: Caring for Patients with Behavioral Health Needs in the Medical-Surgical Setting

1.25 contact hours

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Identify skills to care for the patient with psychiatric needs in the medical-surgical setting.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Learn How to Enhance (and Maybe Even Enjoy!) the Experience of Nursing Students on the Medical-Surgical Unit

1.25 contact hours

Kathleen M. Martin, DNP, RN, CNE

Learn how bedside nurses can create a positive learning experience for nursing students. This session identifies ways nurses can help students improve their communication and patient assessment skills, leaving them more engaged and confident.


Grief Takes You by Surprise: What to Do and What to Say

1.25 contact hours


Review case studies and evidence-based practice on how to help patients and families cope when they are experiencing grief and mourning.


Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS): A Paradigm Shift in Surgical Nursing Practice

1.25 contact hours

Heidi Robinson, MSN, RN; Kathy Henderson, MSN, RN, CCTN

Discuss how a plan of care using enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways helps improve patient outcomes while reducing cost.


The New #1 Hospital-Acquired Infection and How to Prevent It

1.25 contact hours

Dian Baker, PhD, APRN; Barbara Quinn, MSN, CNS

Examine how nurses can use a team-based, interprofessional approach to take the lead in their hospital system to monitor and implement an effective NV-HAP prevention program.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

General Session


Catastrophic Events: Excellence in Healthcare Security and Safety

1.25 contact hours

Steve Lugar, BS, FBINA

This session will provide an overview of current trends in violence and address warning signs and response methods. Crime prevention through environmental design and active shooter response and recovery will also be discussed.

Oct 02   

7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

General Session


The Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice: Making EBP a Reality

1.25 contact hours

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC

This session will provide a comprehensive look at the challenges and opportunities of creating culture and systems where evidence-based practice (EBP) can be implemented and sustained in current, real-world health care settings. The critical responsibilities of all employees to integrate EBP into their work and practice, from frontline clinicians to leaders, will be discussed.

(This session will not be included in the Online Library.)

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Induction Ceremony/President's Address/Closing Remarks

Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN
AMSN President, 2016-2018

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Don't Get Cooked by the Pressure of Healthcare

1.0 contact hour

Debra Ann Kahnen, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Bethlyn Gerard, NCQA, PCMH-CCE, HTCP, CPA, LMT

Discuss the effects of stress on health, nursing practice, patient safety, and healthy practice environment, and identify techniques to effectively deal with stresses.


Is Constipation a Diagnosis or Symptom: Does It Matter If Your Patient Can't Poop?

1.0 contact hour

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN, CNS

Review the current research on constipation and discuss the role of nurses in identifying and intervening in a timely manner to prevent major complications.


Caring for the Pregnant or Lactating Woman in a Medical-Surgical Setting

1.0 contact hour

Cynthia Denise Rothenberger, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC

Explore evidence-based information to better prepare the medical-surgical nurse to care for patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding, including an overview of relevant pathophysiologic changes seen in the first trimester and during lactation.


Reducing Distractions during Medication Administration through Evidence-Based Practice

1.0 contact hour

Janet Tompkins McMahon, DNP(c), MSN, RN, ANEF

Discuss an evidence-based quality improvement (QI) project at a regional medical center using a medication safety vest and signage during medication administration.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


How to Improve HCAHPS (and More) without Even Trying

1.0 contact hour

Samantha Moran Vining, MS, RN

Come along on a journey with one unit that drastically improved patient satisfaction by moving handoff to the bedside. Even if you already do bedside handoff, you will learn new information during this energetic and engaging presentation.


Trends in Managing Diabetes

1.0 contact hour

Eunice E. Ihaza, DNP, ANP-C, BC

Discuss current care practices and explore new methods for individualizing patient care in treating diabetes.


Skin Disorders in the Bariatric Patient

1.0 contact hour

Kimberly D. Hall, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CWCN-AP

This session will review commonly occurring skin disorders in the bariatric patient that are often seen in hospitalized patients. Treatment modalities that can be used to help manage these skin disorders will also be discussed.


An Innovative Way to Teach Patients about the Care of Their Continent Urinary Diversions

1.0 contact hour

Deborah Lynn Solomon, MSN, RN, ACNS, BC
Diane Cleary, BSN, RN, CMSRN, NE-C

The presenters will explain an innovative approach to patient education for continent cutaneous diversions involving a interprofessional team comprised of a clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, physician, and shared governance bedside nurse.

Keynote Speakers +

Tim Porter-O’Grady

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN, FAAN, has been involved in health care for 44 years and has held roles from staff nurse to senior executive. He is senior partner of an international health care consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, and health service delivery models.

Dr. Porter-O’Grady is also a professor of practice and leadership scholar at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and clinical professor and leadership scholar at the Ohio State University College of Nursing in the executive DNP program. He has published extensively and is an 8-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award.

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Mar 21, 2016
Announcing - The AMSN Hub
Mar 19, 2016
Happy Certified Nurses Day!
Mar 17, 2016

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