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.
7:00 am – 10:00 am
7:00 am – 7:45 am
Continental Breakfast for CRC Registrants Only
7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Pre-Convention Review Course
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:
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
7:00 am – 6:30 pm
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
First-Time Attendee Orientation
4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies & Opening Address
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
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:00 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 9:15 am
Presentation of the AMSN Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care
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.
9:15 am – 11:15 am
Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions (111-114)
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.
Michael Scott Urton, MSN, CNS, APRN-BC
Illustrate how dialogue and scripting can be used to improve pain management interactions with patients.
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.
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
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Pick Up Box Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions (121-124)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Susan Bionat, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Discuss nursing and patient factors affecting outcomes of readmissions and related evidence interventions.
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.
Cheryl Panza, RN, CMSRN
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.
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.
6:45 am – 7:50 am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:00 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 9:30 am
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
9:45 am – 11:00 am
Concurrent Sessions (211-214)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Melissa Armstrong, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN
Learn about Parkinson's disease (PD) through the eyes of the patient with PD and their caregivers.
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.
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)
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.
Julie Welsh, MS, APN, CMSRN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN
Review case studies and evidence-based practice on how to help patients and families cope when they are experiencing grief and mourning.
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.
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
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.
7:00 am – 12:45 pm
7:00 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 9:15 am
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
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions (311-314)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Eunice E. Ihaza, DNP, ANP-C, BC
Discuss current care practices and explore new methods for individualizing patient care in treating diabetes.
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.
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.
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.