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The following are extra-cost events, not included in the Annual Meeting registration fee. Preregistration is required.

Saturday, March 17

8 am - 5 pm (8 contact hours)

Track: Neurocritical Care

(001) EMERGENCY NEUROLOGICAL LIFE SUPPORT (ENLS) COURSE

Mary Kay Bader, MSN RN CCNS FAHA FNCS

The ENLS course is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. ENLS Version 3.0 recently was released and includes all of the latest medical updates, keeping you in the know on best practices for managing neurological emergencies. Participants of this session will be given a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during the patient management of 14 neurological emergencies. The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) will be responsible for crediting participants with continuing education hours related only to the ENLS course, regardless of other sessions that may be offered at the AANN Annual Meeting. The ENLS course has been designed for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA CME, ACNN, ACPE, and CAPCE credits upon completion. Official documentation of continuing education credit and 2-year ENLS certification is available for download on the ENLS online platform after successful completion of all course exams and a passing score of at least 70%. The official CME provider of NCS is Cine-Med.

8 am - 5 pm (8 contact hours)

Track: Movement Disorder

(002) PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND OTHER MOVEMENT DISORDERS: UPDATE 2018

Speaker: TBD

This full-day symposium, cosponsored by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (IPMDS), will provide AANN members with the latest updates in our understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD), PD dementia, and Lewy body dementia. In addition, other commonly seen and challenging movement disorders such as essential or familial tremor and Huntington’s disease, will be presented with an emphasis on the most recent advances in our understanding of these diseases, as well as case presentations discussing practical clinical approaches to the management of these patients. If applicable, we also will address issues surrounding caregivers and their needs. All presentations will be given by members of the IPMDS, subspecialists with fellowship training and extensive experience in movement disorders, all of whom are committed and passionate about educating colleagues in neuroscience nursing. We hope you will join us and leave with increased knowledge regarding this rapidly advancing field of neuroscience!

 8-10 am (2 contact hours)

Track: Stroke

(003) THE ROAD TO 30 MINUTES OR LESS: DOOR TO NEEDLE WITH SIMULATION AND TELENEUROLOGY

Melissa Meighan, MS RN CNRN

Breaking the door-to-needle barrier by administering alteplase in acute ischemic stroke in 30 minutes or less is a challenge. This is despite timely treatment being associated with greater treatment success and better functional patient outcomes. This presentation will discuss work flow changes and implementation strategies made by one large healthcare organization to improve and standardize stroke care in its 21 facilities. In the first year, the percentage of stroke cases treated in 30 minutes or less increased from 5% to 40% and the number of patients treated increased by 86% with no significant changes in complication rates. Door-to-needle times continue to improve. A training video will be viewed to demonstrate the work flow for both emergency departments and in-patient staff. Learners will be able to describe work flows and culture change strategies and apply them in their own settings.

 8-10 am (2 contact hours)

Track: Special Topics

(004) BASIC NEUROIMAGING: MORE THAN FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Cathy Cartwright, MSN RN FAAN; Rachel Malloy, MSN RN CNRN SCRN ANVP

Interpreting neuroimaging gives an added dimension to understanding the complexity of the neuroscience patient. It also allows the neuroscience nurse to review images with the family so they can gain a better understanding of the diagnosis. Yet many neuroscience nurses do not have the opportunity to learn the basics. This presentation will discuss computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), shunt series, shunt-o-gram, ultrasound, angiography, perfusion studies, and the use of contrast media—including the rationale for ordering each scan. Using case studies of children and adults, neurosurgical conditions such as stroke, tumors, hydrocephalus, shunt malfunction, abscess, head injury, craniosynostosis, tethered cord, Chiari  malformation, and syringomyelia, along with the appropriate imaging and interpretation, will be highlighted. Correlation among the patient’s diagnosis, neurological exam, neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and intraoperative findings will be emphasized. Gaining an understanding of basic neuroimaging will enhances the nurse’s ability to care for the patient by gaining a deeper understanding of the patient’s condition.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm (2 contact hours)

Track: Epilepsy

(005) MANAGEMENT OF EPILEPSY WITH ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS

Natalya Kan, BSN RN CNRN; Viet V. Nguyen, PharmD MPH MS; Stephanie Chen, MSN CNRN

This preconference session will focus on the medical management of epilepsy with emphasis on the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). A brief history of the discovery of AEDs will be reviewed and lead us into discussion on the development and use of newer AEDs. In addition, core pharmacologic concepts related to AEDs will be highlighted. The session also will feature case studies and clinical pearls related to prescribing AEDs. It will wrap up by reviewing common patient questions regarding AED therapy.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm (2 contact hours)

Track: Special Topics

(006) WRITING FOR PUBLICATION: SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES WITHOUT FEAR OF REJECTION

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD RN CNS

Clinical nurses are in a unique position to share their knowledge and experiences through manuscript publication. However, the number of nurses who publish is actually rather low. Research demonstrates that nurses are reluctant to attempt to write a manuscript because they do not feel they 1) have anything worthwhile to share or 2) they do not have the skill or time to write a manuscript that will be accepted for publication. In reality, everyone has the potential to be an author. This presentation is geared toward the nurse with limited professional writing experience. The attendee will come away with several ideas for an article, tips on how to organize a manuscript, and knowledge of how to navigate the review process. Writing is a skill every nurse can learn; the trick is just to get started. After this presentation, the attendee will feel empowered to develop and submit a publishable manuscript.

1-5 pm (4 contact hours)

Track: Special Topics

(007) IMMERSIVE LEARNING SIM-LAB

Megan Keiser, DNP NP-C RN CNRN SCRN; Mary Amatangelo, MS RN ACNP-BC CCRN CNRN SCRN; Melissa Meighan, MS RN CNRN; Patricia Zrelak, RN CNRN SCRN; Erin Fecske, MS RN CNRN CPNP; Doanh Ly, CNS

The use of simulation to educate nurses is becoming increasingly popular. Research shows that using case-based scenarios for education and skill acquisition improves learner satisfaction and retention of information. These scenarios can be performed in a dedicated simulation center or on a nursing unit at low cost with minimal technology required. Those who wish to use simulation in nursing education must understand and utilize best practices in simulation as described in the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM. They also must understand the simulation process, including scenario development and debriefing. This preconference seminar will take place at the University of San Diego, Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center and will highlight the development and utilization of low-cost, variable fidelity simulation scenarios focused on neuroscience topics. Multiple demonstrations will be provided to the participants for hands-on, experiential learning.

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