Saturday, April 17-Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Connecting. Educating. Inspiring.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 Virtual Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference!

We look forward to seeing you next year in Phoenix, Arizona for the 2022 Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference from Saturday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 15! More information for the 2022 program will be available this fall and registration will open in November. In the meantime, feel free to browse through the dynamic programming the 2021 Virtual Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference had to offer!

2021 Pre-Conference Events

The following were extra-cost events, not included in the 2021 Virtual Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference registration fee.

Saturday, April 17

Fecske Erin headshot Copy8 am–5 pm
Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
(001) CNRN Review Course
Course Director: Erin Fecske, DNP APRN CNRN CPNP

This abbreviated, 1-day review course will get you on the right track in preparing you for the CNRN. Spend the morning reviewing anatomy and physiology to provide you with a basis for understanding neurological disease process. The afternoon will focus on providing an overview of several topics you will find on the CNRN exam, with a focus on subspecialty topics such as immune/infection, chronic disease/care, and pediatrics.

Linda 20188 am–12 pm
Level: Intermediate
Track: Anatomy
(002) 3D Brain and Spine Anatomy and Pathology
Speaker: Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN

If you have been puzzled by your patients’ symptoms and have wondered how to plan their care or discuss the problem with them, their family, or other healthcare team members, this session is for you. A sound knowledge of brain and spine anatomy is essential for neuroscience nursing practice, and the 3D Anatomage program is invaluable in answering all your questions as we discuss stroke, trauma, and degenerative diseases.

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10 am–12 pm
Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
(003) Basic Neuroimaging: More Than Fifty Shades of Grey
Speaker: Cathy Cartwright, MSN RN FAAN; Rachel Malloy, MSN RN SCRN CNRN

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 might gain a better understanding of the diagnosis. Yet many neuroscience nurses do not have the opportunity to learn the basics. This presentation will discuss CT, MRI, shunt series, shunt-ogram, ultrasound, angiography, perfusion studies, and the use of contrast media, including the rationale for ordering each scan.

1–5 pm
Level: Beginner
Track: Special Topics
(004) Anesthesia 101 for the Neuroscience Nurse: Understanding Its Role and Use in the Neuroscience Patient Population along the Continuum of Care

Every year thousands of neuroscience patients receive anesthesia or anesthetics in a multitude of settings including: the peri-operative and critical care arena, the med/surg floor and non-hospital locations. All too often with the different types of anesthetics patients are receiving, the nurse has little knowledge of the side effects or complications that can occur once the patient is under their care and the peri-operative team is no longer present. This lecture will discuss the most common anesthetic agents a neuroscience patient might receive during a procedure as the routes, doses, benefits, complications, nursing care implications, side effects, etc. Discussion will include an array of agents utilized for various neuro procedures in addition to anesthetics to avoid with various neuro diseases and injuries. Specific anesthesia use for stroke, aneurysm, AVM, head injury, spinal surgery, epilepsy and brain tumors patients will be discussed in addition to pain management.

Mahanes SD Headshot1–5 pm
Level: Intermediate
Track: Spine
(005) Spinal Cord Injury: From Roadside to Rehab and Beyond
Course Directors: Dea Mahanes, DNP RN CCNS CNRN FNCS and Julie Pagel, MSN RN CCRN SCRN CNE-cl

Spinal cord injury (SCI) significantly impacts patients and their families, from the initial insult though hospitalization, rehabilitation, and return to the community. Nurses with knowledge of current evidence can contribute to improved outcomes. This session will review best practices in the care of SCI patients across the continuum, including early management strategies, prevention of complications, and attention to psychological and social factors.

AANN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. All contact hours are subject to change as the Annual Meeting approaches.