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Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference

Saturday, March 18 - Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™, Orlando, FL

Celebrating the Value and Impact of Neuroscience Nurses

2023 Pre-Conference Events

The following are extra-cost events, not included in the 202 Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference registration fee.

Saturday, March 18

Linda 20188 am–12 pm EDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: Anatomy
(001) Brain Anatomy With 3D Correlation to Trauma, Stroke, and Other Pathology
Speaker: Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN
Member: $150
Non-Member: $200


Neuroscience patient care is built on a foundation of normal anatomy knowledge. This session will explore the normal structures, blood supply, lobes and deeper nuclei, brainstem, and cerebellum. In addition to slides and radiographic views, we’ll be able to demonstrate potential pathology in 3D on dual screens. We’ll discuss cases as we explore possible options for management. These 3D views greatly enhance understanding, prevention, and planning for complications in our challenging patients.


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10 am-12 pm EDT
Level: Basic
Track: Anatomy
(002) Basic Neuroimaging: More Than Fifty Shades of Grey
Speaker: Cathy Cartwright, DNP RN-BC PCNS FAAN, and Rachel Malloy, MSN RN CNRN SCRN ANVP
Member: $75
Non-Member: $100


Interpreting neuroimaging gives an added dimension to understanding the complexity of the neuroscience patient. This presentation will discuss various neuroimaging modalities and the rationale for ordering each scan. Using case studies, neurological conditions and the appropriate imaging and interpretation will be highlighted. Correlation between diagnosis, exam, neuroimaging, and intraoperative findings will be emphasized. Understanding basic neuroimaging will enhance the nurse’s ability to care for patients by gaining a deeper understanding of their condition.

Linda 2018

1-3 pm EDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: Spine
(004) Spine Anatomy and 3D Correlation to Trauma and Degenerative Disease
Speaker: Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN
Member: $75
Non-Member: $100


Visibility of the structures of the spine, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and blood supply in 3D greatly enhances the understanding of pathology and symptoms in neuro patients. This session will discuss traumatic and degenerative findings in the spine and considerations when a critical structure such as the spinal cord is compromised due to age or damage to the spine or blood supply. We’ll discuss cases and radiologic findings as we compare normal anatomy to pathology.

Mary Guanci1-3 pm EDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
(005) "Escape" and Explore Gamification
Speaker: Mary Guanci, MSN RN SCRN CNRN
Member: $75
Non-Member: $100


It’s not all fun and games! Well...maybe it would help? Lack of resources, staffing, preceptor availability, and nurses who are newer to neuro demand that we look for innovative ways to support nurses and ensure optimal care for patients. This session will explore the benefits of gamification as a tool to evaluate a nurse’s knowledge, clinical judgement, and teamwork. This interactive session will provide the participant the opportunity not only to be part of a “neuro escape” but also to design, develop, and test an escape of their own. Attendance spots may be limited, so please make sure you register to be part of this hands-on learning experience!

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