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53RD ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL MEETING

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 that was offered at the 2021 Virtual Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference.

2021 Conference Schedule
(2022 Schedule Coming this Fall)

Saturday, April 17

Pre-Conference Workshops

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (8 hours)

*(001) CNRN Review Course

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Course Director: Erin Fecske, DNP APRN CNRN CPNP

8:00 am - 12:00 pm (4 hours)

*(002) 3D Brain and Spine Anatomy and Pathology

Level: Intermediate 
Track: Anatomy
Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (2 hours)

*(003) Basic Neuroimaging: More Than Fifty Shades of Grey

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Cathy Cartwright, DNP RN-BC PCNS FAAN
Rachel Malloy, MSN RN CNRN SCRN
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.15

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (4 hours)

*(004) Anesthesia 101 for the Neuroscience Nurse: Understanding Its Role and Use in the Neuroscience Patient Population along the Continuum of Care

Level: Beginner
Track: Special Topics
Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN RN TCRN CEN
Caleb Rogovin, MS CRNA CCRN TCRN CEN

*(005) Spinal Cord Injury: From Roadside to Rehab and Beyond

Level: Intermediate
Track: Spine
Course Directors: Dea Mahanes, DNP RN CCNS CNRN FNCS
Julie Pagel, MSN RN CCRN SCRN CNE-cl

This session is supported by Grant #854 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation.

Non-CE Symposium

12:00 - 1:00 pm

(SY1) New Treatment Option in Multiple Sclerosis: Addressing Unmet Needs - Afternoon Non-CE Symposium 

Supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals 
Amy Perrin Ross, NP

Sunday, April 18

Agnes M. Marshall Keynote Address (1 hr CE)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Through the Mask: Staying Connected and Maintaining Compassion Through Challenging Times

Tim Cunningham, DrPH RN FAAN

Break

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 am – 11:15 am (5 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(100) Advocacy Session

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neuro Leadership
Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN FAHA

*(101) Post-Stroke Depression: Does it matter in the acute care phase?

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Sarah Beth Thomas, MSN RN CCRN SCRN CNRN
Katherine Belategui, BSN RN CNRN

(102) Migraine Headache: New Drugs, Old Drugs, How to Choose and Use

Level: Expert
Track: Special Topics
Amy Larson, MS MSCN RN APRN CNRN

(103) Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge: Managing a Behaviorally Challenging Patient (BCP) with a Neurological Disorder

Level: Beginner
Track: Quality
Kyndra Alspaugh, MSN RN CNRN SCRN
Christy Balster, BSN RN SCRN
Morgan Cadena, BSN RN CRN CNRN PHN
Alma Patino, MSN RN CNRN SCRN

(104) A Stroke of Genius: Developing and Implementing A Preceptor Bootcamp

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Tara Miles, MSN MSM RN CCRN SCRN
Tiffani Lee, MSN RN PCCN NE-BC SCRN

Exhibitor Session

11:20 am – 11:50 am

Concurrent Sessions

11:55 am – 12:25 pm (4 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(105) Don't Just Sit There, Grab Your Phone to Enhance Community Education!

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Heather Sudduth, OTR/L CCM CEAS

(106) Staff Nurses: Energized to Advance the Art and Science of Nursing through Scholarship

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN FAHA

(107) Acute Stroke in the Pregnant Patient

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Michele Glidden, MSN RN CEN SCRN ASC-BC

(108) An Argument for Specialized Neurosurgical Nursing in Low-and-Middle Income Countries: One Nurse's Experience

Level: Intermediate
Track: Pediatric
Ashley Birch, MSN CPNP

Product Theater

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Supported by Neurocrine Biosciences

ONCE-DAILY ONGENTYS® (OPICAPONE) CAPSULES: AN EARLY LEVODOPA/CARBIDOPA PARTNER FOR OFF TIME IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Jill Giordano Farmer, DO MPH

Break

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm (5 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(109) Too cool for school: Targeted temperature management modalities

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Michele Wilkerson, MSN RN CCRN CNRN SCRN

(110) Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Cranial Nerves

Level: Expert
Track: Neurotrauma
DaiWai Olson, PhD RN CCRN FNCS

(111) Impacting the Continuum of Care Through the Role of the Nurse Navigator

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Jordan Ponder, BSN RN CNRN SCRN

(112) Optimizing Family Education in a Disorders of Consciousness Rehabilitation Program

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Diane Mortimer, MSN MD
Elise Mincke, BSN RN SCRN CRRN
Amanda Momin, MSN RN CRRN
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.25

(113) The Nurse Suicide Epidemic: AANN and ANA's Commitment to Its Members and Healthy Living

Level: Beginner
Track: Special Topics
Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN RN TCRN CEN

Poster Session

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:55 pm – 3:55 pm (5 sessions, 1 hour CE)

*(114) Anticoagulation Reversal

Level: Expert
Track: Stroke
Mary Amatangelo, DNP RN ACNP-BC CCRN CNRN SCRN FAHA FNCS

(115) Building Partnerships in Acute Pediatric Stroke Care to Drive Positive Outcomes

Level: Intermediate
Track: Pediatrics
Lindsey Peters, MSN APRN FNP-C CNRN
Rebecca Kahler, MSN APRN FNP-BC
Sarah Langston, BSN RN CCRN-K SCRN

(116) What "IF": A Comprehensive Overview of Lumbar Interbody Fusions

Level: Beginner
Track: Spine
Lynn Camera, RNC CNRN HC
Brittany Vizzo, BSN RN

(117) Past President Session 

Level: Intermediate 
Track: Neuro Leadership
Sandi Brettler, MSN RN CNRN

*(118) Epilepsy Foundation Session: Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification

Level: Beginner
Track: Epilepsy
Kalena Recht, MSN RN

Break and Newcomer's Reception (for first time attendees)

3:55 pm – 4:10 pm

Exhibitor Session

4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm (4 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(119) Stroke Prevention in Persons with Atrial Fibrillation: The WATCHMAN Procedure

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN FAHA
Mary Janette Sendin, MSN APRN-CNS CCNS PCCN
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.25

(120) Chapter session

Level: Intermediate 
Track: Professional Development

(121) Enhance Transition Care for Medically Complex Adolescents

Level: Beginner
Track: Pediatric
Lauren Mitchell, DNP APRN FNP-C CPN

(122) Communication: Exploring New Horizons

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Maryann Brogden-Brandt, ND MSN RN APN-C CCNS SCRN

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

5:20 pm – 6:20 pm

Monday, April 19

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 am – 9:00 am (4 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(200) Myasthenia Gravis: A Clinical Update

Level: Intermediate
Track: Movement Disorders
Jennifer Woods, MSN RN CCNS CNRN SCRN

(201) In-Hospital Stroke: More Can Be Done

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Josh Snavely, DNP ARNP ACNPC-AG SCRN CEN EMT-P

(202) Consensus Among Stakeholders for Use of Rescue Therapies in Epilepsy: Call to Action for Nurses

Level: Intermediate
Track: Epilepsy
Patricia Shafer, MN RN FAES
Rebecca Schultz, PhD APRN CPNP-PC FAES
Nancy Santilli, PNP MN

Special Lecture

9:05 am – 10:05 am (1 hour CE)

Understanding the "Bizarre" and "Unique" World of Epilepsy

Stacia Kalinoski

Break

10:05 am – 10:20 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:20 am – 11:20 am (6 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(203) The Brain Bone's Connected to the Heart Bone - Cardiovascular Complications in Brain Injuries

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neurocritical Care
Michelle Wilkerson MSN, CCRN CNRN SCRN
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.15

(204) JNN Session: How to Become a Journal Reviewer

Level: Intermediate
Track: Professional Development
DaiWai Olson, PhD RN CCRN FNCS

(205) Purple & Green: What Does it Mean?

Level: Expert
Track: Stroke
Anna Maria Helms, MSN RN SCRN CCRN-E
Emily Snider, BSN RN SCRN CN III

(206) Skin Biopsy as a New Potential Biomarker for Early Detection in Neuro degenerative diseases

Level: Intermediate
Track: Movement Disorders
Jamie Cherup, DNP CRNP
David Goldstein, MD

*(207) Development of an APRN Academy for Professional Development

Level: Expert
Track: Special Topics 
Cathy Cartwright, DNP RN-BC PCNS FAAN
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.25

(208) Forward Vision Through Creative Neuroscience Education

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Daphny Peneza, MSN RN CNOR CSSM TNCC

Product Theater

11:25 am – 11:55 am

Supported by Greenwich Biosciences

Cannabis: Where are we now?

Cannabis has been the focus of considerable debate, advocacy, and policy, generating both interest and misinformation. This presentation will provide an overview of cannabis and cannabinoid terminology, current regulations, and web-based resources available for continued learning.

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (4 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(209) Brain Basics: Tools for Non-Contrast Head CT Interpretation

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Kathryn McNabb, DNP AGACNP-BC

(210) Myasthenia Gravis in Patients Treated with Immune-Modulating Therapy – What Neurology Nurses Need to Know

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neuro-oncology
Yelena Shames, MSN ACNP-BC CNRN

(211) Heavily Meditated: Mapping Central Nervous System Function with Meditative Mind-Body Integration

Level: Beginner
Track: Special Topics
Lynn Camera, RNC CNRN HC

(212) Connecting Stroke Centers, Educating Stroke Teams, Inspiring Care During a Pandemic

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Erin Conahan, MSN RN ACNS-BC CNRN SCRN PHRN
Claranne Mathiesen, MSN RN CNRN SCRN FAHA

Break

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

(SY2) Afternoon Non-CE Symposia

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Current Strategies in the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Eric J. Pappert, MD

(SY3) Afternoon Non-CE Symposium

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Supported by Biogen

Identifying Early-stage Alzheimer's Disease: The Importance of Early Recognition and Diagnosis

Concurrent Sessions

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm (3 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(213) Preventing Stroke: An Extended Analysis of health promotion behaviors among Urban Black Women

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Millie Hepburn, PhD RN SCRN ACNS-BC
Cynthia Bautista, PhD RN CNRN SCRN CCNS ACNS-BC FNCS FCNS

(214) Teaching with a Twist: Escape Rooms and Mock Stroke Codes

Level: Intermediate
Track: Quality
Alexa Collins, BSN RN SCRN
Lisa Smith, BSN RN CCRN

Pharmacology contact hours: 0.5

Exhibitor Session

2:25 pm – 2:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (5 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(216) Clinical Practice Guidelines - Editorial Board Session

Level: Intermediate 
Track: Professional Development
Joan Censullo, PhD RN FAHA
Lauren Franker, DNP APRN ACNP-BC

Bethany Young, MSN RN AGCNS-BC CCRN
Megan Moyer, MSN ACNP-BC CNRN

*(217) Neuro ICU Care of the Stroke Patient

Level: Expert
Track: Neurocritical Care
Mary Amatangelo, DNP RN ACNP-BC CCRN CNRN SCRN FAHA FNCS

(218) Chapter Session - Chapter Award Winner 

Level: Intermediate 
Track: Professional Development

(220) Brain Tumors and COVID-19: The Patient, Caregiver, and Advocacy Group experience

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neuro-oncology
Jean Arzbaecher, MS APN CNRN

Break

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Poster Session

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:50 pm – 5:50 pm (6 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(221) Neurologic Disease Management and its Love Affair with the Monoclonal Antibody

Level: Intermediate
Track: Pharmacology
Heidi Maloni, PhD ANP-BC CNRN MSCN

(222) Determining Feasibility of Using the Management Information Decision Support Epilepsy Tool (MINDSET) Among Adult Patients at a Level IV Epilepsy Center

Level: Beginner
Track: Epilepsy
Patricia Rogers, DNP RN ANP-C

*(223) Long Term Effects of Toxic Stress on the Growing Brain

Level: Intermediate
Track: Pediatrics
Cathy Cartwright, DNP RN-BC PCNS FAAN

(224) Inspiring Children and Parents to Connect through Education: Finding a Path of Survivorship for Children Whose Parents are Undergoing Treatment for Brain Tumors or Cancer

Level: Beginner
Track: Special Topics
Marilyn Reed, BSN RN CNRN
DeAnn Gallatin, LSW

(225) Stroke SFG: Numbers, Calculations and Graphs...Oh My!

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Nicole Burnett, BSN RN CNRN SCRN CCRN-K
Karen Vallecillo-Pereira, MHA

(226) Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation 2020 Research Panel

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Malissa Mulkey, MSN APRN CCNS CCRN CNRN
Kathrina Siaron, BSN RN CCRN
Meghan Tierney, PhD RN

AMWF Movie Screening of Brainstorm

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The movie is 55 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A with Stacia Kalinoski. An additional $30 fee applies.

Tuesday, April 20

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 am – 8:30 am (3 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(300) More Nurses At The Bedside: A Manager's Strategy to Lobby for Higher Staffing Ratios

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neuro-critical Care
Byron Carlisle, BSN RN CCRN-K SCRN

(301) Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis...It's Not What You Think!

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Amy Young, MSN APRN ACCNS-AG CCRN
Erica Yates, MSN APRN ACNS-BC CRRN GERO-BC
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.5

(302) The Need for Speed: A Workflow to Decrease Door-In Door-Out Time for Stroke

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Susan Maynard, MS RN-BC CCNS-CMC CCRN-K

Special Lecture

8:35 am – 10:25 am (1 hour CE)

Health Disparities in Neurological Diseases: NIH Role

Richard Benson, MD PhD
Erica Littlejohn, PhD

Break

10:25 am – 10:40 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:40 am – 11:40 am (5 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(303) Diabetes and Neuroscience: Medications that Synapse Improved Outcomes

Level: Expert
Track: Pharmacology
Melissa Moreda, MSN RN ACCNS-AG CCRN CNRN SCRN

*(304) Diversity and Inclusion Session: Dying of Whiteness: The Politics of Racial Resentment in Pandemic America

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Jonathan Metzl, MD PhD

(305) A Case Report - Mycotic Intracranial Aneurysm in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis

Level: Beginner
Track: Stroke
Doanh Ly, MS RN CNS CCRN SCRN

(306) Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation 2021 Research Panel

Level: Intermediate
Track: Special Topics
Jennifer Hayakawa
James Ryan

(307) Guillain–Barre Syndrome (GBS): Unique Patient Perspective- Finding Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Level: Intermediate
Track: Movement Disorders
Christine Conrad, RN CNRN CCRN
Katherin Titus-Wells, RN CRNA
Pharmacology contact hours: 0.5

Exhibitor Session

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:20 pm – 12:50 pm (5 sessions, 0.5 hour CE)

(308) Creation of a Cervical Collar Care Guideline by a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist to Prevent Pressure Injuries

Level: Intermediate
Track: Quality
Dana Wong, MSN RN ACCNS-AG CCRN CNRN

(309) Neuro Fluorescence: Taking a Second Look at High Grade Glioma Resection

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neuro-oncology
Phyllis Dubendorf, MSN RN CNRN CCNS ACNP-BC
Eileen Maloney-Wilensky, MSN ACNP-BC
Kristin Rupich, MSN ACNP-BC

(311) Connecting with Informal Stroke Caregivers to Facilitate Role Adaptation

Level: Intermediate
Track: Stroke
Beverly Kass, DNP RN CPHQ HACP

Break

12:50 pm – 1:05 pm

Poster Session

1:05 pm – 1:35 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:40 pm – 2:40 pm (4 sessions, 1 hour CE)

(313) Ketogenic Diet: We are ready to treat you virtually

Level: Intermediate
Track: Epilepsy
Erin Fecske, DNP APRN CNRN CPNP-PC
Megan Gustafson, MSN RN CPNP-PC

(314) Intrahospital Transport of Critically Ill Neuroscience Patients

Level: Intermediate
Track: Quality
Patricia Blissitt, PhD ARNP-CNS CCRN CNRN SCRN CCNS CCM ACNS-BC

(315) From Surviving to Thriving: A Case Study of How Nurses Recovered a Patient with Delirium in the Neurosurgical ICU

Level: Intermediate
Track: Neurocritical Care
Maureen Lall, PhD APRN FNP-BC COHN-S SCRN
Georgina Hurley, MS BSN RN CNOR

(316) A Story of Recovery after Anoxic Brain Injury

Level: Expert
Track: Special Topics
Megan Moyer, MSN ACNP-BC CNRN