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    The 2018 Nurse and Home Care Forum conference is designed for Nurse Informaticists, Nurse Executives, and Home Care Administrators. Hear from successful customers using Meditech expanse strategies for improving patient safety, care quality and patient outcomes. Get the latest updates in MEDITECH development service and marketing efforts. Network with leaders in the field as well as staff and peers while earning contact hours.

    Registration and a Welcome luncheon is Wednesday, June 13th, at Noon. Pre-conference sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. The Networking session starts at 4:30 p.m.

    Some Pre-Conference, Featured, and Education sessions are "Contact Hour Eligible".

    Conference Date
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 15, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Conference Location
    MEDITECH Conference Center
    1 Constitution Way
    Foxborough, MA. 02035

    You can complete the Registration Form online.

    Pre-Conference Sessions

    • Transfer and Acute Hold Queue
    • Transfer and Queued Future Orders
    • Sepsis Management Toolkit Roundtable
    • Improving Patient Engagement Rates with Meditech Expanse
    • Clinical Decision Support and the Introduction of Medication Administration Record (MAR) Rules
    • Ensuring Safe Medication Administration
    • Mother/Baby Status Board
    • Realizing the Potential of Surveillance
    • ECQM updates
    • Your Daily Dose of MACRA, MIPS and Meditech

    Education Sessions

    • Prepare, Prevent, Respond: Cybersecurity for Nursing Professionals
    • Surgical Services Panel Discussion
    • Evidence-based Clinical Documentation Giving Time Back at the Bedside Through Efficient and Effective Documentation
    • Diabetes Management Toolkit
    • Clinical Transformation: Change Management in the Oncology Setting
    • Quality Reporting in Business and Clinical Analytics
    • Use of Meditech Mobile Application in Home Care
    • Interdisciplinary Technology Streamlines Patient Care Documentation
    • Restraints Management
    • New Enhancement with Medication Reconciliation and Discharge
    • Home Care Performer
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Journey to Nursing Documentation Redesign: Clinical Care Classification System
    • Improved Communication for Enhanced Patient Safety in the Cancer Center

    Featured Sessions

    "Creating a Culture of Safety: An Organizational Transformation", by Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital President and CEO, Kim Hollon, FACHE. Safety in the home care industry is paramount to everyone.

    "Sharing Proven Methods to Reduce Injury Rates for Both Patients and Staff", by CNO and Senior Vice President of Patient Services, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, Kim Walsh, BSN, RN. Staff injuries result in decreased productivity, downtime for staff and wait time for patients. It is very important to utilize the latest in safety equipment as well as safety protocols for both patients and staff.

    Keynote Address
    Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, Vice President of Patient Safety Programs at the Institute for Healthcare, will deliver the Keynote Address. The topic is, "Free from Harm: The Vital Role of Nursing". Evidence shows that the rates of error and harm in healthcare are too high. Patricia will identify essential success factors for reducing preventable healthcare errors and harm and highlight the key role of Nurses in accelerating safety.

    Courtyard Boston Foxborough/Mansfield
    35 Foxborough Blvd.
    Foxborough, MA. 02035

    Hotel Amenities and Other Information

    • Fitness Center
    • Free Wifi
    • Pool
    • Complimentary parking
    • Book by 5-22-18 to get a discounted rate
    • Check-in 3 p.m.
    • Check out 12 p.m.


    • Boston Logan International
    • TF Green Airport

    MEDITECH Contact Information

    Phone: 781-821-3000
    Address: One MEDITECH Circle, Westwood, MA. 02090
    Fax: 781-821-2199

    A number of sessions have been designated "Contact Hour Eligible". Contact Sharon Collins, Senior Project Coordinator, Customer Programs and Event Strategy, for more information.


    Over 100,000 people die each year in the United States hospitals due to medical errors which equals one in every 382 admissions. In 2014, Signature Healthcare took on this issue - safety as the number one priority given to decreasing sentinel events by 60-80% within the first two years. Join other healthcare professionals in learning how to be the safest and most efficient Nurse you can be.

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    sirI and traumaRUs like this.

    As APRNs we all have educational needs and must fulfill our CME requirements. Why not take a look at a conference that combines several different topics and allows you to expand your knowledge? And while we are learning, why not enjoy scenery in a temperate climate? And to top it off, when the conference is over, we have the choice to expand our time to include a vacation. Why not bring the family, stay over, enjoy Florida and the wonderful sight-seeing and entertaining venues? Golf, swim, just relax - all are options for you and your family.

    The perfect continuing education event for Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare colleagues, the Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts™ CME Conference truly offers it all. Held in sunny Florida in a first-class resort, attendees can network with other healthcare professionals from all over the United States. Earn up to 26 CME in topics ranging from dermatology to women's health. The conference is held in the Linkside Conference Center.

    Conference Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018

    Resort Location

    Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
    9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W.
    Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

    Resort Information

    • There are multiple room types to choose from starting at $194
    • Prices do not include 12% resort fee or 11% tax
    • Amenities include a golf course, 3 outdoor pools, full-service spa and salon, and Wi-Fi
    • There are also several restaurants on site
    • Breakfast is provided for all registered attendees

    Phone: 1-800-320-8115
    Fax: 850-267-8221
    Use code - 23T8M4


    Day 1: Dermatology - Kathleen Haycraft, DNP,FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP, FAADP

    • Another Rash?
    • Benign Cutaneous Neoplasm
    • Malignant Cutaneous Neoplasm
    • Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease
    • Blistering, Papulosquamous, Connective Tissue, and Alopecia

    Day 2: Orthopedics - Larry Collins, PA-C, ATC

    • Hi Grandma, why are you limping?
    • Knee Immobilizers - Tool of the Devil?
    • FOOSH - It Sounded Like a Fun Thing At time!
    • So, This Won't Hurt a Bit, Eh?
    • Sit Down, Stand Up, Bend Over

    Day 3: Emergency Medicine/Cardiology - Daria Ruffolo, DNP, RN, CCRN, ACNP-B

    • Intra Abdominal Hypertension and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome- The Big Squeeze
    • Polypharmacy and the Elderly: A Bag Full of Pills
    • Is Your Patient Ready For Surgery?
    • An Update of an Age Old Question

    Day 4: Women's Health - Denise Rizzulo, PHD, PAC

    • Evidence Based Approach to Screening Transgender Patients
    • Questions About Sex You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
    • What's Going On Down There?
    • HPV: Here, There, Everywhere


    • Full Conference - $875
    • Daily - 445

    Register Today!

    Contact Us

    For more information...

    Contact us at 1-770-640-1022.

    Come and Enjoy Destin!!

    While you learn extraordinary things and network with other healthcare personnel, enjoy all that the world's luckiest fishing village has to offer - DESTIN! Once a small fishing village, Destin is now one of the most traveled cities in Florida. Located on a peninsula, it was originally a barrier island. While you are there in June, you can expect some rain through the sunshine and an average temperature of 87 degrees.

    There are the usual water activities such as parasailing, deep sea fishing, and jet skiing. There are twelve beach accesses to get your feet wet, so bring your bathing suit and sunscreen. If fishing is your thing, make sure to charter a fishing vessel, or rent a pontoon boat that can accommodate fishing and partying.

    Check out the Dolphin watch to see them play in the emerald water. Take a Destin History cruise and learn about the evolution of this small city. If you like parks, visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. But, whatever you do, get out there and see the city and eat in the local restaurants to find out what the charm of Destin is.

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    Joe V, tnbutterfly, and traumaRUs like this.

    Nurses, are you interested in finding solutions to infection prevention and epidemiology that can be used in the clinical setting? No matter if you are a new nurse looking for a foundation, or ways to improve on your skills, you will find what you are looking for at the 2018 45th Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference. Network with experts in the field and fellow Nurses who share your vision. There is a format to fit your learning style, so join us in Minnesota and take time to enjoy the beautiful nature while there. Register online at the website and plan your conference to fit your schedule.

    There will be over 100 educational sessions across multiple tracks by experts. Enjoy a great networking hub of thousands of healthcare professionals. More than 150 Scientific abstracts and demonstrations of the latest technology. There will over 270 exhibitors, so visit them and pick their brains for the latest in research. Navigate changing guidelines and government officials will present reporting requirements.

    Conference Date

    June 13 to June 15, 2018


    Minneapolis Convention Center
    1301 2nd Ave South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

    Hotel/Travel Information

    • Best Western Normandy - $174 a night
    • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis - $209 a night
    • Doubletree Suites - $239 a night
    • Airport is Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport
    • One-way rail rides - $3
    • Taxi - $40-$50


    Online Registration

    Questions: 1-224-563-3130
    Member - Full Conference - $730 / One Day - $525
    Non-Member - Full Conference - $830 / One Day - $550
    Exhibit Hall 1 Day - $125
    Exhibit Hall 3 Day - $225
    Student Member - $365
    Student Non-Member - $390


    APIC offers 4 pre-conference one-day workshops. Tuesday, June 12th includes a welcome reception.

    Interactive skills lab: Practical Solutions to Reduce Infection Risk and Ensure Compliance

    Conference Attendees $295 / Course Only $395

    CIC Certification Preparatory Course

    Conference Attendees $295 / Course Only $395

    Consulting 101: How to Get Started Now
    Conference Attendees $85 / Course Only $99

    Disinfection, Sterilization and Antisepsis: Principles, Practices, Current Issues, New Research, New Technologies
    Conference Attendees $295 / Course Only $395

    Conference Orientation

    Tuesday, June 12, 3:30 to 4:30 First time attendees/Refresher

    International and New Member Reception
    Tuesday, June 12, 4:30 to 5:30 Mingle and food/beverages

    Welcome Reception
    Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 to 7:00 Kick off with cocktails and appetizers in the Minnesota Orchestra Hall

    CIC Dessert Reception - Invitation Only
    Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 to 8:00

    12 Topic Track

    1. Alternate Care Settings (Ambulatory Care, Long Term Care)
    2. Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance
    3. Education and Competence
    4. Emerging Science, Research, Applications
    5. Leadership and Professional Development
    6. NHSN
    7. Other Entrepreneurial Innovative and Best Practical Tools
    8. Public Policy, Public Reporting and Regulation
    9. Specialty Patient Populations (Immunocompromised, transplant, pediatric, dialysis, psychiatric)
    10. Surveillance and Technology
    11. Environment of Care
    12. Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance

    At the Sessions ...

    • Browse the posters - lunch and learn with the presenters
    • Visit APIC live and ask questions to devoted experts and learn how to get your work published
    • Join the audience for Jeopardy-style APIC Live Game Show
    • Battle of IPS
    • Watch the 2018 Film Festival entries promoting infection best practices and vote for your favorite
    • Learn at the Exhibitor Satellite Symposia - Industry Supported Symposia
    • Earn CEUs - To receive your continuing education/contact hours and attendance certificate, you will need to complete session evaluations
    • Conference participants - ask questions from microphones during the question-and-answer portion of the sessions

    Plenary Sessions

    Wednesday June 13th, 8:30-1030

    Opening Plenary and President's Address - Janet Haas - President
    Keynote Speaker is Alicia Cole - Take the Lead: Now More Than Ever, Patients Need You
    David Witt MD, CIC, FIDSA, Annual Conference Chair

    Thursday June 14th

    Distinguished Scientist Award Presentation and Lecture 8:30-9:00
    The State of Science in Infection Prevention and Control - Mary Lou Manning PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP, FAPIC
    9:00-10:00 in Auditorium
    Keynote Speaker Peter Hotez MD - Neglected Tropical Diseases and the "Anti Poverty" vaccines

    Friday June 15th

    Closing Plenary and Awards Program
    4:00-6:00pm Keynote Speaker Jessica Green PhD - Our Microbial Identity: How Modern Science is Redefining Health and the Self

    Educational Sessions
    • Healthcare Laundry and Fungal Infections
    • Conflict Resolution For the IP:Improving Collaboration and Patient Outcomes
    • NHSN Labl D event MRSA Bacteremia: Does This Metric Indicate Quality
    • Antibiotic Stewardship: The Unexplored Role of the Staff Nurse

    General Questions?

    Address: 1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202
    Telephone: 202-454-2646
    Fax: 202-789-1899

    Exhibit Questions


    Minneapolis is a nature lovers dream! Make sure to take the time to see some of it. There are 13 lakes, the Mississippi River and a waterfall. It is called "City by Nature", so take a hike and see the sites. It also boasts three professional sports stadiums, art theaters, the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Stone Arch Bridge, and the Guthrie Theater. Bring a college or family with you to enjoy the great city of Minneapolis.

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    JudymwRN, Charge200J, sirI, and 2 others like this.

    Military nurses do their jobs under periods of extreme stress - the battlefield!

    AACN recently published a research study that investigated the care of our service men and women from 2008 to 2014. AN was recently able to interview one of the researchers, Elizabeth Mann-Salinas, COL, USA (Ret), MSN, APRN.


    1. The research study indicates that all injured servicemen and women that were transferred from Role 2 to Role 3 facilities utilized either fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft. Is the type of aircraft chosen based on patient injuries or availability of aircraft?

    Generally almost all transport from a Role 2 forward surgical team is by rotary wing aircraft because these teams tend to be in austere locations without a runway for fixed wind transport. A few R2 facilities were co-located with an air base so that is why we had some transports by the fixed wing platform. What does change is the composition of the team that transport the patient, based on how critical they might be. The En Route Critical Care Nurse program was created to fill the identified gap in transporting post-operative patients.

    2. In the study, 40% of the subjects did not have a defined en route care provider. Is there any thought to electronic medical records in combat?

    EMR is the Holy Grail of all our battlefield documentation!! So many efforts are underway to tackle this difficult problem. In combat all communications systems are on the secure side and classified as Secret. This includes the medical information, making many of the proposed solutions unworkable. The Joint Trauma System works diligently to capture as much of the data on all patient care and movement but this is such a difficult challenge given our operational constraints. Even taking a photo of the paper records and sending it back to JTS is apparently not even tenable at this time until appropriate encryption and safe transfer can be established.

    3. What type of military training do the nurses have that transport patients?

    The JECC - Joint En Route Care Course - was created to meet the needs of the 3 services (Army, Navy, Air Force) to provide rotary wing experience for patient transport. Nurses and medics attend this course when they are expected to fulfil this mission. Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT) course is managed by the Air Force for fixed wing critical care transport teams (MD, ICU RN, RT). There is an Aeromedical Evacuation Course for nurses who care for the non-critically ill patients transported on fixed wing aircraft, and they are also trained to serve as the operational flight crew.

    4. Many of our posters are nursing students. What would be a good career path if a student wants to become a military nurse?

    I was recruited in 1994 out of my BSN program directly into the Army as a Nurse Corps Officer. It was the absolute best decision I ever could have made. They offered me my choice of initial duty assignment; the opportunity to specialize in either: critical care, emergency nursing, OB/GYN, behavioral health, OR (I chose critical care and attended the 4 month intensive course); and they allowed me a "sabbatical": to earn my Masters in Science as a Clinical nurse Specialist (at the University of Colorado in Denver) and then my PhD in Nursing at UTHealth - Houston. Full pay and benefits during those total 5 years of school. I attended the CCAT course and was a member of the Army Burn Flight Team for 2 years and was an amazing experience. I only retired last year to avoid another move now that my family is established here in Texas, but continue to serve as a civilian. Cannot recommend this option more to all nurses eager for career advancement, leadership opportunities, and world-travel. Please encourage interested students to reach out to a Health Care Recruiter. I believe the Army, Navy and Air Force programs are very similar, just depends on what you prefer. I like being on dry land myself......


    Thank you so much for this informative interview Dr Mann-Salinas. AN has a robust Government/Military Nursing forum where you can find out more about nursing in the US military.

    Permission was granted by the Public Affairs Officer, US Army Institute of Surgical Research to reprint this PDF

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    We are proud of the in-depth content featured within the pages of this magazine. We have articles from some of our most-talented writers including Beth Hawkes (Nurse Beth), Elizabeth Scala, and Lorie Brown. The allnurses Magazine will host a wide range of RN writers and innovators from across the nursing spectrum.

    The real pride and joy, though, is this issue's cover story. The #NursesTakeDC rally taking place beginning April 25th. Beth Hawkes has written an amazing in-depth article centered around #NursesTakeDC and the related efforts for improved Nurse-Patient ratios. It truly is a must-read for anyone in the nursing profession.

    We also highlight some of our popular content on Facebook, on the site, and share one of our iconic and topical cartoons, and so much more.

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    More information about our magazine can be found at allnurses Magazine.

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    NRSKarenRN, Meriwhen, Joe V, and 3 others like this.

    With more than 37.5 continuing education (CE) contact hours, the outstanding and diverse learning opportunities and inspirational gatherings promise to reignite your commitment to your practice and our profession. Hundreds of learning activities feature the latest innovations in practice, technology, and healthcare delivery, evidence-based practice and research to meet your clinical and professional practice education needs. Connecting with friends and colleagues at special events throughout the week will round out this inspirational experience. There are more than 275 sessions. There are also 2.5 hour sessions at the mastery level. For advanced practice nurses, the Advanced Practice Institute will allow you to obtain pharmacology contacts and to build on your advanced practice nursing skills. Update your knowledge, refine your skills and learn something new in critical care. This educational conference features the latest innovations in high-acuity and critical care practice, technology, healthcare delivery, evidence-based practices and research.

    When and Where

    May 21 through May 24, 2018

    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
    415 Summer Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02210
    (800) 899-AACN (2226)


    Westin Boston Waterfront
    425 Summer Street
    Boston, MA 02210
    (617) 532-4600

    Here's some great memories from 2017:

    Education and Sessions

    For attendees that come early, there are pre-conferences that offer opportunities for hands-on experiences with 3- and 6-hour sessions providing deeper coverage on relevant topics. If you are an early morning person, consider the Sunrise Sessions which are funded by unrestricted grants from corporate supporters. Reservations are required. SuperSessions are where you can share the joys and challenges of caring for acutely and critically ill patients and their families with thousands of your colleagues. The keynote presentations from AACN leaders and popular motivational speakers will motivate, inspire and celebrate our profession.

    At the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, there are so many educational opportunities that align with the needs of high-acuity and critical care nurses. Choose from hundreds of sessions covering 30 diverse clinical and professional development topics, and visit over 400 exhibitors at the Critical Care Exposition.

    Attendees practice in many areas in many diverse roles ranging from staff nurse to manager and APRN. Whether you are a new or experienced nurse, the curriculum offers in-depth content using the most up-to-date evidence-based guidelines and practice standards.

    The Critical Care Exposition is the largest, most comprehensive trade show for high acuity and critical care nurses. Attendees will experience hands-on interactions with exhibitors. The Critical Care Exposition offers 14 hours of exhibit time over three days, with 10 hours unopposed by clinical sessions. There is more than 300,000 square feet of exhibits including the newest equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, supplies, and technology. Also, there are hundreds of ExpoEd education sessions where you'll receive continuing education recognition points (CERPs). And don't forget all the product demonstrations.


    Come to a conference where there will be over 7,000 critical care nurses.

    Registration and Pricing

    Registration is open. Register by April 4, 2018 and save $80.00

    Member Pricing
    • Early-bird full conference - $450.00
    • Regular full conference - $530.00
    • Pre-Conference - $106.00 - $212.00
    • Daily registration; Mon/Tue/Wed - $225.00
    • Daily registration; Thu - $144.00

    Non-Member Pricing
    • Early-bird full conference - $580.00
    • Regular full conference - $660.00
    • Pre-Conference - $140.00 - $280.00
    • Daily registration; Mon/Tue/Wed - $280.00
    • Daily registration; Thu - $196.00

    Book your reservations today at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

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    Joe V, Shinnichi, peninacoolada, and 1 other like this.

    Event Dates

    May 18 - May 22, 2018
    Pre-meeting events: May 18 - 19


    Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center
    1000 West Buena Vista,
    Orlando, Florida
    Telephone: 800-245-SGNA

    About SGNA

    The SGNA 45th Annual Course (Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates) conference is for Gastroenterology nurses and techs who want to stay on top of what is happening in GI field. Choose from over 100 educational sessions covering topics from the latest research taught by top professionals. Sessions last an hour and are concurrent. More information regarding sessions will be available soon, check back on the website.

    Tailor your schedule to meet your needs so you can learn what interests you most and explore new subjects. There are hands-on opportunities, product and service highlights, and focused educational sessions. Poster abstracts are another way to gain insight and learn about evidence-based research. Posters are on display, and the authors will also give mini sessions to go over their information. Network with fellow GI nurses, experts, and exhibitors and bring home tools to enhance your career. Don't pass up a chance to earn up to 34.25 contact hours.

    Hotel and Travel Information
    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center, 1000 West Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
    • Room rates $189 per night for single/double occupancy
    • Booking information sent to attendees as part of the registration confirmation
    • Discounted tickets to theme parks available to registered attendees
    • Book before April 20, 2018 to take advantage of special Annual Course rates
    • After April 20, the SGNA room block will be released (negotiated conference rates may not be available)
    • Rooms are subject to a 12.5% tax rate
    • $15 charge for each additional person
    • Recommended airport is Orlando International Airport
    • Book transportation at Disney's Magical Express website
    • Parking complimentary for guests

    Registration Information

    Online Form

    Full conference - $475
    Daily rate - $220

    2 Day Sun/Mon
    Mon/Tues - $425
    Exhibit Hall only - $75

    Full Conference by 4/6/18 - $625
    After 4/6/18 - $700
    Daily Rate - $305

    2 Day Sun/Mon
    Mon/Tues - $595

    International Attendees
    Full Conference by 4/6/18 - $525
    After 4/6/18 - $600
    Daily Rate - $220

    Workshops are extra; there is a review course for certification that is $285. Evaluations can be done on-site online so you can do them as you go on the computers available on-site. Also, you can pay for the conference on arrival.

    Special Events

    Exhibit Hall Reception Sunday May 20th from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
    SGNA Celebration May 20th from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

    Pre-Meeting Opportunities

    First time attendee's sessions are Friday May 18th 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. and Saturday May 19th 12 - 1:00 P.m. and 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.


    Come join the 2,000+ GI nurses and techs for the 2018 SGNA National Conference.

    SGNA has over 7,000 members from around the world.
    Bring your family or bestie for this Florida conference and get away. Make sure you allow extra time for theme parks and sightseeing. Whatever your palate prefers, you can find a restaurant to satisfy. There are so many activities to choose from it will take you a while to choose. The popular choices are Disney, Universal, Legoland, and SeaWorld. If you love the salty ocean, then rent a boat, kayak, sail, jet ski or paddle board, but make sure you use your sunscreen.

    This is the perfect opportunity to blend a vacation with learning. Take home a sand dollar along with all of the knowledge you will learn and contacts you will make.

    REGISTER TODAY to ensure getting into your top choice sessions.

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    Joe V, tnbutterfly, and sirI like this.

    Mark your calendars! April 5th through April 8th, 2018 is the date!! Come network with your fellow SPN peers at the 28th Annual SPN Conference. Keep up with the latest in the field of pediatrics while earning CEUs from the 22.75 available. The Society of Pediatric Nurses is accredited with the distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    When / Where

    April 5 - April 8, 2018

    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    1550 Court Place
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    Telephone: 1-312-321-5154

    Want to see what's in store? Check out the video recap of the 2017 event!

    Read what past attendees have to say about the SPN Annual Conference ...

    "This is a professional experience that changes your life and how you view your work. It is an arena where everyone attending loves what they do and loves caring for kids. A room full of great people with the same objective: to better ourselves and the world."

    "The conference renewed my sense of passion in the pediatric field. This conference also confirmed the approach I take at the bedside - to instill hope and to leave the patient feeling better about their situation than when I first came in the room." - Anna Folk

    "The SPN conference is a great opportunity to learn how to elevate the standards of Pediatric nursing practice. It's nice meeting nurses from across the country and seeing differences, but, most importantly, realizing how we are all similar. We are all united in providing children with the best nursing care possible. The conference is a great place to become rejuvenated and inspired to be the best possible Pediatric nurse." - Sarah B.


    There are 55 sessions to choose from focused on the following 6 tracks whether pre-conference, plenary, or concurrent:

    • Leadership/Management
    • Clinical Practice
    • Education
    • Research
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Quality Improvement

    Here is a sampling of titles for the sessions to entice you

    • Leadership at Every Level
    • Nursing Ethics in Action
    • Benefits of Collaboration Between Quality and Infection Control
    • Stop Infant Drops
    • A Biomedical Approach to Evaluating the Severity of Head Injuries for Pediatric Patients Falls
    • Medication Transition for Transgender Youths


    Over 500 pediatric nurses attend the SPN conference. 69% are from children's hospital, 17% from the hospital setting, and 10% are academic. 51% are staff nurses, while 24% work in education, and 13% are management.

    Register for the SPN 28th Annual Conference

    Register Online Now

    Early Bird (Before Feb 9)

    • SPN Member - $450
    • Non-Member - $540
    • Join and Register - $555
    • Student Member - $305
    • Student Non-Member - $340

    After Feb. 9

    • SPN Member - $550
    • Non-Member - $665
    • Student Member - $305
    • Student Non-Member - $340

    Daily Rate

    • SPN Member - $215
    • Non-Member - $320
    • Student Member - $185
    • Student Non-Member - $240

    Pre Conference

    • SPN Member - $150
    • Non-Member - $200
    • Guests - $175

    Hotel Information

    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    1550 Court Place, Denver
    Colorado 80202
    Phone: 303-893-3333

    Check in is at 3pm and check out is at 12pm
    $194 nightly, add a person for $20

    Sponsored Charity

    Every year, SPN sponsors a charity, and this year they are sponsoring the Roundup River Ranch, a local charity (501(c)(3)). This camp is for sick children and their families and provides fun camp experiences for the children and activities throughout the year. Their wish list can be found on the website.


    How can you go wrong with this conference - learn, network, and be a part of the charity helping Denver's sick children. Be a part of something great and bring back to your work setting the enthusiasm you gain, as well as the knowledge you have acquired. Make sure you take the time to explore Denver. See Rocky Mountain National Park, do a tour of the foothills, fly fish or see Pikes Peak. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy and savor the scenery. Check out our Flyer for even more information!

  • 5
    Joe V, peninacoolada, sirI, and 2 others like this.

    Meet and network with fellow Students, Nursing leaders, and Faculty members at the National Student Nurses' Association: Get Hooked! Insight, Inspiration, Ingenuity 66th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Glean nuggets of knowledge from the 35th president of ANA, keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Cipriano on Wednesday, April 4th. Gain insight from her and the other speakers that will help you in your journey as a student or faculty member. Be inspired by your fellow students, nursing leaders, and faculty. Connecting with fellow nurses helps create a network of friends that can lead to a study group, future jobs, or having a support group. Show your ingenuity, branch out and try something new... You never know where it will lead.


    April 4th through April 8th, 2018

    Gaylord Opryland Hotel
    2800 Opryland Drive
    Nashville, TN 37214

    Sessions and Special Events

    A few of the sessions offered are a mini NCLEX review, career counseling, poster sessions, and focus sessions. Don't forget the party on the first night: Lights, Camera, Action - From Movies to music. Come dressed as your favorite star!

    Grab your bestie and participate in the fun run. Run the 5k or walk the 1k taking place on April 7th at 7 am. Have fun whether you walk or run while raising funds to support the Foundation of NSNA undergraduate scholarship program. Sign Up Now!

    Another special event is the Poster Session and Project Showcase. The NSNA Chapters are invited to share school or state projects for research projects. These are great ways to expand your knowledge whether you are a poster presenter or an observer.

    Registration Information

    Register Online

    March 19 is the deadline for registration. Mail registration by March 12, 2018; if it is postmarked past that it will be returned. One form per registrant and it may be photocopied. Onsite Registration opens 4/3/18 at noon.

    Registration confirmation is sent via email only, one week prior to the convention. Students must show valid student ID and current membership card (if a member) when picking up registration materials onsite.

    National Student Nurses Association, Inc., Meeting Registration Dept.
    P.O. Box 798
    Wilmington, OH 45177

    Refunds and Returned Checks

    • 80% refund if a written request is emailed to or postmarked by 3/21/18
    • Administrative fee is $10 for returned checks
    • Non-member students may join NSNA and register as a member
    • NSNA Membership

    Onsite Registration Available 4/3/18

    Convention only
    Members/sustaining Members: $120; $70 Daily
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $175; $85 Daily
    Faculty Advisors.State Consultants: $120; $75 Daily
    NCLEX Review only
    Members/sustaining Members: 90
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $125
    Convention and NCLEX Review
    Members/sustaining Members: $145
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $220
    Faculty Workshop only - How to Teach with Technology
    Faculty Advisors/State Consultants: $300
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $350
    Convention and Faculty Workshop
    Faculty Advisors/State Consultants: $400

    Early Bird Registration

    Convention only
    Members/sustaining Members: $110
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $170
    Faculty Advisors/State Consultants: $115
    NCLEX Review only
    Members/sustaining Members: $ 85
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $120
    Convention and NCLEX Review
    Members/sustaining Members: $130
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $200
    Faculty Workshop How to Teach with Technology
    Faculty Advisors/State Consultants: $275
    Non-Member Students/Visitors: $350
    Convention and Faculty Workshop
    Faculty Advisors/State Consultants: $375

    Hotel Information

    Gaylord Opryland Hotel
    2800 Opryland Drive
    Nashville, TN 37214

    Room rate is $199 per night for a single, double, or quad

    Debit cards are not recommended because the hotel immediately deducts the first-night deposit and will freeze a set amount per day, per room for incidentals upon check-in. You will not have access to these frozen funds for up to 2 weeks after checkout.


    Valet Hotel parking is $38 daily, or self-park for $23.20.


    Expected attendance is 3,000 from 2,000 Nursing Programs. Get exposure to over 60,000 NSNA members.

    Join Us!

    Make sure you take time to enjoy all that Nashville has to offer. Check out the museums, music tours, and the zoo which are just a couple of highlights. There are plenty of good restaurants, so try something you've never had before. But most of all, know that going to a conference at any stage of your career can give you invaluable information. Gain knowledge, friends, and confidence by attending this conference.

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    Joe V, jeastridge, tnbutterfly, and 1 other like this.

    AN recently interviewed Dr Terri Maxwell who is the chief clinical officer of Turn-Key Health where she is responsible for clinical care delivery, competence and quality. In addition, she serves as vice president, Clinical Education, Enclara Pharmacia, an affiliate of Turn-Key Health. A recipient of a Project on Death in America award from the Soros Foundation, Dr. Maxwell previously served as vice president of Strategic Initiatives, Weatherbee Resources Inc. and the Hospice Education Network. She also held a number of executive positions at Hospice Pharmacia, and established the Center for Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. A widely published author and frequent presenter at state and national meetings, Dr. Maxwell has served on a number of committees and editorial review boards, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Relatedness subcommittee, NHPCO QAPI NCHPP steering committee, NHPCO Research committee and the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy's editorial board. Dr. Maxwell earned a master's in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. In 2010, the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island made her a dean's list honoree at its Distinguished Achievement Awards.

    We discussed palliative care and the initiatives seen in this area recently. She offered varied insights into this nursing specialty and how it encompasses so much of what we, as nurses do every shift.

    Palliative care continues to advance end of life care in the US. What do you think is the biggest advance in this field in the last 5-10 years?

    There have been so many advances in palliative care in the past 5 to 10 years. Some of the ones that come to mind include:

    The role of palliative care in the health care system has grown in importance as people are living longer with chronic diseases and face a multitude of decisions about the use of technology, medications and therapies at the end of life.

    In the last decade, palliative care has matured as a recognized, specialized, medical and nursing field.

    In addition, there has been an explosion of articles and books about death and dying for lay people that has helped to create discussion about facing one's mortality at the end of life and the importance of quality over quantity of life.

    Lastly, there has been an enormous expansion of programs throughout hospitals and more recently, into the community, to care for people with serious illness in their homes or in nursing homes.

    Hospital-based palliative care services are expanding as advances in chronic disease management lead to longer lives. How does palliative care function in a hospital system?

    Hospital-based palliative care programs vary in team composition and delivery models from hospital to hospital. Most are comprised of specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and chaplains who provide consultative services.

    These services generally focus on the provision of expert symptom management, help navigating the healthcare system, goals of care discussions and family meetings. These provide opportunities to offer support for decision-making, emotional and spiritual support as well as providing assistance to staff in caring for their seriously ill patients.

    What traits are important for a palliative care nurse to develop?

    Important traits of palliative care nurses include empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, compassion, the concern for others, and respect for human dignity. Communication and listening skills are critical, as is resilience in order to meet daily challenges, recover from difficulties and help to prevent burnout.

    According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the focus of palliative care is utilized across the continuum of care from pediatrics to geriatrics. How does palliative care differ among the patient populations?

    The essential concepts and primary domains of care as outlined in the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (2009) are similar across patient populations, as are the needs of patients and their loved ones. However, there are differences in care goals and ways in which decisions are made, especially among those who are younger.

    Palliative care teams need to also recognize differences in disease states and disease trajectories across the age spectrum, have specialized knowledge related to medication management for the very young and very old and alter their communication strategies as appropriate.

    How do you see palliative care advancing in the years to come?

    I expect to see greater diffusion of palliative care into the community, hopefully supported by new payment methodologies that do not limit access with restrictive eligibility requirements. As we move beyond a fee for service (FFS) model to a value-based payment methodology, health care payers and providers will increasingly recognize the value of palliative care.

    What is needed is a more comprehensive and coordinated palliative benefit for those with advanced illness who otherwise fall through cracks in care based upon CMS regulations for Home Health Care and Hospice. As palliative care grows, we will need to address workforce deficits and training needs. I also hope to see greater integration of palliative care concepts into medical and nursing school curriculums.

    Thank you Dr Maxwell for your comments. does your hospital system, facility or practice utilize palliative care?

    Here is a roll call of AN Palliative Care nurses

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    Are you looking to connect with other med-surg nurses, to learn the latest evidence-based research, and obtain the latest in clinical practice? If you said YES, then the 28th Annual Medical Surgical Nursing Conference in San Francisco will meet your needs. There will be accomplished speakers, posters and abstracts that present the latest in med-surg nursing.


    April 5th and 6th, 2018, San Francisco, California

    Call For Posters

    Poster presentations will be done on both the 5th and 6th in sessions. Lynn Dow is the contact person.

    If you are interested in presenting a poster, the educational tracks are as follows:

    • Clinical Practice
    • Leadership
    • Health Policy
    • Performance Improvement
    • Research
    • The Primary presenter will receive 50% off the cost of registration

    Call For Abstracts

    Are you working on an evidence-based practice project, quality projects, or research? The planning committee is looking for abstracts that have new, innovative and practical approaches that can be used in a variety of fields. Categories are the same as for posters. Send submissions to by Oct. 15th, 2017. Use subject line "Abstract Submissions 2018". You must be present at the conference, and will be notified by Nov. 6th, 2017. The primary presenter one co-presenter will receive 50% off the cost of registration. Requirements can be found at the website.

    Educational Tracks

    • Clinical Practice
    • Leadership
    • Health Policy
    • Performance Improvement
    • Research

    Keynote Speakers

    Victoria Sweet, MD, PHD
    Author of "Slow Medicine, the Way to Healing God's Hotel"
    Discussion of concept of slow medicine

    Deb Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM
    President of Diabetes Education
    "Diabetes 101 - Getting to the Nitty Gritty"

    Tina Mammone, PHD, RN, CENP, NEA-BC
    Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
    "Today's Nursing Leader"

    Location and Lodging

    South San Francisco Conference Center255 South Airport Blvd.
    South San Francisco, CA. 94080

    Shuttle Times
    Parking is free at the conference, however, at the hotel it is $9.95 per night.


    Holiday Inn

    275 South Airport Blvd.
    South San Francisco, CA. 94080

    Rate: $139 per night for single or double
    Discount code is MSN (exp. 3/7/18)

    The hotel is adjacent to the conference center; on the second floor is a skywalk walkway. Conference center has 25,000 square feet of conference space. Staff members speak Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Pundai, Spanish, and Tagalong.


    Early bird registration (Ends March 5th)
    • One day (either April 5th or 6th) - $200
    • Both days - $350

    Register Online


    300 nurses are expected from California and all over the country. Most are from the hospital setting.

    Still Trying to Decide?

    Here are some slide shows presented at the 2017 conference. Click on the link or go to the conference website to observe.

    Lissa Gray MS, RN, FNP, AOCNP

    "The Basics of Cancer Immunotherapy"

    Eileen Konieczny RN

    "Cannabis Medicine What Nurses Need to Know"

    Twyila Lay MS, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC

    "The Science and Art of Managing Traumatic Brain Injury"

    Ed Lor, Pharm D

    "An Owie, A Treat, and Ooh So Good: An Opioid Epidemic Story"

    Teri Mills RN, MS, CNE

    "A National Nurse for Public Health - Trusted Leadership for a Healthier America"

    Ruth McMyn MS, RN, CWOCN

    "Basics of Pressure Ulcer/Injury Management"

    Kelly Nguyen MSN, RN

    "Early Detection and Treatment of Sepsis in the Adult"

    Enjoy what San Francisco has to offer. Visit Alcatraz or see Yosemite National Park, part of the city's history and natural wonders. Other attractions are the Zoo, the Aquarium on the Bay, and the San Francisco museum of Modern Art. There is something for everyone, make sure to leave time to enjoy the city. Learn while having fun at the 28th Annual Medical Surgical Nursing Conference. Network and be refreshed while making new friends. Check the website for a finalized brochure.

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    Conference Date

    The AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2018: Embrace Action - Mind, Body, and Spirit event will be March 24 - 28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Conference Location

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    900 Convention Center Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA 70130

    Join Us in New Orleans - Nathalie Walker, AORN President - Embrace the Action!

    AORN is Offering Three Ways to Learn

    • Live - attend sessions in person
    • Education Hub - watch sessions on large screens
    • Stream On-Demand - watch sessions you have missed, at your convenience

    Poster Sessions

    Posters portraying evidence-based research done by fellow nurses are on display and on Monday at noon, the authors will be available to talk about their conclusions.

    Buzz Sessions

    A facilitator will start the sessions with a scenario and then hand it over to the audience for a solution. Most of the sessions are an hour, running concurrent with many sessions being offered more than once, so if you cannot make it to the one you want, schedule it for another time.


    Conferences offer networking that you cannot get anywhere else. Meeting doctors and surgeons that speak at the conference can turn into long-term, invaluable resources.

    If you are looking for a job, talking to fellow nurses and managers can score you that perfect position. One area of networking that can prove invaluable is the representatives present at the exhibits. Pick their brains, get their samples and tuck their business cards in your wallet; not to mention the friendships that form over the small amount of time.

    Discovering New Innovations and Developing Best Peri-Operative Nursing Practices - Embrace the Action!!

    A Night Out is Scheduled for Monday night from 8pm - 11pm - "Night Out at the Nola"

    While in New Orleans, make sure you save time to have a beignet and coffee at Cafe du Monde, or a bloody Mary at Mothers (their food is great!). Take a walk through the French Quarter and enjoy the street artists. Stop and listen to the street bands or individual performers, you will be forever changed. The charming mix of old with new will make you want to come back.

    Sessions & Schedule

    To see a complete list of sessions or to download the conference brochure, go to Information and Schedule.

    Session Topics
    • Medication safety updates
    • Pet Therapy
    • Fire in the OR
    • Teamwork and Communication
    • Disinfection
    • Positioning the Patient
    • Advanced Practice
    • Patient Satisfaction
    • A four-part Professional Development

    Each session tells you what area the content is directed at such as clinical, ambulatory surgery, or education. Classes start as early as 6:45 a.m. and go as late as 5:00 p.m. There will also be a summit on global research called the Global Research and Practical Studies. This will provide an intimate setting in which the group can talk about the latest research outcomes.


    Saturday is concurrent sessions and Sunday is the exhibit hall and executive leadership education. Monday offers more sessions as well as the authors explaining their posters. Tuesday is another full day of concurrent sessions while Wednesday ends at 1:15 p.m.

    Registration Information

    Registration is available by mail, online, or by phone.

    Download Registration Online

    Contact Info
    AORN, Inc.
    Dept. 1380
    P.O. Box 17180
    Denver, Co. 80217-0180

    888-266-7644 (Inside Canada)
    972-349-5879 (Outside Canada)
    Credit Cards fax 972-349-7715

    Waiting for the Go-Ahead?

    In addition to a $100 discount and a chance to win a free hotel stay with early registration, you can present a practical rationale for attending AORN's Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018. Use this Justification Tool Kit to make a case for why this perioperative-focused conference will be valuable to you, your team, and your patient outcomes. The tool kit includes:

    • Customizable letters to send your supervisor
    • Budget worksheet
    • Talking points
    • Other quick tips to help you quantify the benefits of attending

    And tell your manager to hurry! The deadline for early bird pricing ends January 31 at midnight.

    Housing Information

    Book through AORN's Official Housing Partner to receive the best availability and lowest rates in the city.

    Registration Rates and Packages

    There are several rates available for Members and Non-Members as well as Military discounts.

    Early Bird (by Jan. 31) - $615 Regular $715
    Group (3 or more) - $580 $580
    Executive Leadership Summit - $950 $1050
    Day Rates - $225 $225

    Early Bird (by Jan. 31) - $795 Regular $895
    Group (3 or more) - $580 $580
    Executive Leadership Summit - $1150 $1250
    Day Rates - $225 $275

    Attendance Summary
    • 5,800+ Attendees
    • 500+ Exhibitors
    • 600+ Executive Leadership Attendees
    • 36 Countries Represented by International Attendees

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    Joe V, mharzi, BookishBelle, and 2 others like this.

    If you are reading this article, then likely you have come to the same decision or are thinking about it. We each have a story or background as to how we came to make this life-altering leap into the sexy and emotionally fulfilling field of nursing right? (Teehee, that's a whole nother article!) Books, television shows, and movies like to portray nurses as being born knowing that this was our lifelong goal. While this may be true for some of us, how did the rest of us come to choose a career in nursing?

    In late August 2017, released a survey that ran through September to determine what factors students consider when selecting a school. One of the questions asked nurses and student nurses, "Why did you choose nursing?". The survey, which is set to release soon, had over 1500 participants. The responses varied greatly; some were light-hearted answers (like the "sexy" comment, wearing scrubs, or liking all things gruesome); some practical, "it's what my parents would pay for"; some well thought out, "hours, schedule and pay", and some people were just plain "born to do this".

    There were a number of similar and common threads woven through the survey responses. Nursing has ranked #1 as the most trusted profession for at least 15 years in a row in Gallup Polls. Job security, flexibility, and pay were a deciding factor for many choosing nursing as a career. No matter sick or well, people will always be in need of healthcare. Nursing was a popular second career choice as reported in the survey results, either from a non-healthcare profession or from many who were non-nursing healthcare professionals. They reported wanting to have more direct contact and connection with patients, many stating that they feel drawn to care for those in need, not to "sit behind a desk". The career opened up possibilities to work schedules so they could care for aging loved ones or children. For many it was a better, more stable paycheck offering sick and vacation time and better healthcare for themselves and their loved ones. Nursing also offered the ability to advance within the career itself and further their education toward ultimate life goals.

    The "calling", or desire to care for people in a time of crisis or at their weakest, seems to be a strong pull toward nursing as a career. Several answers reflected "always having known that nursing was a calling", or that their "personality and heart guided them" toward this career. There were many replies that the "science" that nursing encompasses was the appeal. Anatomy, physiology, how the body responds to pharmacologic interventions, the technology of caring for the body systems was another popular response. The ability to think critically and quickly and to work with a team of like-minded professionals was a draw. Some answered that they loved the rush of emergent care, or on the flip side, the pace and attention to dying hospice patients and their loved ones.

    A large number of participants were inspired by a family member (s). Some had family members that were in the healthcare profession and through watching, listening, or living with someone who is a nurse, they felt compelled to go on to nursing school themselves. Experiencing healthcare from the opposite side of the bed was another influence that a family had on many. For some being the patient and "living through" the healthcare continuum was the guide toward wanting to make a difference in the life of others.

    As we all have come into the "wonderful world of nursing" for our various reasons, decisions, or life events it is clear that the survey has captured the uniqueness that each of us brings to the care of our patients and the advancement of our profession. Our passions, skills, and differences will ultimately keep nursing innovative and cutting edge while maintaining the very core of our career of care and compassion for others.

    Keep your eyes open and watch for the complete results from the 2017 Student Survey to be posted soon. You will find out what students think are the most important factors to consider when searching for a nursing school. The interactive images will allow you to customize your view and discover how variables such as age, location, current level of educational standing, and degree program enrolled in can affect one's priorities.

    More 2017 Student Survey Articles...

    1. 2017 Student Survey: Demographics
    2. 2017 Student Survey: School Profiles
    3. 2017 Student Survey: What Students Really Want From Nursing School

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    Joe V, nursekayde1978, wondern, and 5 others like this. staff recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, Director of ENA's Institute for Emergency Nursing Research. She has published research about bullying and how it affects nurses patient care.

    How does bullying in the ED manifest itself?

    Bullying can manifest as the dynamics of aggression, which includes overt hostility, denigrating comments, giving inappropriate assignments for the nurses' experience and expertise, and selective reporting. More difficult to identify and call out, however, are the dynamics of exclusion, which is marked by a withdrawal of help, support, and information. These types of behaviors often result in a nurse being "set up to fail", which has consequences for patient care.

    How does this differ from bullying in other departments?

    I don't know that it is very different in other departments, but the constant flow of patients, the short turnaround times, and the initial lack of knowledge about patient conditions makes the emergency department a particularly high risk area for this dynamic to manifest.

    What kind of collateral damage results from bullying in the ED?

    Workplace bullying is a significant factor in the dynamics of patient care, nursing work culture, and nursing retention. The impact on patient care cannot be overestimated, both in terms of errors, substandard care, and the negative effects of high turnover of experienced RNs who leave, compounded by the inexperience of newly hired RNs

    What methods did you find to be the most effective in addressing / decreasing bullying?

    Our respondents report that a "calling it out" strategy by both staff and management is the most effective way to reduce bullying and its consequences. An assessment of hospital work environments should include nurse perceptions of workplace bullying, and interventions should focus on effective managerial processes for handling workplace bullying

    As a result of your research, what type of training do you recommend?

    Given that management is the key role in mitigating bullying behaviors, education in the identification of bullying behaviors (especially those marked by the dynamic of exclusion) and in addressing them with staff is probably the most effective way to reduce workplace bullying.

    Bullying is becoming more pervasive in our culture as a whole. However, as nurses on the forefront of life and death decisions, it is imperative that nurses have a toolkit to deal with bullying at work. The American Nurses Association published a position paper on this in 2015 with a goal; "to create and sustain a culture of respect, free of incivility, bullying and workplace violence."

    ENA has also published guidelines to deal with and curb lateral violence which is defined as; "violence, or bullying, between colleagues (e.g. nurse/nurse, doctor/nurse, etc.)."

    "According to a 2011 study by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), 54.5 percent out of 6,504 emergency nurses experienced physical violence and/or verbal abuse from a patient and/or visitor during the past week. The actual rate of incidences of violence is much higher as many incidents go unreported, due in part to the perception that assaults are "part of the job"."

    ENA offers a toolkit with six distinct steps to address workplace violence. The first step is acknowledging that it exists and that nurses have the capability to decrease the incidence. There are many shareholders in this initiative including the front line staff but managers and administrators also have a key role in this. JCAHO, OSHA and other governmental agencies require documentation of a safe workplace and offer recommendations as well.

    Violence should never be tolerated. Do you feel safe from lateral violence in your emergency department? What has your ED done to combat lateral violence?

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    Urology nurses function in multiple environments including hospitals, same-day surgi-centers, private practices and home health. They may care for patients with multiple co-morbidities in addition to urologic needs. The urologic nursing specialty requires its professionals to have a comprehensive knowledge of developmental and aging changes that are essential to understanding acute and chronic urological diseases. Here is an article about urologic nurses.

    There are several sub-specialties for urologic nurses too:

    • Office nurses that assist with cystoscopies and sedation
    • Nurse Practitioners in urology practices
    • Nurses that administer intravesicular meds for bladder cancer
    • Pediatric urologic nurses

    Many opportunities exist for urologic nurses and associates. Urologic associates are often unlicensed assistive personnel who help with procedures, assist with patient education and otherwise contribute to overall patient care. Often the nurse will delegate tasks to a urologic associate in order to focus on a nursing-related skillset.

    Here is a description of a day in a urologist's office. You will see patients with appointments for recurrent UTIs, renal stones, and post-op follow ups. You might also see patients with the complaint of sexual dysfunction related to erectile dysfunction.

    Urologic nursing can also encompass some aspects of transplant nursing. Renal transplants occur frequently and often are done in coordination with a transplant surgeon as well as urologist.

    Nurse navigators help to coordinate care and ensures patients are kept up to date regarding their cares, assists with appointments, and facilitates communication. They work with physicians and other medical personnel to help with transitions and follow-up. Nurse navigators bridge the gap between hospital and out-patient care and works as an integral part of the care of the urological patient.