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Tuesday, September 12

4:00–6:00 PM     Registration Open
Wednesday, September 13
7:30 AM–5:30 PM     Registration Open
Preconference Workshops
Wednesday, September 13

8:00 am – 5:00 PM     Full Day Program (7.5 contact hours)

010
Replicating the Real World and Discussing the Outcome of Performance: Writing Effective Scenarios and Debriefing Principles
Kris Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
Dr. Karlsen focuses on two very important principles of simulation methodology: scenario creation and debriefing principles. Elements of effective scenario design followed by small group work to create a scenario are the focus of the first half of the workshop. The afternoon session utilizes video and small group discussion to practice debriefing and addresses difficult debriefing situations that may be encountered.
NCC NIC Code 4
NCC NNP Code 5
NCC LRN Code 5

8:00 AM–12:00 PM Half Day Morning Program (3.75 contact hours)
020 
Neonatal Pharmacology, Part I
Christopher McPherson, PharmD
Dr. McPherson focuses on neonatal cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. Examine the challenges of assessing and treating hypoperfusion in the preterm infant. Compare medications used to treat patent ductus arteriosus in the newborn, and discuss the pharmacologic options for treating persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. NCC NIC Code 3
NCC NNP Code 4
NCC LRN Code 4
Rx = 3.75
1:00 –5:00 PM Half Day Afternoon Programs (3.75 contact hours)
030
Neonatal Pharmacology, Part II
Christopher McPherson, PharmD
Dr. McPherson focuses on pharmacologic challenges in neonatal neurology. Discuss the pathophysiology of NAS, along with drugs currently utilized to treat this growing population of neonates. Explore the etiology, treatment, and long-term effects of antiepileptic drugs in neonates,, as well as how to manage, pharmacologically, common painful and stressful experiences in the NICU.
NCC NIC Code 3
NCC NNP Code 4
NCC LRN Code 4
Rx = 3.75
040
Management and Treatment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Team Approach

Antonette Bell, MSN, BSN, RN
Kristina McGahan, RN, BSN
Maria McLay, MSW, LSW
Andria Peterson, PharmD
This in-depth session includes a comprehensive panel discussion of chemical and opioid dependency in women and caring for newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Speakers will identify maternal risk factors and elements of drug testing and address newborn treatment protocols and their pharmacologic aspects. Discuss social and ethical care of the family and the challenges they encounter. Explore staff and medical personnel education and training needs. Take a journey with one unit as they meet patient needs, deal with barriers, and collaborate to provide care for this vulnerable population.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2
NCC LRN Code 3
Rx = 3.75

 

Main Conference
Thursday, September 14
6:45 AM–4:45 PM     Registration Open
7:30–8:00 AM     Welcome/General Announcements/Award Presentation
 
 General Sessions
8:00 – 9:00 AM

GS 171
Epigenomics: What the Advanced Practice Nurse Needs to Know

Susan Braid, DrPH, MPH, NNP-BC
Epigenomics has gained a lot of attention over the past 10 years as epigenetic change became increasingly seen as a mechanism that explains why some people are more at risk for hypertension, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Fundamentally, the epigenome is a multitude of chemical compounds that can direct how genes are expressed without changing the DNA sequence. Dr. Braid provides an overview of epigenomics, the most common mechanisms that change how a gene is expressed, and potential clinical applications.
NCC NIC Code 4
NCC NNP Code 5


9:00–10:00 AM     Refreshment Break—Exhibit Hall Opens, Posters Open

10:00 – 11:00 AM

GS 172
Early Recognition of Sepsis: Use of Biomarkers in Neonatal Sepsis

Carol Botwinski, EdD, ARNP, NNP-BC
The early recognition and clinical diagnosis of neonatal sepsis remains challenging. However, our understanding of the inflammatory cascade is increasing and there have been rapid advances in diagnostic techniques. Join Dr. Botwinski as she explores how various biomarkers can be used in clinical practice for the early diagnosis of infection. NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
GS 173
State of the Evidence on Hypoglycemia

Kris Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
The debate continues and now includes the safety of glucose gel to treat hypoglycemia. Before you jump on the bandwagon, let's review the controversy. What impact does hypoglycemia have on neurodevelopmental outcome? Is asymptomatic hypoglycemia safe for the preterm and term brain? How do the AAP and Pediatric Endocrine Society differ in regard to treatment thresholds? How many “cases” are included in the papers that are attempting to provide treatment guidance, and are there enough to extrapolate to all infants? There’s a lot to talk about!
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2

12:00–1:15 PM     Lunch―Exhibits Open, Posters Open

1:15 – 2:15 PM

GS 174
Cardiac Emergencies
Sergio Carrillo, MD
Dr. Carrillo discusses cardiac emergencies seen in patients with congenital heart defects admitted to NICU. Discuss how to identify the cause of the emergency, how to manage it, and how to prevent further complications.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2
Rx = .25


2:15–3:15 PM     Exhibits Open, Posters Open 

3:15 – 4:15 PM

GS 175
Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms
Andria Peterson, PharmD
Dr. Peterson discusses common mechanisms of resistance and risk factors for the development of MDR pathogens. She also discusses steps that can be taken to reduce the incidence of these pathogens in the NICU setting.
NCC NIC Code 3
NCC NNP Code 4
Rx = 1

4:15–5:15 PM
GS 176
Bleeding Disorders in the Newborn

Carol Botwinski, EdD, ARNP, NNP-BC
Disorders of bleeding (coagulation) are frequently encountered in the NICU. Hemostasis is the process the body uses to prevent excessive hemorrhage, which is counterbalanced by fibrinolysis to prevent excessive clotting. Dr. Botwinski looks explores disorders seen in both, with a concentration on those of clotting, specifically perinatal-neonatal stroke and arterial thrombosis.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2


Friday, September 15
6:45 AM–4:30 PM Registration Open
6:15–7:15 AM Stretch & De-Stress Class
Do you have stress in your life you'd like to let go of? If you answered yes, then this class is perfect for you! Be prepared to unwind and relax. Combining mind and body practices such as yoga and Pilates along with sports stretching and breathing techniques, De-Stress & Stretch is an excellent way to improve flexibility and reduce stress. The instructor provides modifications, yet offers exercise progressions to challenge all levels of participants. You will stretch, strengthen and tone your body from head to toe. Join your fellow nurses and leave feeling fresh and invigorated!

7:45–8:00 AM Announcements
 
 General Sessions
8:00–9:00 AM

GS 271
The “Alphabet Soup” of Synchronized Ventilation
Bryan L. Ohning, MD, PhD
Dr. Ohning describes conventional positive pressure ventilation, high frequency ventilation and how ventilators have attempted to “talk” with our neonatal patients. He will then address how newer ventilators communicate with babies and why volume-targeted ventilation is the now a hot topic. Dr. Ohning shares thoughts on the future of ventilation of these fragile patients.
NCC NIC Code 1
NCC NNP Code 2


9:00–10:15 AM     Last Chance to Visit Exhibits, Posters Open

10:15 – 11:15 AM

GS 272
Arrythmias in Neonates
Abraham Rothman, MD
Dr. Rothman discusses the common arrhythmias in newborns, including incidence, mechanisms, therapies, and prognosis.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2

11:15 AM–12:15 PM
GS 273
Differences of Sexual Development: How to Keep up with the Changes in the Gender Revolution

Kathleen van Leeuwen, MD
The full spectrum of congenital and other gender-related conditions is discussed so that you will have a better understanding of the issues surrounding these diagnoses. Dr. van Leeuwen also discusses the social support needed to care for patients who are struggling with physical, social, and psychological trauma regarding gender issues.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2


12:15–1:30 PM     Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 PM

GS 274
Oxidative Stress in Neonates: Just How Much and Why are They So Stressed!
William Diehl-Jones, PhD, RN
We know that many diseases of prematurity, such as ROP, BPD, PVLM and NEC are linked to oxidative stress. Dr. Diehl-Jones discusses the term “oxidative stress” and the link to free radical formation and impaired antioxidant production. He then describes the major sources of free radical damage, including oxygen therapy and enteral and parenteral nutrition. Dr. Diehl-Jones concludes by suggesting strategies for reducing oxidative stress and improving health incomes in preterm infants.
NCC NIC Code 2
NCC NNP Code 2
Rx = .25


2:30–3:00 PM     Poster Session with Poster Presenters

3:00–4:00 PM

GS 275
At the Edge of Perinatal Viability: Outcomes and Counseling
Bryan L. Ohning, MD, PhD
The outcomes of infants born in the periviable period, which encompasses infants of 20 0/7 weeks to 25 6/7 weeks EGA, have changed remarkably over the time period in which NICUs and neonatology as a sub-specialty evolved. There are large variations among-hospitals in the approaches to care, the survivability of these infants, and the eventual proportion of infants with moderate/severe disabilities. Dr. Ohning discusses the recent data and approaches to counseling families who are facing such a birth.
NCC NIC Code 1
NCC NNP Code 3

4:00–5:00 PM
GS 276
Cleaning up your NICU: A Case-Based Approach

Kanayo Ezeanolue, MD
Dr. Ezeanolue discusses an evidence-based approach to keeping your NICU clean. Topics include clean and safe births and other practices that can limit neonatal fatality rates.
NCC NIC Code 4
NCC NNP Code 5


Saturday, September 16
7:00–11:30 AM Registration Open
7:00–7:45 AM Academy of Neonatal Nursing Member Meeting

7:45–8:00 AM Raffle Prizes, Announcements
 
General Sessions
Combined Sessions with National Mother Baby and Neonatal Nurses Conference
8:00 – 9:00 AM

GS 301
Substance Exposure in Pregnancy
Lynn Browne-Wagner, RN, MSN
The national opioid crisis is reflected in the increasing number of NAS-affected infants seen in our NICUs, but drug exposure in pregnancy goes well beyond narcotics. Ms. Browne-Wagner describes the current drugs of abuse (legal and illegal), their pharmacokinetics, and the effects on pregnant patients and their newborns. Management recommendations will be discussed.
NCC NIC Code 1
NCC NNP Code 1
Rx = 1


9:00–9:15 AM     Coffee Break
9:15 – 10:15 AM

GS 302
Risky Business: Social Media and Career Mishaps
Sherri Lee Simons, MSN, RNC-NIC, CCRN
Social media is everywhere. It’s mesmerizing and alluring. But be forewarned. Like the Sirens in Greek mythology who lured nearby sailors through music to their untimely death, social media can easily derail a nurse's career when a post sparks a negative reaction at work. Ms. Simons provides practical guidelines and advice on how to avoid a career mishap when using social media.

10:15 – 11:15 AM

GS 303
Patient Safety and the Just Culture: How do We Speak Up Without Getting Shot Down?
Robert Turbow, MD, JD
In this final session, Dr. Turbow discusses the background of patient safety and the role of culture in preventing patient harm.
NCC NIC Code 4
NCC NNP Code 5


11:15 – 11:30 AM     Concluding Remarks

Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

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