AMSN 27th Annual Convention - Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses


Event Overview:

The AMSN Convention will help you improve patient care and connect with other nurses who share your compassion and commitment.

You want to learn clinical skills, connect with friends, and develop your personal and professional side. You want to go to the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN) Annual Convention.

Why Attend?

The AMSN Convention will help you improve patient care and connect with other nurses who share your compassion and commitment.

    Increase your knowledge
    Learn the latest innovations in nursing
    Fine-tune your skills
    Transform your practice through evidence-based learning

Exhibitor Information:

Meet 1,000+ med-surg nurses in new and expanded roles
Discuss your latest products and services
Increase awareness and sales

About AMSN:

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing. Our mission is to promote excellence in medical-surgical nursing.


Oct 12   

10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Registration Open

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Convention Orientation

4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies & Opening Address


Staying Positive While Working with Pearl and Grumpy

1.25 contact hours

Sharon Cox, MSN, RN

This program is designed for health care providers who find themselves in a workplace with nonstop change, a less than productive team of co-workers, and lagging staff morale. The goal of the session is to help attendees create a more positive work climate. Tips, tools, and practical approaches will be offered to help participants recognize self-defeating patterns, shift from reactive to proactive thinking, and improve teamwork and morale. Attendees will be encouraged to develop a plan for next day use of the content and sustain personal change over time.

6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Grand Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall/Poster Viewing

Oct 13   

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am


Presentation of the AMSN Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care

Keynote Address


The RN Workforce – Relationship to the Medical-Surgical Nurse and Healthy Practice Environment

1.0 contact hour

Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)

Discuss projected near-term changes in the RN workforce and the impact it has on nurses in the medical-surgical nursing practice environment.

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing

11:15 am – 12:30 pm


Concurrent Sessions (111-114)


Sepsis Update: Early Recognition and Treatment

1.25 contact hours

Darlene Lovasik, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Review the pathogen factors, host factors, host response, organ dysfunction, and circulatory and cellular/metabolic abnormalities that result in sepsis, along with early intervention and treatment options.


New Drug Update and Ways to Prevent Errors During Transitions of Care

1.25 contact hours

Marlea Wellein, PharmD, BCPS

Focus on newly approved medications commonly taken by med-surg patients and understand why the medication is used, how it is dosed, common adverse events, monitoring considerations, and other important administration precautions. This session will also highlight ways to minimize errors with medications during transitions of care.


Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck: Reducing Readmissions While Providing Best Practices to Your COPD Patients

1.25 contact hours

Pamela Garrett, MN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CMSRN

Managing patients with COPD has become increasingly complex and challenging. Successful approaches include use of a variety of bronchodilators, PAP therapies, and oxygen and mobility strategies. Transitional care and interventions targeted on the causes of rehospitalization can help reduce readmission rates.


Improving Patient Alert Mechanisms: An Academic-Practice Partnership Project

1.25 contact hours

Tyler Sturdivant, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, SCRN

The breakdown of clinical research, product development, unit implementation, and policy revision to include standardization of colored alert wristbands for patients specific to the academic health system will be presented.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch Symposium


Your Patients Strength Matters: The Role of Nutrition in Enhanced Patient Recovery

Christina Sherry, PhD, RD

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Pick Up Box Lunch

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (121 - 124)


Care of the Patient at Risk for Suicide on the Medical-Surgical Unit

1.0 contact hour

Catherine Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN; Cheryl Puntil, MN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Describe evidence-based strategies to assess and provide for the safety of patients at risk for suicide in the medical-surgical inpatient setting.


Innovations in Fall Prevention: Beyond the Fall Bundle

1.0 contact hour

Norma McNair, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA

Explore how fall prevention bundles and innovations may reduce falls and protect against fall-related injuries.


Medical-Surgical Nurses as Care Coordinators: Creating Harmony Out of Cacophony to Improve Patient Outcomes

1.0 contact hour

Luke Emerson, BSN, RN, CCCTM

RNs will learn the importance of care coordination and transition management (CCTM). Attendees will acquire new skills to implement in their practice of coordinating care from a certified clinical navigator in trauma services.


Improving Health Outcomes Utilizing Culturally Competent Strategies

1.0 contact hour

James Persad, MSN, RN-BC; Marsha Sinanan-Vasishta

An important building block of clinical care is cultural competency. On its own, it’s not a remedy that will improve health outcomes and eliminate disparities; rather, it’s a necessary component if we’re to deliver optimized care to all patients. Research has shown that developing culturally competent strategies – combined with patient-centered interventions when possible – leads to enhanced health outcomes. At New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), we support culturally congruent care, and have developed several strategies which all align to create a patientcentered and culturally sensitive approach to care. This promotes health outcomes by enhancing communication and provides education for staff and patients. In developing and implementing these strategies, we engaged members of our organization’s interprofessional teams as well as external agencies.

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open/Poster Viewing/Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (131-135)


Chronic Complications of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

1.25 contact hours


Review venous thrombosis (VT) and risk factors for VTE and VTE prevention. This session will also explain postthrombotic syndrome and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).


Putting the Patient Puzzle Together: Our Impact on Early and Effective Nutrition

1.25 contact hours

Andrea Melendez, MSN, RN, CHTP, HTCP, HSMI, RM; Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Let’s put the patient puzzle together! Where does nutrition fit in the complex matrix of patient care? Learn ways to maneuver care to place the nutrition piece in our nursing skill set, our language, and our care plan. Review best practices to place the puzzle pieces together to support the nurse in keeping nutrition at the forefront. Attend this session to explore ways to implement early nutrition interventions and avoid potentially preventable conditions (PPCs).


The “Self-Entitlement Theory”: Equipping Nurses with Skills and Self-Awareness to Care for the Demanding and Difficult Patient

1.25 contact hours

Traci Brackin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

This session will review the “self-entitlement theory” and components from other professions for a theoretical framework that nurses can use to build skills when treating the demanding and difficult patient population.


Lead Nurse Quality Indicator Tool: Identifying Clinical Hotspots with Real-Time Data

1.25 contact hours

Fontine Mamais, MSN, RN; Cherie Neil, MSN, RN

A clinical dashboard that consolidates key metrics allows lead nurses to quickly identify individual patient needs, and when coupled with standardizing workflows, improves real-time follow-up by the lead nurse.


What’s All the Hub?

(No contact hours will be awarded for this session.)

AMSN Staff

Join us for this session about AMSN’s online community, the AMSN Hub. This is where members meet to discuss clinical practice, legislative, and other nursing topics. AMSN staff will explain how this networking resource works and how you can get started.

Oct 14   

6:30 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast Symposium (Participation is limited)


InVEST in Fall Prevention

Jennifer Berry, BSN, RN, CNRN, NVRN-B

Take fall prevention to the next level! Join us to learn best practices for reducing falls in your facility as Jennifer Berry shares her experiences in reducing falls for special population patients at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix.

Sponsored by Hill-Rom

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Town Hall


Putting the Spotlight on You: Nurses as Leaders

1.25 contact hours

Summer Bryant, MSN, RN, CMSRN

The best leaders are those who shine from within and bring out the best in others. You and your colleagues will take the mic during this interactive discussion on how nurses can lead, mentor each other, and advance the nursing profession for the future. We will all leave with a better understanding of the importance of nursing leadership and the ways nurses can be inspirational and visionary leaders every day.

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions (211-214)


Urology: The Five Most Common Interventions

1.25 contact hours

Sally Russell, MN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CNE

This session will focus on five common interventions used in addressing urologic disorders. We will focus on the care of ureteral stents placed after removal of renal stones, orchiectomy in the treatment of testicular cancer, cystectomy as a treatment for bladder cancer, prostate removal/ablation as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, and sacral neuromodulation as a treatment for incontinence.


Communication and Caring in Substance Abuse

1.25 contact hours

Leslie Gervase, MSN, BA, RN-BC, OCN, CMSRN

Identify and describe the experience of the patient with substance abuse disorder and the licensed nurse delivering the care. Using Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (SBAR) and Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank You (AIDET) strategies, the clinical nurse will articulate evidence-based techniques to communicate during a difficult patient encounter, leading to an improved nursing and patient experience.


Acute Pancreatitis: Opening Pandora’s Box

1.25 contact hours

Kathleen Hill, MSN, APRN, CCNS; Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Review the causes, clinical course, therapies, and complications arising from acute pancreatitis in adults.


Compassion and the Bottom Line: Making a Difference One Patient at a Time

1.25 contact hours

Ann Polen, MEd, BSN, RN, CHES, CCRP

Examine an unconventional and budget-friendly approach to address staff engagement and the patient experience.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (221-224)


Trauma Patients on Med-Surg Units

1.25 contact hours

Jennifer Serfin, MD

Review how trauma patients are treated from the ER to the ICU and how they transition to the med-surg unit. Examine how common injuries affect patients and what changes may indicate worsening status.


Psych Patients on a Medical Unit: Nursing Strategies and Interventions

1.25 contact hours

Aliesha Rivera, MSN, RN-C

Discuss the five most common psychiatric diagnoses that occur on a medical unit. Understand the pathology of the diagnoses to choose nursing interventions in the most optimal way to avoid violent circumstances sooner rather than later.


The Problem with Risk Assessment Tools: Why Is Everyone at Risk?

1.25 contact hours

Sandra Siedlecki, PhD

Attendees will actively participate in several exercises that demonstrate how to evaluate risk assessment tools using nothing more than a smart phone and a piece of paper.


Impacting Quality Outcomes through the Utilization of an Innovative Unit-Based Nursing Role

1.25 contact hours

Stacey Trotman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC; Melissa Eberhard, BSN, RN, CCRN

The patient safety and quality nurse role at one institution demonstrates leadership and expertise in employing core values related to safety and quality measures intertwined in nursing practice, mentorship, and clinical support.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (231-234)


Pharmacotherapeutics: Dementia, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

1.25 contact hours

Joan Frizzell, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC

The focus of this presentation will be the treatment of elderly patients who have an altered mental status. This session will also provide an overview of anatomic and physiologic changes in elderly patients. Information will be provided about the biochemical alterations associated with such mood disorders as anxiety and depression. Current treatment approaches for elderly patients will be discussed, along with rationales for treatment.


I Got Rhythm: Atrial Fibrillation Pharmacology and Management

1.25 contact hours

Dianna Copley, MSN, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN; Kathleen Hill, MSN, APRN, CCNS

This session will review the pathophysiology, characteristics, descriptive categories, and current treatment guidelines for atrial fibrillation. Strategies for preventing thromboembolism through interactive case studies will also be discussed.


Do I Have Enough FTEs? I’m Always Short-Staffed!

1.25 contact hours

Gordon Natal, Jr., MSN, MHA, RN, CCRN, CMSRN, NEA-BC

Gain tools to evaluate current staffing patterns, allocation of FTEs, and methods for validating the need for additional staff.


Learning from Our Mistakes: Using Monthly Nursing Morbidity and Mortality Rounds to Improve Patient Safety

1.25 contact hours

Lynnita Montague-Daddio, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC

Explore how trending safety events and allowing for collaborative case review may be an effective method to tailor nursing education and address system shortcomings.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

General Session


Elevating Skin Injury Prevention: Team Applications

1.25 contact hours

Margaret Ecklund, MS, RN, CCRN-K, ACNP-BC

Pressure injury prevention programs rely on each member of the health care team taking responsibility for protection. From the point of entry to the system to discharge, elevating the importance of skin integrity becomes part of standard workflow. This session provides practical strategies for team implementation.

Oct 15   

7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am

General Session


Second Victimization: Caring for Our Own

1.25 contact hours

Susan Scott, PhD, RN, CPPS, FAAN

When patients suffer from an unexpected clinical event, nurses involved in their care may be personally affected. This session provides insights into what has been referred to as “The darkest hours of my career.” Having an awareness and understanding of second victimization will provide participants with insights for future adverse events.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Induction Ceremony/President's Address/Closing Remarks

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions (311-314)


Sleep Apnea and Sedation Risk: Do You Know What is Important to Monitor?

1.0 contact hour


Review the latest evidence-based research on sleep apnea, treatment, and the risk for sedation with surgery and opioid administration.


Dialysis: PD & Hemo 2017

1.0 contact hour

Mary Eastman-Paulson, MSN Ed, RN, CNN

Identify basic care of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.


Building a Culture of Safety: No Heroes Allowed

1.0 contact hour

Cheri Constantino-Shor, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CRNI

Join this engaging lecture on the history and current state of preventable medical harm in the U.S. and the impact of a hierarchical structure and lack of teamwork on patient outcomes. Walk away inspired to improve your practice and create change in your organization.


Managing Glucose in the Hospital

1.0 contact hour

Elena Valcarlos, PharmD

This session will review current guidelines for managing blood glucose in hospitalized patients as well as recommended strategies for achieving glucose control in the hospital.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (321-324)


Orthopaedic Assessment: Compartment Syndrome

1.0 contact hour

Dottie Roberts, EdD, MSN, MACI, RN, OCNS-C, CMSRN, CNE

This session will review possible causes, symptoms, nursing assessment parameters, and interventions for compartment syndrome.


RN Decision-Making: Selection of Insulin Injection Sites in Hospitalized Patients

1.0 contact hour

Nöel Kerr, PhD, RN, CMSRN

Discuss research findings that suggest acute care RNs need a better understanding of evidence-based practice for rotation of insulin injection sites and electronic documentation platforms.


Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Practice Environment

1.0 contact hour

Angela Muzzy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC; Susan Bohnenkamp, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCM

Identify common issues that promote an unhealthy practice environment and discuss the latest AMSN and AACN guidelines for establishing and sustaining a healthy practice environment.


Drugs that Should Not Be Discontinued Abruptly

1.0 contact hour

Elena Valcarlos, PharmD

This session will review common drugs or drug classes that should not be discontinued abruptly and how to manage discontinuation if it is needed.

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