Program

  • Advanced Procedures Workshops
  • Pre-Conferences
  • Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Conference Program
  • Acute Care Pharmacology Updates

Advanced Procedures Workshops

Using state-of-the-art mannequins, ultrasounds and other equipment, these popular workshops are specially designed as 100% hands-on, small-group experiences with expert faculty.  Each two-hour workshop is offered in six time-slots and requires an additional hour of preparatory study.

In addition to meeting ANCC and AANPCB recertification CE credit requirements , all Advanced Procedures Workshops are approved to meet the AANPCB requirement of 30 hours in emergency care procedural skills to be eligible to sit for national ENP certification.

  • Do not miss this opportunity to:
  • Perfect Advanced Procedural skills that enhance your practice
  • Get hands-on attention from expert faculty in workshops limited to 8 to 10 attendees
  • Earn up to a maximum of 18 contact hours of CE, which includes 18 contact hours of Advanced procedures

Advanced Procedures Workshop A
Central Line Placement & Vascular Access

(Landmark & Ultrasound-guided EJ, IJ, Subclavian, Femoral Sites, & Intraosseous Line Placement)

Nichole Crenshaw, DNP, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CHSE
1A Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 14 Seats Remain2A Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 13 Seats Remain3A Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 12 Seats Remain4A Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 14 Seats Remain5A Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 14 Seats Remain6A Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 14 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 16 seats in two groups; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Advanced Procedures Workshop B
Difficult Airway Management

(Adjunct Airways [nasal trumpet, oral airway, LMA], Endotracheal Intubation, Bougie, King Airway Tube Placement, Cricothyrotomy, & Other Strategies)

Steven W. Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP
1B Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 7 Seats Remain2B Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain3B Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 8 Seats Remain4B Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain5B Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 8 Seats Remain6B Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 10 seats; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Advanced Procedures Workshop C
Thoracentesis, Needle Decompression, & Chest Tube Insertion

(Landmark & Ultrasound-guided Thoracentesis, Needle Decompression, & Chest Tube Insertion)

Lisa Evans, DNP, ACNP-BC
1C Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 9 Seats Remain2C Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 7 Seats Remain3C Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain4C Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain5C Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 8 Seats Remain6C Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 4 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 10 seats; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Advanced Procedures Workshop D
Lumbar Puncture, Paracentesis, & EFAST

(Landmark & Ultrasound-guided Lumbar Puncture, Paracentesis, & Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma [EFAST])

Charles L. Schreiner, IV, MHA, MS, ACNP-BC, RNFA
1D Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 10 Seats Remain2D Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain3D Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain4D Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 8 Seats Remain5D Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 5 Seats Remain6D Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 10 seats; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Advanced Procedures Workshop E
Managing Extremity Issues

(Digital Blocks, Regional Anesthesia, I & D of Abscesses, Nail Trephination, & Simple Suturing)

Patricia Larrieu Briones, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE
1E Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 10 Seats Remain2E Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain3E Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain4E Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain5E Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 8 Seats Remain6E Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 4 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 10 seats; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Advanced Procedures Workshop F
Emergency HEENT Procedures

(Tonometry, Eye Exams with Surface Staining, Ocular Foreign Body Removal, Nasal Packing, Nose & Ear Foreign Body Removal, & Dental Emergencies including Dental Blocks)

Paula Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C
1F Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 10 Seats Remain2F Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain3F Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 10 Seats Remain4F Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - 9 Seats Remain5F Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 8 Seats Remain6F Thursday, October 22, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 4 Seats Remain
(Limited to ~ 10 seats; 3 contact hours; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

To obtain procedural CE credit and to maximize a fully hands-on experience, these workshops require attendees to review approximately one hour of material prior to the session. Instructions are located in your email registration receipt. In addition to meeting ANCC and AANPCB recertification CE credit requirements , all Advanced Procedures Workshops are approved to meet the AANPCB requirement of 30 hours in emergency care procedural skills to be eligible to sit for national ENP certification.

 

Pre-Conferences

These amazing Pre-Conference sessions focus on advanced assessment, diagnostic testing, and clinical management.  Once again, the Pre-Conference period will afford an opportunity to complete the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) Course.  Both Introductory and Advanced workshops cover 12-lead EKG and Imaging and Radiology, to fit varying levels of experience.  The Cardiovascular and Mechanical Ventilation boot camps are great opportunities to deepen and sharpen knowledge.  Finally, the Advanced Suturing workshop is an excellent opportunity to extend and enhance hands-on skills.

Pre-Conference 1
12-Lead EKG Workshop: From Start to Competent in 3 Hours!

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This presentation is designed to increase the confidence and clinical proficiency of NPs at all levels of experience with 12-Lead EKG interpretation. Once we have reviewed the foundational principles of 12-Lead EKGs, we will elaborate on a variety of 12-Lead EKG patterns, including inferior, septal, anterior, lateral, and posterior infarctions. We will also discuss right ventricular infarction patterns, emphasizing these patterns’ clinical significance as well as their association with inferior and posterior infarctions.

In addition, the session will present the criteria for identifying reciprocal changes, left and right ventricular hypertrophy, strain, and left and right bundle branch blocks—and highlight important implications of these findings. Throughout the presentation, illustrative examples of each 12-Lead EKG finding will reinforce covered content. In the end, the participant should feel certain that they've gone from "I'm never quite sure" to "I've got it!"

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 2
ADVANCED Imaging and Radiology Workshop: CT, MRI, PET, and More!

Faculty: To be announced
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Knowing the difference between various radiology techniques and protocols is vital knowledge for all nurse practitioners (NPs). Beyond an understanding basic X-ray interpretation, advanced imaging and radiology provides mechanisms to more effectively diagnose complex patient conditions. This presentation will explore appropriate imaging technologies for NPs to consider when evaluating patients with both common and uncommon complaints. Case studies will be used to illustrate the latest evidence-based practices in advanced patient imaging.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 3
Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) Course

Susan C. Yeager, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FNCS
Sarah Livesay, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC

Part I  - Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Part II - Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Emergency neurological life support (ENLS) is an educational program designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. ENLS demonstrates a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach and provides a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during patient management. This ENLS course is an instructor-led training session that offers a robust introduction to each course topic through instructor-led classroom training. If attendees wish, this CE credit can be used as part of the requirement to obtain ENLS certification.

(Seats are limited; 8 contact hours; 2.5 hours of Advanced Pharmacology)

Pre-Conference 4
ADVANCED 12-Lead EKG Workshop

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

OK, so you’re comfortable with the foundational principles of 12-Lead EKG interpretation, but what are some of the more nuanced interpretive standards to utilize while you implement this key assessment tool? When should you worry?
This ADVANCED 12-Lead EKG interpretation workshop will begin with a discussion of AV blocks, focusing on the guidelines that differentiate a Mobitz I second-degree AV block from a Mobitz II second-degree AV block. Key information about third-degree heart blocks, right and left bundle branch blocks, and hemiblocks will also be presented. In addition, we will focus on the salient features, causes, and management strategies of complex dysrhythmias. Other topics include complex tachycardias (e.g., Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and Long-Ganong-Levine syndrome) and the differentiation between sinus arrests and sinus blocks. Join us for an informative and detailed workshop that will strengthen your ability and confidence with the 12-Lead EKG.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 5
Radiology Review: From Novice to Expert in 3 Hours!

Rita Dello Stritto, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNS, ENP, FAANP
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Being able to review an X-ray is an important role for the nurse practitioner, yet many do not have a firm understanding of the basics in imaging interpretation. This session will take participants from the very basics of understanding the shades between black and white on an X-ray, to the more advanced techniques of identifying pneumonia, heart failure, cardiomegaly, pleural effusions, bowel obstructions, spinal injuries, Salter-Harris fractures, and much more. Within 3 hours, you will go from novice to expert in X-ray interpretation in the acute care setting!

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.25 hours of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 6
Cardiovascular Boot Camp

Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Thursday, October 22, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Want to sharpen your cardiac assessment skills? Are you looking to learn which cardiovascular test is the best? Would you like to learn the basics of 2-D echoes? Maybe you would like to hear about the latest guidelines? Or do you want to update your pharmacology? These topics and more will be the focus of this cardiac boot camp. Through multiple cases, we’ll cover advanced assessment, recognition and treatment of valvular heart disease, diagnostic testing, basic 2-D echo interpretation, pharmacologic updates, and management of other cardiac issues such as acute coronary syndrome, common arrhythmias, and heart failure.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 1 hour of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 7
Mechanical Ventilation Boot Camp

Thomas C. Corbridge, MD
James M. Walter, MD

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The mechanical ventilator is the leading support device in critical care; it supports gas exchange, decreases the work of breathing, and is an integral part of shock management. This comprehensive boot camp targets both entry-level and intermediate practitioners responsible for the care of mechanically ventilated patients. The session provides rationales for initial ventilator settings and adjustments based on blood gases, synchrony, and waveform analysis. By the end of this boot camp, nurse practitioners in acute care will have a better understanding of the interplay between the patient and the machine to optimize benefit and mitigate risk to their patients.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 8
Advanced Suturing

Steven W. Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP
Thursday, October 22, 2020: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This session will cover multilayer closure, vertical and horizontal mattress, stellate lac repair, Aberdeen knot, running simple suture, subcuticular running suture, chest tube suture technique, figure 8, and others as time permits.
This workshop requires attendees to review approximately one hour of material prior to the session. Instructions will be emailed to attendees.

(Seats are limited; 4 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 4 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP
NPAC Conference Chair
and
President, Barkley & Associates, Inc.

Thursday, October 22, 2020: 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
(0.33 contact hour)

Opening Keynote Address
Nurse Practitioners Optimizing Outcomes in Acute Settings!

Cindy L. Munro, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS
Dean and Professor
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Miami, FL


Thursday, October 22, 2020: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(1.17 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Welcome Reception and Grand Opening of Exhibits

Thursday, October 22, 2020:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 23, 2020

General Session 1
Infectious Diseases in Acute Care 2020

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP
Friday, October 23, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

This session provides the most current information to assist nurse practitioners (NPs) update and maintain knowledge in infectious diseases. The latest approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infections will be explored. Relevant pharmacotherapeutic options and controversies in the management of infectious diseases will also be addressed. Challenges, evidence-based national data, and implications of the latest issues in the field are provided to improve clinical practice for all NPs in acute care.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.75 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

General Session 2
Intriguing Cardiothoracic Surgery Cases:
New Assessment, Diagnostic, and Management Considerations

Megan Shifrin, DNP, ACNP-BC
Friday, October 23, 2020: 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The management of the cardiothoracic surgery patient frequently traverses primary care and cardiology clinics, the emergency department, and multiple acute care and critical care environments. Nurse practitioners practicing in these settings should be aware of key components of care that can dramatically impact cardiothoracic surgery patient outcomes. The purpose of this session is to provide learners with a case-based approach to understanding and implementing new evidence on the initial assessment of potential cardiothoracic surgery patients, the diagnostic approach to common pathologies in this population, and the cutting-edge medical and surgical management.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 0.5 hour of Advanced Procedures)

General Session 3
Acute Management and Prevention of COPD

Susan Corbridge, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAA
Friday, October 23, 2020: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting millions of Americans. Although an important cause of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs worldwide, COPD remains underdiagnosed. This presentation will outline current guidelines and other evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis of COPD. An overview of the interpretation of pulmonary function testing to enhance diagnostic approach will be reviewed. The most current guidelines on the management of COPD, including management of acute exacerbations, will also be discussed. To enhance your practice, a case-based approach will be used to apply evidence-based recommendations to outline treatment and management recommendations, including a focus on exacerbation prevention.

(1.25 contact hours; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 0.25 hour of Advanced Procedures)

General Session 4
Dealing with the Acute Psychiatric/Mentally Ill Patient in Crisis:
Call Psych!??

Meredith Ann Holmes, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Friday, October 23, 2020: 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This session covers challenges for the nurse practitioner in caring for the psychiatric/mental health patient in crisis. Assessment, psychopharmacology, and therapeutic interventions for acute care presentations of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, suicide, and personality disorders will be discussed. Complications of psychoactive medications such as EPS and prolonged QT are addressed, along with the impact of mental illness on physical disease. The need for optimal management of these diagnoses to deliver best treatment is explored through case studies and audience participation.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

General Session 5
Neuroradiology:
From the ED to the ICU to the Floor and More!

Susan C. Yeager, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FNCS
Friday, October 23, 2020: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hate neuro but need to know it? Had limited exposure to brain imaging in your Advanced Practice Provider programs? If so, then this is the presentation for you. This session beings with an overview of brain radiographic neuroanatomy to provide a foundation for image viewing and interpretation. Simple and advanced imaging techniques, as well as when to order these, will be integrated with case study applications. From emergency department to the floor, this session will provide real life scenarios that will apply to your practice. You won't be a neuroradiologist at the end of this session, but you will leave with a better understanding of when to order the different modalities, and what you are actually seeing after the studies are complete. A must see for all as everyone has a brain.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 2 hours of Advanced Procedures)

General Session 6
Issues, Trends, and Practice Challenges for All NPs in Acute Care

Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, CCNS, FAANP, FAAN
Friday, October 23, 2020: 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Providing effective patient care often involves navigating hurdles and barriers related to scope of practice. This session explores challenges and frustrations related to practicing to one's fullest extent of education and training, including issues involving both legislative impediments and career advancement difficulties. Barriers, such as interdisciplinary collaboration and legal allowances will be addressed. Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education, as well as obstacles with implementation of the Consensus Model will also be discussed. Though many concerns exist, nurse practitioners will gain insight throughout this session to optimize their various practice roles across the continuum of acute care.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

During Breakfast and Breaks
Refereed Poster Sessions 1

Friday, October 23, 2020:   6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Friday, October 23, 2020: 10:00 p.m. - 10:45 a.m
Friday, October 23, 2020: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 2020:   2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Poster sessions, available during breakfast and breaks, provide opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and intriguing cases. These can be among the most stimulating experiences of the Conference.

(0.5 contact hour)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

General Session 7
Palliative Care: Tapping into the Max in Acute Care

Janet Leahy, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

To improve quality of life for both the patient and family, palliative care is a specialized health field to care for patients with a serious illness. Communication skills are key to quality palliative care; however, it can be difficult for patients to share their thoughts and needs. In this session, nurse practitioners (NPs) will learn how to orchestrate thoughtful conversations with patients and their families so that the patient's values and wishes can be communicated and respected. NPs will leave this session with verbal roadmaps and techniques for attending to emotions so that they can feel more confident in providing care that aligns with the patient's priorities.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

General Session 8
Pancreatitis in the Acutely Ill: The Latest

Tracy Daum, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Acute pancreatitis, an extensive inflammatory response due to pancreatic cells synthesizing and secreting inflammatory mediators, is the most common gastrointestinal disorder requiring hospitalization. There are multiple etiologies for pancreatitis with the three most prevalent reasons being biliary disease, alcohol use, and idiopathic. This session will dive into the diagnosis and management of the condition, specifically severe pancreatitis. Diagnosis is based on characteristic symptoms (e.g., edema, vascular injury, and cellular death) in conjunction with diagnostic testing. The majority of patients will have self-limiting disease; however, some will develop severe pancreatitis. Nurse practitioners will be updated on the complications of severe pancreatitis including pseudocysts and parenchymal necrosis, as well as the latest treatment options.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

General Session 9
Staying on Top of Shock

Lynn Kelso, MSN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.75 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

General Session 10
Updates in Emergency Medicine

Nancy Denke, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Every minute spent without treatment could reduce the chance of survival of a medical emergency or trauma patient. In this presentation, we will discuss new trends and technologies that can have an impact on emergency medicine. Evidence-based clinical practice information will be presented alongside up-to-date knowledge and skills so that nurse practitioners will leave feeling confident in their ability to provide quality, safe, and equitable health care. Get up-to-speed with the recent evidence and developments in emergency clinical care by attending this session.

(1.25 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

During Breakfast and Breaks
Refereed Poster Session 2

Saturday, October 24, 2020:   6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2020:   2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Poster sessions, available during breakfast and breaks, provide opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and intriguing cases. These can be among the most stimulating experiences of the Conference.

(0.5 contact hour)

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General Sessions 11-17

Updates in Acute Care Pharmacology

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - From 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - From 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.



Saturday, October 24, 2020

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 1
Mary Jane, Boom, Smack, Hop?
The Down and Dirty on Street Drugs

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Recognizing signs and symptoms of drug of abuse use is vital to patient management in the acute care setting. In this session, participants will study trends in the use of street drugs, including illicit use of nonprescription and prescription substances. In addition, pharmacokinetics, drug-drug interactions and monitoring parameters will be examined and explained. Experienced professionals will convey both the obvious and the discreet signs and symptoms to look for in patients who abuse these drugs, noting specific routes, combinations, and possible outcomes and making the most essential knowledge available for delivering safe and informed care.

(1 contact hour; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 2
Sepsis Update:
Pharmacology Implications

Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.
Saturday, October 24, 2020: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The development of sepsis affects over 1 million individuals in the United States annually, and is responsible for 1 death out of every 6 patients considered septic. It’s imperative for nurse practitioners (NPs) in acute care to be able to quickly identify and treat sepsis. This session will review and discuss pharmacotherapeutic options for those who have sepsis – ranging from antibiotic management to fluids, pressors, and mechanical forms of treatment. NPs will learn how to optimize treatment for each patient, increasing the odds of a positive outcome.

(1 contact hour; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 3
Managing Multidrug Resistant Pathogens (Part 1)

Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.
Part 1 -- Saturday, October 24, 2020: 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

VRE, ESBL, MRSA…the acronyms are endless. Multidrug resistant organisms are a primary threat to global health. While advances in antimicrobial treatment have helped in management, organisms keep getting stronger. Nurse practitioners (NPs) must stay on top of management strategies in order to provide the best care to their patients. This session will include a discussion of the most current ways to combat these invaders, including regimens, contraindications, and alternatives for penicillin-resistant patients. NPs will leave with an updated toolbox of strategies to manage these infections.

(0.5 contact hour; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 4
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Withdrawal in the Hospitalized Patient

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Sunday, October 25, 2020: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Use of substances that can cause agitating withdrawal symptoms and complicate treatment regimens is at an all-time high. The patient with substance use disorder may bring particular challenges to the NP in the hospital setting, where acute treatment of disease or trauma may lead to inpatient management of both illness and withdrawal. This session presents a thorough discussion of the signs and symptoms of alcohol and substance withdrawal, as well as current pharmacologic treatment strategies to mitigate symptoms of withdrawal and provide clear understandings of treatment options for this challenging patient population.

(1 contact hour; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 3
Managing Multidrug Resistant Pathogens (Part 2)

Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.
Part 2 -- Sunday, October 25, 2020: 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

VRE, ESBL, MRSA…the acronyms are endless. Multidrug resistant organisms are a primary threat to global health. While advances in antimicrobial treatment have helped in management, organisms keep getting stronger. Nurse practitioners (NPs) must stay on top of management strategies in order to provide the best care to their patients. This session will include a discussion of the most current ways to combat these invaders, including regimens, contraindications, and alternatives for penicillin-resistant patients. NPs will leave with an updated toolbox of strategies to manage these infections.

(0.75 contact hour; 0.75 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 5
Biologics in Acute Care – For What?

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Sunday, October 25, 2020: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Biologic drugs have become popular use agents for patients with chronic conditions, but their use in the acute care setting is expanding as well. In this session, the mechanisms, uses and adverse reactions of these drugs will be discussed. Comparisons of biologics to non-biologic drugs for some indications will also be examined, in order to assess the risk-benefit profile of biologic agents.

(0.5 contact hour; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 6
Sodium Imbalances in the Hospitalized Patient:
What to Do?

Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.
Sunday, October 25, 2020: 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Whether it is someone who can’t access water or a marathon runner losing liters of fluids, sodium imbalances can cause a precarious situation for patients. Left untreated, the conditions can lead to seizures, coma, or death. This session will begin with a review of hyponatremia and hypernatremia and then proceed to outline strategies to safely get sodium abnormalities under control in the acute care setting. Nurse practitioners will leave with a better understanding of how to quickly diagnose and treat these conditions before complications arise.

(0.75 contact hour; 0.75 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)

Acute Care Pharmacology Update 7
What Else is New or News in Acute Care Pharmacology 2020?

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Lawrence Carey, Pharm.D.

Sunday, October 25, 2020: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Are you having trouble keeping up with all of the new pharmacology options? This up-to-the-minute session will update participants on drugs for acute care that are new to the market. A thorough discussion of the uses, indications, adverse reactions, and pharmacokinetics will be discussed. In addition, updates to selected guidelines will be explained. Nurse practitioners will leave this session with the confidence to identify which new drugs are appropriate for which patient, as well as how to correctly prescribe those drugs.

(0.75 contact hour; 0.75 hour of Advanced Pharmacology)