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Elsevier Faculty Development Conference

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: January 2 - 5

Elsevier Faculty Development Conference

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: January 2 - 5, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Highlights & Benefits

In these challenging times, nurse educators are faced with many demands as the volume of health science information explodes, agencies demand highly competent graduates, and technology tools rapidly change our techniques for teaching. As nurse educators are bombarded with increased expectations and demands for curriculum change they face faculty shortages and rapid turnover. Effective new teaching strategies to efficiently move students from knowledgebased learners to high level thinkers are vital to achieving program outcomes. Join us to learn from nurse educators who are making an impact on student and program success. Enjoy the thrills of Las Vegas, meet colleagues from across the nation working with similar challenges, and find innovative solutions for you and your institution.

Highlights of this Program

  • Powerhouse Keynote Speaker: Patricia E. Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, internationally noted researcher, author and lecturer.
  • Two dynamic half-day Preconferences designed to give you a concentrated session on one or more areas of your practice: Concept-Based Curriculum & A Practical Approach to Teaching Clinical Reasoning.
  • Second Annual Elsevier Educator of the Year Award.
  • Complimentary Luncheon for Preconference A – "Concept-Based Curriculum" registrants sponsored by Elsevier!
  • Comprehensive Certified Nurse Educator Exam Prep Course (7.25 hours of CE).
  • Poster presentations and exhibits of teaching tools that can help promote quality and efficiency in nurse education.
  • Meet the Conference Planners – Networking Reception for Main Conference registrants.
  • Can’t attend? Attend "virtually" by registering for the live Webcast of this conference.

Join us at the beautiful MGM Grand Hotel, and enjoy the mild weather and the New Year’s festivities of Las Vegas during winter break.

Program Planning Committee Members
Lori L. Candela, EdD, APN, FNP-BC, CNE
Linda J. Caputi, MSN, EdD, ANEF, CNE
Valerie M. Howard, EdD, RN
Cheryl L. Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, BC, CMSRN
Ann B. Schlumberger, EdD, RN

Program Manager
Julie Elmquist, BS, MS
Contemporary Forums

Your Partners in Education

Elsevier and Contemporary Forums are proud to provide nurse educators with the outstanding tools they have relied on for years. We continually strive to meet the needs of today’s health care professionals and remain at the forefront of nursing education. Faculty Development Conference 2013 reflects our constant commitment to being your preferred information source for all of your nursing education needs.

Conference Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify upcoming trends in nursing education and their integration into faculty practice.
  • Describe strategies for linking nurse education curriculum to nursing practice.
  • Discuss methods to measure program and course outcomes.
  • Identify options for creative instructional delivery and course management.
  • Integrate best practices in teaching and learning relevant to advancing nursing education.
  • Use information technology to engage students in active learning.

Who Should Attend?

  • Nursing and Allied Health Faculty
  • Other Educators In Interdisciplinary Learning Settings
  • Deans of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Staff Development Educators
  • Clinical Nurse Educators
  • Allied Health Faculty...anyone interested in Nursing Education.

Call for Abstracts

  • Have you successfully implemented a program to evaluate, improve or redesign your curriculum?
  • Have you successfully implemented technology to facilitate student learning throughout your curriculum?
  • Have you developed or tested new strategies to improve student learning?
  • Have you worked in a collaborative partnership, developed interdisciplinary courses, or used technology in interdisciplinary teaching?
  • Have you implemented new strategies to evaluate students throughout the curriculum or to measure outcomes?
  • Have you used effective strategies to develop leadership capacity within your school or organization?
  • Have you successfully integrated QSEN competencies or Nursing Concepts into your curriculum?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your colleagues would love to hear how you did it! Share your triumphs and achievements with your own poster presentation. Posters offer the perfect venue to network, exchange ideas, and improve the overall quality of nursing education for everyone at the conference. Be recognized for your work by being chosen to present your poster during this national conference!

Presenters will receive special recognition during the conference as well as a discount on a future Contemporary Forums meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to get more information from presenters during the poster exhibitions.

Poster applications from teams and individuals are welcome. Deadline for application is November 15, 2012. To submit an abstract for a poster presentation, please visit: www.onlinecelibrary.com/els

2013 Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award

To show our ongoing commitment to nursing education, Elsevier, the world’s leading health science publisher, is pleased to announce our second annual Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award. This award recognizes the work of an outstanding nursing faculty member who shows exceptional skill, innovation and effectiveness in regards to promoting student learning, professionalism and self-confidence. The entry submission will be reviewed and judged by a panel of experienced professionals in the nursing education field. For more information go to: http://www.elsevieradvantage.com/nursingfacultyaward

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2013 Dental Practice Update

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Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: March 2

2013 Dental Practice Update

Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: March 2, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Highlights and Benefits

Dental professionals are mandated by their respective boards to continue to educate themselves on the various changes in the dental field to ensure they provide their patients with the best care possible. These changes effect the entire dental team.

Join us to update your required dental practice knowledge by participating in a fun day of dental education provided by knowledgeable engaging speakers, while getting your CE needs met.

Highlights of this program:

  • Sessions presented by Dental faculty to help you better understand how to ensure compliance in your dental office
  • Presentations demonstrating effective uses of various infection control products
  • A complimentary luncheon and presentation provided by Legally Mine, Inc.
  • A Forensic Dentistry overview of the dental team's role in the identification of individual remains in a large scale disaster (Twin Towers 911 disaster) and an airline crash (Alaska Airlines Flight 261)

Join us at the beautiful Sybron Learning Center in Anaheim, California!

Program Planning Committee Members

Jerry Minsky, DDS
Associate Professor, West Coast University, Anaheim, CA
Associate Professor, Western University, Pomona, CA
Private Practice DDS, Anaheim, CA

Nancy Andrews, RDH
Adjunct Faculty
West Coast University
Anaheim, CA

Program Manager

Julie Elmquist MS, BS, RDA
Program Manager, Contemporary Forums, Dublin, CA

Objectives:

"Bioarchaeology:  Where have We Been?  Where are We Going?"  Learning Objectives

  • Describe the isotope analysis of tooth structures and their use in the identification of human remains.
  • Discuss how isotope analysis can be used to determine where a person lived in their respective lifetime.

Forensic Dental Identifications: A Review of the World Trade Center Event and the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 Crash Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how the dental team participates in and is a valuable asset to an identification team
  • Compare and contrast the response efforts to a large scale disaster and an airline crash

Understanding Legal Tools Learning Objectives

  • Summarize various legal definitions and entities
  • Explain the need for and purpose of Living Trusts
  • Discuss the prevalence of lawsuits in the USA and how to avoid litigation in your practice
  • Describe how the LLC works and how you may be able to utilize it in your practice

Infection Control Learning Objectives

  • Explain basic tenants of infection control
  • Compare and contrast best practices in hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, environmental. asepsis, instrument sterilization and sharps safety
  • Compare and evaluate various products as options to practice safely

Dental Practice Act Learning Objectives

  • Identify dental State Board laws
  • Describe how the laws benefit patients and define and protect the profession of dentistry
  • Identify ways to find answers to legal questions addressed by the DPA
  • Describe how the California Dental Board enforces the DPA

Who Should Attend?

  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Office Manager

...anyone interested in Dentistry

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Contraceptive Technology

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: March 13 - 16

Contraceptive Technology

Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: March 13 - 16, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the “CT” conference!

Dear Colleagues,

This year’s Contraceptive Technology conference promises to be one of the BEST, focusing on some of the most challenging dilemmas you face in your everyday practice. What do you need to know about progestin type and VTE risk in a new pill user? What about a woman with one of those medical conditions where you need to determine whether the benefits really do outweigh the risks? How about those cases of complicated vaginitis; you know, the kind you’ve treated more than once that keep coming back. Don’t forget about breastfeeding women … have you kept on top of the shifting recommendations for their contraceptive choices? And there’s always that perennial challenge: headaches in a woman using hormonal contraceptives.

Join us as the experts examine the evidence and analyze the conflicting reports. While you’re with us, take a peek into the future. What’s in the research pipeline for contraceptives of tomorrow? More pressing, what’s in the pipeline for Title X and some of the women’s health services written into the Affordable Care Act? We’ll take you on a tour of the new 20th edition of Contraceptive Technology, pointing out pearls and hidden treasures, and Dr. Hatcher will share with you answers to his favorite top 10 questions that clinicians like you have sent to his website.

Did you know that most of the clinicians that attend “CT” have been providing women’s health care for at least 15 years?  Think of the networking opportunities you’ll have to share “war stories” and find solutions for clinical challenges you’re facing. With a choice of multiple Preconferences and concurrent sessions, your conference experience will be rich with learning, discussion and interaction. And don’t forget … the “Rock Stars” of contraception, the authors of Contraceptive Technology, will be there, eager to meet and talk with you.

Come and help us celebrate 25 years of making a difference in the reproductive health care of women. See you there!

The Authors of Contraceptive Technology
Robert A. Hatcher, MD, MPH
Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH
Deborah Kowal, MA, PA
Anita L. Nelson, MD
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH
James Trussell, PhD

What You Will Learn

This program will enable you to better:

  • Discuss current research as well as recent and future developments in contraceptive technology.
  • Fine-tune your contraceptive management skills, appropriately incorporating guidelines from the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Guidelines.
  •  Evaluate the results of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project in terms of women’s experiences with long-acting reversible contraception and its effect on reducing unintended pregnancy at the population level.
  • Examine screening and clinical management of common and complex challenges in women’s health and primary care, including STDs, vaginitis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal pap management, mental health issues, PCOS and others.
  •  Discuss the highlights of the Affordable Care Act and their impact on women’s reproductive health care and Title X.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Health Educators

 

…and anyone else interested in contraceptive management and women’s healthcare.

Conference Endorsements
A variety of reproductive health organizations have endorsed this conference (see brochure cover.) A $25 discount in the full tuition fee for the complete Main Conference only will be given to members, employees and graduates of these organizations. (Limit of one organizational discount per person. Discount does not apply to partial registration, to the Preconferences, or to students.) Please send proof of organization affiliation with your registration and deduct $25 from the tuition fee. Refunds or credits for the endorsement discount will not be given once registrations are received.

Join NPWH and/or ARHP now and qualify for a tuition discount by calling (202) 543-9693 (NPWH) or (202) 466-3825 (ARHP). After receiving your membership number, simply note it on your conference registration form and receive the $25 Main Conference tuition discount.

Endorsed By:
Association of Reproductive
Health Professionals
National Association of Nurse
Practitioners in Women’s Health
American College of Nurse-Midwives
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Planned Parenthood of Shasta Pacific
Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC
Harbor-UCLA Nurse Practitioner Programs
Emory University Family Planning Program

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Psychiatric Nursing

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Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: March 13 - 16

Psychiatric Nursing

Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: March 13 - 16, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

The next year promises to deliver changes that will impact the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession on several levels. The long-awaited DSM-5 will be published, providing new guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and classification of mental health disorders. How will this affect our practice in both the short term and long term? Health care policy will continue to be a hot topic. What in particular will affect mental health care, and is there realistically any way that nurses can influence the decisions being made at a state and national level? Recovery principles, integrated care, evidence-based practice, and the essential connection with our clients are all of critical importance to achieve best-possible outcomes. How do we begin and continue to prioritize and incorporate these elements into treatment strategies and decisions?

The 2013 Psychiatric Nursing Conferences offer a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas, as well as the opportunity to reinforce your knowledge and take home clinical pearls. We hope you’ll be energized by attending and challenged to examine what you do with a new perspective.

Highlights of the 2013 conference include:

  • The Future of Psychopharmacology: What’s Outside the Box is Inside the Bottle, a Preconference offered in both New Orleans and Philadelphia focusing on the complexities of clinical psychopharmacologic management, including clients with medical co-morbidities, and providing a glimpse at future possibilities.
  • Brief Therapeutic Interventions, a second Preconference offered in New Orleans only, highlighting curative factors and practical therapeutic tips to consider when working with clients within limited timeframes.
  • Access to leaders and experts in the fields of psychiatric-mental health nursing, education and health care policy.
  • Interaction with faculty and colleagues who will help you think through and create action plans for improving the care of people with mental health needs.
  • An excellent opportunity to earn pharmacology credit for gaining or renewing prescriptive authority.
  • The Online CE Library where you can listen to sessions you couldn’t attend, earn additional CE credit for free, and reference important details after the conference.

Intriguing New Orleans provides an outstanding and unique location choice for the Psychiatric Nursing Conference. Invite your team members to join you at this “must attend” event to learn, relax and network. See you there!

New Orleans Planning Committee
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Dianna Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-C, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Andrew Penn, MS, CNS, PMHNP-BC

Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager

Conference Objectives

These conferences will enable the experienced clinician to:

  • Describe evidence-based therapeutic interventions for selected psychiatric disorders, and increase understanding of “brief intervention” techniques.
  • Investigate the proposed far-reaching changes in the soon-to-be-published DSM-5.
  • Outline the effect of integrated care principles on the team’s approach to the assessment and treatment of psychiatric-mental health clients.
  • Explore innovative therapies and re-visit “older” treatment strategies as options to enhance comprehensive care plans.
  • Advocate for the psychiatric nursing profession, our patients and ourselves.

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Managers
  • Educators/Instructors
  • Private Practitioners/Consultants
  • Case Managers

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Elevate Outcomes with HESI

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 15 - 16

Elevate Outcomes with HESI

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 15 - 16, 2013

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ELEVATE OUTCOMES WITH HESI

The conference is geared toward nursing faculty currently using HESI products from Elsevier, who want to explore and share how to use these products to their greatest potential. This conference provides faculty with a forum to share their ideas, best practices, and evidence-based projects that demonstrate improved outcomes.

Nurse educators are faced with demands from multiple stakeholders to demonstrate high quality student outcomes, in particular strong NCLEX© pass rates. One external tool for evaluating individual student progress as well as curriculum strengths and weaknesses is HESI testing. Not all standardized tests and related products are the same and many variables in implementing standardized testing programs can affect student and program success.  This conference covers standardized testing in nursing education and allows faculty to share ideas, best practices, and evidence-based projects related to improving student and program outcomes through the use of HESI products.  Join us to learn how to improve and elevate outcomes!

Highlights of this program:

  • Sessions presented by nursing faculty to help you better understand how to use admission assessment testing, analyze curriculum data, improve student remediation, and more.
  • Poster presentations demonstrating effective uses of HESI testing.
  • Design the program to fit your needs by selecting a concurrent session from 2 session offerings (75 minutes) each time frame on Friday March 15-PM and Saturday March 16-AM.
  • A complimentary luncheon and presentation on Saturday provided by Elsevier.

Join us at the beautiful Sheraton Society Hill hotel in Philadelphia, PA, and enjoy the approach of spring. Stroll along cobblestone streets and walk to visit sites in America’s most historic square mile including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the new National Constitution Center, and the Independence Visitors Center.

Program Planning Committee Members

Billie Blake, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN
Associate Dean and Professor, St. Johns River State College, Orange Park, FL

Mary Gallagher Gordon, RN, MSN, CNE
Senior Administrator for Clinical Compliance for the Nursing Division & Director of Undergraduate Clinical Nursing Education, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Cheryl L Mee, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN
Manager of Faculty Development, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA

Susan Morrison, RN, PhD, FAAN
Nurse Consultant and Founder of HESI, Houston, TX

Ainslie Nibert PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice President, HESI, Elsevier, Houston, TX

Cheryl M. Smith, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP
Associate Director, School of Nursing, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Pamela Willson, PhD, RN, FNP, BC, CNE
Associate Director of Education, Veteran's Health Administration, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX

Program Manager

Julie Elmquist, BS, MS
Program Manager, Contemporary Forums, Dublin, CA

For any additional questions/information regarding the conference, please email HESIconference@elsevier.com.

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Psychiatric Nursing

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 20 - 23

Psychiatric Nursing

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 20 - 23, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

The next year promises to deliver changes that will impact the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession on several levels. The long-awaited DSM-5 will be published, providing new guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and classification of mental health disorders. How will this affect our practice in both the short term and long term? Health care policy will continue to be a hot topic. What in particular will affect mental health care, and is there realistically any way that nurses can influence the decisions being made at a state and national level? Recovery principles, integrated care, evidence-based practice, and the essential connection with our clients are all of critical importance to achieve best-possible outcomes. How do we begin and continue to prioritize and incorporate these elements into treatment strategies and decisions?

The 2013 Psychiatric Nursing Conferences offer a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas, as well as the opportunity to reinforce your knowledge and take home clinical pearls. We hope you’ll be energized by attending and challenged to examine what you do with a new perspective.

Highlights of the 2013 conference include:

  • The Future of Psychopharmacology: What’s Outside the Box is Inside the Bottle, a Preconference focusing on the complexities of clinical psychopharmacologic management, including clients with medical co-morbidities, and providing a glimpse at future possibilities.
  • Access to leaders and experts in the fields of psychiatric-mental health nursing, education and health care policy.
  • Interaction with faculty and colleagues who will help you think through and create action plans for improving the care of people with mental health needs.
  • An excellent opportunity to earn pharmacology credit for gaining or renewing prescriptive authority.
  • The Online CE Library where you can listen to sessions you couldn’t attend, earn additional CE credit for free, and reference important details after the conference.

Historic Philadelphia provides an outstanding and unique location choice for the Psychiatric Nursing Conference. Invite your team members to join you at this “must attend” event to learn, relax andnetwork. See you there!

Philadelphia Planning Committee
Joan Kenerson King, MSN, APRN, BC
Laura G. Leahy, MSN, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Richard Pessagno, DNP, APRN, BC

Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager

Conference Objectives

These conferences will enable the experienced clinician to:

  • Describe evidence-based therapeutic interventions for selected psychiatric disorders, and increase understanding of “brief intervention” techniques.
  • Investigate the proposed far-reaching changes in the soon-to-be-published DSM-5.
  • Outline the effect of integrated care principles on the team’s approach to the assessment and treatment of psychiatric-mental health clients.
  • Explore innovative therapies and re-visit “older” treatment strategies as options to enhance comprehensive care plans.
  • Advocate for the psychiatric nursing profession, our patients and ourselves.

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Managers
  • Educators/Instructors
  • Private Practitioners/Consultants
  • Case Managers

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Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child

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Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: April 10 - 13

Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child

Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: April 10 - 13, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Progress and challenges abound in the care of acutely ill children. As the evidence base for treatment and care decisions continues to grow, accepted “best practices” continue to evolve in response to the latest research findings. Not only does this information facilitate better short and long-term outcomes - it provides hope for solutions to the many unanswered questions and ongoing clinical puzzles that exist in pediatric medicine. As nurses, we’re encouraged and optimistic!

The 25th Annual Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child Conference offers the opportunity to explore the current evidence and consider the clinical implications with both our expert faculty and your nursing colleagues. Experience an “aha!” moment as a concept becomes clear to you, and you look forward to sharing your new insight with fellow clinicians.  Return to work enthusiastic and energized to care for these fragile pediatric patients. We hope you’ll join us in Anaheim!

Highlights and Benefits:
What makes the 2013 Conference a “must attend” event?

  • High Acuity Pediatric Patients: Assessment and Management, an exciting Preconference addressing challenges nurses face when caring for the “not quite ICU” patient on a general pediatric unit. Improve your assessment skills, identify appropriate interventions, and hear the perspective of family members from an interactive Parent Panel.
  • A number of “hot topics” including sepsis, patient safety, antimicrobial stewardship and childhood obesity and its impact on health and diseases processes.
  • Faculty experts who understand first-hand the unique needs of the acutely ill hospitalized child.
  • Practical evidence-based strategies and “tips” which you can take home and apply immediately in your practice.
  • Opportunities to build professional relationships with colleagues from across the country that practice in a variety of pediatric clinical settings.
  • 16 Concurrent Session choices allowing you to build your conference experience to best meet your educational needs.
  •  The many entertainment, shopping, restaurant and relaxation options available in this magical southern California location!

Bring your questions and puzzling cases … the dynamic faculty will provide answers and guidance. Mark your calendar and invite a colleague to join you at this exceptional Pediatric Nursing conference!

Conference Chair
Mary Fran Hazinski, MSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Conference Planning Committee
Rebecca Bennett, MS, RN, FNP/PNP, BC
Jennifer Cohen, DNP(c), RN, PCNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN
Sherry Nolan, MSN, RN, CPN, CNS

Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager

Conference Objectives
Upon course completion, the experienced pediatric nurse will be better able to:

  • Discuss new and potential future treatment strategies for cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and sickle cell disease.
  • Recognize the early warning signs of clinical deterioration in hospitalized children.
  • Explore recent research findings to better understand and appropriately utilize evidence-based recommendations for care.
  • Integrate pathophysiologic concepts into the assessment and management of children with selected pediatric diseases and injuries.
  • Refine clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through case study discussions with colleagues and expert faculty.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone involved in the care of hospitalized pediatric patients.

If you work in a…

  •  General Pediatric Unit
  •  Medical Unit
  •  Surgical Unit
  •  Hematology/Oncology Unit
  •  Pediatric ICU
  •  Cardiovascular Unit
  •  Emergency/Trauma Unit

 

If you are a…

  •  Staff Nurse
  •  Nurse Practitioner
  •  Clinical Nurse Specialist
  •  Nurse Manager
  •  Educator/Instructor
  •  Clinical Coordinator
  •  Case Manager

 … then this conference is for you!

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The Young Child with Special Needs

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Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: April 11 - 13

The Young Child with Special Needs

Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: April 11 - 13, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Complexity in managing young children with special needs requires multidisciplinary approaches, along with family-focused interventions and support. Coordination of these interventions in multiple settings adds even greater challenge for health care providers, special educators, pre-school teachers, therapists, speech pathologists and parents. As professionals working with young children with developmental disabilities, we are charged with enhancing our knowledge of medical and behavioral conditions, refining our assessment skills and expanding our tools and strategies for managing these special needs children.

We invite you to attend the 22nd Annual Conference on "The Young Child with Special Needs" where you will hear the latest applied research, learn strategies for addressing a variety of developmental disabilities, enhance your tool kit for dealing with problem behaviors, and recognize the importance and impact of early intervention. Networking with the faculty from a variety of disciplines, as well as colleagues from around the nation, will enhance your professional development as you strive to provide the best possible outcome for these children and their families.

Highlights of the program:

  •  Select from 2 popular Preconferences—Updates in Autism in Young Special Needs Children and Advances in Care for Medically Complex Special Needs Children.
  •  Determine effective interventions for fetal alcohol syndrome disorders.
  •  Overcome the challenges of special needs children who are in foster care environments.
  •  Examine the impact of healthcare reform for this special population.
  •  Identify emerging disabilities so that appropriate programs can be initiated to maximize outcomes.
  •  Create your own program: Select from 16 Concurrent Sessions, including; children with cochlear implants, use of assistive and augmentive communication, ADHD, implementing new regulations, attachment disorders, and developing financial plans for early childhood programs.

Relax and rejuvenate yourself, discover innovative practices, network with other colleagues across the US and return ready to implement changes that you've learned!

See you in Atlanta!

Planning Committee Members
Mary Beth Bruder, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics

Kay A. Toomey, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist

Max Wiznitzer, MD
Pediatric Neurologist

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives
This conference will enable the experienced clinician and educator to better:

  • Interpret cues from demanding or disruptive behaviors to develop intervention strategies and foster coping mechanisms for families with special needs children.
  • Identify current medical, developmental and educational issues that affect young children with special needs and their families.
  • Describe developmentally appropriate interventions for special needs children and their families.
  • Discuss the coordination of services for children from pre-school to school age with complex medical and developmental needs.
  • Identify nonverbal learning disabilities and determine effective ways to help the child overcome this challenge.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the care of young children with special needs including:

  • Administrators
  •  Case Managers
  •  Certified Disability  Management Specialists
  •  Certified Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Dieticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  •  Physician Assistants
  •  Program Directors
  •  Psychologists
  •  Public School Teachers
  •  Registered Nurses
  •  Service Coordinators
  •  Social Workers
  •  Special Educators
  •  Speech Pathologists
  •  You!

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Contraceptive Technology

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Location: Washington, DC
Dates: April 17 - 20

Contraceptive Technology

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: April 17 - 20, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the “CT” conference!

Dear Colleagues,

This year’s Contraceptive Technology conference promises to be one of the BEST, focusing on some of the most challenging dilemmas you face in your everyday practice. What do you need to know about progestin type and VTE risk in a new pill user? What about a woman with one of those medical conditions where you need to determine whether the benefits really do outweigh the risks? How about those cases of complicated vaginitis; you know, the kind you’ve treated more than once that keep coming back. Don’t forget about breastfeeding women … have you kept on top of the shifting recommendations for their contraceptive choices? And there’s always that perennial challenge: headaches in a woman using hormonal contraceptives.

Join us as the experts examine the evidence and analyze the conflicting reports. While you’re with us, take a peek into the future. What’s in the research pipeline for contraceptives of tomorrow? More pressing, what’s in the pipeline for Title X and some of the women’s health services written into the Affordable Care Act? We’ll take you on a tour of the new 20th edition of Contraceptive Technology, pointing out pearls and hidden treasures, and Dr. Hatcher will share with you answers to his favorite top 10 questions that clinicians like you have sent to his website.

Did you know that most of the clinicians that attend “CT” have been providing women’s health care for at least 15 years?  Think of the networking opportunities you’ll have to share “war stories” and find solutions for clinical challenges you’re facing. With a choice of multiple Preconferences and concurrent sessions, your conference experience will be rich with learning, discussion and interaction. And don’t forget … the “Rock Stars” of contraception, the authors of Contraceptive Technology, will be there, eager to meet and talk with you.

Come and help us celebrate 25 years of making a difference in the reproductive health care of women. See you there!

The Authors of Contraceptive Technology
Robert A. Hatcher, MD, MPH
Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH
Deborah Kowal, MA, PA
Anita L. Nelson, MD
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH
James Trussell, PhD

What You Will Learn

This program will enable you to better:

  • Discuss current research as well as recent and future developments in contraceptive technology.
  • Fine-tune your contraceptive management skills, appropriately incorporating guidelines from the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Guidelines.
  •  Evaluate the results of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project in terms of women’s experiences with long-acting reversible contraception and its effect on reducing unintended pregnancy at the population level.
  • Examine screening and clinical management of common and complex challenges in women’s health and primary care, including STDs, vaginitis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal pap management, mental health issues, PCOS and others.
  •  Discuss the highlights of the Affordable Care Act and their impact on women’s reproductive health care and Title X.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Health Educators

 

…and anyone else interested in contraceptive management and women’s healthcare.

Conference Endorsements
A variety of reproductive health organizations have endorsed this conference (see brochure cover.) A $25 discount in the full tuition fee for the complete Main Conference only will be given to members, employees and graduates of these organizations. (Limit of one organizational discount per person. Discount does not apply to partial registration, to the Preconferences, or to students.) Please send proof of organization affiliation with your registration and deduct $25 from the tuition fee. Refunds or credits for the endorsement discount will not be given once registrations are received.

Join NPWH and/or ARHP now and qualify for a tuition discount by calling (202) 543-9693 (NPWH) or (202) 466-3825 (ARHP). After receiving your membership number, simply note it on your conference registration form and receive the $25 Main Conference tuition discount.

Endorsed By:
Association of Reproductive
Health Professionals
National Association of Nurse
Practitioners in Women’s Health
American College of Nurse-Midwives
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Planned Parenthood of Shasta Pacific
Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC
Harbor-UCLA Nurse Practitioner Programs
Emory University Family Planning Program

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Obstetric Nursing

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Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: April 21 - 24

Obstetric Nursing

Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: April 21 - 24, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Dear Colleagues:

The complexities of caring for high-risk obstetric patients require that we pay close attention to detail as well as keep an eye on the "big picture." In order to accomplish this, we must be aware of the myriad of signs and symptom changes of each of our patients. Is the change on the fetal monitoring strip or lab report significant? Are medications being prescribed and managed appropriately? In addition, there are broader issues to take into consideration that will also impact outcomes for both mother and baby. Is communication between team members effective and timely? Does the medical record accurately reflect the clinical picture? Are patient safety guidelines in place and incorporated into daily practice?

Join us at the 30th Anniversary of the Obstetric Nursing Conference to explore these and other challenges as we
strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for the pregnant women in our care.

Highlights & Benefits:

  • Preconference on The Medically Complex Perinatal Patientwhich includes determining if your patient is headed down the path of maternal compromise, management of pulmonary complications, using the sepsis bundle in  obstetrics, maternal cardiac arrest and perimortem cesarean section, and management of diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Learn the latest in legal issues in obstetric nursing.
  • Attend updates in management of hemorrhage and volume resuscitation, the latest on pumps used for regulating diabetes in pregnancy and trends in maternal mortality.
  • Create your own program to fit your learning needs:
  • Choose from 20 Concurrent Sessions offering opportunities for lively discussions and interactions with faculty and colleagues.
  • Discover new creative managerial and staff techniques and processes to create a healthy work environment in your unit and facility.
  • Opportunity for interaction with dynamic national leaders in obstetrics who provide practical application of new clinical research and procedures.

Join hundreds of your OB nursing colleagues and relax in the beautiful city of New Orleans. Meet and mingle with your colleagues and our expert faculty to network, share concerns, and re-evaluate your practice based on the latest research. Return to work with increased knowledge and confidence in the excellent care you provide!

Julie Martin Arafeh, MSN, RN
Conference Co-Chair

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, MSN, RN
Conference Co-Chair

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives

The experienced Obstetric Nurse will be able to:

  • Improve clinical practice by incorporating pathophysiologic concepts into the assessment, management, and nursing care of obstetric patients.
  • Discuss staff management strategies related to preparing for high risk and complex perinatal patients.
  • Integrate evidence-based nursing practice and current research findings into care of obstetric patients and their infants.
  • Enhance collaboration with other colleagues on the health care team to improve patient outcomes.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone involved in the care of high-risk pregnant women and their infants including:

  • Obstetric Nurses
  • Nurse Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Transport Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Case Managers
  • Educators
  • You!

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Advances in Health Care for Women Over 40

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates: April 28 - 30

Advances in Health Care for Women Over 40

Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates: April 28 - 30, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Highlights and Benefits

Designed for NPs, MDs, CNMs, PAs and RNs from women's health, family practice and internal medicine settings, the 21st annual conference, Advances in Health Care for Women Over 40, will address the clinical challenges you face every day in your care of perimenopausal and menopausal women. What issues do you find particularly  challenging? Is it the physical complaints as they try to cope with the discomforts associated with hormone changes? Or maybe their confusion (and yours!) over whether or not hormone therapy is an option for them? Are you hearing more concern from your patients about mood changes, sleep disturbances and decrease in libido and do you have tools and strategies to share with them?  Are you familiar with the non-hormonal options you could recommend for dealing with menopause symptoms?  Is a "drug holiday" the best approach for your patient with osteoporosis who has been on bisphonates?

Join us in sunny Scottsdale for this national conference where the latest research will be translated into clinical pearls
and evidence-based approaches for assessing and managing a variety of issues women face during the transition will be presented. Bring your questions and puzzling cases…our dynamic faculty will give you answers and guidance. And be prepared to hear information that may contradict your current practice and protocols. After all, isn't that what continuing education is all about?

Why You Shouldn't Miss This Conference!

Three dynamic Preconferences focusing on Sexuality, Gynecologic Cancer Screening, and Endometrial and Vulvar Biopsy.

A number of "Hot Topics," issues you deal with every day in your practice, addressed in a variety of teaching styles including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions, interactive case study discussions and hands-on trainings.

Access to leaders in the field of menopause management who will help you create an action plan for improving your care for older women.

The Online CE Library where you can listen to sessions you couldn't attend, earn additional CE for free, and reference important details after the conference.

The warmth of the desert sun in the stunning and relaxing surroundings of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on an energizing learning experience.  See you there!

Anita L. Nelson, MD
Conference Chair
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Pam Jenkins-Wallace, MS, NP
Vice President, Program Development
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives
This conference will enable the experienced clinician to:

  •  Critically evaluate current guidelines related to the use of hormone therapy for women over 40 as well as the early outcomes from the KEEPS trial.
  •  Incorporate management options for a variety of complex challenges when caring for women in perimenopause  and menopause, including irregular bleeding, cognitive impairment, mental health issues, risk for heart disease, and osteoporosis.
  •  Discuss non-hormonal therapy options for management of vasomotor symptoms.
  •  Explore advances in cosmetic dermatology.
  •  Synthesize and apply new knowledge through casebased discussions of menopause management.

Who Should Attend?

Clinicians from women's health, family practice and internal medicine practices including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses

...And anyone else providing health care for women over 40.

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Adolescent Health Care

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Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: May 2 - 4

Adolescent Health Care

Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: May 2 - 4, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Caring for adolescents brings its joys and challenges, requiring that we listen and use creativity and flexibility in developing new skills to meet their changing needs. Reaching the goal of keeping our teens healthy and safe requires that we constantly evaluate our approach to common issues and concerns faced by our adolescent patients and their families.  The 12th annual Adolescent Health Care conference, targeted for MDs, NPs, CNMs, PAs, RNs, and school and clinical psychologists, will address key issues affecting the clinical and psychosocial care of adolescents, providing you with tools for empowering teens to take control of their health and lives. This conference is certain to make a difference in the care you provide your adolescent patients.

Why You Shouldn't Miss This Conference!

  • Three dynamic Preconferences, focusing on Obesity Management, Adolescent Sports Medicine and Clinical Training for NEXPLANON® (etonogestrel implant).
  •  A stellar panel of speakers and teachers who will share their perspectives and insights on how to make a difference when caring for teens.
  •  A number of "hot topics", issues you deal with daily, presented in a variety of teaching formats including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions and interactive case study discussions for learning from the experts and your colleagues.
  •  Time to share ideas, problem-solve and build professional relationships with colleagues from across the nation. 

Can you think of a reason NOT to attend this exciting educational event? Plan now to come and share your energy and enthusiasm for caring for teens … you won't be disappointed!

Barbara Staggers, MD, MPH, FAAP
Conference Chair
Children's Hospital and Research Center
Oakland, California

Diane M. Straub, MD, MPH
Program Consultant
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, ALNC
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives

This program will enable the experienced clinician to better:

  •  Evaluate emerging drugs of abuse and develop strategies to support and intervene with your adolescent patients.
  •  Examine challenges and controversies related to contraceptive management for adolescents.
  •  Explore a variety of topics including clinical management of medical dilemmas in adolescent boys, STDs, skin conditions, bariatric surgical options, sleep disorders, and updates in psychopharmacologic medications.
  •  List three legal and ethical hot topics in adolescent health.
  •  Discuss adolescent sexual health from a developmental perspective, highlighting strategies for improving communication and reducing risk-taking behaviors.
  •  Describe the various aspects of bullying and identify interventions for mitigating its effects on adolescents.

Who Should Attend?

If you are a…

  •  Adolescent Medicine Specialist
  •  Certified Nurse-Midwife
  •  Clinic, Office or Hospital Nurse
  •  Family Practice Physician
  •  Pediatrician
  •  Physician Assistant
  •  Nurse Practitioner
  •  School Nurse
  •  School or Clinical Psychologist
  •  Social Worker
  •  Women's Health Physician
  •  Anyone else providing health care for adolescents

... this conference is for you!

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Neonatal Pharmacology

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Location: La Jolla, CA
Dates: June 6 - 8

Neonatal Pharmacology

Location: La Jolla, CA
Dates: June 6 - 8, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

As we offer our vulnerable patients the best, most contemporary care possible, we need to keep in mind that many pharmacologic therapies have not been thoroughly examined in newborns and risk-benefit ratios are not well established. Although new and complex therapeutic interventions bring potential benefits, they can also create new, often unanticipated, complications.

When influenza outbreaks occur, what new treatments should we consider to protect the susceptible newborn? Treatment of the PDA, low blood pressure and encephalopathy may occur without careful consideration of what data have been developed through peer reviewed studies.

Antibiotics play a major role in the reduction of disease, but resistance is increasing and new drugs often lack thorough testing in the NICU populations who remain at risk for known as well as unanticipated toxicities. A better understanding of pharmacologic therapies can help us avoid undesirable consequences and improve drug therapy in the neonatal population.

In response to these challenges, Contemporary Forums presents the 13th Annual Neonatal Pharmacology conference designed for NICU professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, nurse managers and experienced staff nurses. This conference offers cutting edge information from some of the leading clinicians and researchers in neonatology. You will learn from these experts how to integrate best practices into your unit for a broad range of neonatal drugs, as well as managing care in the light of drug shortages.

If you are struggling to keep up with the recommended medication management for the NICU infant, if you are not sure whether medication delivery in your unit is as safe as it could be, don't miss this opportunity to update your clinical knowledge of neonatal pharmacology. We look forward to seeing you in La Jolla!

Conference Highlights include:

  • New neuroprotective strategies for encephalopathy, and management of neonatal abstinence syndrome and seizures.
  •  Preconference on Advances in Neonatal Nutrition focusing on nutritional risks, micro-nutrition, issues in TPN administration, and maximizing growth through use of breast or donor milk.
  • Management and treatment of sepsis in the neonate.
  • Maximizing medication availability during drug shortages.
  • Methods to improve NICU medication safety.
  • Core Competency Areas and Content Topics for NCC Certification Maintenance in your specialty are included in this conference.

Don't miss this opportunity to update your knowledge of recommended medication management for the NICU infant. Join colleagues from across the U.S. and come away refreshed and renewed to put your passion into your practice!

Kelly C. Wade, MD, PhD, MSCE
Conference Chair

Jason B. Sauberan, PharmD
Program Consultant

 

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives

This program will enable the experienced clinician to better:

  • Evaluate the safety and efficacy of cardiovascular pharmacotherapies.
  • Outline new antibiotic dosing and safety protocols for the NICU population.
  • Anticipate potential side effects of neonatal drug therapy, recognize adverse reactions and discuss their management.
  • Evaluate alternative treatments when drug shortages occur.
  • List neuroprotective strategies and outcomes

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the care of high-risk newborns including:

  •  Neonatologists
  •  Nurse Practitioners
  •  Clinical Nurse Specialists
  •  Experienced Staff Nurses
  •  Educators and Instructors
  •  Nurse Managers
  •  Pharmacists
  •  Physician Assistants
  •  You!

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The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: June 23 - 26

The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing

Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: June 23 - 26, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

New guidelines; diagnostic, treatment and monitoring advances; ethical dilemmas; anticipating and preventing complications; optimal patient comfort; staff/family interactions — these are just some of the challenges at the heart of caring for critically ill neonates. Keeping up with these changes and coordinating all facets of the care plan, from treating the disease process to meeting the diverse needs of the family, can turn daily practice into a balancing act. Yet our goal remains constant — to provide the best possible care to our vulnerable patients.

Join us at the 31st Annual The National Conference of Neonatal Nursing, where clinical experts will share their extensive knowledge and experience, and encourage thought-provoking discussions and problem-solving. Whether you're a nurse new to this specialty or an experienced clinician, the knowledge you gain will help you think critically and practice safely. Return to work energized and with increased confidence in the excellent care you provide!

Conference Coordinator
Linda Lefrak,
MSN, RN

Jeannine Strunk,
BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Planning Committee Members

Sharon Fichera,
MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS

Stacie O. Rohovit,
MS, RN, NNP-BC

Nancy Vierhaus,
MSN, RNC

 

Conference Objectives

PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM WILL ENABLE YOU TO:
• Identify the physiologic basis of assessment, interventions and management of complex newborn diseases.
• Explore common complications in the critically ill neonate and discuss prevention and treatment strategies.
• Improve communication and support techniques with the families of NICU patients.
• Identify examples of evidence-based practice projects for your unit, implement a plan to begin the process, and  understand the potential impact on care as a result of project findings.
• Describe ethical, legal and controversial practice dilemmas encountered in the care of critically ill neonates.

WHAT MAKES THE 2013 CONFERENCE A "MUST ATTEND" EVENT?

  • Preconference AAdvanced Neonatal Pathophysiology: The always-popular in-depth examination of the physiologic basis for various neonatal diseases returns.
  • Preconference B: Brain Care: A brand new Preconference on practice advances, assessment skills, neuroprotection, rapidly evolving treatment strategies and monitoring techniques for the neonatal brain. Our faculty features internationally known speakers and pioneers in the field of neonatal neurology, guaranteeing a day of lively discussion and cutting-edge information.
  • Core Competency Areas and Content Topics for NCC Certification Maintenance in your specialty are included in this conference.
  • Drug-exposed infants, improving staff/parent communication and decreasing stress for families, nutrition, BPD rate reduction, quality improvement projects, new skin care guidelines—just a sampling of the hot topics addressed.
  • Choose from 16 Concurrent Sessions and create a conference experience that will meet your educational needs and interests.
  • Direct clinical application of the evidence-based information presented and practical strategies to improve patient outcomes.
  • Faculty panels, interactive concurrent sessions and case study discussions designed to engage you and bring the information presented to life!
  • San Francisco in the summer! A stunning location where you can explore and enjoy the diverse restaurants,  shopping areas, cultures and activities that San Francisco has to offer.

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on a unique learning experience. See you there!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone involved in the care of critically ill neonates.

IF YOU ARE A…
Staff Nurse
Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse Manager
Educator or Instructor
Transport Nurse
Case Manager

AND YOU WORK IN A …
Neonatal ICU
Intermediate Nursery
Newborn Nursery
Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic
General Pediatric Unit
Pediatric ICU
Obstetrics/Perinatal Unit
...then this conference is for you!

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Hot Topics in Primary Care

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Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Dates: July 21 - 24

Hot Topics in Primary Care

Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Dates: July 21 - 24, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

You're Invited!

In the current environment of health promotion and disease prevention, primary care is in the spotlight. The rational use of diagnostic tests and new   medications, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, issues in women's health care, behavioral approaches for a healthier outcome, and management of chronic disease, all combine as mandates as we move forward in the 21st century. We all know the aging population will put incredible demands on the current health care system. What can we do to prepare for this challenge? And how will the Affordable Care Act impact our practices going forward?

Designed for NPs, MDs, PAs, CNMs, and RNs from primary care settings, this 4th annual conference is sponsored by Contemporary Forums, a leader in quality continuing education, in partnership with JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Hot Topics in Primary Care brings together an outstanding panel of clinically active faculty members who will discuss the challenges you face daily in your office or clinic setting.

Bring your questions and puzzling cases… this dynamic faculty will give you answers and guidance. Plan now to join your colleagues at Hot Topics in Primary Care!

Conference Objectives

This program will enable the experienced clinician to better:

  • Explore diagnostic and management options for a variety of common conditions seen in the office or clinic setting, including metabolic syndrome, dermatologic conditions, sports injuries, abnormal vaginal bleeding, cognitive changes, and obesity.
  • Discuss the highlights of the Affordable Care Act and their implications for providing health care and reproductive services for women.
  • Fine-tune your management of hyperlipidemia, incorporating the new National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP IV) guidelines.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of select dietary supplements used in primary care.
  • Synthesize and apply new knowledge through case-based discussion of select clinical challenges.
  • Develop an interprofessional approach to primary care to maximize patient outcome.

What makes the 2013 Conference a "must attend" event?

  • NEW THIS YEAR! A "Pharmacology Update" provided as an optional Preconference on July 21 where you'll learn newer trends and options for pharmacotherapy, as well as common clinical issues related to prescribing. The dynamic "Agins team," instructors for Contemporary Forums' Pharmacology Course, will be there to share their pearls.  
  • A number of "Hot Topics" you deal with in your every day practice, addressed in a variety of teaching styles including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions,  and interactive case study discussions.
  • A comprehensive approach to primary care, including topics on dermatology, sports medicine, women's health, pharmacology, cardiovascular health and geriatrics.
  • Core Competency Areas and Content Topics for NCC Certification Maintenance in your specialty are included in this conference.
  • A complimentary subscription to JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Visit www.npjournal.org
  • The glorious setting of Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, where you can combine outstanding education with time to explore this incomparable setting.

Who Should Attend?

  • Family, Adult, Geriatric, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Physicians
  • Internists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Office and Clinic Staff Nurses
  • ...and anyone else interested in providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive primary care

JNP Complimentary Subscription
JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners is pleased to offer you a complimentary subscription to the journal. Stay abreast of current clinical management issues by reviewing the Hot Topics in Primary Care column each month in the JNP. Visit www.npjournal.org to register for your complimentary subscription.

 Interested in Being Published?  Submit Your Work!
JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners is looking for articles on the following topics:

  • Women's Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity
  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Family Practice
  • Aesthetics and Cosmetics
  • Activity and Health

For more information on submitting your work to JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, visit ees.elsevier.com/jnp or www.npjournal.org.

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Emergency Care Summit

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Location: Snowmass, CO
Dates: July 21 - 24

Emergency Care Summit

Location: Snowmass, CO
Dates: July 21 - 24, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

You're Invited!

Emergency Departments are experiencing increased national attention from the public, the media and the government for a variety of reasons. Natural disasters, evolving healthcare policies and laws, mass casualties, flu epidemics, and staff and drug shortages are all points of discussion and debate. On a more personal level, we are greeted with diagnostic, treatment and interpersonal challenges each day when we walk through the ED Entrance to work with the critically ill and injured.

The Emergency Care Summit conference offers you the opportunity to step out of the fast-paced ED environment and into a relaxed setting of learning and interaction. We will address a diverse set of topics and knowledge gaps, from resuscitation controversies to prescription drug abuse and street drugs, as well as hematologic emergencies and sepsis. Do you have questions about tricky 12-Lead ECG strips, or what to consider when managing an obstetric trauma patient? Our faculty and your colleagues will provide answers and problem-solving guidance to assist in working through challenging cases such as these and towards the best possible outcomes for our highly vulnerable patients.

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and well-deserved R&R from your busy practice. See you there!

Planning Committee Members

Helen F. Brown,
MS, BC-ACNP, BC-FNP

Carol A. Rauen,
MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN , PCCN , CEN

Robert H. Winokur,
MD, FACEP

Allen C. Wolfe, Jr.,
MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CMTE

Jeannine Strunk,
BSN, RN
Contemporary Forums
Senior Program Manager

Conference Objectives

This program will enable experienced emergency Care clinicians to:

  • Adjust assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment approaches when managing the geriatric, pediatric or pregnant Emergency Department patient.
  • Discuss lessons learned from past and recent mass casualty events, and suggest changes to   further improve management and outcomes.
  • Evaluate and manage hematologic emergencies including massive transfusions, DIC and the trauma triad.
  • Demonstrate more effective communication techniques to decrease the incidence of errors.
  • Identify strategies to work through escalating patient and family behavior-related situations.
  • Discuss the ACLS Guidelines and what the latest resuscitation research is showing.

Highlights of the Conference Include:

  • A number of "hot topics", issues you face daily in your emergency care setting, addressed in a variety of teaching formats including didactic sessions, faculty panels, Concurrent Sessions and interactive case study discussions.
  • A stellar panel of faculty experts who will share their perspectives, insights and experiences in emergency care.
  • Special attention by the faculty to the clinical applications of the information presented.
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build professional relationships with peers from across the country.
  • Evidence-based protocols and updates for the most common illnesses and injuries encountered in the ED.
  • The glorious setting of Snowmass/Aspen and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where you can combine outstanding education with time to relax, explore and take part in the many activities the area has to offer.

Who should attend?

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Directors
  • Staff Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Managers<
  • Educators/Instructors
  • Transport Nurses<
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • ...and anyone else interested in providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for critically ill and injured adults

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Revolutionizing Nursing Education: Using Interprofessional Teams and Technology

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Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: July 25 - 27

Revolutionizing Nursing Education: Using Interprofessional Teams and Technology

Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: July 25 - 27, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

The health care system will face dramatic changes over the next decade. Interprofessional practice teams and the reliance on health information tools will be integral components of the transformation of health care. To prepare the healthcare workforce of the future, we need to reinvent the education of healthcare professionals.

This revolution of health care professional education must start with an examination of the changing landscape of higher education including disruptive technologies to transform teaching and learning, the growth of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), new learning assessment models and the use of learning analytics for student progression and retention. Healthcare educators are adapting to these required changes by introducing technology into curriculum as their budgets will afford and their technical skills will allow. So we have a double mandate: to bring ourselves up to speed with these technical skills as well as maintain our awareness of what technical possibilities are available to expedite quality and consistency in the delivery of our interprofessional education curriculum.

Contemporary Forums' Revolutionizing Nursing Education offers a unique opportunity to increase awareness of new technology and experience how to integrate selected techniques into your interprofessional education practices by using a "how to" approach.

Conference Objectives

UPON COMPLETION, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Examine emerging trends in technology applications integrated in interprofessional educational practices.
  • Discuss models for teaching team-based competencies and the use of health information technologies to support health professionals' practice.
  • Identify strategies for the attainment of IPE competencies through the use of technology.
  • Describe techniques to integrate various technologies into simulation.
  • Discuss the evolution of educational delivery models using new technologies to reinvent the education of healthcare professionals.

Highlights & Benefits

  • Three half-day Preconferences: Simulation-Based Education 101 at the West Coast University state-of-the art Simulation Center; Supporting Curricular Outcomes Through Strategic Integration of Simulation; and New Technologies in the Classroom: A Sanity Saving Approach.
  • Full Day CNE Preparation Course Preconference.
  • Poster presentations showcasing approaches to using technology within interprofessional education.
  • Exhibits on new products and their best uses.
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues and a nationally known expert faculty.

Bring your laptops and join us in Anaheim to fine-tune your informatics knowledge and skills with these highly effective tools and practices that promote quality and consistency in the delivery of interprofessional team-based education.

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on a unique learning experience.

Call for Abstracts

  • Have you successfully implemented a technology driven process to evaluate, improve or transform your existing program?
  • Have you used emerging technologies to facilitate evidence-based practice and to identify outcomes that inform curriculum revision, resource allocation, and program transformation?
  • Have you worked in a collaborative partnership to integrate technology or facilitate competency-based education into your curriculum?
  • Have you worked in a collaborative partnership, developed interdisciplinary courses, or used technology in interdisciplinary teaching?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, your colleagues would love to hear how you did it! Posters offer the perfect venue to network, exchange ideas, and improve the overall quality of allied health education for everyone at the Revolutionizing Nursing Education conference.

Presenters will receive special recognition during the conference as well as a discount on a future Contemporary Forums conference. Presenters will have their abstracts printed in the Conference Guide and will have the opportunity to share their innovations with colleagues at the meeting. All poster presenters must register for the Main Conference and will receive a $75 discount on the Main Conference full tuition fee. Participants will have the opportunity to get more information from presenters during the poster exhibitions.

The deadline for submission is June 12, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST.  To submit an abstract for a poster presentation, please visit ContemporaryForums.com.

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Office Gynecology

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Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Dates: July 28 - 31

Office Gynecology

Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Dates: July 28 - 31, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

You're Invited!

Designed for NPs, MDs, CNMs, PAs and RNs from women's health and family practice settings, the 11th annual  conference, Office Gynecology, brings together a stellar panel of clinician experts in the stunning setting of Jackson Hole, WY to address the clinical challenges you face daily as you manage the care of your female patients. Bring your questions and puzzling cases … our dynamic faculty will give you answers and guidance.

Did you know that most of the clinicians who attend Office Gynecology have been providing care for women for more than 10 years? Think of the opportunities you'll have to share "war stories" and discuss solutions for clinical dilemmas you've managed. Join your colleagues and the faculty in the magnificent setting of Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons where we have designed a schedule which allows for interprofessional learning as well as relaxation and exploration with family and friends. Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and well-deserved R&R from your busy practice. See you there!

Anita L. Nelson, MD
Conference Chair
Professor of OB/GYN
David Geffen School
of Medicine at UCLA

Pam Jenkins-Wallace, MS, NP
Vice President, Program Development
Contemporary Forums

Highlights of the 2013 Conference Include:

  • A number of "Hot Topics," issues you deal with in your every day practice, addressed in a variety of teaching formats, including didactic sessions, faculty panels, Concurrent Sessions, interactive case study discussions and skills labs.
  • An update on current guidelines on key issues such as abnormal bleeding, breast cancer screening, contraceptive management, and abnormal pap.
  • An emphasis on providing comprehensive, evidence-based primary care for women, translating research into practical clinical application.
  • An optional Special Session NEXPLANON® Clinical Training, where you will learn insertion and removal procedures for this long-acting method of contraception, providing your patients with another option and your practice with additional revenue.
  • The newly-renovated Snow King Resort with all the amenities and features you would expect from a first class hotel.

Conference Objectives

  • Discuss clinical management of a variety of conditions in women's health including abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, PCOS, vulvar disease, urinary incontinence, endometriosis, fibroids, vulvovaginal conditions, abnormal pap and others.
  • Review early findings of the KEEPS trials and assess impact on current practice related to hormone therapy for menopause.
  • Evaluate the importance of exercise in health and well-being and develop realistic and manageable strategies for promoting exercise for your patients.
  • Debate the issues around ovarian conservation versus removal in terms of overall health effects.
  • Participate in interprofessional, interactive learning through case studies, skills training, faculty panels and collegial collaboration.

Who should attend?

If you are a...

  • Women's Health, Family or Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  • Family Physician
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Anyone else providing health care for women

...this conference is for you!

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Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: August 19 - 25

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: August 19 - 25, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

With the advent of the affordable Care act and the spotlight on primary care, prevention and chronic disease management, advanced practice Clinicians will play a significant role in caring for the large volume of patients expected to impact our health care system. Knowledge about therapeutic effects, monitoring patient response, and managing side effects are all critical aspects of effective prescribing practices. Having prescriptive authority and being up-to-date on contemporary pharmacotherapy for acute and chronic conditions are essential for providing comprehensive care and competing in this changing health care environment.

Now in its 19th year, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians, continues to be the "go-to" course for prescriptive authority, whether you are making initial application or meeting the requirements for renewal. Many who have taken the course also return periodically for a "refresher" on what's new in pharmacotherapy. Our Principal Instructors, Alan Agins, PhD and Jody Agins, MSN, RNP, FNP/GNP-BC, WCC, have designed a comprehensive
course which addresses the pharmacology and therapeutic uses of current medications used for primary care, as well as common clinical issues and concerns related to prescribing. The content is brought to life through case study discussion and question and answer sessions throughout the course, and additional clinician faculty members enhance learning through specialty application.

Please note: States' requirements for prescriptive authority vary. Please contact your State Board of Nursing regarding educational requirements.

HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF THE 2013 CONFERENCE INCLUDE

  • A dynamic Preconference on Pediatric Pharmacology, focusing on medications and prescribing regimens specific to providing primary care for children.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable clinical faculty with a relaxed and entertaining teaching style.
  • A case-based approach to help you apply the content to clinical problems you face daily in your practice.
  • 7 action-packed days of content, allowing you to meet many states' requirements with minimal time away from your life and practice.
  • Daily registration for those with selective needs for renewing prescriptive authority or updating current knowledge in pharmacology.
  • Inclusion of the California BRN Schedule II controlled Substances educational requirements at the San Francisco and Las Vegas courses.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, THE PARTICIPANT WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a variety of drugs used to treat primary care conditions.
  • Discuss pharmaceutical options and develop a therapeutic regimen that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing adverse reactions.
  • Evaluate the response of the patient to the drugs and devices and implement appropriate action.
  • Demonstrate clinical application of the pharmacology content through case study discussion.
  • Provide appropriate patient education regarding drug therapy for a given disease state.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of select dietary supplements and botanicals.
  • Review the professional and legal aspects of prescribing and furnishing drugs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Educators
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
...and anyone else interested in a comprehensive primary care pharmacology update.

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Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: September 26 - 28

Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: September 26 - 28, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Designed for attorneys, clinical nurse midwives, registered nurses, risk managers, nurse practitioners,
perinatologists, and obstetricians – this is the conference for you! Patient safety and the obstetric team's central role in providing quality care have been on the forefront of national and international health care discussions for many years. Advances in care for perinatal and neonatal patients have reduced the frequency of morbidity and mortality. However, perinatal litigation is increasing and the U.S. is ranked higher than many countries for frequency of perinatal morbidity and mortality! Clinical challenges remain in many areas such as interpretation of fetal heart rate patterns and neonatal response to treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis. Clinical documentation has increasingly been key in the outcome of litigation. "If it wasn't written, was it done"? Defending perinatal brain injury and catastrophic cases and jury comprehension of important clinical issues are crucial to the outcome of litigation.

Jeffery P. Phelan, MD
Conference Chair

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Program Manager,
Contemporary Forums

Who Should Att end?
Attorneys
Clinical Nurse-Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Obstetricians
Perinatologists
Registered Nurses
Residents
Risk Manager

Highlights of the 2013 Conferences:

  • Updates in current trends in obstetric and neonatal litigation.
  • A number of "Hot Topics", issues you deal with in your clinical and legal practice, addressed in a variety of teaching formats, including didactic sessions, faculty panels, interactive case studies, and participation as jury members in an interactive case review.
  • Network with clinical and legal colleagues regarding challenging cases and discover new resources to take you beyond the constraints of your own experiences.
  • Relax and rejuvenate yourself in the exciting cities of Las Vegas and Washington DC!

Conference Objectives:

  • List several techniques for explaining complex perinatal cases to a jury.
  • Discuss clinical management procedures which reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • List key planning and risk reduction strategies for high risk obstetric patients.
  • Evaluate the issues around warning the patient of potential complications.

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and a well-deserved R&R from your busy practice.

See you there!

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North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology

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Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: September 27 - October 2

North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology

Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: September 27 - October 2, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+


Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

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Location: Washington, DC
Dates: September 30 - October 6

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: September 30 - October 6, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

With the advent of the affordable Care act and the spotlight on primary care, prevention and chronic disease management, advanced practice Clinicians will play a significant role in caring for the large volume of patients expected to impact our health care system. Knowledge about therapeutic effects, monitoring patient response, and managing side effects are all critical aspects of effective prescribing practices. Having prescriptive authority and being up-to-date on contemporary pharmacotherapy for acute and chronic conditions are essential for providing comprehensive care and competing in this changing health care environment.

Now in its 19th year, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians, continues to be the "go-to" course for prescriptive authority, whether you are making initial application or meeting the requirements for renewal. Many who have taken the course also return periodically for a "refresher" on what's new in pharmacotherapy. Our Principal Instructors, Alan Agins, PhD and Jody Agins, MSN, RNP, FNP/GNP-BC, WCC, have designed a comprehensive
course which addresses the pharmacology and therapeutic uses of current medications used for primary care, as well as common clinical issues and concerns related to prescribing. The content is brought to life through case study discussion and question and answer sessions throughout the course, and additional clinician faculty members enhance learning through specialty application.

Please note: States' requirements for prescriptive authority vary. Please contact your State Board of Nursing regarding educational requirements.

HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF THE 2013 CONFERENCE INCLUDE

  • A dynamic Preconference on Pediatric Pharmacology, focusing on medications and prescribing regimens specific to providing primary care for children.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable clinical faculty with a relaxed and entertaining teaching style.
  • A case-based approach to help you apply the content to clinical problems you face daily in your practice.
  • 7 action-packed days of content, allowing you to meet many states' requirements with minimal time away from your life and practice.
  • Daily registration for those with selective needs for renewing prescriptive authority or updating current knowledge in pharmacology.
  • Inclusion of the California BRN Schedule II controlled Substances educational requirements at the San Francisco and Las Vegas courses.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, THE PARTICIPANT WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a variety of drugs used to treat primary care conditions.
  • Discuss pharmaceutical options and develop a therapeutic regimen that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing adverse reactions.
  • Evaluate the response of the patient to the drugs and devices and implement appropriate action.
  • Demonstrate clinical application of the pharmacology content through case study discussion.
  • Provide appropriate patient education regarding drug therapy for a given disease state.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of select dietary supplements and botanicals.
  • Review the professional and legal aspects of prescribing and furnishing drugs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Educators
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
...and anyone else interested in a comprehensive primary care pharmacology update.

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Location: Washington, DC
Dates: October 9 - 12

Brain Injuries

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: October 9 - 12, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

This year's 12th annual Brain Injuries Conference promises to be one of the BEST, focusing on some of the challenging dilemmas you face in your everyday practice. What are the best options in managing patients with disorders of consciousness? What is in the treatment pipeline from bioengineering, telerehabilitation, and regenerative medicine? How do you determine effective treatment for blast and combat concussions to maximize outcomes?

Join us as our multidisciplinary experts examine the evidence and analyze treatment options. Bring your questions and puzzling cases, our dynamic faculty will give you answers and guidance. Did you know that most of the clinicians who attend the Brain Injuries conference have been in this field for over 10 years? Think of the opportunities you'll have as you discuss challenging cases and network with your colleagues from across the U.S.!

Planning Committee Members
Teresa Ashman, PhD
Hossam (Sam) Bayoumy, PT
Bonnie Schaude, MA, CCC -SLP
Michelle Tipton-Burton, MS, OTR/L

Program Manager
Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Contemporary Forums

What Makes
This Conference a Must Attend Event?

  • Two Preconferences examining key challenges in brain injury recovery: Emotions in Check and Problems Solved and Behavioral Management During Acute and Post-Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation. 
  • Discover new ways to engage and motivate your patient through the challenges of recovery.
  • 16 Concurrent Session choices to meet your current clinical learning needs.
  • Direct clinical application of evidence-based information presented and practical strategies to improve clinical outcomes.
  • Faculty panels, interactive concurrent sessions and case study discussions designed to engage you and bring the information discussed to life!
  • D.C. in the fall! Take in the many museums and great dining choices, all in the midst of the fall color change!

Conference Objectives

  • Integrate new developments in science and medicine into practice for brain injury rehabilitation.
  • Describe improvements in cognitive treatment utilizing direct attention training.
  • Explore new developments in effectively managing post traumatic headaches.
  • Examine techniques to manage "the impossible patient".
  • List ways to determine subtle cognitive-communication deficits after acquired brain injury (ABI).

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Women's Health and OB/GYN Nursing

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 13 - 16

Women's Health and OB/GYN Nursing

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 13 - 16, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Join Your Colleagues! Women's Health and OB/GYN Nursing, formerly Ambulatory OB/GYN Nursing, focuses on the challenges you face daily in your care of women in the primary care setting.

Now in its 28th year, this conference is designed for NPs, CNMs, RNs and PAs and promises to enrich your clinical knowledge and skills by providing evidence-based approaches and creative solutions for a variety of women's health and high-risk obstetric issues. A stellar panel of clinician experts has been assembled to address "hot topics" and challenge you to re-think your approaches to those puzzling cases that make your practice so interesting.

Don't miss this opportunity to network with nurses and advanced practice clinicians from around the nation to share your challenges and triumphs in the fascinating world of women's health and obstetrics
in the primary care setting.

WHAT MAKES THIS CONFERENCE A "MUST ATTEND" EVENT?

  • 3 dynamic Preconferences including an IUD Placement Training.
  • Topics related to health issues throughout the life span, addressed in a variety of teaching formats including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions for personalizing your learning experience, case studies and skill-building.
  • Well-known clinician experts who will help you create an action plan for improving the health of your patients.
  • An optional networking Luncheon and Presentation focused on the Affordable care Act and what it means for women's health services.
  • All the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and the Paris Hotel, where you can win a jackpot, watch a dazzling show and dine on world-class cuisine, all in one night!.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

  • Identify diagnosis and treatment options for a variety of women's health problems, including abnormal pap, mood disorders, abnormal vaginal bleeding, genital herpes, unintended  pregnancy, sleep disorders, and others.
  • Develop approaches for focused counseling when working with teens to support behavior change.
  • Discuss management strategies for select high-risk obstetric conditions including hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes, 1st trimester complications, obesity, and perinatal infections.
  • Describe common areas of medical-legal risk in women's health and OB/GYN care.
  • Synthesize and apply new learning through case-based discussion.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?


Office and Clinic Nurses
Nurse-Midwives
Physician Assistants
Case Managers

Nurse Practitioners
Staff Nurses
Nurse Managers

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Advanced Critical Care & Trauma Nursing

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 13 - 16

Advanced Critical Care & Trauma Nursing

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 13 - 16, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

You're Invited! Encouraging progress and complex challenges abound in the care of critically ill and injured adults. Research progresses, clinical practice evolves and new evidence based treatment strategies are incorporated into policies and procedures.

How can you stay current with the latest information and guidelines, and accurately weigh the benefits and risks for your specific patients? We invite critical care and trauma nurses from all clinical settings to explore these issues at the Advanced Critical Care & Trauma Nursing conference in Las Vegas! Our expert faculty will  challenge you to take your knowledge to the next level through case study discussions, presentations addressing critical care "hot topics" and information on the latest technologies and evidence-based practice. Join in  conversations with your fellow conference attendees to problem-solve and hear fresh perspectives on issues you and your teams are struggling to resolve. Most importantly, return to work re-energized by the success stories you will all share!

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience. See you there!

Christine Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN
Conference Chair

Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager, Contemporary Forums

HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS of the 2013 CONFERENCE INCLUDE:

  • Two half-day Preconferences: Hemodynamic Resuscitation addressing emerging technologies and interventions for assessing and treating perfusion problems, and Critical Care Pharmacology: Applying Evidence at the Bedside focusing on pharmacotherapy guidelines and recommendations for sedation, alcohol withdrawal, anticoagulation and sepsis.
  • An emphasis on providing comprehensive, evidence based care for critically ill and injured adults through the translation of research into practical clinical application.
  • Insight into "hot topics" including bariatric patients in the ICU, cardiovascular interventions, congestive heart failure, bedside monitoring technologies and healthcare reform.
  • A dynamic exchange of ideas through interactive case studies, Concurrent Session discussions and Faculty Panel Q&A opportunities.
  • A chance to relax and recharge in dazzling Las Vegas!

Conference Objectives

This program will enable the experienced clinician to better:

  • Examine emerging bedside technologies and identify indications for use, benefits and potential risks, and appropriate and safe utilization.
  • Evaluate new clinical guidelines and their implications for a collaborative approach to management of critically ill and injured adult patients.
  • Accurately assess emergent patient conditions, effectively communicate with the team, and appropriately intervene to optimize outcomes.
  • Articulate ways in which healthcare reform may impact critical care and trauma nursing and the hospital work environment.

Who should attend?

Experienced clinicians involved in the care of critically ill and injured adults.

If you are a...

  • Staff Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Educator/Instructor
  • Clinical Coordinator

Working in...

  • Any Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • Trauma Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Step-Down Unit

...then this is a "must attend" conference for you!

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Online Options+
  • Recorded


Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety

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Location: Washington, DC
Dates: October 24 - 26

Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: October 24 - 26, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Designed for attorneys, clinical nurse midwives, registered nurses, risk managers, nurse practitioners,
perinatologists, and obstetricians – this is the conference for you! Patient safety and the obstetric team's central role in providing quality care have been on the forefront of national and international health care discussions for many years. Advances in care for perinatal and neonatal patients have reduced the frequency of morbidity and mortality. However, perinatal litigation is increasing and the U.S. is ranked higher than many countries for frequency of perinatal morbidity and mortality! Clinical challenges remain in many areas such as interpretation of fetal heart rate patterns and neonatal response to treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis. Clinical documentation has increasingly been key in the outcome of litigation. "If it wasn't written, was it done"? Defending perinatal brain injury and catastrophic cases and jury comprehension of important clinical issues are crucial to the outcome of litigation.

Jeffery P. Phelan, MD
Conference Chair

Kathryn Clayton, MSN, MBA, LNC
Program Manager,
Contemporary Forums

Who Should Att end?
Attorneys
Clinical Nurse-Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Obstetricians
Perinatologists
Registered Nurses
Residents
Risk Manager

Highlights of the 2013 Conferences:

  • Updates in current trends in obstetric and neonatal litigation.
  • A number of "Hot Topics", issues you deal with in your clinical and legal practice, addressed in a variety of teaching formats, including didactic sessions, faculty panels, interactive case studies, and participation as jury members in an interactive case review.
  • Network with clinical and legal colleagues regarding challenging cases and discover new resources to take you beyond the constraints of your own experiences.
  • Relax and rejuvenate yourself in the exciting cities of Las Vegas and Washington DC!

Conference Objectives:

  • List several techniques for explaining complex perinatal cases to a jury.
  • Discuss clinical management procedures which reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • List key planning and risk reduction strategies for high risk obstetric patients.
  • Evaluate the issues around warning the patient of potential complications.

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and a well-deserved R&R from your busy practice.

See you there!

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Pediatric Critical Care Nursing

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 27 - 30

Pediatric Critical Care Nursing

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: October 27 - 30, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Healthcare in general and pediatric critical care in particular are rapidly evolving, requiring us to re-examine the care we provide, how we provide it and the environment in which our patients receive it. Changes can be difficult to deal with, and we're here to help you!

Join us at the 29th Annual Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Conference, where clinical experts will provide insight and the perspective of their years of experience to help you navigate challenges you're facing now and anticipating in the near future. What are some new technologies being used to better assess, monitor and treat pediatric patients? Is research on sepsis providing information to improve outcomes? Have the benefits and risks of therapeutic hypothermia been more clearly defined? We hope your participation in this conference will help you answer these and many other questions, and positively impact the care you provide to the critically ill children for whom you care.

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on a unique learning experience.

Highlights of the 2013 Conference Include:
Two new Preconferences!

  • Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology: taking an in-depth look at a variety of disease processes including pulmonary vascular disease and traumatic brain injury, as well as new lab values and biomarkers.
  • Pediatric Critical Care Pharmacology: focusing on medication challenges such as sedation withdrawal and anticoagulation.

A number of "hot topics," issues you frequently deal with in your clinical setting, addressed in a variety of teaching styles including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions and interactive case study discussions.

Leaders in the field of pediatric critical care who will enthusiastically share their knowledge and provide guidance to work through challenging clinical dilemmas.

Access to the recorded presentations after the conference at ContemporaryForums.com, allowing you to listen to sessions you weren't able to attend and reference important details.

Dazzling Las Vegas to explore and enjoy at the end of the conference day!

 

Conference Chair
Mary F. Hazinski, MSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Conference Planning Committee
Jennifer Cohen, DNP, RN, PCNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN

Dan Jacobson, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Marisa Mize, DNP, CCRN , CPNP, PC, AC

Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Conference Objectives

Conference Objectives
This conference will enable the experienced pediatric nurse to:

  • Accurately assess the critically ill and injured pediatric patient, effectively communicate with the team, and appropriately intervene to optimize outcomes.
  • Discuss and raise awareness of current research studies in the pediatric population, including the potential impact of research findings on bedside care.
  • Describe advances in resuscitation, therapeutic hypothermia, monitoring techniques, and sedation and pain management.
  • Identify etiology, prevention strategies and treatment options for potential short-term and long-term complications of critical illnesses in children.

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Online Options+
  • Recorded


Contraceptive Technology

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Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: October 31 - November 2

Contraceptive Technology

Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates: October 31 - November 2, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

You're Invited!

Dear Colleagues,
This year's Contraceptive Technology conference promises to be one of the BEST, focusing on some of the most challenging dilemmas you face in your everyday practice. What do you need to know about progestin type and VTE risk in a new pill user? What about a woman with one of those medical conditions where you need to determine whether the benefits really do outweigh the risks? Are certain GYN conditions better managed through the non-contraceptive benefits of contraception? What do we know about how contraception affects herpes and HPV?

Join us as the experts examine the evidence and analyze the conflicting reports. While you're with us, take a peek into the future. What's in the research pipeline for contraceptives of tomorrow? More pressing, what's in the pipeline for Title X and some of the women's health services written into the Affordable Care Act? Dr. Hatcher will share with you answers to his favorite top 10 questions that clinicians like you have sent to his website.

Did you know that most of the clinicians that attend "CT" have been providing women's health care for at least 15 years? Think of the networking opportunities you'll have to share "war stories" and find solutions for clinical challenges you're facing. With a choice of multiple Preconferences and concurrent sessions, your conference experience will be rich with learning, discussion and interaction. And don't forget … the "Rock Stars" of contraception, the authors of Contraceptive Technology, will be there, eager to meet and talk with you. See you there!

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Health Educators
  • ...and anyone else interested in Contraception and Women's Health Care.

What You Will Learn
This program will enable you to better:

  • Discuss current research as well as recent and future developments in contraceptive technology.
  • Fine-tune your contraceptive management skills, appropriately incorporating guidelines from the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Guidelines.
  • Examine screening and clinical management of common and complex challenges in women's health, including STDs, vaginitis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, cervical cancer screening, and others.
  • Discuss a sensible approach to the adolescent's first reproductive health visit, incorporating recommended screening guidelines as well as your intuitive sense about the adolescent's needs.
  • Explore the highlights of the Affordable Care Act and their impact on women's reproductive health care and Title X.

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on a unique learning experience. See you there!

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The Fetus & Newborn

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Location: Washington, DC
Dates: November 6 - 9

The Fetus & Newborn

Location: Washington, DC
Dates: November 6 - 9, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Progress and challenges abound in the care of critically ill newborns. As the evidence base for diagnosis and treatment decisions continues to grow, accepted "best practices" continue to evolve. Not only does this information facilitate improved short and long-term outcomes – it provides hope for solutions to the many unanswered questions and ongoing clinical puzzles that exist in perinatal/neonatal medicine.
As clinicians, we're encouraged by even small steps towards progress, and amazed at future possibilities.

To better reflect these concepts, we have developed an exciting new name for the conference! We would like to invite you to join us at the 29th Annual Fetus & Newborn: Improving Outcomes in  Perinatal and Neonatal Care. We will continue to address the wide-ranging challenges encountered by the perinatal and neonatal teams caring for these fragile patients and their families, and work towards improved outcomes—the ultimate goal of what we do.

Bring your questions and puzzling cases! Join in conversations with your fellow conference attendees and our stellar faculty members to problem-solve and hear fresh perspectives on issues you and your teams are hoping to resolve.

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan on an energizing learning experience. See you in Washington, DC!

Conference Objectives

This conference will enable the neonatal clinician to:

  • State the etiology, treatment options and potential short-term and long-term complications of common and complex neonatal diseases.
  • Investigate progress in prenatal assessment and diagnosis.
  • Discuss advances and challenges in neonatal pharmacology, including vaccine administration, sedation, pain management and dosing recommendations.
  • Evaluate progress in the care of critically ill newborns in relation to ongoing challenges such as hyperbilirubinemia, non-invasive ventilation, apnea and reflux.
  • Analyze complex case studies through discussion with the faculty and your colleagues. 

Highlights & Benefits

  • The ever-popular "Neonatal Pharmacology" Preconference, focusing on current treatment strategies, hot topics in pharmacotherapy, and what the future may hold.
  • Access to nationally and internationally known experts in the fields of neonatology and perinatology who are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you.
  • 20 diverse Concurrent Sessions from which to choose to individualize the program to meet your professional needs and interests.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with colleagues from across the country that practice in a variety of perinatal/neonatal settings.
  • Exploration of advanced tools available to assess fetal well-being.
  • An update on standards of care and controversies surrounding hypothermia, vaccines, quality improvement, NRP, limits of viability and non-invasive ventilation.
  • The chance to visit our nation's stunning capital, Washington, DC, and enjoy the monuments, museums, restaurants, entertainment and energetic atmosphere of this dynamic city!

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Online Options+
  • Live Webcast
  • Recorded


Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care

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Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: November 6 - 9

Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care

Location: New Orleans, LA
Dates: November 6 - 9, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

On behalf of the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) and Contemporary Forums, we'd like to invite you to the 29th annual "Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care" conference (formerly "Developmental Interventions in Neonatal Care"). The NFI and Contemporary Forums have joined together to collaborate on bringing you this outstanding program, putting together national experts and NIDCAP leaders to discuss interprofessional strategies for providing individualized, developmentally supportive and family-centered care for fragile infants.

Evidence continues to show that the cascade of ongoing stimuli in the NICU significantly affects the neuromotor and neurosensory development of sick and premature infants. The science of developmental care has become increasingly sophisticated, challenging the developmental team to examine current practices and consider changes that may improve outcomes. The multidisciplinary faculty from the fields of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech pathology will help you translate the research in this field into practical, advanced strategies for supporting the fragile infant's developmental and behavioral needs. Join us at this conference to hear cutting-edge approaches for making a difference in the lives of these fragile infants and their families.

Highlights & Benefits

  • Multiple Preconferences focusing on a variety of issues related to developmental care.
  • Premier, multidisciplinary faculty members eager to share their experience and practices with you.
  • A number of "Hot Topics," including neuroprotection of the developing brain, infant mental health issues, impact of the NICU environment, short and long-term outcomes, feeding issues, supporting attachment, and the parenting experience.
  • 20 concurrent sessions, arranged in tracks from basic to advanced, addressing key concepts in the developmental support of the fragile infant.
  • Practical, evidence-based strategies and approaches which you can take home and apply immediately in your NICU.
  • Networking opportunities for building professional relationships, sharing your stories, and appreciating the unique culture that is New Orleans!

Conference Objectives

  • Identify evidence-based guidelines and key components of providing individualized, developmental support to premature and sick infants and their families.
  • Focus on infant mental health, recognizing behavioral and environmental factors which influence outcomes.
  • Discuss brain development in fragile infants and describe neuroprotective strategies.
  • Examine techniques for building collaborative care relationships with parents of sick infants.
  • Discuss the economics of developmental care as it relates to improving quality and outcomes.
  • Describe best practices when implementing individualized developmental care in your NICU.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone involved in the care of high-risk newborns including:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Developmental Specialists
  • Infant Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Speech - Language Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Follow-up Personnel
  • Child Life Specialists
  • You!

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Location: Chicago, IL
Dates: November 10 - 13

Case Management

Location: Chicago, IL
Dates: November 10 - 13, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Case management has progressed and evolved into the dynamic practice that it is today. High performance health care systems are facing reforms to promote value and incentives to coordinate care, lower costs, and improve outcomes. Rapidly changing health care policy will result in a large increase in the number of patients requiring case management services. Case managers are the best suited health care professionals to work with providers in all types of settings to improve quality and outcomes for health care consumers, and better manage the costs of services.

Join us at the 19th Annual Case Management: Navigating the Current Health Care System Conference which will provide opportunities for case managers and case management administrators from multiple settings to come together to learn what's happening now and what potential there is for the future. Network with your peers from variety of other organizations and leave with new tools, fresh ideas, and a different perspective.

Mark your calendar now, share this information with your team members, and plan to attend what promises to be a dynamic educational experience.

Highlights of the 2013 Conference Include:

  • Two Dynamic Preconferences: Case Management Administration: Managing A Complex Case Management Department and Care/Case Manager Training for Transition and Cross-Continuum Effectiveness.
  • Outcomes from medical homes and accountable care arrangements.
  • New concepts in inpatient admission and observation management and processes.
  • Best ways to select case management software that meets the needs of your organization.
  • Involving beneficiaries and members to be part of the care continuum team.
  • Updates in population health initiatives delivered t through CMS and other organizations.

Conference Objectives

  • Evaluate changes in legislation and regulatory standards which will impact case management processes and reimbursement.
  • Describe successful methodologies and systematic evaluation tools to improve care transitions.
  • List ways to manage undocumented and uninsured patients for cost effective case management and safe discharge solutions.
  • Describe changes in admission and observation rules that will impact reimbursement.
  • Identify emerging roles and responsibilities of case managers in transition management focused systems

Who Should Attend?

  • Care Coordinators/Managers
  • Case Managers and Directors
  • Certified Disability
  • Management Specialists
  • Consultants
  • Discharge Planners/Managers
  • Documentation Review
  • Specialists
  • Educators
  • Utilization Review
  • Staff and Managers

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Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: November 11 - 17

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: November 11 - 17, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

With the advent of the affordable Care act and the spotlight on primary care, prevention and chronic disease management, advanced practice Clinicians will play a significant role in caring for the large volume of patients expected to impact our health care system. Knowledge about therapeutic effects, monitoring patient response, and managing side effects are all critical aspects of effective prescribing practices. Having prescriptive authority and being up-to-date on contemporary pharmacotherapy for acute and chronic conditions are essential for providing comprehensive care and competing in this changing health care environment.

Now in its 19th year, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians, continues to be the "go-to" course for prescriptive authority, whether you are making initial application or meeting the requirements for renewal. Many who have taken the course also return periodically for a "refresher" on what's new in pharmacotherapy. Our Principal Instructors, Alan Agins, PhD and Jody Agins, MSN, RNP, FNP/GNP-BC, WCC, have designed a comprehensive
course which addresses the pharmacology and therapeutic uses of current medications used for primary care, as well as common clinical issues and concerns related to prescribing. The content is brought to life through case study discussion and question and answer sessions throughout the course, and additional clinician faculty members enhance learning through specialty application.

Please note: States' requirements for prescriptive authority vary. Please contact your State Board of Nursing regarding educational requirements.

HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF THE 2013 CONFERENCE INCLUDE

  • A dynamic Preconference on Pediatric Pharmacology, focusing on medications and prescribing regimens specific to providing primary care for children.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable clinical faculty with a relaxed and entertaining teaching style.
  • A case-based approach to help you apply the content to clinical problems you face daily in your practice.
  • 7 action-packed days of content, allowing you to meet many states' requirements with minimal time away from your life and practice.
  • Daily registration for those with selective needs for renewing prescriptive authority or updating current knowledge in pharmacology.
  • Inclusion of the California BRN Schedule II controlled Substances educational requirements at the San Francisco and Las Vegas courses.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, THE PARTICIPANT WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a variety of drugs used to treat primary care conditions.
  • Discuss pharmaceutical options and develop a therapeutic regimen that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing adverse reactions.
  • Evaluate the response of the patient to the drugs and devices and implement appropriate action.
  • Demonstrate clinical application of the pharmacology content through case study discussion.
  • Provide appropriate patient education regarding drug therapy for a given disease state.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of select dietary supplements and botanicals.
  • Review the professional and legal aspects of prescribing and furnishing drugs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Educators
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
...and anyone else interested in a comprehensive primary care pharmacology update.

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Women's Health Update

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dates: December 7

Women's Health Update

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Dates: December 7, 2013

Highlights & Benefits+

Join your colleagues for a one day conference focused on networking and clinical enrichment in the fascinating world of women’s primary care!

Presented in an interactive format at the West Coast University’s newest Los Angeles campus, this conference will engage you in the learning process and be an opportunity to network with other attendees through case discussion, testing diagnostic skills, incorporating new guideline strategy and problem-solving exercises for clinical dilemmas.

Conference Objectives

  • Fine-tune contraceptive management skills in complex cases, incorporating guidelines from the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria and the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations.
  • Identify the health benefits of addressing sexual function with women across the lifespan.
  • Discuss changes in the Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cytology, including clinical application.
  • Improve your skills at identifying and managing vulvar lesions.

TOPICS

  • Vulvar Dermatology: You Make the Diagnosis
  • Advanced, Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling
  • Applying the New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening and Abnormal Cytology
  • Complex Contraception Management (focus on Obesity, Interactions with Other Medications, and Perimenopause)
  • Sexuality and Sexual Health Throughout the Lifespan: Adolescence to Menopause

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