Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child

Seattle, WA • May 2 - May 5, 2018

Contemporary Forums is pleased and excited to invite you to our 28th annual Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child conference, addressing best practices in the care of this unique patient population!


Preconference: Care of the Deteriorating Child
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before March 7, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After March 7, 2018)
Nurse, Other New Graduate
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before March 7, 2018)
$525.00 $395.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After March 7, 2018)
$595.00 $395.00

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits

Contemporary Forums is pleased and excited to invite you to our 28th annual Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child conference, addressing best practices in the care of this unique patient population! Progress, challenges and research towards solutions to unanswered questions continue to refine the care we provide for acutely ill, chronically ill and/or medically complex children. Join us in Seattle for a conference jam-packed with education and networking, all while enjoying some time away from your clinical setting to recharge your enthusiasm for the special work you do!

Highlights of the 2018 Conference include:

  •  A full day dynamic preconference on Caring for the Deteriorating Child, focusing on recognition and initial management. This Preconference brings together experts to improve your assessment skills, identify appropriate interventions and problem-solve interesting cases.
  • Main Conference General Sessions on a variety of “hot topics” currently facing the inpatient pediatric nurse, including emerging infections, new sepsis guidelines, new developments in pain management and case studies on ethical boundaries in treating acutely and chronically ill children.
  • A choice of 15 Concurrent Sessions, allowing you the opportunity to choose the five presentations that best meet your educational needs and interests.
  • Hands-On Learning! Two chances to attend a hands-on workshop on Concurrent Session day, during which you’ll take part in activities at four stations. Gain experience with equipment and procedures that continue to cause stress at work—in a non-stressful environment!
  • Opportunities to question and share experiences with experts in the field through faculty Q&A sessions, case studies and interactive workshops.
  • A chance to engage your nursing colleagues by networking and socializing throughout your conference stay, including optional Breakfast Sessions and a networking t-shirt exchange!


This conference will enable you to:

  • Identify the early warning signs of clinical deterioration in the hospitalized child.
  • Fine-tune your assessment skills, nursing care and understanding of treatment strategies for acutely and chronically ill children.
  • Discuss emerging infections and identify steps that staff and facilities must take in order to be prepared to safely treat these patients.
  • Discuss innovative advances in oncology therapies.
  • Examine and assess ethical dilemmas related to a variety of challenges in pediatric nursing, including appropriate interactions with parents and managing the potential risks of social media.


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/Cardiology Unit
  • Emergency/Trauma Unit
  • Outpatient Clinic

If you are a…

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

… then this conference is for you!

Mary Fran Hazinski, MSN, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Conference Chair
Editor, Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child, 3rd Edition (2012)
Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Critical Care
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tennessee

Catherine Amlie-Lefond, MD
Professor, Neurology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Cheryl Bartke, MSN, RN, PNP-BC, CPNC-AC
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
PICU Lead, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Elaine Beardsley, MN, RN, CPEN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Department
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Julie Brown, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Research
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Karen Corlett, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
University of Washington School of Nursing
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Department
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Kevin M. Creamer, MD, FAAP
COL (ret) US Army Medical Corps
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
George Washington University School of Medicine
Pediatric Hospitalist
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia

Reid WD Farris, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington Department of Pediatrics
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Sara Fenstermacher, MSN, RN, CPN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Services Department
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Gwen Fosse, MSA, BSN, RN
Clinical Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Congenital Heart Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Lori Giesbert, RN, CPN
Epilepsy, Ketogenic Diet RN & Nurse Coordinator TSC Clinic, Department of Neurology
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Melina Handley, ARNP
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Casey Henson, MSN, CPNP-AC
Nurse Practitioner, Neurosurgery Department
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Evan Hochberg, MBA, RN, CPN
Patient Safety Consultant
Patient Safety
Children's National Health System
Washington, District of Columbia

Lauren Kalember, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Educator
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Jonathan Lopez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Pediatric Epileptologist, Department of Neurology
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Erika Miller, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Practice Manager
Child Psychiatry Consultation
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Marisa G. Mize, DNP, CCRN, CPNP, PC, AC
Planning Committee Member
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Critical Care
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia

Madlyn Murrey, RN, MN
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Joan Roberts, MD
Associate Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chair, Code Blue/RRT/Risk Program
Attending Physician, PICU
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Nicole Roehrig, MSN, RN, CPN
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Stephen Schexnayder MD, FAAP, FACP, FCCM
Oakley Chair in Critical Care
Professor, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Chief, Section of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Vice Chair (Education), Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas College of Medicine and Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, Arkansas

Richard Schwamm
Senior Partner & Shareholder
Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm
Attorneys at Law
Orlando, Florida

Hector R. Valdivia, MN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Quality Leader
Pediatric Critical Care Unit
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Laura Zapata, APNP
Nurse Practitioner, Neurosurgery Department
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Joe Zimmerman BS, RRT-NPS
Clinical Manager
Dept. of Respiratory Therapy
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Host City: Seattle

Aptly named the "Emerald City," Seattle is far more than just sensational scenery. This unique city offers a combination of scenic beauty, cultural diversity, outdoor recreation and urban attractions.

Pike Place Market, with its splendid array of fresh seafood, produce, restaurants, crafts and international foods, will amaze you. Enjoy walking along the waterfront, home of the Seattle Aquarium and over a mile of restaurants, shops and excursion boats. You won't want to miss the spectacular site of Mt. Rainier, best viewed from a ferry or excursion boat trip on Puget Sound. Historic Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest neighborhood and home to many art galleries, bookstores, pubs and cafes, is a must during your visit. You’ll also want to venture out to the major department and specialty stores Seattle has to offer, including the original Nordstrom.

Take the Monorail to Seattle Center, home of the dramatic Space Needle and the Experience Music Project. Ride the elevator to the top of the Space Needle for a 360-degree panoramic view of Seattle, Puget Sound and the surrounding mountain ranges. Whether your preference is blues, jazz, country or rock’n’roll, you’ll enjoy exploring musical diversity at the Experience Music Project, a unique museum of music memorabilia and interactive musical events. There is even a special room dedicated to Jimi Hendrix where you’ll see his guitars as well as film clips and pictures from his life and concerts.

When it comes to restaurants and nightspots, you can't beat Seattle for variety and quality. Fresh seafood abounds along with fine American and ethnic cuisine. After dinner, head to one of the many coffee houses for which Seattle is famous, including the original Starbucks.

The elegant Grand Hyatt Seattle is ideally located in the heart of Seattle, with breath-taking views of downtown, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Lake Union and Elliott Bay surrounding the hotel on every side. With easy access to Seattle’s many attractions, the hotel is within walking of Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum and premier shopping. Unwind at the end of the day in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool in the fully-equipped health club, or make an appointment in the spa for a massage. Meet with your colleagues for networking and relaxing at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the hotel restaurant offering New Orleans’ hospitality and famous sizzling steaks.

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have something for everyone. You may even extend your trip to explore nearby Vancouver and Victoria. With these exquisite surroundings, your participation in this national conference will bring you discoveries without end.

For more information on your trip to Seattle, call the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (206) 461-5840. For more attractions and sightseeing, visit:

Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101.
  • A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from April 31 to May 6.
  • Rates starting at $239.00 single/double
  • To reserve your room online, click HERE.
  • For Phone Reservations, call (888) 421-1442 and inform them that you are attending Pediatric Nursing: Care of the Hospitalized Child.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy.  For arrivals after 3 p.m., contact the resort on the day of travel  to reconfirm reservations.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before April 9, 2018. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (206) 774-1234

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265. 

In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference: 7.75 ANCC/9.3 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 18 ANCC/21.6 CA BRN contact hours
Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 ANCC/1.2 CA BN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516 (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

This program is approved for a maximum of 26.75 NAPNAP contact hours (7.75 contact hours - Preconference, 18 contact hours - Main Conference, 1 contact hour – Optional CE Lunch & Learn) of which a maximum of 5.75 contain pharmacology (Rx) content per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines. Contemporary Forums, NAPNAP Approved Provider, Agency #12.

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum of 5.75 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference: 1.5 hours
Main Conference: 4.25 hours available
Optional CE Lunch & Learn: No credit.

Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

Physician Assistants
This program is not yet approved for CME credit.  Conference organizers plan to request 26.75 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

Case Managers
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.


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  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specialists from around the country
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operation

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact Adriana LeBer at or call (800)377-7707 for details.

Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions. Registration may not be shared. Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited. Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.  

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

  • Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee’s best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.
  • Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register)

Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.

Method of Tuition Payment

Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order.

A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)

Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference.

Discounts do not apply to the Preconference.. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

                $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group

                $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)

To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.

Registrations may not be shared.

A $75 processing fee (“Fee”) applies to all cancellationsCancellations must be made in writing to prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received no later than 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund, less the Fee. Attendees may apply non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards one future Contemporary Forums conference occurring within twelve (12) months of original conference.   No credit issued if future conference tuition is less than original tuition paid.  Attendees who “No Show” forfeit entire tuition paid.

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time or email

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Host City: Seattle, Washington

Aptly named the "Emerald City," Seattle is far more than just sensational scenery. This unique city offers a combination of scenic beauty, cultural diversity, outdoor recreation and urban attractions.