Advanced Critical Care & Emergency Nursing

Las Vegas, NV • October 9 - 12, 2018

Created for ICU and ER nurses, our world class faculty provides real world education, hands on education to adress the latest advancesment, trends and practices in the field of Critical and Emergency nursing.

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits


Mark your calendar, invite your colleagues to join you, and register early for our Advanced Critical Care & Emergency Nursing Conference.  This exceptional educational event is returning in 2018 to the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, to provide ICU and ED nurses with the latest updates and information in their fields.  ICU and ED nurses are continuously in need for more knowledge to provide the best possible care and outcomes to their challenging patient conditions.  We look forward to support achieving this goal by providing presentations from nationally-known experts, encouraging interaction between attendees, their colleagues and speakers, as well as offering problem-solving and in-depth case study discussions throughout the conference.


  • A morning preconference, Traditional, Invasive to Contemporary, Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring, reviews how acquisition of valid data, waveform analysis, and appropriate interpretation of the data are imperative for optimal patient hemodynamic assessment.
  • An afternoon preconference, Pharmacology Updates: Toxic Ingestions, Deadly Bleeding, and the Opioid Epidemic, addresses the most recent evidence, and provide pearls and pitfalls for management of patients with toxic ingestions, anticoagulation-related bleeding, and opioids emergencies.
  • The keynote presentation, Impact of a Mass Casualty Event, will address how one of the hospitals closest to the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017 coped and treated many victims of this tragedy.
  • General Sessions relevant to both ICU and ED staff discuss issues and challenges these clinicians faced daily in their units.
  • From a choice of 15 sessions, attendees can participate in 5 Concurrent Sessions presenting specialty-specific options as well as broad-based sessions that apply to caring for all critically ill patients.
  • The exciting city of Las Vegas and its wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping.


Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs
Mary Kay Bader, MSN, RN, CCNS, FAHA, FNCS
Kathryn T. Von Rueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM

Program Manager
Adriana LeBer, MAOM
Contemporary Forums


Conference Objectives

This program will enable experienced ICU and ED clinicians to:

  • Examine the impact and response alternatives that ICU and ED teams have in the face of mass casualty events, disasters and unexpected medical emergencies.
  • Discuss the best practices to assess and treat critically ill and injured patients by providing timely, evidence-based care, and appropriately evaluate patient response.
  • Determine the most up-to-date treatment protocols for stroke, sepsis and organ failure.
  • Identity AACN new guidelines on ECG monitoring.

Who Should Attend?

Medical Staff working in any Adult Unit such as:

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


  • Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Manager
  • Physician Assistant
  • Educator/Instructor
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Transport Nurse
  • Case Manager
    … or any experienced clinician involved in the care of critically ill and injured adults.




Mary Kay Bader, MSN, RN, CCNS, FAHA, FNCS
Conference Co-Chair
Neuro/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, California

Kathryn T. Von Rueden, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM
Conference Co-Chair
Critical Care Consultant
Annapolis, Maryland

Zlatan Coralic, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Associate Clinical Professor
Departments of Pharmacy and Emergency Medicine
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Eleanor Fitzpatrick, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jan M. Headley, BS, RN
Consultants in Acute and Critical Care
Yankee Hill, California

Barbara (Bobbi) Leeper, MN, RN-BC, CNS M-S, CCRN, FAHA
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiovascular Services
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Hilary Mauch, MSN, RN
Clinical Nursing Director
Emergency Department and Critical Care Response Team
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Senior Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Critical Care Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Gina Stassinos, PharmD, DABAT
Clinical Pharmacist and Toxicology Specialist in Emergency Medicine
Department of Pharmaceutical Services
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, California

Paul Thurman, MS, RN, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
University of Maryland Medical System
Baltimore, Maryland

Kathy S. Van Dusen, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NHDP-BC
Nurse Specialist II
Mission Hospital
San Clemente, CA

Teresa A. Wavra, RN, MSN, CNS, CRN
Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, California

Host City: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas!  It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of seven Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Café and T-Mobile Arena.  Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.

The Park, which opened Spring 2016, is an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment connecting New York New York, the Monte Carlo resort and the new T-Mobile Arena.  The Park offers an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds.  Unique water features and dramatic plantings incorporating a variety of beautiful desert blooms provide unexpected visuals to add to your enjoyment.  Don’t miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, with walkways and art throughout. You’ll find luxury hotels, casinos and Crystals, a three-story retail center whose shape resembles the multi-faceted surface of a quartz crystal.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don’t miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you’ll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.  You’ll want to take in Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the LINQ Promenade.  This dining, shopping and entertainment complex features a 550 foot observation wheel right in the heart of the Strip.  The views of the Las Vegas valley are spectacular! For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to

The Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the Roman-themed hotel, is a landmark resort and convention complex. The garden area features three swimming pools and two giant outdoor whirlpool spas. The Forums Shops offer amazing shopping with more than 160 boutiques and shops, as well as restaurants.  Additional shopping is found on the Apian Way, where a life-sized replica of Michelangelo's David is found. A luxurious spa and fitness center is on premises, as well as a wedding chapel.

Hotel Accommodations

  • This conference will be held at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, located at 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. 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 October 7 to October 12, 2018 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates:
    Sunday: $135 single/double
    Monday through Thursday: $159 single/double
    Friday: $239 single/double
    Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • Resort Fee
    Room reservations are subject to a daily resort fee of $35. See hotel for what this resort fee includes.
  • Reservations
  • To reserve your room online, CLICK HERE
  • For Phone Reservations, call 866-227-5944 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' on Advanced Critical Care Conference 2018. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before September 7, 2018.
  • If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account. All reservations made via the telephone call center will be assessed a fee of $15.00 per reservation. This fee will NOT apply to reservations made via the internet.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., contact the resort on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 731-7110.

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 ZEFA851558. Ticketing 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. 

What's Vegas without great entertainment? We are pleased to offer exclusive savings for Contemporary Forums attendees on select Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances. You can access discounted Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group tickets through the links below. Through these links, discounts will be automatically applied to qualifying seats. There is no need to enter a discount or promo code.

Cirque du Soleil –

Blue Man Group – 

CLICK HERE for qualifying Cirque du Soleil performances. 

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 A: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 17.75 ANCC/21.3 CA BRN contact hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum of 8.25 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: 0 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference: 4 hours available
Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing and certifying agency for the specifics of individual Rx requirements.

Physician Assistants
Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference:  17.75 hours
This program is not yet approved for CME credit.  Conference organizers plan to request 26.25 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.

Other Professionals
Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference:  17.75 hours
You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint Accreditation
Contemporary Forums is awarded Joint Accreditation to advance Interprofessional Continuing Education. Joint Accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the healthcare team.


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Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.  Become an exhibitor, register today!

Why Exhibit

  • 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

Become an Exhibitor

Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact or call (949) 398-2363 for details.


  • Registration Information
    Reserve your spot now! Only a $75 refundable deposit necessary. The deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable if balance is not paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference. To guarantee Early Registration pricing, attendee must make deposit prior to the Early Registration deadline and pay balance in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference; thereafter, Early Registration pricing will be forfeited. All other cancellation terms apply.
    Registrations faxed without deposit or 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.
  • Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before August 14.
  • New Grads (graduated 2015 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.
  • Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.
  • Attendance Rules
    Registrations may not be shared. Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions. 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.
    Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Deposit or full 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 Preconferences. 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 800-377-7707. Group discounts do not apply.
  • Cancellations
    A $75 processing fee (“Fee”) applies to all cancellations. Cancellations 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.
  • Force Majeure.
    Should this conference be cancelled for any reason, including but not limited to, acts of God,labor strikes, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism, Contemporary Forums’ liability is strictly limited to full refund of registration fees 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.
  • Questions?
    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: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas! It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more!



Preconference A: Traditional,Invasive to Contemporary,Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 14, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 14, 2018)
Preconference B: Pharmacology Updates:Toxic Ingestions, Deadly Bleeding, and the Opioid Epidemic
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 14, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 14, 2018)
Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Other New Graduate
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before August 14, 2018)
$625.00 $425.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After August 14, 2017)
$675.00 $425.00