2018 Pediatric Nursing: Acute, Critical & Emergency Care

Las Vegas, NV • October 3 - 6, 2018

Education – Interaction – Relaxation! We invite you to join us at the 2018 Pediatric Nursing: Acute, Critical & Emergency Care conference in Las Vegas to experience all three. We look forward to helping you achieve this goal through presentations provided by nationally-renowned expert faculty, interaction with your colleagues and speakers, shared problem-solving and in-depth case study discussions.

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits

Education – Interaction – Relaxation! We invite you to join us at the 2018 Pediatric Nursing: Acute, Critical & Emergency Care conference in Las Vegas to experience all three.

High energy, confidence, and the ability to think quickly are distinctive traits that you, as pediatric ICU, ED and floor nurses, exemplify. These traits, in combination with an ever-present need for more knowledge, help ensure that your critically ill and injured patients will receive the best possible care. We look forward to helping you achieve this goal through presentations provided by nationally-renowned expert faculty, interaction with your colleagues and speakers, shared problem-solving and in-depth case study discussions.

Return to your units energized and ready to share clinical pearls and strategies to meet the daily challenges your Pediatric Floor, PICU, and ED settings present!

Highlights of the 2018 Conference include:

  • This conference is the first of its kind, providing 3 separate tracks specially designed for the Critical Care Nurse, Emergency Department Nurse and Acute Care & Floor Nurse.
  • Full day preconference: CCRN Pediatric Review Course
  • Two unique half-day preconferences.
    o Caring for the Deteriorating Child, focusing on recognition and initial management of a child that is clinically deteriorating rapidly.
    o Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology providing in-depth knowledge and challenging case reviews related to pulmonary, endocrine, neurologic, renal and immunology issues.
  • 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 colleagues by networking and socializing throughout your conference stay, including an optional Breakfast Session and networking t-shirt exchange!

Invite your colleagues to join you, and register for this premier educational event!

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

Planning Committee Member
Marisa G. Mize, DNP, CCRN, CPNP, PC, AC

Contemporary Forums
Harjit Sull-Garewal, JD
Program Manager

Who Should Attend?
If you are a:

  • Staff Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Physician Assistant
  • Educator or Instructor
  • Transport Nurse
  • Trauma Nurse
  • Clinical Coordinator

… this conference is for you!

This conference will enable the experienced pediatric ICU, ED and General Pediatric Floor clinician to:

  • Utilize evidence-based concepts and practices to assess and care for complex pediatric patients in a variety of ICU, ED and Pediatric Floor settings.
  • Examine various aspects of resuscitation including the latest guidelines, code team dynamics, management of arrhythmias and simulation training.
  • Describe the new SCCM Guidelines for management of pediatric septic shock and identify recommended changes to practice.
  • State risk factors, prevention strategies and treatment guidelines for common complications in the critically ill and injured pediatric patient.
  • 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Host City: Las Vegas 

Dazzling Location                      

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 and constantly evolving -- check out the Lucky Dragon, Vegas’ newest casino on the strip. Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey, Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa , just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of Cirque du Soleil productions, Absinthe, a can't-miss circus-style spectacular, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, MGM Resorts, Hard Rock Café, Pearl Concert Theater and T-Mobile Arena. 

Discover a transformative experience at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, a non-gaming, non-smoking hotel. The outstanding location, just one block from the famous strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, enables you to be as close to (or as far from) the action as you'd like to be. Settle in to your refined, intuitively designed guest room, which offers modern amenities and the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed. Enjoy a delicious meal at Jake & Eli, maintain your healthy lifestyle with a visit to the WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio, a treatment at Hibiscus Spa and Salon, or take time to explore the strip and the surrounding area; the hotel is steps away from some of the most exciting things to do in Las Vegas!

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. You’ll also 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 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. 

Join your colleagues for “2018 Pediatric Nursing: Acute, Critical & Emergency Care” and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to www.visitlasvegas.com.

Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, 160 East Flamingo Road, 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 1 to October 6 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $149 single/double
  • Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • A Destination Fee will apply to all guest rooms. This fee is $29.00 (discounted from $32.00) per room, per day plus tax. See hotel website for details.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation early and before the "hotel room block release date" which is September 1.  Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now.  After the release date, rooms and group rates may no longer be available so call the hotel regarding availability.
  • To reserve your room click here
  • For room reservations, call (888) 421-1442 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference on Pediatric Nursing.  Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation.  Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy.  For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa at (702) 836-5900.

Travel Discounts


Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com 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 www.hertz.com 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 – www.cirk.me/cforums

Blue Man Group – www.cirk.me/bmg40 

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: 7.5 ANCC/9 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference D: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference E: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 18 ANCC/21.6 CA BRN 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 26.5 NAPNAP contact hours (Preconference and Main Conference,) of which a maximum of 5.25 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 5.25 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

Phamacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: 1 hour
Preconference D: .5 hour
Preconference E: .25 hour
Main Conference: 4.25 hours available

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 26.5 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.

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team.

On Demand Conference

Earn your CEs anytime, anywhere and on any device! CLICK HERE to get started streaming On Demand content from pediatric specialty conferences.


Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the 2018 Pediatric Nursing: Acute, Critical & Emergency Care conference.

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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Register to become an exhibitor

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


CLICK HERE to download registration form.

  • 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 8, 2018.
    ^ Residents: To qualify, submit facility verification of status with registration.
    + 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. In addition, you will have complimentary access to the recorded sessions posted after the conference in your account at ContemporaryForums.com for one year.
  • 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 www.ContemporaryForums.com, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 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 or New Grads. 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.
  • Cancellations
    All cancellations will be assessed a $75 processing fee (“Fee”). Cancellations must be made in writing to info@cforums.com prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received at least 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund. Attendees may use non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards ONE Contemporary Forums conference occurring within 12 months of original conference. ENTIRE TUITION FORFEITED FOR NO-SHOWS.
  • 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, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com.
    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 and constantly evolving.




Preconference A: Pediatric Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) Review Course
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 8, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 8, 2018)
Preconference D: Care of the Deteriorating Child
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 8, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 8, 2018)
Preconference E: Advanced Pediatric Pathophysiology
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 8, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 8, 2018)
Preconference D and E
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before August 8, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After August 8, 2018)
Nurses, Others New Graduate
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before August 8, 2018)
$575.00 $425.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After August 8, 2018)
$675.00 $425.00