National Conference for Nurse Practitioners (NCNP): Spring 2017

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Ten. The interest and enthusiasm were palpable at this sold-out show! From the opening session, where attendees were welcomed with live music, to the exhibit hall, where vendors updated us on the latest products and we enjoyed meals with our colleagues, this was the best NCNP yet!

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From the Experts

At the conference this year, I was happy to see several sessions related to women’s health, which is my advanced practice area. I learned so much from these experts, as well as those who presented in the acute care and primary care sessions. Here are some things I learned:

“Virtually all cervical cancers are associated with persistent infection with high-risk HPV types.”
Update on Cervical Cancer Screening: Appropriate Use of Pap and HPV Testing
Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP
 
“One treatment modality that improves survival in patients with COPD? Oxygen.”
Acute Care: COPD Across the Scale
Kayur Patel, MD, MRO, FACP, FACPE, FACHE, FACEP
 
“Primary care providers see 80% of patients with skin conditions. We need to know when it’s NOT acne.”
Acneiform-Pediatrics to Adults
Margaret Bobonich, DNP, DCNP, FNP-C, FAANP
 
“Sepsis is a medical emergency. First step in treatment is VOLUME -- 30mL/kg of crystalloid fluid within the first 3 hours.”
Acute Care: Understanding Sepsis
Sophia Chu Rodgers, ACNP, FNP, FAANP, FCCM
 
“Nearly 6% of deaths globally are attributable to alcohol (80K in U.S.)”
Alcoholism and Liver Disease,
Christopher Chang, MD, PhD
 
“Unlike vasomotor symptoms, vaginal atrophy can be progressive and is unlikely to resolve on its own.”
Comprehensive Menopause Management: An Update on Current Strategies
Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP
 
“Maternal risk depends on complexity of primary cardiac lesion and if residual lesions or other clinical sequelae exist.”
Making Sense of Heart Disease in Pregnancy
Kismet Rasmusson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAHA, CHFN
 
“Switching between anticoagulants should be based on the pharmacokinetic profile of each anticoagulant, appropriate laboratory assessment of patient’s coagulation status, and the patient’s renal function.”
Acute Care: Understanding Direct Oral Anticoagulants
John Togami, PharmD, PhC
 
This is just a sampling of the takeaways I left with. What did you learn? What would you like to learn? Leave us a comment, and we’ll pass it along to the NCNP Planning Panel.

It’s very exciting that we are now able to bring this conference to nurse practitioners twice each year! Come see us in Las Vegas in October 2017!

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Posted: 5/23/2017 10:11:13 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Continuing Education


Focus on faith and nursing

Gspiritual.jpget in touch with your spirituality while earning CE credits. If you are a faith community nurse, or want to learn more about how spiritualty and faith can play into your nursing career, our Focus On: Faith Community Nursing has been recently updated with new continuing education activities.
 
This includes one updated CECollection and 38 individual CE activities under the specialty, Faith Community Nursing:

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Earn 7.5 contact hours for $19.99!

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Earn contact hours with 38 CE activities!

It also includes authoritative, stand-alone nursing articles on faith community nursing, spiritualty, and clinical topics, like trauma-informed care, autism, diabetes, and more.

How does faith and spiritualty affect your practice?

 
Posted: 5/15/2017 10:06:46 AM by Cara Deming | with 1 comments

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We’re back at the 2017 NSNA Annual Convention

 
NSNA-hawaii-group-shot-(1).pngThis was my second time at the NSNA (National Student Nurses Association) Annual Convention, and it was well-worth the flight! This year the annual convention was held at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas.

Just like last year, the nursing students were eager and excited to learn about the different Nursing Student Resources NursingCenter carries. At the convention, we unveiled our New Nurse Success page, as well, which hosts content specifically tailored to nurses entering the workforce, including NCLEX Review resources, tips on how to ace that first job interview, job search content, and much more.
 
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The nursing students I spoke to were fresh-faced, professional, and enthusiastic about joining the nursing workforce. A group of students and a teacher from Chaminade University of Honolulu even wanted to take a selfie with me at our booth after giving them a stack of our helpful nursing tip cards. I felt honored! Other giveaways included pens, headphone cord wrappers, eye glass cleaners, tote bags, notebooks, and flyers.

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When exhibit halls hours and sessions were over, I had a chance to explore a bit of Dallas. I had never been to Texas before, and as expected, I was greeted with southern hospitality in a charming backdrop. My colleagues and I tasted great barbeque and heard live music in the Lower Greenville neighborhood. We also took a historic tour of Dealey Plaza, where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Being able to experience the current culture alongside the important history of the city was a great experience.
 
We can’t wait to be back for the 2018 convention in Nashville, Tenn., next year!


 
Posted: 4/28/2017 10:36:46 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

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National Nutrition Month 2017

Today is the first day of National Nutrition Month! We have several journals dedicated to the topic of nutrition, plus a vast amount of related content from this blog and our other nursing journals.  We are happy to share these selections with you here – enjoy!

General nutrition  
Nutrition related to specific disorders  
Nutritional concerns in pregnancy  
Athletes  
Older adults  
If nutrition is a topic you are passionate about, please Consider Writing an Article for Nutrition Today. Thank you!

 
Posted: 3/1/2017 4:37:54 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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​Nursing Conferences and Events in 2017

nursing conferences and events 2017It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close. We’ve had some amazing experiences at nursing conferences and events this year. 

Our senior publisher, Bob Maroldo, and I attended the NSNA Annual Convention in the spring in Orlando, where I met many excited and eager nursing students about to start their careers. I also had the chance to go to Nursing2016 Symposium and National Conference for Nurse Practitioners (NCNP) in Orlando with our clinical editor, Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP. You can see a highlights video of all the fun we had on our Lippincott YouTube Channel.

 
ncnp conference 2016Lisa also attended the NCNP’s fall conference in Chicago with our senior editor, Kim Fryling-Resare, as well as Nursing Management Congress (NMC) 2016 in Las Vegas. 

Our team had a blast meeting and greeting nurses from all different practice areas and specialties -- we can’t wait for the upcoming nursing events in 2017! We compiled a variety of nursing conferences and events happening next year and here are a few to look out for.

Nursing Events 2017
• National Conference for Nurse Practitioners: The Conference for Primary and Acute Care Clinicians, April 19-22nd, Nashville, TN. 
• Nursing Management Congress 2017, October 2-6th, Las Vegas, NV.
National Conference for Nurse Practitioners: The Conference for Primary and Acute Care Clinicians, October 9-12th, Las Vegas, NV.

To see all the nursing conferences in 2017, visit our Nursing Events Calendar.

Which conferences are you planning to attend? 

 
Posted: 12/8/2016 8:02:11 AM by Cara Deming | with 4 comments

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Nursing Management Congress (NMC) 2016

Nursing-Management-Congress-program.jpgNurse leaders + Las Vegas + a Presidential election = a busy conference week! Whew…it certainly was an eventful week as nurse leaders from around the world got together in Las Vegas for Nursing Management Congress 2016!

Preconference workshops

For two days, preconference workshops were in action. The New Manager Intensive provided fundamentals for success for those new to the role, including calculations – staffing, supplies, and equipment – to effectively and safely run a unit. In addition, new managers brushed up on relationship and communication skills, as well as handling the pressures of leadership through a period of health care reform. The Experienced Nurse Leader Intensive covered topics related to the business of health care, such as aligning with organizational goals, team development, and improving performance. Other sessions during these two days included a Certification Prep Course, Creating a World-Class Culture, and Improving the Patient Experience.

An opening session to remember

This was my first real exposure to Zubin Damania, MD, aka ZDoggMD, and I am now a big fan! His humor, talent, and passion for improving the patient experience were inspiring. He encouraged us to “reshuffle our deck” and embrace a new era of health care – Health 3.0 – re-personalized medicine with a focus on building relationships.  Here’s a brief video clip from his keynote address:
 

You can find ZDoggMD on YouTube, Facebook, and twitter. His “membership-based primary care and wellness ecosystem”, Turntable Health, is truly breaking down barriers.

So much learning

While I’ve never held a role in nursing management, the knowledge and advice from the experts at NMC are beneficial to all nurses. Here are some of the pearls and tips I learned:
“To be a successful leader, you must be flexible and move quickly in decision making.’”
Opening Session
Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, FACHE, CENP, LNHA
 
“Until you change people’s minds about their work habits, they’re not going to change their work habits.”
Changing the Culture of Fatigue: A Nurse AND Patient Safety Problem
Mary Lawson Carney, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN, CNE
 
“Understanding quality across the continuum will lead to improved outcomes across the continuum.”
Reducing Readmissions Across the Care Continuum
Leonard L. Parisi, RN, MA, CPHG, FNAHQ
 
“Nurses should prepare for the future by keeping their eyes on how nursing care helps patients become and stay healthy and allows the health care system to work smoothly.”
Nursing Workforce Predictions: What’s Really Happening?
Sean Clarke, PhD, RN, FAAN
 
“It’s the simple solutions that get us where we need to be.”
Getting the Most from People Around You
Andrea Mazzoccoli, MSN, MBA, PhD, FAAN
 
“The curse of knowledge…We forget what it was like to not know what we know now.”
Talkin’ Bout My Generation: Generations in the Workplace should be Your GREATEST Strength, Not Your Biggest Headache!
Libby Spears

As next year’s planning gets underway, we invite you to look at our 2016 NMC photo album, see social media highlights, and submit an abstract!
 
See you next year!
#NMCongress

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Posted: 11/25/2016 6:47:52 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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National Conference for Nurse Practitioners (NCNP) 2016

national-conference-for-nurse-practitioners.PNGThe fall edition of the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners took place earlier this month in Chicago. It was yet another remarkable conference in a great city. Here’s a look at some highlights from the conference and what I learned.

Words from the Experts

My schedule was full with sessions related to dermatology, pain management, critical care, and more! Here are some of the pearls and tips I learned from the sessions I attended:

“Engage patients. Say ‘What matters to you?’ rather than ‘What is the matter with you?’”
Healing Health Care: The Nurse Practitioner Solution
Tom Bartol, NP, CDE
 
“The two most powerful tips to prevent premature aging are never smoke and limit UV exposure.”
Identifying and Treating Common and Benign Skin Conditions
Victor Czerkasij, MA, MS, FNP-BC
 
“Respiratory failure is all about three things. It’s all about the pump. It’s all about the circulation. It’s all about gas exchange.”
Acute Care: Recognizing and Managing Respiratory Failure
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC
 
“Things will speak through the skin that have nothing at all to do with the skin.”
Pediatric & Adolescent Skin Issues
Victor Czerkasij, MA, MS, FNP-BC
 
“When initiating opioid therapy, have an exit strategy from the very beginning.”
Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives
Barbara St. Marie, PhD
 
“Suboptimal nutrition is a main contributor to postoperative complications.”
Optimizing Outcomes with Pre-Op Evaluation
Monica N. Tombasco, MS, MSNA, FNP-BC, CRNA
 
“There is a strong placebo effect in treatment of IBS. Why? Because symptoms come and go.”
New Concepts in IBS
Christopher Chang, MD, PhD
 
“When evaluating pain treatment, go beyond the number...ask about functionality. ‘What can you do now that you couldn't do before?’”
Chronic Pain Management
Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS
 
“The outcome of heart failure is about as severe as most malignancies.”
Comprehensive Management of Heart Failure
Louis Kuritzky, MD
 
“Zika Virus – why now? It's a novel virus introduced to a population with virtually no immunity."
Emerging Infectious Disease Threats: Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, Enterovirus D65, Avian Flu, and Zika Virus
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC

New (to me) Resources

I enjoy when presenters include websites and tools that I can add to my own list of go-to resources. Here are some that I’ve added to my favorites: style type="text/css">ul{margin-left:16px;}
  • Recreating Healthcare — an open and interactive site where visitors can share ideas about health care, and read and comment on the ideas of others.
  • TheNNT — quick summaries of evidence-based medicine provided by a group of physicians.
  • The Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE) — tools and resources for safe opioid prescribing.
  • Trauma.org — image databank and other resources for professionals in trauma and critical care.

Posters

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Technology and sharing

As an attendee myself, I found the conference app helpful to keep track of my sessions and fill out evaluations as part of the process for obtaining my continuing education credit. Other features allowed me to learn about exhibitors and even vote on the poster presentations.

Social media was strong at the conference with attendees, conference staff, and exhibitors using the hashtag, #NCNPconf. Attendees shared what they learned and even posted photos of themselves in our selfie booth! Exhibitors also tweeted and shared information about their products and contest winners.
 

Stay tuned for details for NCNP 2017 (#NCNPconf) next spring in Nashville, Tennessee!
Hope to see you there!

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Posted: 10/19/2016 9:00:44 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

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Mid-Year Update on My Nursing Care Plan

I hope that some of you have been using My Nursing Care Plan to help you achieve your professional goals and make self-care a high priority. Here’s an update on how I’ve been doing.

Meeting My Professional Requirements

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Well, even as a clinical editor and being very involved with sharing nursing continuing education activities and attending Lippincott Nursing Conferences, I’ve stayed true to my tendency to procrastinate! With an April 30th license renewal deadline, I completed my CE requirements just in time on April 25th. Fortunately, I did get my renewal done in time and avoided fees, however, I don’t recommend cutting it so close!

I have better intentions to keep up with my CE requirements over the next renewal cycle, though, and have already used My Planner to plan upcoming CE activities. Also, I’ll be attending both National Conference for Nurse Practitioners and Nursing Management Congress this fall. I feel like I’m off to a good start!

Being a Lifelong Learner in Nursing

At this point in my career, conference attendance and keeping up with my reading of the latest research in nursing and health care is my main avenue for lifelong learning. In the past, my specialty certifications included CCRN (Acute/Critical Care Nursing) and WHNP-BC (Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner). I know that when I return to clinical practice, I will become certified in whatever specialty my career takes me next.
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With regard to membership in a professional nursing organization, I’ve taken my own advice and rejoined the American Nurses Association, as well as the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. There has never been a more important time to show your dedication to our profession and I encourage you all to get involved. If you are involved with publishing in nursing, I encourage you to join the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE). I’ve been a member for years and it’s a great network of nurse authors, editors, and publishers – plus, it’s free to join!

Also, returning to school is definitely in the cards for me in the future. While I know the time will never be perfect, I’m just waiting for it to be a little better! I’ll keep you posted!

Maintaining Work-Life Balance

This part of the care plan has been a little trickier for me, and I wonder if you feel the same? As nurses, we are so used to taking care of others, that self-care is often less of a priority. I am happy to report that since the beginning of 2016, I’ve had a physical, including my mammogram and some other screening tests. I’ve also been working with my primary care provider and a specialist to diagnose and manage a chronic cough and shortness of breath (likely post-viral or adult-onset asthma).

I’m also getting out there and walking and doing my best to eat healthy, which is not always easy with a teenage son who has high-caloric needs to keep up with his sports. My next goal is to add some weight training to help maintain and improve bone density, which we know is critical for women as we get older.
And as for “me time” and managing stress, scheduling time for things I enjoy (reading and gardening, especially) and keeping them on the calendar definitely has helped. I admit that sometimes those times get pushed aside for other responsibilities, but as long as I keep trying and do my best, it’s better than my previous attempts.

How about you? What have you been up to? What’s been the most challenging part of the care plan for you? And, if you have any advice for me, I’d appreciate your support! 
 
Posted: 6/24/2016 10:15:04 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

Categories: Continuing EducationInspirationEducation & Career


The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) and Lippincott NursingCenter – what a pair!


joanna-briggs-institute.jpgIf you haven’t noticed already, Lippincott NursingCenter hosts a wide variety of content from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI). JBI is a leading international research and development organization based within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. It promotes and supports the synthesis and transfer of evidence-based practice information to health care professionals to support clinical decision-making. As a leading provider of nursing resources based on the best evidence available, it only makes sense that NursingCenter would partner with JBI to provide the most up-to-date and authoritative nursing content. 

jbi-database-of-systematic-reviews-and-implementation-reports.jpegMost recently, Wolters Kluwer became the publisher of the 
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and 
Implementation Reports (JBISRIR)
, an online journal that publishes systematic 
review protocols and systematic reviews of health care research on a monthly basis. I’m actually the digital editor for this journal, and I am proud to say the editorial team behind this content is incredibly dedicated to providing reports that are based on JBI methodology and present the findings of projects that seek to implement the best available evidence into practice. You can find JBISRIR on NursingCenter. For all of the past issues and information for authors, please visit the journal website

There’s also a new JBI CE course hosted on NursingCenter, the Experiences of Heart Failure Patients Following Their Participation in Self-Management Patient Education. Learn how to recognize the components of a self-management education program for patients with heart failure and earn one contact hour. In fact, there’s over 50 JBI CE courses hosted on NursingCenter, including JBI Best Practice, JBI Long Courses, and JBI Evidenced-Based Practice Series

If that isn’t enough, NursingCenter also hosts the JBI tools on our Evidenced-Based Practice Network. The network offers peer-reviewed resources aimed to integrate evidence into practice in an effort to support clinical decision making. The JBI tools include JOURNAL CLUB*, where you can gain access to journals for evidence-based practice targeted to your specialty; SUMARI* a premier review software package helping health professionals conduct systematic reviews, TAP*; which allows you to analyze small qualitative datasets; and CAN-IMPLEMENT*, which tailors your clinical practice guidelines for local use.

NursingCenter is your one-stop shop for all things JBI. Be sure to check back regularly for new JBI content. 
Posted: 6/13/2016 10:49:54 AM by Cara Deming | with 2 comments

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Nursing2016 Symposium and NCNP: Conference Highlights

Earlier this month, nurses and nurse practitioners spent some sunny days in Orlando at the Coronado Springs Resort of Walt Disney World. We learned, networked, and enjoyed good food and fun! I must give props to the conference chairpersons, planning committee members, and meeting planners for such well-done back-to-back conferences. And I was lucky enough to attend both!

The keynote sessions were extraordinary. At Nursing2016 Symposium, Charles Kunkle, RN, MSN, CEN, BC-NA had the audience involved and laughing, while really making us think during his presentation, No Time to Care: Instilling Compassion Back Into Your Care in 60 Seconds or Less. One key reminder for me was that talking to a person as a human being, not a diagnosis, can make all the difference. Mr. Kunkle quickly did an ER admission scenario two ways – first referring to the patient as “the abdominal pain” through the admission process, then again referring to the patient by name. His lively and dynamic presentation style really added to the impact of his message. Also, Mr. Kunkle reminded us that “only 15% of the message that we deliver comes from spoken word.” So, remember, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. Pay attention to your nonverbal and paraverbal (tone, volume, and cadence) communication.

At the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners, the thrill of being in the presence of Loretta Ford, RN, PNP, EdD, FAAN, FAANP was indescribable. Using a Q & A format, conference chairperson, Margaret A. Fitzgerald DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC had a candid conversation with Dr. Ford about her work founding the nurse practitioner profession and her thoughts on the future of our profession. I especially enjoyed her insights for the future, including how “language matters.” She emphasized that the use of the word ‘medical’ is synonymous with ‘physician’ and that we should instead focus on using the word ‘health’ as much as we can. For example, she stated “Let’s reorient from saying ‘primary medical care’ to ‘primary health care.’”

Here’s a look at some other takeaways from the week:
  • “One in ten Americans take SSRIs.”
    Sophia Chu Rodgers, FNP, ACNP, FAANP, FCCM
    ABG Interpretation, Fluid, and Electrolytes
  • “Regarding pulse oximetry…remember to treat the patient, not the number.&rdquo
    AnneMarie Palatnik, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, AVP
    Skill Assessment: Pulmonary
  • “CCF (chest compression fraction) is the total amount of time compressions are delivered relative to the total amount of time of cardiac arrest. The goal is 60%, however, 80% is optimal and achievable when an advanced airway is present.”
    Denise Drummond Hayes, MSN, RN, CRNP
    The Case of the Vanishing Vasopressin: BLS & ACLS Guidelines Update
  • “Joint swelling is the hallmark sign of rheumatoid arthritis that is required for diagnosis.”
    Richard S. Pope, MPAS, PA-C
    RA in 2016: It’s Not What It Used to Be! Or Is It?
  • “You can use any ventilator setting for any patient as long as you understand how it works.”
    Eric Magaña, M.D.
    Nuts and Bolts of Mechanical Ventilation
  • “Mothers taking SSRIs in pregnancy put infants at risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension.”
    Dr. Lana Melendres-Groves
    Acute Care: Pulmonary Hypertension
  • “ST-elevation rules! If you see ST-elevation in a patient complaining of chest pain, assume acute ischemia.”
    Dr. Andrea Efre
    Acute Care: Chest Pain: Refine Your Assessment Skills and Define Your Differential Diagnosis
  • “When someone wants ‘everything done,’ our next question should be ‘what does that mean to you?’”
    Debbie A. Gunter, FNP-BC, ACHPN
    Talking about Dying Won’t Kill You! How to Talk with Patients about Terminal Illness
Here’s a look at my time at these two Lippincott conferences. Hope to see you next fall at NCNP2016 Fall and Nursing Management Congress!

 

 
Posted: 5/25/2016 8:57:58 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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