PCNP 2017

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners holds an annual conference targeted at providing NPs in Pennsylvania with quality educational and networking opportunities to enhance their careers and grow professionally. Using a mix of national speakers and member experts, the conference features timely topics in healthcare and practice. Attendees are able to earn CEUs while networking with other nurse practitioners and medical professionals from across Pennsylvania and engaging in education. This year’s event takes place Nov. 2-4 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa.
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Cynthia Blevins

General Internal Medicine of Lancaster
Cindy Blevins has been a nurse practitioner for seventeen years and works at Penn State General Internal Medicine of Lancaster and is an adjunct professor at Millersville University. She rounds at a nursing home and works in the office as well. She is a recent DNP graduate from Edinboro/Clarion university.

04 November


Margaret Bobonich

Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Cleeveland Medical Centers
Margaret Bobonich earned her Master's degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) where she completed an interdisciplinary dermatology nurse practitioner residency. She is a dermatology-certified NP with a busy practice in general dermatology and actively engaged in research. Her clinical interest is immune-mediated skin diseases including psoriasis, connective tissue and blistering diseases.

As an Assistant Professor at both CWRU Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Dr. Bobonich directs the Dermatology NP Residency and faculty in the Medical Dermatology Residency. She is co-editor for the first comprehensive dermatology textbook for advance practice clinicians, Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinicians (2015) and published seminal research in the development of education for dermatology NPs, A Core Curriculum for Dermatology Nurse Practitioners: Using Delphi Technique (Bobonich & Cooper, 2015). Dr. Bobonich is Chair of the National Task Force and Validation Panel establishing Competencies for Dermatology NPs. She contributed her knowledge and leadership in assisting the AANP’s development of the first specialty practice groups (SPG). As Co-Chair of the Dermatology SPG, she launched one of the first two specialties for the AANP. She is a highly sought after speaker and presents on topics of complex skin diseases including autoimmune diseases. She is a Fellow in the AANP.

Prior to her specializing in dermatology, Dr. Bobonich provided primary care in a rural family practice for 5 years. She quickly realized that primary care clinicians see the majority of patients with skin complaints but are limited by their dermatology knowledge and skills. Dr. Bobonich has been committed to elevating the level of dermatology education for primary care providers. In 2009, she began working with AANP to identify gaps in knowledge and expanding education for NPs at their Annual and Specialty Conferences. Dr. Bobonich continues to work with AANP, as well as many other nursing and medical organizations, to help primary care clinicians manage skin diseases and optimize patient outcomes through early disease recognition and collaboration with dermatology specialists.

03 November


Lorraine Bock

03 November


Donald Bucher

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Hershey Health
Donald Bucher DNP, ACNP-BC FCCP is an acute care nurse practitioner in the Pulmonary Critical Care Department of Penn State Hershey Health. He is the current Treasure of PCNP and the AANP Pennsylvania State Representative. In 2015, Donald was the recipient of the AANP Pennsylvania State Clinical Practice Award. Prior to relocating to Harrisburg Donald was the Lead Nurse Practitioner for Critical Care, Hospitalist and Palliative Care at UPMC Hamot. Donald is active on social media and believes that social media can be a powerful tool for Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.

03 November

Carol Calianno

MCM Veteran's Medical Center Philadelphia
Carol Calianno has been a Board Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse for over 20 years. She has taught in wound care in a nationally certified WOC program and clinically precepted WOC nurses for years. She has many peer reviewed publications to her credit in dermatology and wound care journals. ln the past, Carol served on the Editorial Board of The Nurse Practitioner Journal and continues to serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the United Ostomy Association. She currently works at the Micheal J. Crezenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia where she works as a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner. She is also the Primary Reader for the Philadelphia VA Tele-Wound Program and runs a Wound and Ostomy Clinic for outpatient Veterans which she started over 4 years ago.

03 November

Adele Caruso

Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Caruso an author for the genitourinary chapter on bladder cancer published by Society for Urologic Nurses (SUNA), SUNA Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing, 1/2017. Additionally, she represents an advanced practice voice on urology topics as a blogger for the Urology Times. She is a member of the American Urological Association and International Incontinence Society. Ms. Caruso is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University. She is Vice President and Executive Board Member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

04 November

Mary Jo Cerepani

Family Nurse Practitioner
Optum Health Care/MedExpress
Mary Jo Cerepani has been a nurse practitioner since 1997 and a nurse since 1983. Most of her career has been in emergency medicine and lecturing on many topics of emergency medicine. She has published chapters and articles in topics of emergency medicine and has spoken, local, regional, state and nationally on important topics of emergency topics. One concerning topic that needs to be addressed to nurse practitioners is "Opioid Crisis: Where do we go from here?” Mary Jo has been on the advisory board for the prescription monitoring program and has worked with various groups addressing the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.

03 November

Beth Chalick-Kaplan

Outreach Specialist
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Beth Chalick-Kaplan, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CCM is an Outreach Specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Chalick-Kaplan serves on the Regional External Affairs Team as CMS State Lead for Delaware and West Virginia and assists in the development and implementation of regional strategic plans to educate consumers regarding CMS' current healthcare initiatives. Prior to joining CMS, Beth held management and clinical positions in both healthcare payor and provider organizations. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has extensive expertise in managed care, care coordination, and case management, and maintains a clinical practice as a family and palliative care/hospice nurse practitioner. Beth received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Temple University.

04 November

Erin Davis

Erin received her BSN and MSN at the University of Pennsylvania. After 17 years as an RN and NP in cardiac surgery, she transitioned to oncology nursing and completed a Post Masters in Oncology Nursing in 2015. As an NP in radiation oncology, Erin focuses on the care of GI cancer patients from diagnosis to survivorship. In addition to clinical practice, she has an interest in NP legislation and is active in the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

04 November

Brenda Engler

Geisinger Medical Center
Brenda Engler has worked in critical care since 2002 as a bedside nurse and then subsequently as a nurse practitioner. She first learned to observe ventilator changes by the provider and respiratory therapist, but now as a provider direct the necessary ventilator changes on patients including those referred to tertiary care center for the most severe lung disease with capability of ECMO if conventional ventilation fails. She has done many ventilator lectures for residents, fellows, and other staff members as well as a full day respiratory and ventilator symposium as a medical volunteer in Sudan.

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Len Geiger

Dohmen Life Science
Len Geiger was diagnosed with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency in 1994 and has been involved in the Alpha-1 community ever since.
He received a life-saving double lung transplant in 2002. Since then, Len has been featured in Runner’s World magazine and Sports Illustrated as well as a number of other newspaper articles and publications. Having been a guest or subject of documentaries on CNN, the Today Show, the Discovery Health Channel, HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbal”, ABC's "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson" and most recently PBS’s “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”, Len continues to raise awareness for Alpha-1 and the importance of early detection and treatment.
Employed by Dohmen Life Science Services as an Alpha-1 advocate and serving on the Grifols Bioscience Speakers' Bureau, Len maintains his commitment to increasing the public’s understanding of Alpha-1 and serves as a resource for medical professionals, newly diagnosed patients and their families.
Len lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife, Christina, and daughter, Ava Corinne.

03 November

Elizabeth Gilette

Edinboro University
Elizabeth Gillette is a nurse practitioner at Express Care in Meadville, Pennsylvania and a faculty member in the nursing department at Edinboro University. A diploma graduate of St. Vincent School of Nursing she completed her BSN in 2012. She graduated from the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner consortium from Edinboro and Clarion Universities in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Evaluation of current antibiotic stewardship in her clinical practice is the focus of her doctorate project. She resides in Edinboro with her two children and is an avid outdoorswoman.

03 November

David Griffiths

David Griffiths is Senior Vice President for the Healthcare division of Aon Affinity. David has overall responsibility for the malpractice insurance program for Nurses Service Organization. David is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent and has worked on the NSO medmal programs for the past 10 years. David’s works extensively on risk education often speaking at conferences on the topic of professional liability. David received his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Moravian College.

04 November

Allison Haener

UPMC Hamot
Allison Haener graduated with her BSN from Indiana Unviersity of Pennsylvania in 2009, worked at St. Vincent Hospital in the orthopedic/neurosciences unit, returned to school and graduated from the consortium program at Clarion and Edinboro Universities in 2014 with her MSN and she is now a certified family nurse practitioner. She initially worked at a gynecology practice and has now been at Bayview Breast Care for about 2 years. Allison recently finished her RNFA (registered nurse first assistant) certification and she assists the breast surgeon at Bayview Breast Care in surgery once a week in addition to her patient schedule in the office.

03 November

Carol Hager

Bayview Breast Care at UPMC Hamot
Carol Hager is an old nurse (graduated with a diploma in 1971) who has repeatedly reinvented herself to "keep up" and participate in a career that is vital and evolving. She has returned to formal University educational programs at 48 (BSN) and 54 (MSN/FNP).
Along the way, Carol has been published in two peer reviewed journals on the topics of cleft lip and bariatrics. Additionally, she has presented to multiple local and state nursing groups on a variety of topics including: RNFA to NP, breast issues, facial fractures, plastic surgery general topics, bariatrics, MIS, international nursing and volunteerism, NPs in trauma and general surgery. She has presented posters on QOL following gastric bypass, complications of positioning in bariatric surgery, and hernias of the chest.
As a surgical nurse volunteer with Rotaplast International, Carol has served over 20 years in various countries to facilitate surgical repair of children with cleft lip, palate, and other congenital or functional abnormalities.
Carol currently continues as a regional representative of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and as a board member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of AORN. She has completed three peer reviews of the upcoming editions of Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery and Berry and Kohn's Operating Room Technique.

03 November

Catherine Harris

Nurse Practitioner
Thomas Jefferson University
Catie is a nurse practitioner in neurocritical care and teaches in the acute care Nurse Practitioner program at Thomas Jefferson University. She worked for a Fortune 100 company recruiting nurse practitioners to work in retail health. In this capacity, Catie was immersed into the business side of healthcare including building processes for web design, social media marketing and branding. She now helps nurses understand how sales and marketing can elevate their career and business to be the industry leader.

04 November

Pamela Harris-Haman

Geisinger Holy Spirit
Pamela Harris-Haman's seminal contribution to nursing scholarship, education and clinical practice is grounded in improving the healthcare of infants. Her interest in Neonatology began in clinical practice as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she learned to appreciate the unique needs of this vulnerable population and their families. Pam's work as a nurse practitioner involves state and regional healthcare policy development, nursing and provider education, patient care management, and implementing and evaluating standards of care and protocols so that nurses are prepared to work as a team member to provide quality care and improve outcomes.
Pam is currently a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA and Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Messiah College. She is the current President of Nurse Practitioners of Central Pennsylvania, Section Editor for Advances in Neonatal Care and a stakeholder in the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative. In addition, Pam's program of scholarship extends to the global population to empower and inform nurses and community health agents in low resource settings who work with mothers and infants. She has developed programs to train nurses and community health workers in low resource settings and hospitals in Kenya and has recently joined with Moi University to develop a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in Kenya. Her work is dedicated to improving patient outcomes for this population.

04 November

Susan Hellier

Robert Morris University/UPMC
Dr. Hellier has 14 years of experience as a nurse educator and 18 years as a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Dr. Hellier is the lead faculty for Robert Morris University Women’s Health courses in the nurse practitioner program. In addition, she is on the medical staff at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC where she works in the obstetrical/gynecological out-patient clinic. She is an experienced presenter at conferences and well published in women's health topics, including a recent publication in Simulation in Healthcare, which details the design and use of the partial task simulation model which will be featured in the women’s primary care procedure workshop.

02 November

03 November

Jacqueline Ioli

Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc.
Dr. Jacqui Ioli has been nationally board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her BSN in 1982 from Thomas Jefferson University and completed her MSN in Public Health Nursing from LaSalle University in 1993, both in Philadelphia, PA. She completed a post Master’s Nurse Practitioner certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1998. Dr. Ioli earned a PhD in Nursing Education and Research from Widener University in 2015. Her dissertation research was in how staff nurses in primary care setting solve patient care problems.

During the past 7 years, she has practiced in a large federally qualified health center in Philadelphia called Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc. In her clinical practice, she manages medically underserved children who have complex and chronic conditions due to unstable housing and general poverty. This population is often mobile and lacks vaccine records and is delayed in well child care and vaccines.

Over the years, she developed an approach to managing complex pediatric
patients with vaccine delays in addition to medical problems related to poverty. Dr. Ioli is honored to be asked to share what she has learned from her patients and families with the membership of PCNP.

04 November

Kirstyn Kameg

Robert Morris University
Dr. Kirstyn Kameg is a University Professor of Nursing at Robert Morris University and Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has been a nurse educator and practicing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for the past 17 years and has published and presented extensively on topics related to mental health nursing. She maintains a private practice diagnosing and treating individuals across the lifespan with mental health diagnoses.

04 November

Judith Kaufmann

Robert Morris University
Dr. Judith Kaufmann is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner and works as a nurse practitioner in an Internal Medicine practice since 1998. Prior to that, she was an acute care NP in an orthopedic practice for six years. She is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program at Robert Morris University where she teaches research and clinical NP courses that include Advanced Pharmacology.

She also holds an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Health Promotion and Development. She has practiced in both acute and primary care settings since 1988, taught in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Pittsburgh from 1995 to April 2007, and was the Director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s Matilda Theiss Health Center from 1995-1999.

She earned her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health in 2004 and has been actively involved in nationally funded research and has received two HRSA training grants for primary care initiatives that focus on chronic health conditions and interdisciplinary education for health professionals.

She has previous nurse practitioner experience in pediatrics, orthopedics and gynecology-oncology. She has multiple presentations on primary care topics at the national level, has multiple journal publications, and has been recognized as a leader in the area of nurse practitioner practice, policy, and education.

She received the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, a 2012 Cameo of Caring for Nursing Education and in 2016 was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine for Excellence in Nursing as a Nurse Educator.

04 November

Michelle Keating-Sibel

Michelle started her career in professional recruitment. She coached prospective candidates in the art of interviewing and securing employment in the finance and high tech industries.
Michelle moved onto the other side of the recruitment desk when she was hired to recruit and develop sales teams for a Fortune 200 Company.
Looking for a more significant sociological impact, in 2008 Michelle started to transition her experience into a career in nursing.
As a nurse practitioner, in addition to actively treating patients ranging from infancy to geriatric care, Michelle has informally found herself recruiting and coaching for her profession.
She has precepted a number of nurse practitioner students and identified that there are a number of very important topics not covered in most nurse practitioner programs. With the changing reimbursement models, there is no better time than now for nurse practitioners to position themselves in a role as a high quality, cost effective solution to healthcare.
Michelle holds a bachelor of science in biology from East Stroudsburg University, and a BSN and MSN from Villanova University. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice at West Chester University.

04 November


Sidney Lipman

02 November

Mike Long

Mike is the co-founder of Long, Nyquist & Associates and is one of “Pennsylvania’s Ten Most Influential People” according to the January, 2010 issue of Politics magazine, a national publication. He has been universally recognized as the architect of the Republican dominance of the Pennsylvania State Senate. In addition to the Politics Magazine article, Mr. Long is consistently rated by various news sources as one of the most influential figures in the Pennsylvania political process. In 2017, he was named to the “City & State PA Power 100” list of the 100 most powerful people in Pennsylvania, as well as PennLive’s “17 in ’17” list of the most influential people in PA politics.

After helping the current President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati to organize his office, Long founded a government relations firm on January 1, 2007. In November 2009, he partnered with Todd Nyquist to form Long, Nyquist & Associates.

Mr. Long graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Master’s of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

03 November

Lori Martin-Plank

University of Arizona College of Nursing
Dr. Lori Martin-Plank is a family and gerontological nurse practitioner, practicing in Pennsylvania and Arizona. Dr. Martin-Plank is certified by AANPCP as a Family Nurse Practitioner and by ANCC as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.
Lori has practiced since 1986. Her clinical experience has been with underserved populations. She worked in several urban nurse-managed centers in family practice and pediatrics. She worked on the Healthstar Van with an interdisciplinary team serving the Hispanic community in Bethlehem, Pa. doing primary care, school-based clinic, occupational and elder health. She did primary care house calls in both urban and rural areas. Her current practice is hospice and long-term care. She is Region 3 Director for AANP, reviews conference abstracts and pilot CE programs. She was a board member of the PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and is active legislatively for full practice authority. Lori is passionate about communication--supporting and connecting nurse practitioners and NP students to promote the profession and to foster unity within diversity.
Dr. Martin-Plank became an AANP Fellow in 2009; she received Buxmont NP of the Year in 2010 and Sheila Gealey award for Advocacy and Leadership in 2014. In 2015, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice.

03 November

Patricia Meyer

UPMC Passavant
Trish Meyer is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner, who holds certifications in family practice and adult gerontology acute care. She has seventeen years of experience as a nurse practitioner with much of her practice time being spent in the acute care setting. She currently practices at UPMC Passavant , in Pittsburgh , PA where she is a nurse practitioner supervisor , for a team of nurse practitioners on the medical surgical units. She also has assisted with the implementation of teledermatology services at UPMC Passavant and has continued to assist with this service over the last five years.

04 November

Lucille Morrison

Edinboro University, UPMC Hamot
Dr. Morrison is a family nurse practitioner who works as an NP in the PreAdmission Screening and Education clinic of UPMC Hamot and is an assitant professor of nursing at Edinboro University. She earned her MSN-FNP degree from Edinboro University and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Robert Morris University.

03 November

Peggy Pearl

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Lynn Phillips

Lynn began her nursing career as a US Navy Nurse Corps Officer during Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s. She has 27 years of experience as a nurse, with 20 of them as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her work experience covers a wide range. She has worked in the following clinical settings: inpatient military hospital, inpatient civilian hospital, outpatient surgical center, community clinic, academic transplant clinic, Federal prison, private family practice and hospital network “physician group” practice. She has been thinking about starting her own business since the mid aughts and hopes to make this a reality in the next 2 years.

03 November

Lisa Pietrusza

PCHS Health Care for the Homeless
Lisa M Pietrusza is a nurse coordinator at Health Care for the Homeless, Primary Care Health Services, Inc., in Pittsburgh. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of AIDS Free Pittsburgh, had rotations at the Central Outreach Wellness Center, a PrEP and Infectious Disease practice. She continues to volunteer with the wellness center at community events.
Lisa M Pietrusza earned a BA in political science and a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a current DNP-FNP student with an anticipated graduation date of December 2017. Her capstone work focuses on opiate use and naloxone in homeless populations. She is also working towards a certificate in PMHNP, anticipated completion December 2018.

03 November

Kerry Risco

Slippery Rock University
Kerry Risco has been a Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings for well over 25 years. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University PhD program. She has a post - master's certificate in Nursing Education and has been a Nurse Educator for over 24 years. She also maintains an active clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the urgent care setting. She precepts and teaches students on a regular basis. She has been the faculty advisor for several trans- cultural and medical immersion trips to Spanish speaking countries. Her spouse is an immigrant who speaks Spanish as a first language. He and other family members and friends (all bilingual but native Spanish speakers) will serve as the model patients for this interactive session.

02 November

Mary Rock

Geisinger Holy Spirit
Mary Rock is employed by Geisinger- Holy Spirit in the Harrisburg, PA area. She is the Psychiatric Liaison for the hospital and directs the Women's Perinatal Mental Health Outpatient services along with one psychiatrist. She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and has a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist certificates in Adult and Pediatric Psychiatric Mental Health. She specializes in Perinatal Mental Health Care for young adult women with pregnancy and postpartum mental health needs including comorbid drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, depression and bipolar depression. She has been a nurse since 1976 and has practiced for over 40 years.

04 November

Michelle Shields

Renal & Electrolyte Associates, Inc.
Michelle Shields has been a renal nurse practitioner for seventeen years. In that time, she has been employed with a large university renal medicine to a small private practice. She havs provided inpatient rounding on acute kidney injury, management of electrolyte disorders, hypertensive urgency, management of the post-kidney transplant recipient, and management of patients with chronic kidney disease with acute illness. In addition, she rounds in the outpatient setting and manage patients post-kidney transplant, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, electroltye disorders, primary and secondary hyportension and electrolyte disorders. Finally she managed a group of nurse practitioner driven chronic kidney disease clinics with 24 sites of service across the US.

04 November

David Skoner

West Virginia University
Dr. David P. Skoner is currently the Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, West Virginia University Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, West Virginia University School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Director of the Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Professor Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Chief of the Section of Allergy/Immunology and Director of the Allergy and Immunology Training Program at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Allergy-Immunology.
Dr. Skoner has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Doctors” by USA Today and ”A Top Doctor” by U.S. News. He has received NIH funding, written more than 250 articles, and given more than 500 presentations on respiratory disease in over 60 countries on 6 continents.
He co-founded the Nemacolin International Asthma Conference, now in its 12thyear.
He founded two non-profit organizations, For Your Good Health and Maci’s TEAMS, designed to keep children with allergy and asthma “active” and “safe on medications”, respectively.

03 November

Sarah Sturgis

Geisinger Holy Spirit
Sarah Sturgis is a family nurse practitioner and educator with a passion in caring for low income, high risk patients. Sarah started her nursing career in 1993 after graduating from SUNY Morrisville with an AD in Nursing. She worked on a medical teaching unit while pursuing her Bachelor’s at the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1995. After moving to PA and working in Pediatrics at Hershey Medical Center Sarah went back to school and graduated with her Masters from Widener University. She has been working at a family practice office with Geisinger Holy Spirit since 2007.

Sarah started teaching at Widener University in 2008 and has been a faculty advisor and adjunct professor since then. She completed her Doctorate from Widener in 2017 with her capstone project based on passion…diabetic patients.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and mini Goldendoodle. She is an avid fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and enjoys solving people’s dinnertime dilemma.

04 November


Barbara Todd

Hospital University of Pennsylvania
Barbara A. Todd, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN is the Director of the CMS Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration Project at the Hospital University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow, Center for Health Outcomes & Policy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. She was recently appointed Director of the DNP Program at University of Pennsylvania.

She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in the Philadelphia region for the past 32 years. She is an experienced clinician and administrator for advanced practice providers. She has been instrumental in developing NP models of care in several large academic medical centers. Her clinical interest has been in cardiovascular health, with a focus on valvular heart disease and role transition for nurse practitioners. She has published extensively and presented nationally on advanced practice clinical and administrative topics. She is certified in both family practice and acute care. She has served on the planning committee for the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) international conference and is a member of the AANP nominations committee. She is a fellow in the AANP and American Academy of Nursing. At the American Academy of Nursing, she served on the Primary Care Expert Panel. Through her work during the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Project, she has developed a keen interest in studies to evaluate clinical preceptorship models.

04 November

Mark Ubbens

Geisinger Medical Center
Mark Ubbens, CRNP has been an Outdoor Emergency Care technician and National Ski Patrol member at Big Boulder Ski Patrol since 2006. He has also served as camp medical staff for the National Aquarium in Baltimore Henry Hall summer programs which send Baltimore city youth to Wildlife destinations across the country at no cost. He currently serves as medical advisor for this program. He is a former Lieutenant Junior Grade in the US Public Health Service serbing at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and as a Public Health Advisor for a Center for Disease Control Ebola quarantine station. He currently works as a Trauma Surgery NP for Geisinger.

02 November

Susan Van Cleve

University of Iowa College of Nursing
Dr Susan Van Cleve is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has extensive experience working with children and families in primary care settings as well as with children with special needs. She earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, her MSN from Boston College and her DNP from Robert Morris University. She works fulltime as a Clinical Professor and Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City, IA. She also works part time as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist in a private pediatric practice in Pittsburgh, PA where she provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to children and teens with developmental, behavioral, and mental health disorders. She lectures extensively on clinical topics such as ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression, and the role of nurse practitioners in the integration of mental health into pediatric primary care.

03 November

03 November


Thomas Wagner

Geisinger Medical Center
Thomas Wagner is currently Chief Doctor of Nursing Practice for Trauma Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Pennsylvania. Currently double boarded in Family and Emergency Medicine. Twenty three year of pre hospital experience. Currently a Captain on a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive alert team United States Air Force. Serves as a tactical medical provider for 12 different SWAT teams including the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. Also a Deputy Wildlife Police Officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

02 November

Megan Walsh

Bloomsburg University, Geisinger Health System
Experience includes working as a psychiatric mental health NP in adult acute care for the past 5 years. This has involved working on consultation and liaison service to diagnose and manage dementia with behavioral disturbances and/or delirium during acute inpatient medical admission.

03 November

04 November

Heron Warren

Heron Warren, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN is a Nurse Practitioner certified in adult, acute care and hospice & palliative care. She has been a Nurse Practitioner at the Erie VA Medical Center since 1998. She currently is the only Nurse Practitioner in the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)program with a panel of patients which is primarily composed of the frail elderly who have difficulty making it out to routine appointments. She sees them in their homes and provides their primary care. She also was instrumental in developing an Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. Ms. Warren is the provider for this clinic, she has the opportunity along with the palliative social worker to conduct face-to-face consultations in the Veteran’s home. Prior to her joining the HBPC team she was the Nurse Practitioner in the Community Living Center for about 17 years . During her time on the CLC she became involved with patients with serious, end of life disease processes which stirred her interest in pursuing certification in hospice and palliative care in order to provide evidenced based quality-of-life and end of life care. She has been able to utilize this certification in advancing hospice and palliative care within the organization. In 2011 she also became involved at a national level in the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association and was on the Situation Judgment Exercise Development Committee until 2016. Prior to practicing in Erie she worked in acute care in a tertiary hospital in Detroit, Michigan which allowed her to pursue certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner Ms. Warren worked at a couple of hospitals in Michigan in the cardiac cath lab and as a nurse on the step down unit during this time she also was a nurse leader and educator. She also had worked in home care.

03 November

Christina Whitehouse

University of Pennsylvania of Nursing
Dr. Whitehouse is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. Her research interests are in data science, diabetes self-management, home health, and health information technology. Her research focuses on evidence-based interventions to improve health outcomes during transitions in care for older adults living with chronic disease. During her doctoral studies, she conducted a secondary data analysis of a hospital-based quality improvement intervention which included diabetes self-management education for obese older adults with Type-2 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Whitehouse has also collaborated on various research projects performing both biochemical and health services research throughout her educational training.

Dr. Whitehouse received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in nursing from Villanova University, and completed her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. As a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetic Educator, Dr. Whitehouse’s clinical practice has ranged from home health care to transitional care interventions (hospital to home) for older adults and their family caregivers living in the community through the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In recognition of her contributions in transitional care, her team received the 2014 Home Care & Hospice LINK Spirit of Innovation Award. She also is an active member of several national societies, for example, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National League for Nursing, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and regional societies including the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

04 November

Alicia Williams

University of Maryland
Alicia Williams' background includes over 25 years in healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland; she earned her Baccalaureate in nursing in 1995, a Masters in Nursing in 2007, and a doctorate in Nursing in 2013. She also earned a second master in business administration, from the University of Baltimore, in 2013. Additionally, she is the president and CEO of Our Wise learning, a health-care education company. She has a very extensive background in teaching as a lecturer, ACLS/ CPR instructor, and Clinical instructor. Most currently, she holds a dual appointment with the University Medical Center and the School of Nursing, where her responsibilities include managing the care of post-operative cardiac surgery patients and educating doctoral acute care nurse practitioner/ clinical specialist students. In addition to her considerable experience as a clinician and educator, Alicia is a volunteer and active member of many nursing organizations. She has a passion for teaching and practicing evidence-based care; it is a strong motivator and platform for giving back to the community and the healthcare system.

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Rachel Wolfe

University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
Rachel A. Wolfe is currently practicing full-time as a CRNA at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and casual for Lake Erie Anesthesia. Her work experience is quite varied with 8 years of experience in long term care including director of nursing and 5 years in medical detox and medical intensive care. She has both a Masters in Nursing Administration and Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania (2013) and a Masters in Nursing Anesthesia from the University of Pittsburgh (2015). Her primary focus in anesthesia is all cases pediatrics but with a particular interest in neurology and plastics.

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Wendy Wright

Wright & Associates Family Healthcare
Wendy is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master’s program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two, nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire named: Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. In addition, she is the Owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2014 Top 5 Women in New Hampshire Business Award. In 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in October 2014, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2017, a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice. She is the founder of the NH Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist nurse practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition to full-time clinical practice, she presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1000 conferences in 46 states. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of NH Immunization Advisory Board. She has been a medical media spokesperson for a number of companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. Wendy is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice and has worked on more than 100 malpractice cases involving nurses and nurse practitioners.

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Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Actelion Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative treatments to serve high unmet medical needs.

Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network is an integrated delivery network focused on preserving health care choice and providing affordable, high-quality care to the people in our communities. With more than 18,000 employees including 7,400 health care professionals, nearly 200 primary care and specialty care practices, Allegheny Health Network includes seven hospitals in Pennsylvania with nearly 2,400 licensed beds.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

AANP is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. Through individual and group memberships, AANP represents the interests of approximately 234,000 nurse practitioners in the country.

Aspire Health

Palliative Medicine

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical company

Bristol Myers Squibb

Pharmaceutical Company

California Casualty

California Casualty provides Auto & Home Insurance to Nurses, First Responders, and Educators across the country. We offer unique features and benfits for our insureds.

California Walnut Commission

More than 25 years of research has been investigating the role of walnuts in areas such as heart health, healthy aging, cancer, weight, Mediterranean diet, and male reproductive health. Visit www.walnuts.org for nutritional information, educational resources, and delicious recipes.


Coverys provides medical professional liability insurance protection to physicians, hospitals, dentists and other healthcare providers and is committed to financial stability, integrity and a reputation for excellence. We are dedicated to protecting the livelihood of our policyholders.

Duquesne University

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Duquesne University School of Nursing is an acknowledged leader in online graduate education. We were the first school to offer an online PhD program. Graduates of our PhD, DNP and Post-Master's Certificate programs are making a difference as practitioners, nurse educators, scholars and researchers.

Endo Pharmaceuticals

Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC

Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC. provides certification preparation, self-directed learning modules and education consulting services for individuals, universities and companies within the health care community.
As a leading provider of educational materials, we are dedicated to helping providers achieve and maintain maximum proficiency in their practice.

Gannon University

Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Gannon University offers over 20+ Graduate Certificate, Master or Doctoral degree programs. Gannon also offers several graduate assistantships and graduate student housing

Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. A mature electronic health record connects a comprehensive network of 12 hospital campuses, 43 community practice sites and nearly 1,600 Geisinger primary and specialty care physicians.

Gilead Sciences


Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private, Christian university with innovative doctoral programs and a variety of engaging emphases designed for passionate learners in preparation for leadership roles in many industries.


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Guthrie Clinic

The Guthrie Clinic is one of the longest established multi-specialty practices in the country. With its financial stability and integrated clinical care model, Guthrie is structured with a flexibility that allows us to navigate the healthcare changes that lie ahead, while allowing providers to focus on better patient outcomes.
We are a collegial, practicing physician-led, multi-specialty integrated group practice that offers our nearly 500 Physicians and Advanced Practitioners opportunities for leadership, research, teaching, advancement and a work/life balance that others only dream of.
Our 100+ year history has proven to be a successful model. That success is reflected in our award-winning teams that are both respected regionally and recognized nationally.

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Mercy University has developed course formats for working students that are:
Accelerated—Graduate in as little as 18 months, depending on the program you choose
Convenient—Choose from flexible online or weekly in-person classes
Focused—Take one course at a time to engage deeply with content

HOPE Extended Care Services

HOPE Extended Care provides medical care to residents of post-acute, longterm care facilities. HOPE's Nurse Practitioners treat patients daily at nursing homes throughout Western PA. We're recruiting NPs for weekday placement at multiple locations.

Landmark Health

Landmark Health was created to transform how healthcare is delivered to the most medically vulnerable members in our community. Our medical group provides home-based medical care to chronically ill patients, many of whom are frail, elderly and ill-equipped to navigate our overwhelming healthcare system.

Medexpress Urgent Care

MedExpress Urgent Care is a leader in delivering high-quality, convenient and affordable care for those seeking medical treatment for illness and injury. MedExpress also offers treatment for workplace injury and job-related medical issues to employers and their employees through its Employer Health Services program. The company operates full-service, walk-in health care facilities that are open 12 hours per day, seven days a week. There are no appointments. Patients can just walk in when it’s convenient for them. MedExpress focuses on the needs of patients and provides Great Care. Fast.® with caring, friendly employees and health care that is fast, but never rushed.

Medical Diagnostic Laboratories, LLC

MDL is a CLIA certified reference CAP Accredited laboratory specializing in molecular diagnostic techniques. MDL is able to provide clinicians with valuable diagnostic information to assist in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of infections by offering a variety of PCR-based tests to detect multiple pathogens from a single OneSwab-specimen.

Merck and Co

Pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturer

MHM Services, Inc.

MHM provides behavioral health and medical specialty services to governmental agencies in a wide variety of patient care settings, including
correctional facilities, state hospitals, courts, juvenile facilities and community clinics.

Millersville University

A PA State System of Higher Education school.

Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: rare bleeding disorders, growth hormone-related disorders, and obesity.

Nurses Service Organization (NSO)

For over 40 years, Nurses Service Organization has been helping defend nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists from medical malpractice lawsuits and state board of nursing inquiries. Over 550,000 nursing professionals safeguard their careers with quality, affordable coverage through NSO.


OPTAVIA is an Optimal Health and Well-Being company that empowers people to transform their health by learning and practicing habits of healthy weight loss, nutrition. sleep, activity and mindfulness. We also work with Health Professionals helping them achieve improved clinical outcomes for their patients.


OptumCare CarePlus is a care and care management program that provides an extra layer of care for residents with complex medical needs. Our Nurse Practitioners anticipate needs, coordinate care, and increase communication with physicians, nursing home staff and family.

Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine is shaping the future of medicine through excellence in patient-centered care, education, and research. As a part of our team, you'll enjoy a dynamic environment, collaborating with top professionals across disciplines to move research, knowledge and innovation into clinical practice.

Penn State Health - Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all. We are a 551-bed Level I regional trauma center academic medical center.


PinnacleHealth is a growing, multisite health system in south central Pennsylvania and one of the state’s top hospitals and healthcare organizations. Our physicians and advanced care practitioners are dedicated to maintaining and improving health and quality of life for the communities we serve and are the key to an effective, progressive, successful health system. We recognize and celebrate their advanced skill sets and value them as evidenced by the important leadership positions they hold.

Primary Health Network

PHN is Pennsylvania's largest Federally Qualified Health Center. Our mission is to provide quality primary care services and access to specialty care commensurate with the needs of the people in the communities we serve. Services are offered regardless of age, race, creed, sex, national origin or ability to pay.

Publicis TouchPoint Solutions

Contract sales organization, partnering with Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daichi Sanyko (DSI), promoting Movantik, for Opiod Induced Constipation (OIC)

Robert Morris University

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of healthcare, RMU can give you the edge to launch your career as a qualified healthcare professional or administrator.
Degrees earned from RMU’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) prepare students to work in all healthcare settings and provide the greatest opportunity for advancement in today’s complex and ever-changing healthcare industry.


Shire Pharmaceuticals

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions.

Shriners Hospital for Children

Non-profit ambulatory pediatric orthopaedic specialty care center

Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Smith & Nephew has proudly supported healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients for over 150 years.

Synergy Pharmaceuticals

New pharmaceutical company specializing in Gastrointestinal medicine. Trulance our first and only commercialized product and is used in the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.

Tastefully Simple

We are a direct sales company offering meal solutions in hopes of bringing families back to the table and we have a large selection of delicious breads, dips, sauces and desserts.

Tens Technologies

Skin care products such as LED light and cosmetics.

University at Buffalo School of Nursing

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing offers a top notch graduate education. We offer a number of 100% online post-MS DNP programs that only take 5-7 semesters to complete. We also have post-MS advanced certificates, a PhD program, as well as a MS in Nursing Leadership.

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Ranked 7th in DNP education, U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Nursing Grad Schools, the School offers ONLINE MSN to DNP (with master’s degree in same focus). Online students: no travel to campus required. Post-Master’s & Post-DNP Certificates for nurse practitioners seeking to expand their role by adding a new NP focus: (1) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, (2) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and (3) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.


A world-class health care system with over 65,000 employees, Pittsburgh-based UPMC operates more than 20 academic, community, and specialty hospitals (including four awarded MAGNET recognition), plus over 500 doctors' offices, outpatient sites, rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities.

UPMC Hamot

UPMC Hamot is a 433-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center. Supported by a 300-member medical staff and nearly 3,000 dedicated employees, UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies.

US Army Healthcare Recruiting

The United States Army Medical Department (AMEDD) is one of the largest and most advanced health care systems in the world. Here, your experience and dedication will mean more than you can imagine. The training and unique cases will advance your career. The Army offers scholarships for medical, dental, veterinary, clinical psychology, and advanced practice nursing degrees. We also recruit for all medical positions for Active Duty and Army Reserves including nurses, nurse practitioners, health care administrators, biochemists, nuclear medical scientists, environmental scientists, clinical lab officers, medical doctors, health services systems managers, pharmacists, dietitians, optometrists, psychologists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, and social workers.

West Chester University of PA

The Department of Nursing at West Chester University provides high quality professional degree education in nursing. The master’s program prepares graduates for advanced practice in adult health/gerontology or nursing education and the post-master’s doctor of nursing practice prepares advanced practice nurses to fully implement evidence-based findings into clinical practice.

Wilkes University

The Passan School of Nursing offers a variety of convenient graduate programs for working nurses. Whether you're looking to advance your current career or pursue a new specialty, Wilkes has a flexible program for you. Going back to school is a big decision, but Wilkes offers the mentoring and faculty support you need to succeed.

Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins

Wolters Kwuler publishes medical books


07:00 AM 05:30 PM North Point Lobby

Women's Health

Women's Primary Care Office Procedures

08:00 AM 11:00 AM Room 170

Evaluation: Women's Primary Care Office Procedures Workshop

In a "hands-on" skills workshop, Dr. Hellier and her assistants will guide participants in learning primary care women's gynecological office procedures. Using innovative low-fidelity simulation models, participants will practice skills, such as cervical polyp removal, IUD removal, endometrial biopsy, TCA application, Word catheter placement after incising and draining a Bartholin gland abscess, and more. The workshop is designed to increase providers' confidence and skill set in a safe learning environment.

Session objectives:
1. The participant will understand the use of the CDC’s US Medical Eligibility Criteria as a guide to contraceptive prescribing choices. (RX)
2. The participant will understand the precepts of evidence-based practice (patient values and preferences, provider expertise, and research findings) as a guide to contraceptive prescribing. (RX)


Acute Care

Ventilator Management Workshop

08:00 AM 11:00 AM Room 140

Evaluation: Ventilator Management Workshop

Many patients in critical care settings require invasive mechanical ventilation during their hospitalizationfor a variety of reasons. It is essential for providers in those settings to understand the basic principlesof mechanical ventilation in order to provide enough support of the respiratory system without causingventilator induced lung injury. The components of basic mechanical ventilator settings will bedescribed, including the various modes of ventilation. The provider will learn to interpret the keymeasurements and waveforms available on the mechanical ventilator to evaluate patient-ventilatorinteraction. Using case studies, the learner will apply these principles to make the appropriateventilator changes to improve patient outcomes. Troubleshooting strategies will be applied forventilator alarm situations.

Session objectives:
1. Define the components of basical mechanical ventilator settings
2. Interpret measurements obtained while on mechanical ventilation
3. Apply principles of mechanical ventilator settings to case studies for multiple diagnoses of respiratory failure
4. Discuss troubleshooting strategies for ventilator alarms


Lunch - On Your Own

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Exhibitor Set Up

12:00 PM 04:00 PM

Poster Set Up

12:00 PM 01:00 PM


Low Stress Medical Spanish Workshop

01:00 PM 04:30 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Low Stress Medical Spanish Workshop

A basic overview of medical Spanish will introduce basic, practical conversational pronunciation in the language. Basic history and physical exam terms as well as courtesy phrases will be reviewed. This will be a low stress - highly interactive session. The session will provide ample opportunities for practice including actual interactiveopportunities with bilingual model patients across the lifespan. Bilingual model patients will give individual feedback to participants. While this session is designed to assist novice speakers begin to feel comfortable speaking medical Spanish, intermediate and expert speakers will not be disappointed. There will be practice opportunities to speak with native speakers from different Spanish speaking countries.

Session objectives:
1. At the conclusion of this 40 minute segment, the learner will: repeat basic, practical, conversational courtesy phrases, and select medical terms.
2. At the conclusion of the 2 hour 30 minute role play interactive session, the learner will: elicit medical history across the lifespan from native Spanish speakers. (role play demonstration - return demo)
3. At the conclusion of the 20 minute question and answer session, the learner will validate pronunciation and review vocabulary. (lecture /



Maximizing Care with Minimal Supplies: Advanced Practice in the Wilderness

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Maximizing Care with Minimal Supplies Workshop

There is a common misconception that only basic first aid skills can be utilized in the wilderness setting. This workshop aims to challenge that notion. During this interactive session, providers will be taught a number of advanced practice wilderness skills in both lecture and practical sessions. Learners will be taught pharmacologic altitude sickness treatment and prophylaxis, management of injuries from marine animals, wilderness treatment of traumatic injuries, basic backcountry dentistry techniques, and stocking of a backcountry first aid kit. During the practical sessions, participants will wash out and suture artificial lacerations, splint limbs using improvised immobilization devices, perform needle decompressions and secure airways, perform basic backcountry dentistry skills, and learn to use the latest wilderness medicine gadgets and tools. If you want to learn how to use your skills as an advanced practitioner in remote environments, this workshop is for you!

Session objectives:
1. Participants will learn how to pack a wilderness medicine kit
2. Participants will learn how to treat a sucking chest wound, splint extremities, improvise a sling, and treat dental emergencies


Primary Care

Basic ENT Procedures Workshop

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 130

Evaluation: Basic ENT Procedures Workshop



Basket Set Up

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Opening Reception with the Exhibitors

04:00 PM 06:30 PM North Great Hall


06:00 AM 06:55 AM East Pre-Function

Breakfast with Exhibitors

07:00 AM 08:00 AM North Great Hall

Professional Development

Welcome and Association Update

08:00 AM 08:15 AM South Great Hall


Professional Development

PCNP State Practice Update

08:15 AM 09:00 AM South Great Hall


Professional Development

Legislative Update

09:00 AM 10:00 AM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Legislative Update



Coffee Break

10:00 AM 10:30 AM North Great Hall


Re-evaluation, Rehabilitation and Resiliency: An Alpha 1/COPD Adventure

10:30 AM 11:30 AM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Re-Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Resiliency: An Alpha 1/COPD Adventure

A patient’s poignant narration of the onset of symptoms and his eventual diagnosis of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (genetic COPD). Follow his 23 year history of treatment, decline, lung transplantation and remarkable recovery.

Presentation includes the essentials of Alpha-1; how it is inherited, screening methods, and available therapies.

Session objectives:
1. Compare how Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency acquired lung disease differs from common COPD
2. Identify the target population that should be screened for Alpha-1 deficiency per ATS/ERS/AARC standards
3. Describe medical treatment specific to Alpha-1 deficient patients


Primary Care

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

11:30 AM 12:30 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Approximately 2% to 3% of the US population (an estimated 7.5 million Americans) has psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis, which affects about 80% to 90% of individuals with psoriasis, is often disfiguring and painful. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) occurs in approximately 30% of patients with psoriasis and can be associated with additional problems and comorbidities. Despite the availability of effective treatment options, many patients with psoriasis and PsA are not receiving optimal treatment needed to clear their symptoms and improve quality of life. This activity will improve knowledge, enhance competency, and build skills among NPs by examining the pathogenesis of psoriasis and PsA, evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment, and the expanding therapeutic options available for each condition.



12:30 PM 01:30 PM Ballroom West/ North Great Hall


101: Balancing Safety and Efficacy of Pediatric Asthma Therapy

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Room 130

Evaluation: Balancing Safety and Efficacy of Pediatric Asthma Therapy

Maci, a 6-year old female, was seen by me in consultation after doctors (a pediatric allergist) diagnosed allergies, misdiagnosed asthma. They prescribed and recommended adherence with higher-than-approved doses of both inhaled (Flovent 110 2 bid) and intranasal (Nasonex 2/nostril) corticosteroids and failed to recommend mouth rinsing and following guideline recommendations to reduce doses over about 18 months. Her doctors failed to respond to concerns raised by the parents (who adhered highly to the therapies) and recognize obvious physical signs of hypercorticism, causing her to develop growth and life-threatening adrenal gland suppression. This led to the formation of a non-profit corporation called Maci’s TEAMS (Teaching Everyone About Medication Safety), which will keep children on allergy and asthma medications safe by educating physicians and parents about proper diagnosis, doses and side effects.

Session objectives:
1. Discuss the diagnosis of asthma in children.
2. Review benefits and risks of ICS in children with asthma.
3. Discuss the prevention and early recognition of systemic side effects of ICS.


Acute Care

102: Dynamic Hemodynamic Monitoring

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Dynamic Hemodynamic Monitoring

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss evidence based approaches to hemodynamic monitoring. Fluid is often the initial resuscitation mechanism; it to assess the preload and whether the patient is volume responsive (Ć et al., 2017). Central venous pressure (CVP) is widely used as a measurement of volume; many studies have found it to be a poor predictor of volume responsiveness (Ć et al., 2017), (Calvin, Driedger, & Sibbald, 1981), (Marik, Cavallazzi, Vasu, & Hirani, 2009). Furthermore, about 50 percent of patients presenting in circulatory shock are not volume responsive (Pinsky, 2017). Giving volume without a clear indication can be harmful. Dynamic hemodynamic monitoring provides data supporting functional response to volume. There are numerous companies that utilize variety of different techniques to assess volume responsiveness. Many commercially available techniques often include pulse contour analysis to provide a variety of dynamic parameters including stroke volume variation (SVV) and pulse pressure variation (PPV). These parameters are not without limitations. Accuracy is dependent on factors that affect intra-thoracic pressure and tidal volume. Small volume challenge or passive leg raise are other tools that can be utilized, with less limitations, and provide volume responsiveness parameters (Pinsky, 2017). The use of dynamic monitoring in assessing volume responsiveness in shock patients is predictive and reliable.

Session objectives:
1. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe at least three key principles of hemodynamic monitoring.
2. At the end of this presentation, participants will discuss limitations to static hemodynamic monitoring.
3. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to compare and contast static status versus dynamic monitoring.
3. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to interpret advanced hemodynamic data for diagnosis and management of circulatory derangement induced by hypovolemia.


Professional Development

103: Interprofessional Collaboration: NPs on the Cutting Edge

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Room 160

Evaluation: Interprofessional Collaboration: NPs on the Cutting Edge

The purpose of this presentation is to build a foundation for future models of care that arepatient-centered and maximize the interaction of various health professions, working with thepatient to improve health outcomes. The presentation is applicable to all areas of practice andencourages creative thinking and team work, using an approach where participants in smallgroups think about the concept and share it with their group. This ICP methodology can resultin models that are both cost-effective and value-based. The idea behind this presentation is toencourage NPs to think outside of the box and to create new models of care that are beneficialto the patient and satisfying to the practitioners. It is a discovery model aimed at changing thestatus quo in health care and encouraging further exploration.

Session objectives:
1. Following the introduction of ICP concepts, participants will list one area where this would improve patient-centered care in their present practice. The presenter will solicit feedback from participants.
2. Using small groups and the Think-Share approach, participants will brainstorm potential benefits and barriers to this new practice model and share with peers in group.
3. Participants/groups will reflect on ICP and envision/create a model within their practice realm.
4. A spokesperson for each group will share elements of the model that they created as a building block to ICP.


Women's Health

104: Breast Cancer Genetics: Who Is High Risk?

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Breast Cancer Genetics: Who Is High Risk?

Genetics, especially related to breast cancer is an expanding field which has generated significant interest in both public and professional arenas. As providers, we are challenged to screen and refer the appropriate patients for evaluation, education, counseling and possible testing. We would like to help guide providers to expand their knowledge and understand the subtleties of appropriate referrals to the High Risk breast setting.

Session objectives:
1. Describe basic genetic concepts related to Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancers [HBOC].
2. Define NCCN guidelines for genetic testing related to HBOC.
3. Summarize the process of evaluation, education, and counseling of individuals seen in the High Risk Clinic.
4. Categorize the recommendations for individuals seen in the High Risk Clinic including risk reducing medications-risk and benefits. [RX]


Primary Care

105: Common Bugs and How to Treat Them (CAP, UTI, Strep and Cellulitis)

01:30 PM 02:30 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Common Bugs and How to Treat Them (CAP, UTI, Strep and Cellulitis)

This lecture will be in PowerPoint format and will begin with an overview of the importance of antibiotic stewardship and a review of current state of antimicrobial resistance along with some interesting facts. This presentation will then go on to cover the common causative organisms for CAP, UTI, Cellulitis and Strep Pharyngitis and the current guidelines for treatment. A review will be conducted for each antibiotic recommended included mechanism of action and alternatives for allergic patients. This presentation will also review local antibiotograms, how to access them and useful apps to keep current with treatment guidelines. The conclusion of the presentation will include an interactive quiz section to review the covered content.

Session objectives:
1. The participant will be able to identify which antibiotics are recommended to treat CAP, UTI, Cellulitis and Strep Pharyngitis and their mechanisms of action, dosing and duration (RX)
2. Participant will identify guidelines and resources for treating CAP, UTI, Cellulitis and strep pharyngitis
3. Participant will be able to independently utilize scoring criteria for strep pharyngitis


Coffee Break

02:30 PM 03:00 PM North Great Hall


201: ADHD in Children and Adolescents Part 1: Assessing for Comorbid Conditions

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 130

Evaluation: ADHD in Children and Adolescents Part 1: Assessing for Comorbid Conditions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurologically based disorder affecting approximately 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 years (CDC, 2011). The number of children with an ADHD diagnosis has increased, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011. Boys (13.2%) are more likely than girls (5.6%) to be diagnosed with ADHD (CDC, 2011).
The risk for comorbidity is high in children with ADHD and the presence of comorbid conditions warrants special consideration in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD. Making an accurate diagnosis of ADHD as well as other disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette’s disorder, learning disabilities, genetic disorders, anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder requires the use of standardized instruments, knowledge of symptoms and in some cases, specialized testing.
The purpose of this session will be to review significant information pertinent to comorbid conditions to be obtained when performing a developmental and behavioral history; the use of validated tools to assist in making an accurate diagnosis; and physical exam findings that may be suggestive of certain conditions.


Women's Health

202: Contraceptive Choices: A Case Study Approach

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Contraceptive Choices: A Case Study Approach

There are many contraceptive choices available today: natural family planning, barrier methods, spermicides, emergency contraception, hormonal prescriptions, long-acting reversible contraceptives, and permanent sterilization techniques. As such, the primary care provider may be uncomfortable in helping a patient make a choice that is suitable to patient preferences and medical needs. In an approach designed to engage the audience, I will present multiple case studies that illustrate the application of evidence-based insight to real life contraceptive needs and clinical situations. The audience will be encouraged to actively participate as scenarios are presented that will increase participants’ clinical acumen and comfort for contraceptive counseling, prescribing, and follow up.

Session objectives:
1. The participant will understand the use of the CDC’s US Medical Eligibility Criteria as a guide to contraceptive prescribing choices. (RX)
2. The participant will understand the precepts of evidence-based practice (patient values and preferences, provider expertise, and research findings) as a guide to contraceptive prescribing. (RX)



203: Pre-Op Anesthesia Assessment and Pearls

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 160

Evaluation: Pre-Op Anesthesia Assessment and Pearls

Over the past 50 years we have seen advancements in surgical techniques and anesthesia management which have helped to improve perioperative mortality. The primary care provider is frequently asked to evaluate the client prior to elective surgery and anesthesia. The primary provider plays a role in helping to identify risk factors which could impact anesthesia management of the patient. The primary care provider should understand the variables which are included in risk stratification when completing a surgical evaluation of the client prior to the elective surgery. It is sometimes necessary for the healthcare provider to order diagnostic testing but due to cost of these studies, it is important for the health care provider to question if the testing is necessary. There is often a need for the primary care provider to change the medication schedule of the client prior to surgery. In summary, it is important for the primary care provider to help maximize anesthesia outcomes by optimally preparing the client who is going to have elective surgery and general anesthesia.

Session objectives:
1. Identify components of pre-operation assessment to maximize anesthesia outcomes.
2. Review guidelines for pre-operative testing with associated rationale.
3. Summarize recommended alterations in patients' medications schedules prior to surgery.
4. Discuss risk stratification of pateitn having elective surgery.



204: Management of Acute and Chronic Wounds

03:00 PM 04:00 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Management of Acute and Chronic Wounds

This session will review causes of acute and chronic wounds, define and categorize types of wounds based on etiology and discuss primary wound care interventions . The influence of multiple co-morbidities and wound types will be explored as it related to treatment choices. This session will also discuss when and what types of adjunct therapies are indicated for stalled or non-healing wounds. Finally, several case studies will be presented to encourage group discussion and demonstrate how treatment choices can affect outcomes.

Session objectives:
1. Review presentation and differences in acute and chronic wound.
2. Discuss how the mechanism of injury and systemic disease affects treatment choices for acute and chronic wounds.
3. Review primary and adjunct treatment options for acute and chronic wounds.


Professional Development

205: Essential Entrepreneurship for Nurse Practitioners

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Essential Entrepreneurship for Nurse Practitioners

Have you ever thought “There is a better way” or considered starting your own business? If so, then this session is for you! Together, we will explore the current health care environment and it’s ripeness for NP led innovations and business ownership. We will discuss the value of NP entrepreneurship and the potential benefits for patients, payers and nurse practitioners. Sustainable business opportunities for nurse practitioners and strategies that create sustainable businesses will be explored. Finally, you will leave this session armed with resources and support to further your exploration into NP entrepreneurship and assist you in your entrepreneurial venture.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss NPs as necessary business disrupters in the current healthcare environment.
2. Articulate the value of NP Entrepreneurship and the potential benefits for patients and payers.
3. Identify sustainable opportunities for nurse-led care practices.
4. Analyze strategies that create sustainable NP business operations.
5. Locate and utilize resources and support for NP Entrepreneurship.


Acute Care

206: Non-Invasive Ventilation in Acute Care: Who, When, Where, and How

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Room 120

Evaluation: Non-Invasive Ventilation in Acute Care: Who, When, Where and How

Non-invasive ventilation has become increasingly popular in both the outpatient as well as the acute care setting. This topic focuses on the use of non-invasive ventilation to treat an acute medical condition for patients who are pending admission or are currently admitted to the hospital. The indications and contra-indications of non-invasive ventilation will be listed, including the relevant studies supporting those clinical decisions. The appropriate clinical site and monitoring parameters will be described along with transport considerations. A few case studies will demonstrate the process of application of non-invasive ventilation from the mask selection and initial settings to the titration of settings based on patient assessment and arterial blood gas results.

Session objectives:
1. List the indications for non-invasive ventilation
2. Describe situations where non-invasive ventilation is contra-indicated
3. Describe the appropriate setting for the initiation of non-invasive ventilation including necessary monitoring and transportation considerations
4. Discuss the process of application of non-invasive ventilation including mask selection, initial settings, and titration of settings based on arterial blood gas results



301: ADHD in Children and Adolescents Part 2: Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Management

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room 130

Evaluation: ADHD in Children and Adolescents Part 2: Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmocologic Management

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurologically based disorder affecting approximately 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 years (CDC, 2011). The number of children with an ADHD diagnosis has increased, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011. Boys (13.2%) are more likely than girls (5.6%) to be diagnosed with ADHD (CDC, 2011).
The risk for comorbidity is high in children with ADHD and the presence of comorbid conditions warrants special consideration in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD. Making an accurate diagnosis of ADHD as well as other disorders including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette’s disorder, learning disabilities, genetic disorders, anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder requires the use of standardized instruments, knowledge of symptoms and in some cases, specialized testing.
The purpose of this session will be: to review treatment options for ADHD and comorbid conditions. Behavioral and educational approaches to treatment will be identified. How to treat children with ADHD and comorbid conditions with medication will be discussed.
The use of medications to treat multiple symptoms including the use of stimulants, SSRIs and alpha-2 adrenergic medications will be reviewed.


Primary Care

302: ALS: From Dx to Death

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room 140

Evaluation: ALS: From Dx to Death

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Due to the progression of the disease many symptoms occur which can affect the quality of life of someone with ALS. This presentation will provide information about ALS, and the progression along the chronic disease trajectory. To better understand how this disease affects someone with ALS it will be presented in a case study format. This presentation will review the life of Mr. Johns, a patient with ALS, from the time of his diagnosis through his journey with ALS until his time of death. Getting palliative care involved early on in the disease process can have a positive effect on the quality of life of someone with ALS.

Session objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to verbalize a basic understanding of amylotrophic lateral sclerosis.
2. Attendees will be able to verbalize an understanding of the progression of amylotrophic lateral sclerosis along the chronic disease trajectory.
3. Attendees will be able to verbalize an understanding of palliative care.
4. Attendees will be able to identify specific changes in someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that would meet criteria for the person to be appropriate for hospice care.


Primary Care

303: PrEP: Prevent the Spread of HIV

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room 160

Evaluation: PrEP: Prevent the Spread of HIV

Did you know that HIV infection is preventable with only one pill a day? This session seeks to educate participants about how to screen for patients at risk for acquiring HIV using validated tools. The pharmacology of Truvada as PrEP will be presented, including efficacy and possible adverse effects and side effects. Participants will learn testing requirements for prescribing PrEP and necessary documentation and required follow-up. Finally, participants will be given time to ask questions specific to implementing PrEP programs at their own workplaces.

Session objectives:
1. Identify indications for PrEP
-How to screen patients
-MSM risk index (CDC)
2. Demonstrate understanding of Truvada as PrEP (Rx)
-Mechanism of action
-Side effects
3. Demonstrate understanding of managing patients on PrEP
-Required testing
4. Express concerns regarding implementing PrEP prescribing at participants' sites.


Primary Care

304: Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room South Great Hall

Evaluation: Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?

This presentation will discuss the opioid overdose epidemic statistics in Pennsylvania and nationally. During Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?, we will discuss: the prescription monitoring program and how the program has grown and assisted prescribers in the query of patients; opportunities for primary care providers to screen, brief intervention, and refer patients to the proper treatment program; treatment programs available to primary care providers; and the education and outreach programs for prescribers, dispensers, professional societies and executive leadership of health care.

Session objectives:
1. Discuss the history of Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania and US with statistics.
2. The participants will understand the purpose of the prescription monitoring program and the importance.
3. The participants will understand the role of the federal government in the Opioid crisis.
4. The participants will understand the guidelines for prescribing Opioids to their patients and important information to help them practice safely.


Acute Care

305: Delirium and Dementia in Acute Care

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room 120

Evaluation: Delirium and Dementia in Acute Care

This presentation will discuss identification and management of delirium and dementia in the acute care setting. A discussion of delirium super-imposed on dementia will be included. Key characteristics of both conditions will be provided. Management strategies will include pharmacologic, behavioral, and environmental options.

Session objectives:
1. Understand differences between dementia and delirium
2. Discuss non-pharmacologic management strategies for dementia and delirium
3. Understand the risks and benefits associated with psychotropic medications to treat dementia and delirium (RX)


Professional Development

306: Using Social Media for Advocacy: Social Media 101

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Using Social Media for Advocacy: Social Media 101

This program will focus on the use of social media for the novice. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn basics, “do’s and don’t”, which is the best platform to reach your target audience and how to evaluate your success.

Session objectives:
1. Understand use of social media in advocacy. Dos and Donts of: FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
2. Basic Facebook: Friends, uses, unfriending and sharing/resposting.
3. Basic Twitter: Set up, how it works, followers, following, muting, blocking and reporting.
4. Basic LinkedIn: Uses, set up (basics) and how to use for employment.
5. Basic Instagram: Uses, videos, sharing and linking accounts.


Networking Reception

05:15 PM 06:30 PM North Point Lobby


06:00 AM 06:55 AM East Pre-Function

Breakfast with Exhibitors

07:00 AM 08:00 AM North Great Hall

Primary Care

Clinical Pearls of Practice: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

08:00 AM 09:00 AM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Clinical Pearls of Practice: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Over the course of my career as a nurse practitioner, there have been many moments when I wished that someone had told me little clinical pearls to make my job easier. This lecture will focus on a variety of disease states and provide useful diagnostic and treatment information that may not be readily found in the literature but is helpful in clinical practice.

Session objectives:
1. Discuss 10-20 "clinical" pearls of practice related to various disease states.
2. Identify techniques to incorporate these clinical pearls into practice.


Professional Development

Malpractice Case Studies Against Nurse Practitioners

09:00 AM 10:00 AM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Malpractice Case Studies Against Nurse Practitioners

Learn by seeing the last 5 years of malpractice lawsuits against Nurse Practitioners. The session will review malpractice case studies against NPs and summarize the types of allegations, perceived injuries, and costs in defense of lawsuits against NPs. NSO will be releasing the 4th edition of its Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Study in time for the conference.

Session objectives:
1. Identify most frequent allegations against Nps
2. Identify injuries resulting in highest severity of indemnity payments
3. Identify key risk management recommendations to reduce exposure to malpractice claims
4. Learn specific risk management recommendations based upon case studies


Coffee Break

10:00 AM 10:30 AM North Great Hall

Primary Care

Top New Medications in Primary Care

10:30 AM 11:30 AM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Top New Medications in Primary Care

Keeping up with new medications, particularly given the recent trend towards direct to consumer advertising, is one of the true challenges of primary care. Ms. Wright will focus on the top new, widely used medications, including their appropriate uses, adverse effects and drug interactions.

Session objectives:
1. Identify 10-20 new medications.
2. Discuss the use, side effects, drug-drug interactions, and benefits of each of the medications.
3. Discuss updates related to labeling, indications, risks associated with various medications.



11:30 AM 12:45 PM Ballroom West

Primary Care

401: Management of Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

12:45 PM 01:45 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Management of Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the Unites States, affecting 40 million adults. Major depressive disorder affects more than 15 million adults and is the leading cause of disability in individuals ages 15 to 44. In 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its recommendations to include routine screening for depression of the general adult population, pregnant and postpartum women. Furthermore, approximately 70-80% of antidepressants are prescribed in primary care, making it critical that clinicians know how to use them and have a system that supports best practices (Mojtabai, 2008). This presentation will provide an overview of the DSM-5 criteria and screening tools utilized for diagnosing Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; review the mechanism of action, side effects, and clinical pearls in terms of prescribing antidepressants and anxiolytics in the primary care setting; and highlight common drug interactions with antidepressants and anxiolytics.

Session objectives:
1. Describe the DSM-5 criteria and screening tools utilized for diagnosing Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (15 minutes)
2. Explain the mechanism of action, side effects, and clinical pearls in terms of prescribing antidepressants and anxiolytics in the primary care setting.
3. Identify common drug interactions with antidepressants and anxiolytics.



402: Pediatric Immunization Delay: Case Studies

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Room 130

Evaluation: Pediatric Immunization Delay: Case Studies

Medically underserved, complex pediatric patients with immunization delays are challenging to even the most experienced nurse practitioner. Using a case study approach, participating nurse practitioners will have the opportunity to analyze several common pediatric immunization delay scenarios and apply specific strategies to bring delayed children up to date and avoid missed immunization opportunities. In addition, participants will be able to formulate a plan of care for clinical scenarios involving medical complexity thereby formulating a plan for the entire case.

Session objectives:
1. (RX )After participating in this lecture/discussion,
-the NP will be able to analyze several common cases and apply several vaccine rules to bring delayed children up to date and avoid missed immunization opportunities.
2. (RX) After participating in this lecture/discussion 
- the NP will be able to evaluate and manage a child with delayed immunizations and determine a specific managment strategy for common clinical scenarios involving medical complexity thereby formulating a plan for the entire case.


Acute Care

403: TeleDermatology and Common Derm Issues in the Hospitalized Patient

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Teledermatology and Common Derm Issues in the Hospitalized Patient

Due to a supply demand mismatch, or an increased number of patients requiring dermatology services and not enough trained providers in dermatology, has given rise to alternative methods such as teledermatology to assist with improved access to dermatology services. Bullous pemphigoid is and idiopathic autoimmune disease that is frequently seen in the older adult patient. The treatment plan for bullous pemphigoid patients may consist of steroids and or biologic agents such as cellcept or Imuran. Scabies is another skin condition that is seen amongst the older adult population. Due the difficulties with the skin scraping process, treatment for scabies is often initiated with 5% permethrin and perhaps oral treatment with ivermectin. Due to polypharmacy, the older adult population is often at risk for a drug reaction. Skin biopsy and blood work is often need to help differentiate a drug reaction as opposed to a condition that may mimic those signs and symptoms. Treatment for these complex drug reactions can be variable from case to case. Vasculitis is essentially an inflammation of blood vessels, that is caused by an antibody attack on the vessels. A skin biopsy along with a bloodwork analysis is often needed to help isolate the underlying cause of the disorder and treatment is dependent upon the cause. English, J., Huen, A., Patton, T., & Grandinetti, L. (Eds.). (2015). Skin and Systemic Disease a Clinicians Guide (pp. 13-207). Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press. Soutor, C., & Hordinsky, M. (Eds.). (2013). Clinical Dermatology (pp.22-297). New York: McGraw Hill. Thomas, D., & Burkemper, N. (Eds.). (2013). Geriatric Dermatology (pp. 332-541). Philadelphia, PA.: Elsevier.

Session objectives:
1. Review causative agent for scabies, how to diagnosis, and treatment with (permetherin and ivermectin).
2. Review the pathophysiology behind bullous pemphigoid , diagnostic work up and treatment with either (steroids or biological agents- cellcept, imuran ect).
3. Understand the various types of drug reactions a when to treat or not treat with (steroids).
4. Vasculitis, undersand the variable causes of vasculitis and for which types may require treatment with (steriods).


Primary Care

404: Targeted Therapeutic Lifestyle Management and Shared Decision Making in Diabetes

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Targeted Therapeutic Lifestyle Management and Shared Decision Making in Diabetes

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States affecting 29.1 million Americans and costing 245 billion dollars annually for this disease alone. The numbers are growing and staggering. Of the almost 30 million persons with diabetes, 43.2% have a HbA1c above 7.0%. Diabetes affects more people and at a younger age than ever before. Diabetes is chronic and left uncontrolled lead to a wide range of co-morbidities up to and including death. Treatment includes continuous medical management as well as patient self-management to prevent acute complications and minimize the risk of complications that develop over time. Research evidence on shared decision-making and health coaching indicates that there are significant benefits of this model of care with persons with diabetes. In an effort to facilitate shared decision making and health coaching practice change the following PICOT question was selected to guide this practice change: Will persons with diabetes with a HbA1c greater than 7.0% (P) who undergo targeted, therapeutic lifestyle management utilizing shared-decision making (I) rather than standard of care teaching (C) have a reduction in HbA1c (O) three months after training (T)?

Session objectives:
1. Understanding the impact and use of shared-decision making in diabetic patients.
2. Describe the diabetes endemic and the co morbidities associated if left untreated.
3. Describe implementation of a shared decision-making model in your practice.


Professional Development

405: NP Value in Value-Based Reimbursement: Knowledge is Power

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Room 160

Evaluation: NP Value in Value-Based Reimbursement: Knowledge is Power

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) calls for a foundational shift in Medicare reimbursement from a fee for service (quantity) based model toward one that incentivizes and rewards high quality, high value care. Nurse Practitioners are uniquely qualified to succeed in these models without any sacrifice to the personalized care they deliver. This session describes the new MACRA Quality Payment Program and its implications for your practice whether you are a new or seasoned provider, work as an employee, or own your own practice. Understanding this new model and how your work can impact reimbursement can also arm you with information to better negotiate your contract and compensation package.

Session objectives:
1. Attendees will develop a basic understanding of Value-Based Reimbursemen and the critical role of NPs in these systems.
2. Attendees will be able to identify major value based care and reimbursement models including, but not limited to Patient Centered Medical Homes, Acountable Care Organizations, and the Quality Payment Program.
3. Attendees will identify at least 3 sources to obtain additional information and resources to increase the likelihood of success in value based reimbursement models
4. Attendees will be prepared to successfully utililze this knowlege in career advancement activities such as salary and contract negotiation, and transition to leadership roles.



501: The Opioid Crisis: Maternal and Infant Issues

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 130

Evaluation: The Opioid Crisis: Maternal and Infant Issues

The opioid crisis has continued to ravage our state. Within this sweeping crisis are smaller populations that are being adversely affect, yet often overlooked. The mother who is pregnant and addicted to opioids and her growing infant. These mothers need specific medical care, counseling and referral services that will provide optimal care for them, as well as, the growing infant. Once the mother delivers, these issues continue and new ones arise. The infant may need treatment or opioid withdrawal (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome). The mother will need continued support for her addiction issues. Now she will now education on how to provide newborn care and care for her infant who has NAS. This education needs to include pharmacological and non-pharmacological management for the infant. The infant’s family needs to be encourage to participate in the infant’s care and supported with appropriate referral services. The goal is to support the family and not criminalize the family. This mother child dyad need medical treatment, behavioral support, and referrals for them to succeed. Practitioners need to be aware of the issues facing the mother/infant, when to be concerned, what services to recommend, appropriate medical treatment and length of treatment for mother and infant, and appropriate referrals for both mother and infant that will provide optimal support and success.

Session objectives:
1. Recognize mental health referral needs of families with opiate addiction in pregnancy and postpartum period.
2. Identify collaborative care treatment measures for women with perinatal opiate addiction.
3. Indentify educational needs of mothers with opiate addiction in realtion to their infants needs. 
4. Discuss non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment for infants.


Primary Care

502: Evolving Role of PSA

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Evolving Role of PSA

The advent of the prostatic specific antigen (PSA) test in the 1980’s and its role in early prostate cancer detection has evolved in its general application to the male population. Widespread implementation of PSA lead to a significant increase in disease diagnosis yet questions arose regarding its impact on decreasing prostate cancer related death. The hallmark clinical data is from two randomized prostate-cancer screening trials from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial on prostate-cancer mortality in the United States and the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate-Cancer to evaluate the effect of screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing on death rates from prostate cancer. These randomized trials placed the effectiveness of PSA screening in doubt, prompting the grade D rating (recommendation against PSA-based screening) from the United States preventative Task Force (USPTF). The recommendation is based on the evidence of both the benefits and harms, that the reduction in prostate cancer mortality is very small, and that PSA screening for prostate cancer does not outweigh the harms. While this has had an impact on PSA use contemporarily, its effects are being reassessed. The validity of at least one of the Phase 3 trials has come under further scrutiny, which may suggest reevaluation of the taskforce guidelines we use in every day practice. There have been several reevaluations of the PLCO and European trials as well as various trends and criticisms. The rise in the presentation of high risk prostate cancer may be in part reflective of a movement away from screening and possibly a reconsideration for the D-grade. The dichotomy between American Urological Association and other society stances on PSA testing, versus the USPTF, is a current dilemma of great magnitude for advanced practicenurses, primary care physicians, urologists and patients prompting ongoing review and shareddecision making.

Session objectives:
1. Understand the historical perspective of PSA testing and operational characteristics of PSA as a screening tool.
2. Develop an in depth knowledge of the major clinical trials, and general application of the evidence based data to the population and general clinical practice.
3. Appreciate the significant controversies in the current clinical guidelines, and the direct impact these guidelines have on clinical practice patterns, and the need for shared decision making.


Acute Care

503: Acute Kidney Injury: Cases from the Office, ER and Hospital

02:00 PM 03:00 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: Acute Kidney Injury: Cases from the Office, ER and Hospital

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is an abrupt and usually reversible decline in kidney function. I will review incidence, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, and risk factors. I will explore pharmacologic agents that increase risk and are involved in management of AKI. I will list complications of CKD, including volume overload, electrolyte imbalance, acid-base disorders. We will discuss monitoring of AKI in the acute phase and progression to chronic kidney disease (CKD), management with dialysis and prognosis. I will include three case presentations. First, AKI in a patient in the office setting who presented with knee pain and was placed on NSAIDS. Next, I will review a case of a patient who presents to the ER with fever, chills, cough and elevated creatinine. Finally, a hospitalized patient who has diabetes, CAD and presents with chest pain in need of cardiac catheterization with an elevated creatinine.

Session objectives:
1. Learner will understand the pathophysiology of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
2. Learner will understand risk factors including drugs that worsen risk of AKI and pharmocologic management of AKI. (RX)
3. Learner will review case study of patients with AKI in the office, ER and hospital.


Professional Development

504: Marketing Strategies for Nurse Practitioners

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Marketing Strategies for Nurse Practitioners

This presentation provides a road map for nurse practitioners who need to make themselves heard in a crowded healthcare system. In our nursing history we have been played a largely subordinate role that has encouraged us to work hard and say little. However, in this new era, nurses have discovered they have an incredible expertise and that needs to be shared. Unfortunately our voices and opinions get muffled in this densely packed healthcare arena for several reasons. In this presentation, I will discu a roadmap on how to amplify the voice of nursing through marketing basics. Just understanding some core basic principles of marketing can amplify a message profoundly. I will conclude with a plan on how to get started in positioning yourself to be heard.

Session objectives:
1. Learner will identify 3 major reasons why marketing is important to her career.
2. Learner will verbalize the 5 fundamentals of promoting oneself.
3. Learner will be able to implement 3 strategies that will improve visibility to the NP.
4. Learner will identify 5 ways to implement the strategies for best results.


Primary Care

505: CAM: What Your Patients Are Taking Instead of Their Prescribed Medications-

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Room 160

Evaluation: CAM: What Your Patients Are Taking Instead of Their Prescribed Medications

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been traditionally defined as “diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered a part of conventional medicine” (NCCAM, 2011). Complementary medicine encompasses approaches used in conjunction with conventional medicine while alternative medicine includes approaches used in lieu of medical therapeutics and pharmacologics. At present, non- vitamin, non-mineral supplements and herbals remain the most commonly used CAMS. Approximately 75% of adults are using dietary supplements and herbal products are used by another 20% of the population (Gilldayhyl, et al, 2016). Numerous descriptive epidemiology studies have concluded that patients have insufficient knowledge of both their prescribed medications and products they buy independent of their providers, either over the counter or on the internet (Ozkum, et al, 2014). The lack of FDA regulations related to the safety and efficacy of supplements raises concerns that patients may be taking these products under the false assumption that they are regulated similar to prescription medications. Post marketing case reports of adverse events are sporadic and poorly monitored. This presentation will use actual patient case studies to explore evidence related to potential benefits versus harm from currently popular herbs and supplements for weight loss, sleep disturbances, and other chronic conditions. The objectives for this pharmacologic update will be to (1) increase knowledge of the mechanisms of action for current homeopathic supplements; (2) to outline the potential use and misuse of OTC and supplements based on current evidence; and (3) to describe potential adverse drug events and dangerous interactions between supplements and prescribed medications.

Session objectives:
1. To increase knowledge of the mechanisms of action for current homeopathic supplements;
2. To outline the potential use and misuse of OTC and supplements based on current evidence;
3. To describe potential adverse drug events and dangerous interactions between supplements and prescribed medications.



03:00 PM 03:15 PM East Pre-Function

Primary Care

601: Deprescribing Safely in the Older Adult

03:15 PM 04:15 PM South Great Hall

Evaluation: DePrescribing Safely in the Older Adult

By 2030, at least 20% of the world’s population will be ≥65 years of age (Ortman et al., 2014). With advancing age, increased comorbidities and frailty, residents are likely to be prescribed more medications (Cesari et al., 2016). Deprescribing refers to removing medications with more risk than benefit (Reeve, Gnjidic, Long, & Hilmer, 2015). Health care providers may have difficulty evaluating medications and being able to safely deprescribe due to barriers such as poor communication between settings and specialists, infrequency of patient visits to the office, and lack of patient knowledge about why they even take each medication. A systematic review of the literature was utilized to develop an evidence-based Provider Admission Medication Screening (PAMS) tool for a local SNF which can be utilized in many settings.

Session objectives:
1. (RX) Participant will be able to restate at least three reasons polypharmacy is a problem in older adults.
2. (RX) Participant will list 5 steps to use in deprescribing safely.
3. (RX) Participant will be able to identify 5 high risk medications. which should be avoided if possible in adults 65 and older.
4. (RX) Participant will be able to state safer alternatives to high risk medications to treat common conditions.


Primary Care

602: Reducing Readmissions Through Transitions in Care

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 130

Reducing Readmissions through Transitions in Care

Transitional care refers to care and services required for the safe and timely transfer of patients from one level of care to another (e.g. acute to subacute) or from one type of healthcare setting to another (e.g. hospital to home). High-quality transitional care is especially important for vulnerable groups of older adults coping with complex chronic conditions because these patients are typically cared for by multiple providers and move among various health care settings.Interprofessional collaboration has been identified as one significant process variable in affecting patient outcomes. Timely communication during transitions in care is important to achieve quality care. There is a need among nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers for an increased understanding of the most effective transitional care interventions, individual and system-wide factors that affect transitions in care, and how interventions affect caregivers. The features of transitional care services include continuity of care across settings and clear communication of the plan of care among the providers, patients, and caregivers. This sessionwill focus on the key concepts of transitional care, models of transitional care, and billing for transitional care services. There will be an emphasis on the evidence of the effectiveness of transitional care for improving the care and outcomes of high-risk, high-cost, and high-volume patient groups.

Session objectives:
1. Define and discuss complexity of care transitions.
2. Identify gaps in care and barriers to safe transitions in care.
3. Discuss models of transitions in care.
4. Discuss transitional care management (TCM) codes and requirements for reimbursement.


Mental Health

603: Mental Illness During the Peri-Partum Period

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 140

Evaluation: Mental Illness during the Peri-Partum Period

This presentation will discuss common psychiatric disorders that occur during the peripartum period. Special consideration for the peripartum population in regards to these disorders will be provided. Information on how to educate the client regarding their disorder and treatment options will be discussed. Information on the use of psychotropic medications in this population will be a focus of this presentation.

Session objectives:
1. Identify common psychiatric disorders that occur during peripartum period.
2. Understand how to diagnose common psychiatric disorders that occur during the peripartum period.
3. Adequately appraise safety and risk concerns for specific mental health issues in peripartum period.
4. Understand how to treat psychiatric illness with psychotropic medication during and after pregnancy AND be able to engage in risk/benefit discussion of the use of particular psychotropic medications in this period (RX).


Acute Care

604: Morbid Obesity: Multisystem Considerations for Acute Care

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 170

Evaluation: Morbid Obesity: Multisystem Considerations for Acute Care

Morbid obesity is an increasing problem for healthcare providers, with almost 1/3 of the adults in Pennsylvania classified as obese in the year 2015. This has increased dramatically over the last 25 years, more than doubling from 13.9 % to 30 %. It is also a nationwide problem with no state less than 20 % of the adult population classified as obese. Just as pediatric patients are not just little adults and have their own considerations for care; morbidly obese patients are not just big adults. This lecture will describe the pathophysiologic effects of morbid obesity on the multiple organ systems of the body. The adjustments that should be made to safely perform acute care procedures on morbidly obese patients are listed. Drug pharmacokinetics are altered for multiple drug classifications in morbidly obese patients. Knowing the alterations in the pharmacokinetics will help providers adjust medication orders to obtain the appropriate therapeutic effects.

Session objectives:
1. Describe the pathophysiologic effects of morbid obesity on the multiple organ systems of the body.
2. List adjustments which must be made for acute care procedures for morbidly obese patients.
3. Discuss the changes in pharmacokinetics for multiple drug classes in morbidly obese patients and how to adjust medication orders to obtain appropriate therapeutic effect (RX).


Primary Care

605: Case Studies in Cardiology and Oncology

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Room 160

Evaluation: Case Studies in Cardiology and Oncology

The treatment for oncologic diagnosis has drastically changed in the past decade. The treatment modalities may improve oncologic survival but may cause untoward cardiovascular complications included, but not limited to, radiation related valvular heart disease, drug induced cardiomyopathy as well as restrictive coronary artery disease. During this presentation, a variety of case studies will be discussed with a focus on managing treatment related cardiovascular complications.

Session objectives:
1. Discuss survivorship related to common oncology diagnosis.
2. Discuss common treatment modalities associated with cardiovascular complications.
3. Discuss treatment strategies to minimize or ameliorate cardiovascular complications in oncology patients.