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Nursing CEs

This conference is approved for Nursing CEs by the California Board of Registered Nursing, TAANA Provider Number cep16785.

Legal Education Credits

Alabama State Bar (pdf)

  • General Credit: 10.00
  • Ethics Credit: 2.00
  • Total CLE: 12.00; See sessions below

New York State Bar

Pennsylvania State Bar

  • General Credit: 10.00
  • Ethics Credit: 2.00
  • Total CLE: 12.00; See sessions below

Texas State Bar (pdf)

  • General Credits: 9.00
  • Ethics Credit: 2.00
  • Total CLE: 11.00; See sessions below

Daily Schedule


Time

Eastern

Thursday, October 21
Nursing Liability Coverage Workshop
(Live)

 

Time

Eastern

Live Conference Sessions
Beginning at 3:45pm Eastern
Thursday, Oct 21

Nursing CE: pending

CLE: 0.00

Pre-Recorded Poster Sessions will be available to attendees throughout the conference

Poster sessions are shown below. Posters are approved for Nursing CE. Posters are not approved for CLE.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Welcome & Announcements

  • TAANA President
  • TAANA Foundation

4:15pm - 5:15pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00


Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Cassandra Williams

Session 1. NSO Presentation on Malpractice Claims and Data

Presentation Handout

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM; Aon/Nurses Service Organization (NSO); Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM; CNA Healthcare Risk Control; Atlanta, Georgia

Learner Objectives:

  1. List the leading allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits.
  2. List the leading allegations made against nurses in Board of Nursing complaints.
  3. Identify key risk management tools that nurses can incorporate into their practice.

Presenter Bio:

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, is Risk Manager for Nurses Service Organization in the Healthcare Division of Aon’s Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. Specializing in risk management and having worked in the health care insurance business for over 18 years, Jennifer is dedicated to educating nurses and health care professionals on professional liability risks and offers strategies to mitigate those risks by supporting patient safety principles and developing quality management programs. In addition to being a frequent national speaker on healthcare risk and liability, Jennifer is also a published author on various risk management topics. Jennifer is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and is a licensed Property & Casualty agent. She earned a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Lynn Pierce, RN, BSN, CPHRM, is Risk Control Director for CNA Healthcare Risk Control. Prior to joining CNA, she worked in such clinical settings as emergency, surgical and cardiac critical care, and cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation services. She has served as a director of risk management in acute care hospitals and integrated health care systems and has held leadership positions in risk management, quality, HIPAA privacy, environmental and patient safety, case management, corporate compliance, Workers’ Compensation and infection control. In 2002, she became a certified legal nurse consultant, achieved the LEAN Green Belt Certification and a certified Workers’ Compensation professional in Georgia. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Dalton College in Dalton, Georgia and a BSN from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia and is currently attending Spring Arbor University with plans to graduate with a Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
5:30pm

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Time

Eastern

Live Conference Sessions
Beginning at 10:30am Eastern
Friday, Oct 22

10:30am - 11am

Welcome & Announcements

  • TAANA President
  • TAANA Foundation

11am - 12noon

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Hahnah Williams

Session 2. What is Telehealth Practice: Regulatory Oversight and Professional Considerations during COVID and Beyond

Learner Objectives:

  1. Understand what is considered the practice telehealth prior to and during COVID.
  2. Identification of regulations, laws and professional codes that govern this practice.
  3. Awareness of professional abilities, liabilities and limits.

Presenter Bio:

Randi has a corporate, administrative and healthcare technology practice, Kopf HealthLaw, LLC. She is a nationally recognized speaker. She provides general and health law counsel to physicians, nurses, allied health practitioners and health associations locally and nationally. Ms. Kopf's professional experience includes faculty and instructor positions at Georgetown, Univ. of Maryland and Adelphi University, authoring several books and multiple articles. She contributed to AHLA’s Health Law Academic Curriculum project, serves on the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission Peer Review Panel and participated with Maryland’s Health Care Commission’s HIPAA Task Force. Ms. Kopf has provided legal support for several U.S. Congressional health care bills and advocated on behalf of physicians before the U.S. Attorney's Health Care Fraud Task Force. She served as Health Law Section Chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Ms. Kopf received the Cornell University Alumni Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, was voted as a “Super Lawyer” for Maryland and DC and America’s Most Honored Professional, served on the Board of Directors for the Charles E. Smith Life Communities. Education – BS Cornell, BS & MS SUNY Stony Brook, JD Univ. of Maryland School of Law. Admitted to practice - Maryland, DC & the Supreme Court. Board Certified Family/Oncology Nurse Practitioner over 25 years. Randi currently serves as President of TAANA Foundation and Chesapeake Nurse Attorneys, Inc. Received from TAANA - Outstanding Advocate Award, Outstanding Legislative & Compliance Section Member Award, Cynthia Northrop Distinguished Service Award (twice), a former editor and author for the Journal of Nursing Law.

12noon - 1pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Marc Meyer

Session 3. Board Governance: Managing Conflicts of Interest

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the legal duties of a board member.
  2. Describe conflict of interest for a board member.
  3. Implement strategies to avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest.

Presenter Bio:

Marla J. Weston dedicated her career to improving the professional practice environment for nurses and the quality of care for patients. She served as a nurse executive in hospitals, the government and, associations. From 2009-2018, she served as the CEO of the American Nurses Association Enterprise. Her leadership transformed ANA into one of the fastest growing nonprofit associations. Under her leadership, membership increased by over 40%, financial assets grew over $40M to an annual budget over $75M, and Forbes described ANA as “an increasingly politically powerful lobbying force in Washington and state capitals across the country.” Marla now applies her extensive national board and committee experience, consulting with organizations to create high performing boards, generate innovative strategic planning, transform organizational and individual performance, and develop collaborative partnerships. She is a noted speaker, meeting facilitator, and has extensively published on diverse topics including professional nursing practice, leadership, the future of healthcare, and improving wellness, resilience, and joy in nursing. Her research is in the area of professional practice nursing environments and is currently focused on developing an instrument to measure professional governance. She is a co-author of the blog, Calling the Leadership Circle. Dr. Weston earned a BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a MS in nursing degree from Arizona State University, and a PhD at the University of Arizona. In 2012, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in 2017 was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

1pm - 2pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Marc Meyer

Session 4. Evidence in Nursing Licensure Actions and Practical Solutions
  • Yolonda Green, JD; Administrative Law Judge; Florida Division of Administrative Hearings; Tallahassee, Florida

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify examples of valuable evidence to support presentation of a case.
  2. Identify Methods to preserve evidence and the record.
  3. Evaluate evidence offered in an evidentiary matter.
  4. Identify pitfalls offering certain evidence and how to overcome them.

Presenter Bio:

Yolonda Green, a graduate of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, has served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Division of Administrative Hearings since August 2016. She has practiced in both the public and private sector throughout her legal career. Before becoming an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Green served as an attorney supervisor at the Florida Department of Health-Prosecution Services Unit. While working with the Department, Judge Green prosecuted licensure disciplinary matters before several healthcare boards, including the Florida Board of Nursing. In addition to public service, Judge Green, worked with a state-wide civil litigation defense law firm. As a defense attorney, she litigated matters involving medical malpractice, premises liability, and disciplinary licensure complaints. Judge Green is actively engaged in civic activities in the community. She volunteers as a member of the American Cancer Society Leon/Havana Relay for Life committee, as an executive board member of the Tallahassee Barristers (Bar) Association and as a member of various other voluntary bar organizations throughout the Nation. In addition to service in voluntary bar organizations, Judge Green serves on the Florida Bar Clients’ Security Fund committee and is a member of the Administrative Law and Health Care Law Sections. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and writing.

2pm - 2:15pm
Break

2:15pm - 3:15pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00 (Ethics)

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Diane Knoblauch

Session 5. Scope of Practice and Ethical Issues for Nurse Practitioners
  • Presentation Handout
  • Melanie Balestra, JD, NP, MN, BSN; Law Offices of Melanie Balestra; Rancho Mirage, California

Learner Objectives:

  1. Define scope of practice.
  2. List two scope of practice issues and resolutions.
  3. List two ethical issues and possible resolutions.
  4. List two risk management strategies for practicing within the scope of practice.

Presenter Bio:

Melanie is a PNP and an attorney in Newport Beach, California focusing on legal and business issues that affect health care providers and representing them before their Boards. She advises on the legal aspects of starting a practice.  She lectures nationally on this subject and liability issues.  She is published in Journal for Nurse Practitioners, The Nurse Practitioner and Medscape. She is Past President of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.  She continues practicing as a PNP at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

3:15pm - 4:15pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Katherine Anselmi

Session 6. NCSBN's Adverse Event Decision Pathway For Nurse Leaders/Administrators

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify nursing executives' barriers to reporting serious adverse events to a board of nursing.
  2. Understand the Adverse Event Decision Pathway.
  3. Relate the NCSBN study and how the AEDP made significant impacts on the study participants' disciplinary decisions.

Presenter Bio:

Kathleen Russell, a lawyer and a nurse, is an Associate Director in the Division of Nursing Regulation for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Kathleen’s professional background includes 40 years of nursing, legal, and non-profit leadership experience. She practiced nursing as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and nursing educator, and law as a trial attorney.  At NCSBN, she is responsible for services provided to member boards related to investigation and discipline, National Practitioner Data Bank reporting, alternative to discipline programs, substance use disorder, licensure fraud and most recently cannabis. She has written many professional articles and speaks on a variety of topics.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Katherine Anselmi

Session 7. The Role of Judicial Review in Professional Discipline

  • Presentation Handout
  • Amigo Wade, Acting Director; Virginia Division of Legislative Services; Richmond, Virginia

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants will be exposed to a basic level of case law analysis as it pertains to professional licensure actions against nurses.
  2. Identify key legal issues facing Boards of Nursing when (i) reviewing licensing applications, (ii) imposing professional discipline, and (iii) protecting the confidentiality of patient information, and how the issues are resolved under judicial review.

Presenter Bio:

Amigo Wade received his B A from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his J D from Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C.  Between 1988 and 1997 Amigo served in several capacities for the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, including Assistant Director for Investigation and Adjudication. In 1997, Amigo began work with the Virginia Division of Legislative Services serving as legal counsel to the Committee on General Laws and Technology of the Virginia Senate. In 2018, he became Deputy Director of the agency and since December 2019 he has served as Acting Director. Amigo has conducted numerous workshops, webinars, and training sessions and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.

5:15pm - 6pm Annual Business Meeting

Time

Eastern

Live Conference Sessions
Beginning at 10:50am Eastern
Saturday, Oct 23

10:50am - 11am

Welcome & Announcements

  • TAANA President
11am - 11:45am

Section & Committee Updates

  • Open to all conference participants
  • Solo Practice Manual Announcement

11:45am - 12:45pm

AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

Nursing CE: 1.00

Moderator:
Marlene Garvis

Session 8. The Effect of OIG’s Exclusion Authorities on Nurses

  • Nancy W. Brown, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC
  • Felicia Heimer, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC
  • Jonathan L. Culpepper, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC

Learner Objectives:

  1. Introduction to OIG and its' services.
  2. Review and discuss OIG Administrative Sanctions.
  3. Explore "Exclusions" its Impact.
  4. Review case studies and resources about Mandatory v. Permissive Exclusion.

Presenter Bios:

  • Nancy W. Brown is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She is also a proud alum of the Howard University School of Law (HUSL) where she earned her J.D. After finishing HUSL, Ms. Brown became a member of the New York Bar and worked in private practice before becoming an Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. She civilly prosecuted financial fraud cases and specialized in consumer protection and consumer fraud.  Ms. Brown relocated to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where she continued her efforts to combat fraud.  Ms. Brown left the FTC to work as Senior Counsel for the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services where she has been practicing health care law since 2006.  Ms. Brown’s health care portfolio includesprovider Self-Disclosures, False Claims Act cases, Civil Monetary Penalty cases, exclusion matters, and she also negotiates and monitors Corporate Integrity Agreements with health care providers around the country.Ms. Brown has been a speaker at numerous health care law symposiums and conferences including AHLA, NAMFCU, NAMPIand HCCA.  Ms. Brown has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia for nearly 10 years as well as an adjunct professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

  • Felicia Heimer is a senior attorney with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) where she represents the agency on a wide range of healthcare fraud and compliance matters including the settlement of cases arising under the civil False Claims Act, the resolution of matters under the Self-Disclosure Protocol, and the negotiation and monitoring of Corporate Integrity Agreements. Prior to entering government service, Ms. Heimer worked for a global litigation advisory firm assisting health systems, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their boards of directors in responding to government investigations and conducting internal compliance reviews. Ms. Heimer began her legal career at an academic medical center and research institute in Southern California. Ms. Heimer is a frequent speaker on healthcare fraud and compliance issues, and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses on healthfcare fraud and abuse laws, and healthcare payment and policy matters. She received her B.A, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago, her M.P.H. from University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from Whittier College. She is a member of the California Bar.

  • Jonathan is an attorney with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) where he represents the agency in affirmative program exclusions and civil monetary penalties against health care providers. Mr. Culpepper also works on False Claims Act matters and the negotiation and monitoring of Corporate Integrity Agreements. Prior to working for the OIG, Mr. Culpepper worked at health care regulatory firm called Liles Parker, PLLC. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Howard University, and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. At Northeastern, Mr. Culpepper concentrated in Health Law and Policy. He is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar. 

    12:45pm - 1:45pm

    AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

    Nursing CE: 1.00

    Moderator:
    Marlene Garvis

    Session 9. Unconscious/Implicit Bias and Its Impact on TAANA Members Efforts Regarding Diversity, Inclusion, Equality and Racism

    • Jay B. Marks, PhD; Diversity and Equity Consultant, Oakland County Intermediate School District, Oakland County, Michigan
    • Robert A. Martin, PhD; Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Define unconscious/implicit bias.
    2. State three elements of unconscious/implicit bias.
    3. Identify how unconscious/implicit bias impacts us in our interactions with others in TAANA and in our work environment.
    4. Identify how unconscious/implicit bias impacts others whom we interact with in TAANA and in our work environment.
    5. State two ways to mitigate or reduce unconscious/implicit bias in our interactions with others in TAANA and in our work environment.
    Presenter Bio:

    Jay B. Marks, Ph.D. is a widely-respected educator who has been in education since 1991, where he began his career as a Special Education Teacher at Northern High School with the Detroit Public School System. During his career he has served as a classroom teacher for 17 years with both Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, as well as an educational consultant on the national level. Currently, Dr. Marks is a Diversity and Equity Consultant with Oakland Schools (the Intermediate School District in Oakland County, Michigan) where he serves and supports the professional development needs of the 28 school districts within Oakland County. He is highly sought after for his work in the area equity focused on Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Cultural Competence, Courageous Conversations about Race, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Educating African American Males, and Student Engagement. In addition to his professional work in the field of education, he has been mentoring youth since 1989, and has started several mentoring programs in the Metropolitan Detroit Area as a result of his experiences. His academic credentials include a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University (1990), M.A. degree from University of Detroit Mercy (1995), and an Ed. Specialist Certificate (1997) and Ph.D. (2005) in Curriculum and Instruction both from Wayne State University. As a graduate student, Dr. Marks studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England as a student in their British Studies Program. Dr. Marks is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Amari (18) and Jalia (15).

    Robert A. Martin is a Special Instructor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University in the Educational Leadership program and serves as the Coordinator for the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership degree. In 2016, he retired from Chief of Staff for Utica Community Schools and Assistant Superintendent for West Bloomfield Schools. His research expertise includes Leadership, Cultural Proficiency, and Student Engagement. His collegiate experience includes the University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University, Lipscomb University, and Rochester University. Robert facilitates sessions for public and privates schools, Michigan Department of Education, Henry Ford Health Systems and community activities related to his research areas. Robert graduated from the University of Michigan, B.M., Wayne State University, M.Ed. and Oakland University, Ph.D. He has served as a teacher, building principal, Leadership Consultant and Central Administrator. He is the founder of Martin, Martin & Associates, LLC and the Artistic Director Emeritus of a semi-professional adult chorus, the Madrigal Chorale.

    1:45pm - 2pm Break

    2pm - 3pm

    AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00

    Nursing CE: 1.00

    Option 1:

    Session 10a. Where Will Your Business Be Without You? Planning For Your Business Succession

    Presentation Handout; Handout-2

    • Mila Carlson, PhD, MSHSA, RN, CNLCP, CMSP-F; Success(ion) Solutions, Inc.; Rockford, Illinois

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Define succession planning.
    2. Identify 5 components to address in succession planning.
    3. Learn how to structure a solopreneur business for succession.
    4. Identify ways to deal with emergent circumstances in a solopreneur business.
    5. Determine steps to facilitate the succession transition for retirement or sale of the business.

    Presenter Bio:

    Mila Carlson is President of Success(ion) Solutions, Inc., a professional services company that assists in developing a consultant's business continuity plan. She is also President of Mila Carlson & Associates, P.C., Nurse Consulting/Nurse Life Care Planning. Her back­ground is in medical/surgical nursing, enterprise patient scheduling, and healthcare administration. Her article, Succession Planning: An Overlooked Business Strategy, coauthored with Sherry DeLGrosso was recently published in the JLNC Spring 2021 edition. A previous article on Medical Record Fact Witness, co-authored with LNC colleague, Joanne Walker, was chosen as the 2018 JLNC Article of the Year. Mila was a featured speaker on Succession Planning at the 2020 LNC Summit and has presented internationally. Mila has presented various topics to attorneys, paralegals, legal nurse consultants, rehabilitation professionals, and life care planners utilizing in-person, virtual, and conference formats.

    Option 2:

    Session 10b. The Critical Failures in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    Presentation Handout

    • Susan Ramsey, RN, JD; McLaughlin Stern; Jupiter, Florida

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Understanding substance use disorders and its occurrence within the United States currently.
    2. Gain basic to intermediate understanding of the legal structure of substance abuse treatment and the standards of care applicable to substance use disorder treatment using examples of illegal and inappropriate practices.
    3. Learn where to find additional resources about representing Substance Abuse Treatment Centers or survivors of substandard treatment.

    Presenter Bio:

    Susan Ramsey is an attorney and a (retired) Registered Nurse. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as an R.N. in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts.  She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.  Susan is Pro Bono Counsel for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences.  Ms. Ramsey represent survivors and their families who have suffered catastrophic injuries as the result of intentional actions, professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.

    3pm - 3:15pm Break

    3:15pm - 4:15pm

    AL, NY, TX CLE: 1.00 (Ethics)

    Nursing CE: 1.00

    Moderator:
    Edie Brous

    Session 11. Avoiding Arbitration Agreements

    Presentation Handout

    • Kathleen Kearney, JD, MSN, RN, CNE; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SON; Dallas, Texas

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Identify typical provisions in arbitration agreements.
    2. Evaluate "pros" and "cons" of arbitration agreements signed by patients and nurse-employees.
    3. Analyze the legal and ethical ramifications of arbitration agreements signed by patients and nurse-employees.

    Presenter Bio:

    Kathleen M. Kearney has taught nursing jurisprudence and ethics courses for Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing's online RN to BSN Program since 2009, and won an award for Exceptional Teaching in a Non-Traditional Program in 2020. Kathleen has also represented many severely injured nurses in Texas, and been recognized as a Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters). But she is most proud of receiving TAANA's Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

    4:15pm - 5:15pm

    AL, NY CLE: 1.00
    TX CLE: 0.00

    Nursing CE: 1.00

    Moderator:
    Edie Brous

    Session 12. Creating Funnels Through Social Media to Grow Your Business, Expand Your Brand, and Create Passive Income
    • Presentation Handout
    • Irnise Williams, JD, RN; The Law Office of Irnise F. Williams, LLC; Owings Mills, Maryland

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Identify which form of social media is most natural for you to engage and grow your contacts and connections.
    2. How to create engaging content that can be shared across various medium.
    3. Understand how to create a funnel and guide potential clients or customers through the process.

    Presenter Bio:

    Irnise is an experienced nurse and health law attorney that works with healthcare providers who want to protect their license, decrease liability and mitigate risks. After working in the operating room and the pre-op/PACU years ago, Irnise decided that she could do more for nurses, patients, and the healthcare system by working to change healthcare as a legal advocate and social justice change agent. As a graduate of Howard University and the Howard University School of Law, her practice is deeply rooted in social justice, and she serves as an architect of social change for both the clinicians and patients in the community. Irnise still works as a travel nurse and runs her practice while also trying to find the balance of supporting her own family.

    5:15pm Virtual Happy Hour and Networking

    Poster Sessions

    145. Leading Change: The Use of Integrated Care to Improve Dual Diagnosis Patient Outcomes

    • Claire Ellerbrock, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Kent State University; Ohio

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Learn how providers can improve patient outcomes through care integration.
    2. Understand how modern healthcare necessitates the use of integration to improve outcomes and the gaps that currently exist in healthcare and patient outcomes.
    3. Understand how care integration creates more efficient and effective care.
    4. Learn how standardized care integration, if implemented universally, would create an entirely different healthcare system.
    5. Appreciate how care integration should be commonplace.


    160. CMS Rulings Launch APP Medical Executive Membership Questions

    • Amy Vaflor, DNP, CRNA, APRN; OhioHealth

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Understand the principle of the need for governing bodies to direct policy and management issues of physicians and APRNs within healthcare systems.
    2. Recognize CMS regulations and IOM recommendations compliment advanced practice partnerships beyond the bedside.
    3. Explain that state laws determine eligibility of practitioner but does not mandate membership positions for governing bodies such as MEC.
    4. Learn of a healthcare provider attitudes and readiness of APRNs towards MEC membership via environmental and validation data.
    5. Recognize opportunity for further research with the initial survey questionnaire for APRN community.

    151. "Thank You for Your Sacrifice": Off-Label Drug Regulation Strategies After the Misuse of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

    • Erin McCluan, RN, BSN; Duquesne University School of Law; Pennsylvania
    Learner Objectives:
    1. Understand the role of federal and state government in off-label drug regulation.
    2. Discuss the risks and benefits associated with off-label prescribing.  
    3. Identify the three categories of state action on hydroxychloroquine access.  
    4. Learn how state health licensing boards can preserve access to essential medicines.




    164. Early Mixed Methods COVID-19 Findings: A Large Midwestern University College of Nursing Report on Perceptions, Impact, and Implications of the 2020 Pandemic

    • Kimberly Cleveland, PhD (c), JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, C-MPC
    • Joel W. Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR; Kent State University
    • Gregory Gibson, PhD; Kent State University
    • Anthony Vander Horst, PhD; Kent State University
    • Jasmine Hoff, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP; Kent State University
    • Hannah Call,  Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student 
    • Bernadette Fresty, Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student
    • Jessica Hobbs, Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student
    • Kate Kennedy, Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student
    • Cathryn Pecjak, Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student
    • Abby Stankard, Kent State University; Undergraduate Nursing Student

    Learner Objectives:

    1. State three themes of university student concerns related to the pandemic.
    2. Discuss the impact of changes in university life on student anxiety and resilience.
    3. Compare the response of undergraduate nursing students to the response of non-health related majors during the early pandemic period. Identify one practice, one regulatory and one educational implication of the early findings.

    155. Barriers to help-seeking among male victims of sexual assault

    • Sarah Koon-Magnin, PhD; University of South Alabama; Mobile

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Identify key barriers to service provision among male sexual assault survivors.
    2. Dispel "rape myths" that harm male sexual assault victims.



    163. Barriers to Risk Education for Obstetric Nurses

    • Kelli Janus, MSN, RN, C-EFM; Cleveland State University, Ohio
    • Kimberly Cleveland, JD,  PhD (c), MSN, RN, C-MBC, C-MPC; Kent State University

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the significance of litigation to the specialty of obstetric nurses.
    2. Gain an understanding of the effectiveness of the teaching methods utilized throughout the implementation of the educational project.
    3. Identify barriers to risk education for obstetric nurses.

    165. Health Care Providers Attitudes Toward Screening Patients for Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence

    • Judith Hoyt, RN, BSN; University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital; Mobile
    • Carolyn Dolan, JD, MSN, FNP, PNP, SANE-A; University of South Alabama; Fairhope

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Explore health care providers’ (HCPs) knowledge of and attitudes towards the use of sexual violence (SV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) screening tools.


    161. Building Resiliency to Avoid the Dangers of Nurse Burnout

    • Laurie Cure, CEO, PhD, MBA; Innovative Connections; Colorado
    • Julie Firman, Chief Nurse Executive, DNP, RN, FACHE; Baptist Health; Montgomery, Alabama

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Gain tools to better develop their emotional intelligence to combat burnout for themselves and their teams.
    2. Discuss the four domains of emotional intelligence and develop them to bolster success in the workplace and build resiliency ahead of difficult situations.
    3. Transfer the tools for developing emotional intelligence discussed during this presentation to their workplace and personal development goals and learn how to avoid lawsuits by developing the emotional intelligence of their teams.


    162. Legal-Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Inclusivity for the LGBTQI+ Community

    • CC Pichoff-DeLorca, SPHR, CASA, CAS, CAE, Licensed ADR; University of South Alabama; Fairhope
    • Carolyn Dolan, JD, MSN, FNP, PNP, SANE-A; University of South Alabama; Fairhope

    Learner Objectives:

    1. Identify terminology used in the LGBTQI community. Describe provider implicit and explicit biases that are linked with barriers to healthcare access.
    2. Analyze two case scenarios illustrating ethical vs unethical healthcare interactions and legal vs illegal behaviors. Provide access to medico-legal resources for best practice.
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