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Preconference Sessions


Wednesday, November 8 | 8–11:30am


REACHing Your Potential: Therapeutic Neurorehabilitation in Nursing (001) 3.25 credit hours icon

Jason KnoxJason Knox, PT C/NDT
Physical Therapist
Alberta Health Services
Calgary (Alberta), Canada

 

Description:
Following a neurological illness or injury, rehabilitation patients are in therapy for only a small portion of the day. What happens outside of therapy is just as important to the patient's recovery, if not more important! Nurses are well-positioned to incorporate therapeutic principles into the rest of a patient's day, and in fact be the most influential in their recovery process.

Participants of this workshop will engage in an interactive learning session that will include experiential hands-on learning, clinical reasoning and problem-solving, and an opportunity for thoughtful application to their unique clinical settings. Look forward to discovering how to incorporate safe patient handling techniques while facilitating normal movement and improving function for neurological patients.

Become the nurse who makes the most meaningful impact in giving patients their lives and function back! Realize your potential as the most therapeutic professional on the interprofessional care team!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review evidence-based neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation principles, and experience the impact of applying these strategies
  • Identify opportunities for, and discover the importance of, purposefully embedding neurorehabilitation principles within your clinical practice
  • Challenge your creativity and clinical reasoning in how you deliver care within an often limiting work environment

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Wednesday, November 8 | 8–11:30am


What I Didn’t Know – Helping Family Members Transitioning into the Caregiving Role (002) 3.25 credit hours icon

michelle camiciaMichelle Camicia PhD(c) MSN CRRN CCM FAHA
Director, Rehabilitation Operations
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
Vallejo, CA

 

 

barbara lutzBarbara Lutz, PhD RN CRRN
McNeill Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

 

 

 

Maria RadwanskiMaria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN
Chief Operating Officer
Health Calls Home Health Agency
Wyomissing, PA

 

 

Description:
Transitions of care continue to be a time of crisis for patients and their family caregivers, especially when the patient has experienced a new disabling illness or injury. Upon discharge home, caregivers are overwhelmed with the enormity of the new caregiving roles and responsibilities and often feel unprepared to assume these duties. As healthcare providers, we need to implement strategies to better assess and address the needs of caregivers, especially family members who are new to this role, as they move through the care continuum. This workshop will focus on assessing and addressing the needs of family members transitioning into the caregiving role and provide strategies to reduce burden and improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the needs of family members who are transitioning into the caregiving role for a person with a new disability across the continuum of care
  • Describe domains of family caregiver readiness that need to be assessed and addressed in preparation for discharge from an inpatient facility
  • Define frequent obstacles and omissions to caregiver preparation in care transitions across the post-acute continuum
  • Identify ongoing caregiver training needs upon discharge to home to decrease risks for caregiver burden and care recipient rehospitalization

 

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Wednesday, November 8 | 12:30–4pm


Advanced Correlative Neuro Anatomy: Stroke, TBI and SCI (003)3.25 credit hours icon

Linda LittlejohnsLinda R. Littlejohns, RN
Neuro Nurse Clinical Specialist
Self-Employed Consultant
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Description:
Knowledge of the anatomy is fundamental to the management of patients who have sustained a neurological insult. This presentation will provide the normal anatomy in 3D of the brain, spine and cerebrovascular system. We will discuss normal assessment and identify areas at risk for insult using case studies. Of particular interest will be the ability to dissect the tissue from the blood vessels and demonstrate the specific areas and function for the diseases we are discussing. Having this insight enhances your clinical ability to describe deficits to the patient and family and demonstrate where the deficits are found as you plan the care that is necessary for improved outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord
  • Demonstrate the distribution of arterial blood supply and venous outflow
  • Discuss cases studies related to TBI, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury

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Wednesday, November 8 | 12:30–4pm


Developing an Action Plan to Rejuvenate SPHM Programs (004)3.25 credit hours icon

Gail Powell-CopeGail Powell-Cope, PhD ARNP FAAN
Associate Director, HSR&D Center of Innovation
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Tampa, FL

Description:
This workshop is targeted for persons responsible for implementing safe patient handling and mobility programs with a focus on rejuvenating programs that have stalled. While content from the conference is fresh, the facilitators will assist individuals or facility teams to develop targeted action plans for reaffirming support at your facility, anticipating and overcoming barriers to implementation, and monitoring program effectiveness. The National Standards for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility by the American Nurses Association will be used as a framework.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate barriers and facilitators for sustaining a SPHM program within an organizational context in the areas of culture of safety, program implementation, environment of care, technology, education and evaluation
  • Develop strategies for overcoming barriers and for building on key strengths
  • Develop a draft of a plan for applying principles and concepts of implementation to your organization for sustaining your SPHM program

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Preregistration is required.
Member: $135
Non-member: $185

Post Conference Workshop


Saturday, November 11 | 1:30–5:30pm


The Right Setting for the Right Patient at the Right Time 375ch icon4

Michele CournanMichele Cournan, DNP ANP-BC CRRN FNP
Director Quality/Risk
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
Northville, NY

Description:
The IRF proposed rule was released in May 2017. It indicates that post-acute care facilities will be financially penalized if a patient, after being admitted, is discharged to a higher level of care for a potentially preventable condition. Thus, getting the Right Setting for the Right Patient at the Right Time is key to avoiding penalties.
During this post-conference session, Michele will help ensure nurses have the knowledge to properly assess patients and determine which rehabilitation setting may be most appropriate based on acuity level and functional abilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand  the requirements for admission for all PAC settings
  • Explore the ways to determine the appropriate setting for individuals in need of PAC care
  • Describe methodologies for providing education to acute care discharge planners/case managers/social workers on the difference between PAC settings and how to best facilitate care transitions to the chosen setting

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Preregistration is required.
Member: $135
Non-member: $185