Pre-Conferences

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Pre-Conferences

These amazing Pre-Conference sessions focus on advanced assessment, diagnostic testing, and clinical management.  Both Introductory and Advanced workshops cover 12-lead EKG and Imaging and Radiology, to fit varying levels of experience. Cardiac Valvular Disease Workshop and Mechanical Ventilation Boot Camp are great opportunities to deepen and sharpen knowledge. Finally, the Advanced Suturing workshop is an excellent opportunity to extend and enhance hands-on skills.

Pre-Conference 1

12-Lead EKG Workshop: From Start to
Competent in 3 Hours!

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP

Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This presentation is designed to increase the confidence and clinical proficiency of NPs at all levels of experience with 12-Lead EKG interpretation. Once we have reviewed the foundational principles of 12-Lead EKGs, we will elaborate on a variety of 12-Lead EKG patterns, including inferior, septal, anterior, lateral, and posterior infarctions. We will also discuss right ventricular infarction patterns, emphasizing these patterns’ clinical significance as well as their association with inferior and posterior infarctions.

In addition, the session will present the criteria for identifying reciprocal changes, left and right ventricular hypertrophy, strain, and left and right bundle branch blocks while highlighting important implications of these findings. Throughout the presentation, illustrative examples of each 12-Lead EKG finding will reinforce covered content. In the end, the participant should feel certain that they’ve gone from “I’m never quite sure” to “I’ve got it!”

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 2

ADVANCED Imaging and Radiology Workshop:
CT, MRI, PET, and More!

Katherine W. Rogers, DNP, ANP-C, AGACNP-BC

Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Knowing the difference between various radiology techniques and protocols is vital knowledge for all nurse practitioners (NPs). Beyond an understanding basic X-ray interpretation, ADVANCED imaging and radiology provides mechanisms to more effectively diagnose complex patient conditions. This presentation will explore appropriate imaging technologies for NPs to consider when evaluating patients with both common and uncommon complaints. Case studies will be used to illustrate the latest evidence-based practices in ADVANCED patient imaging.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 3

ADVANCED 12-Lead EKG Workshop

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP

Thursday, October 20, 2022: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

OK, so you’re comfortable with the foundational principles of 12-Lead EKG interpretation, but what are some of the more nuanced interpretive standards to utilize while you implement this key assessment tool? When should you worry?

This ADVANCED 12-Lead EKG interpretation workshop will begin with a discussion of AV blocks, focusing on the guidelines that differentiate a Mobitz I second-degree AV block from a Mobitz II second-degree AV block. Key information about third-degree heart blocks, right and left bundle branch blocks, and hemiblocks will also be presented. In addition, we will focus on the salient features, causes, and management strategies of complex dysrhythmias. Other topics include complex tachycardias (e.g., Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and Long-Ganong-Levine syndrome) and the differentiation between sinus arrests and sinus blocks. Join us for an informative and detailed workshop that will strengthen your ability and confidence with the 12-Lead EKG.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 4

Radiology Review: From the Beginning
Novice to Expert in 3 Hours!

Katherine W. Rogers, DNP, ANP-C, AGACNP-BC

Thursday, October 20, 2022: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Being able to review an X-ray is an important role for the nurse practitioner, yet many do not have a firm understanding of the basics in imaging interpretation. This session will take participants from the very basics of understanding the shades between black and white on an X-ray, to the more advanced techniques of identifying pneumonia, heart failure, cardiomegaly, pleural effusions, bowel obstructions, spinal injuries, Salter-Harris fractures, and much more. Within 3 hours, you will go from the beginning novice to expert in X-ray interpretation in the acute care setting!

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 5

Cardiac Valvular Disease Workshop

Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

With the dramatic ageing of the American population over the past several decades, degenerative lesions of the mitral and aortic valves that result in mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, or aortic regurgitation are now the most prevalent valvular disorders that require intervention. This workshop will better prepare nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat patients with valvular heart disease, which remains a common cause of morbidity and mortality. The session focuses on the latest practice guidelines, along with advanced cardiac assessment, echocardiographic, and other diagnostics to improve patient management. Mitral valve prolapse syndrome, a common valvular disorder, and the differentiation of acute versus chronic mitral regurgitation are also discussed.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 1 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 1 hour of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 6

Mechanical Ventilation Boot Camp

James M. Walter, MD
Thomas C. Corbridge, MD, FCCP

Thursday, October 20, 2022: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The mechanical ventilator is the leading support device in critical care; it supports gas exchange, decreases the work of breathing, and is an integral part of shock management. This comprehensive boot camp targets both entry-level and intermediate practitioners responsible for the care of mechanically ventilated patients. The session provides rationales for initial ventilator settings and adjustments based on blood gases, synchrony, and waveform analysis. By the end of this boot camp, nurse practitioners in acute care will have a better understanding of the interplay between the patient and the machine to optimize benefit and mitigate risk to their patients.

(Seats are limited; 3 contact hours; 0.5 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 3 hours of Advanced Procedures)

Pre-Conference 7

ADVANCED Suturing

Rita Dello Stritto, PhD, CNS, ENP, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Steven W. Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP
Charles L. Schreiner, IV, MHA, MS, ACNP-BC, RNFA
Michelle Boone DNP, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC

Thursday, October 20, 2022: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Beyond the basics of suturing, this dynamic ADVANCED session will cover multilayer closure, vertical and horizontal mattress, stellate lac repair, Aberdeen knot, running simple suture, subcuticular running suture, chest tube suture technique, figure 8, and others as time permits. This preconference builds on previous knowledge and experiences of beginning suturing to provide attendees with the most progressive techniques and skills for their practice.

(Seats are limited; 4 contact hours; 0.25 hour of Advanced Pharmacology; 4 hours of Advanced Procedures)