Program Schedule

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Tuesday November 2nd
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
100 - KEYNOTE ADDRESS: COVID-19: The 4th Wave
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP, Founder/Family NP, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA;

Sophia Chu Rodgers, DNP, ACNP, FNP, FAANP, FCCM, Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Lovelace Health Systems, Albuquerque, NM
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
101 - Product Theater: Shifting Perspectives: How Do You Choose the Next Oral Therapy for T2D?
Debbie Hinnen, APN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAAN, FAADE, Advanced Practice Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center, University of Colorado Health, Colorado Springs, CO

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
103 - Non-Pharmacologic Management of Pain
Amy Siple, FNP, President for the Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Independent Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Wichita, KS
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
104 - Up and Down the GI Track: What’s New?
Peter Buch, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, ECHN Branch of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Frank H Netter, MD School of Medicine, Haven, CT
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
105 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Managing Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in Acute Care
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, Critical Care NP, Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA; Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer; Health, Learning, Research & Practice, Philadelphia, PA
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
106 - Exhibitor Showcase/Posters
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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
107 - Expert Tips to Managing Adrenal Disorders in Primary and Acute Care
Christine Kessler, MN, ANP-BC, CNS, BC-ADM, FAANP, Founder, Metabolic Medicine Associates, King George, VA
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
108 - The Choosing Wisely Campaign: Top 10 Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient
Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder and Co-Owner/Adjunct Faculty/Owner, Twin Cities Physicians, Inc. University of Utah School of Medicine/Mindful Geriatrics, LLC
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
109 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Sepsis: What’s New in the Definition and Treatment?
Sophia Chu Rodgers, DNP, ACNP, FNP, FAANP, FCCM, Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Lovelace Health Systems, Albuquerque, NM
Wednesday November 3rd
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
200 - GENERAL SESSION: Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, CRNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Research Professor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, RWJF Health Policy Fellow, Alumni, First Vice President, National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
201 - Exhibitor Showcase/Posters
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11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
202 - Anxiously Awaited: Update on Neurobiology & Personalized Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CTMH, CNE, FAANP; Chief Clinical Officer, The Hamilton Group Behavioral Health, Las Vegas, NV
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
203 - GERD: Should I Discontinue My Patient’s Proton Pump Inhibitor?
Monica Nandwani, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Manager of Advanced Practice Providers and Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner, Stanford Healthcare, Stanford, CA
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
204 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Delivering Difficult News: What NPs Need to Know
Debbie A. Gunter APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, Family and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
206 - Exhibitor Showcase and Poster Sessions
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
207 - Expanding the Rainbow: Understanding the Needs of the LGBTQIA+ patient
Vanessa Pomarico-Denino, EdD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Northeast Medical Group, Hamden, CT
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
208 - The ABCs of CKD
Kim Zuber, PAC, Executive Director, American Academy of Nephrology Pas, St. Petersburg, FL
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
209 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Evaluation and Management of Back Pain
Tracey Anderson, MSN, CNRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Temecula Valley Neurosurgery, Murrieta, CA
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
210 - Exhibit Showcase and Posters
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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
211 - Pharmacologic Management of Patients with Lower Urinary Tract & Bowel Elimination Dysfunction
Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, Department of Urology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
212 - Updates to Documentation, Billing, and Coding Services
Julia L Rogers, DNP, RN, CNS, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN; Nurse Practitioner, Northwest Medical Group Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Valparaiso, IN
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
213 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Acid-Base Disturbances
Eric Magana, MD, Internist, Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, NM
Thursday November 4th
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
300 - New Drug Update 2021: What’s Hot and What’s Not
Wendy L. Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, Adult/Family Nurse Practitioner, Wright & Associates Family Healthcare, Amherst, NH
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
301 - Exhibitor Showcase and Poster Sessions
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
302 - When What’s on your Plate Makes you Ill: Food Allergy and Intolerance Deciphered
Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA, Nutrition Consultant, Private Practice
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
303 - Acneiform Skin Eruptions
Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DCNP, FAANP, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Cleveland, OH
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
304 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Managing Non-Diabetes Endocrine Emergencies
Christine Kessler, MN, ANP-BC, CNS, BC-ADM, FAANP, Founder, Metabolic Medicine Associates, King George, VA
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
305 - Product Theater
CE/Rx will not be offered for this sponsored event.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
306 - Laboratory Diagnosis: Challenging Cases
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP, Founder/Family NP, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
307 - Update on Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention in Women and Men
Nancy R. Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Millennium Affiliated Physicians, Division of Michigan Healthcare Professionals, Farmington Hills, MI
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
308 - Acute/Emergency Care: Marijuana and its Cardiac Implications
Andrea Efre, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC, Healthcare Education Consultants, Tampa, FL
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
309 - Exhibit Showcase and Poster Session
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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
310 - Latest in Treatment Options for Vaping and Tobacco Use: Successful Methods for Teens and Adults
Wendy L. Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, Adult/Family Nurse Practitioner, Wright & Associates Family Healthcare, Amherst, NH
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
311 - Beyond LDL-C Lowering: Safety and Tolerability of Statin Therapy
Joyce L. Ross, MSN, CRNP, CS, FNLA, FPCNA, Diplomate Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology, Consultative Education Specialist, Cardiovascular Risk Intervention, Clinical Associate University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
312 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Bugs vs Drugs: Gotta Kill Them All
Jonathan Van Cleve, PharmD, BCCCP, Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, Lovelace Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM
Friday November 5th
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
400 - Getting Ready for the NP Boards
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP, Founder/Family NP, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
401 - Good Grief - Instilling Hope and Empowering Patients to Overcome Loss
Jason Gleason, MS, FNP-C, USAF Lt Col (RET), Family Nurse Practitioner, Montana VA Health Clinic, Great Falls, MT
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
402 - Pediatric Dermatology: The Challenges and Treatment Paradigms of Our Youngest Clients
Victor Czerkasij, MA, MSN, FNP-C, Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Dermatology, PC, Cleveland and Chattanooga, TN
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
403 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: Pain in the Acute Care Setting
Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Stanford Healthcare, Division of Pain Medicine, Redwood City, CA
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
404 - Break/View Posters
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
405 - Hypertension Management Challenges: The Latest Treatment Options
Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP, Founder/Family NP, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
406 - Obesity: Why are we Losing the War?
Bruce D. Askey, ANP-BC, Sayre Weight Loss Center, Sayre, PA

Sophia Chu Rodgers, DNP, ACNP, FNP, FAANP, FCCM, Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Lovelace Health Systems, Albuquerque, NM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
407 - Acute/Urgent/Emergency Care: OSA and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome in the ICU and Beyond: Are We Sleepwalking into Disaster?
Daria C. Ruffolo, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Assistant Professor-Loyola University Chicago, Graduate School of Nursing; Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Maywood, IL