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Neuroscience Nursing Symposium

Course Goal

Participants will come eager to collaborate and connect and learn the latest developments in neurosciences. This year’s theme: Ignite, Innovate, and Integrate, was chosen to reflect the variety of the presentations.

We will offer educational sessions on innovations in nursing and beyond because we believe that nurses are true innovators who see gaps in practice and come up with creative ways to fill them. Finally, attendees at this year’s symposium will carry the messages back to their institutions to integrate learning into their own nursing practices.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Identify the way to use research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement to transform patient care and outcomes
  • Explain clinical options for improving neurological outcomes in the treatment of spinal pathology
  • Define seizure clusters and goals of high quality care for patients with status epilepticus
  • Apply latest updates on evaluation and management of acute stroke care
  • Identify decision-making strategies related to maintaining and enforcing existing intellectual property
  • Explore the importance of effective communication tips needed between physicians and nurses from the trauma surgeon’s perspective
  • Define individualized treatments for migraine management in the ambulatory and acute care space, based on symptoms; when first line options no longer work
  • Address current standards of best practice related to the evaluation and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias (ADRD)
  • Identify signs of abuse in patients with traumatic brain injury and address available treatment options and support available
  • Define relevant skills to achieve in expanding professional development, not limited to high quality work, honesty and integrity

Registration Information

Attendee TypepRICE
Visiting Healthcare Professional (Symposium Day 1 Only – 10/24)$130
Visiting Healthcare Professional (Symposium Day 2 Only – 10/25)$130
Visiting Healthcare Professional (Both Days)$205
Barrow/Dignity Staff & Students (Symposium Day 1 Only – 10/24) $115
Barrow/Dignity Staff & Students (Symposium Day 2 Only – 10/25) $115
Barrow/Dignity Health Employee (Both Days)$180
Registration fee includes: Symposium, continental breakfast, lunch, program materials, and continuing education credits.

Nursing Credits Available

The hours obtained by attending this CE event can be used toward recertification for CNRN and SCRN.

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Date, Time, and Location

In Person
Monday through Wednesday, October 24-25, 2023

Goldman Auditorium
Barrow Neurological Institute
2910 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Target Audience

Health care professionals specializing in the field of neuroscience, including all levels of nurses and other professionals involved in various outpatient and inpatient clinical settings.

Agenda and Speaker Information

All times refer to Arizona time (Pacific Daylight Time).

Day 1 – Registration and Breakfast7:30 AM
Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, CNRN, FAANWelcome (7:50 AM)
Lin Sue FloodIgnite, Innovate, Integrate (8:00 AM)
Linda L. Herrmann, PhD, AGACNP-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAANPCrucial Conversations in Palliative Care (8:45 AM)
Break9:45 AM
Tiffany Sheehan, PhD, RN, SCRN, ASC-BC, FAHAIgnite: Nurse Impact Study (10:15 AM)
Mikaela Atkins, DNP, BSN, CNRNAddressing Health Literacy: Improve Prescription Filling Post Discharge (10:25 AM)
Andrew Kalkowski, RNBarrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit (BESTU) (10:35 AM)
Andrew Ducruet, MDNeurovascular/Endovascular Therapy (11:05 AM)
Stroke SurvivorOn the Other Side of the Rail (11:35 AM)
Lunch12:00 PM
Marwan Sabbagh, MDDementia Over-Research Update (1:00 PM)
Lauren Walsh, MS, AT, ATC, CSCSIntegrate: Barrow Brain Book (1:45 PM)
Break2:00 PM
Kerry Knievel, DO, FAHSMigraine Management: Prevention, Acute Treatment, Status Migrainosus (2:30 PM)
Lisel McLellan, MSN, RN, CNORIgnite: Certification (3:00 PM)
Sean SennNursing Innovation and the Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property (3:10 PM)
Dakota Graham, MSInnovation Center Resources and the Inventive Process (3:35 PM)
Trent Maruyama, OTR/L, CKTPInnovate – Rehab Technology (3:55 PM)
Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, CNRN, FAANWrap-up and Evaluations (4:15 PM)
Day 2Registration and Breakfast7:30 AM
Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, CNRN, FAANWelcome (7:50 AM)
Ronnie DossThe Importance of What You See (8:00 AM)
Jay D. Turner, MD, PhDSpinal Trauma: Management Strategies to Optimize Outcomes (9:00 AM)
Break9:45 AM
Rebekka Lafferty, BSN, RN, CNRNNursing/QI: Workplace Violence (10:15 AM)
Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, CNRN, FAANInnovation: Neuro Breath Start Up (10:25 AM)
Glynnis Zieman, MD, FAHSTBI with Domestic Violence (10:35 AM)
Jordan Jacobs, MDLet’s Talk Trauma…What’s Going On Below the Posterior Cranial Fossa? (11:05 AM)
Tina Brucato-Day, RN, BSN, MHAOther Side of the Rail (11:45 AM)
Lunch 12:00 PM
Courtney Schusse, MDStatus Epilepticus: Prehospital-Acute Care Interventions (1:00 PM)
Ruchira Jha, MD, MScThe Long-Term Implications of Electrographic Status Epilepticus (1:30 PM)
Break2:15 PM
Madona Plueger, MSN, RN, CNRN, ACNS-BC, FAESIntegrate-Complex Peri-ictal Behavior: The Need for a Practice Guideline (2:45 PM)
Brittany Gomez, MSN-Ed, RN, CEN, TCRNIgnite: Professionalism (3:00 PM)
Arnau Benet, MD, PhDNursing Professional Development “The Places You Can Go” (3:10 PM)
Wrap-up and Evaluations4:15 PM

Commercial Support

No commercial support has been received.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Those interested in exhibiting or sponsorship should contact for more information.

Disclosure Information

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