Please note that the schedule below is current as of April 10, 2024, and is listed in Eastern Standard Time (local to Toronto). This schedule, sessions, and speakers are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 11

1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Open

Thursday, September 12

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   
Registration Open

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Convention Orientation Session and Networking

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Opening Keynote: Don't Just Play - Win! Lee Rubin 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   
CMSRN Certificant Reception (Invitation only)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
Attendee Lunch 

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

  • Supporting Leadership Development in Medical-Surgical Nurses, Emily Nobles, DNP, RN, Hannah Mottel, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE and Sonya Edwards, DNP, RN
  • Novel Nursing Theory: Trauma Patients Existential Experience and the Impact of Empathic Nursing Care, Patricia Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, TCRN, CNRN
  • Improving Patient Outcomes Through an Innovative Virtual Nursing Model, Shanta Subedi, MSN, RN, CMSRN and Lauren Crafton, BSN, RN, CMSRN
  • Acuity-Based Assignments: Improving Nurses' Satisfaction while Decresing Nurse Turnover Rates, Hannah Ruehlman, BSN, RN, ONC and Sarah Varney, MSN, RN
  • Rapid Fire Session - Clinical Skills: 
    1. Ostomy Accessories: So Many Choices!, Katherine Mehaffey, RN, BSN, CWON and Patricia Anderson, BSN, RN, CWON
    2. Identifying a Vein's Personality- Helpful Tips for Improving Peripheral IV Insertion, Kelly Gardner, RN/BSN, CCRN, CRNI
    3. Building a Bridge: Overcoming Gaps to Safe Intravenous Push Medication Administration, Christina Colvin, MSN, APRN-AOCNS, CRNI and Jessica Elliot, APRN-CNS, ACCNS, CCRN

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Snack Break

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

  • Leaving Soon... Discharge By Noon, Aileen Mazurek, MSN, RN, NE-BC and Ambili John, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC
  • Improving Patient Outcomes for Aspiration Pneumonia, Cristen Mackwell, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, EBP-C, GERO-BC, NPD-BC
  • Defined Uninterrupted Nurse Breaks: A Feasibility Study, Brenden Sickles, BSN, BSc, Olawunmi Obisesan, PhD, DHEd., CPHQ, MCHES, RN and Tamara Otey, PhD, RN
  • Taking a Walk in Their Shoes: A Patient Experience Simulation for Medical-Surgical Nursing Teams, Megan Kirchen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CMSRN, CLC and Amy Capasso, MSN, RN
  • Rapid Fire Session - Falls: 
    1. Team CLARITY: Volunteer Interprofessional Collaboration Fall Prevention Program, Holly Shui, MSN, RN-BC, CNN, Kathy Agarwal, MD, Vanessa Parejo, MPH and Ellie Kalatzi, MPH
    2. Implementation of Evidence-Based Hourly Rounding to Improve Fall Rates of Adult Patients, David Smith, DNP, RN
    3. Fall Prevention: Using The Method Scoring System, Lakeisha Williams, DNP, RN, MEDSURG-BC, NEA-BC

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing


Friday, September 13

6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. 

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Registration Open

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Committees and Chapter Leadership Breakfast (Invitation Only)

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open with Breakfast and Poster Viewing

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Poster Viewing with Presenters

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
President's Award Presentation

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
General Session: AMSN Town Hall - The Medical-Surgical Nurse as a Change Agent: Problem Solver, Innovator, Transformational Leader, Advocate, Kristi Campoe, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ, sMBA and Michael Szeliga, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN, CPHQ

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Morning Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

  • Boosting Handoff Conversations: Increasing Efficiency with a Standardized Nurse Handoff Shift Report, Meredith Kuhlman, BSN, RN, Olawunmi Obisesan, PhD, DHEd., CPHQ, MCHES, RN and Tamara Otey, PhD, RN
  • Frailty and Older Adult Patient, Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN, ACSM-CEP, FAAN
  • Creation of a Post-Rapid Response Algorithm for Med-Surg Patients Remaining On Unit, Laurel Dolejs, MS, BSN, BA, RN, CPHQ, HACP-BC and Jennifer Katlen, MEd, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, GERO-BC
  • Learning to Swim in the Float Pool: Cultivating the Next Generation of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Rajimol Nair, BSN, CCRN-K and Anna Herbst, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, NPD, GERO-BC
  • Rapid Fire Session - Transition to Practice:
    1. Investing in New Graduate Nurses: The New Graduate Nurse Resource Guide, Brooke Hartman, BSN, RN and Kasey Robinson, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC
    2. Nurse Residency Program: A Journey to Accreditation, Elizabeth Hoover, MSN, RN

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Lunch with Exhibitors and Poster Viewing

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
General Session: AMSN Founders Award, Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Snack Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

  • Low English Proficiency: Nurse Utilization of Interpreter Services, Hilda Gonzalez-Tagliaferro, RN, BA and Katharine James, RN, BSN, CMSRN
  • Failure is Not an Option: Assessment Strategies to Identify Patients at Risk for Deterioration, Matt Bemer, BSN, CCRN
  • Leveraging Virtual Care Partners to Add an Extra Layer of Support to Our Patients and Team Members, Kristen Dickens, MBA, BSN, BA, RN, CENP and Cindy Merrow, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC
  • The Coach Calls the Shots: Onboarding New Graduate Nurses with a Coach Model of Precepting, Jessica Tolzman, MSN, RN, PCCN and Christina Freeman, MSN, RN, PCCN-K
  • Rapid Fire Session - Staffing and Retention:
    1. Recognizing Nursing Employees via Pop-Up Celebrations: Is There Value?, Tonya Moyse, MSN, RN and Josalyn Meyer, MSN, RN, NE-BC
    2. Generation Z Nurses: Embracing and Supporting the Next Generation of Nurses, Margot Lisa Hedenstrom, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC and Violet Riggle, Student- Nursing Honors Scholar Kennesaw


Saturday, September 14

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.   
AMSN Morning Walking Club

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   
Exhibit Hall Open with Breakfast and Poster Viewing

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Poster Viewing with Presenters

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Update from MSNCB and CMSRN of Distinction and Clinical Leadership Award Presentations

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
General Session

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Morning Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Mentoring Matters! The Future is Now, Margot Lisa Hedenstrom, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC
  • Collaborative Conversations on Equity, Inclusion and Justice, Christine Ijiomah, BSN, RN and Tara Lerew, BSN, RN, NE-BC
  • The Importance of Certification in Med-Surg Nursing, MSNCB Board of Directors
  • Rapid Fire Session - Respiratory:
    1. Clean Teeth, Clean Lungs- An EBP Approach to Reducing NV-HAP in the Medical-Surgical Population, Holly Wirth, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNE, SCRN
    2. A Breathtaking E-Learning Experience: EBP Quality Improvement Intiative for COPD and Pneumonia, Cristen Mackwell, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, EBP-C, GERO-BC, NPD-BC
  • Rapid Fire Session - Innovative Education Programs:
    1. Kidney Land: Renew the Review, Linda Juriga, M.Ed., BSN, RN, CMSRN
    2. Heparin and All: Escape or Fall, Kayleigh Dusza, MSN, RN, CMSRN and Evangeline Galizio, BSN, RN, CMSRN

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   
Lunch with Exhibitors, Poster Viewing, and Passport to Prizes Drawing

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

  • Operationalizing Managerial Coaching in Day-to-Day Activities of the Nurse Manager, Karen Percell, PhD, RN, CPHRM
  • Staying on Your Feet is Sweet: An Evidence-Based Practice Initiative (Falls), Cristen Mackwell, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CMSRN, EBP-C, GERO-BC, NPD-BC
  • Mindfulness Magnet: The Gravitational Power of Well-being throug Nurse-Led Peer-to-Peer Support, Krystal Lott, MSN, RN, CMSRN and Miranda Scoggins, MSN, RN, PCCN, CCRN
  • Building Confidence in Practice for New Graduate Nurses Through Simulation, Emily Moser, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC and Kecia Hall, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
  • Rapid Fire Session - Opioids:
    1. One Breath at a time: Keeping Patients Safe with PRODIGY Risk Assessment, Susan Bohnenkamp, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCM 
    2. Interprofessional Opioid Safety in the Medical-Surgical Unit, Brooke Schmitt, MSN, RN, CNML, Jessica Scheideler, BSN, RN, CMSRN and Aimee Burch, DNP, APRN-CNS, CMSRN, SCRN

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.   
Closing Remarks

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.   
Closing Keynote: Staying Joyfully Engaged at Every Stage of Your Career, Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, FAAN