Conference Program



Breakfast for Pre-Conference Attendees

Thursday Morning  8:00am-12:00pm

Beginning ECG
Louann Bailey, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, CAN

ECG expert Louann Bailey will discuss basic physiology and pathophysiology affecting the CV system and the effects seen on the 12 lead ECG using a systematic approach; methods to determine heart rate and identify common arrhythmias and drugs that may affect normal and abnormal rhythms; how to determine normal axis and abnormal axis and how it correlates with the clinical presentation of the patient; and determining atrial and ventricular hypertrophy on the 12 lead EKG.

Pulmonary Diagnostics (limit 50) FULL
Ruth Ann Kennedy, APRN-CNP, James Allen, MD

New!  Attendees will learn about identifying restriction and obstruction on pulmonary function tests (PFT) based on the American Thoracic Society criteria; interpreting the PFT; inhaler pharmacology and delivery systems; developing a treatment plan for COPD using GOLD guidelines; and more.

Basic Suturing (limit 45 – $25 additional supply fee)  FULL
Lorrie Elchert, DNP, APRN-CNP; Nell Gauamis, APRN-CNP;Tim Haupricht, APRN-CNP; Vaughn Hoblet, APRN-CNP

Learn the fundamentals of wound evaluation and treatment, wound healing, skin anatomy, type of injury, anesthesia drug selection, blocks, local infiltrate, closure methods, suturing and knot tying, minimizing cosmetic disfigurement, after care and more. This is a hands on workshop with plenty of opportunity for individual instruction.

Reimbursement: Optimizing Revenue with Correct Documentation and Coding
Sally Streiber; Chris Williams, APRN-CNP

Join us for this popular conference workshop and hear updates on reimbursement issues and strategies specifically for Ohio’s APRNs. Topics include electronic medical records; components of evaluation and management codes; physical examination; medical decision making; office and outpatient evaluation and management coding; hospital inpatient and SNF/NF evaluation and management coding; incident-to; split/shared visits; Medicare wellness visits; data mining, benchmarking… and more!

Joint Injection
Larry Rosenberger, APRN-CNP; Julie Melendez, APRN-CNP
(limit 40) FULL

This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn proper intraarticular and periarticular injection techniques. Topics include: common musculoskeletal pathologies and indications for intraarticular and periarticular injection; musculoskeletal anatomy and anatomic landmarks necessary to perform successful intraarticular and periarticular injections; codes for billing and reimbursement; and pharmacological principles of common injectables including local anesthetics and corticosteroids.

Thursday Lunch  Noon-1:00pm  No Charge: Pre-Registration REQUIRED

Product Theatre & Lunch Sponsored by Novo-Nordisk
Realize the Potential with Ozempic: A Once Weekly GLP-1 Receptor Agonist for Adult T2D patients

Thursday Afternoon  1:00pm-5:00pm

Advanced ECG
Louann Bailey, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, CAN

Louann Bailey delves deeper into ECG with this advanced course.  She will discuss basic and advanced understanding of the 12 lead ECG; bundle branch block including left anterior branch block, left posterior branch block and potential causes and consequences of those types of heart blocks; changes that occur on the 12 lead ECG as it relates to the landscape of myocardial ischemia, acute injury and old injury; and how electrolyte, and other pathology manifests on an 12 ECG.

Derm Basics  (limit 40 – $25 additional supply fee)  FULL
Sherry Grooms, APRN-CNP

This hands-on workshop will cover office dermatology procedures and techniques for maximal patient outcomes while decreasing complications. Post procedure therapy, need for oral vs. topical antibiotics, and prophylaxis will be discussed.  Attendees will be able to:  practice skin tag removal, milia extraction and incision and drainage; learn and practice intralesional injections for the management of scars; learn and practice techniques for shave biopsy; learn to recognize signs of non-melanoma skin cancers; learn how to assess and diagnose skin rashes and formulate the need for further testing utilizing punch biopsy while practicing interrupted. Vertical mattress sutures will be reviewed.

Reimbursement Specialties
Sally Streiber; Kelly Shank, APRN-CNP; Michele Pirc, APRN-CNP; Bethany Parsell, APRN-CNP

This new workshop covers: renewed audits for billing CPT code 99310; different government payer appellate levels; how to respond if an audit response is unfavorable; the importance of responding timely to documentation requests from governmental and commercial payers; documentation and coding requirements (history, physical examination and medical decision making) for billing for nursing facility initial and subsequent day care; examples of actual patient care encounters with critique demonstrating how minor documentation changes can create a large improvement in documentation and level of service capture; new knowledge of additional services that may be billed when performed in patient care encounters in a nursing facility .. and much more.

Prescribing Pearls from your Friendly Neighborhood Pharmacists
Chris Paxos, PharmD; Mate M. Soric, PharmD; Jaclyn Boyle, PharmD

You will learn to compare and contrast second generation antipsychotics with regard to indications, adverse effects, and dosage forms. The existing evidence supporting the use of new and established pharmacologic options for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction will be explored along with the existing evidence supporting the use of pharmacologic options for atrial fibrillation. The use of pharmacologic options for secondary stroke prevention will also be covered.

Thursday Evening

Opening Reception
Poster Presentations (CE) | Visit exhibits, network with colleagues and enjoy appetizers & drinks

Casino Night!
You can bet you’ll have a good time!  Try your hand at blackjack, roulette and craps at this professionally staffed event that includes dealers, a pit boss  – and a DJ to keep everyone moving!   You can redeem your chips for raffle tickets – every ticket is a chance to win a prize!   There is no additional charge to get in the door.  


Friday Morning

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall for All Attendees

Keynote: Creating a Culture of Evidence-based Practice and Well-being: The Secret Sauce for Reaching the Quadruple Aim in Healthcare
Bernadette Melnyck, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean, OSU School of Nursing

Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits
Jody Agins, APRN-CNP, GNP-BC

This session addresses safe practices for opioid prescribing, including patient selection, risk assessment, initiation and modification, ongoing monitoring, and patient and caregiver education. Includes discussion of pain, immediate release as well as ER/LA opioids, cannabis, and addiction and integrates the CDC Guideline (2016). Fully compliant with the FDA requirement for opioid REMS education. Sponsored by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)

Lunch in Exhibit Hall for All Attendees

Friday 1:00pm-2:30pmChoose ONE

Management of the Complex Pediatric Patient in PCAVS
Annie Banas, APRN-CNP

This session will explore the structure and role of a multidisciplinary aerodigestive clinic in the management of children with complex medical histories; the importance of care coordination for children with a complex medical history; and the benefits and importance that multidisciplinary and care coordination have on our healthcare system.

Sepsis: Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines
Stephanie Ellenberger

Content includes: pathophysiology of sepsis and the diagnosing of SIRS/sepsis/severe sepsis/septic shock in order to more confidently treat and document effectively; current treatment recommendations for the septic patient in order to improve morbidity and mortality rates within their organization for this patient population; proposed changes for the future of sepsis diagnostics and treatment.

Red Flag Rapid Topics: Cardiac, Neuro, Abdominal
Joscelyn Greaves, APRN-CNP; Jesse McClain, DNP, APRN-CNS; Amy Schueler, APRN-CNP, CNS

Learn how to interpret the “red flags” in patients presenting symptoms in three critical areas: GI bleed/anemia, abdominal pain and GERD/dyspepsia; atypical chest pain, HTN emergency and pulmonary embolus needing urgent evaluation; and dizziness, headaches and weakness. Note that this session will be repeated at 2:45pm.

Psychosis, Dementia, & Delirium
Bertia Jennings, DNP, APRN-CNP, PMHS-BC; Melinda Smith, DNP, APRN-CNS

Content includes: pathophysiology of psychosis, delirium, and dementia; identifying the appropriate assessment for patients suspected of having psychosis, delirium, and dementia; identifying medications used to treat psychosis, delirium and dementia.

Friday 2:45pm-4:15pmChoose ONE

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Gaurav Gulati, MD, MSc, FACP, FACR

Content includes a review the epidemiology and pathogenesis of SLE; the manifestations of SLE that can influence morbidity and mortality of the disease; the role of the anti-nuclear antibody in the diagnosis of SLE; and the basic therapeutic options and treatment strategies in SLE.

Fatty/Alcoholic Liver Disease
Jonathan Congeni, MD

Content includes the risk factors for a patient with fatty liver vs alcoholic liver disease; treatment options including medications; and the screening and routine follow up testing that needs to be completed for fatty liver and alcoholic liver disease patients.

REPEAT: Red Flag Rapid Topics: Cardiac, Neuro, Abdominal
Joscelyn Greaves, APRN-CNP; Jesse McClain, DNP, APRN-CNS; Amy Schueler, APRN-CNP, CNS

Learn how to interpret the “red flags” in patients presenting symptoms in three critical areas: GI bleed/anemia, abdominal pain and GERD/dyspepsia; atypical chest pain, HTN emergency and pulmonary embolus needing urgent evaluation; and dizziness, headaches and weakness. Note that this session is also being presented at 1:00pm.

APRN Business Savvy for the Entrepreneur and Employed
Beth Bish, APRN-CNP; Christine Smith-Clymer

Content includes the “how to” of developing a business plan and how to receive the resources to begin the process; complying with Ohio law, OBON guidelines, professional practice guidelines while being self-employed; the “behind the scene” aspects of APRN revenue generation and your potential financial worth to a company & yourself; and the various elements of an employment contract with its monetary and lifestyle benefits.

Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm:  Choose ONE

Expert Precepting Skills: The Core of Developing APRNs
Elizabeth Barker, PhD, APRN-CNP; Oralea Pttman, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP

Want to gain some knowledge about how to “pay it forward” and share your knowledge with aspiring APRNs? In this course you’ll learn strategies for precepting in a busy practice; how to teach diagnostic/clinical reasoning in the practice setting; and how to give effective feedback to students based on their course objectives, stage in the program, and stage in their development as an APRN.

Providing Culturally Humble Care to the LGBTQ Community
Ramona Peel, MA, Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity

Content includes learning about the basic differences between sexual orientation and gender identity; the health disparities suffered by the LGBTQ population; the effect that social norms have on upon the social determinants of health; and utilizing best practices to create affirming and welcoming environments for LGBTQ patients and fellow staff.

APRN Law Update (Category A)
Mary Jane Maloney, DNP, APRN-CNP; Chris Williams, APRN-CNP

Be sure you are in compliance with the most current laws regulating your practice! The exclusionary formulary (OAC 4723-9-08), changes to the Standard Care Arrangement (ORC 4723.431) and new rules for prescribing for acute pain (OAC 4723-8-04) will be addressed in addition to issues resulting in an Ohio Board of Nursing (OBON) practice review. Recommendations will be provided on how to interact with the OBON, a brief review of OARRS (OAC 4723-9-12), changes to writing a prescription for controlled substances (OAC 4723-9) and a sharing of common APRN practice pitfalls.

Transition to Practice (Category A)
Bethany Parsell, APRN-CNP

This session will help students, recently graduated APRNs, and novice APRNs understand the elements that encompass professional APRN practice. Content includes understanding the difference between certification versus licensure and how to become licensed in Ohio; the SCA and prescribing laws; contract basics and what APRNs can expect for their first job; and title protection and other aspects of Ohio law


Breakfast for all Attendees

Impacting Health Disparities: Improving the Quality of Care through Cultural Competence
Angela Dawson, LPC, Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Learn about health disparities, health equity, social determinants of health; become familiar with the Cultural Linguistic Appropriate Standards (CLAS); and learn to identify opportunities to use CLAS standards to improve service delivery, reduce disparities and improve organizational cultural/linguistic competence.

Advances in Diabetes Management (Sponsored by AANP)
Angela Thompson, DNP, APRN-CNP, BC-ADM, CDE, FAANP

This session aims to deepen your knowledge and competence of current diabetes guidelines and the physiologic approach to diabetes management; and to greatly reduce the barriers to injectable therapy with an overall improvement on the quality of the health and lives of your patients with T2DM.   Content will include the fixed-ratio combination therapies and best practices to implement and intensify this treatment in your patients. Key concepts to overcome common provider and patient barriers to implementing injectable therapy will be addressed by both faculty and a patient with T2DM. This innovative activity will provide you with information you can immediately take back and implement in your practice.

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Erin Hennessey, DNP, APRN-CNP

Content includes benign and malignant skin lesions commonly seen in primary care; the common treatments and surgical procedures utilized for management; and criteria for referral to appropriate specialty