Greater Cincinnati Chapter of AACN
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2018 Critical Care Nursing Symposium

Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area
2000 Century Boulevard Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30345

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00pm ET - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 2:30pm ET
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Posted by The AACN Region 6

2000 Century Boulevard Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30345



Visioning Beyond the Basics


AACN President, Lisa Riggs MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN-K

Additional Information

This annual conference provides up to date information on both common and unique challenges faced by critical care and acute care nurses.  The agenda is diverse and will meet the needs and interests of all nurses involved in providing care to the critically ill and injured.

Don't forget to also register for the Leadership Development Workshop pre-conference on Sunday September 9th.  

For questions regarding registration contact Tammy Carter at

Hotel Accommodations:  Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area 

Last day to book and obtain group rate: 8/20/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering  a special group rate: 129.00 USD  per night

Click the link below to reserve your room today!

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Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

The Region 6 Conference Committee reserves the right to cancel any offering.  In the event of full conference cancellation registration fees will be refunded in full within 30 days of conference date.  Participant cancellation must be done online via the Region 6 website no later than Sept 1st to receive a refund minus $35 processing fee.  All refunds will be processed electronically back to the debit or credit card used in initial registration.  

Event Agenda

2018 Critical Care Nursing Symposium

Event Agenda

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00pm ET - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 2:30pm ET

All times listed in Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Leadership Development Workshop

    Leslie Culpepper, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CCNS, AACN Region 6 Chapter Advisor

    Pre-conference opportunity to learn and network. Specific topic to be determined

Monday, September 10, 2018

  • 8:00am - 8:15am


    Sherry Hazlip MSN, RN, BC Conference Chairperson Clinical Manager-Nursing Education & PRofessional Development The Medical Center, Navicent Health, Macon Ga

  • 8:15am - 9:15am

    Beyond Ebola: Are we ready?

    Sharon Vanairsdale MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C Director, Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Program Emory University Hospital, Atlanta Ga

    General session

  • 9:15am - 10:00am

    Break and Exhibits

    Please visit as many exhibitors as possible to express your appreciation for their support

  • 10:00am - 11:00am

    Pulmonary Complications associated with blood

    Nanci Fredrich RN, BSN, MM Transfusion Safety & Blood Mangement Officer Blood Center of Wisconsin,

    Concurrent session A

  • 10:00am - 11:00am

    Treatment of refractory status epilepticus

    Angela Dietz RN, CNRN Clincal Educator/RRT Neuro ICU WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Cener Marrietta Ga

    Concurrent session B

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Fluid and Electrolytes

    Tracy Norton RN, BSN, CCRN, CMC-CSC Resource Staff Nurse UMAB Hospital, Birmingham Al

    Concurrent Session A

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Ventilator Weaning Protocol for LTAC Respiratory Failure Patients

    Wesley Bray MD Pulmonary/Critical Care WellStar Health System, Marietta Ga

    Concurrent Session B

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch and Exhibits

    Lunch provided

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    From Balloon Pump to Artificial Heart

    Peggy Blood RN, MSN FNP Manager, VAD, ECMO Program UMAB Hospital, Birmingham Al

    Concurrent session A

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Drug Diversion in Nursing

    Joseph Smith RN, MSN, CCRN Director CVICU, Emory University Hospital, Alanta Ga

    Concurrent Session B

  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Stop the Bleed!

    Alicia Register, MD, General Surgery, Mercer Univ, Kristal Claxton Smith BS, NREMT-P,Coordinator Injury Prevention and Outreach Josephine Fabico-Dulin RN, BC, CEN, Trauma Performance Improvement Coodinator The Medical Center, Navicent Health, Macon Ga

    General session

  • 3:15pm - 3:30pm

    Closing Announcements

    Evaluations, Call for Proposals for 2019 Conferemce

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

  • 8:00am - 8:15am


    Mary Zellinger RN, CCNS, MN, CCRN-CSC, FCCM Clinical Nurse Specialsit Cardiovascular Critical Care Emory University Hospital, Atlanta Ga

  • 8:15am - 9:30am

    Keeping your promise to patients: guided by why

    Lisa Riggs MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN-K President AACN

    AACN Presidential theme keynote address

  • 9:30am - 10:15am

    Break and exhibits

  • 10:15am - 11:15am

    12 Lead EKG Case Studies

    Lisa Riggs, MSN, APRN-BC CCRN-K President, AACN

    Concurrent session A

  • 10:15am - 10:15am

    Developing Resiliency in Nursing: Avoiding Compassion Fatigue

    Wendy Cohen RN, MSN, OCN, CMC Clinical Education Consultant Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah Ga

    Concurrent session B

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm

    HELLP! There is a uterus in my unit, managing the post partum patient

    Darlene Showalter DNP, RN, CNS Clinical Associate Professor, University of Alabama Huntsville, Al

    Concurrent Session A

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm

    You survived ICU, Now what? Post Intensive Care Syndrome

    Jean Humphreys, RN, MSN, PCCN

    concurrent session B

  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm


  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Acute kidney injury, prevention and management in the ICU

    Michael Conner Jr, MD Pulmonary,Allergy and Critical Care Emory University Hospital, Atlanta Ga

    general session

  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm

    Conclusion and Evaluations

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