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Monday, April 13 - Conference Setup

1:00pm-5:00pm Committee Meetings  
5:00pm-8:00pm Registration  
5:00pm-8:00pm Poster Setup  
6:00pm-7:00pm Speaker Check In  
     

Tuesday, April 14 - Pre-Conference - 7.5 contact hours

8:00am-4:00pm Registration  
8:00am-1:00pm Poster Setup  
9:30am-11:00am

Breakout Sessions
Track 1: NICHE 101
Levels of NICHE,
Brenda Belbot, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, St John Hospital & Medical Center; Holly Brown, MSN, GNP-BC, Ethica Health & Retirement Communities

Track 2: NICHE Clinical: Cognitive Behavior: Dementia
Senior Assessment and Resource Institute Development, Carrie Hays McElroy, RN-BC, MSN-HCA, ACM; Jessica Weathers, LMSW, St Mary Mercy Hospital; Judy Santamaria, Manager, NICHE

Track 3: NICHE Benchmarking & Evaluation
Unit Level Data,
Kathy Blake, MSN, RN, Summa Health System; Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE

 
11:00am-12:00pm Speaker Check In  
11:15am-12:45pm LTP Induction Lunch, Invitation Only  
1:00pm-2:30pm

Breakout Sessions
Track 4: NICHE 101
NICHE Knowledge Center Overview;
Engaging Staff to Use the NICHE Knowledge Center, Deborah Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA; Aimee Black, MSN, RN, Nebraska Methodist Hospital; Holly Brown, MSN, GNP-BC, Ethica Health & Retirement Communities

Track 5: NICHE Clinical: Patient Safety: Falls
Reducing Falls Using Another Pair of Eyes, Denise Lyons, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, FNGNA; Elizabeth Shearon, RN-BC, Christiana Care Health System; Judy Santamaria, Manager, Business Development, NICHE

Track 6:NICHE Benchmarking & Evaluation
Recommitment,
Shirley A. Conway, MSN, MBA, RN-BC, LNHA;  Sara Barnum, RN-BC, MS, Addison Gilbert, Beverly & BayRidge Hospitals; Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE

 
2:30pm-3:00pm Break  
3:00pm-4:30pm

Breakout Sessions
Track 7: NICHE 101 
Implementing NICHE Across the System,
Catherine Roscoe-Herbert, DNP, APRN-BC, FGNLA, University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Holly Brown, MSN, GNP-BC, Ethica Health & Retirement Communities

Track 8: NICHE Clinical: Transitions
Team Based Care Model for High Risk Elderly Patients, Jennifer Houten, RN, MN; Hai Ta, RN, MPH, Kaiser Permanente; Judy Santamaria, Manager, Business Development, NICHE

Track 9: NICHE Benchmarking & Evaluation
GIAP,
Sue Nickoley, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, Rochester General Hospital; Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE

 
4:30pm-4:45pm Transition  
4:45pm-5:00pm Welcome & Opening Remarks  
5:00pm-6:00pm Keynote: Innovating, Educating, & Caring for Older Adults: What the World Expects of Nurses! Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, New York University College of Nursing  
6:00pm-8:00pm Poster Reception  
     

Wednesday, April 15 - Conference Day 1 - 6.5 contact hours

7:30am-8:30am Continental Breakfast  
8:30am-8:45am Transition  
8:45am-9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks  
9:00am-10:00am

Keynote: Improving Care Transitions by Infusing True Person and Family Centered Care, Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, Director, Care Transitions Program

 
10:00am-10:15am Transition  

10:15am-11:45am

Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Transitions: ED
Implementation of Emergency Department Push/Pull Admission Process,
Kylie Schaberg, BSN, RN, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

"Lost in Transit," Not with GEDI Follow-up from the Emergency Department, Alicia Salgado, RN, BSN, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Transition of Care: The Perfect Storm, Joan Michelle Moccia, DNPc, ANP-BC, CCRN, St. Mary Mercy Hospital

Track 2: Transitions: Home
Transitioning Patients from the Acute Care Setting to Home Improves Patient Quality Outcomes,
Debbie Borowske, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, Southwest General Health Center

Optimizing Transitions in Care: House Calls for Vulnerable Elderly Patients, Kristine Todd, DNP, FNP-BC, RN-BC, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Planning for Advanced Life Events that Affect Older Adults’ Ability to Transition Home, Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, Northwestern University

Track 3: Transitions: Education
Translating Evidence into Practice to Improve Outcomes for the Elderly Patient,
Tracie Heckman, MSN,RN, CMSRN; Amanda Fougere BSN, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network

The AGE Program: Developing A Geriatric Resource Nurse-Led Interprofessional Care Model, Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, RN; Michele Power, BSN, RN, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Geriatric Standardized Patients: An Essential Strategy in Geriatric Education for Interdisciplinary Teams, Cynthia Y. Cespedes, BSN, RN, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

 
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch  
11:45am-1:00pm Non-NICHE Lunch  
1:00pm-1:15pm Transition  
1:15pm-2:45pm Plenary: Congnitive Behavior: Delirium

A Multidisciplinary Approach To Implementing A Hospital Wide Delirium Prevention and Management Program, Christine Waszynski, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, Hartford Hospital

Defining the GPCA Role to Reduce Functional Decline in Hospitalized Elders, Erin Weaver, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Megan Wheeler, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Baylor Scott & White Health

Insomnia Order Set to Decrease Delirium, Sue Fosnight, RPh, CGP, BCPS; Michelle Gonser, RN, MSN, Summa Health System

 
2:45pm-3:15pm Break  

3:15pm-4:45pm

Breakout Sessions
Track 4: Cognitive Behavior: Delirium
Delirium Education and Implementation of the CAM-ICU Tool on Quality Indicators in the Intensive Care Unit,
Dawn Hippensteel, MS, BSN, RN, CCRN, GCNS, Pinnacle Health System

MAUVE: Maximizing Aging Using Volunteer Engagement on an ACE Unit, Mary Ann Hamelin, RN, MScN, GNC(c); Vicki Lau, CTRS, BA, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Wii™ Can Too! Using Interactive Gaming Technology with Hospital Elder Life Program Patients to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Functional Decline, Megan Wheeler, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Janice F. Moore, PhD, CFLE, Baylor Scott & White Health

Track 5: Cognitive Behavior: Delirium
The Impact of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) on Patient, Operational, and Staff Outcomes,
Laura Shanks, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, ACNS-BC; Susan Heisey, MSW, LCSW, ASW-G, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Developing an Interdisciplinary Team to Address Delirium in the Oncology Population, Peggy Burhenn, MS, RN, CNS, AOCNS, City of Hope

Delirium as a Medical Emergency: Leading the Community into Action, Debra L. Dillon, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Track 6: Patient Safety
Creating Outstanding, Remarkable, Excellent Certified Nursing Assistants (CORE), Kelly Swauger, RN, BSN, MHSA, MAOL, BC-NE

Multidisciplinary Fall Prevention Strategies for Hospitalized Older Adults, Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

A Qualitative Study to Identify Antecedents to Falls in an Acute Care Setting, Joan Munchiando RN-BC, BSN, CRRN, CMSRN, NE-BC, CDP; Mary Royse MSN, RN, CMSRN, CDP, Beaumont Health System

 
4:45pm-5:00pm Transition  
5:00pm-6:00pm Plenary: NICHE Exemplar Coordinator Panel
Deirdre Carolan, CRNP, PhD, Inova Fairfax Hospital; Deborah Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, Nebraska Methodist Hospital; John Jorgensen, RN, MPA, Covenant Health; Denise Lyons, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, FNGNA, Christiana Care Health System; Judith Pfeiffer, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, NEA-BC, UC San Diego Health System; Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE
 
     

Thursday, April 16 - Conference Day 2 - 5 contact hours

7:30am-8:30am Continental Breakfast  
8:30am-8:45am Transition  
8:45am-9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks  
9:00am-10:00am

Keynote: Best Practices in Reducing Falls and Fall Related Injury, Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Associate Director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry

 
10:00am-10:15am Transition  
10:15am-11:45am

Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Patient Safety: Falls

Be on the Ball...Prevent a Fall, Kim Cerri, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CNL, CMSRN, Broward Health Imperial Point

Reducing Costs of Sitter Utilization without Compromising Patient Safety, Cristiane Fukuda, ANP-BC, Northside Hospital

A Bundled Approach to Fall Prevention, Kellie Capes, RN, BSN, PCCN; Jennifer Watkins, BSN, RN, CNML, Cone Health

Track 2: Patient Safety: Interdisciplinary
The Geriatric Resource Committee: Addressing Geriatric Needs and Outcomes through an Interdisciplinary Shared Governance Model, Amanda Robbins, MS, APRN, GCNS-BC, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Stepwise Approach to Securing Key Stakeholder Support for Inpatient Geriatric Programs, Emily Simmons, MSN, CNL, RN-BC; Kellie Flood, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Partnering for Quality -The Key Element to Creating an Infrastructure to Achieve Organizational Goals, Teresa Veneziano, MS, RN; Pat Lavin, MS, BSN, RN, NYU Langone Medical Center

Track 3: Patient Safety: Nutrition & Hydration
The Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Nutrition Program
, Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, CNOR(e), FNGNA, Abbott Nutrition and Akron General Medical Center

Utilizing Geriatric Resource Nurses to Improve Mealtime and Nutritional Outcomes of Hospitalized Geriatric Patients, Kerstin Scheper, RN-BC, OCN; Rajesh Kumari, MS, RDN, Overlook Medical Center Atlantic Health

Fluid For Thought - Promoting Hydration in the Hospitalized Geriatric Patients, Cheryl Burke, RN-BC, MS, MBA, WCC; Dominique Cruz, RN, BSN, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

 
11:45am-12:45pm

Lunch

 
12:45pm-1:00pm

Transition

 
1:00pm-2:30pm

Plenary: Medication
An APN-Physician Collaboration for Geriatric Trauma Patients,
Diane Kuehnlenz, MS, APN, CCNS, CWOCN, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Support Older Adults’ Medication Adherence Post-Hospital Discharge, Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, RN; Colleen Regan, BSN, RN, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Keeping Our Patients Safe with Patient Education for Anticoagulation Therapy, Jean-Marie Nacer MSN, RN; Karen Beltran MSN, RN CCTN, NYU Langone Medical Center

 
2:30pm-3:00pm

Break

 
3:00pm-4:30pm

Breakout Sessions
Track 4: Patient Safety: Mobilization
Best Practice Care of the Older Adult with Fragility Hip Fracture: ‘The Swedish Model',
Ami Hommel, PhD, CNS, RN, Lund University Hospital, Sweden

Acute Care of the Elderly Accountable Care Unit: “ACE Unit / ACU,” Improved Patient Safety through Empowered and Engaged Employees, Donna Wolff, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, Palmetto Health

Put One Foot in Front of the Other: Early Mobilization for Elders, Eileen Sacco, MSN, RN, CNRN; Catherine Dimotisis-Schaeffer, RN, BSN, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Track 5: Patient Safety: Falls
Looking at Falls Through the Patients Eyes, Belinda Dokic, CPht, BA, MBA; Christine Quermitt, MD, St. Mary Mercy Hospital

We Don't Fall Around...Safety Rounds Q 15 Minutes, Cherry Fuentes, RN-BC, MSN, MS; Kristine Miller RN, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

Spotter Program: A Nurse-Driven Patient Safety Innovation, Rachael Santos, MSN, GNP-BC; Patricia Primmer, RN, Morristown Medical Center

Track 6: Patient Safety: NICHE Implementation
Improving Geriatric Care through RNHHELP!, Beth Palermo, PhD, MSN, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC; Barbara Schrage MS, RN, FNP-BC, Strong Memorial Hospital

Developing a Gap Analysis Methodology to Guide and Improve NICHE Implementation in a Ten Hospital System, Karen Mack, MS, MBA, ACNPC, CHFN, MedStar Health

Implementing an Evidence-Based Educational Program to Improve the Care and Safety of Hospitalized Older Adults, Leah Szumita, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC; Heidi Doucette, MS, RN, CNRN, AACNS-BC, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

 
4:30pm-4:45pm

Transition

 
4:45pm-5:15pm

NICHE 2016 & Poster Awards, Barbara Bricoli, Executive Director, NICHE 

 
     

Friday, April 17 - Conference Day 3 - 5.5 contact hours

7:30am-8:30am

Continental Breakfast

 
8:30am-8:45am

Transition

 
8:45am-10:15am

Research Symposium 1: Understanding and Using Evidence to Address Clinical Problems, Allison Squires, PhD, RN, NYU College of Nursing; Abraham Brody, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Program Director, Hartford Institute Geriatric Undergraduate Scholars Program, NYU College of Nursing

Cognitive Behavior Roundtables: Meet the Experts
The SMILE Program: An Innovative Approach to Preventing Delirium and Functional Decline Among Hospitalized Seniors, Helen Schelfhaut, BA, BSc PT, MSc, Halton Healthcare Services

Implementing a PAL Program for Patients At Risk for Delirium, Carrie Hays McElroy, RN-BC, MSN-HCA, ACM, Jessica Thomas, BA, St. Mary Mercy Hospital

Development and Dissemination of an Online Delirium Educational Course to Support Quality Improvement Initiatives, Loretta Matters, MSN,RN Denise Guerrier, MSN,RN-BC, Duke University Health System

Sitting is More Than Sitting, Veronica Bigott, MSN, RN-BC, Advocate South Suburban Hospital

The Development and Impact of the Delirium Protocol as a House-wide Project, Lourdes Pineda, MSN, RN-BC, CCM; Rita Dyer, APN-C, Overlook Medical Center

Successful Integration of HELP Within ACE and NICHE Units, Christine Wallis MS, RN, CCRN; Danielle Zamani RN, Aurora Health Care

Improving Nursing Care for Hospitalized Older Veterans: Elder Care in Hospital (ECHo) Program, Cristina Hendrix, DNS, GNP-BC, FNP; Monalesia Chapman, MSN, RN, GRN,  Durham VAMC Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center

How Education Improves Delirium Outcomes, Christine Bradley, MSN, RN, CNL, AGPCNP-BC; Rita Leinheiser, MA, ELS; Jaspreet Virdi, MD, Abington Health

Reducing Antipsychotic Medications on a Transitional Care Unit, Nancy DiRico MSN, RN, CMSRN, Lehigh Valley Health Network


Transitions Roundtables: Meet the Experts
Magnet Innovation in the Community Case Management- Improving Transitions of Care since 1995, Sarah Armold, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Janice Seidman, MSN, RN, FNP, Poudre Valley Hospital, University of Colorado Health

Define and Refine: Together Improving Transitions of Care Between the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facilities, Julie Lundvick, BSN, RN-BC, CDE, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Transitioning Home with SMART, a Better Discharge Process, Lynnette Kirkbride, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center

Care Transformation Collaborative: Improved Quality and Efficiency through RN & Hospitalist Collaboration, Aaron Malsch, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC; Caterina Daniels RN, Aurora Health Care

The Mobile Interdisciplinary Transitions Team: Easing Transitions for Older Adult Patients, Myrrh Hector, BSN, RN-BC, Washington Regional Medical Center

Transition of Care - Implementation of Bedside Report, Joan Harvey, DNP, RN, CCRN, Meridian Health

Using Geriatric Education as an Element of CNA Career Development, Nancy L. Noble, MHR, MSN-Ed, RN-BC, Riverside Health System

Effectiveness of a Restorative Aide: Moving the Patient Across the Continuum of Care, Tonya Maunsell, MSN, RN, OCN; Imelda Sanchez MSN, RN, Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center


A Community of Hospitals Coming Together to Make a Difference in the Care of Their Older Adult Patients, Judy Bahr, MSN, RN-BC, CIC; Christine Waszynski, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, Middlesex Hospital

 
10:15am-10:30am

Transitions/Break

 
10:30am-12:00pm

Research Symposium 1 continued: Understanding and Using Evidence to Address Clinical Problems

Cognitive Behavior Roundtables: Meet the Experts
(see 8:45am session for topics)

Patient Safety Roundtables: Meet the Experts
Development of a Nurse Residency Program in Long Term Care New Nurses in NJ,
Linda J. Hassler, MS, RN, New Jersey Action Coalition

Checking it Twice: An ACE Unit’s Approach to Decreasing Pressure Ulcers Among Hospitalized African American Geriatric Patients, Jennifer Lynch, RN, BSN; Ana I. Hernandez, RN, BSN WOCN, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH): A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Post-Surgical Outcomes, Lisa Legath, RN, GRN; Loretta Matters, MSN, RN, Duke University Health System

Pressure Ulcer Improvement Project: Optimizing Best Practices and Collaboration between RN’s and Wound Care Specialists’, Anne Schmidt, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CENP, South County Hospital

A Non-Pharmacologic Approach to Decrease Restraint Use, Kari Johnson, RN, MSN, PhDc, ACNS-BC, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital

Shhh (Silent Hospitals Help Healing)....Sleep Matters, Brenda Fine, BSN, RN, CCRN-BC; Ramona Baucham, BSN, RN-BC, Baylor Scott & White Health

Impact of Daily Bedside Interprofessional Rounds on Mortality, Falls, Readmissions Length of Stay. And Cost Savings for a Newly Opened ACE Unit, Ashley Lautar, MSN, HNB-BC, NP-C, The Christ Hospital

Implementing an Older Adult Abuse Policy in an Acute Care Setting: Raising Comfort Levels of Health Care Workers in Their Response to Older Adult Abuse, Nana Asomaning, RN (EC), MN, NP-Adult; Christine Bradshaw, MSW, RSW, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada

Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Improve the Care Provided by Cerified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Shefali Desai RN, El Camino Hospital

 
12:00pm-12:15pm

Transition

 
12:15pm-1:15pm

Lunch with the Experts

 
1:15 pm-1:30pm

Transition

 
1:30pm-3:00pm Patient Safety Roundtables: Meet the Experts (see 10:30am session for topics)

Transitions Roundtables: Meet the Experts (see 8:45am session for topics)

 
1:30pm-4:00pm

Research Symposium 2: Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Intervention Projects and Securing Funding for Them, Gail D'Eramo Melkus, EdD, C-NP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Florence & William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, Director, Muriel & Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research, NYU College of Nursing; Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, RN, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Abraham Brody, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Program Director, Hartford Institute Geriatric Undergraduate Scholars Program, NYU College of Nursing; Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE