2019 Conference Program

Our schedule for times and events at this year's forum is listed below, and the session information is also available for download. Click here for a complete educational session schedule. This program is subject to change.

Thursday Preconferences - 7:30am - 5:00pm

HPNA Leadership Conference  (full day) - This is a leadership preconference open by invitation created specifically for HPNA chapters, provisional groups, and district leaders.   
ACHPN Certification Review Course
 (full day) - This one-day provider-directed, provider-paced live intensive course is designed to assist with preparation for the ACHPN exam through didactic course presentation with active learner engagement, case study examinations, practice exam questions, and self-check/reflection to highlight self-identifying topics that require further preparation and study.  This course provides a review of the content areas based on the HPCC detailed test content outline. The educational content may also be used to increase the hospice and palliative advanced registered nurse's knowledge of palliative nursing. Bronwyn Long, DNP, MBA, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, AOCNS; Niki Koesel, DNP, ANP, ACHPN, FPCN.
CHPN Certification Review Course (full day) - This one-day provider-directed, provider-paced live intensive course is designed to assist with preparation for the CHPN exam through didactic course presentation with active learner engagement, case study examinations, practice exam questions, and self-check/reflection to highlight self-identifying topics that require further preparation and study.  This course provides a review of the content areas based on the HPCC detailed test content outline. The educational content may also be used to increase the hospice and palliative registered nurse's knowledge of palliative nursing. Cindy Stafford, MSN, GNP-BC, ACHPN; Barb Schmal, MS, RN-BC, CHPN.
A Case-Based Approach to Care Transitions Across Settings (am) - Saddle up and enjoy the ride! This fast-paced preconference is designed to to take learners through a case-based approach of patients transitioning across settings of care. Emphasis is placed on the critical roles clinicians face in facilitating effective hand-off accountability. Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE.
Hospice Challenges: Connecting the Dots with Assessment Strategies (pm) - “But what if…?” Dr. McPherson challenges learners with disruptive thinking strategies on the critical challenges facing clinicians in assessing hospice patients. Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS, CPE.
Dessert and Coffee Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Hospi Corporation.
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) PresentationPain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits  (separate registration required).

Friday - 7:30am - 4:45pm

Breakfast
We Are Nurses and It Matters
 (keynote) - “It matters that you bring your unique gifts to work every day and use those gifts to make change that matters.” Join our 2019 keynote speaker as she summons us to explore the human centeredness of nursing and examine the impact of nurses’ value, vision, and voice in driving change that matters. Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP, ACHPN, Past President of AACN
Break with Exhibitors
Unveiling the Science: Balancing the Evidence with Hospice and Palliative Nursing Practice
 - The desired learning outcome for this activity is to provide learners with a framework to improve patient outcomes through the dissemination of evidence-based palliative research for future application into individual practice settings. Dr. Coats will unveil the most current hospice and palliative nursing science through case presentation practice application. Heather Coats, PhD, MS, APRN-BC.
What Constitutes a Palliative Emergency? - Numerous urgent syndromes can occur in the course of advanced disease, seriously affecting quality of life. Hospice and palliative clinicians require well-tuned clinical decision-making skills during this critical time in patient care. This session is designed to provide learners with assessment and management skills crucial to effective care management during this period of crisis. Susan Jessell, MSN, CRNP-BC.
Lunch with Exhibitors
Moving Palliative Care Upstream to the Primary Care Arena (concurrent) -  Advances in technology and healthcare have created longer life expectancies and changed many illnesses from terminal prognoses to chronic illnesses, resulting in a need for early palliative care across the lifespan, from neonates to the frail elderly. As palliative care moves more upstream, it is essential that hospice and palliative nurses have the information to ensure quality palliative care delivery in all settings and levels of practice, in particular the community. Ms. Dahlin shares best practices to facilitate early palliative care intervention points in caring for patients with serious illnesses. Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN.
Aging Out: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Palliative Care (concurrent) - This session is designed to assist adult palliative and hospice clinicians with assuming care for adolescents with serious illnesses as they transition into adulthood. Dr. O’Shea facilitates key transitional insight to this complex care point. Eileen O'Shea, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN.

Break with Exhibitors
Hospice Essentials for the Palliative Nurse
(concurrent) - Per the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, palliative care begins at diagnosis of a serious illness, continues through disease progression and end of life, and concludes at the end of a yearlong period of bereavement. This session is designed for palliative clinicians looking to gain increased knowledge of the hospice benefit to better support transition to hospice for patient’s nearing end of life. Marika Haranis, MSN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ACHPNBarb Schmal, MS, RN-BC, CHPN.
Spiritual, Religious, and Existential Aspects of Care
(concurrent) - Dr. Halsey is back by popular demand. This session takes a deep dive into the spiritual, religious, and existential aspects of care, offering clinicians a detailed insight in this critical aspect of hospice and palliative nursing practice. Kristopher Halsey, D. Div, PhD.
Faculty Attended Poster Reception
Exhibit Floor Open

Saturday - 7:30am - 12:45pm

Breakfast
Micro Learning Sessions: Pearls of Wisdom
 - Structure and Processes of Care; Physical Aspects of Care; Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Care; Social Aspects of Care; Spiritual, Religious, and Existential Aspects of Care; Cultural Aspects of Care; Care of the Patient Nearing End of Life, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Care 
Elder Mistreatment: Hiding in Plain Sight - Recent studies have demonstrated that nearly one in six adults over 60 years of age have been victims of mistreatment. For cognitively impaired older adults, the prevalence of mistreatment rises to approximately 50%. Though most abuse is identified in all healthcare settings, research shows that identification by healthcare professionals remains low. This session is designed to increased practitioner knowledge of detection and reporting of suspected elder mistreatment hiding in plain sight, and, ultimately, improve patient safety. Theresa Sivers-Teixeira, MSPA, PA-C
What Do We All Have In Common? Finding Our Common Ground (interactive panel) - This panel is designed to reflect on our common ground, be it hospice or palliative nursing specialty, adult or pediatric care, APRN or RN practice, community or academic setting, and early or late career professional. We each bring our individual strengths to the care and culture of hospice and palliative nursing. Let’s give voice to our common ground. Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN (moderator).
The Interdisciplinary Team: Best Practices Expert Panel (expert panel) - “Train in teams those who work in teams” (IOM 1999). Join our IDT experts for this plenary panel discussion of best practices for working within an IDT. This session is designed for open forum engagement between participants and panel members to discuss strategies to enhance our team contributions in caring for patients and families with serious illnesses. Participants are asked to bring challenges from their community to discuss with our expert panel through open forum Q and A. Marika Haranis, MSN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ACHPN (moderator).
Share Your Voice: An Interactive Session with HPNA Board President and CEO - This interactive 30-minute closing plenary will give conference participants the opportunity to share your voice about the benefits and challenges associated with membership to affect change. Virginia (Ginger) Marshall, ACHPN, ACNP-BC, FPCN, Chief Executive OfficerBeth Martin, MSN RN ACNP-BC ACHPN, HPNA Board President.


Networking Opportunities

Welcome Reception - Thursday

8:30 to 9:30 pm
Marriott City Center, Second Floor
Sponsored by Hospi Corporation

Breaks With Exhibitors - Friday

9:00 to 9:30 am
2:45 to 3:30 pm
Marriott City Center, Second Floor

Dessert With Exhibitors - Friday 

12:45 to 1:30 pm
Marriott City Center, Second Floor

Poster Presentation - Friday 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Marriott City Center, Second Floor

Exhibit Hall Open - Friday  

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Marriott City Center, Second Floor