Concurrent Sessions

Pittsburgh attendees will have the opportunity to choose and attend one concurrent session per time slot. NOTE: Only one session per timeslot will be livestreamed and recorded for virtual attendees. These select sessions are noted accordingly as "LIVESTREAM" below.

Saturday, May 6 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

203) PANEL: What We Did to Advance Health Equity

(203a): Jessica Carlson, MSN, RN; Kathy Barton, CRNP; Elizabeth Geraci, MSN, CRNP (203b): Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC; Agnes Panten, BSN, RN-BC, FN-CSA; Pamela L. Fake BSN, RN, ONC

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Advancing Health Equity/Clinical Practice

This session has presentations from two programs:

  • 203a (45 min): Journeys to Bone and Joint Wellness with Personalized Education and Treatment Pathways outlines an innovative, personalized approach to diagnosis, workup and interventions. 
  • 203b (45 min): Patient Demographics, the DNA of Program Redesign shares the benefits of Community Assessment and other strategies to analyze Social Determinants of Health (SODH).

204) PANEL: Good Bones: The Master Class on the Foundation of a Successful Orthopaedic Program

Jillian Knudsen, RN, MSN, CMSRN, ONC, CNL, CPHQ; Kara Orr, MSN, RN, CNL; Brittany Frasier, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CPHQ

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Leadership

An inter-professional team from a large orthopaedic program in the Midwest will share the strategies implemented to grow an orthopaedic service line.

205) PANEL: Same Day Total Joint Arthroplasty Surgeries: Out with the Bad, In with the Good, All in the Same Day


Christen Nelson, RN, BSN, ONC; Lee E. Rubin, MD, FAAOS, FAAHKS, FAOA; Jinlei Li MD, PhD FASA

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Surgery, Outpatient, ASC

Key change agents in a large orthopaedic program in the Northeast share their journey from inpatient to same day Total Joint Arthroplasty. Panel members include the Surgeon champion, Anesthesiologist and Nurse Navigator.

Sunday, May 7 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

301) Addressing Disparities in Arthroplasty Care


Daniel Wiznia, MD

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Advancing Health Equity, Total Joint Arthroplasty

The presentation includes a look at the current state of health equity metrics, including processes that have negative impact as well as ways to improve the TJA Pathway. Measurable outcomes based on research and a list of optimization interventions will be shared.

302) Pyschosocial Distress in Orthopedic Trauma Patients

Daniel Vincent Marinelli, BSN, RN, ONC, CMSRN, PMGT-BC

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Trauma, Clinical Practice

This session will include specific practices to address ortho trauma patients in a holistic manner to improve long-term patient outcomes in the psychosocial domain.

303)  Knowledge and Comfort of Ortho Staff caring for Hospitalized Adult Patients at End of Life Using the CARES Tool

Heather Tripp, MSN, RN, CNS, ONC; Joanie Waters, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNS

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Staff Education

In this session, presenters will showcase a tool specific to nurses caring for adult patients who are experiencing the end-of-life (EOL).

Sunday, May 7 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

305) Partnering with the Joint Commission; Connecting through the Certification Process

Robin S. Voss, RN, MHA, TNCC-I; David Eickemeyer, MBA

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Program Development/Clinical Practice

Learn about the Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification process from application to review, with examples for how certification helps orthopedic programs. The presenters are Directors of Disease Specific Care at The Joint Commission and will take Q&A from attendees during and after the session.

306) Stabilizing Quality Practice in a Changing Environment


April Mount, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, RN-BC; Chante White, MSN, RN

  • CNE: 1.0, Category B
  • Topic/Track: Leadership/Service Line/Program Development

Through Lean Methodology and similar strategies, the presenters discuss steps taken to standardize and sustain quality care and establish a clear partnership between the various teams within a system.

307) Caught Caring: Creating a Positive Work Environment

Cindy Lewis, DNP, APN-BC, ONP-C

  • CNE: 1.0, Category B
  • Topic/Track: Research/Professional Development

This innovative session touches on many current issues related to engagement and retention within the nursing profession. The study demonstrates a peer-to-peer approach utilizing the Complex Responsive Processes theory to decrease incivility and change a toxic work environment on a busy orthopaedic unit.

Monday, May 8 | 9:15 am - 10:15 am

401) The Pediatric Precursor: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Inflammatory Orthopaedic Issues


Matthew Lowe, MDiv, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, ONC

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Advanced Practice, Health Equity

This session examines the relationship between early adverse childhood experiences and adult inflammatory orthopaedic conditions. Understanding the impact of childhood adverse experiences can shed light on the risk factors for inflammatory orthopaedic conditions along the lifespan.

402) Considering Being a Peer Reviewer for a Journal? Tips for Effective Reviews

Dawn L Denny, PhD, RN, ONC

  • CNE: 1.0, Category B
  • Topic/Track: Research/Subcategory: Legal and Ethical Issues

Peer reviewers promote scientific integrity by providing thorough, expert, unbiased, constructive, and timely reviews on manuscripts submitted for publication. A thorough understanding of the role and the ethical expectations is essential. Case scenarios during the session will provide the opportunity for participants to problem solve.

403) Nurse Navigator or Shape Shifter?

Paulina Andujo, BSN, RN, ONC; Naomi Tashman, RN, BSN, ONC

  • CNE: 1.0, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Clinical Practice/Nurse Navigation/Case Management

Nurse navigators help patients through their elective joint surgery journey. They can also offer much more by identifying and implementing quality and safety improvements that improve patient experiences and outcomes. Nurse navigators must learn to be 'shapeshifters,' anticipating and adapting to care circumstances and opportunities.

Monday, May 8 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

404a) The Advent of the APRN Compact; 404b) APRN Session/mini-Symposium; Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Understanding the Diagnosis and Perspective

Michelle Buck, APRN ; Laura C. Arkin, MSN, APRN-CNS, ONC, ONC-A, CCNS, FCNS

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Advanced Practice/Clinical Practice

This session will include two APRN presentations: 

  • 404a (30 min): The APRN Compact allows an advanced practice registered nurse to hold one multistate license with a privilege to practice in other compact states. There is a model for states to enact the Advanced Practice Nurse Compact. The model, legislation, and rules will be discussed.
  • 404b (60 min): Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is rare diagnosis that orthopaedic nurses and APRN’s may find in their patient populations. Fully understanding the diagnosis and patient’s perspectives is vital to ensure optimal care and outcomes. This session includes a review of the pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options of OI. Breakdown of a case of a patient with OI. This session is partially funded by an educational grant from Health Radius, Inc.

405 a-c) Nursing Innovation Improving Patient Outcomes


Dianne Vye MSN, RN, ONC; Christina DiMaggio, RN; Peter Cegelka RN BSN ONC; Sopida Thaimas Andronaco, MSN, RN, PHN, CPHQ; Jennifer Norton, BSN, RN; Chante White, MSN, RN

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Nursing Innovation; Clinical Practice

Three innovative Nurse-Led projects impacting positive patient outcomes combined for one jam packed session.

  • 405a (30 min) HELP: A New Tool to Guide Post-operative management after Total Joint Arthroplasty: This session discusses the use a patient education questionnaire tool in a cross-sectional study to improve safety with patient discharge.
  • 405b (30 min)  Implementing Virtual Reality in Preoperative Settings to reduce PreOp Anxiety: The presentation discusses a performance improvement initiative for innovation decrease patient anxiety in the preop holding area.
  • 405c (30 min) The Golden Ticket:  A Social Clearance Form Decreasing LOS in Orthopaedic Surgery Patients: Finally, our last session looks care coordination with use of a clearance form to decrease length of stay and to support discharge readiness.

406a) PANEL: How We Did It: a. Paving the way to Discharge Patients Same Day; 406b) Creating an Outpatient Stay Unit

Kimberly West, BSN, RN, CMSRN, ONC; Lisa Lorraine Kleeberg, MHA, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Roxanne M Kintzer, BSN-RN; Paulina Andujo, BSN, RN, ONC; Lillyann Rowe, MSN, RN, CPAN, CCRN, PHN; Naomi Tashman, RN, BSN, ONC; Kathleen Breda, NP, RN, AGACNP-BC, ONPC

  • CNE: 1.5, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Clinical Practice/Hip and Knee Joint Innovations

Two expert led patient discharge presentations combined in one session. 

  • 406a (60 min): In this session, presenters discuss a streamlined same day discharge pathway to decrease patients’ overall length of stay with the formation of an inter-professional team to meet this goal. Successes, outcomes and challenges will be shared with attendees.
  • 406b (30 min): In the second session, presenters will discuss the creation of an Outpatient Stay Unit developed to support patients who required extended recovery after surgery but could go home the same day or the day after their surgery. Successful implementation required a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort with strong nursing leadership and expertise with the patient population.

Monday, May 8 | 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

407) Back to the Basics


Dawn Clarke, MSN, RN; Gina Kennedy O'Brien DPT, PSP; Christopher Standaert, MD

  • CNE: .75, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Clinical Practice/Nurse Navigation/ Case Management

In this presentation, a panel will discuss their strategies used to provide a multidisciplinary approach to helping patients with low back pain through an improved standard of care that is evidence-driven, patient centered, and focused on the health of the patient.

408) Recertification Requirements: Taking Steps Toward Continued Competency

Dorothy Pietrowski, RN, MSN, ACNP, ONP-C; Jessica Alger, MSN-INF, RN, ONC

  • CNE: .75, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Certification/Professional Development

A review of the benefits of certification and the processes for recertification.

409) DNV Orthopaedic Certifications; Three Organizations' Path to Excellence

Rachel Torani, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN; Dawn Ellington MBA, BSN, ONC; Ashley Streett MSN, RN, ONC, CCRN

  • CNE: .75, Category A
  • Topic/Track: Leadership/Service Line/Program Development

In this session, the presenters will share the main components of DNV Orthopaedic Certification and how three different Hospital programs achieved Certification.