This conference includes a variety of topics in the spotlight of critical care nursing. The program highlights advances in critical care, complex patient assessment, innovations in patient management, evidence-based best practices and future directions of critical care. Over 20 exhibitors will be present displaying the latest critical care technology, educational and professional opportunities.
Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
1. Incorporate sophisticated assessment skills into the care of complicated critically ill patients.
2. Identify nursing strategies to improve the outcomes of patients undergoing cutting edge management of complex disease processes.
3. Integrate an understanding of expanded nursing roles in the care of patients, their families and significant others.
4. Describe recent technological advances and the impact on critical care nursing practice.
5. Incorporate strategies for promoting patient safety and evidenced-based practice in direct patient care.
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS
“The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 01036. This program has been approved for a total of 7.20 Contact Hours, File Number 00019828“.
GWAC and AACN Membership must be current at time of registration to receive discount. You can check the status of your membership by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join/renew your membership at www.gwac-aacn.org.
REGISTRATION, TICKET TRANSFERS AND CANCELLATIONS
Early bird registration must be paid by Saturday, September 24, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Cancellation must be made to Mizpah Amados by email at email@example.com or by phone at (703) 475-9365 by October 01, 2016 to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be generated after Saturday, October 01, 2016. Registration may be transferred with approval after payment is received in full and request is submitted by Saturday, October 08, 2016.
The student rate is available to nursing students without an active RN license. Must show student ID on the day of the conference. Email Mizpah Amados at firstname.lastname@example.org for promo code.
All poster presenters must contact Sonia Astle for guidelines at: email@example.com. Abstract submission deadline for discount registration is October 1, 2016.
Abstracts should be <300 words and submitted to either one of two categories: Research and Evidenced-based Solutions (formerly known as Creative Solutions). One poster presenter per poster is eligible for discounted conference rate - in the case where there are multiple presenters listed: please indicate which presenter will receive the discounted rate. Presenters will be notified by October 5, 2016 of poster acceptance. Posters may be presented in one place or several places. Total length of poster should not exceed 6 feet. Posters must be easily attached to mounting boards with pins.
PARKING AND COMMUTING
Parking is free and is in GARAGE E. You may enter the Belcher Pavilion from the parking garage on the Ground Level and 2nd Floor only. Once inside the Belcher Pavilion there will be signs directing guests to take the elevator to the 7th Floor.
There are 2 separate elevators. One elevator in the parking garage and another elevator inside the Belcher Pavilion. The address for the parking garage is 2000 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Lecture outlines will be available at www.gwac-aacn.org after Saturday, October 15, 2016.
When & Where
Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN
Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC), is one of the largest and most active local chapters of AACN. Founded in 1974, GWAC recently celebrated our 40th anniversary as a chapter. In 2011, our chapter won three Excellence Awards: Leadership Development, Educational Programming, and Chapter Community Education and Public Service. In 2006 and 2010, our chapter won the AACN President's Award for Chapters—a distinguished award category recognizing the chapters that best exemplify the association's annual theme—with successful nominees demonstrating how the chapter was inspired by that year's Presidential theme.
Our membership consists of nurses and student nurses who care for critically ill patients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and northern Virginia. Many of our members work in critical care, but others work on telemetry units, stepdown units, post-anesthesia recovery areas, emergency departments, and in a variety of other settings. We are united by the goal of providing the very best, evidence-based care to patients and their families.
There are many ways to become involved in your local AACN Chapter. Our premiere conference, Spotlight on Critical Care, is attended by hundreds of acute and critical care nurses from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Our spring conference, Spotlight on Advanced Practice Nursing, is hosted to support our Advanced Practice colleagues. Dinner meetings are very popular functions, and there are also many opportunities to volunteer through varied community service activities.
These activities provide a forum to network, to share and to renew one's spirit in the future of professional nursing in the specialty of critical care.