3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, September 16

General Session: Sickle Cell Disease: Pathophysiology, Pain, and Prevention of Problems (103)

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most common inherited hemoglobinopathy in the United States; the etiology is a DNA mutation that results in the different amino acids at position 6 of the beta-globin chain, where valine is produced instead of glutamine. The sickling of the red blood cell sets off a cascade of pathology. Vaso occlusion causing ischemia to almost every body system accounts for the majority of morbidity and is the etiology of acute pain episodes. Acute pain episodes account for the majority of health care utilization by this population.

9:45 am – 10:45 am Friday, September 16

Next Generation Patient Safety: Keeping Nurses Safe Too (212)

Nursing is a dangerous profession. Nurses are at risk for physical, emotional, and legal consequences, which may manifest in various concerning ways. Compared with the general population, the rate of completed suicide is double for nurses and considerably higher than other healthcare workers. Many nurses experience occupational violence committed by patients, families, or even colleagues. Much of the abuse goes unreported. Read more...
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Friday, September 16

It's All About the Messaging-Pediatric Palliative Care and Communication (218)

Each year, approximately 16,800 children are diagnosed with cancer. With this diagnosis comes both the hope for a cure and the fear of death. Both hope and fear require our attention and understanding. Children diagnosed with cancer need skilled intradisciplinary treatment teams that provide guidance and support in decisions related to therapy modalities aimed at treating the cancer. Aiming for cure is the hope of all children and families facing a cancer diagnosis. Goals of therapy become very important to designing the best treatment for the child.


The Three C's Challenge — Crucial and Compassionate Conversations (005)

Communication is an integral part of all nursing interactions. It is the way we give and receive information to guide patient care, decision making and respond to difficult situations. Challenging and crucial conversations happen when stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. When this occurs, we have an opportunity to engage compassionately with our patients and each other. Our responses in these challenging situations will effect outcomes, both positively and negatively. Developing a toolkit of ways to critically examine the facts, emotions, communication patterns and responses will enable nurses to respond compassionately to facilitate information exchange in effective ways and mitigate our own emotions in crucial conversations. This pre conference will provide an opportunity to learn and practice practical communication skills to support patients and families and as well as each other.

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