The Nursing Congress Orlando 2020

Global Reviews on Next Gen Nursing, Healthcare & Human Well being
Application of 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness for Nursing & Healthcare Professionals



May 28, 2020 SCHEDULE

Conference Hall : CYPRESS ABC
Coffee Break & Networking : MAGNOLIA HALWY
Lunch & Networking : CITRUS B

BREAKFAST: 06:30 am to 08:30 am (For packages only).

08:00 - 09:00



09:00 - 09:15



09:00 - 18:10



09:15 - 09:30



Tilte: Compassionate, Diverse Nursing Leadership - A question of care, quality and safety
Laura Serrant OBE, Head of Nursing Department, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Nursing and healthcare in the 21st century is charged with delivering high quality care within an increasingly diverse society. Much of the policy, practice and research drivers underpinning the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to optimise health equity and improving life chances. In pursuit of this, nursing practice often focuses almost exclusively on meeting the needs of patients, service users and the public. However, recent reports on nursing shortages worldwide, also highlight that compassionate care for patients often occurs in isolation from recognising the needs of the workforce or the nursing profession as a whole - in this regard we do ourselves a dis-service - and in the silent spaces between patient need and workforce responsibilities, we fail to acknowledge the importance of professional leadership as the catalyst to delivering the high quality, equitable and culturally competent care that we all hope for. This presentation will use personal and professional reflections to highlight the importance of culturally competent and compassionate leadership to truly achieving safety and quality in 21st century health care. It explores the challenges and opportunities faced at an individual and professional level in Nursing, looking back at some of the Global health and nursing strategic drivers of the last few years and makes a case for centralising culturally competent, compassionate leadership for the future sustainability of our Nursing profession. 


Laura Serrant is Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing  in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.  Professor Serrant has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was her work in this area which led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to Health Policy. She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England's BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education. Her work has been recognised with numbers awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. In October 2019 she was listed in the top 100 most influential Black people in the UK by the Powerlist 2020. 

09:30 - 10:00



Title : Intentional Happiness: 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness
Elia Gourgouris, Author and President of The Happiness Center, USA

What is Happiness? Aristotle answered this by saying "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence" Happiness is a choice!  However, knowledge without application, is just education, meaning that it takes awareness, effort, and practice, to be happy.

That being said, what inhibits our happiness, and how can nursing practitioners find happiness and fulfillment in their professions, when far too many suffer from profession burn-out, due to the high stress nature of their jobs.  In my keynote, I will address practical tools that are applicable to both them and their patients.  Several factors have a direct impact on our level of life satisfaction and fulfillment, including fear (of change, fear of success, and fear of failure), comparisons, selfishness, the burden of perfectionism, lack of forgiveness (and self-forgiveness), our inner critic, and toxic relationships.  When these mental and emotional roadblocks are removed, our inner joy will be freed from constraints and returned to our awareness.

The 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness reviews several of these roadblocks and provides both principles and “take action exercises” for individuals to learn from, and through its application to ultimately achieve genuine happiness, including:

1st Path: Loving Yourself  a)Personal Brand  b) Perfectionism   c)Inner Critic   d)Comparisons
2nd Path: Gratitude a) Attitude of Gratitude  b)University of Adversity
3rd Path: Forgiveness a)Forgiveness equals freedom b) Self-forgiveness is the key
4th Path: Follow Your Passion a) Getting out of your comfort zone brings growth
5th Path: Nourish Your Spirit a) Faith vs Fear b) Meditation & Purpose
6th Path: Loving relationships a) Love languages  b) Criticisms & Toxic relationships c) Authentic listening  d) Trust
7th Path: Service a) The antidote to selfishness


Elia Gourgouris is an International Keynote Speaker, Happiness and Wellness expert, Executive Coach, and a Leadership Consultant. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness which has now been translated in Spanish, Chinese, and Greek. Dr. Elia is also the President of The Happiness Center –an organization of world-leading experts in the field of Positive Psychology. Together, they have helped thousands of individuals, both personally and professionally to achieve happiness, success, and wellness. The Happiness Center offers Keynote Speaking Engagements and Executive Coaching services to leaders, organizations, and corporations in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He graduated from UCLA and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Finally, he's a partner with Mindcurrent the world's first personalized Energy & Happiness

10:00 - 10:30



Title: Scanning the Horizon: Emerging Evidence in the Pediatric Wound Care 2020
Vita Boyar, Chair of PI Prevention group at CCMC and a Co-Chair of Northwell PU Task
Force, Member, Association for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Advancement of Wound
Care, American Professional Wound Care Association, Newyork, USA 

There is an emerging awareness that hospitalized children and neonates are at risk for multiple cutaneous injuries. More than 40% of children entering our hospitals leave with scars; over 25% are non-intentional secondary to pressure injuries, medical adhesive device related injuries, PIV extravasations, infections, burns and surgical wounds. Over 50% of pediatric pressure injuries are medical-device related, most are avoidable. PIV extravasations are a common and at times, serious complication of neonatal stay. Medical adhesives related skin injuries are on the rise. Technology have advanced pediatric care to new height, but with that came a new wave in skin injuries. A common cause of delayed wound healing/ wound dehiscence is colonization with microbes, often leading to infection. Infection can impede the healing process by inducing a strong systemic and local inflammatory response. Most prevention and treatment protocols are extrapolated from adult practice, despite the fact that many “adults” products are contraindicated in neonates. Studies support the use of non-medicated dressings in managing wound bioburden. Pediatric population is in great need of guidelines, protocols and less harmful treatment. 
This presentation will present an overview of pediatric wound care state in 2020, most common injuries and discuss new, non-toxic products to heal pediatric wounds from actual case presentations as well as offer insight into preventative care and quality improvement in pediatric and neonatal care.


Vita Boyar is a Board-Certified Neonatologist and Certified Wound Specialist Physician, specializing in pediatric and neonatal wound care. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra University Medical School and practices both neonatology and wound care at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Northwell Health System. She combines both specialties as a director of Neonatal Wound Services. Her neonatology research involves safe antimicrobial practice, neonatal skin maturation, respiratory care and devices; as well as Quality Improvement, specializing in pressure injury (PI) reduction. As a chair of PI Prevention group at CCMC and a Co-Chair of Northwell PU Task Force she had implemented numerous protocols, achieving reduction in medical-device related and ECMO related PI. Dr. Boyar is a creator and author of monthly pediatric column for Ostomy, Wound Management and Prevention Journal, “Children with wounds, asking the right questions”. She is a member of the Association for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Advancement of Wound Care, American Professional Wound Care Association and serves as a Trustee of International Society of Pediatric Wound Care.

10:30 - 11:00



11:00 - 11:10


COFFEE and REFRESHMENTS will be served

11:10 - 11:30


Keynote Speaker

Title: Metahabilitation: A Strengths-Based Model of Recovery Promoting Wellness and Resilience for Secondary and Vicarious Survivors

Joyce Mikal-Flynn, USA

Highly stressful professions can bring turmoil, questions and concerns about one’s ability and inner strength, personally and professionally. It is also time to learn who we are and more importantly, who we can be. How does one deal with ongoing challenges productively, finding personal strengths as well as growth brought forth by intense professions and life experiences? What is one’s philosophy and practice supporting wellness, health, healing and growth? These are aspects health care personnel and health care providers must tackle themselves before they are able to assist another. For clinicians, therapists, staff and others providing consumer health, personal wellness is critical and necessary to address. Without appropriate support and assistance anxiety, mental fatigue and dissatisfaction in one’s profession and life can and does occur. Metahabilitation, a strengths-based recovery program, is used for individual survivors of trauma but also for secondary and vicarious survivors of acute and ongoing trauma, such as health care professionals and their staff, that specifically and uniquely encourages and promotes resilience, self-care, and wellness. Additional research revealed the opportunity provided by such professions to find personal strength, greater meaning in life and experience posttraumatic growth (PTG) as a direct result of their work.

Key elements of this presentation include: 1) Scientific evidence supporting the individual’s capacity for resilience and posttraumatic growth (PTG). 2) Research illuminating individual, secondary and vicarious trauma survivor’s skills which support and build resilience, promote self-care, and PTG. 3) Application - utilization of existing personal skills and strengths with specific information demonstrating integration of content to encourage and build resilience, encourage wellness and PTG in one’s professional life.

11:30 - 12:00



Nursing Education, Future Nursing, Nursing Innovation, Nursing Leadership and Management, Healthcare Organizational changes and management, Global Reviews in Nursing, National and International Reviews in Nursing, Clinical Nursing & Nursing Informatics, Women Healthcare, Family Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Advances In Nursing, Men in Nursing, Healthcare and Management, Advances in Nursing: Nursing Technology and Developments, Latest Developments in Nursing and Practices, Healthcare System Leadership and Emergency Nursing

Title: The Transition Experiences of Graduates of a Synchronous Online LPN to RN Program
Debra Hoag, Director & Professor of LPN- ASN Program, Professor in RN-BSN Programs, Fairmont State University, USA

This qualitative case study included a review of the nursing shortage, nursing education, contemporary learners, the LPN and RN, the future of nursing education, online education, and transitions experiences.  These topics defined this study by providing the underpinnings to understand the LPN to RN journey.  According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2014), there will be a need for several hundred thousand registered nurses (RN) by the year 2025.  Understanding contemporary learners requires understanding of contemporary methods of educational delivery.  The LPN often desires to obtain an associate degree in nursing and is choosing online learning as an option for achieving this goal.  The fundamental research question of this case study was, how does synchronous online learning (SOL) influence the transition experiences of the LPN to RN learner.  This single embedded instrumental case study provided information on the transition experiences of synchronous online learners of an accelerated LPN to RN program.  This study had two foci.  The first was SOL as touched upon above and the second was transition experiences.  Seven themes emerged from the analysis of the data.  Three themes emerged related to synchronous online learning. A second theme included the experiences of the learners and their synchronous online journey.  Each transition experience in the SOL journey was unique.  The participants entrusted their personal memories and stories to this study.  Each participant stated that if the next LPN could learn from these shared experiences they might have better understanding of what awaits them in their educational journey.


Debra Hoag is a native of West Virginia.  Her education includes an associate degree of nursing from South Florida Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida Southern College, a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on nursing education from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph. D. in nursing from the University of Phoenix.  Her doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study focusing on the unique learning needs of licensed practical nurses who choose to further their learning by returning to college to complete their associate degree.  The needs of these non-traditional learners are distinctive and personal.  Debra has worked in geriatric nursing, acute and critical care nursing, emergency nursing and triage, obstetrics, dialysis, and community health with a focus on immunizations and school health.  She was the school health supervisor for Polk County Florida.  She has earned the Best Instructor Award from South Florida Community College, the Nursing Excellence Award in School Health Nursing from the Florida Nursing Association District 8, and College Educator of the Year Award from the American Legion Department of West Virginia.  She is currently the Director of the LPN to ASN program at Fairmont State University in West Virginia.  On a personal note her interests include taking care of family and crafting, she loves working with stained glass, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and drawing.  She is active in her community, church, and veterans’ organizations. 

Title: Immersion Experiences in Diverse Settings: Innovative Strategies for Nurse Educators Conference focus: Diversity Strategies for Nursing Education
Sandra “Sam” Brzoza, Roberts Wesleyan College, USA
Sharon Davis, Roberts Wesleyan College, USA

Purpose: Explore an alternative teaching strategy for promoting cultural awareness 
Objectives: The nurse educator will:
•    Integrate awareness of cultural attributes in multiple settings 
•    Determine how to coordinate an immersion transcultural clinical experience for nursing students
•    Examine available practice opportunities with cultural groups in various community settings
•    Examine potential challenges for implementation of the immersion experience

Associate professors brainstormed the idea of working a cultural-awareness opportunity into the Community Health course for senior nursing students. After intense planning with the nursing leaders at the Seneca Nation Heath Center and an Amish Health Care Clinic in Salamanca, NY; these settings were determined to be viable transcultural clinical experiences for students.

A one-day cultural immersion student experience was planned at the Seneca Nation Health Center and an Amish Clinic. Faculty coordinated the experiences with both administration and nursing health-care professionals at the respective sites. Preparation for students included watching the “Unseen Tears” video and listening to faculty’s stories based on Nancy Diekelmann’s Narrative Pedagogy  that illustrated health-belief rituals and practices,  genetic implications, life-style experiences and death rituals for both cultures. The goal of these activities served to highlight nursing roles and responsibilities in the care of the transcultural populations. The podium’s focus will also include the challenges encountered in the planning phase of the cultural immersion experience. 

This experience was evaluated using student reflections. 

Outcomes and Implications:
Evaluating responses to the experience has been ongoing. Several changes have been made to increase the cultural awareness for students of the two cultures. Future plans include designing a descriptive qualitative research study. The research question has been determined: Has the immersion experience increased student cultural awareness and competence? Utilizing the Campinha-Bacote Model, student reflective journals will be designed to determine responses to aspects of the Campinha-Bacote Model. 


Sandra “Sam” Brzoza MS, RN has been in the healthcare and nursing education field for the past 40 years.  Sam brings a wealth of experience in leading and managing healthcare organizational change.  For the past 22, years Sam has been in full-time academic teaching.  Using her administrative hat, Sam directs the RN to BS completion program and serves as an Associate Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY.  Courses that Sam has designed and implemented include a transcultural trip to Cutshin, Kentucky, a community health transcultural experience to the Seneca Nation, and an Amish emersion clinic in New York State.
Sam serves as a consultant for Rural Area Health Education Counsel (R-AHEC) in upstate New York.  Her responsibilities for R-AHEC include coordinating workshops for Healthcare organizations on Leadership topics such as conflict resolution, change management, leadership styles and delegation. Sam has several areas of interest: one of which has led to Sam coordinating a trip for Nursing students to explore sites that illustrate the History of Nursing. Sam resides, with her husband Bill, in Webster, New York.

Sharon Davis MS, RN, CNE is a Nurse Educator who recognizes the importance of the relationships she has developed as a nurse and nursing teacher over the span of 33 years. Her current role as Director of Traditional Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College allows her to build relationships with faculty and students as they work together in the School of Nursing.
Community Health became her passion when as a young nurse she discovered the variety of settings and patients a CHN cares for. Now teaching Community Health to senior Baccalaureate students, she is challenged to develop unique and engaging clinical experiences. Whether it is accompanying a nurse making home visits, washing feet  at a homeless shelter, working with a needle-exchange program, caring for the developmentally disabled, Blind or Visually Impaired, giving care in a hospice house, or traveling to experience peoples from differing cultures, she has found there is much for students to learn about nursing outside of the hospital.
 Sharon also works with RN to BS completion students in their practicum projects and with Master of Nursing Education students in the Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Nursing. She lives with her husband in Bergen, New York and enjoys their 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Title: Knowledge to Action: Developing Clinical Judgment in Nursing
Laura Wallace, Assessment & Evaluation Coordinator Brenau University Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, Gainesville, USA

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has informed nursing education the NCLEX-RN will be changing. This change was prompted by survey results indicating over 50% of nursing errors in hospitals were made by new graduates in their first year as a registered nurse. The underlying cause was cited as poor clinical judgment. Clinical judgment involves organization and prioritization of nursing knowledge and skills into planned nursing actions based on an analysis of the clinical situation. The multifaceted clinical judgment process is the foundation of safe and competent nursing practice. Educators in prelicensure nursing programs are now asked to graduate learners with sound clinical judgment. Skills labs, simulation activities, and acute care clinical hours provide opportunities for learners to develop clinical judgment, but these are not enough. Development of clinical judgment requires active learning classrooms rather than passive learning lectures. Knowledge to Action provides tools for deep learning of the knowledge and skills and clinical scenarios to be used in the active learning classroom. The tools are based on the Blended Nursing and Clinical Judgment Process. Starting with the first nursing course, the evolution of clinical judgment is promoted throughout the remaining curriculum resulting in nursing program and NCLEX-RN success.


Laura Wallace currently has practiced 40 years as a registered nurse. This time includes 35 years as a certified nurse-midwife and 17 years as a nurse educator. She has taught at the patient education, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. Dr Wallace obtained her BSN from Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky. She obtained her nurse-midwifery education and MS from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral work was completed at Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr Wallace is an associate professor at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She continues to teach obstetrics and women’s health and NCLEX-RN preparation. As Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator she is the Learning Coach for students and is involved in program evaluation and curriculum development.

Title: TBA
Michelle Ollivierre-Lawrence, Director of Nursing/ Program Chair at City College, USA

12:00 - 13:40


Lunch Break & Networking Session @ CITRUS A B

13:40 - 14:20



Nursing Education, Pain Management, Simulation in nursing education, Pain Management, Critical Care Nursing, Geriatrics Health Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Nurse Career and Education, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Anesthesia and  PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Community and Home Health Nursing

Title: A System-Based Remediation Algorithm for Nursing Education
Laura J Wallace, Brenau University Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, Gainesville, USA

Nurse educators have been looking for an elusive set of pre-licensure nursing program admission criteria leading to a zero attrition rate since nursing education left the hospitals and moved into the collegiate setting. Should face-to-face interviews or essays be required? What is the minimum GPA to guarantee not just program completion, but passing NCLEX the very first time? Should programs require a minimum score on a standardized nursing admission test and what should the score be? A meta-analysis of the literature revealed multiple best practices in basic RN pre-licensure program remediation leading to decrease in attrition rates and increase in NCLEX-RN first time pass rate success. When successful nursing programs were researched, integration of multiple best practices were used to maintain low attrition and high NCLEX-RN first time pass rates. The proactive System-Based Remediation Algorithm for Nursing Education provides a guideline using specific learner attributes to identify at risk students at multiple stages when enrolled in the nursing program. The algorithm also identifies the best practices to integrate at the course, semester, or end of program level. It is an algorithm supporting a learning centered curriculum and program success based on active learning strategies integrated throughout the curriculum, student remediation using metacognitive learning tool construction, individualized student support and study plans, and problem-solving activities aimed at developing clinical judgment. After implementing the algorithm, the data for one BSN prelicensure program resulted in a decrease in attrition rate (from 20 to 10 %) and an increase in the first time NCLEX-RN pass rate (from 72 to 93 %) over four years.


Laura Wallace currently has practiced 40 years as a registered nurse. This time includes 35 years as a certified nurse-midwife and 17 years as a nurse educator. She has taught at the patient education, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. Dr Wallace obtained her BSN from Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky. She obtained her nurse-midwifery education and MS from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral work was completed at Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr Wallace is an associate professor at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She continues to teach obstetrics and women’s health and NCLEX-RN preparation. As Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator she is the Learning Coach for students and is involved in program evaluation and curriculum development.

Title: Mental health nursing: the next generation supports human well-being
Wendy Laupu, James Cook University, Australia

Background: Momentous changes to global research funding are prompting a greater emphasis on work examining human well-being through the life span. In the area of mental health, nutritional psychiatry is promoting this approach to care, for quality of life. 

Aim: This update of recent advances in nutritional psychiatry synthesises the available information and aims to provide nurses with mental health literacy. This information is pertinent to community nursing care across the mental health, paediatric, public health, rural and remote sectors. The objective of this presentation is to deliver information that will enable these nurses to support and potentially empower people to see the need for investing in the care of their brain.   

Findings: A century of data points to poor eating patterns in psychosis and mood disturbances. This is indicative of an underlying inability to meet the brain’s energy and oxygen requirements. Chronic deficits in glucose or oxygen promote adaptation after three weeks. However, consistent disruptions to lipid and energy metabolism lead to progressive changes to neuron activity. Psychosis and mood disturbances are an epigenetic manifestation of this process. 

Discussion: This presentation identified patterns of behaviour and identified groups of people at risk of developing a mental disorder. It describes what nutrients the brain requires, food containing high levels of these nutrients, how to reverse initial indices of mental disorders and what can be done for people with chronic psychosis or mood disturbances. 
All in all, the next generation of mental health nurses are likely to see an increasing emphasis on brain well-being for quality of life. However, this information is not the domain of mental health nurses alone.


Wendy Laupu Ph.D BNSc is a Registered Nurse who lives in Queensland, Australia. Her research interests span brain disorders. She has previously documented a cleaning regimen for residual protein deposits on reusable Anaesthetic and surgical equipment; to reduce the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Since 2008, Wendy has taken a neurobiological, then nutritional psychiatric approach to investigating psychosis and mood disturbances. She has current clinical experience in Australian mental health services and membership In the World Federation for Mental Health and Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocates.
Title: TBA
Iris Berryhill, Nova-southeastern-university,USA

Title: Impact of Color Therapy/Chromo-therapy Based Interventions on Professional Quality of Life in Intensive Care Unit Nurses: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Haleh Ghavami, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Objectives: Professional quality of life (Pro QOL) comprises two aspects: compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. Although intensive care unit (ICU) nurses obtain professional satisfaction from their work, their repeated exposure to the aftermath of critical illness puts them at high risk for compassion fatigue, a phenomenon with signs and symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. This study aimed to investigate the impact of color therapy/chromo-therapy based interventions on professional quality of life in ICU nurses.

Methods: In this randomized clinical trial 80 nurses in ICU were assigned into two groups (experimental and control). A demographic form and Pro QOL questionnaire used for data collection. The interventions for experimental ICU included; changing color of decoration in experimental ICU, providing a mobile cover, and a pencil case, for each of experimental group nurses; based on the principles of color therapy. In addition, three educational sessions on color therapy were held and then participants received individualized consulting sessions weekly on color therapy applying in their personal life for 3 months. Furthermore, checklists of color therapy that filled by participants in experimental group, reviewed by the researcher and feedback given to them weekly.

Results: Applying color therapy increased Pro QOL score in all of its dimensions (satisfaction of compassion, fatigue due to compassion, and secondary post-traumatic stress) in the experimental group (p<0.05). 

Conclusion: Color therapy may enhance Pro QOL in ICU nurses. Interventions such as color therapy can be implemented easily to combat compassion fatigue, and secondary post-traumatic stress in ICU nurses.

Keywords: Color therapy, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, nurse, stress disorders


Haleh Ghavami has completed her Doctoral education in Surgical Nursing from Istanbul University’s Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty (20 March 2015). She received her Master of Medical Surgical Nursing Education from Tarbiat Modares University. She is an assistant professor of Nursing and Midwifery Faculty /Urmia University of Medical Sciences in Iran since 4 years ago. She has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals and she is serving as head of the Student Research Committee of Nursing and Midwifery Faculty of Urmia University of Medical Sciences. Her research interests are in the area of improving health related quality a life, healthy lifestyle, diabetic neuropathy, complementary therapy, and symptom management in cancer patients.

Title: A Universal Need for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nursing & Healthcare Professionals Curriculums as Integrative Healthcare Evolves

Lashanda Brumfield, Piedmont College, USA

The growing consumer demand for complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) in health care has had an effect on all health professionals.  Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is defined as a large and diverse set of systems of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention based on philosophies and techniques other than those used in conventional Western medicine.  Such interventions may be described as alternative, existing as a body separate from and as a replacement for conventional means of treatment, even though many are still debatable.  And the fact stands that our patients are utilizing CAM services more frequently than before without consulting their healthcare providers.  The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has increased within healthcare settings across the United States.  Numerous ongoing studies focuses on exploring the potential benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations; including pain management, relief of symptoms in cancer patients and survivors, and programs to promote healthy behaviors.   Research on the potential value of these integrative programs are in the early stages, some studies have had promising results.  For this vary cause, healthcare professionals should be more than prepared for this trending transition, but have yet to express a comfort in being prepared to advise patients on CAM services.  In a recent descriptive quantitative study that I conducted among Mississippi nurses, results highlighted the fact that Mississippi nurses felt unprepared in CAM education when communicating with their patients.  Our findings also highlighted the associations between Mississippi nurses “feeling comfortable talking to their patients about CAM” and nurses attending a higher education institution within the state of Mississippi of which none of the nursing programs offered CAM within their curriculum.  This study shine light on the need of higher education institutions to revisit curricula to fit the continuously changing healthcare system and the popularity of CAM among patients. 


Lashanda Brumfield is a native of Mississippi with a B. S. in Therapeutic Recreation & Minor in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s in Public Health from Jackson State University, and a Doctoral in Clinical Health Sciences from University of Mississippi Medical Center.  Lashanda worked in the field of Mental as a Certified Recreation Therapist and a Certified Health Educator for 19 years Health (specializing in Adventure/Experimental Therapy in Substance Abuse Recovery, Behavioral Intervention Among Adolescent & Children, and Leisure Programming for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities), before transitioning to academia.  She has been named Who’s Who among Women in Business and Among Professionals in Healthcare.  She is a published author and professional presenter.  Her research interest includes Healthcare Disparities, The Use of and Communication of the Use of Complementary Medicine in Patient Services, Culture Diversity Among Healthcare Service Providers (Communication Barriers), The Stigma of Depression and Anxiety Among Different Ethnicities, Evolution of Mental Health Services, Prayer & Spirituality in a Healthy Lifestyle, & Addictive Behaviors.  She currently works at Piedmont College in Demorest Georgia as an Assistant Professor if Health Sciences.  She enjoys life, family, & her relationship God. 

14:20 - 16:25


COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS will be served

16:25 - 16:45


Session Continues

Title: Correlational study measuring nursing empowerment and nurse faculty job satisfaction
Susan L. King,

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reported one-third of the current national nursing workforce is older than 50 and will reach retirement age over the next 10-15 years. Maryland is one of sixteen states projected to experience a shortage of RN’s by 20205 (HRSA, 2014). Identifying factors leading to job satisfaction is the first step in stabilizing work environments and attracting nurses for careers in higher learning. The purpose of this descriptive, correlational research is to investigate the extent to which variations in nurse faculty empowerment (opportunity, information, resources, support, and formal and informal power) corresponded with variations in job satisfaction (people, work, pay, opportunity, and supervision). In 2016, the researcher conducted foundational research in the area of job satisfaction of nurse faculty. Kanter’s (1983) model of organizational empowerment served as the theoretical foundation of the foundational research. The researcher administered an online questionnaire using Survey Monkey® to collect data from a convenience sample of over 300 faculty employed full-time in 17 campuses across a private-sector national college of nursing.  Two valid and reliable research tools were combined in one survey to measure nurse faculty empowerment and job satisfaction. Descriptive statistics including means and standard deviations, examined the facets of the CWEQ-II Workplace empowerment tool as well as the aJDI tool measuring job satisfaction. The results of the foundational research supported organizational change and a reduction in nurse faculty turnover, changes in employee orientation, and recruitment referrals from current faculty. A call to action to supports further exploration of this topic to retain the current nurse faculty and recruit new faculty as the current workforce retires from their Universities.  

Title: TBA
Donna Hartz,
Charles Darwin University, Australia

Title: TBA
Ana (Ana Moreira) Williams,
Neurology and Neuro Diagnistics LLC, USA

Title: Improve practice and patient outcomes by equipping nurses with evidence-based education on the phenotypic expression of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention-deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD) in women

Brynne Calleran, USA

Purpose: Improve practice and patient outcomes by equipping nurses with evidence-based education on the phenotypic expression of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention-deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD) in women. Summary: Despite equal prevalence, women with ADHD/ADD, compared to men, are diagnosed at a ratio of approximately 1 to 31. Entrenched referral/diagnostic bias heightens the risk of delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or lack of diagnosis entirely2. Delayed treatment, for decades or lifetimes, sets women up for dangerously poorer outcomes3. DESCRIPTION: ADHD/ADD diagnostic criteria were largely developed from samples of male children and fail to sufficiently capture the female ADHD/ADD phenotype4. Women are more likely to experience inattentive and/or internalizing symptoms. Because (1) externalizing behaviors drive referrals, and (2) outward symptom severity drives diagnosis, women are far less likely to be diagnosed5. Ironically, research suggests women are more impaired by ADHD/ADD6. VALIDATION: ADHD/ADD women, compared to men, show significantly higher rates of comorbid mood/anxiety disorders. Comorbid depression in women emerges earlier in life, recurs more frequently, and is symptomatically more severe. Nearly half of all ADHD/ADD women will consider suicide. ADHD/ADD women face greater intellectual impairment, perceived mental health impairment, and mortality rates7. Relevance: Failing to recognize ADHD/ADD symptoms in women leads to significant under treatment and poorer outcomes8. As patient advocates, it’s critically important we improve our understanding of ADHD/ADD in women in order to provide high-quality, potentially lifesaving, nursing care. Future Implications: Though research is beginning to explore gender differences in ADHD/ADD symptomology and neurobiology, women remain largely neglected in the literature9. A paradigm shift in our understanding of ADHD/ADD in women is needed.

Presentation Summary (49 words) A paradigm shift in our understanding of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention-deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD) in women is needed. Failure to recognize phenotypic gender differences can lead to significant undertreatment and poorer outcomes. As a female PMH-RN diagnosed at age 30, this session will be presented from an academic, professional, and personal perspective.

Brynne Calleran MSN, BSN, BS, NE-BC, IN-BC, PMH/RN-BC is a Nurse Educator at Gracie Square Hospital and Clinical Nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division. She is a Board Officer for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA’s) New York Chapter and a Program Facilitator for APNA's Suicide Risk Assessment & Management Program. She was recently appointed to APNA’s Personality Disorders/Cluster-B Task Force Steering Committee and is the 2019 recipient of APNA’s Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. Brynne led the development of NewYork-Presbyterian’s Nursing Suicide Risk Inventory, the world’s first nursing suicide risk clinical-decision-support-tool for inpatient psychiatry. She is a 2016 recipient of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Award and is recognized as a Sigma Theta Tau Community Nurse Leader. Brynne received her MSN in Informatics from Western Governors University, her BSN from Binghamton University, and her BS in Human Development (Social/Personality Psychology) from Cornell University.


Title: Using ipad technology with psychometric software for testing competency skills for Nurse Practitioner students? 
Donna Faye McHaney,
Dr. Susan L. Davis, RN & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University, USA

16:45 - 18:50



May 29, 2020 SCHEDULE

Conference Hall : CYPRESS ABC
Coffee Break & Networking : MAGNOLIA HALWY
Lunch & Networking : CITRUS B

BREAKFAST: 06:30 am to 08:30 am (For packages only)

08:00 - 09:00



09:15 - 18:30


International Workshop

Title: Application of 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness for Nursing & Healthcare Professionals

Workshop Chair:
Elia Gourgouris Author and President of The Happiness Center, USA
International Keynote Speaker, Happiness and Wellness expert, Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant, USA”

09:00 - 11:00




11:00 - 11:20



Nurse Practitioners, OB/GYN and Women’s Health Nursing, Nursing and Organ Donation, Palliative Care, Patient Care and Safety, Pediatrics/Neonatal Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing, Gynecology and Obstetrics Nursing, Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, Nephrology and Urology Nursing, Nursing and Healthcare, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, Emergency and Ambulatory Care Nursing

Title: TBA
Michelle Ollivierre-Lawrence, Director of Nursing/ Program chair at City College, USA”

Title: TBA
Ponrathi Athilingam, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, USA

Title: Nursing Entrepreneurship
Sylette Debois, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, CEO, Nursing First LLC, USA

Title: Development team were recruited and how the National training programme has evolved over time into a modular programme for Specialist Nurses Organ-Donation
Olive & Miller Cathy, NHS, UK

11:20 - 13:00


Lunch Break & Networking Session @ CITRUS A B

13:00 - 14:00



Sessions: Cardiac Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Oncology Nursing, Holistic Nursing, Clinical Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Family Nursing, Dental Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Advances In Nursing, Men in Nursing, Healthcare Workplace Violence, Evidence-Based Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Midwifery and Womens Health, Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

14:00- 14:25 
Title: TBA
Melody Taylor, President of Black Nurses Rock-Orlando, USA

14:25- 14:50 
Title: TBA
Vivienne Friday, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, Goodwin College, USA

14:50- 15:15 
Title: International Symposium on “Frailty”
Chantel Cox, Bournemouth University, UK

15:15- 15:40 
Title: Fake it Til You Make It: Clinical Simulation in Prelicensure Students
Melanie Miller, Rappahannock Community College, USA

Clinical experiences are becoming harder to find for prelicensure students. Many sites are limiting the number of students allowed as well as what skills, if any the student is permitted to perform.  Simulation is being utilized to fill this void.  Simulation manikins can be from task trainers, as are the manikins for foley insertion to high-fidelity manikins where physiologic parameters can change.  Standardized patients are also utilized. State Boards of Nursing have been approached to determine how many hours can be substituted for actual clinical experiences.  Simulation allows students to care for patients with pathophysiologies that they might not experience due to low-incidence, make decisions regarding patient care based on assessment findings, or practice skills. Critical thinking is promoted.  With simulation,  students can see the outcome of their treatment decision in real time as it can either positively or negatively affect the patient. This can make a profound impression on the student providing care.

Title: The Newborn Assessment-From Textbook To Tool
Melanie Johnson

Maternal-newborn nursing is a considered a specialty area of the hospital where nursing students, nursing professionals, physicians, and nursing assistants take care of expectant mothers and their infants.  The newborn assessment can be a very daunting and anxiety producing task to any healthcare professional new to the area of maternal-newborn nursing or any nursing student who steps onto an obstetrical or postpartum floor for their first clinical rotation.  This tool is a simple, up-to-date, and easy to read reference tool designed to guide the healthcare practitioner system-by-system when assessing the newborn infant.  A comprehensive and visual look at the newborn assessment in a tool that will aid in the complete and thorough assessment of the newborn patient. 

14:00 - 16:05



16:05 - 16:20


Session Continues

Title: TBA
Racquel Vera-McLean,
Nova Southeastern University, USA

Title:Hispanic Culture And Healthcare In The United States:  One Person’s Perspective
Melanie Johnson, USA

Culturally competent care in the United States? There are approximately 60.4 million people of Hispanic origin living the United States today.  This population is the largest minority population in our country and many healthcare providers will come in contact with persons of this culture when providing care. This population is rich in tradition and religious foundation often guiding healthcare beliefs and health practices in the home.  Cultural beliefs, and religious affiliation, in conjunction with barriers to healthcare such as lack of access to care, healthcare provider unfamiliarity with the culture, perception of care, and language are all factors that deter people of this culture from getting medical help and attention when needed.  The purpose of this article is to familiarize the reader with some common beliefs and traditions in the Hispanic culture as seen through the eyes of a person of this culture and to fortify the need for all healthcare providers and nurses in the U.S. to become culturally competent not only the Hispanic culture, but all the cultures they provide care for.  Culturally competent providers can breakdown barriers to healthcare by providing a more comfortable and accessible environment for the Hispanic client thus changing their perception of that care in the future with an optimal goal of decreasing incidences of chronic illness and improving health outcomes. 


Title: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health is Essential to Ensuring Positive Health Outcomes
Michael L. Jones, USA

The purpose of this presentation is to define the Social Determinants of Health and to discuss the importance of addressing them through the lens of ensuring positive patient outcomes. Given the many health issues we face in our nation, especially in rural areas, we must begin to address healthcare through also addressing the Social Determinants of Health. As healthcare providers what appears to us many times as we provide health care to patients, is a small symptom of a larger problem. To ensure positive patient outcomes, we must begin to pull back the layers to truly understand the underlying cause of why patients have negative health outcomes. Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare and we have an important role to play. This presentation will dissect each Social Determinant of Health and discuss ways in which nurses can ensure positive patient outcomes. 


Michael L. Jones has practiced as a Registered Nurse for approximately 20 years, which includes his time as an Orthopedic and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation nurse. Mr. currently serves as Associate Vice President for Health Plan Operations for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi. He has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in nursing and healthcare administration courses. He obtained his BSN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a Master of Science Degree from University of Phoenix. He is currently a Doctoral student in the Hampton University School of Nursing. 

Title: Nursing Education
Quinn T Lacey,
LSU Health New Orleans, USA

16:20 - 18:00




18:00 - 18:30




May 30, 2020 SCHEDULE

Conference Hall : CYPRESS ABC
Coffee Break & Networking : MAGNOLIA HALWY
Lunch & Networking : CITRUS B


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