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Penn State Children’s Hospital Nursing Conference

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

Internet Live Course

This training will be offered as a live online course, with details provided to registered participants in advance of the event.

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Participants are saying
“Really enjoyed the content, which included how I could change my current practice to benefit patients now.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

This program is designed to provide nurses with information on a variety of topics related to pediatric nursing and will explore the unique aspects of children who require nursing care in a range of settings – acute, ambulatory, neonatal and critical care. Our breakout sessions are structured to be personally customized and include an inpatient and outpatient track.


Innovation, Inspiration and Celebration.

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
  • 8 a.m. | OPENING PLENARY
    Developing a Flexible Mindset for Navigating Change

    Amanda Hulse

    • Recognize and describe the need for change in the healthcare environment.
    • Identify your behavior and actions toward change.
    • Discuss the issues causing resistance to change and how to overcome them.
    • Describe the individual change process and the underlying concepts of change management.
Concurrent Session 1
  • 9 a.m. | 1A INPATIENT TRACK
    DNI: Types of Non-invasive Ventilation, Interfaces Utilized, and Benefits of Each

    Jennifer Erkinger, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, C-NPT

    • Describe the benefits of non-invasive ventilation.
    • List the different types of non-invasive ventilation and interfaces available.
  • 9 a.m. | 1B OUTPATIENT TRACK
    Interview Techniques

    Amanda Kells, MSN, RN, CNML
    Jenny L.N. Rex, MSN, RN

    • Identify common pitfalls during interview questioning.
    • Illustrate how to articulate behavior modification from learning moments in past experiences.
  • 10 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
Concurrent Session 2
  • 10:30 a.m. | 2A INPATIENT TRACK
    Risk Mitigation Strategies for Documentation

    Kay Makin, CPHRM, CPPS

    • Summarize risk mitigation strategies with respect to nursing documentation.
    • Discuss purpose of documentation in the medical record.
  • 10:30 a.m. | 2B OUTPATIENT TRACK
    Suicide Assessment and Management

    Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, MD, DFAACAP

    • Review new suicide prevention guidelines.
    • Perform the critical components of a safety assessment for a youth expressing suicidal ideation.
  • 11:30 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
Concurrent Session 3
  • 12:15 p.m. | 3A INPATIENT TRACK
    Care of the Plastic Surgery Patient

    Jeffrey M. Fornadley, MD

    • Review differences and variations of flaps and grafts.
    • Identify complications of flaps, and when an intervention may be indicated.
  • 12:15 p.m. | 3B OUTPATIENT TRACK
    Finding the Rainbow in the Storm: Turning Pediatric Trauma Experiences into Injury Prevention Initiatives to Keep Kids Safe

    Amy Bollinger, BSN, RN, TCRN
    Emmy Sasala, MEd, CPSTI

    • Recommend ways to engage community stakeholders to increase reach.
    • Identify top five mechanisms of injury and corresponding injury prevention programs within South Central PA.
Concurrent Session 4
  • 1:15 p.m. | 4A INPATIENT TRACK
    SARS CoV-2: Inpatient Management with a Focus on Pediatrics

    Patrick J. Gavigan, MD

    • Describe the clinical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in pediatrics.
    • Compare how COVID-19 and MIS-C are diagnosed and potential limitations of diagnostic tests.
  • 1:15 p.m. | 4B OUTPATIENT TRACK
    Take a Deep Breath: Trachs Made Easy

    Robin Kingston, MSN, CRNP, CPNP

    • Describe reasons why children require tracheostomy tubes.
    • List the various types of tracheostomy tubes.
    • Discuss the care of a child with a tracheostomy tube.
    • Discuss basic ventilator settings and alarms.
  • 2:15 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:45 p.m. | CLOSING PLENARY
    Selfcare: The Elephant in the Room

    Kelly D. Holder, PhD

    • Describe the role that selfcare plays in wellness.
    • Identify challenging themes that prevent self-care.
    • Recommend ways to practically meet those challenges.
  • 3:45 p.m. | Adjournment

Course Director & Committee Chair

Kaela Appleman, PhD, RN, CPN, CPPS
Clinical Practice Nurse Leader
Penn State Children’s Hospital


April Adley, MHA, BSN, RN, CNML

Leah Holmberg, MSN, RN, CPN

Misti Ilgenfritz, BSN, RN, CCRN

Lauren Libhart, BSN, RN

Marie Reed, MEd, BSN, RN

Debra Rovito, MSN, RN, CPN


Amy Bollinger, BSN, RN, TCRN
Program Manager, Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Erkinger, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, C-NPT
Respiratory Clinical Specialist
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Respiratory Care/Pediatrics
Penn State Health

Participants are saying
“I thought this conference was excellent. The speakers were outstanding and the topics varied and were interesting.”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Jeffrey M. Fornadley, MD
Surgical Resident (PGY-5)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Patrick J. Gavigan, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kelly D. Holder, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Chief Wellness Officer at Warren Albert Medical School
Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychologist Services
Brown University

Amanda Hulse
Organizational Development Specialist
Penn State Health Human Resources

Amanda Kells MSN, RN, CNML
Nurse Manager
Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Robin Kingston, MSN, CRNP, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Kay Makin, CPHRM, CPPS
Director, Risk Management
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, MD, DFAACAP
Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Depression Program
Associate Site Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry Children’s Services
Associate Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Collaborative Care Program
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health

Jenny L.N. Rex, MSN, RN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Nursing Education and Professional Development
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Emmy Sasala, MEd, CPSTI
Pediatric Injury Prevention Health Educator
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Penn State Children’s Hospital



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Participants are saying
“National speaker (Bill Coon) was excellent!”
2019 attendee, in-person event

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been approved for 6 nursing continuing professional development hours. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Fee is $60 per person and includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at

Registrations received after Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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