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29th Annual Neuroscience Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, 2023

Hershey Lodge

325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

More about the location

The Hershey Country Club Clubhouse has experienced significant damage from a water pipe break and is unable to host our event in March 2023. This activity will be held at the Hershey Lodge. Registrants can find more details in their available activity handouts.


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Conference ID

J6841-23-Y

Purpose/Overview

Participants are saying
“As always, you presented excellent clinically based and relevant course content that can be immediately applied to practice. Speakers are leaders in their fields, presenting not only practical information but the research to back it up. Thank you.”
2022 Participant

This program is designed for nurses and health care professionals caring for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. The presentations offer a blend of information on both adult and pediatric patients. All participants should find this to be a particularly rewarding conference, highlighted by nationally known, dynamic speakers. A continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine in cooperation with the Susquehanna Valley of Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Agenda and Objectives

Thursday, March 30, 2023

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Blood Vessel, Blood Vessel, What Do You Do? (Stroke Credit) (Trauma Credit)
    Melissa Moreda, MSN APRN, ACCNS-AG, CDCES, CNRN, SCRN

    Objectives
    • Identify the symptoms of the anterior cerebral vasculature.
    • Identify the symptoms of the posterior cerebral vasculature.
    • Construct a visual identifying the symptoms of the anterior and posterior cerebral circulation lesions.
  • 9:15 a.m. | A Whirlwind Tour of American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA): How To Perform and Interpret the ASIA Exam (Trauma Credit)
    Michael Kryger, MD

    Objectives
    • Outline the different elements tested in the ASIA Exam.
    • Explain how to score an ASIA exam and interpret the results.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors in Aztec Room
  • 10:45 a.m. | Status Epilepticus
    Kristen Fulton, MSN, AGACNP-BC

    Objectives
    • Explain the urgency of status epilepticus treatment.
    • Identify emergent treatment strategy for status epilepticus.
    • List in step-wise fashion antiepileptic drugs (AED) appropriate for the treatment of status epilepticus.
    • Recognize appropriate AED dosing as well as consider side effect profile, interactions and monitoring needs.
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in Aztec Room
  • 1 p.m. | Developing Your Home Care “Toolbox” To Encourage Independence in the Home (Stroke Credit)
    Arlisa Hoover, OTR/L

    Objectives
    • Identify a repertoire of ideas, resources and equipment recommendations for building independence in the home within the scope of neurological conditions.
    • Educate both caregivers and patients on adaptations and problem-solving to become better advocates for themselves.
  • 2 p.m. | The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Neurologic Diseases (Stroke Credit)
    Heidi Maloni, PhD, ANP- BC, CNRN, MSCN

    Objectives
    • Describe immune system alterations and implications leading to neurologic consequences of coronavirus infection.
    • Discuss the short- and long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection in neurologic patients.
    • Recognize strategies to sustain the best outcomes for neurologic patients living in a pandemic-changed world.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors in Aztec Room
  • 3:15 p.m. | Brain Death: Challenges, Mimics and Confounding Factors (Trauma Credit)
    Richard Arbour, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCTC, FAAN, FCCM

    Objectives
    • Evaluate confounding factors in brain death, including spinal reflexes, ventilator auto-triggering and therapeutic hypothermia.
    • Articulate a plan of care for apnea testing in specialized circumstances, including patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy.
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Friday, March 31, 2023

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8 a.m. | Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | A Review of Pediatric Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) Cases (Stroke Credit)
    David Wilkinson, MD

    Objectives
    • Contrast SAH in children to that in adults.
    • Describe the decision points involved in treatment selection.
  • 9:15 a.m. | Deep Brain Simulation for the Odd Man Out – Dystonia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    James McInerney, MD

    Objectives
    • Discuss the use of deep brain stimulation in low-volume, high-risk populations.
    • Review targeting for obsessive-compulsive disorders, dystonia, Tourette syndrome, and other psychiatric disorders.
    • Analyze the current outcomes for these populations based on the most recent evidence available.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors in Aztec Room
  • 10:45 a.m. | Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis and Vertebral Compression Fractures (Trauma Credit)
    Akash Agarwal, MD, FAANS

    Objectives
    • Explain how to diagnose and treat osteoporosis.
    • Outline treatment options for vertebral compression fractures.
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch in Picard Aztec Room
  • 1 p.m. | Community Reintegration: It’s More Than Just the Med List and Appointments (Stroke Credit)
    Nancy Lokey, RN, CRRN, CBIS
    Margaret (Peg) Kanzleiter, CTRS

    Objectives
    • List the common areas of community reintegration that are often overlooked.
    • Identify the community resources and adaptive events available for patients with physical limitations.
  • 2 p.m. | Support Groups: Little Known Facts (Stroke Credit)
    Panel:
    Mike Cammer
    Kelsey Fanelli, MS, CCC-SLP
    Melissa Kneasel, MS, OTR/L
    Shannon Orehek, LSW

    Objectives
    • Share support group resources and services.
    • Describe the challenges of support groups during the pandemic.
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors in Aztec Room
  • 3:15 p.m. | Medical Marijuana and Neuroscience Patients (Stroke Credit) (Trauma Credit)
    Jeanie Luciano, MSN, RN, CNRC, SCRN, CRNP, FAHA
  • 4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Course Director

Kevin Cockroft, MD, MSc
Professor, Interim Chair and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health

Committee

Participants are saying
“What an amazing breadth of topics covered. All relevant. All informative and engaging.…. Well done. On par with national conferences.”
2022 Participant

Sandra J. Brettler, MSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neurosurgery
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Carrie Dunkle, BSN, RN, CRRN
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Susquehanna Valley Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses Representative

Stacy Snyder
Continuing Medical Education, Education Program Specialist
Penn State College of Medicine

Presenters

Participants are saying
“Excellent group working in this difficult time. From a participant view-point all looked like it went well – kudos.”
2021 Participant

Akash Agarwal, MD, FAANS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Drexel University College of Medicine
Attending Neurosurgeon
Allegheny Health Network-Forbes Hospital

Richard Arbour, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCTC, FAAN, FCCM
Critical Care/Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist
Temple University Hospital
Temple University Health System

Mike Cammer
Board Member
National Ataxia Foundation

Kelsey Fanelli, MS, CCC-SLP
Aphasia Support Group Coordinator
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Kristen Fulton, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Neuroscience Critical Care Unit
Neurosurgery Department
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Arlisa Hoover, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Registered and Licensed
Department of Therapy Services – Adults and Pediatrics
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Margaret (Peg) Kanzleiter, CTRS
Recreational Therapist
Outpatient Neuro Day Program
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Melissa Kneasel, MS, OTR/L
Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Brain Injury Support Group Leader
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Michael Kryger, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Nancy Lokey, RN, CRRN, CBIS
Nurse Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jeanie Luciano, MSN, RN, CNRC, SCRN, CRNP, FAHA
Stroke Team Nurse Practitioner
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Heidi Maloni, PhD ANP- BC, CNRN, MSCN
Associate Clinical Director
Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence-East
Chair, Institutional Review Board
United States Department of Veteran Affairs

James McInerney, MD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Melissa Moreda, MSN APRN, ACCNS-AG, CDCES, CNRN, SCRN
Adult Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator
Duke Raleigh Hospital

Shannon Orehek, LSW
Social Worker Case Manager
Neuroscience Institute
Penn State Medical Group

David Wilkinson, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Credit

AMA

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
“Very well organized and great flow to conference for a virtual conference.”
2021 Participant

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 12 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing.

Trauma Credit – Adult

3 = Thursday
2 = Friday

Stroke Credit

3 = Thursday
4 = Friday

Physical Therapy

This activity has applied for physical therapy credit.

Fees

Participants are saying
“As always, EXCELLENT program.”
2021 Participant

The fee per person includes the cost of instruction, online handout materials and all listed meals and refreshments.

Early-Bird Registration/Before Friday, Feb. 2, 2023:
$230 for two days
No discount is available for one-day registration.

After Friday, Feb. 2, 2023:
$255 for two days
$155 for one day

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at ContinuingEd@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Registrations received after Wednesday, March 29, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Thursday, March 23, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Monday, March 27.

Accommodations

Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Penn State College of Medicine – Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Jan. 1 – June 1, 2023 – $114 Kings/$134 Double Queens

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Penn State College of Medicine – Fairfield Inn by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Jan. 1 – June 1, 2023 – $119 Double Queens or Kings /$149 King or Queen Suites

Local Attractions

Join us in Hershey

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.

Evaluation

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.

Cancellations

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.

Changes

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

COVID-19

On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

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.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment or retaliation against faculty, staff or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; 814-863-0471 (TTY). US M.Ed. J6841-23-Y

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