2015 Annual Convention



OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
The Alexander Hotel
Wall of Honor
Click here to view the NGNA members who are being recognized on the 30th Annual Convention Wall of Honor!

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Convention Agenda

Thursday, October 1, 2015

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Preconvention Workshop – Spotlight on LPN Practice: Illuminating Leadership, Quality Improvement and Skill Building
Linda Bub, MSN RN GCNS-BC
Beth Culross, RN, GCNS-BC, CRRN
Cheryl Kruschke, RN, MS, EdD
Jennifer Yeager, PhD, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, RN
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Session Moderator Meeting

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM New Member/First Time Attendee Orientation

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM President’s Welcome
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
NGNA Position Paper Update

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM Opening Session: GRACE Team Care: An Innovative Model of Care for Vulnerable Elders
Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF
Dawn Butler, MSW, JD
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome Reception & Poster Session

Friday, October 2, 2015

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM President’s Address and Annual Membership Meeting

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Keynote Presentation & Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation - We Must Make a Difference: Respect and Dignity for Older Adults
Janet K. Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN
10:00 AM– 11:00 AM General Session: From an Unmet Clinical Need to Entrepreneurship: Improving Discharge Planning
Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN
11:10 AM– 12:10 PM Concurrent Session: AgeWISE Geropalliative Care Nurse Residency Outcomes
Deborah Marks Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
11:10 AM– 12:10 PM Concurrent Session: An Interprofessional Model of Best Practice Through a Center for Healthy Aging in a Rural Community: An Innovative Nurse-Led Initiative
Deb Sanders, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC
Lori Metzger, PhD, NP-C, RN-BC
11:10 AM– 12:10 PM Concurrent Session: The Age of Cancer Survivorship Care: How and Why It Matters for Older Adults
Barbara Raudonis, Ph.D., RN, FNGNA, FPCN
11:10 AM– 12:10 PM Concurrent Session: It Takes a Village: Protecting Our Older Adults Through a Community of Caring
Carol Amann, MSN, RN-BC, FNGNA
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch
Lunch Served 12:00 – 1:15 PM
Posters Viewing (Earn CE)
NGNA Fellows Lunch
Book-Signing Event


1:30 PM– 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (Repeat of Morning Sessions)

1:30 PM– 2:30 PM Concurrent Session: Designing, Implementing, and Reporting Research in Nursing, Health, and Healthcare PART 1: Identifying a Researchable Problem
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Peg Gray-Vickrey, DNS, RN, FNGNA
Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, FNGNA
Lin Drury, PhD, RN
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM Concurrent Session: The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative Education Program
Janice Palmer, PhD, RN
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM Concurrent Session: Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) in an Older Adult Receiving Methotrexate (MTX) for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Carol Enderlin, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Janet Rooker, MNSc, RNP
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM Concurrent Session: Health Literacy and the Older Adult Population
Sheryl Scott, DNP, RN, CNE
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM Concurrent Session: The Conversation Project in Central Florida
Marcia D. Shad, RN, BC, FNGNA
Judith Tivnan, RN-BC
Sandra Yochem, RN
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM Concurrent Session: Judith V. Braun Research Award/Innovations in Practice Finalists
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM Concurrent Sessions (Repeat of Afternoon Sessions)

3:50 PM – 4:50 PM Concurrent Session: Designing, Implementing, and Reporting Research in Nursing, Health, and Healthcare PART 2: Research Design
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Peg Gray-Vickrey, DNS, RN, FNGNA
Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, FNGNA
Lin Drury, PhD, RN
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Committee Meetings

Saturday, October 3, 2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
‘Ask the Experts’ Question and Answer Session
Student Information Session
8:10 AM– 9:10 AM General Session: Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) in the Long Term Care Community
Joanne Alderman, MSN, RN, BC, APRN, FNGNA
9:20 AM– 10:20 AM General Session: Law and Order in Gerontological Nursing
Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD
10:20 AM– 10:45 AM Break

10:50 AM– 11:50 AM Concurrent Session: End-of-Life Planning in a Rural Elderly Cohort
Alyce Ashcraft, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNS, CNE
10:50 AM– 11:50 AM Concurrent Session: Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Older Women - What Are the Options?
Gerti Heider, PhD
10:50 AM– 11:50 AM Concurrent Session: Demystifying the Process of Writing an Abstract: You Can Do This!
Dawn Hippensteel, MS, BSN, RN, CCRN, GCNS
Kathleen Ennen, PhD, RN, CNE
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA
10:50 AM– 11:50 AM Concurrent Session: Designing, Implementing, and Reporting Research in Nursing, Health, and Healthcare PART 3: Dissemination of Research
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Peg Gray-Vickrey, DNS, RN, FNGNA
Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, FNGNA
Lin Drury, PhD, RN
10:50 AM– 11:50 AM Concurrent Session: Research Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM Awards Luncheon

1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Session: Remember These Words: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Susan Carlson, MSN, ACN-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Session: The Silver Tsunami: When Aging and Addiction Collide
John Dyben, DHSC, CAP, CMHP, ICADC
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Session: The Five Fundamentals of Senior ER - Beyond Thicker Mattresses and Non-Glare Floors
Marilyn Chrisman, RN, BSN, CNS
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Session: Maximizing Nurse Effectiveness in the Green House Culture Change Model
Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Concurrent Session: Research Sessions
2:50 PM – 3:50 PM CLOSING SESSION: Demystifying Resistance and Refusals – Understanding Behaviors & Then Helping
Teepa Snow, MS, OR/L, FAOTA
3:45 PM– 4:00 PM President’s Closing Remarks




Poster Presentations

Poster Number: EBP1
Category: Evidence Based Practice
Title: Utilizing Art to Enhance Nursing Student Interaction with Alzheimer’s Residents
Author: Deborah Fischer

Poster Number: EBP2
Category: Evidence Based Practice
Title: The Personal is Political – Older Adults and their Caregivers – Evidence of Caregiver Needs to Inform Research, Policy, and Practice
Author: Raeann LeBlanc, APRN-BC

Poster Number: EBP3
Category: Evidence Based Practice
Title: Vital Sign Fluctuation Patterns as Antecedents to Cardiopulmonary Arrest
Author: Deborah Marks Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Poster Number: EBP4
Category: Evidence Based Practice
Title: Improving End-of-Life Care: Evidence-Based Curriculum for Nursing Students
Author: Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA

Poster Number: EBP5 Category: Evidence Based Practice
Title: First Do No Harm: Transfusion Premedication for Older Adults
Author: Joyce Perkins, BSN, RN

Poster Number: QP1 Category: Quality & Performance Improvement
Title: Palliative Care and Hospital Readmissions
Author: CeCe Klepper, MS, RN

Poster Number: QP2
Category: Quality & Performance Improvement
Title: Implementing an SBAR Communication Protocol
Author: Susan Renz, DNP, GNP-BC

Poster Number: R1
Category: Research
Title: Community Recruitment of Seriously Ill African American Elders
Author: Heather Coats, MS, APRN-BC

Student Posters

Poster Number: R2
Category: Research
Title: Update on Measures of Familism in the Context of Acculturation
Author: Janice Crist, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN

Poster Number: R3
Category: Research
Title: Effectiveness of an Interprofessional Approach to Reducing Falls in an Inpatient Hospital Setting
Author: Sheila Delp, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ACNS-BC, FNGNA

Poster Number: R4
Category: Research
Title: Seniors at Risk for Readmission to the ED
Author: Nancy Denke,

Poster Number: R5
Category: Research
Title: Caregiver Tele-support Group for Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study
Author: Eileen Hummel, BSN, RN-BC

Poster Number: R6
Category: Research
Title: Does Education and/or Certification of Nursing Home Leaders Improve Patient Outcomes?
Author: Nancy Lerner, DNP, RN

Poster Number: R7
Category: Research
Title: The Geri-SAFE Project: An Innovative Approach for Improving Safety Among Elders
Author: Anthia Murray, RN, MPH, MSN

Poster Number: R8
Category: Research
Title: Are Nurses Who Have Completed Their Own Advance Directives More Likely To Assist Patients with Advance Directives?
Author: Ronald Zack, RN, JD

Poster Number: S1
Category: Student Poster
Title: Coaching as a Method for Staff Training in Nursing Homes: Systematic Review
Author: Kerry Jordan, APN, MSN, ACNS-BC, University of Central Arkansas

Poster Number: S2
Category: Student Poster
Title: Parkinson’s Disease Advocacy Training: Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life for Long-Term Care Residents with Parkinson’s Disease Through Education of State Ombudsmen
Author: Jenna Zehler, Nicole Bonsavage, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing