State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium – ISC

The State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium is an opportunity to share innovative best clinical practices that have been developed to optimize patient outcomes. An exciting plenary program and stimulating break-out sessions are planned to meet educational needs for nurses, rehabilitation and healthcare professionals at various skill levels.

This can’t-miss forum is designed to provide cutting-edge information for nursing, rehabilitation and other healthcare professionals who treat patients and families in all phases of stroke care from prevention to treatment in the emergency department through rehabilitation. The symposium will update and inform the audience about nursing issues along the continuum of stroke care (primary and secondary prevention, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke management, rehabilitation, and program development).

2024 Nursing Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST) (GMT -7)
Main Event

Brenda J Johnson, DNP, MSN, CRNP-BC, ANVP, FAHA, Baltimore, MD
Mary Rodgers, DHA, ANP, CNS, RN, Getzville, NY

Nursing Symposium Main Event
Time Event
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks from NS Program Committee Chair
Brenda J Johnson, DNP, MSN, CRNP-BC, ANVP, FAHA, Baltimore, MD
8:05 a.m. Council Welcome and Remarks from the CVSN Council Chair
Nancy A Pike, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, FNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, Los Angeles, CA
8:10 a.m. Stroke Article of the Year Recipient
Sandy Middleton RN, PhD, FAAN, Darlihurst, Australia
Nurses Health and Well-Being and DEI
8:20 a.m. Title TBD
Katie Boston-Leary, Baltimore, MD
8:50 a.m. Q & A
Stroke During Pregnancy and Postpartum Period
9:10 a.m. Title TBD
Eliza C Miller, MD, MS, New York, NY
9:35 a.m. Q & A
9:50 a.m. Break
Tailoring Nursing Care to Prevent Complications After a Stroke
10:00 a.m. Swimming Between the Flags: Removing Critical Thinking from Nursing Care
Skye Coote, NP, MN, CCRN, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, ASC-B, Parkville, Australia
10:10 a.m. Care Plans: A Help or A Hinderance?
Andrea Singer, BSN, RN, State College, PA
10:20 a.m. Feeding the Individual and Not the Masses
Nicole Schumacher MSN, FNP-C, CCRN, ANVP-BC, Ventura, CA
10:30 a.m. Q & A
Escaping a Code Stroke: Evaluation of the Impact of Escape Room Methodology on Nursing Attitudes toward Acceptance of Acute Stroke Management Guidelines
10:40 a.m. Escape Room: Putting It Together
11:00 a.m. Virtual Interaction Experience
11:20 a.m. Q & A
11:30 a.m. Lunch
Concurrent 1: Acute Care

Kerri Jepson, BSN, Golden, CO
Kenny Barajas, Baltimore, MD

Concurrent 1 Schedule
Time Event
Rapid Disposition of Patients with Intracerebral Hemorrhage
1:00 p.m. Neuro ICU Fast Track: Care from ED to ICU for the ICH Patient
Nicolle W Davis, PhD, RN, SCRN, ASC-BC, FAHA, Gainesville, FL
1:15 p.m. Small and Stable: Implementation of Intermediate Step-Down Unit for Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients
Callie Marzulli, DNP, AG-ACNP, ANVP, Germantown, TN
1:30 p.m. Activation of Hemorrhagic Stroke Transfers and DIDO Time Goals
Jennifer Patterson, MSN ACNP-BC ANVP-BC CCRN FHM, PhD Candidate, Chattanooga, TN
1:45 p.m. Q&A
Horses and Zebras: Optimizing Your Assessment Skills with Unusual Presentations
2:00 p.m. Is it All in the Head or Is This A Stroke?
Patricia Zrelak, PhD, Citrus Heights, CA
2:11 p.m. The Right Side of Stroke
Kathryn Funk, AGACNP-BC, MSN-RN, SCRN, CNRN, Portsmouth, VA
2:22 p.m. I'm So Dizzy!
Alicia M Richardson, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, ANVP-BC, ASC-BC, Palmyra, PA
2:33 p.m. Q&A
2:45 p.m. Break
Research Consent in Hyper Acute Settings: What Should Nurses Know?
3:00 p.m. Ensuring Patients Rights in Research
Amber C Piacenti, BA, CCRC, Houston, TX
3:12 p.m. Nursing Knowledge in Informed Consent
Thao Dinh, Houston, TX
3:24 p.m. Real-World Scenarios
Bora Yskollari, Houston, TX
3:36 p.m. Best Practice When Stars Do Not Align
Rachel Leicht, BSN, RN, SCRN, Houston, TX
3:48 p.m. Q&A
4:00 p.m. Thrombolytic Door to Needle Times: Impact of Additional Multimodal Neuroimaging With Initial Imaging for All Patients versus Large Vessel Occlusion Screen Triage
Michele J Patterson, MSN, San Antonio, TX
4:15 p.m. An Expedited Transfer Process Improves Door In Door Out Times
Karrima Owens, RN, Philadelphia, PA
4:30 p.m. Nurse Led Interventions Improve the Timeliness of Blood Pressure Reduction in Patients Presenting With Acute Nontraumatic Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Prashanta Jacobson, BSN, North Hollywood, CA
4:45 p.m. Discussion
Concurrent 2: Care Across the Continuum

Daiwai M Olson, RN PhD FNCS, Dallas, TX
Stacie C Stevens, PhD, FNP, RN, Richmond, VA

Concurrent 2 Schedule
Time Event
AHA's Post-Acute Care Stroke Program Standards: Delivering Comprehensive Care Across the Continuum
1:00 p.m. AHA's Post-Acute Stroke Care Program Standards: Why Do We Need Them and How Were They Developed?
Joel Stein, MD, FAHA, Sharon, MA
1:12 p.m. Assuring High Quality Standardized Post-Acute Stroke Care
Barbara J Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, PHNA-BC, FAHA, FARN, FAAN, Chapel Hill, NC
1:24 p.m. Stories From the Field: Implementing Stroke Post-Acute Care Standards
Kelli Baumert, MS, CCC-SLP, Creve Coeur, MO/em>
1:36 p.m. Acknowledging Disparities and Improving Access: Stroke Rehab and Recovery Policy
Nneka L Ifejika, MD, MPH, FAHA, Dallas, TX
1:48 p.m. Q & A
Patient and Family Readiness: Providing the Best Care for Our Patients Post-Discharge
2:00 p.m. Barriers, Adjustment and Outcomes: Overcoming Hurdles in Healthcare
Cassandra Forrest, MHA, BSN, RN, Columbus, OH
2:11 p.m. Family Education Program: A Setup for Home Success
Keri Scheid, Columbus, OH
2:22 p.m. Paving the Way for Discharge Readiness
Anastasia Gerardi, BSN, RN-BC, Pickeriton, OH
2:33 p.m. Q & A
2:45 p.m. Break
Stroke Recovery
3:00 p.m. Virtual Stroke Recovery
Steven R Zeiler, MD, PhD, Lutherville, MD
3:20 p.m. Progressive Mobility after Stroke: Who, What, Why, When, and How?
Elizabeth K Zink, PhD, RN, Baltimore, MD
3:40 p.m. Q&A
4:00 p.m. Can a Remote Telehealth-Based Program Support Survivors With Varying Social Needs Post-Stroke?
Lauren Sheehan, Campbell, CA
4:15 p.m. Outcomes of Nursing Led Post-Stroke Anxiety and Depression Screening
Alvina Mkrtumyan, MSN, North Hollywood, CA
4:30 p.m. Connecting the Dots; a Pharmacist-Led Care Transition Model for Stroke Patients Post-Discharge
Jenna Harris, PharmD, Syracuse, NY
4:45 p.m. Discussion
Concurrent 3: Stroke Program Optimization

Cesar Velasco, Hershey, PA
Ronna Finnie, Little Rock, AR

Concurrent 3 Schedule
Time Event
Nursing Roles in Tele-Stroke
1:00 p.m. Advance Practice Providers Virtual Rounds
Wendy Dusenbury, Wichita, KS
1:15 p.m. An International Perspective on Telenursing
Ali Alsaleh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1:30 p.m. Nursing Role for MSU Telemedicine
Skye Coote, Parkville, Australia
1:45 p.m. Q & A
Improving Stroke Care for All: Optimizing Stroke Systems of Care
2:00 p.m. Why Do Roadblocks to Stroke Care Still Exist When We Know Better?
Julia Retelski, Charlotte, NC
2:11 p.m. Regional and Metro Variations in Stroke Barriers
Kiffon M Keigher, Chicago, IL
2:22 p.m. Nursing to Reduce Stroke Roadblocks
Lauren Macko, Huntersville, NC
2:33 p.m. Q&A
2:45 p.m. Break
Artificial Intelligence
3:00 p.m. AI: What's It All About
Karen B Seagraves, Charlotte, NC
3:25 p.m. CT and AI: Pitfalls and Fallacies
Amy Heyden, Buffalo, NY
3:50 p.m. Q & A
4:00 p.m. Improving Emergency Department Hemorrhagic Stroke Management
Lesley Miller, Provo, UT
4:15 p.m. Interventional Nurse Practitioner-Led Loop Recorder Implantation Program: Impact on Quality of Etiopathogenic Diagnosis of Ischemic Stroke
Kimberley Pfeiffer, Boonville, MO
4:30 p.m.. Nurse-Led Quality Improvement Initiative: Advancing Stroke Awareness in Communities Experiencing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Antonieta Rosenberg, Medford, NY
4:45 p.m. Discussion