State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium

International Stroke Conference 2020

State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium: February 18
Pre-Conference Symposia: February 18
Sessions: February 19–21
Los Angeles Convention Center | Los Angeles, California

Symposium Description

The State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium is a can't-miss forum 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). The goal of the program is 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.

Bring the whole family!
This year we will be offering on-site childcare for children 6 months – 12 years! Learn more and pre-register before Thursday, February 10, 2020.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Explain practical approaches to treat acute ischemic stroke including:
    • NIHSS and nuances
    • ICU stroke care
    • Stroke imaging and perfusion scanning
    • Stroke etiology and acute stroke complications
  • Recognize the unexpected twists in the road during stroke recovery including:
    • Sexuality post-stroke
    • Fatigue and driving after stroke
    • Returning to work and caregiver support
  • Summarize various professional education topics including:
    • The latest clinically-relevant topics and tips from top nurse experts
    • Boot Camp Training for stroke coordinators including: competencies and professional education; how to maintain Stroke Certification savvy; and yearly hot topics in stroke
    • How to successfully disseminate stroke knowledge including: how to prepare an excellent abstract; outlining what the basic skills of a published author are; and how to transform your presentation to publication
  • Describe advances in clinical research, practice and quality improvement including:
    • Addressing stroke center issues with quality improvement projects (facilitating timely transfers, optimal management of length of stay, preventing long and short-term readmissions)
    • Palliative care and stroke: caring for the whole patient and engaging families early
    • Using biologic markers to personalize treatment for stroke-related symptoms and outcomes including: antibody profiling in stroke; bioenergetics for post-stroke fatigue; and fMRI in post-stroke depression  
  • Demonstrate how to facilitate admission, progression and discharge for stroke including:
    • The nurse's role in stroke care transitions: post-acute levels of care and outcomes; building the bridge: acute to post-acute; and optimizing discharge education
    • The benefits of coordinated stroke care post-hospitalization: the approach to close gaps in system of care and the stroke mobile study
    • Infusing technology in rehabilitation and recovery including: using various mobile health strategies and nurses to improve post-stroke hypertension care; and the current state and future needs of mobile technology use after mild stroke

Stroke Nursing Symposium 2020 Program Committee

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is grateful to the members of the 2020 State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium Program Committee for their dedication and leadership provided throughout the year planning the program.

Michelle Camicia, PhD(c), MSN, CRRN, CCM, FAHA, Novato, CA
Patricia Commiskey, MA, Nashville, TN
Amber Criswell, BA, Pasadena, TX
Wendy Dusenbury, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, Garden Plain, KS
Kiersten Espaillat, ANP, Nashville, TN
Wende Fedder, DNP, Brookfield, WI
Elizabeth Fox, ANP, Santa Clara, CA
Hermelinda Gonzalez Rivero, BA, Napa, CA
Terri Kiernan, ANP, Lakewood, CO
Jason Lee, RN, Houston, TX
Barbara Lutz, RN, PhD, Hampstead, NC
Sandy Middleton, MN, Darlinghurst, Australia
Kari Moore, ARNP, Simpsonville, KY
Kathy Morrison, RN, MSN, Hershey, PA
Munachi Okpala, MBA, Houston, TX
Cynthia Sinogui, MSED, Sacramento, CA
Robert Szapor, RN, Somers Point, NJ
Jonathan Wiese, RN, MSN, Houston, TX

Professional Credit

Joint Accreditation Statements
In support of improving patient care, the American Heart Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 7.00 contact hours.

**ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after [date tba].

Disclosure Policy

All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.