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Be part of the solution! Join neonatal and pediatric professionals to learn and discuss the latest advances that build brighter futures for our children.
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Welcome, Posters and Reception
Bounce Back… Self-Care and Resiliency
Speaker: Cathy Alvarez, MA, BS, RN, CNML, HNB-BC, PCCN
Catherine (Cathy) Alvarez, MA, RN, CNML, HNB-BC, PCCN, is an Education Specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, CT. Cathy has 18 years of nursing experience, and is certified as a Nurse Manager and Leader, Holistic Nurse and Progressive Care Nurse. Cathy designs and implements holistic nursing education programs that specifically focus on self-care, mindfulness, and resiliency. In addition to her role at Yale, Cathy is a nurse educator for the American Holistic Nurses Association Integrative Healing Arts Program and serves as a faculty advisor for the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation.
Breakfast and Registration
Opening General Session
Thriving in Times of Change
Speaker: Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC
Kari has extensive experience in nursing leadership development and professional development. She received her Master of Science in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin, is certified in Nursing Professional Development, and is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. She served as co-editor of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development; and served as vice president and is past president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD). Kari received the ANPD award “Excellence in Educational Design,” and the prestigious ANPD Belinda E. Puetz award.
Optimizing Preterm Nutrition
Speaker: Shabnam Lainwala, MD PhD
A Bright Beginning: Pediatric Integrative Medicine
Speaker: Ana Maria Verissimo, MD, MA ABIHM
Updates on Diabetes Management and where we are Headed
Speaker: Carey Driscoll, APRN
Refreshments and Vendor Exhibits
Esophageal Stem Cell Research
Speaker: Christine Finck, MD, FACS
Small Victims, Big Challenges: Pediatric Disaster Triage
Speaker: Mark Cicero, MD, FAAP
It’s High Time to Talk About Medical Marijuana
Speaker: William Zempsky, MD
Lunch and Vendor Exhibits
Leadership Luncheon session by Kari Schmidt
Accelerating Team Effectiveness through Engagement
The Science of Human Milk for Vulnerable Infants
Speaker: Mary Lussier, RN
The Nuts and Bolts of Pain and Symptom Management through a Case Study
Speakers: Taryn Hamre DNP, APRN, FN-BC, CPHON and Mary Frances McGeary BSN, RN, CPHON
Pediatric Disaster Considerations and Blast Injuries
Speaker: Gena Costello RN, BSN, CPEN
The Neonatal Gut Microbiome: Implications for Infant and Childhood Health
Speaker: Adam Matson, MD, MS
Suicide Recognition and Prevention
Speaker: Steve Rogers, MD
Diversity in Healthcare
Speaker: Evelyn Kissi
Closing General Session
Energizing Your Practice Through Resilience
Speaker: Kari Schmidt, MS, RN-BC, ACC
Pending: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Guest room rate of $169/night available at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa until September 28, 2019 (subject to availability)
To reserve online click here and use Group ID code: 369017
Call 800-222-5901 and mention Building Brighter Futures to receive the discounted group rate by September 28, 2019 (subject to availability)
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After careful preparation, Connecticut Children’s is excited to welcome your child back for many surgeries, procedures and in-person appointments.
As you resume this important face-to-face care, you can count on us to keep your child safe and sound every step of the way. Learn about our enhanced safety program, Safe and Sound.
Call your child’s specialty clinic today to schedule a surgery, procedure or appointment, or to schedule a Video Visit.
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