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Detailed Course Descriptions and Objectives

(Handouts will be posted closer to the meeting date only upon approval of the speaker - not all presentations will have handouts available)


Friday, OCTOBER 14  |  6.25 Nurse contact hours  | 6.0 JCahpo GROUP A CREdits

7:30am-5:45pm Registration

7:00am-7:30am Poster Set Up

7:30am-5:50pm Poster Hours

7:00am-7:30am Exhibitor Set Up

7:30am-4:20pm Exhibitor Hours

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast - Exhibit Hall Networking

8:30am-8:40am Welcome & Announcements - Pam Opremcak, RN, MPA, LNC

8:40am-9:40am 100 - The Importance of Water Quality in the Reprocessing of Medical Devices with Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN - HANDOUT

Have you been told that you have a problem with your sterilizer? Perhaps but maybe it is your water. This presentation will describe the properties, categories and qualities of water that can provide for the optimal reprocessing of medical devices.

Objectives: 1. Discuss key terminology that must be understood when reprocessing medical devices. 2. Describe the four procedures that reprocessing and water maintenance personnel should collaborate on to provide optimal water. 3. Describe at least three adverse patient events that can be caused by inadequate water quality.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hour, 1.0 JCAHPO Group A Credit

9:40am-10:40am 101 - Panel Discussion - Difficult Patients from the Clinic to ASC with Kate Goldblum, MSN, RN, Pam Opremcak, RN, MPA, LNC, Martha Conlon, RN and Kari Magill, BSN, RN, CNOR, Moderator - Sue Clouser, MSN, RN, CRNO 

No matter the ophthalmic setting in which you practice, you will encounter patients whose circumstances make their care more difficult. This course will discuss common challenges encountered in both the clinic and ASC settings and their real life solutions through short presentations with ample time for questions and answers and networking.

Objectives: 1. Name three patient characteristics that make the care of the ophthalmic patient more challenging in the clinic/office setting. 2. List three patient characteristics which could present challenges when caring for patients in the operating room/ASC. 3. Recall possible solutions to dealing with challenging ophthalmic patients.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hour, 1.0 JCAHPO Group A Credit

10:40am-11:10am Break - Exhibit Hall Networking

11:10am-11:40am 102 - Ebola and the Eye with Allen Omid Eghrari, MD

In the past two years, thousands of survivors of Ebola virus disease in West Africa have encountered post-Ebola sequelae including eye problems, joint pain, memory loss and other complications. Ophthalmic nurses have played a pivotal role in helping to understand and address the devastating effects of the Ebola virus on the eye and survivors' lives. We will review what is known regarding Ebola eye disease, the accomplishments of the Liberian ophthalmic nursing community, and future directions in building capacity for future eye care in Liberia.

Objectives: 1. Discuss the current knowledge regarding ocular sequelae of Ebola virus disease. 2. Recognize the many contributions to care for Ebola survivors conducted by the Liberian ophthalmic nursing community. 3. Describe implications for global ophthalmic nursing.

Level: Advanced

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

11:40am-12:10pm 103 - Updates on Compounding and the Nurse's Role with Steve Lokensgard - HANDOUT

Nurses should understand the difference between drugs that were compounded rather than manufactured, and why the difference may modify purchasing behaviors and require notice to patients. We will explore lawsuits brought against hospitals and clinics in the wake of the NECC fungal meningitis outbreak, the response to the outbreak by Congress and the FDA, and how such changes impact purchasing and administration of compounded medications.

Objectives: 1. Explain the background of the regulatory environment for compounding. 2. Identify the differences between a drug manufacturer, an outsourcing facility, and a compounding pharmacy. 3. Express practical tips for purchasing and administering drugs purchased from a compounding pharmacy.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

12:10pm-1:35pm 40th Anniversary Luncheon

March of the Past Pressidents

Past President Address - Carol Ruehl, RN

ASORN Business Meeting

Edna Ashy Excellence in Ophthalmic Nursing Award Presentation

1:35pm-2:05pm Exhibit Hall Networking

2:05pm-2:35pm Concurrent Sessions

104A - So Many Lasers... How Do I Use Them? with Nancy J. Haskell, RN, CNOR, CRNO (surgical track) - HANDOUT

Many different lasers are used in ophthalmology. This course will help to identify those lasers and the uses for each. You will also learn the safety precautions to take to protect the patient, the surgeon and yourself during operation of the laser.

Objectives: 1. Describe the different lasers and their uses in ophthalmology. 2. Describe the procedures and nursing considerations.

Level: Beginner

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours

104B - Neuro Ophthalmology: Five Symptoms You Should Never Ignore with Andrew G. Lee, MD (clinical track) - HANDOUT

This course will emphasize the key and differentiating clinical symptoms and signs that distinguish benign from potentially life or visual threatening neuro-ophthalmic conditions.

Objectives: 1. List the key and differentiating symptoms of potentially life threatening neuro-ophthalmic disease. 2. Define several key systemic medications that can cause blinding disease. 3. Describe key findings that differentiate benign from malignant etiologies of neuro-ophthalmic disease.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

2:35pm-3:20pm Concurrent Sessions

105A - Advances in Cataract, Anterior Segment, and Glaucoma Surgery with Arsham Sheybani, MD (surgical track)

This course will highlight surgical pearls related to complex anterior segment and glaucoma surgery. The attendee will be able to understand the rational for management of complex surgical disease as it pertains to cataracts, intraocular lens-related problems, and iris defects. The course will also review novel glaucoma surgeries. It will be heavy on surgical videos by the author.

Objectives: 1. Discuss the principles in managing complex cataracts and intraocular lens abnormalities. 2. Describe the principles of iris reconstruction. 3. Discuss the future of Glaucoma Surgery.

Level: Advanced

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.75 JCAHPO Group A Credit

105B - OCT 101/Plaquenil Toxicity with Mitch Opremcak, MD (clinical track) - HANDOUT

This course will cover the principles of OCT, normal OCT images and classic retinal diseases on OCT. The course will focus on Plaquenil toxicity and the OCT findings of early disease. New Plaquenil screening recommendations and quidelines will be discused. 

Objectives: 1. Correlate OCT images with retinal pathology. 2. Discuss the importance of Plaquenil Toxicity.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.75 JCAHPO Group A Credit

3:30pm-3:50pm Concurrent Sessions

106A - Intraocular Tumors with Mary Beth Aronow, MD (surgical track) - HANDOUT

In this course, the most common types of intraocular tumors will be discussed. We will review the clinical features and role of ancillary imaging in diagnosing intraocular tumors. Currently available and evolving treatment strategies will be presented. We will also highlight systemic conditions that are associated with intraocular tumors.

Objectives: 1. List the common types of intraocular tumors. 2. Describe common treatments for intraocular tumors. 3. Discuss systemic associations with intraocular tumors.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

106B - Retinal Prosthesis Implantation for Retinitis Pigmentosa: Update on Nursing Considerations and Patient Perspectives with Kari Magill, BSN, RN, CNOR (clinical track) - HANDOUT

This course aims to provide updates on Retinal Prosthesis implantation. Specifically, we will explore patient outcomes and satisfaction, modifications to the surgical and rehabilitation protocols and other lessons learned from our experiences as a provider of the implant. 

Objectives: 1. List 3 factors affecting success of patient adaptation to using the Argus ll implant. 2. Identify 2 modifications in Argus ll implant techniques at Kellogg Eye Center since starting program over 2 years ago.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours

3:50pm-4:20pm Break - Exhibit Hall Networking

4:20pm-5:05pm Concurrent Sessions

107A - Eye Banking with Diane Hollingsworth (surgical track)

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in order for an eye bank to provide tissue for transplantation and research? This course will review the Cycle of Giving the Gift of Sight through transplantation and research. Discussion will include the history of donation, the eye banking process for receiving, evaluating, preparing and distributing tissue for corneal transplantation and research, and the transplant process and follow-up.

Objectives: 1. Discuss the history of corneal tissue donation. 2. Describe the eye banking processes in order to provide tissue to a surgeon for transplant or a researcher for further study.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.75 JCAHPO Group A Credit

107B - Central Serous Retinopathy with Robert Welch, MSN, APRN, RN, FNP, CRNO (clinical track) - HANDOUT

Central Serous Retinopathy is a condition that effect both young and old. This course will discuss the condition A-Z. Are you at risk? 

Objectives: 1. Discuss the typical clinical and subjective ocular finding with CSR. 2. Discuss the conventional treatment options. 3. Discuss long-term visual outcomes of patients with CSR.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours

5:05pm-5:35pm Concurrent Sessions

108A - Update: Corneal Transplants with John Rubenstein, MD (surgical track) - HANDOUT

An overview of the new paradigm in Corneal Transplant surgery. The indications and techniques for the new types of lamellar corneal transplants will be demonstrated. 

Objectives: 1. Name the types of corneal transplant procedures. 2. Recall details of the surgical procedures with videos. 3. Discuss the indications of the various lamellar corneal transplants.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

108B - Diabetic Eye Disease with Peter Gehlbach, MD, PhD (clinical track) - HANDOUT

The course will cover the epidemiology, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease. Didactic slide presentation with question and answer discussion format.

Objectives: 1. Recall the epidemiology of diabetic eye disease. 2. Discuss the signs and symptoms of diabetic eye disease. 3. Discuss medical management of diabetic eye disease. 4. Describe the surgical indications and options for the treatment of diabetic eye disease. 

Level: Beginner

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

5:35pm-5:50pm Evaluations - 0.25 NCH


Saturday, October 15  |  7.75 NURSE CONTACT HOURS  |  5.5 jcahpo group a credits

7:00am-5:30pm Registration

7:00am-4:15pm Poster Hours

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast

8:00am-8:10am Welcome & Announcements - Pam Opremcak, MPA, RN, LNC

8:10am-8:15am ARS Questions

8:15am-9:00am 200 - Poster Presentation and Q&A Session - Pam Opremcak, MPA, RN, LNC

Poster authors will present their research. time for discussion and question and answer will be allotted. 

Objectives: 1. Describe and apply current research and evidence based practice activities to help improve patient care in the ophthalmic setting.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.75 JCAHPO Group A Credit

8:45am-9:30am 201 - Edna Ashy Lecture: The Diversity of Private Ophthalmology in South Africa with Annelize Viviers, RN and Suzanne Irons, BCur, CRNO - HANDOUT

Objectives: 1. Discuss how to deliver a free or cost effective service, without compromising the care, quality or procedure despite the challenges in terms of affordability, medical and surgical expenses in South Africa. 2. Explain mobilizing Ophthalmic Services over an extensive geographical area to bring the service to the patient and not the patient to the service. 3. Explain how a specialized Ophthalmic Service with minimum resources can be provided in a remote Malawian Village outside the borders of South Africa.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.75 JCAHPO Group A Credits

9:30am-10:15am 202 - Glaucoma: New Shunts and How They Work with Jacob Brubacker, MD

This course will discuss minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.  It will specifically focus on devices targeting the trabecular meshwork, suprachoroidal space, and sub-conjunctival space. A brief description of the anatomy of these targets as well as the mechanism of action will be addressed.

Objectives: 1. Describe new micro invasive glaucoma devices and approaches. 2. Understand basic ocular anatomy and from this understanding be able to discuss how MIGS targets specific structures.

Level: Intermediate

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

10:15am-10:45am Break

10:45am-11:30am 203 - Keynote Presentation: Ophthalmic Nursing Roadmap: Where We've Been and Where We're Going with Sue Clouser, MSN, RN, CRNO - HANDOUT

Ophthalmic nursing has evolved over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the life altering impact it has on both patients and nurses. This course will recount the history of ophthalmic nursing practice, imagine some possible models for future practice and share inspirational stories.

Objectives: 1. Recall the evolution of ophthalmic nursing practice. 2. Describe the possibilities for future ophthalmic nursing practice. 3. Explain the life changing effects of ophthalmic nursing.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 0.75 Nurse Contact Hours

11:30am-11:35am ARS Questions

11:35am-12:35pm 204 - Roundtable Sessions

Pharmacology with Tulay Cakiner-Egilmez, PHD, RN, ANP, CRNO, COT

Femtosecond with Nancy J. Haskell, RN, CNOR, CRNO

Mid Level Practitioner with Robert Welch, MSN, APRN, RN, FNP, CRNO

The Ophthalmic Nurse with Two or Less Years Experience... Questions? with Carol A. Ruehl, RN, CRNO

ASORN F.Y.EYE with Barbara Ann Harmer, MHA, BSN, RN

Certification with Carol A George, MSA, BSN, RN, CRNO

CMS/Infection Control with Elethia C Dean, PHD, MBA, BSN, RN

Advocacy with Lynne Aron, RN

Do you want to write? with Susan Fowler, PHD, RN, CNRN, FAHA

Objectives: Identify and apply solutions to real and potential problems found in their various aspects of clinical and surgical ophthalmic nursing.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hour

12:35pm-1:20pm Lunch Break

1:20pm-1:25pm ARS Questions

1:25pm-1:55pm 205 - Fam-EYE-ly Feud: Ophthalmology with Pam Opremcak, RN, MPA, LNC

Game show format with two teams of participants to encourage and promote learning in a fun and interesting format.

Objectives: 1. Participants will engage in a game show with question and answer format as to ophthalmology. 2. Discuss general knowledge in an interesting and fun format the practice of ophthalmology.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 0.5 Nurse Contact Hours, 0.5 JCAHPO Group A Credit

1:55pm-2:55pm 206 - It's Crowded in Here; Thyroid Eye Disease, Characteristics and Management with Jill Foster, MD & Cameron Nabavi, MD - HANDOUT1 & HANDOUT2

The course will cover the signs, symptoms and diagnosis of thyroid eye disease and then review medical and surgical options for managing the disease.

Objectives: 1. Recall the signs and symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease. 2. Discuss medical management of Thyroid Eye Disease. 3. Restate the surgical options to treat thyroid eye disease.

Level:  Intermediate

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 JCAHPO Group A Credit

2:55pm-3:55pm 207 - Patient Safety: Reducing Diagnostic Error in Ophthalmology with Philip L. Custer, MD, FACS

Diagnostic errors cause patient harm, and thus are considered a major patient safety problem. Through clinical examples we will explore the diagnostic process, the types of errors that occur, and the biases that can affect clinical reasoning. Strategies to improve diagnostic capabilities will be presented.

Objectives: 1. Discuss the significance of diagnostic errors in medicine and ophthalmology. 2. Understand the diagnostic process and where cognitive errors can occur and from this understanding recognize how the ophthalmic team can reduce the effect of biases. 3. Discuss how to improve education in the diagnostic process.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 JCAHPO Group A Credits

3:55pm-4:15pm Break

4:15pm-5:15pm 208 - Tips and Techniques to Live Well with Low Vision: Showcasing the Low Vision Focus @ Hadley with Douglas M. Anzlovar, MS, Ed., CVRT

As vision loss progresses it often becomes necessary to relearn how to conduct dialing activities. There are many tips and techniques that can help seniors manage their low vision. These include adjusting lighting; using contrasting colors, sounds and smells; magnification; tactile markings; and simple safety precautions. The Low Vision Focus @ Hadley is a new program that features free audio recordings, instructional videos, webinars and resoureces to help seniors experiencing vision loss maintain their independence. The programming offers practical ways to address daily living skills made difficult by low vision. Family members and other professionals and caregivers may also benefit from the content. Although this program is geared toward seniors, younger adults with low vision may also benefit from the content.

Objectives: 1. Describe new resources and tools available for seniors experiencing vision loss to maintain their independence in the home. 2. Recall how to access the components of the Low Vision Focus @ Hadley program. 3. Discuss how to use the resources and tools of the Low Vision Focus @ Hadley to further support and enhance existing programs and services in their respective agencies and organizations.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CE: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hour, 1.0 JCAHPO Group A Credit

5:15pm-5:20pm ARS Questions

5:20pm-5:30pm Evaluations