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The 2012 CCCN Annual General Meeting and Scientific Sessions took place in Toronto, October 27 to 31, 2012 as part of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), the premier annual cardiovascular event in Canada. CCCN sessions will showcase a wide range of outstanding clinical and research work in the CV nursing field.

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CCC Final Program

CCCN Pre-Congress Workshops (09:00-12:00)
Sunday October 28th, 2012

Workshop #1: 12 Lead ECG-Tips and Review

ECG analysis is a crucial skill for nurses working in all areas of cardiovascular/cardiology settings.  According to the Standards for Cardiovascular Nursing: ”Cardiovascular nurses use specialized skills and knowledge in the comprehensive care of clients experiencing acute/chronic episodes and/or exacerbations of established cardiovascular disease (CCCN, 2008).The full scope of cardiovascular nursing practice incorporates assessment of the client’s overall cardiac status. The 12 Lead ECG provides crucial knowledge to the health care team. A cardiovascular nurse “uses knowledge of specialized skills essential for comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular clients including but not limited to arrhythmia interpretation, cardio-pulmonary assessment and basic hemodynamic principles” (CCCN, 2008). Providing foundational knowledge of 12 lead ECGs will complement the current practices for nursing working in the specialty area of cardiovascular nursing.

ECG changes can be indicative of Acute Coronary Syndrome, Valvular Abnormalities, Post Operative Pericarditis or ischemia, arrhythmias, drug and electrolyte imbalances and heart blocks. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Consensus statement on 12 Lead ECG in the ED department  further reflects the importance of obtaining a 12 Lead ECG for diagnosis of ischemia or STEMI.  The 12-lead ECG in the ED is at the center of the therapeutic decision pathway because of the strong evidence that ST-segment elevation identifies patients who benefit from reperfusion therapy or PCI. (CCS, 2006, ACC/AHA 2009).

The objectives of this workshop will be to provide:
  • An overview of ECG analysis
  • Tips for rapid assessment
  • Knowledge acquisition during this interactive session using multi-media technology to learn more about important elements on the 12 Lead ECG


The Panel will consist of:

  • Rodolfo Pike RN BN MN NP is an acute care nurse practitioner working at a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic in St. John’s, NL. He has held many positions over the course of his career including staff nurse and clinical educator for cardiology, cardiac surgery and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. He currently sits on the National Board of Directors for CCCN as Director of Professional Development.
  • Brenda Ridley RN, MA Ed has been working in Critical Care Nursing for over 25 years. She has worked as a Staff Nurse and Educator in Critical Care as well as in Corporate Nursing as a Professional Development Leader at University Health Network (UHN). Brenda is also involved in academic activities as a part time educator for the Humber College Coronary Care Certificate Program and as an Instructor for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification Program for Cardiovascular Nursing at UHN. Benda has been a member of CCCN since 2001.
  • Dorothy Morris RN, BSN, MA, CCN(C) is a clinical nurse educator in cardiac surgery and coronary care at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia and CCCN national director for health promotion and advocacy. She has co-authored and teaches a basic arrhythmia interpretation and management course and speaks on a variety of cardiovascular topics. In 2005 she received the award of excellence for nursing education from the college of registered nurses of British Columbia and the clinical cardiovascular excellence award from CCCN. Dorothy has a keen interest in cardiovascular disease risk factors and in continuing nursing education initiatives

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Workshop #2: Preparing to Write the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Exam

The purpose of this workshop is to assist RN’s in learning how they can prepare for and successfully write the Canadian Cardiovascular Nursing Certification exam. The first 30 minutes of this presentation will be focused on how to approach studying for the exam. Helpful study and exam-taking tips will be reviewed. Select exam content areas (i.e. Cardiovascular Health Promotion, Prevention & Rehabilitation, Ischemic Heart Disease and Heart Failure) will briefly be explored. This will provide participants with the knowledge of how to link required exam competencies to resource learning material and thereby develop an efficient study approach. Sample multiple choice questions will then be presented in order to provide examples of the types of questions the RN may anticipate being asked on the exam.

The Panel will consist of:
  • Nadia Thomson RN(EC) BNSc MN CCN(C) is an adult Nurse Practitioner with a specialty-based practice in Cardiovascular Nursing. In 1999 she graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing Science from Queen’s University. In 2002 she completed a Master of Nursing at the University of Toronto and then went on to complete the Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Diploma program in 2004. She currently works as a NP on the inpatient cardiology ward at Toronto General Hospital. In addition to a specialization in acute cardiac care, her clinical interests include initiatives focused on cardiovascular disease prevention and health promotion as well as clinical teaching. She is a certified health professional in smoking cessation counseling. Nadia is also a current course instructor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto online graduate NP program.
  • Marion McRae

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Workshop #3: Bridging the Gap between In-Patient Discharge and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death of Canadians.  While treatment for CVD has improved dramatically and mortality rates are dropping morbidity continues to be an issue.  A key intervention in the treatment of CVD, cardiac rehabilitation (CR), has been shown to be effective in both men and women but remains largely underutilized, especially in women who comprise only 12 – 24% of contemporary CR programs, even though the prevalence of CAD in men and women is similar.  The recent Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) guidelines call for systematic referral to CR supported by a bedside liaison strategy.  Cardiovascular nurses are in a key position to provide this liaison as well as activity guidelines for patients following cardiac event.    

This interactive workshop will:
  • Provide cardiovascular nurses with key messages for cardiac patients, designed to enhance uptake of CR
  • Provide practical tips regarding activity following discharge
  • Provide tools for exercise prescription prior to attendance at CR
  • Review self-management support skills such as goal setting, action planning and motivational interviewing which may assist patient in self-management of cardiovascular disease
The Panel will consist of:
  • Jennifer Price RN, BNSc, MscN, ACNP, CCN(C), PhD is an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, a cardiac rehabilitation program for women. Ms. Price holds an MScN, an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto and she is a Certified Cardiovascular Nurse with the Canadian Nurses Association.  She recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto where she was supported by a Doctoral Nursing Fellowship from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Her research focus is in the area of women and heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation (CR). 
  • Mireille Landry
  • Deborah Childerhose BPE, BHSc(PT) is a Physiotherapist and Program Coordinator for the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital. She also covers the Complex Care Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. 

    Ms. Childerhose also holds the position of Chair of the Women’s Health Division in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the issue around Women’s Health is a passionate aspect to her work.  She has been involved in various research activities in within her work settings at Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative and within her physiotherapy health discipline.

    Ms. Childerhose holds a BHSc(PT) from McMaster University and has been involved in many Cardiac Rehabilitation programs from Vancouver and Toronto.

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Opening Plenary Speaker
Monday October 29th, 2012

CCCN is please to announce Dr. Sean Clarke as its opening plenary speaker.

Health Human Resources and Change in the Canadian Health Care System: Supply of and Demand for Cardiovascular Nurses in The Coming Decades

The past 15 years have seen a move from nurse shortage to a temporary balance of supply and demand in Canada and even a surplus of nurses in some Canadian communities. In the meantime, health care systems in Canada around the world continue their efforts to control costs in the face of technological change and growing demand for services; the approaches being adopted have important impacts not only for patients, but also for nurses and their work.
A review of and update on all of these trends (particularly in light of the current global financial crisis) will be provided, along with their implications for nursing clinicians, managers and researchers in cardiovascular settings with the goal of informing career planning, the development of nursing services and agendas for research in the specialty.

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Sean Clarke will begin an appointment as the first Susan E. French Chair in Nursing Research and Innovative Practice at the McGill University School of Nursing and be the first Director of the McGill Nursing Collaborative for Education and Innovation in Patient and Family Centred Care at the School of Nursing and the McGill-affiliated hospitals. After completing his master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from McGill, Dr. Clarke completed three years of postgraduate clinical and research training at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the standing faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and became the Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in 2001. From 2008 to 2012, he was the inaugural holder of the RBC Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network hospitals and from 2010 to 2012,, he also served as Deputy Director for the University of Toronto site of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Sean has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing for over 15 years at universities in Canada and the United States, leading courses in health policy and professional issues for graduating year pre-licensure students much of this time. Dr. Clarke’s research deals primarily with organizational aspects of acute care nursing (with a particular emphasis on staffing levels, work environment factors, patient outcomes and nurse occupational health) and nurse workforce issues. He has authored or co-authored 100 articles, 22 book chapters and co-edited a volume on medication safety for nurses now in its second edition. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, he holds adjunct appointments at the Université de Montréal and the University of Hong Kong and speaks and consults extensively with universities, hospitals and professional organizations internationally.

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Health Promotion and Advocacy Activity
Tuesday October 30th, 2012

Cardiovascular Risk in South Asians: The Thin-Fat Paradox

Dr. Milan Gupta received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1988. Following completion of internal medicine and cardiology residencies in Toronto, he received certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He holds additional certification status by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and by the Heart Rhythm Society.

Dr. Gupta is the Medical Co-Director of the Canadian Cardiovascular Research Network. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, he holds the positions of Adjunct Scientist in the Division of CV Surgery and Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is a co-founder and past-chair of the Greater Toronto Area Community Cardiovascular Specialists (GTACC), and past Board of Directors member of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. He is past Treasurer and Executive member for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and has served as chair of the Local Arrangements Committee and member of the Scientific Program Committee for the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

Dr. Gupta speaks widely on a variety of topics, and serves on numerous professional advisory boards and guidelines writing committees. Dr. Gupta has a strong interest in developing innovative continuing medical education initiatives. He holds multiple peer-reviewed grants and has published numerous clinical research papers.

Dr. Gupta’s research interests include South Asian heart disease, management strategies for acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, and emerging risk factors in vascular disease.

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Closing Plenary Session
Tuesday October 30th, 2012

The closing session will be a discussion on Perspectives on Maintaining Balance: Technology, Ethical Issues and the Financial Constraints of Cardiovascular Health Care. Panel members will present various perspectives on maintaining balance between expanding cardiovascular technology, ethical issues and financial constraints of providing cardiovascular health care. The Panel will consist of:
  • Elizabeth Peter is an Associate Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at the University of Windsor and went on to complete a Masters degree in Nursing at the University of Toronto. She also earned a degree in Philosophy from York University, and finally a PhD though the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Collaborative Programme in Bioethics, University of Toronto. During her studies, she worked for many years at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre in Toronto as both a staff nurse and a nursing coordinator. She has written widely in the field of healthcare ethics with a particular focus on ethical issues in home care practice. She locates her work primarily in feminist ethics. She currently is examining nurses’ moral knowledge across settings in situations of moral distress involving hope in biotechnology.
  • Jane MacIver is a nurse practitioner in the Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital. She received her BScN from MacMaster University and completed her MSc and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her PhD at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto investigating the end of life treatment preferences for patients with advanced heart failure. In 2009, Jane was the recipient of the Toronto Star Nightingale Award for care and dedication and making a difference in patients’ lives.
  • Heather Sherrard, VP Clinical Services, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. She is a senior health care administrator and researcher with 20 years of experience in nursing and 10 years experience in senior health services management. Heather holds two academic appointments with the School of Nursing and with the Masters in Health Administration at the University of Ottawa. She speaks at many conferences on the issues of cardiovascular care and health and has a particular interest in women and cardiovascular disease.

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