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Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN)
Spring Nursing Conference
"Update Your Cardiovascular Nursing Toolkit"
Saturday May 25th, 2013
Sheraton Hotel, St. John's, Newfoundland

Spring Conference 2013 Certificate of Attendance

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Opening Plenary
Stemming the Salt tide: Assessment and Interventions to Reduce Dietary Sodium intake in Hypertensives

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Dr. Bruce VanVLiet
Atrial Fib Guidelines

Dr. S. Connors - Cardiologist/ Electrophyisologist Eastern Health
Is it Heart Failure and What do I do About It.

Speaker Bio: Nursing for 15 years. Held Many positions over the years as staff nurse, clinic educator and currently employed as Acute Care NP for Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. He has presented at both a local and national level.

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Rody Pike
Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease:  A Nursing Perspective

Speaker Bio: Dr. Monica Parry is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Prior to coming to the Faculty, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University, funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the FUTURE program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists. Dr. Parry’s program of research includes supportive models of care to improve health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases, including those with diabetes and heart failure. She has investigated the use of peer support and advanced practice nursing support interventions to improve health-related quality of life, function, pain and depressive symptoms in men and women following cardiac surgery. Current research strategies target the prevention of T2DM in Canada (screening, treatment, surveillance of pre-diabetes), and the use of impedance cardiography to improve health outcomes for individuals with heart failure.
Dr. Parry has received research funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Change Foundation/Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Dr. Parry serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses as the National Research Director, is a Reviewer various journals including Nursing Research, and is a Sentinel Reader for Evidence-Based Nursing.
Dr. Parry teaches and directs the NP Program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She continues to work as a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiac Surgery at a tertiary care hospital in Southeastern Ontario.

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Dr. Monica Parry
Stroke prevention in AF
  • Discuss the key findings of CADTH’s review of the new oral anticoagulants.
  • Discuss optimal management of Warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.

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Ms. Pam Rudkin Clinical Pharmacists Eastern Health.
ECG Interpretation - Part 1: Introduction
  • Review Basics of 12 lead ECG
  • Review Normal ECG Findings

Speaker Bio: Clinical Educator for cardiac critical care program at Eastern Health NL. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the cardiac critical care sciences.

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Pat Rodgers RN Bachelors of Voc. Ed.
Chronic Total Occlusion
  • To understand the principles of Chronic  Total Occlusion (CTO)
  • To explore the nursing implications of CTO
  • To identify the risks and benefits of CTO

Speaker Bio: Tonya Hiscock graduated with a diploma in nursing in 1997. After several years of working in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, she returned to school to complete her Bachelors in Nursing and form there went into the Masters in Nursing Program. After 13 years in critical care, Tonya accepted the position of clinical educator for the Cardiac/Critical Program. Tonya has an array of committee involvement and has presented nationally for CCCN through webinar. 

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Tonya Hiscock
ECG Interpretation - Part 2: Case Studies
  • Review case studies looking at abnormalities in 12 lead ECG
  • Identify abnormal variations in 12-lead ECG
Speaker Bio: Rody Pike - see "Is it Heart Failure and What do I do About It" above.
Rody Pike &
Dorothy Morris
Palliative Care in the Cardiac Patient
  • To discuss the relevance of palliative care for clients with congestive heart failure.
  • To provide guidelines for timely consultation for palliative care services for the heart failure client population.
Speaker Bio: Carmel Collins RN BN NP (Primary Health Care) CHPCN(C)   Attained RN from St. Clares Mercy Hospital School of Nursomg (1984).Convocated Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) BN-NP (Primary Health Care) Program (2010). CNA Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certification (2004). Enrolled in MUN's Master of Nursing Program. Employed as Nurse Practitioner with the Regional Palliative Care Leadership Team at Eastern Health. This involves participation in education and program development and clinical practice. Executive member of Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Newfoundland Chapter, Newfoundland and Labrador Palliative Care Associaltion (NLPCA), and Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's Nurses Group (Eastern Canada Rep).  Involved with Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) : a Primary Health Care NP rep on NP Standards Committee.

 Carmel Collins NP

Cardiac Risk Factor Management Update: A Toolkit for Nurses
1. To update the cardiac risk factors that need to be targeted to improve heart health
2. To provide practical strategies that nurses can use in everyday practice to assist clients with managing cardiac risk factors.

Speaker Bio: Jill Bruneau graduated from Memorial University School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree. She graduated with a Masters of Health Sciences Degree specializing in Health Promotion and a Post Masters Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, she returned to NL to work as one of the first NPs in the hospital setting with the cardiac program. Jill is currently on faculty at the Centre for Nursing Studies teaching in the MUN Masters of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program. She is the National Director of Provincial Divisions for CCCN and is a member of the CNA National Examination Committee for Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing.

Jill Bruneau
TAVI program in Newfoundland

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Dr. Daniel Lodge
Cardiac Surgeon Eastern Health.

Women and Cardiac Pain: Why the Mystery Continues
  1. To understand and explain the neurobiological processing of cardiac pain.
  2. To learn about persistent forms of cardiac pain that complicate management for women presenting with coronary artery disease.
Speaker Bio: Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy is a PhD candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She is in the final stage of her PhD. Her PhD study examined the relationships between acute coronary syndrome patients’ pain and anxiety and current pain management practices in a rural community hospital in south-eastern Ontario. Her research was funded by the FUTURE program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists. Sheila currently is co-investigator on two other research projects: 1) the  Development of a Decision Support Tool for People with Refractory Angina and 2) Development and Dissemination of a Web-Based Multi-Media Resource Centre for Persistent Cardiac Pain.
Ms. O’Keefe-McCarthy serves on the Ontario Executive Division of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and as the Provincial Research Chair for Ontario.

Sheila continues to work as a Critical Care Nurse in the ICU at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario.
Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy Ph.D 
Aortopathy –  What the Cardiovascular Nurse Needs to Know: An Overview
  • Review the various conditions that present with aortopathy
  • Discuss the medical and surgical management of aortopathies
  • Define the cardiovascular nurses role in the management of patients with aortopathies
Speaker Bio: Glenda is a Nurse Practitioner with the Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Eastern Health.  She is a graduate of St. Clare’s School of Nursing, holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland.   Glenda has a background in Critical Care Nursing having worked in ICUs in St. John’s and Ottawa. She is an ACLS instructor and has been working in the NP role at Eastern Health for the past 13 years.

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Glenda Pack RN, NP, MN, CNCC(C), CCN(C)
 Closing Plenary - AED program in Newfoundland: Heart and Stroke Newfoundland

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