Nursing Now Conference Schedule

7:15 – 8:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome: Carol A. Gavan, RN, EdD, Professor Emeritus
Mythbusters: Health Myths and the Evidence

Nurses need to be discriminating consumers of health care information. They are inundated with clinical information in and out of the health care setting. This presentation will be a fun and interactive exploration of some of today’s health myths and the scientific evidence that either supports or discredits them.
Maria Wheelock, MSN, WHNP
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

8:35 – 9:25

Empowering Our Patients, Empowering Ourselves
Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based communication tool that can promote behavior change that results in a sense of empowerment. Motivational Interviewing can be used in every aspect of nursing with the brief intervention style and client-centered approach.
Michelle A. Dart, MSN, PNP, CDE
CEO, Dart Health Coaching & Consulting
CEO, Ringo Publishing, Inc.

9:30 – 10:00

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Healthcare Reform Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Nursing Practice
Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act law impact nursing student loan programs, primary preventive care, access to medical services, and quality improvement programs tied to reimbursement. Also discussed: opportunities for nursing research, related to greater patient access to care.
Louise Pernisi, RN, MS, CNS, CCM, CDMS
Director Nursing Case Management
Upstate University Hospital
Adjunct Instructor, College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

10:00 – 10:30

Evidence-Based Treatment Strategies for Menopausal Women
A review of evidence-based findings regarding the efficacy of common treatment modalities to manage symptoms associated with menopause, this presentation also will include current knowledge of both traditional and alternative treatment options.
Janet A. Sobczak, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University FPMHNP ARISE Family and Children's Services

10:45 – 11:15

New NYS Palliative Care Laws: Implications for Practice
The new Palliative Care laws have legal implications for all practicing nurse practitioners and physicians. The laws empower patients with terminal illness to make informed decisions about future treatments and care goals via information and counseling about their palliative care options. Discussion on the laws’ mandates and what practitioners must provide.
Patricia Lippincott Knox MSN,FNP, ACHPN
Palliative Care Service, Upstate University Hospital
Voluntary Faculty, College of Nursing and Center for Bioethics and Humanities
SUNY Upstate Medical University

11:15 – 11:45

Assessing Health Literacy: The 6th Vital Sign
The correlation between low health literacy and patient outcomes will be presented with a focus on populations at risk. Use of the 6th Vital Sign tool to assess an individual's health literacy will be demonstrated. Strategies to improve both verbal and written communication will be described.
Debora Kirsch MS, RN, CNS
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

11:45 – 12:15

Improved Access To Psychiatric Care: A Collaborative Practice Model
Having a mental health NP in the primary care setting improves access to psychiatric care, decreases the burden on primary care providers to treat psychiatric disorders, and increases patient safety and satisfaction. This evidence-based "change project" provides a strategy for increasing access to psychiatric care by integrating services into the primary care setting.
Bambi A. Carkey DNP,PMHNP-BC, NPP
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Consultants of Central New York

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and Presentation

El Salvador – Reflections on a Medical Mission
Two nurse practitioners share their reflections as clinicians on a medical mission to El Salvador
Bambi Carkey DNP, PMHNP-BC, NPP & Joyce Scarpinato DNP, PNP-BC, FNP-C

1:40 – 2:10

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Evidence-Based Clinical Projects: An Opportunity for Demonstrating Value
An overview of evidence-based clinical projects developed by CNS students and implemented in area hospitals. Cost benefit analysis and outcomes measurements document the financial value and quality impact of Clinical Nurse Specialist practice to the organization.
Melanie Kalman, RN, CNS, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Research
Coordinator Adult/Geriatric CNS Program
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

2:10 – 2:35

The Effect of Electronic Health Records on Nonverbal Communication in the Exam Room
Practice implications of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for nurse practitioners/ patients include the potential to create a nonverbal communication barrier when the provider is engaged with the EHR, impacting the patient's assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Patient quality and safety issues may be experienced when the provider is missing important nonverbal patient data.
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PNP-BC, FNP-C
Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Program, College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

2:35 – 3:00

Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Towards Teen Sexual Health
The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates among developed countries. This study provides a better understanding of NPs and CNMs who work with adolescents in non-acute care settings and the factors that place them in a position to address adolescent’s sexual health within healthcare reform.
Julia Minoia MSN, RN, WHNP-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University

3:15 – 3:40

Update On Cardiovascular Disease In Women and a Unique Method To Increase Knowledge
Hear the latest American Heart Association’s guidelines about women and heart disease. Although women’s knowledge about signs and symptoms of a myocardial infarction has improved in recent years, many still lack this knowledge. A research study that used a unique method to improve women’s knowledge about heart disease will be discussed.
Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, ANP
Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Nursing Studies
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Volunteer Nurse Practitioner, Poverello Healthcare Clinic

3:40 – 4:30

Nurses have the wisdom and creativity to meet even the most challenging healthcare issues. This session offers the opportunity to engage in a process to explore urgent questions facing the profession. Participants will discover diverse and innovative ideas and solutions through collaboration, connection, and conversation.
Jody Coppola, MS, FNP-C
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Primary Care NP, Jamesville Family Medicine
Carol Anne Kozik, CAS, MS, FNP, CNS
Assistant Clinical Professor
College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Informatics Coordinator
Cortland Regional Medical Center

Three refreshment breaks will be scheduled throughout the conference day.

For your comfort and since temperatures vary from room to room, please wear layered clothing.

Barbara Black, RN, ANP, MS, MA
Barbara Black, RN, ANP, MS, MA
Director, Center for Continuing Education

Carolyn Baskerville, RN, BS, MS, Post-Master's, 04, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
After being in the Air Force reserves, I came out of retirement to pursue further education. I would like to teach, and the Post Master's work supports that. Nursing truly is a life-long opportunity, both in what you want to do and the fact that you can take your career anywhere in the country

—Carolyn Baskerville, RN, BS, MS, Post-Master's, 04, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner