Jodie Brown, RN

Jodie Brown, RN, MSN/MBA
Director, Center for Continuing Education

Carolyn Baskerville

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

Continuing Nursing Education

Contact: Jodie Brown
Phone: 315 464-3905
Provider Code: 8GAL2B-PRV-11

Whether or not you're enrolled in the College of Nursing, SUNY Upstate offers a variety of accredited, continuing nursing education courses for interested nurses. From half day to weekend-long conferences, nurses have the opportunity to enhance or learn new skills.

Continuing education courses are taught by a range of skilled faculty from across the region.  We partner with service line departments on our campus-such as Pediatrics or the AIDS center-to provide accredited specialty conferences. Courses such as Children at Risk, NP Review Course, Clinical Skills Day and Post Master's Certificate programs are repeated regularly because of popular interest.


Many continuing education programs are awarded with contact hours.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University Institute for Continuing Nursing Education 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.

If you would like more information, have an idea of a program, or would like to collaborate with the college on a program, contact Jodie Brown at or 315 464-3905.


The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: How Nursing Can Help Turn the Tide

It is estimated that 80% of people who become addicted to opioids started with a prescription from a healthcare provider.  This is causing devastation in our communities that will last for decades.

Upstate Medical University's Opioid Overdose Conference challenges its audience of interprofessional clinical staff to understand opioid addiction and how we play an important role in stemming the tide in our country.  We can make a difference and save lives.

A diverse speaker panel will discuss the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic, addiction, narcotic prescribing practices, pain management and the role of healthcare providers.

Event Details
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:45 AM - 4 PM
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY  13210


7:45-8:00 Welcome

8:00-8:30  The Opioid Epidemic:  A Public Health Crisis - Indu Gupta, MD

8:30-9:00  A Patient's Personal Experience - Andrew G

9:00-9:15 Refreshments and Exhibits

9:15-9:45  Narcan Administration Training - William Eggleston, PharmD

9:45-10:15  Evidenced Based Non-Narcotic Options for Management of Spine Pain - Denise Karsten, RN

10:15-10:30 Refreshments and Exhibits

10:30-11:15  The Opioid Epidemic:  From Then to Now - How We Helped Fuel This Country's Biggest Health Epidemic and What We Can Do To Stop It - Ross Sullivan, MD

11:15-12:00  Managing Difficult Conversations: Recognizing and Talking About Problematic Use - Ann Griepp, MD

12:00-13:00  Lunch

13:00-13:45  Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia:  Addicted and Needs Treatment or Just Can't Quit and Needs Caring Detox - Brian Johnson, MD

13:45-14:00 Refreshments and Exhibits

14:00-14:45  Integrative Medicine and Its Role in Pain Management - Caitlyn S. DeLuca, MD

14:45-15:00  Refreshments and Exhibits

15:00-15:45  The Pain and Opioid Conundrum:  Nursing Can Help Turn the Tide - Theresa Baxter, NP

15:45-16:00  Evaluation

$75 by April 1, 2018
$85 after April 1, 2018

6 Nursing CEs will be given to attendees.

Online Registration:
Registration can be completed online at the Upstate Foundation website External Icon


Online Nursing Case Management Course

A course for Nurses and other professionals who work directly with patients and coordinate their healthcare activities.

For additional information about the Case Management course, visit the course page.

For registration information and material call or email:
Jodie Brown, Director,, 315 464-4276