Nursing Meeting

2017

6th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2017, on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

On Saturday, January 21, the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, hosted the 6th Annual Nurse Meeting: Hot Topics 2017. Nurses from throughout the front range gathered to hear from a panel of speakers on a variety of topics which included: Determination of Death by Neurological Criteria, Neurosurgical Emergencies, Clinical Challenges in Opioid Management, Neurotoxins and their role in health and heling and our keynote address from Deb Center on Advocating for Civility in the Workplace.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors that made the event possible. The annual Nurse Meeting offers a one-day extensive seminar that brings together a diverse panel of experts to disseminate advancements, scientific discoveries and innovative medical technologies to the nursing community.

Gold

Boulder Community Health
Good Samaritan Medical Center

Titanium

Altitude Physical Therapy
Avista Adventist Hospital
DePuy Synthes
Elite Neuromonitoring
Longmont United Hospital
Medtronic
Nerve-Watch

Silver

Colorado Cyberknife
Hanger Clinic
Health Images
Southwest surgical
Stryker

Bronze

White Mountain Surgical
Mallinckrodt
Hill Rom
Pacira
WelchAllyn

Friends

Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder
Zimmer Biomet

Photos from the 2017 Nursing Education Meeting

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2016

5th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2016, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

On Saturday, January 23, the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, hosted the 5th Annual Nurse Meeting: Hot Topics 2016. Nurses from throughout the front range gathered to hear from a panel of speakers on a variety of topics which included: critical care management of c-spine injuries, community involvement in reducing re-admissions, compassionate care programs and substance abuse and acute care settings. The highlight of day was hearing from our Keynote speaker Dr. Karren Kowalski, president and CEO of the Center For Nursing Excellence. She captivated the room with her knowledge and expertise of the nursing profession and took us from laughter to tears sharing stories about serving in a surgical unit during the Vietnam war … Can DO!

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Photos from the 2016 Nursing Education Meeting

2015

4th Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2015, on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

More than 125 health care professionals attended the 4th Annual Nurse Education Meeting: Hot Topics sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute. Participants heard presentations on Neurosurgical Endocrinology, Immunizations, Multi-modal pain Management, Marijuana and brain Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery. The event was made possible by the numerous sponsors including; Boulder Community Health, Hanger Clinic, Health Images, Longmont United Hospital, Stryker, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Orthofix, Si-Bone, Twin Peaks Medical Imaging, Avista Adventist Hospital, Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder, Colorado Christian University, Hill-Rom, The Medicines Company, Medtronic, Mountain West Medical, Zmed and Pacira.

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Photos from the 2015 Nursing Education Meeting

Speaker Profiles

E. Lee Nelson, M.D.

E. Lee Nelson, M.D. Dr. Nelson received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Medical Center in Houston. He has extensive training in the treatment of spinal trauma from the Ben Taub General Hospital. Dr. Nelson also underwent training in the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in surgical and non-surgical management of spinal oncology.

pdf_iconClick here for Lee Nelson’s curriculum vitae.

Michael Langona, M.Sc.

Michael Langona, M.Sc. Michael grew up on Long Island, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, his Masters degree and Doctoral work at Ball State University, in Indiana. Additional training in hospital epidemiology was obtained at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and has worked as a hospital epidemiologist for 35 years. Michael and his wife, an Oncology Nurse, are the proud parents of three children. Since moving to Colorado he has taken up fly fishing although his has hooked more trees than fish.

pdf_iconClick here for Michael Langona’s curriculum vitae.

Luke S. Perry M.D.

Luke S. Perry M.D. Luke S. Perry M.D. received his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, followed by his medical degree from the University of Colorado. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, and is a certified diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology. As a member of Longmont Anesthesia Associates, he performs a broad range of anesthetics, from pediatrics to vascular surgery, with a focus on regional nerve blocks with ultrasound guidance.

pdf_iconClick here for Luke S. Perry’s curriculum vitae.

Susan Biffl, M.D.

Susan Biffl, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Residency: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Fellowship: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Background: Dr. Biffl is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She belongs to American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. She also works at Denver Health in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation part time.
Clinical specialties: Amputee clinic, EMG/NCS, cerebral palsy, and brain injury

pdf_iconClick here for Susan Biffl’s curriculum vitae.

Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP

Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP Ingrid Johnson RN, BSN, MPP, works for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, managing the Center’s Advanced Practice Nursing initiative and long-term care nurse leadership projects . She is a past director of content management at AANAC and has been published numerous times in national periodicals on such subjects as culture change, pressure ulcer management, MDS 3.0 and health information technology in long-term care. Ingrid is a past member of the AHIMA sponsored LTPAC collaborative. She began her career as a rehabilitation nurse and spent many years in managed care, including providing expert testimony to a Congressional House subcommittee on head injury rehabilitation. Ingrid is a past president of the Illinois chapter of the Case Management Society of America. More recently, she worked as a consultant for the Concord Coalition with the presidentially appointed Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, more often referred to as the “Simpson/Bowles Commission”. Ingrid is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from The University of Denver.

She is currently attending Arizona State University where she is enrolled as a doctoral student in the DNP Innovation and Leadership program with a focus on healthcare policy.

pdf_iconClick here for Ingrid Johnson’s curriculum vitae.


2014

3rd Annual Accredited Nursing Educational Meeting: Hot Topics in 2014, on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

This live educational activity is sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), and is accredited through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Our guest speakers included Pamela Howes, registered nurse and clinical staff developer at Longmont United Hospital; Dr. Sharad Rajpal of Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Erin Watson, certified speech and language pathologist at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center; Carolyn Buppert, nurse practitioner and attorney; and Dr. Hollie Caldwell, keynote speaker and Associate Dean for the School of Nursing at Platt College.

The purpose of this educational event is to provide timely, relevant, educational information to nurses. Lecture topics were identified through previous years’ evaluations and our planning committee: nursing assessment of the acute abdomen, traumatic brain injury assessment and long term effects, legal issues keeping nurses awake at night and elder abuse. Completion of this event offered up to 3.2 contact hours.

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Photos from the 2014 Nursing Education Meeting

Speaker Profiles

Pamela Howes, NR-EMTP, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN

Pamela Howes, NR-EMTP, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN Pam Howes started in 1995 as an EMT Basic, obtained her Paramedic Certification in 1997. She worked as a Paramedic in Denver/Boulder until 2006 when she received her RN license. She worked in the ICU and ED at Lutheran Medical Center. In 2007 she moved to Longmont United Hospital. Pam works in both the ICU and Emergency Departments. Currently Pam is the Chief Flight Nurse with North Colorado MedEvac in Greeley CO, and works at Longmont United Hospital in the ED/ICU on a part time basis.

Pam is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Education at University of Northern Colorado. Her teaching allows her to keep her Paramedic and Advanced nursing certifications current.

pdf_iconClick here for Pamela Howes’s curriculum vitae.

Sharad Rajpal, MD

Sharad Rajpal, MD Dr. Rajpal received his Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, where he continued his training and residency in neurological surgery. He completed a combined orthopedic and neurological surgery spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, where he gained experience in the latest techniques in spinal oncology, minimal access surgery and complex spinal deformity. Dr. Rajpal’s clinical interests include both spine and general neurosurgical conditions.

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Erin Watson, MS CCC-SLP

Erin Watson, MS CCC-SLP Erin Watson is a certified speech and language pathologist who specializes in treating patients with brain injury and stroke. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, acute rehabilitation facilities, long term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long term care centers, outpatient clinics and home health therapy. Erin especially enjoys helping individuals with cognitive-linguistic deficits and aphasia. She has developed numerous programs related to treatment and rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury and currently facilitates a community stroke support group.

Erin earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in communication disorders and psychology and her Masters of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA).

pdf_iconClick here for Erin Watson’s curriculum vitae.

Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD

Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD, is a nurse practitioner and attorney who focuses on the legal issues affecting medical practices, nurses and nurse practitioners. She is the author of 8 books and 3 instructional CDs. The titles are:
  • The Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide (2011)
  • The Primary Care Provider’s Guide to Compensation and Quality (2005)
  • Avoiding Malpractice (2010)
  • Billing Nurse Practitioners’ Services in Specialty Offices, Hospitals, Nursing Facilities, Homes and Hospice (2013) Negotiating Terms of Employment (2008)
  • Prescribing: Preventing Legal Pitfalls (2010)
  • Productivity Incentive Plans for Nurse Practitioners (2006)
  • How to Start a Health Care Practice (2008) and Safe, Smart Billing and Coding for Evaluation and Management (2011)
  • Billing and Coding Nurse Practitioner Services in the Acute Care Setting (2012)
  • Billing and Coding Critical Care (2012).

Her clients include hospitals, health systems, physician and nurse practitioner practices, visiting nurse agencies, nursing homes, hospices, schools of nursing and a certification organization. She is a frequent contributor to The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Her articles appear on Medscape.com, and she is on Medscape’s nursing editorial board. She lectures extensively on avoiding malpractice, legal issues regarding prescribing, reimbursement, and negotiating contracts.

She is writing a book which answers frequently asked questions from nurses. It will be published by the American Bar Association.

pdf_iconClick here for Carolyn Buppert’s curriculum vitae.

Hollie Caldwell, PhD, RN

Hollie Caldwell, PhD, RN Hollie Caldwell serves as the Associate Dean for the School of Nursing. Before coming to Platt College, she served as a faculty member for OHSU. She was Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) for eleven years and has taught adult medical-surgical nursing, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology as well as nursing ethics and law in a variety of nursing programs for the last thirteen years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Nursing Research from the Medical University of South Carolina with a dissertation focus in elder abuse. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a member of the trauma team for the United Nations Operation Provide Promise during the conflict in the Balkans.

Ms. Caldwell has found her former experience as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Trauma Coordinator, Emergency Department Staff Educator critical for conducting research related to elder abuse. Currently, Ms. Caldwell serves as faculty for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Long-Term Care Leadership Workshop providing instruction on elder abuse prevention and is a featured speaker for the Colorado Health Care Association. Her publications include her research on patient satisfaction, the use of student’s in research, integrative reviews on elder abuse screening instruments and non-fictional observations on death. Ms. Caldwell also acts as a legal nurse consultant for medical-surgical and emergency nursing cases. She has served as a reviewer for Ebersole and Hess’ Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging, (4th ed.) as well as the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA).

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Caldwell’s curriculum vitae.


2013

Our 2nd Annual Nursing Education Meeting offered a series of presentations to enhance the quality of nursing education by providing up-to-date practitioner knowledge for improved patient outcomes. Topics included: Neuro 101 for Nurses: Assessment, Red Flags, and Patient Care Management of Patients with Chronic Pain, Legal Update: The Electronic Health Record and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation for the Bedside Nurse. Our guest speakers included: Dr. Alexander Mason with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Dr. Melody Denham with Boulder Pain Institute; Irnie Johnson, medical specialty trial attorney; and Dr. Mary Beth Flynn Makic, Assistant Professor, Adjoint, University of Colorado, College of Nursing, and Research Nurse Scientist, Critical Care, University of Colorado Hospital.

More than 100 nurses and staff attended this educational activity, representing hospitals and medical practices spanning the Front Range. This live educational activity is sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), and is accredited through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and offered up to 3 contact hours.

pdf_iconClick here for the 2013 flyer.

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Photos from the 2013 Nursing Education Meeting

Speaker Profiles

Alexander Mason, MD

Alexander Mason, MD Dr. Mason received his Medical Degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He went on to complete his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH with interests in complex and minimally invasive spine, vascular surgery and cerebrovascular disease including aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, neuro-oncology, and surgical epilepsy. During his residency, Dr. Mason was awarded the Charles Plante Public Policy Fellowship and spent a year on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. working on neurosurgical and medical public policy for the Senate Majority Leader as a Health Care Advisor.

After completing his residency, including a year as Chief Resident at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mason completed a formal fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neuro-oncologic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta where, among other clinical accomplishments, he performed more than 200 aneurysm surgeries in a single year.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Mason has written and presented numerous abstracts at national neurosurgical meetings. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed articles, he has also written chapters discussing the latest and most advanced brain tumor research, treatment of brain aneurysms, and spinal surgery techniques for the major neurosurgical textbooks. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the region who trains other surgeons using the advanced stereotactic navigation systems. He is currently participating as an investigator in several ongoing clinical studies involving spine, tumor and vascular research.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Mason’s curriculum vitae.

Melody Denham, MD

Melody Denham, MD Dr. Melody F. Denham has been helping people whose lives are afflicted by chronic pain since 1996. She has developed a devoted following of patients who have found relief through the depth and breadth of her medical expertise, compassionate manner and adherence to the highest standards in healthcare ethics.

Dr. Denham believes that every patient is a unique individual deserving of a personalized course of treatment. Her ultimate goal is to enable each person to become as functional as possible, to restore hope and to return the patient to the best possible quality of life.

Dr. Denham’s specialized areas of expertise include diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for managing injuries and diseases of the spine, and chronic pain management. Dr. Denham is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. She completed her fellowship in pain management at the Mayo Clinic in 1996, and received her medical degree with special honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also completed a residency in anesthesiology.

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD For nearly 38 years Irnie almost exclusively defended health care litigation in Colorado, including more than 100 injury trials, numerous arbitrations and many contested hearings before the Board of Medical Examiners. His trial experience has spanned virtually every medical specialty including physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care personnel. Irnie was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America publication. He has sat on committees for attorney regulation and discipline, spent 10 years on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District and was a member of and chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Committee responsible for reviewing both new Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Civil Procedure.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Johnson’s curriculum vitae.

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN Dr. Makic is focused on nursing driven interventions that optimize outcomes of critical ill and acutely ill patients. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care for more than 18 years and is recognized as a leader in evidence-based practice, co-chairing the first evidence-based practice champion group initiated at the University of Colorado Hospital in 1999. Dr. Makic has been successful in supporting bedside nurses as they implement evidence-based practice. Her passion and commitment focus on ensuring that nursing assessment and interventions are optimized based on current evidence and research to maximize patient comfort and outcomes.

Dr. Makic’s areas of research interest and practice improvement have focused on a diverse array of nursing specific interventions with a vast amount of work in the field of pressure ulcer and skin prevention interventions. Her current clinical position as Research Nurse Scientist in Critical Care builds on this experience and expertise. She has several active studies and quality projects in the acute care nursing practice environment (e.g., ventilator sedation protocol, delirium assessment and intervention, prevention of pressure ulcers, effective management of fecal incontinence, and nursing management of hypothermic patients).

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Makic’s curriculum vitae.


2012

Our 1st Annual Nursing Education Meeting provided timely, relevant, educational information to nurses. Lecture topics were identified via an anonymous online survey and included: What Nurses Should Know about Aging and the Brain, Legal Issues in Nursing, Nursing Care of the Anticoagulated Patient and a motivational lecture, Nurse Power. Our guest speakers included Dr. Kara Beasley with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates; Irnie Johnson, medical specialty trial attorney; Dr. Toby Trujillo, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado; and Donna Cardillo, RN, keynote speaker, columnist and author.

Close to 80 nurses and staff attended our first Nursing Education Meeting, representing hospitals and medical practices spanning the Front Range. This live educational activity is sponsored by the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA), and is accredited through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and offered up to 3 contact hours.

Click here for the 2012 flyer.

Photos from the 2012 Nursing Education Meeting


Speaker Profiles

Kara D. Beasley, DO, MBe

Kara D. Beasley, DO, MBe Dr. Beasley received her Medical Degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Masters in Biomedical Ethics from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She completed her residency in neurological Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Beasley completed fellowships in stereotactic Radiosurgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, and functional and restorative neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Beasley is one of the only dually credentialed neurosurgeon bioethicists in the world. She is fully trained as a general neurosurgeon in cranial and spinal trauma, endoscopic and open tumor surgery, radiosurgery, complex disorders of the spine including tumor and degenerative spinal disease, epilepsy surgery and neuromodulation. Her areas of interest include tumor, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, neuromodulation for refractory chronic pain, and the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Beasley’s curriculum vitae.

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

Irving G. Johnson, BA, JD

For nearly 38 years Irving almost exclusively defended health care litigation in Colorado, including more than 100 injury trials, numerous arbitrations and many contested hearings before the Board of Medical Examiners. His trial experience has spanned virtually every medical specialty including physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care personnel. Irving was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America publication. He has sat on committees for attorney regulation and discipline, spent 10 years on the Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District and was a member of and chaired the Colorado Bar Association’s Committee responsible for reviewing both new Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of Civil Procedure.

pdf_iconClick here for Irving Johnson’s curriculum vitae.

Toby Trujillo, PharmD, BCPS

Toby Trujillo, PharmD, BCPS Dr. Trujillo is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado – Denver, School of Pharmacy in Aurora, Colorado. He also serves as a Clinical Specialist in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and anticoagulation at the University of Colorado Hospital. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in pharmacy practice.

Dr. Trujillo completed a fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy at The University of Arizona, and he is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology. His current responsibilities at the University of Colorado Hospital include providing clinical pharmacy services to cardiology, as well as directing the inpatient anticoagulation program. He currently serves as a preceptor to both pharmacy students and residents. Lectures topics at the School of Pharmacy include ischemic heart disease, antithrombotic therapy, and other cardiology and critical care topics.

Dr. Trujillo was recently appointed to the Clinical Pharmacology Committee, which resides under the Council on Clinical Cardiology within the American Heart Association. Dr. Trujillo has also served a number of committees within the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, served as a speaker on numerous occasions on a national level, and authored several papers/book chapters in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. In addition to being a member of ASHP, Dr. Trujillo helped develop current standards for PGY2 cardiology residency training programs.

pdf_iconClick here for Dr. Trujillo’s curriculum vitae.

Donna W. Cardillo, RN, MA

Donna W. Cardillo, RN, MA Donna travels the world helping nurses to be happy in their careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist and author. Her accomplished career combines more than 20 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. She holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication.

As a clinical RN, Donna worked in emergency and psychiatric nursing. She writes regularly as a columnist for Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek magazines. She has been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey on two occasions. Donna has also appeared on radio and television multiple times, including the Today Show on NBC. Further, Donna has authored multiple books, including Your First Year as a Nurse – Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional, The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses – Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career, and A Day Book for Beginning Nurses.

pdf_iconClick here for Donna Cardillo’s curriculum vitae.