Conference Learning sessions are recorded at INS meetings. CRNI® units earned from this category can be used to fulfill the requirement of attending an INS national meeting. 

Conference Learning

  • Going Deep: An Implanted Vascular Access Port Review

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to compare and contrast his or her current understanding about implanted vascular access ports with the information presented and become aware of areas where practice change may be necessary.

    Any “port” in a storm? Not all ports are the same. In this session, learn more about implanted vascular access ports, what they are, what they are not, and what the infusion nurse’s responsibilities are regarding port care, maintenance, and use.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to compare and contrast his or her current understanding about implanted vascular access ports with the information presented and become aware of areas where practice change may be necessary.

    Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, CPON®

    Clinical Specialist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, CPON®, is a clinical nurse specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. Her work has been published in several professional nursing journals, and she has been the author of chapters for oncology textbooks. She helped develop an infusion team at DFCI focused on best practice for central line care, and was selected as an expert panelist at the Oncology Nursing Society's 2018 Annual Congress for best practice in central line care.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Breast Cancer Treatment Update

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to report increased knowledge about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival.

    More than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the US in 2018. The second most-common cancer in women, the incidence of breast cancer is surpassed only by skin cancer. The average risk of developing breast cancer among American women is 12%, or 1 in 8. Researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of patients and survivors. Some of the many active areas of research include: causes, treatment of metastatic breast cancer, new laboratory tests for breast cancer, breast cancer treatment, and supportive care. This session will highlight what is new in the field of breast cancer and how the infusion nurse is an integral member of the breast cancer treatment team.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to report increased knowledge about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival.

    Linda Bell, MS, RN, CBCN®, CN-BN®

    Assistant Nurse Manager, University of Rochester

    Linda Bell, MS, RN, CBCN®, CN-BN®, is a registered nurse with 35 years of  experience in medical, surgical, and oncology nursing. As the assistant nurse manager of the University of Rochester's Wilmot Cancer Institute, she developed and implemented a multidisciplinary breast clinic. Her abstract publications include Assessing and Treating Lymphedema Using Bioimpedance Spectroscopy in Breast Cancer Patients, and she coauthored Piloting of Psychosocial Distress Monitoring in a Multidisciplinary Breast Center. Ms. Bell was the president of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nurses Society in 2018.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Inotrope Therapy in Home Infusion and Hospice Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to identify patients who are appropriate for inotropic therapy at home and discuss nursing considerations for those patients.

    Inotrope therapy is now administered in the home setting for patients with advanced heart failure, as a bridge to transplantation or palliation of symptoms. Interdisciplinary collaboration is key to the success of inotrope therapy at home and the prevention of hospital readmissions. This session will discuss heart failure etiology, medications used for inotrope therapy, the identification of patients who are appropriate for home inotropic therapy, treatment guidelines, and nursing considerations. The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the process for a successful care plan and the prevention of hospital readmission will be addressed.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to identify patients who are appropriate for inotropic therapy at home and discuss nursing considerations for those patients.

    Nimi Tarango, MSN, RN, GNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Service, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

    Nimaljeet (Nimi) K. Tarango, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner on the cardiology service at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center. She has more than 22 years of experience, 13 of which have focused on heart failure. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Award, the Preceptor of the Year Award, among several others, she has also published material in the areas of pulmonary arterial hypertension and heart failure.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • CLABSI: A Clinical Update

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to identify the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, and techniques to reduce the risk of contamination.

    Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are preventable infections that lead to thousands of patient deaths each year. In addition to the loss of patient lives, these infections add billions of dollars to the cost of health care in the US. This session will review the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, confirmatory testing, and preventative techniques.

    Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will be able to identify the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, and techniques to reduce the risk of contamination.

    ​Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC®, FAPIC

    Director of Infection Prevention, University of Rochester Medicine

    Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC®, FAPIC, has been an infection preventionist for more than 30 years. She is currently director of infection prevention for University of Rochester Medicine in Rochester, New York. She has held a variety of elected and volunteer positions during her long-standing involvement with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She currently serves as secretary of the executive committee of the APIC Board of Directors. She also was an author of the CLABSI prevention section of the 2014 update of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1        
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                            
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Burnout in the Workplace: Putting the Me Back in TiMe

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to apply the techniques described in this session to daily practice and to describe techniques to prevent burnout.

    Nursing burnout is defined as physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Over time, it can lead to dulled emotions and disengagement from family, friends, coworkers, and patients. The National Institutes of Health has found that hospitals with a high rate of employee burnout tend to have lower patient satisfaction rates. Burnout also has been linked to increased infection rates. The combination of long shifts, stressful situations, dealing with sickness and death, and putting others first are likely causes of nursing burnout. Why does this happen and how can we fix it? This session will discuss the causes of burnout and how we can stay grounded by taking time for ourselves.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to apply the techniques described in this session to daily practice and to describe techniques to prevent burnout.

    ​Diane Frndak, PHD, MBA, CAPP

    Robert Morris University

    Diane C. Frndak, PHD, MBA, CAPP, is an assistant professor in the Robert Morris University's health service administration program in its School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has worked in health care administration, with a focus on organizational excellence, patient safety, and quality. She is especially passionate about helping individuals thrive, in particular health care workers.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                                  
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1       
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                           
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Does Age Matter? Generational Differences Among Coworkers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to listen and learn from peers about how they view their work environments and how they face challenges differently.

    This panel presentation by 3 nurses representing a range of generations will discuss issues that have an impact on their practices in the workplace. Issues may range from bullying, technological differences, and the experience of "novice to expert" as the nurse transitions into other practices. The presentation will cause attendees to consider where they are positioned on the continuum and what their outlook is. Attendees also will learn more about their practices and how others may observe their responses.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to listen and learn from peers about how they view their work environments and how they face challenges differently.

    ​Mary Bates, MS, BSN, RN

    Penn Home Infusion Therapy

    Mary Bates, MS, BSN, RN, began her career in home infusion as a staff nurse, in 1988. Since that time, she has worked for several organizations in almost every aspect of home infusion nursing, including management, marketing, education, and quality management. Nine years ago, she decided to return to direct patient care. She graduated from a hospital-based diploma program, and obtained a BSN and a master's degree in health care administration while working full time.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    ​Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C

    University of Arizona

    Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C, is a second-year PhD student at the University of Arizona, with a major focus on systems and a minor in integrative health. Her research is centered around the effects of generational marginalization on young-adult nurses' well-being. Currently a graduate research assistant at the University of Arizona, Ms. Littzen also sits on the board of the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    Florence Rigney, RN

    Tacoma General Hospital

    Florence, known as See See, graduated from the Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. Although she began her career in pediatrics when penicillin was first being used, she has worked in the operating room for most of the past 72 years. She says she tried to retire at 67, but her “retirement” lasted only 6 months. Today, at 92 years young, See See continues to work in Tacoma General’s operating room 2 days a week, because, she says, she enjoys working, having patient contact, and providing comfort to patients. As evidenced by this recent profile on NBC News, See See has been known to run circles around nurses half her age!

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    ​Theresa Stapleton, BSN, RN, CRNI®

    Novasyte

    Theresa P. Stapleton, BSN, RN, CRNI®, a clinical nurse educator for Novasyte, has been a nurse for 23 years. For the first 13 years of her career, she was a nurse in emergency departments in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of hospital-based teams providing peripheral and peripherally inserted central catheter placements. She has also been an independent contractor. Mrs. Stapleton received her CRNI® certification in 2006. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1       
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                           
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • To Infuse or Not to Infuse: The Importance of Blood Return

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to list potential complications related to a lack of blood return from CVADs and discuss appropriate interventions for troubleshooting and resolution.

    The misplacement of central vascular access devices (CVADs) frequently results in the absence of blood return. At times, clinicians are encouraged to use an established CVAD without a blood return to save time and/or to lessen treatment-related stress for patients receiving intravenous (IV) fluids, chemotherapy, or parenteral nutrition, to name a few. This presentation will discuss the rationale for obtaining a blood return before the administration of IV fluids in relation to what contributing factors there may be and whether it's worth the risk.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to list potential complications related to a lack of blood return from CVADs and discuss appropriate interventions for troubleshooting and resolution.

    ​Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI®, BMTCN, AOCNS®

    HonorHealth

    Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI®, BMTCN, AOCNS®, is a clinical nurse specialist for HonorHealth, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been a clinical nurse specialist for more than 20 years on a bone marrow transplantation, a leukemia, and an oncology service line at a community hospital. In addition to working in 3 spheres of patient care, the profession, and the community, she also works with a 5-hospital network to consultant for peripheral and central catheter care and administration. She is government affairs officer for the Arizona Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society's health care policy liaison.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                       
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                                 
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1        
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                           
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • LGBTQI: Providing Care for Transgender Persons

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, Infusion nurses will be able to discuss general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQIA patients.

    Improving health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) patients starts with nurses understanding the patient's unique and distinct health care needs. With information about terminology, practice guidelines, and the most current research, infusion nurses can provide better care to LGBTQIA patients.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, Infusion nurses will be able to discuss general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQIA patients.

    ​Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education and training, integrative health and medicine, for Hackensack Meridian Health. She holds a master’s degree in nursing education and a national certification in gerontology. Currently working on a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing leadership focused on the health care needs of LGBTQIA patients, she also serves as the corporate chairperson for the Pride and Allies Team Member Resource Group at Hackensack Meridian Health and teaches LGBTQIA sensitivity to direct care providers. She is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                       
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                                       
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1       
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                           
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Sepsis Update: Procalcitonin—Friend or Foe?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to discuss how the use of procalcitonin measurements in sepsis and septic shock may improve antibiotic stewardship.

    Because sepsis and septic shock are leading causes of intensive care unit admissions and both carry a high mortality rate, the timely and accurate diagnosis of sepsis is paramount in reducing morbidity and mortality. Procalcitonin (PCT) can be used to detect sepsis earlier in hospitalized patients and guide antibiotic therapy. This presentation will provide updates on the most current sepsis guidelines and describe the use of PCT in diagnosing sepsis and improving antibiotic stewardship by allowing earlier deescalation of antibiotic therapy. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the pathophysiology of sepsis and PCT and describe the advantages of using PCT levels in patients with sepsis and septic shock.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to discuss how the use of procalcitonin measurements in sepsis and septic shock may improve antibiotic stewardship.

    Patrick Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

    Patrick A. Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, is an assistant professor and the director of the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's Cizik School of Nursing. He has been certified as an adult acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2005. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a nurse practitioner in pulmonary/critical care.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                       
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1       
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                           
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT®): Reducing Health Care-Acquired Infections through Standardization

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    Health care workers are the primary vectors of infection during invasive clinical procedures and maintenance of invasive medical systems. Health care organizations can reduce this clinical risk and subsequent infection rates significantly by implementing aseptic nontouch technique, a standard approach to aseptic technique.

    Health care workers are the primary vectors of infection during invasive clinical procedures and maintenance of invasive medical systems. Health care organizations can reduce this clinical risk and subsequent infection rates significantly by implementing aseptic nontouch technique, a standard approach to aseptic technique.

    Learning Outcomes

    After the session, attendees will be able to describe aseptic nontouch technique (ANTT), understand the historical alternative of "aseptic technique," and identify the implications of ANTT for patient safety.

    Stephen Rowley, MSc, BSc (Hons), RN, RSCN

    Association for Aseptic Technique (ANTT)

    Stephen Rowley, MSc, BSc (Hons), RN, RSCN, is clinical director for the Association for Safe Aseptic Practice (ASAP) and the originator of the ANTT Clinical Practice Framework. Mr. Rowley leads the ASAP, a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization with a global purview. Working closely with organizations and governments around the world, he has helped realize improvements in aseptic practice and health care-associated infections. His peer-reviewed publications are widely cited, and as a leading expert on aseptic technique he lectures internationally.

    Simon Clare, MRes, BA, RN

    The Association for Safe Aseptic Practice (ASAP)

    Simon Clare, MRes, BA, RN, is the research and practice development director at The Association for Safe Aseptic Practice. He has been a registered nurse for 28 years and a clinical nurse specialist for 15 years. His background is in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and he has worked at the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at University College London Hospitals. A former visiting lecturer at City, University of London and member of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation research group, Mr. Clare was a joint winner of the 2008 Nursing Times award for infection control nursing.

    CRNI® RUs: 4                                                                       
    This entire program has been approved for 4 CRNI® recertification units and and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 22, 2021

    Contact Hours: 2                                                               
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 22, 2021