Nursing Symposium covers continuum of care

Head to the City of Angels a day early for the International Stroke Conference 2020, and you’ll find a crash course in cutting-edge stroke research. This year, the half-day State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium covers the entire spectrum on Tuesday, Feb. 18, said Chair Michelle E. Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California.

“From the hyper-acute stages of care to the community and every phase of the continuum in between, it’s really comprehensive as far as representing the delivery system more broadly,” Camicia said.

Despite the event being dubbed a nursing symposium, the research is important to everyone interested in stroke care.

“All day is applicable to everyone,” Camicia said, noting a morning general session for all attendees.

“In the afternoon, there are focused sessions. There is something for everyone, for professional from all disciplines and work settings.”

Afternoon focus tracks include Professional Development: Education, Inspiration and Illumination; Acute Care: Advances in Clinical Research, Practice and Quality Improvement; and Rehabilitation and Recovery: Facilitating Admission, Progression and Discharge for Stroke.

Camicia said attendees can pop in and out of sessions within the different afternoon focus tracks, enabling a choose-your-own schedule that can be customized to match interest.

It’s important to stay current on emerging science and models of care delivery for stroke survivors and their family members, said Camicia, but that’s not the only advantage of attending the symposium.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for not just the formal content, but also the networking,” she said. “To be able to share experiences—clinical experience, education experience, research experience—and other programmatic elements with colleagues through the informal networking that happens.”

Wendy Dusenbury, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, is the co-chair of the event and concurs with Camicia’s sentiments that rubbing elbows is a large part of the equation.

“Not only is it important to attend, but it is important to be involved in the symposium,” Dusenbury said. The real benefit, she said, presents itself when you combine the cutting-edge science with comparing notes with colleagues.

Register now for ISC 2020 and the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium.