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AWHONN MN Section's 2021 Conference
Not on Our Watch: Patient Safety and Communication

April 15-16, 2021
Conference Syllabus

Sheraton Minneapolis West
12201 Ridgedale Dr
Minnetonka MN 55305

Sessions included in the virtual conference

Thursday, April 15th

Corrective Measures: Taking a Proactive Approach to Category II FHR Tracings
Rebecca Cypher, MSN, PNNP
Review FHR principles using a standardized approach. Discuss prevalence of intrapartum Category II FHR tracings. Recognize optimal management strategies for Category II FHR tracings.

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rebecca Hesse, MPH, RN, CIC; Becky Gams, MS, APRN, BC-WHNP; 
Lisa Johnson, MHA, BSN, RN

Discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic (readiness, staffing, treatment algorithms, etc.). Identify potential impact to the patient, regardless of COVID status. Strategize ways to prepare health systems, caregivers, and patients for future pandemics.

Survivors Panel
Sarah Rucker-Johanson, MSN, RN presents Chronic Hypertension with Superimposed Severe Preeclampsia
Lindsey Thurber, RNC-OB presents Preterm, Septic, Strep-A, Abruption: Zander’s Birth Story

Nancy Costanzo presents Placenta Percreta, Placenta Previa
Provide a unique perspective into a patient’s journey through a complicated and highrisk pregnancy and delivery.

Doulas in the Birth Room – Collaboration for Better Outcomes
Liz Hochman FACCE, LCCE, CLC, CD(DONA); Nicole Stecker MN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, BD
Discuss qualifications, scope, and demographics of the doula. Review the role of the doula and how to effectively use doulas to promote optimal health outcomes. Identify tools of how to gain a partnership with the doula to utilize the doula’s relationship with the patient.

Friday, April 16th

By the Community, For the Community: Community-Based Initiatives to Improve Poor Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality in the Black/African American Population in Minnesota
Michelle Chiezah, MA, MPH; Helen Jackson Lockett-El; LaSherion McDonald, BA
Tamiko Ralston, BSN, MA; Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, BA, CPE Trainer

Define infant mortality and describe variations in trends, causes, and contributing factors across populations in Minnesota and the U.S. Discuss reducing infant mortality in the context of health equity, and identify opportunities for interventions to reduce disparity in rates between populations or groups in Minnesota. Describe authentic community engagement and the importance of changing the narrative in addressing infant mortality in the Black/African American community. Discuss practices in understanding the importance of partnering and listening to the families we serve to address infant mortality.

Retu Saxena, MD
Review the importance of cardiopregnancy. Discuss the statistics and current guidelines around cardiopregnancy. Evaluate heart disease in pregnancy. Recognize novel risk factors for heart disease in women, especially adverse pregnancy outcomes. Outline follow up recommendations.

Trauma Informed Care
Jayne Conley Braun, LISCW
Increase understanding of social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and psychological impact of trauma. Increase knowledge and understanding of Trauma Informed Care. Identify at least three trauma informed strategies to use in daily interactions.

Supporting Mom and Baby – The Eat, Sleep, Console Evaluation for NAS
Ancil “AJ” Abney, MD; Becky Gams, MS, APRN, BC-WHNP; Samantha A Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM
Discuss neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) history.
Introduce the Eat, Sleep, Console algorithm. Reinforce the efficacy of the mom-baby dyad in the treatment of NAS. Review non-pharmacological treatment of NAS.

Fetal Malposition in Labor. How to prevent, identify, and promote rotation.
Ann Marie Gilligan, RN, SANE-A, LNC, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, SpBAP
Discuss how to prevent malposition of the infant in the third trimester. Identify via viewing of the pregnant abdomen Leopold’s maneuver. Review anatomy/physiology of maternal/fetal structures associated with birth. Discuss Gilligan’s Guide to Maternal Positioning: An Algorithm to Guide You in Labor.

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations are original and pertain to completed clinical education, leadership change or evidence-based practice projects related to women's health, obstetric and/or neonatal practice, education or administration. Each poster has specific, individualized, objectives and presenters will be available for questions and discussion.

Continuing Education Information

This two-day event, including 60 minutes on Day 2 for poster presentations, has been designed to meet the criteria for up to 16.5 contact hours (7.5 on Day 1 and 9.0 on Day 2).

This program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing rules implementing mandatory continuing education, provisions of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act. It is the responsibility of the individual to determine if the program meets Board of Nursing criteria. Since this program has been designed to meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, it may be approved by other health licensing boards or associations. It is the responsibility of the licensee to determine applicability of this program for licensing requirements for their profession.

Many thanks to AWHONN MN Section Education Co-Coordinators:
Mary Goering, Sandy Hoffman, Samantha Sommerness,

Vicki Kyarsgaard, and Jane Sublette!

If you are interested in working on the Education Committee,
contact Bonnie Hansen.

PLEASE NOTE: Casual audience photographs and/or video may be taken and utilized for marketing purposes. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image to be used for our internal promotion as we see fit.

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