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2018 Pediatric Nursing Conference

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Virginia Thompson Auditorium
Education and Research Center
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Blank Children's Hospital Campus
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Intended Audience:

Nurses who participate in the care of children and adolescents.


To enable the learner to apply evidence-based information to care for the pediatric patient.  


$35 — RN Nursing Students*
$55 — Retired Nurses
$70 — UnityPoint Health – Des Moines employees
$80 — Other Attendees

*Student discount applies only to full-time nursing students who do not currently hold a registered nursing license. Student identification or proof of enrollment will be requested when you check in at on-site registration.


Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10 a.m. Registration is online only. Registration substitutions are allowed. No refunds will be given. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Jessica Dinh at (515) 241-3537 or Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org


 7 a.m.                           Registration

 7:45 a.m.


Stephen Stephenson, MD

President, COO, Blank Children's Hospital and Women's Services

Executive Vice President, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 8 a.m.

Asthma: The Basics and Beyond

Kathleen Gradoville, MA, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Blank Children’s Pediatric Pulmonary/Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Joi Lucas, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Blank Children’s Pulmonology Clinic

1. Review the pathophysiology and diagnosis of asthma.

2. Discuss challenges and treatment of asthma.

 9 a.m.

Central Precocious Puberty (CPP): Early Recognition and Management

Jan M. Foote, DNP, ARNP, CPNP, FAANP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Blank Children's Endocrinology Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Nursing

1. Describe differences between central precocious puberty and normal puberty.

2. Discuss the health implications of central precocious puberty.

 10 a.m. Break, Door Prizes, Vendors
 10:20 a.m.

What’s the Big Deal? It’s only pot and alcohol

Ken Cheyne, MD, Adolescent Medicine, Blank Children’s Hospital

1. Discuss recent trends in adolescent alcohol and marijuana use.

2. Recognize the acute effects/consequences of alcohol and marijuana use on adolescents and young adults.

3. Recognize the long term developmental and mental health effects of alcohol/marijuana use on adolescents and young adults.

 11:30 a.m. Lunch, Door Prizes, Vendors
 12:30 p.m.

Approach to the Developmentally Delayed Child

Nathan Noble, DO, FAAP, FACMG, Medical Director of the Anna Blank Developmental Center, Blank Children’s Hospital

1. Describe how to conduct surveillance/screening strategies in your practice.

2. Summarize the medical evaluation of children with developmental delays.

3. Recall referral options for children with developmental delays.

 1:30 p.m.

When all you hear is “I don’t know”: How to get teens to engage

Drew Martel, L.I.S.W., C.A.D.C, Mobile Crisis Program Manager, Foundation2

Abby Seyfer, L.I.S.W., RPT, Clinician Supervisor, Tanager Place

1. Review strategies to provide a safe, supportive environment to encourage young people to engage with adults who can provide resources and healing.

 2:30 p.m. Break
 2:45 p.m.

Nutty About Pediatric Nursing, Or Just Plain Nuts?

Deb Gauldin, RN, PMS, Singing Nurse Humorist

1. Describe two healthy ways to alleviate stress in the work setting.

2. Identify at least one way nursing practice and patient outcomes can be enhanced by applying therapeutic humor.

 4 p.m.  Evaluations / Adjourn

Dietary Requests

We will do our best to accommodate any specific dietary allergies that are noted at the time of registration if applicable. If you have a severe medical need, you are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks to avoid any issues.

More Information:

Please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.