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2018 School Nurse Conference

Date & Time Location Registration
7/19/2018 - 7:00 AM FFA Enrichment Center, located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Location!

FFA Enrichment Center (Located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus)
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
Ankeny, IA 50023


School nurses and other medical professionals who provide health care for children in the school setting.


To enable the learner to use evidence-based practice in the care of school aged children.


$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, July 11, 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

IBON Provider #31, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, awards  6.5  contact hour(s) for full attendance

* New this year: Breakout sessions will be offered to help you customize your sessions.

 7:00 - 7:45 am   
 Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast 

 7:45 - 8:00 am   

 Welcome & Announcements
 Stephen Stephenson, MD, President/COO, Blank Children's Hospital and Women's Services

 8:00 - 9:15 am   

School Nursing with Queer Students: Promoting Advocacy and Support for LGBTQ Youth
 Rev. Jennifer Hall, MDiv, ACPE Associate Educator, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, UnityPoint Health

 9:15 - 9:45 am   

 Be A Voice for Children: Tips to Influence Child Health Policy
 Chaney Yeast, LMSW, JD, Director of Government Relations, Blank Children's Hospital

 9:45 - 10:45 am

 Superheroes: School Mental Health in the Nurse's Office
 Jennifer Ulie-Wells, Executive Director, Please Pass the Love
 Marci Cordaro, RN, MSN, Manager, Corporate Health Meredith, Former Health Services  Supervisor, Des Moines Public Schools
 Patty Ferlitsch, RN, BSN, West Des Moines School Nurse, Blank Children's Hospital

 10:45-11:10 am


 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

 Choose one session

     1.  Opioids and Adolescents: What Do You See in your School?
           Sergeant Chris Silver, Community Relations, Polk County Sheriff's Office
           Officer Zach Grandon, Community Affairs Officer & Former School Resource Officer, Johnston Police Department
     2. Immunizations: Keeping Students Healthy
Nathan Boonstra, MD, General Pediatrician, Blank Children's Pediatric Clinic

 12:10 - 1:10 pm


 1:10 - 2:30 pm   

 Choose one session

     3. 13 Ways to Help: Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Schools
Katy Kramer Lee, LISW, School Social Worker, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
          Cheryl Plotz, BA, Crisis Center Program Manager, Foundation 2
     4. Foster Kids 101: Understanding the Basics for Children in Foster Care
          Kayley Hakeman, MSN-RN, Foster Care Clinic Manager, Blank Children's STAR Center
          Renae Jones, MS, LMHC, Mental Health Therapist, Blank Children's STAR Center
          Ken McCann, DO, FAAP, Medical Director, Blank Children's STAR Center

 2:30 - 2:45 pm   


 2:45 - 4:00 pm   

 School Health Emergencies
 Amy Groen, DO, Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department, Blank Children's Hospital 

 4:00 - 4:15 pm  


Hotel Accommodations

Rooms have been reserved at three different hotels for a discounted price for conference attendees. Simply call to make your reservations and tell them you are with the “School Nurse Conference”. A limited number of rooms were held so it is advised to book early. Reservations must be made by June 18th for discounted price. Free continental breakfast is included at all three hotels.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton - $109/night
    2455 SE Creekview Dr. 
    Ankeny, IA
    (515) 963-0006
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites - $125/night
    2402 SE Tones Dr.
    Ankeny, IA
    (515) 965-2400
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - $125/night
    6210 SE Convenience Blvd
    Ankeny, IA
    (515) 261-4400

Additional Details

New larger location! Traffic can be very busy at this time of morning so we suggest leaving early enough to give yourself plenty of time to reach the convention center.

Just a reminder that the conference center is large and temperature control can be difficult. We recommend dressing in layers or bringing a sweater for your comfort.

Dietary Request

We will do our best to accommodate any specific dietary requirements 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.

Nursing Room

A nursing/pumping room will be available onsite

More Information

For questions please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.