2019 Pediatric Nursing Conference

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2019 Pediatric Nursing Conference

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virginia Thompson Auditorium
Education and Research Center
Iowa Methodist Medical Center/Blank Children's Hospital Campus
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Conference Brochure

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 30, 2019 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

Nursing Contact Hours:

IBON Provider #31, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, awards 6.75 contact hour(s) for full attendance. 


7:00-7:50   Registration

Stephen Stephenson, MD, President/COO, Blank Children’s Hospital & Women’s Services, Executive Vice President, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 Millennials and Vaccines: Trends and Approaches

Nathan Boonstra, MD, General Pediatrician, Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic

 What’s Old Becomes New
Stephen Elliott, DO, PhD, FAAP, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Blank Diagnostic Clinic, Blank Children’s Hospital
 10:15-10:30  Break, Door Prizes, Vendors
 Brief Action Planning and Motivational Interviewing: Changing Behavior One Goal at a Time
Julia Richards Krapfl, MS, Program Coordinator and Wellness Coach, Blank Children's Hospital
 11:30-12:30        Lunch, Door Prizes, Vendors
 Weight Bias in the Pediatric Setting
Jennifer Groos, MD, Pediatrician, Blank Children's Hospital
 Caring for Students Diagnosed with Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)
Roxanne Cogil, BS, CBIS, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation Iowa
 2:30-2:45  Break
Pediatric Heart Sense
Amy Groen, DO, Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department, Blank Children’s Hospital
 4:00-4:15  Evaluations/Adjourn

Additional Details

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. 

*New this year: We are doing our part and reducing our paper use. We will not be printing a paper syllabus this year.

The PDF's that would normally go into the syllabus will be emailed to you the week prior to the conference. You are welcome to print them out & bring them to the conference if you'd like. We will not have any extras printed. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns with this new initiative.  

Pediatric Winter Warmth Drive 

A.H. Blank (founder of Blank Children's Hospital) dedicated his life to improving the lives of children. We want to continue that tradition by providing warmth to kids in need this winter. We are inviting our conference attendees to participate in our Pediatric Winter Warmth Drive.

There is a high demand for winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, snow pants, and boots (actually shoes of all kind are a big need). Especially for infant, toddlers, and older teenage age children. Unfortunately, due to hygiene and policy regulations we are only able to accept new items. This leaves the supply very low. These donations will go to the STAR Center. Below is more information about the amazing services the STAR Center offers.

The mission of the Blank Children's STAR Center (formerly the Regional Child Protection Center) is to work as a team with experts in child health, development, and welfare to provide services and support to children which increase their resiliency and improve their health and well-being. To fulfill this mission, the STAR Center houses a Child Advocacy Center and three specialized clinics designed to meet the needs of children and their caregivers.

Child Advocacy Center

The Blank Children's STAR Center provides a variety of services including forensic interviews and forensic medical examinations. Specially trained interviewers talk to children when there is an allegation of abuse or neglect. The multidisciplinary team works in collaboration with law enforcement and the Department of Human Services. Forensic exams are conducted by a pediatrician and a nurse practitioner and can sometimes be used in evidence collection.

Foster Care Clinic

The Foster Care Clinic is a primary care clinic integrated with mental health services for children in foster care. We know these children may have special health care needs and this clinic has been designed specifically to assess and treat those needs. The clinic provides multiple services including medical care, behavioral health, school readiness, and care coordination for children, and education and support for caregivers.

Drug Endangered Children Clinic

The Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Clinic serves children who have been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. The clinic serves children of all ages to monitor their development and guide them in a healthy life. 

Growth and Nutrition Clinic

The Growth and Nutrition Clinic (formerly known as the Failure to Thrive Clinic) is a specialty clinic that helps families whose children are struggling with growth and weight gain. The clinic is run by a pediatrician, pediatric nurse, and a pediatric dietitian, and aims to make the growing health of your child a priority.

More Information

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