Conference Schedule

TAANA 2018 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference

Hilton Denver City Center
Denver, Colorado
August 16-18, 2018

Nursing CE's

Provider (The American Association of Nurse Attorneys; TAANA) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16785.

Legal Education Credits (CLE)

Credits are offered from:

    Course Title: TAANA 2018 Annual Meeting & Education Conference
    Class ID: 200633
    Ethics Credits: 1.00
    Total CLE Credits (including ethics): 18.00

    Course Title: TAANA 2018 Annual Meeting & Education Conference
    Course #:
    Sponsor #:
    Ethics Credits:
    Total CLE Credits (including ethics if ethics granted on line above):
    Course Title: TAANA 2018 Annual Meeting & Education Conference
    Course #: 280752
    Provider/Sponsor #: 4012
    Ethics Credits: 1.00
    Total CLE Credits (including ethics): 15.00
    Pennsylvania Credits do not include credit for the pre-conference workshop)

    Course Title: TAANA 2018 Annual Meeting & Education Conference
    Ethics Credits: 0
    Total CLE Credits (based on a 50 minute hour): 21


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(All CE/CLE's are pending; schedule is subject to change)

Time Thursday, August 16 Room
8am - 12noon TAANA Board of Directors Meeting  Mattie Silks

8am - 12noon
CE: 4.00
(this function may not be approved for Legal Credits in all states)

Pre-Conference Workshop for Advance Practice Nurses:

Medication Management for Advanced Practice Nurses:
Protecting Yourself from Liability

(Separate Registration Fee Required)

Penrose 1
12noon - 5pm Registration Penrose Foyer
12noon - 2:15pm Exhibit, Poster Setup Penrose 2 & Mattie Silks
1pm - 1:10pm Welcome/Opening Remarks Penrose 1
1:10pm - 2:25pm
CE/CLE: 1.25
Session 1: LGBT Public Health and Legal Issues
  • Edie Brous, RN, BSN, MS, MPH, JD
    Edith Brous, Esq. PC
    New York City, New York

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Discuss common misperceptions about the LGBT community
  2. List public health implications of healthcare disparities in the LGBT population
  3. Analyze legal protections from LGBT discrimination Will use case examples
Penrose 1
2:25pm - 2:45pm BREAK Penrose 2
2:45pm - 4pm
CE/CLE: 1.25
Session 2: Preparing Your Clients in Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Rosemary Parker, RN
    Advocate 4 You
    El Dorado Hills, California

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Teaching tools for both client and attorneys: What is Sexual harassment in the workplace? Does the company have tools and training? Is there a protocol for anti-retaliation? Transforming the emotions into legal facts.
  2. When the stress response causes long term illness and life changing conditions: Diseases of the stress response. Proving the emotions causing stress related diseases: Timeline of health history, workman's comp evaluations, teaching the client to turn the emotions into facts.
  3. Clients avoidance and reluctance, becoming overwhelmed easily and how to teach the clients to overcome the conditions that may impede a lawsuit.
  4. How to design pamphlets, tools and techniques for both the attorney and what the attorney can give to their clients to move the client ahead in the legal process.
Penrose 1
4pm - 5pm
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 3: Cannabis Issues in Nursing
  • Cathy Klein, JD, MSN, MSEd, APN
    Cathy A. Klein, P.C.
    Greenwood Village, Colorado

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Discuss the history of the most misunderstood plant.
  2. Identify cannabis issues in nursing.
  3. Represent nurses with a basic understanding of the legal hurdles.
Penrose 1
5pm - 6pm
CE: 1.00
Poster Sessions: (poster objectives are available as a pdf)
  1. Innovations in Legal Nurse Consulting
    Yolene Lofton, LNC, BSN, MBA,
    Nurse's Court, Inc., Miramar, Florida
  2. Medication Misadventures
    Allison Muller, PharmD,
    Diplomate American Board of Applied Toxicology
    Acri Muller Consulting, LLC
    Aston, Pennsylvania
  3. Naloxone and the Opioid Epidemic: The Science and Legal Issues
    Allison Muller, PharmD,
    Diplomate American Board of Applied Toxicology
    Acri Muller Consulting, LLC
    Aston, Pennsylvania
  4. That is My Story, and I'm Sticking to It: Findings and Implications from APRNs' Defenses in Board Disciplinary Actions
    Omobola Oyeleye, EdD, JD, MSN, M.Ed, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE
    University of Texas at Houston, Cizik School of Nursing,
    Houston, Texas
  5. Teaching Nursing Jurisprudence in "Tort-Reformed" States
    Kathleen Kearney, JD, MSN, BSN, RN
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
    Dallas, Texas
  6. Case Studies of Immediate Jeopardy: Lessons Learned
    Madeline Coleman, JD, MS, RN, CPHQ
    Mejor Healthcare Solutions, LLC,
    Lexington, Mississippi
  7. To Regulate or License: The Essential Questions Regarding Essential Oils
    Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    Kent State University
    Canal Fulton, Ohio

    Sarah Kearney, M.Ed.
    Kent State University
    Canton, Ohio
  8. Preparing Nurses On Boards: A Call To Action For Nurse Attorneys
    Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    Kent State University
    Canal Fulton, Ohio

    Yvonne Smith, PhD, APRN-CNS
    Kent State University
    Canton, Ohio
  9. Nurse Staffing: To Regulate or Not To Regulate. Is that a Serious Question?
    Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    Kent State University
    Canal Fulton, Ohio

    Thomas Watral, UGN
    Kent State University
    Wickliffe, Ohio
  10. Undergraduate Health Care Policy Education: The Power To Teach, Mentor and Inspire
    Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    Kent State University
    Canal Fulton, Ohio

    Thomas Watral, UGN
    Kent State University
    Wickliffe, Ohio
  11. Avoiding Ethical and Legal Pitfalls of Informed Consent in Advanced Practice
    Linda Farmer, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNOR
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Meridian, MS
Mattie Silks
6pm - 6:30pm TAANA and TAANA Foundation Past Presidents Reception TBD
6:30pm Welcome Reception and TAANA Foundation Awards
Penrose 2
Time Friday, August 17 Room
7am - 8am
Continental Breakfast Penrose 2
8am - 5:30pm Registration
Penrose Foyer
8am - 9am
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 4: HIPAA, Social Media, Data Breaches & The Nurse- a New Malpractice Worry!
  • Donna De Simone, JD, MS, RN, APRN-CNP, APRN-CNS, FNP-C, CPN
    De Simone Law, PLLC
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Identify the civil and criminal penalties for a breach of PHI.
  2. Identify methods to protect themselves by being HIPAA compliant, on social media and on electronic devices.
  3. Discuss the Office of Civil Rights penalties imposed on healthcare professionals.
Penrose 1
9am - 10am
CE/CLE: 1.00
This session is eligible for ethics credit
Session 5: The Ethical Imperative of Self-Care for Nurse Attorneys
  • Stephanie Wise, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
    Marywood University
    Scranton, Pennsylvania

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Discuss common reasons nurse attorneys experience burn out.
  2. List 3 benefits of a robust self-care plan.
  3. Analyze the interaction between self-care and ethical practice.
Penrose 1
10am - 10:25am BREAK Penrose 2
10:25am - 11:25am
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 6: The Legal Limitation of Board Complaints
  • Kimberly Kent, RN JD
    Kent Law Group
    Phoenix, Arizona

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Learn the overview of state rules regarding deadlines for adjudication of contested matters.
  2. Identify 2 key legal arguments regarding timely adjudication of administrative complaint.
  3. Receive and use sample brief re-motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute.
Penrose 1
11:25am - 12:25pm
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 7: Toxicology: The Basics for Nurse Attorneys
  • Allison Muller, PharmD,
    Diplomate American Board of Applied Toxicology
    Acri Muller Consulting, LLC
    Aston, Pennsylvania

Presentation Objectives:

  1. List the expected effects on the body from common street and prescription drugs.
  2. Differentiate between drug/alcohol levels obtained from blood, urine, breath.
  3. Identify common false positives when interpreting drug screen results.
  4. Assess the utility of drug levels for commonly encountered street and legal drugs.
  5. Describe the correlation between drug and alcohol levels and level of impairment.
Penrose 1
12:25pm - 1:45pm LUNCH (all Attendees) & TAANA Business Meeting Penrose 2
1:45pm - 3pm
CE/CLE: 1.25
Session 8: What do C-Suite Executives, Governing Boards, and Managers Need to Know about Healthcare Compliance?
  • Kathleen Hessler, Rn, JD, CHC, CHPC
    Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Define a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) and state its relationship with a Settlement Agreement in a Healthcare matter.
  2. Identify at least three requirements of a CIA.
  3. Identify at least two responsibilities of the C-Suite and one of the Health Care Governing Board.
  4. Discuss/analyze one CIA in terms of best practices.
Penrose 1
3pm - 3:20pm BREAK Penrose 2
3:20pm - 4:20pm
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 9: WH[OO]PS! Opioid Addiction, Nurse Jackie, and One State’s Solution
  • Susan Matt, PhD, JD, MN, RN, CNE
    Seattle University
    Seattle, Washington

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Describe at least three factors that contributed to the dramatic increase in opioid addiction in the U.S. over the past 10 - 15 years.
  2. Discuss at least two reasons for the susceptibility of nurses to substance misuse.
  3. List at least two barriers for nurses trying to access treatment for substance misuse.
  4. Describe two reasons why nurses might not complete the Washington WHPS program.
Penrose 1
4:20pm - 5:20pm
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 10: NSO Malpractice Presentation
  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM
    Nurses Service Organization

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Identify the most common allegations made to regulatory boards against healthcare practitioners.
  2. Discuss contributing factors to final outcomes.
  3. Identify risk control recommendations based on case review.
Penrose 1

Dinner on your own  

6pm - 7:30pm

Screening of "Home Truth, a film by April Hayes & Katia Maguire

Penrose 1
Time Saturday, August 18 Room
7am - 8am Continental Breakfast Penrose 2
8am Registration Penrose Foyer
8am - 10am
CE/CLE: 2.00
Session 11: Legacy Leaders' Panel Summary of Current Legal Issues
  • Moderator: Paula Henry, RN, BSN, NP, JD
    Hershorin & Henry, LLP
    Lake Forest, California

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Identify key statutes, regulations and recent case law causing chaos for healthcare providers.
  2. Discuss and share practice tips for keeping up with healthcare regulations and compliance mandates.
  3. Identify 2 practical strategies to develop a litigation practice.
  4. Identify low cost marketing opportunities to attract and maintain a litigation client base.
  5. Discuss means by which TAANA members’ needs for disseminating legal education can be met.
  6. Identify at least one way in which state chapters expand legal knowledge through partnerships with local agencies/associations.
Penrose 1
10am - 10:15am BREAK Penrose 2
10:15am - 11:45am
CE/CLE: 1.25
Session 12: Medical Marijuana and Nursing Practice: Current legislation, Scientific Literature Review and Nursing Implications 
  • Kathleen Russell, JD, MN, RN
    National Council State Boards of Nursing
    Chicago, Illinois

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Describe the history of cannabis use in the United States.
  2. Understand differences between federal and state legislation and state to state legislation.
  3. Identify the conditions that have moderate to high quality evidence for the use of cannabis.
  4. Recognize the intricacies of dosage considerations for medical marijuana.
  5. Describe abuse, dependence, overdose and withdrawal.
  6. Identify the essential knowledge and practice considerations for the APRN who will be certifying a qualifying condition.
  7. Identify the essential knowledge and practice considerations for the nurse who will be caring for a patient that is using medical marijuana.
Penrose 1
11:45am - 12:45pm
CE/CLE: 1.00
Session 13: Telemedicine is Here! What Your Clients Need to Know
  • Hillary Stemple, JD
    Arent Fox LLP
    Washington, DC

Presentation Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of potential licensure issues with telemedicine, particularly for multi-state arrangements.
  2. Gain an overview of scope of practice issues associated with telemedicine.
  3. Learn about Medicare, Medicaid and state law reimbursement requirements.
  4. Become familiar with compliance and fraud and abuse issues associated with telemedicine.
Penrose 1
12:45pm Conference Closing Penrose 1

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