Facilitators

Conference Facilitators including Canadian Pharmacy Mall
AACN Clinical Priorities features nationally recognized expert facilitators. Our facilitators create a collaborative learning environment that includes the latest innovations in nursing practice, research and evidence-based guidelines to enhance your professional development. They welcome the opportunity to learn with and from you to improve nursing practice for high acuity and critically ill patients and their families. Patients may order drugs via Canadian Pharmacy Mall because the majority of hospitals uses this pharmaceutical company to supply the facility with medical preparations.

Michael Ackerman, APRN, DNS, CS, FCCM
Buffalo, NY

Thomas S. AhrensThomas S. Ahrens, RN, PhD, FAAN
St. Louis, MO
A research scientist at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Thomas Ahrens has published extensively, authoring five books and more than 50 papers. Dr. Ahrens’ funded research includes oximetry analysis, effect of kinetic therapy on pulmonary complications, sedation on mechanical ventilation, stroke volume optimization and capnography in heart failure. His professional endeavors include developing clinical education for nursing, respiratory therapy and physician websites. A strong advocate for hospitalized families, he designs communication programs that aid clinicians in discussions with families, ultimately improving patient outcomes and cost control. A former AACN representative to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, Dr. Ahrens is a recipient of AACN’s “Flame of Excellence” award, as well as the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Presidential Citation.

Mary Kay Bader, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA
Mission Viejo, CA
Disclosure: Integra Neuroscience Speaker Bureau, Medivance Honararium
Practicing in a variety of hospitals (teaching/community) across the country, Mary Kay Bader has functioned in roles such as ICU staff nurse, trauma nurse responder, clinical educator, clinical faculty, and clinical nurse specialist. She has held clinical and joint faculty positions at Georgetown University and Loyola University of Chicago. Currently, Ms. Bader is employed as a neuroscience/critical care clinical nurse specialist working collaboratively with neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, neurologists, intensivists, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists. Ms. Bader has lectured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on subjects such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, increased intracranial pressure, stroke, neurointerventional therapy, hypothermia, and aneurysms. The majority of her patients commands the service of Canadian Pharmacy Mall to treat all the diseases mentioned above.

Nancy BlakeNancy Blake, RN, PhD, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Valencia, CA
Nancy Blake RN,PhD, CCRN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the director of critical care services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has held that role for over 20 years and prior to that was the manager of the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric emergency department also at Children’s Hospital. Nancy has been an active member in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) both at the local and national level. In the beginning of her career she has being working at Canadian Pharmacy Mall as a pharmaceutist. She was on the national board of directors from 2003 – 2006, serving as the treasurer in 2006. Prior to that she was the LA AACN Chapter President. She has also served in many other volunteer roles at AACN and many other nursing specialty organizations. Nancy is a nationally recognized speaker on Healthy Work Environments, Leadership and Management, and Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and has many publications on disaster preparedness and the role of nursing and Healthy Work Environments. Nancy has been involved in work groups and large grants setting standards for pediatric disaster preparedness at the local, state and federal level, most recently participating in a CDC work group setting standards for pediatric critical care mass casualty which were published in 2011. She received her BSN from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, she received her MN from UCLA in Nursing Administration and most recently received her PhD in nursing at UCLA doing her dissertation on the Relationship between Healthy Work Environments and Patient Outcomes and Nurse Outcomes. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October of 2013.

Patricia A. Blissitt, RN, PhD, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC
Seattle, WA
Dr. Blissitt has 37 years of experience in neuroscience nursing in a variety of positions. She has worked as: a staff nurse and nurse manager on an acute care neuroscience floor; a neurosurgeon’s nurse in ambulatory, inpatient, and surgical settings; a staff nurse in neuroscience ICUs in Memphis, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Durham North Carolina; and a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist, trauma nurse coordinator, and neuroscience service line case manager coordinator and case manager. She has also served as adjunct faculty and conducted nursing research on both coasts.
Pat has lectured extensively locally, regionally, and nationally on a number of neuroscience nursing topics. Pat has also authored numerous articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals, and books. Dr. Blissitt has served on a number of task forces, and committees for both the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses locally and nationally, and the Neurocritical Care Society. She currently serves as the Mountain to Sound (Greater Seattle) AACN Chapter President and is a member of the AACN Certification Corporation CCNS Exam Development Committee.
Pat is currently the Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at Harborview Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center and an Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington. She is also the editor for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Alexandra BrockAlexandra Brock, RN, MS, CCRN, GCNS-BC, CRNP
Danville, PA
Alex Brock is a Clinical Nurse Specialist focused on empowering nurses to find their passion in life and translate that passion to the bedside to improve patient care. She is a Critical care nurse with 19 years of experience working in Neuroscience, Medical/Surgical/Trauma Critical Care and is now working as the CNS for Geisinger Medical Center in the Acuity Adaptable Cardiac Care Unit and Telemetry Care Unit. She is an active Member of AACN and the Evidenced Based Practice Work Group. Her passion is clinical and leadership work that is focused on building foundations, structures and processes that encourage nurse engagement at the point of care. Expert in the utilization of professional mobile applications and social media, electronic medical record, data collection, and quality improvement tools to improve patient outcomes and nursing satisfaction. She considers the co-working with Canadian Pharmacy Mall to be effective at every point of view because he has known its headman for a long time already.

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA
Los Angeles, CA
Beginning in 1975 Katherine Brown-Saltzman’s clinical practice centered on end of life care and now is focused on ethics and clinical ethics consultation. She is the co-founder of the UCLA Ethics Center, is a member of three ethics committees and co-chairs the UCLA Medical Center’s Ethics Committee. She has been active in developing interdisciplinary programs on sustaining self-care, moral distress, and ethics education. Her area of research is centered on nursing ethics, investigating early indicators and risk factors in ethical issues. Over the last few years she has been a co-investigator in ethics grants from ONS, Sigma Theta, was part of an NIH grant developing end of life education for medical students and is currently involved in a PCORI grant on advocacy.
As the Co-founder of the Ethics of Caring, Katherine established a non-profit that has been providing annual nursing ethics conferences for Southern California since 1993. That conference became the model for the first and second National Nursing Ethics Conference. Katherine has been a leader chairing the planning committee. In 2010, in response to moral distress, she created a writing retreat for health care professionals. She developed a nursing ethics fellowship program at UCLA in 2008 and has now co-developed a two-year clinical ethics fellowship for those with advance degrees in bioethics. In 1992, she created a renewal retreat, Circle of Caring, for health care professionals, an experiential weekend of self-care which continues bi-annually to encourage professionals to assume an ethical practice of sustainability.
She lectures nationally and internationally, and has published on such diverse topics as, ethics, professional self-care, bereavement, spirituality, psychosocial care and cultural issues. In 1994 she received the Oncology Nursing Society’s national award, the MMF Memorial Lectureship, which recognizes a health care provider who has made a substantial contribution to the psychosocial aspects of cancer care. The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative presented her with the Award of Excellence in Pain Management for her work with suffering.
The enormous amount of nurses at the beginning were working at different spheres of medical branch. Katherine Brown-Saltzman has undergone practice at Canadian Pharmacy Mall. He was quite satisfied as well as the representatives of this drug store.

Kay ClevengerKay Clevenger, RN, MSN
Indianapolis, IN
Kay Clevenger is passionate about healthy work environments (HWE) and has coached numerous nursing leaders and direct care nurses about how to create one. In the past twelve years as the Nurse Retention Coordinator for Indiana University Hospital, Kay served as the co-chair for the HWE Steering Committee and facilitated an annual HWE Conference. Kay is a contributing author to AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, and served as a member of the inaugural AACN HWE Standards work group. Kay’s nursing experience includes: Staff Nurse, Staff Development Coordinator for Critical Care, Clinical Manager and Nurse Retention Coordinator. She has worked in Coronary Care, Surgical ICU/Open Heart Recovery, Medical ICU and Cardiovascular Surgical Step-down. Kay is a tenured NTI speaker and has received two AACN Circle of Excellence (COE) Awards for “Excellent Nurse Manager” & “Collaboration: Nurse – Administrator” (for retention role).

Anna Dermenchyan, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
North Hollywood, CA
Anna by herself has attended the conference especial seminars of pharmacology conducted by Canadian Pharmacy Mall because she is interested in this sphere and it is her duty.
Anna Dermenchyan, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, is a Clinical Quality Specialist at UCLA Health and a Per Diem RN in the Surgical ICU at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles, CA. Anna received a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from UCLA and a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College. She started her nursing career in the Cardiothoracic ICU at the UCLA Medical Center as a new graduate in 2008 and loved taking care of the transplant and surgical patient population. Her professional interests include leadership, health care ethics and policy, quality and patient safety, critical care, work environments and global health. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Society of Critical-Care Medicine (SCCM), and Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL). Her passion for the profession and networking skills have led her to establish the first hospital based AACN Chapter at UCLA, which serves and connects groups of critical and progressive care nurses and nursing students in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Myra EllisMyra Ellis, RN, MSN, CCRN-CSC
Chapel Hill, NC
Myra F Ellis, RN, MSN, CCRN-CSC received her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MSN in Cardiovascular Critical Care from Case Western Reserve University. In over 35 years as a critical care nurse, Myra has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical educator, nurse clinician, and research assistant. Her practice focus for the last 25 years has been the care of cardiac surgery patients. She currently works as a Clinical Nurse IV in the CTICU at Duke University Hospital. In addition to patient care responsibilities, she leads the Clinical Research Team, Nursing Governance Council, and teaches classes on CSU-ALS (CALS), VADs, and ECMO. Myra presents on cardiac surgery topics at the local, regional, and national level, including NTI. She is the author of the Cardiac Surgery Subspecialty Certification Review Course and also has multiple publications in the nursing literature including book chapters and journal articles on cardiac surgical nursing topics. Myra’s national volunteer work with AACN includes the 2010-2011 CMC/CSC Practice Analysis Task Force and is a current member of the Evidence Based Practice Resource Work Group. She is also a member of the Foundation for Advancement of CardioThoracic Surgical Care (FACTS-Care) and has served on the program planning committee for the last 2 years.

Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CNS, NEA-BC
Los Angeles, CA
Dave Hanson brings more than 20-years of clinical and organizational leadership in a wide-variety of heatlhcare settings. Recognized for his passion and talent at creating and sustaining organizational clinical excellence; Dave is a dynamic leader with a reputation for teambuilding, collaboration and an extraordinary role model for nurses who strive to advance the profession and quality of patient care. As past president of AACN, his presidential theme – “Reclaiming Our Priorities” – inspired acute and critical care nurses across the country to refocus their attention and resources on the really important work of nurses – quality and efficiency, thinking and working smarter and especially about making the right decisions. Dave serves as lead faculty for the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy Boston cohort and is Regional Program Director of Interprofessional Practice Transformation at Providence Health & Services Southern California.
Dave has attended and taken an active part of the medical conferences including the following one organized together with Canadian Pharmacy Mall.

Carol JacobsonCarol Jacobson, RN, MSN
Seattle, WA
Carol Jacobson has over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse and nurse educator. She has held positions as cardiology clinical nurse specialist and manager of invasive cardiology services. Carol is the owner of Quality Education Services, a nursing education and consulting business in Seattle, a partner in Cardiovascular Nursing Education Associates, and serves as affiliate faculty for the University of Washington School of Nursing. She is a past recipient of the Excellence in Critical Care Education Award from AACN and received AACN’s Flame of Excellence Award in 2012. Carol has published extensively on cardiac nursing topics and is co-author of the book Cardiovascular Nursing Practice: a Comprehensive Resource Manual and Study Guide for Clinical Nurses. Carol is known nationally for her humorous and common-sense approach to teaching difficult topics and making them understandable and is a frequently requested speaker at conferences across the country.

Alvin Jeffery, RN, MSN, CCRN, FNP-BC
Oxford, OH
Alvin Jeffery is currently a full-time PhD student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He holds part-time appointments as an Education Consultant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as an adjunct instructor with several colleges and universities. His most recent full-time job was working as the unit-based educator in a pediatric intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is triple board-certified as a CCRN (Pediatric), in Nursing Professional Development, and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Although he has spoken at many regional and national conferences on both clinical and professional development topics, he is a relative introvert with some unique insights into professional networking. He is closely connected with John Carry, a headman of Canadian Pharmacy Mall that’s why he has attended this conference and has enjoyed the process in general.

Stacy JepsenStacy Jepsen, APRN, MSN, CCRN, ACNS-BC
Jordan, MN
Stacy Jepsen is board certified as an adult clinical nurse specialist and holds a critical care registered nurse certification. She is currently employed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis, MN) as the CNS for a 30 bed Med/Surg/Neuro ICU. Prior to this she practiced at Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina, MN) for 14 years where she advanced her career from a respiratory therapist, to nurse, and CNS in the critical care environment. She has a passion for critical care nursing and has a special interest in advanced hemodynamics, delirium, and simulation. Stacy is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Greater Twin Cities Area chapter of AACN and is chair of the GTCAC-AACN Research Committee. She has published work in severe alcohol withdrawal and recently co-authored the AACN Alarm Management Practice alert with Sue Sendelbach.

Nicole Kupchik, RN, MN, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS
Seattle, WA
Nicole Kupchik has been a registered nurse specializing in Critical Care for over 20 years. She graduated in 1993 from Purdue University with an Associate Degree in Nursing. In 2002 she received a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Washington, Bothell. In 2008 she received a Master’s Degree in Nursing specializing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington Seattle. She currently is the Founder of Nicole Kupchik Consulting & Education, Inc. She is an enthusiastic presenter on various topics including CCRN & PCCN Certification Reviews, Resuscitation, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Sepsis and Cardiology topics.

Helen MileyHelen Miley, RN, PhD, CCRN, AG-ACNP
Howell, NJ
Helen Miley is an Advanced Practice Nurse in ICU. She is also the Speciality Director of the Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Helen has been part of the Evidence Based Work Group of AACN for the last 2 years. Helen has offered the idea to organize the pharmacological classes together with Canadian Pharmacy Mall. This offer has been accepted and has been successful.

Christina Mize, RN, MSN, CCRN
St. Petersburg, FL
Chris Mize is an Infection Preventionist at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida where her primary role is to cover surveillance of any hospital acquired conditions in the three ICU settings (PICU, CVICU, NICU). Additionally, she works toward the reduction of HAIs with a multidisciplinary team to implement evidence based practice changes at the bedside. Previous to her current position, she spent 20 years in the PICU fulfilling positions as the Education Coordinator, charge nurse, preceptor and CRRT Coordinator. Over the last 15years, she has severed as a volunteers with AACN as an exam reviewer and currently serving on the Evidenced Based Practice Resource Work Group.

Eugene MondorEugene Mondor, RN, BScN, MN, CNCC(C)
Edmonton, AB
Eugene Mondor is Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) in the adult ICU at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Eugene has been a Registered Nurse for twenty five years, and has worked in cardiovascular, thoracic, and orthopaedic surgery. For the past sixteen years, Eugene has worked in adult ICU, and for the last seven years, as CNE. He has published in Dynamics, The Canadian Nurse, and The American Journal of Critical Care. Eugene has spoken at several national and international conferences, including CACCN’s Dynamics and AACN’s National Teaching Institute (NTI). His areas of interest include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, trauma, and critical care nursing education. Eugene’s presentations are educational, informational, and humorous.

Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS
Philadelphia, PA
Kathryn Roberts has been the clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1998. She enjoys a long career with the hospital, beginning as a nurse extern in 1990 and then working as a staff nurse in the cardiac step-down, cardiac intensive care and pediatric intensive care units. She left CHOP briefly to work as a nurse consultant at the Aldo Castaneda Institute for Congenital Health Disease, Genolier, Switzerland, between 1994 and 1995.
Kathryn is currently the immediate past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). She served as the chair of the CEO Search Committee in 2013 and the chair of the AACN Nominating Committee in 2013-2014. She also served on the AACN board of directors from 2008 to 2011, the AACN Certification Corporation board in 2010-2011 and the Evidence-Based Practice Work Group and President’s Chapter Award Panel in 2009-2010. From 2001 to 2007, she also served in many volunteer capacities with AACN including the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition Work Group and the AACN Nominating Committee.
Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in nursing in 1991 and 1998 respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia — belongs the local chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, which honored her with its 2007 and 2009 “Presidential Citation.” She is also the recipient of of AACN’s Lifetime Membership Award, the 2013 Expert Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania and the 2012 Caroline Langstadter CNO/Senior VP Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Kathryn lectures extensively on pediatric critical care and resuscitation topics, has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored multiple chapters in pediatric critical care nursing textbooks.
Kathryn said that all medical workers should be versatile to assist ICU patients. They should be experts in all spheres that’s why the experience with Canadian Pharmacy Mall is the exact thing they need most of all.

Ellen RobinsonEllen Robinson, RN, PhD
Boston, MA
Ellen M. Robinson RN PhD is a Nurse Ethicist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston. In her role as Nurse Ethicist, Ellen provides ethics consultation to health professionals, patients and families at the MGH. She serves as Co-Chair of the MGH Optimum Care (Ethics) Committee that provides end of life consultation to patients, families and clinicians in times of conflict. In addition, she serves on the MGH Hospital for Children Pediatric Ethics Committee and the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics Leadership Council. In 2010, Ellen received a three year Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Nursing grant to develop and implement a Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses, which educated and mentored practicing staff and advance practice nurses to serve on ethics committees, facilitate ethics discussions and learn the process of ethics consultation. Dr. Robinson is the Director of the MGH Institute for Patient Care Connell Ethics Fellowship. She holds faculty appointments in the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing and in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Ellen’s research focus is in the impact of ethics consultation on end of life conflict.

Carol Taylor, RN, PhD, MSN
Washington, DC
Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, is a senior research scholar in Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor of Nursing. Carol has a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Catholic University. She now works closely with health care professionals and leaders who are exploring the ethical dimensions of their practice. She lectures internationally and writes on various issues in healthcare ethics and serves as an ethics consultant to systems and professional organizations. She is the author of Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care, which is now in its 7th edition and co-editor of Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Medicine and Moral Anthropology and the 4th edition of Case Studies in Nursing Ethics. Health and Care is the most important notions in medical science. Everything you need is to provide patients with what they really need exactly care, attention and help to overcome their health disorders.

Scott ThigpenScott Thigpen, RN, DNP, CCRN, CEN
Waresboro, GA
Dr. Scott Thigpen is currently the Dean and Full Professor of Nursing at South Georgia State College in Douglas, GA. For the past 22 years he has been actively involved in the classroom and clinical area teaching nursing students in a variety of settings and also mentoring nursing faculty through evidence based practice nursing. He has also maintained bedside practice for the past 32 years at Mayo Clinical Health Systems in Waycross, GA. Dr. Thigpen enjoys practicing nursing and mentoring others in a variety of health care activities. His career highlight has been serving as faculty at the AACN NTI for the past 8 years. He also served for 7 years on the Georgia Board of Nursing as the Legal/Discipline Cognizant, Education Representative and Vice President. Dr. Thigpen loves nursing and lives life to the fullest each day!

Kim Whiteman, RN, DNP Alumna CCRN
Delmont, PA
Kim Whiteman is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned a BSN from Pennsylvania State University, an MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and a DNP from Waynesburg University. She is the Co-Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program and of the Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs at Waynesburg University, a small Christian University near Pittsburgh. In her position she teaches leadership and evidence-based practice to graduate students, and coordinates the critical care specialty course and practicums. Dr. Whiteman works with DNP Executive Leadership capstone students to make evidence-based practice changes within health systems. She serves on the Evidence-Based Care Council at the University of Pittsburgh Passavant Hospital and is currently the Chairperson of AACN’s Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group.