For Immediate Release:  May 30, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center to host
“Current Tides and Future Waves
 in Nursing Practice”
More than 150 expected to attend

Who:               AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC)

What:              To host Current Tides and Future Waves in Nursing Practice

When:             Monday, June 5, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Special interest times are noted in details.)
                       For complete agenda, visit www.atlanticare.org/currenttides

Where:            One Atlantic, The Playground at Caesars
                       1 Atlantic Ocean, Suite 4106, Atlantic City, New Jersey
                       (Media interested in covering the event should call Jennifer Tornetta at 609-569-7010 or 609-335-3446.)

Details:           More than 150 registered nurses, advance care practice nurses, and other healthcare providers are expected to attend AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC’s) Current Tides and Future Waves in Nursing Practice.

Six experts – including those from ARMC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) – will cover topics including heart disease prevention, pediatric fractures, management of tick-borne diseases, geriatric pharmacotherapy, advance care planning, and oral anticoagulants.

Presentations will include:

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

“Undo it with Ornish” – Holistic Approach to Treating Heart Disease
Vineshkumar K. Patel, M.D., associate director, ARMC Division of Cardiology, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, will give an overview of the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ at the Heart Institute at ARMC. The intensive outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to restore and maintain an individual’s heart health. Patel will discuss the four key areas of the program: nutrition, stress management, fitness, and social support.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Pediatric Fractures: Developmental Considerations
Kathy Abel, DNP, RN, APNC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Division of Orthopaedics, will discuss pediatric fractures, how to treat them, and the pearls and pitfalls regarding casting and splinting. Abel will also discuss the differences between pediatric fractures and adult fractures.

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Time to Get Ticked Off: Management of Tick-Borne Diseases
Manish N. Trivedi, M.D., ARMC Infectious Disease specialist, of Coastal Infectious Disease Consultants, will discuss prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of tick-borne diseases including Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Babesia. Trivedi will discuss the organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Trivedi will also cover emerging tick-borne diseases and new discoveries.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: Clinical Considerations in the Elderly
Joseph Reilly, Pharm.D., BCGP, Clinical Pharmacy specialist II, and Pharmacy Residency Program director, will discuss medication therapy for geriatric patients. He’ll cover multiple-drug therapy; and physiological changes that can affect medication therapy in elderly patients. He’ll also discuss what providers should know about the medications they prescribe.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Discussions on End of Life
Louise George, MSN, APN, CCRN, Professional Practice and Development specialist, AtlantiCare Nursing; and Cheryl Rush, MSN, APN-C, Palliative Care, and hospitalist, AtlantiCare Physician Group, will discuss end-of-life care, including advance directives and POLST (Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment). George and Rush will also discuss the advocacy role for registered nurses and the role of advance practice nurses in collaborating with patients, families, and care teams. 

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Clinical Pearls: Overview of Target Specific Oral Anticoagulants
Ethan Nhan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy specialist II, ARMC, will discuss use of target-specific oral anticoagulants (commonly referred to as blood thinners) could be easier for patients to use when compared to traditional blood thinner therapy, to control and prevent thromboembolic disorders. Nhan will also discuss what providers should consideer t when prescribing these medications, including the indication, kidney function, drug-drug interaction, compliance and cost. 

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.