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15th Annual Clinical Nursing Conference


2020-05-01 2020-05-01 America/New_York 15th Annual Clinical Nursing Conference MNA MNA

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety considerations

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA

Free & exclusive to MNA members

Enrollment limited to 750!

As an MNA member, you are invited to attend the 15th annual Clinical Nursing Conference FREE

$75 placeholder fee required

This full-day clinical program is designed to update registered nurses on a variety of current clinical topics and relevant issues pertinent to today’s nursing practice.


7 – 8 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and President’s Remarks

  Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President of the MNA

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Keynote Address


Drug Story Theater


Dr. Joseph Shrand

Drug Story Theater is an innovative, evidence-based, peer-to-peer treatment and prevention program. Surveys show that after seeing this 40-minute play, the audience overwhelmingly believes marijuana is addictive, and that drugs and alcohol have an adverse effect on relationships and the ability to succeed in school. In the talk back portion of a show, one of the main points Dr. Joseph Shrand (the creator of Drug Story Theater and a leading expert in adolescent addiction) addresses is how marijuana is a gateway drug to opioids.

10 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions:


Celiac Disease & Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: What Does it All Mean for the Nurse?


Laurie Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that impacts genetically predisposed persons to a lifetime of dietary challenges. The Celiac Foundation (2019) estimates that 1 in 100 persons worldwide are living with celiac disease. This program will describe the pathology of celiac disease, common signs and symptoms and nursing considerations related to the care and management of celiac disease in persons living with this chronic illness.


The Diet Debacle-Unravel the Myths


Nicole Frank-Maslar, RDN, LDN

Health care consumers are overwhelmed by a variety of nutrition and dietary trends that are advertised on television and social media platforms. This information is often confusing for patients who are struggling with limited knowledge and financial resources to allow them to make healthy food choices. A Registered Dietitian will provide evidencebased information allowing nurses to help their patients decrease disease risk and improve disease states. Educating patients about the most popular dietary trends will also be discussed.


Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery


Edward Malin, MD

This program will explore the latest options in cosmetic surgery. The advances of plastic surgery and the related nursing implications will be described. Program will conclude with a discussion of the specific patient considerations for surgical options.


Weather or not: How the environment impacts patient care and what you need to know


Joseph S. Blansfield, MS, NP, TCRN

This session will address the impact of weather extremes (heat and cold) on the human body and key elements of nursing assessment and intervention. Considerations of the unique environmental challenges created for nurses in both planning for and providing care in disasters such as floods, hurricanes/tornados, and the volcanos will be discussed, including the myth vs. fact of lunar cycle and human behavior.

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.


12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions


Nursing Care for Patients Undergoing Revision and Secondary Bariatric Surgery


Renee Waite, RNFA

This program will discuss the selection process for revision and secondary bariatric surgery. The risk and benefits, both short-term and long-term, will be explored. Key patient educational needs will be described for this population.


Migraine: Enhance Your Nursing Knowledge


Vincent M. Vacca, Jr., MSN, RN

A migraine is a chronic disorder that presents significant challenges due to its unpredictable onset, episodic pattern, intensity, and duration. In addition to intense headaches that can last from four to 72 hours, migraines can also be associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia. This talk will focus on “classic” migraines but will also touch on migraine variants such as hemiplegic migraine, retinal migraine, and abdominal migraine.


An Overview of Evidence-Based Environmental Health Music Therapy and Medicine: Harmony in Healing


Channing Shippen, MA, MT-BC

An introduction to the field of music therapy and its applications in today's medical facilities. Learn how music therapy works together with nursing and care teams to provide collaborative care, increasing patient compliance, alleviating patient experiences of anxiety and pain, and providing caregiver support


DPH Characterization of the Patterns of Use, Methods of Consumption and Types of Cannabis Products Used by Consumers in Massachusetts


Marc A. Nascarella, MS, PhD, CPH

This session will address the work at DPH to evaluate the various types of medical marijuana products, patterns of use, methods of consumption, and some general perceptions of marijuana. DPH Marijuana Baseline Health Study findings related to impaired driving and hospitalization related to marijuana use, as well as economic and fiscal aspects of the industry will also be discussed.


2:30 – 4 p.m.

Closing Session


The Crazy Game: Understanding the Complexities of
Addiction and Mental Health and the Impact on the Family


Clint and Joanie Malarchuk

Former NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk opens up about his struggles with mental illness, depression, suicide and recovery in this raw and emotional talk. Malarchuk is most notably known for an on-ice accident while tending the goal for the Buffalo Sabers. Clint's jugular vein was severed by a skate and he almost died on the ice. Following the accident, Clint lived with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression; he later survived a suicide attempt that finally led him to treatment and recovery. Clint’s book The Crazy Game: How I Survived the Crease and Beyond was just the beginning of his Mental Health Advocacy and charity work. Clint and his wife Joanie speak around North America on mental health, PTSD, depression, suicide, and his personal struggles with mental illness and how it affects an individual and the family.

4 – 4:15 p.m.

 Evaluations and Closing Remarks

Download the conference brochure and registration form

Program Cancellation

MNA reserves the right to change speakers or cancel programs for extenuating circumstances.

Disability Help

Contact Liz Chmielinski at 781.830.5719 with questions about special needs accessibility.


Refund of the placeholder fee will be issued up to two weeks before the program date. If registrants do not attend the program or call to cancel, the fee will not be refunded.

Placeholder Fee

A payment of $75 must be submitted with your registration. Payment by credit card is available below. If you pay by check, it will be returned upon attendance.

Chemical Sensitivity

Attendees are requested to avoid wearing scented personal products when attending the Annual MNA Clinical Nursing Conference. Scents may trigger responses in those with chemical sensitivity.


Parking is available in multiple locations around the DCU Center.

Hotel Information

The MNA has secured several single and double rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton - Norwood. For reservations call 781- 769-7900 by April 2, 2020 and request the MNA rate of $140 plus tax.

Contact Hours

Continuing nursing education contact hours will be provided.

To successfully complete a program and receive contact hours, you must: 1) sign in, 2) be present for the entire time period of the sessions, and 3) complete and submit the evaluation.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Download the conference brochure and registration form