Miami Neuro Nursing Symposium Sixth Annual

Improving the Quality of Neuroscience Patient Care 
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida | November 1, 2018

The symposium offers a broad neuroscience curriculum focusing on state-of-the-art, evidence-based practices for nurses and other healthcare professionals. The expert faculty will discuss the care and management of stroke, epilepsy, neurosurgical and critical care neuroscience patients from the nursing perspective. In addition, there will be specialized focus groups moderated by subject matter experts. The goal is to share the most innovative and evidence-based clinical practices to optimize patient outcomes through all areas of neuroscience.

Who Should Attend
Adult and Pediatric Neurologists, Adult and Pediatric Medical Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Neuro-Oncologists, Stroke Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, Diagnostic Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists, Critical Care Physicians, Neuro Critical Care Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Family Physicians, General Internists, Neuropsychologists, Critical Care Nurses, Neuroscience Nurses, Neurosurgery Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Dietitians, Radiology Technologists, Clinical Pharmacists, Rehabilitation and Pain Management Specialists, as well as other specialists interested in the field of neuro-oncology and neuroscience. 


7:15 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibits and Posters
7:55 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Jayme Strauss, MSN, R.N., MBA, SCRN, Amy Starosciak, Ph.D.
8:00 a.m. Posterior Stroke: Don’t Get Left Behind
Eric C. Peterson, M.D.
9:00 a.m. Low NIHSS: Treat Disability…Not Numbers
Daniel D’Amour, R.N., BSN, CEN, SCRN
9:30 a.m.
Brain Death Determination
Karel Fuentes, M.D.
10:00 a.m.
Break, Visit Exhibits and Posters
10:30 a.m. Sodium Abnormalities and Management of the Neuroscience Patient
Jamelah A. Morton, Ph.D., ARNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
11:00 a.m. Multiple Sclerosis: The Evolving Therapeutic Landscape and the Role of the Nurse
Kathleen Costello, M.S., ANP-BC
11:30 a.m. Not Your Grandmother’s Stroke
Erin M. Conahan, MSN, R.N., ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, PHRN
12:00 noon Lunch, Visit Exhibits and Posters
12:55 p.m. Focus Groups – Group selection/registration made in advance.
1:00 p.m. Stroke 1 – Achieving Door-to-Treatment Time in Under 30 Minutes
Facilitator: Daniel D’Amour, R.N., BSN, CEN, SCRN
1:00 p.m. Stroke 2 – Best Practices for Joint Commission Readiness
Facilitator: Jayme Strauss, MSN, R.N., MBA, SCRN,
Karen Seagraves, R.N., MPH
1:00 p.m. Epilepsy Management
Facilitator: Regine Narchet, R.N.
1:00 p.m. Movement Disorders
Facilitator: Elizabeth Zike, ARNP
2:00 p.m.
Break, Visit Exhibits and Posters
2:30 p.m. Case Study Presentation of Syndromes Associated with Posterior Cerebral Artery Stroke
Jonathan Jehle, MSN, AGNP-BC
3:30 p.m. The Brain Can’t Drain: Unclogging Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis
Erin M. Conahan, MSN, R.N., ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, PHRN
4:00 p.m. Exhuming Crypto Stroke
Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, M.D.
4:30 p.m. Best Practices for a Comprehensive Stroke Center
Karen Seagraves, R.N., MPH​
5:00 p.m. Announcement of Poster Presentation Winner
Presenter: Jayme Strauss, MSN, R.N., MBA, SCRN
​5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Schedules are subject to change.  

Educational Objectives__________________
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify the cerebral components of posterior circulation.
  • Recognize how posterior circulation is poorly assessed with today’s stroke exams.
  • Describe the role of the NIH Stroke Scale and advocate for treatment based on presenting deficits and disabilities.
  • Examine current controversies of brain death determination, including protocol variability.
  • Identify potential pitfalls in brain death determination. • Recognize the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) criteria for brain death as an accepted medical standard.
  • Identify the mechanism behind common sodium abnormalities in the Neuro ICU.
  • Effectively manage sodium abnormalities early in the diagnosis in order to correct any underlying primary disturbances.
  • Describe current therapeutic options available for acute flares and disease-modifying treatment.
  • Apply optimal patient care for patients with multiple sclerosis.
  • Assist neurologists in the implementation of disease-modifying treatments early in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in order to achieve safe and effective management of a life-long condition.
  • Apply the American Stroke Association guidelines for primary stroke prevention, ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of posterior cerebral artery stroke that can lead to life-long disability.
  • Analyze the pathophysiology of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
  • Compare and contrast symptoms for venous and arterial stroke.
  • Identify the most common causes, less common causes and rare causes of ischemic stroke.
  • Successfully navigate an appropriate, tailored approach to diagnosis, prognosis and management of cryptogenic stroke. 
  • Implement best practices for a comprehensive stroke center.​

Symposium Directors____________________

Jayme Strauss, MSN, R.N., MBA, SCRN, 
is Director of Neuroscience Clinical and Business Operations at Baptist Hospital of Miami. She received her BSN from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and her MSN and MBA at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. Jayme also is an adjunct clinical professor of nursing at Barry University. She holds her Stroke Certified Registered Nurse.​

Amy K. Starosciak, Ph.D., is Supervisor of Clinical Research at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and clinical assistant professor of neuroscience at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Starosciak earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Florida International University.  She currently is a member of American Heart/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).​

Kunal Patel, M.S., CNIM, is Product Line Manager for Baptist Health Neuroscience Center. He received his B.S from Mumbai University and M.S from South Methodist University in Dallas Texas. He has been with Baptist Hospital of Miami for 9 years and has over 16 years of experience in Intraoperative Monitoring. He is a member of the American Society of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (ASET) and American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM). ​

Daniel D’Amour, R.N., B.A., BSN, CEN, SCRN, is the Baptist Health system-wide stroke program manager. He received his BA from The University of the State of New York and BSN from Excelsior College. He is currently a candidate for MSN with a concentration in nursing leadership. He is a certified emergency nurse, stroke certified registered nurse, advanced stroke life support instructor and a regionally-recognized stroke subject matter expert. He is a professional member of the American Heart/American Stroke Association, Association of Neurovascular Clinicians and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.​


Guest Faculty___________________________

Kathleen Costello, M.S., ANP-BC, MSCN
Associate Vice-president of Healthcare Access for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Adjunct Assistant Professor Nurse Practitioner at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.

Erin M. Conahan, MSN, R.N., ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, PHRN
Serves as educator and resource person who facilitates professional development of staff and improves community awareness at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania.

Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, M.D.
Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Karel Fuentes, M.D.
Neurointensivist at Baptist Hospital of Miami, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Medical Director of Neurocritical Care at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Jonathan F. Jehle, MSN, AGNP
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit Nurse-In-Charge at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Nurse Practitioner at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Neuroscience ICU.

Jamelah A. Morton, Ph.D., ARNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Assistant Professor in the NP/DNP Program at Barry University in Miami.

Eric C. Peterson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery and Director of Endovascular Fellowship at Nicklaus Children Hospital, Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Hospital.



Karen B. Seagraves, MSN, MPH

Executive Director of Neuroscience Center for the Grady Health System and reviewer for the Joint Commission.