UW School of Nursing

April 17, 2022

Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing 2020 | All Topics

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Course Description

The medical-surgical setting today presents unique, complex and varied patient care challenges. This conference is an opportunity to review and update your medical-surgical clinical practice and acquire new assessment and management strategies. Healthcare professionals are invited to advance their knowledge of evidence-based practices that promote care innovations, collaboration and confidence among team members. Teaching methods include PDF handouts, lecture video, discussion, and case study analysis.

Target Audience

For healthcare professionals including staff nurses, clinical nurse leaders, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, managers, administrators, social workers and other interested healthcare providers.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the conference, you will be better able to: 

  1. List three key elements which inpatient nurses need to know about Telehealth, and how it impacts inpatient nursing care. 
  2. Explain the epidemiology of COVID-19. 
  3. Discuss the respiratory variability in clinical presentation of patients with COVID-19. 
  4. Accurately describe stoma and peristomal skin. 
  5. Gain knowledge of how advances in orthopaedic surgery may affect perioperative nursing. 
  6. Describe the philosophy of Whole health; specifically, how integrative medicine approaches can be beneficial to patients & providers.  
  7. Understand how to initiate treatment for OUD during acute hospitalization. 
  8. Understand how to improve documentation and communication to prevent and defend litigation.
  9. Discuss how building resiliency is essential to providing quality care, maintaining empathy, and caring for self. 
  10. Understand components of non-pharmacologic treatment including formal rehabilitation-based programs for pain. 
  11. Apply key points of cancer therapies for the Medical Surgical nurse.
  12. Examine pharmacologic treatment of alcohol withdrawal. 
  13. Understand the challenges and management of fistulas. 
  14. Describe the role of the inpatient nurse in providing primary palliative care and advocating for specialty palliative care for patients across the lifespan. 
  15. Describe indicators of clinical deterioration and utilize critical thinking to recognize need and methods to intervene. 

Featured Topics

  1. Nursing and Telehealth: Innovation and Best Practices – Kathleen Daman
  2. COVID-19: Where Are We? How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going? Paul Pottinger
  3. COVID-19: What Lessons Can We Learn? Karen LaRoche
  4. Ostomy Management: Strategies for Success – Colleen Karvonen
  5. What’s New in Orthopaedic Surgery – Albert Gee
  6. Integrative Medicine: A Therapeutic Approach to Health – Desiree Wood
  7. Care of Hospitalized Patients with Opioid Use Disorder – Jim Walsh
  8. Legal Liability: When Patients Become Plaintiffs – Susan Kimble
  9. Resiliency – The Straw Did Not Break the Camel’s Back: Managing Day-to-Day Stressors in Nursing – Denise Filiatrault
  10. Updates on Comprehensive Pain Management – Steven Stanos
  11. Oncology: Update on Medical-Surgical Nursing 2020 – Lenise Taylor
  12. Alcohol Withdrawal – Trevor Dickey
  13. Fistula Management – Marilyn Horan
  14. Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: How Nurses Provide Palliative Care Through Actions and Words – Lauren Smilde
  15. Recognizing Declining Status in Acute Care Patients – Sheryl Greco


  • Kathleen Daman, MN, BSN, RN, Account and Clinical Program Manager, Telehealth, Providence Health
  • Trevor Dickey, MD, MPH, Addiction Medicine Fellow, Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center
  • Denise Filiatrault, MN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, Regional Nurse Manager of Clinical Education and Practice, Swedish Medical Center
  • Sheryl Greco, MN, RN, Critical Care and Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist, UW Medical Cent
  • Albert O. Gee, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; Chief, UWMC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; Team Physician, Washington Huskies, UW Seattle
  • Colleen Karvonen, MN, RN, CMSRN, CWON, Wound/Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist, UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center; Affiliate Instructor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, UW School of Nursing
  • Susan Kimble, JD, Assistant General Counsel, MultiCare Health System
  • Karen LaRoche, AAS, RRT-ACCS, Clinical Specialist Respiratory Care, Respiratory Therapy, MultiCare Health System
  • Paul Pottinger, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
  • Lauren Smilde, DNP, ARNP, Inpatient Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Valley Medical Center
  • Steven P. Stanos Jr., DO, Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Services, Swedish Health System
  • Jim Walsh, MD, Physician, Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center
  • Desiree Wood, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN, RNP, VA Puget Sound MICU/CCU; Faculty Clinical Advisor, UW School of Nursing, DNP Program