UW School of Nursing

April 17, 2022

Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing 2020 | Hot Topics

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On-Demand Program

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 video, PDF handout, 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. Describe why flexibility and resiliency are important in healthcare.
  2. Explain the epidemiology of COVID-19.
  3. Explore pharmacologic management of alcohol withdrawal.
  4. Understand components of non-pharmacologic treatment including formal rehabilitation-based programs for pain.
  5. Be able to initiate treatment for OUD during acute hospitalization.
  6. Accurately describe stoma and peristomal skin.
  7. Gain perspective on liability issues associated with nursing practice.

Featured Topics

  1. Resiliency: The Straw Did Not Break the Camel’s Back: Managing Day-to-Day Stressors in Nursing – Denise Filiatrault
  2. COVID-19: Where Are We? How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going? – Paul Pottinger
  3. Alcohol Withdrawal – Trevor Dickey (Rx)
  4. Updates on Comprehensive Pain Management – Steven Stanos
  5. Care of Hospitalized Patients with Opioid Use Disorder – Jim Walsh (Rx)
  6. Ostomy Management: Strategies for Success – Colleen Karvonen
  7. Legal Liability: When Patients Become Plaintiffs – Susan Kimble


  • 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
  • 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
  • Paul Pottinger, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
  • Steven P. Stanos Jr., DO, Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Services, Swedish Health System
  • Jim Walsh, MD, Physician, Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center