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Translating Research to Innovations in Practice

May 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Keynote Presenters

Perspectives and Needs of Persons Living with Dementia and their Carers

Marie Boltz, PhD, GNP, FAAN, FGSA, is an Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Professor of Nursing at Penn State. Her areas of research are geriatric models of care, including dementia-capable and family-centered interventions that support function, and non-pharmacological approaches to support well-being of older adults with dementia. Her multiple research studies have been funded by NIH/NIA, NINR, and several foundations. Dr. Boltz authored and co-authored numerous journal publications, book chapters, five books, and more than 40 evidence-based, field-tested teaching tools/resources for clinicians, administrators, patients, and families. She is the lead editor of Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice and Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Approach. Dr. Boltz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Tiffany Cabibbo, DSc, MSN, RN, CENP, is Mount Nittany Health System’s Executive Vice President at Patient Care Services, and Chief Nurse Officer. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has served on several statewide and nationwide health care committees and councils, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center Certification Programs committee. As Executive Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Officer, Dr. Cabibbo represents and leads nursing staff throughout the health system, working as part of a dynamic leadership team.


FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019 at 8:30 a. m. – 3:30 p. m.

8:00 – Check-in

8:30 – Welcome and Introductions

8:45Keynote speaker, Marie Boltz: “Dementia as a Family Matter: Perspectives and Needs of Persons Living with Dementia and Their Carers”

9:30Speaker 1 – Michael Evans, “An Interventional Study to Enhance Community Members’ Knowledge Regarding Palliative Care
              Speaker 2 – Kiernan Riley, “End-of-Life Care in a Medical/Surgical Setting”

10:00 – Break/ Poster Presentations

10:30Speaker 3 – Julie Murphy, “Young Adults Engaging in Advance Care Planning Conversations with Their Parents”
                Speaker 4 – Barbara Birriel, “Family Perceptions of Critical Care Nurses”

11:00 – Breakout sessions (2) – Rapid Fire “Ted Talks”– Children’s Care Issues

  • Frederick Weiss, “Ideal Vascular Access Entry for PICC Insertion Focusing Children Under the age of 12 Months of Age
  • Cynthia Snyder, “Association of Circadian Preference, Sleep-Wake Patterns and Night-To-Night Sleep Variability with Evening and Morning Cortisol Levels in Adolescents
  • Elisha Peregino, “Pediatric Neurosurgery and Pediatric Nursing Communication Tool: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Improve Communication and Patient Safety (4 Month Review)

11:00 – Breakout sessions (2) – Rapid Fire “Ted Talks” – Clinical Practice Issues

  • Mary Alyce Nelson, “An Interprofessional Outpatient Mental Health Model with Registered Nurses”
  • J. Passley Clarke, “Implementation of Recovery Education on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit”
  • MaryBeth Thier, “Implementation of Care Plans to Improve the Self-Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

11:45 – Remarks

Noon – Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 – Poster Presentations

1:00 – 1:20 – PA Action Coalition

1:20 – 1:45Keynote Speaker – Tiffany Cabibbo, DSc, MSN, RN, CENP

1:45 – 2:00 – Break

2:00 – 3:00Professional Practice Issues

  • Cheryl Dellasega and the RNC members, “Enhancing the Nursing Work Environment, One Relationship at a Time”
  • Catherine Razzi, “Implementing a Cognitive Rehearsal Program to Combat Nursing Incivility”
  • Marie Hankinson, “How Nurse Leaders Can Influence Work Place Learning”

3:00 – 3:30 – Mary Lou Kanaskie, “Research Dissemination: Disrupting the status quo

3:30 – Closing Remarks and Adjourn

3:40 – Bus to Hershey departs from the Nittany Lion Inn

Who Should Attend?

Staff nurses
Nurse scientists and administrators
Clinical nurses in all practice environments
DNP students


The Nittany Lion Inn
200 W Park Ave
State College, PA 16803
Use code TRAN19A for a discounted rate of $134/night plus tax. Must book by April 5, 2019 to receive discount.

Continuing Education

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. We will provide 6 CNE.


phone – 814-863-2239
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May 10, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Nittany Lion Inn
200 W Park Ave
State College, PA 16803 United States
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