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URMC / Critical Care Nursing Symposium

15th Annual Critical Care Nursing Symposium

Presented by the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, and Nurse Recruitment

If you're a nurse who cares for critically ill patients or a nursing student who is interested in critical care after graduation, the Critical Care Nursing Symposium is a "must attend."

When: September 18, 2023
Where: University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine & Dentistry
Flaum Atrium & Class of '62 Auditorium
Driving Directions

The Critical Care Nursing Symposium will enable the learner to gather practical and evidence-based knowledge through the educational sessions on the topics below:

  • AACN Theme: "Rising Together"
  • Caring for the Critically Ill  Post-Partum Patient
  • Palliative Care In the ICU—Panel Discussion
  • Mass Transfusion and TEG-guided Resuscitation
  • What’s new in Organ Donation
  • VAP Prevention Strategies
  • Vasopressors and Hemodynamics


Register Online for the Symposium

If you plan to register by mail and need a registration brochure, please contact Nancy Freeland.

DISCOUNT: Register on or before 9/4/23

  • UR Medicine Nurses — $35.00
  • All Other Nurses — $45.00
  • Undergraduate Nursing Students — $25.00

Register after 9/4/23

  • UR Medicine Nurses — $45.00
  • All Other Nurses — $55.00
  • Undergraduate Nursing Students — $35.00

Registration Fee: Includes Program Materials, Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Contact Hours

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how the new AACN theme "Rising Together" can help nurses meet the needs of our teams, patients and families.
  • Describe assessment and care of the critically ill post-partum patient.
  • Discuss palliative care options for critically ill patients through interactive case study reviews.
  • Explore how TEG-guided resuscitation can reduce overall transfusion requirements and improves mortality in various critically ill patient populations.
  • Discuss new techniques for organ donation and important care that needs to be provided prior to going to the OR.
  • Identify challenges and potential strategies for preventing VAP.
  • Discuss the use of vasopressors to support a patient’s hemodynamic status in various clinical situations.


Learner will review newest medical  technology and pharmaceuticals that may assist critical care nurses in providing better care and improved outcomes for critically ill patients.


7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. – Welcome & Introduction
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Keynote: AACN Theme "Rising Together" (Terry Davis, Ph.D., R.N., N.E.-B.C., C.H.T.P., F.A.A.N.)
9:15 –10:15 a.m. – Mass Transfusion and TEG-guided Resuscitation (Michael Vella, M.D.)
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Break & Exhibits
11:00 a.m. –12 noon – Care of the Critically Ill Post-Partum Patient (Robert Pranaat, M.D., M.C.R.)
12 noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Atrium & Exhibits
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Palliative Care In the ICU:  Panel Discussion (Ryan Magnuson, M.D. & Christy Dillon, P.A.)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Organ Donation: Making Miracles Happen (Tim Kehl, R.N., M.S.)
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. – Ventilator Associated Pneumonia – Prevention Strategies (Patti DeJuilio, M.S., RRT-ACCS; N.P.S.)
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Hot off the Pressor: Levo Well Enough Alone! (Stephen Rappaport, Pharm.D.)
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Conclusion & Evaluation

NOTE: Speaker times subject to change

About the Speakers

Robert Pranaat, M.D., M.C.R.
Department of Anesthesiology & Periop Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester NY

Theresa Davis Ph.D., R.N., N.E.-B.C., C.H.T.P., F.A.A.N. 
Assistant VP of the High Reliability Center
Inova Health System
Falls Church, Virginia 
2023/24 AACN  President  
Patti DeJuilio M.S., RRT-ACCS; N.P.S.

Clinical Director of Respiratory Care Services,
Sleep Medicine and Neurodiagnostics 
Northwestern Medicine, Central DuPage Hospital
Winfield, IL

Timothy Kehl, M.S., R.N.
FLDRN In-House Coordinator 
Strong Memorial & Golisano Children’s Hospital
Rochester, NY

Ryan Magnuson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery 
University of Rochester Medical Center 
Rochester, NY

Christy Dillon, N.P.
Palliative Care
University of Rochester Medical Center 
Rochester, NY

Michael Vella, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Acute Care
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Stephen Rappaport, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Surgical ICU
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Contact Information

Nancy Freeland
Phone: (585) 275-6015