Whatever your setting; stepdown, direct observation, intermediate, high acuity, med-surg, telemetry or transitional, AACN’s Progressive Care Pathways provides a program addressing your unique educational and professional goals.

At the conclusion of this conference, the experienced clinician will be able to:


clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through case analysis of patient care and healthcare delivery issues with progressive care experts.


and implement evidence-based guidelines and current research that impact progressive care units.


a professional network with progressive care colleagues and associates.


progressive care current issues and trends that impact nursing practice and care delivery systems.

September 28-October 1, 2014, Nashville, TN

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(615) 889-1000

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About AACN Progressive Care Pathways

Progressive care nurses work in extremely challenging and ever-changing environments. Whether handling rapid response calls, recent ICU transfers or post surgical patients with more complicated conditions, patients treated in progressive care units may not be in the ICU, but have complex needs requiring highly-skilled nursing care.


Why Attend

AACN’s Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 28-Oct 1, 2014, at the Gaylord Marriott in Nashville, offers a program addressing your unique educational and professional development goals. Based on feedback from the progressive care nursing community, we’ve developed a conference that suits your specialized needs.

The program offers:

  • Up to 22 continuing nursing education (CNE) hours including a networking event, live sessions and online resources focused on the needs of progressive care nurses
  • Progressive care experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for patients who require high intensity nursing care and a high level of surveillance.
  • Evidence-based content designed to address a wide range of progressive care patients’ needs and provide direct clinical application of the evidence.
  • A learning experience designed by progressive care nurses, which includes content on innovative and exciting evidence-based strategies.
  • Opportunities to network with experts and your progressive care peers.


Who Should Attend

Our program is ideal for nurses who treat patients who are moderately stable with high risk of becoming unstable, practicing in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Direct Observation
  • High Acuity
  • Intermediate
  • Med-Surg
  • Stepdown
  • Telemetry
  • Transitional




The Agenda

Sunday, September 28

5:00-6:30 PM Welcome Session/Networking Reception

Step Forward into the Power of Networking

-Dave Hanson; Mary Bylone

Monday, September 29

7:30-11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions

Session #1 Options

-Heart Failure: Update on Care in Progressive Care Units

-Nancy Albert

-Delirium vs. Dementia: How Do We Know If Either Exists?

-Brenda Pun

-Pain Assessment and Management of the Nonverbal Patient 

-Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer

Session #2 Options

-Update on Heart Surgery

-Jill Ley

-When a Rhythm Strip is Not Enough: You Need a 12 Lead ECG

-Gerard Hannibal

-Interventional Procedures and Complications

-Marcia Bixby 

Session #3 Options

-Just Because We Can…

-Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer

-Open Chest in Progressive Care Unit: CALS as an Alternative to ACLS

-Jill Ley

-Acute Kidney Injury and Treatment Modalities

-Marcia Bixby 

Lunch (on own)

1:00-5:30 PM  Plenary Session

Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

-Brenda Pun 

Reinventing Progressive Care Nursing to Meet Today's Healthcare Needs

-Nancy Albert

Cardiac Catheterization: Candidates for Procedures and Possible Complications

-Marcia Bixby

 Tuesday, September 30

7:30 AM-12:00 PM  Plenary Session

Leading from Where You Stand: Tales from the Bedside

-Dave Hanson

Sepsis and How it Applies to PCU?

- Nicole Falgout

Updates on Cardiac Device Therapy

-Jill Repoley

Lunch (on own)

1:30-5:30 PM  Concurrent Sessions

Session #1 Options

Anticoagulants and Warfarin Alternatives for Patients in Atrial Fibrillation

-Jill Repoley 

Breakthrough Strategies for Creating & Sustaining Healthy Work Environments

-Dave Hanson

Pulmonary Disease

-Patty Sheehan

Session #2 Options

Blood and Blood Product Transfusion: Controversies and Recommendations

-Kathleen Hill

Poison Control in Progressive Care: Safe Use of Rhythm Control Drugs

-Gerard Hannibal

Experiences/Lessons Learned/Outcomes about Sepsis Protocols

-Nicole Falgout

Session #3 Options

Ethics and Privacy

-Kathleen Hill

Quality and Patient Safety

-Nicole Falgout

Updates on Diabetes Management

-Patty Sheehan

 Wednesday, October 1

7:30 AM – 11:45 PM Plenary Session

Social Media and Its Impact on Nursing Care

-Joanne Turka 

Management of Bedside Cardiac Monitoring: Best Practices

- Gerard Hannibal 

Evidence-Based Practice in the Progressive Care Unit

- Kathleen Hill

11:45AM-12:00 PM  Closing Session




The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
Up to 22.0 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours

Program Planning

Gerard Hannibal RN, MSN, PCCN
Cleveland, Ohio

Jeannette (Jeannie) Meyer RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, ACHPN
Santa Monica, CA

RoseMarie Faber, MSN/ED, RN
Alumna CCRN
AACN Credentialing Program Specialist 

Mary Ann Cook, RN, MSN
AACN Clinical Practice Specialist


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