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Nursing Conference

Nursing Conference 2014May 8, 2014

The 8th annual conference sponsored by the Kirtland Community College Nursing Department highlights the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) to give participants a clear understanding of the ACA and its implications to the consumer, nurse and healthcare institutions.  The popular conference held in Northern Michigan also provides opportunity for nurses to network with their respected colleagues.

Download brochure:  Nursing Conference Brochure 2014

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At completion the learner will:

  1. Describe the concepts  of the ACA.
  2. Understand the current status of the ACA in Michigan.
  3. Identify the nurse’s role as it relates to the ACA and patient advocacy.
  4. Understand how healthcare systems may utilize the ACA for decision making related to staffing and nursing practice.
  5. Apply concepts of new pain management  treatments.
  6. Integrate principles of holistic pain management into daily practice.


After  completion, learners will have a clearer  understanding of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), and  the implications for nursing practice and staff.  This seminar will also focus on  the ACA  in Michigan for the consumer, nursing’s role as patient advocate, and  how healthcare organizations may interpret the ACA  to make  patient care  and  financial decisions. Learners  will also have  the newest information on  the cutting edge of pain management to meet the needs  of continuing education on pain management as required for Michigan nursing license  renewal.

Gallery Walk/Poster Presentation

This year our conference will highlight the talents of the Kirtland Community College graduating class of 2014.  They prepared a Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) poster presentation.  Each poster will address a unique question developed by the students and based on the QSEN  Competency Definitions and KSAs. The Gallery Walk will afford you the opportunity to engage with your future nurse colleagues on a topic important to all nurses.

Silent Auction

You will have the opportunity to assist us in continuing to provide an affordable professional conference.  Silent  Auction items will be available for bid.  Cash or checks will be accepted for payment. Please contact Beth Hubbard at (989) 275-5000, ext. 254 if you are interested in donating an item for the auction.

Continuing Education

6.0 contact hours for nurses in accordance with the Michigan State  BON-General Rules Part 6-CE R.338.10602, Rule 2(g)  This includes 1.0 contact hour in pain management  which  will fulfill the Michigan  requirement for license renewal. Participants must attend the entire conference to receive a continuing education  certificate.


8:30- 9 a.m.     Registration

9-9:15 a.m.     Welcome and Introductions: Beth Hubbard RN, MSN Director  of Nursing

9:15-10:45 a.m.   Jim Fischer MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC:   Vice President,  Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Munson Medical Center

10:45-11 a.m.     Break

11 a.m.-12 p.m.    Brett Williams: Mid-Michigan Regional Coordinator, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. The ACA in MI: The Pros, the Cons and What’s Next

12-1 p.m.     Lunch

1-2 p.m.   Deborah  Bach-Stante  RN, MPH: Director,  Office of Nursing  Policy

2-3 p.m.    Marci Welker RNC, MSN,  FNP “On the Cutting Edge of Pain Management”

3-3:15 p.m.    Break

3:15-4:15 p.m.    Marion  Long RN, MSN, AHN-BC: Holistic Pain Management

4:15-4:30 p.m.     Evaluations