Nursing Conference

2012 Allina Cardiovascular Nursing Conference: Teaming Up to Reach New Heights


7:30 Welcome Julianne Scott, RN, MA, NE-BC Director, Nasseff Heart Center and Critical Care, United Hospital
7:35 Raymond Plank Keynote Lecture: What’s Your Everest? Luanne Freer, MD
9:05 Heart Failure Update Ann M. Hayden, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, United Heart & Vascular Clinic, United Hospital
9:25 Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Michael Samara, MD Cardiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
9:45 Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs): Long-Term Effects Lesa M. Carter, RN LVAD Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
10:05 BREAK
10:20 Preventive Cardiology Courtney Baechler, MD, MSCE Vice President, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
11:00 Risk Stratifying PCI Patients to Improve Care and Decrease Costs  Pam Rush, RN, BSN, MS Clinical Program Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Allina Health
11:30 Coaching to Increase Care Plan Adherence Karen Lawson, MD Assistant Professor Family Medicine and Community Health, Director of Health Coaching, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing
12:10 LUNCH
12:55 ECG and Arrhythmias: An Interactive Review William T. Katsiyiannis, MD, FACC Electrophysiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
1:15 Pacemakers: Why Am I Seeing What I Am Seeing on the Monitor? Linda Kallinen Retel, BS, FHRS, CCDS Technical Lead, Pacemaker/ICD Clinic, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
1:35 Alarm Fatigue: Can We Prevent Unnecessary Deaths? Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAHA Clinical Nurse Researcher / Clinical Nurse Specialist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
1:55 Cardiovascular Pharmacology: New Anticoagulation and Antiarrhythmics Kelly Ruziska, PharmD Clinical Pharmacist, Mercy Hospital; Clinical Liaison, Allina Medical Anticoagulation Clinics
2:35 BREAK
2:50 Growing New Treatments: Stem Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Patients Kathy Beattie, RN, BAN, CCRC Clinical Research Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute FoundationPatti Mitchell, RN, BSN, CCRC Clinical Research Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
3:10 No Longer on the Periphery: PAD Research Update Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
3:30 CADENCE: The Rhythm of the Heart Jeffrey W. Chambers, MD Director of Research, Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute
3:50 Integrative Health and Self-Care for Nurses Sue Arnold, RN, MA, CHTP Integrative Medicine Nurse Clinician, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
4:20 Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Conference Overview

Quality healthcare takes a team approach. Cardiovascular patients are increasingly complex and require that many different professionals work together to provide excellent care. The 2012 Allina Cardiovascular Nursing Conference, designed based on the input of 375 nurse survey respondents, will address the latest developments in cardiovascular healthcare and prime nurses for what is coming next. Attendees will learn how, together, we can reach new heights in heart health. Learning Objectives

  • Summarize new drug therapies for cardiovascular disease.
  • List three new developments or initiatives in cardiovascular research.
  • Describe one technique nurses can use for self-care.
  • List strategies for reducing readmission rates.
  • Explain two potential causes of inappropriate pacer spikes and why cardiac resynchronization therapy is utilized for heart failure management.
  • Outline the issue of alarm fatigue and ways to combat it.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, cardiac rehab professionals, educators and other health care professionals interested in learning more about heart health.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Luanne Freer opened the world’s highest medical clinic in 2003, at Mount Everest Base Camp. Located at 17,500 feet, the tent-based clinic provides medical care for ailments such as high altitude sickness, frostbite, snow blindness, and trauma to climbers, sherpas and trekkers. Dr. Freer shares her fascinating story of what it is like to provide medical care in one of the world’s coldest and most austere environments. Dr. Freer is a board certified emergency physician who practices in her hometown, Bozeman, Montana. She is the medical director for Yellowstone National Park, and is the past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. She continues to return to volunteer and direct the clinic in Nepal every spring. Dr. Freer is no ordinary E.R. doctor; starting as a nurse and then obtaining her medical degree, she is also an experienced broadcast medical reporter. Her work on Everest now makes her one of the world’s foremost experts on high-altitude medicine and is highlighted in two new documentary films, both titled “Everest ER,” that chronicle life and death adventures as she faces high-altitude medical emergencies, helicopter evacuations, sudden violent storms, gender discrimination, multinational cultures and poverty while operating the first and only emergency room on the world’s highest mountain.

Registration & Logistics

Online Registration Registration is closed.

Tuition $130 for Allina employees and affiliates  $160 for general registration

Tuition fee includes educational credits, parking and refreshments. The online registration website will accept payments by bank or credit card. Early registration is recommended. Please note: Session handouts will be in paperless format, available online only. All files will be updated online as released by speakers and provided in Adobe PDF format to allow for downloading or printing by attendees.


Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront 11 Kellogg Boulevard East, Saint Paul, MN Phone: (651) 292-1900 Website: Validated parking is included. Please enter the Crowne Plaza Ramp on Wabasha St.

Cancellation and Refund Policy Substitutions are accepted at any time. For cancellations received by Tuesday, September 11, a $50 processing fee will be retained and the tuition balance refunded. Notices after this date will not receive a refund. To complete your cancellation or substitution call Angie McKinley at 612-863-7806 or email In the unlikely event the program is cancelled, MHIF is not responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.

Questions Please contact Angie McKinley at 612-863-7806 or


ANCC: This activity has been submitted to Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) Continuing Education Approval Program for approval to award 7.5 contact hours. WNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the Commission on Accreditation at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

MNBN: This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 9.0 hours of credit. Nurses are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Other: Individuals representing other professional disciplines may submit course materials to their respective professional associations for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Conference Organizers

Planning Committee Anita Anthony, MS, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Linda Dickey, MS, RN, CCNS Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy Hospital

Wendy Gunderson, MS, RN, ACNS B-C CV Clinical Nurse Specialist, United Hospital

Ann Hayden, MSN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, United Heart and Vascular Clinic, United Hospital

Eva Kovacs Zewdie, MBA Professional Education Manager, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Ashley Lyle, MS Professional Education Specialist, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Hayley Matthews-Jones Professional Education Specialist, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAHA Clinical Nurse Researcher/ Clinical Nurse Specialist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Pam Triplett, MS, RN, CCRN-CMC Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, United Hospital


Allina Hospitals & Clinics The cardiovascular health care providers of Allina Hospitals & Clinics view their role not just as cardiovascular health providers, but also as cardiac care educators. Each year Allina sponsors and participates in regional, national and international conferences that cover the full spectrum of cardiac care including prevention, diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment options. Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics, and health care services, including home care, hospice and palliative care, oxygen and medical equipment, pharmacies and emergency medical transportation. For more information, please visit

About The Raymond Plank Keynote Lecture Funding for the keynote presenter at this conference has been provided by Raymond Plank, who wishes to recognize the importance of interprofessional education and the valuable role of nurses as medical professionals.

Mr. Plank is the retired founder and chairman of Apache Corporation, one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. Born and raised on a farm in Wayzata, he earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, served as a U.S. Army bomber pilot during World War II, and returned to Minneapolis as a founding partner in an accounting services firm. In 1954 until 2009, Plank led Apache from inception to an organization with assets of more than $19 billion. Advised by his father to leave the world better than he found it, Plank has embodied that advice as a leader in civic, educational, business and conservation-related activities. Ucross Foundation provides artists and writers with a setting for individual creative work on a 20,000-acre ranch in Wyoming. Fund for Teachers has provided summer travel and enrichment grants to 4,000-plus elementary and high school teachers. In Egypt, where Apache is a leading oil and gas producer, about 7,000 girls are attending one-room school buildings constructed by Springboard – Educating the Future. The Raymond Plank Professorship of Global Energy Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government works to advance teaching and research in the fields of global energy. The planning committee appreciates Mr. Plank’s support for this conference.