Medical Surgical Conference

Danville, PA US
October 17, 2023

This is a hybrid educational activity.  

Research demonstrates the importance of aiding the pediatric patient to transition to adult care. This presents many challenges for both the patient and the caregivers. It is essential that licensed staff understand the unique challenges that patients with illnesses, previously thought of as “childhood” illnesses, may face as they transition to adult care. Additionally, it is essential that licensed staff, both inpatient and outpatient, stay current on the rapidly changing interventions and treatments of chronic illness.

Learners should attend this activity to expand nursing knowledge and skills beyond current practice. ContinuingProfession Development is central to nurses’ lifelong learning and constitutes a vital aspect for keeping nurses’ knowledge andskills up to date.

Target Audience

This course is designed for all nurses, inpatient and outpatient.

Other learner groups such as nursing students and nursing instructors will also benefit from this course.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to: 

  • identify recommendations for treatment modalities for Heart Failure
  • identify two key areas of focus when transitioning patients from pediatric care to adult
  •  list two warning signs of early sepsis
  • identify two barriers to finding placement for the violent/aggressive patient
  • identify two obstetrical emergency seen on Med-Surg units
Refund Policy
A full refund will be given for any cancellations received up to one week prior to the course.  No refunds for no-shows. 
Course Cancellation Policy
In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled, you will be called and/or emailed, and any tuition fees received would be refunded in full.  Geisinger is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred.
Your attendance will be recorded within three to four days of the conclusion of the activity on your continuing education transcript.  
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 ANCC
  • 6.50 Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/17/2023 - 7:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/17/2023 - 5:00pm EDT
7:00 AM                     
Registration and Continental Breakfast (for in-person attendees)
7:25 AM                     
Welcome and Introductions 
7:30 AM                     
Congestive Heart Failure: Treatment and Intervention
George Ruiz, MD, MBA
8:30 AM                     
Cystic Fibrosis: From Childhood to Adult
Marie Isenberg, AAS, RRT, Sara Pritt, PsyD & Catherine Shoff, DO
9:30 AM Morning Break
9:45 AM                     
Violent Patients from the Care Management Perspective
Christopher Grassi, LSW, ACM-SW
10:45 AM                   
Early Recognition of Sepsis in the Med-Surg Patient
Amit M. Sharma, MD, MPH, FRCP, FIDSA
11:45 AM Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees
12:30 PM                     
A Personal Story: This can’t be Happening to Me!
Candace Beddoe, MSN, RN, CEN, PHRN
1:15 PM                      
OB Emergencies in Med-Surg
Melissa Curnow, BSN, RN
2:15 PM                      
Human Trafficking
Kellee Neyer, BSN, RN, CCRN
3:15 PM
*Topics and Speakers are subject to change. 
Henry Hood Center for Health Research
100 N Academy Ave
Danville, PA 17822
United States
+1 (570) 271-6692

The building can get cold so a sweater or light jacket is recommended.


The Henry Hood Center for Health Research is located on the Geisinger Campus in Danville, Pennsylvania (Montour County), Exit 224 on Interstate 80. Routes 11 and 54 also intersect in Danville. 

Virtual Information
All details pertaining to the links for this activity will be sent once you are registered for the activity. 
Candace Beddoe, MSN, RN, CEN, PHRN
Flow Navigator
Emergency Medicine
Geisinger Community Medical Center
Melissa Curnow, BSN, RN 
Nursing Professional Development Practitioner
Nursing Education
Geisinger Medical Center
Nancy Gordon, BSN, RN, NPD-BC
Activity Director
Nursing Professional Development Practitioner
Geisinger Medical Center
Christopher Grassi, LSW, ACM-SW
Lead, Care Management
Geisinger Community Medical Center
Marie Isenberg, AAS, RRT
Program Coordinator, Cystic Fibrosis
Pediatric Pulmonary Professional Services
Geisinger Medical Center
Kellee Neyer, BSN, RN, CCRN
Associate, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Geisinger Medical Center
In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit Designation
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this activity for 6.5 contact hours for nurses.  Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.
Disclosure Policy 
Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activity sponsored by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). 

Available Credit

  • 6.50 ANCC
  • 6.50 Contact Hours


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