Date | Monday, Sept. 16, 2024
Location | Four Points by Sheraton, Charleston, WV

Program Objectives

The CAMC Nursing Professional Development and Innovation Conference will feature lectures, case presentations and educational sessions on a variety of acute care issues facing nursing professionals today. This one-day conference will focus on future professional nursing trends an update on the care of the Autism Spectrum Disorder patient population, the role of mentoring in today's healthcare environment and current legal and legislative issues in nursing. Posters from throughout the health system will be presented on current research, quality improvement and education. The program is designed for all professional nurses working in all areas of healthcare. 


At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Define and describe characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Explain how sensory sensitivity impacts behavior and interactions.
  • Identify strategies to support the individual and enhance self-regulation.
  • Discuss current nursing issues, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Explore the tole and function of an effective mentor in the healthcare settings.
  • Provide an overview of current legal and legislative issues in nursing. 


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In support of improving patient care, CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

The CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This offering has been approved for seven contact hours (JA0026-26-24-574). 


Monday, Sept. 16, 2024
Four Points by Sheraton, Charleston 

7:00 a.m. | Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. | Welcome/Introduction
Presenter: Rachel Persinger, RN, MSN, Professional Development Chair

8:05 a.m. | The Smile Doctor 
Presenter: Anand Chockalingam, MD

9:20 a.m. | Break - Poster Presentations/Exhibits

9:30 a.m. | Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Helpful Strategies 
Presenter: Karan Doss, MA

11:30 a.m. | Lunch/Poster Presentations

12:15 p.m. | Legislative Updates
Presenters: Brandon Hatfield, Esq, and Melanie Dempsey 

1:15 p.m. | Current Legal Issues in Nursing
Presenters: Allison Anderson, Esq, and Bernard Vallejos, Esq

2:45 p.m. | Mentoring 
Presenter: Denise Burgess, MA, BSN, RN-C, LPC, CMFT

3:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Presenter: Heidi Edwards, RN, MSN

4:30 p.m. | Course Evaluation/Adjournment 

The CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine controls the content and production of this CE activity and attempt to ensure the presentation of balanced, objective information. In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education established by the ACCME, faculty, abstract reviewers, paper presenters/authors, planning committee members, staff and any others involved in planning the educational content must disclose any relationship they or their co-authors have with ineligible companies which may be related to their content. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 24 months that create a conflict of interest. 

All presenters, planning committee and faculty have declared no financial interest with an ineligible company for this educational activity. 

Every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room. However, we realize everyone's comfort zone is different, so please bring a sweater or light jacket.