Date | September 19, 2023
Time | 7:00 a.m.
Location | Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University - Charleston Campus

Program overview

The CAMC Professional Nursing Development and Research 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, re-engaging after a pandemic, current legal issues in nursing, human trafficking and engaging those with substance use disorder. 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 health care.

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

  • Provide an overview of current nursing issues locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Provide an overview of re-engagement techniques after COVID-19.
  • Provide an overview of current legal issues in nursing.
  • Provide an overview of human trafficking and describe how trafficking presents in West Virginia.
  • Provide an overview of engaging those with substance use disorder.

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In support of improving patient care, CAMC Institute for Academic 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 health care 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 7 contact hours (JA0026-26-23-574).


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

7:50 a.m. | Welcome / Introductions

Presented by Kristi Schneider, RN, BSN - Professional Development Chair

8:00 a.m. | The Future of Nursing

Presented by Pamela N. Petto, MEd, BSN, RN, PMP, NE-BC

9:00 a.m. | Struggling to Re-Connect

Presented by Denise Burgess, MA, BSN, RN-C, LPC, CMFT

10:00 a.m. | Break - Poster Presentations/Exhibits

10:30 a.m. | Current Legal Issues in Nursing/Depositions/Mock Trial

Presented by Allison Anderson, Esq.

12:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 p.m. | Human Trafficking in West Virginia

Presented by Jennifer Herrald, Esq. and William S. Thompson, Esq.

2:30 p.m. | Break - Poster Presentations/Exhibits

2:45 p.m. | Engaging those with substance use disorder

Presented by Adina Bowe, MD

3:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Presented by Heidi Edwards, RN, MSN

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

Conference faculty


The CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine controls the content and production of this CE activity and attempts 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 conference.

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting rooms, we realize everyone's comfort zone is different. Therefore, please bring a sweater or light jacket in case the room is too cool for your comfort.