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3rd UCLA Nurse Practitioner Conference

Innovation, Outcomes, and Advances in Nurse Practitioner Practice


Ronald Reagan, UCLA Medical Center - Tamkin Auditorium (B130)
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Saturday, April 16, 2016
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Objectives &  Brochure

At the end of the conference the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate strategies for improving outcomes of Nurse Practitioner practice.
  • Discuss current legislation impacting Nurse Practitioner practice in the State of California.
  • Synthesize concepts of innovation in cardiac surgery, interventional radiology and
  • Differentiate types of advanced pain management throughout the continuum of care.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

Nurses will be awarded 5.0 Contact hours which includes 2 pharmacology hours.

UCLA Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

UCLA Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number 12511 for 6 Contact hours. (Which includes 2 Pharmacology hours)

No partial CE credit given.

Featured Speakers and Presentations

Welcome Remarks - Karen Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chief Nursing Executive, UCLA Health Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Nursing

Karen Grimley was appointed Chief Nursing Executive at UCLA Health in September of 2015.  Prior to her current position, Karen served as the Chief Nursing Officer for UC Irvine Medical Center and she led a multi-disciplinary team of nurses aimed at delivering world-class care at Orange County's only academic medical center. Karen's leadership, mentorship and stewardship of hospital-based initiatives ensure the provision of quality and compassionate patient care.  Read more »


Cathy Rodgers Ward Welcome Remarks - Cathy Rodgers Ward, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Cathy Rodgers Ward, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is the Chief Nursing Officer at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and holds an appointment as clinical faculty in the UCLA School of Nursing.  Dr. Ward is responsible for nursing practice and nursing operations in these two hospitals.  

Dr. Ward has provided leadership and direction at UCLA for the past 30 years in various management roles. 

Showcasing Outcomes of NP Practice - Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FCCM, Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center

Prof. Ruth Kleinpell is currently the Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center and a Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago Illinois.  She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and maintains active practice. She also serves as a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

She is currently completing a second 2-year term as President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an international organization with over 40 country members representing over 500,000 critical care nurses worldwide.

Donna Emanuele Engaged Advocacy - Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, State President of California Association for Nurse Practitioners Assistant Professor of Nursing, Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Emanuele is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the FNP program for the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences.   

She continues to pursue nursing's agenda to reduce barriers to advance nursing practice to improve access to health care and this past June received the 2015 AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence for California. She is an active member of the California Action Coalition and serves on their Leadership Council and recommendation committees to address the Future of Nursing.

Innovation in Healthcare - Neil A. Martin, MD FAANS, Professor and W. Eugene Stern Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, Quality Council UCLA Health

Neil A. Martin, MD, FAANS, has been with  UCLA Neurosurgery for three decades.  Dr. Martin currently serves as Director of the Aneurysm and AVM program, Co-Director of the Brain Injury Research Center, Co-Director of the UCLA Stroke Center, and Chair of the Leadership Council for the Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA. In May of 2012, Dr. Martin was appointed Chair of the UCLA Health System Quality Council. In addition, Dr. Martin is a consulting international expert of the International Neurosurgical Institute (INI) in Beijing, CHINA.

 Photo not available Prostate Artery Embolization - Naomi Gedion, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC

Naomi Gedion, MSN, ACNP-BC, MBA is currently a Director in the UCLA Health System Department of Radiological Sciences.  Prior to working in management she practiced as an Interventional Radiology Nurse Practitioner at UCLA.  She received her BSN at the University of Southern California (USC) and both her MSN and MBA degrees at UCLA.


Integration of Nurse Practitioners into Cardiac Surgery - Chris Eisenring, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Working in emergency medicine, neuro trauma and critical care since 1982, Chris obtained his BSN at Cal State University Dominguez Hills.  He started his tenure at UCLA in 1991 in the cardiothoracic ICU recovering neonatal, pediatric and adult cardiothoracic surgery patients. 

He is currently full time in the operating room, assisting surgeons with cardiac surgery, including minimally invasive robotic procedures and orthotopic heart and lung transplants. He remains active in research, publishing several articles and he is currently involved in ex-vivo lung and heart preservation.

Adjuvant Pharmacologic Therapies in the Treatment of Chronic Pain - Joshua Shroll, MD, MPH

Dr. Joshua Shroll is double Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He earned his medical degree and a Master's of Public Health from The Ohio State University. He finished his subspecialty training in Pain Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and has stayed on as clinical faculty.

Some of Dr. Shroll's clinical interests include spinal cord stimulation and the use of other minimally invasive procedures to aid in the treatment of chronic spine conditions, neuropathies, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain.

NSAIDs and Managing Inpatient Pain: Scenarios - Jakun Ing, MD, MPH

Dr. Ing was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He graduated from Harvard with a concentration in biochemical sciences.  He returned to Chapel Hill and obtained both his medical degree and his Master's in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He then completed both his residency in anesthesiology and his fellowship in pain management at UCLA.  He is now the director of the inpatient chronic pain service at the UCLA Ronald Reagan campus and also has an outpatient practice at the UCLA Santa Monica campus.

Opioid Pharmacology - Simon Darashti, MD

Simon Dardashti is a So Cal Native who was born and raised in Encino-Tarzana. He majored in Political Science at UC Berkeley and went on to receive a Master's degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Chicago Medical School and trained in Anesthesiology at UC Irvine before completing his Interventional Pain Fellowship at UCLA. He currently practices Pain Management in Thousand Oaks with UCLA.

His passion for Pain Medicine stems from his desire to help people lead a healthy and functional life. Dr. Dardashti enjoys hiking, bicycling, traveling, and being with his family.

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