Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (WIACNS)

Annual WIACNS Conference - The CNS: Navigating the Road to Nursing Excellence

Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Village of Pewaukee, WI 53072

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30am CT - 4:45pm CT
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800 Main Street, Village of Pewaukee, WI 53072


Credits Offered

This event offers 6.25 contact hours to attendees (1.0 Pharmacology credit) .
Accredited by Ascension Health - WNA.

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Additional Information

Conference Co-Chairs:

Conference Committee

  • Amy Driscoll
  • Jay Gottschalk
  • Kathleen Kochanski
  • Gwen Pennington
  • Anne Putzer
  • Michelle Uttke

***Please note, online attendee registration will end on March 22, 2019.  Walk-in registration will be accepted on the day of the conference at 7:30am for $120***

Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

Attendee Registration:  A cancellation fee of $5 of registration costs will be applied for cancellations received between 10/1/18-2/28/19 before the annual conference. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after 2/28/19.  A replacement attendee may be sent in place.

Exhibitor Registration:  No refund will be issued for cancellations.

Event Agenda

Annual WIACNS Conference - The CNS: Navigating the Road to Nursing Excellence

Event Agenda

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30am CT - 4:45pm CT

All times listed in Central Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Friday, April 5, 2019

  • 7:30am - 8:30am

    Registration, Vendors, Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30am - 8:45am


  • 8:45am - 10:00am

    Keynote: A View of the CNS Role from the Executive Lens: Vision, Voice, Value

    Joe Don Cavender, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC; Vice-President & Associate Chief Nurse Officer, Children’s Health System of Texas, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX

  • 10:00am - 10:45am

    Networking and Vendors

  • 10:45am - 11:30am

    Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce for Process Improvement

    Sarah R. Martinez, MA, Value Stream Manager, Performance Excellence, Ascension Healthcare

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm

    Sepsis Management

    Patty Haugh, RN, MSN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ascension/Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee

  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch, Legislative Update, Vendors

  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm

    Lunch Sponsor and Speaker: Molnlycke Healthcare

    Shana Gaynor-Champion, MBA, MS, RN, CWCN

    CMS Policy and HAC statistics and penalties across the continuum

  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Pharmacology: Antibiotic Stewardship

    Sara Revolinski, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor, Director of Experiential Education, School of Pharmacy, Medical College of WI

  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm


  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm

    CNS Practice/PI Work Panel: A TEAM of Virtual Learning: Fostering Outcome Sustainability through an Innovative Educational Program

    Amy Driscoll, DNP RN GCNS-BC and Gwen Pennington, DNP RN-BC AGCNS-BC Advocate Aurora Health

  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm

    CNS Practice/PI Work Panel: Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Falls Prevention

    Alyson Leon MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC Advocate Aurora Health

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Closing Speaker: Building Resilience in Yourself, Staff, and Leadership

    Jay R. Gottschalk, MS, MSN, APNP, RN, AGCNS-BC, CHPN, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Solid Tumor Service Line, Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

  • 4:30pm - 4:45pm


    We would to thank the following exhibitors and sponsors for making our conference possible: Ascension Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, KCI, LaJolla, Masimo, Molnlycke Healthcare (vendor and lunch sponsor), & UW Health.


Note Page (35 KB)
1 Keynote (1.7 MB)
3 Sepsis (2 MB)
4 Pharm (1.2 MB)
5 TEAM (1 MB)
7 Closing (34 MB)