2017 Clinical Nurse Leader Association Fall Conference and Certification Review Course

Impact: Cruising to Great Outcomes: Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA) Fall Conference

Impact: Cruising to Great Outcomes: Preparing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for Practice

--Hosted by the North Texas CNLA Chapter

*This activity has been submitted to the Texas Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Texas Nurses Association – Approver is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Swim with a dolphin on Tuesday, Present from the podium on Wednesday!!!

General Information

Dates: Saturday, September 9th – Thursday, September 14th.

The 2017 CNLA Fall Conference and Certification Review Course will be held during a 5-Day cruise aboard the Carnival Valor! The Valor will be leaving Galveston, Texas, on September 9th, visiting the exciting ports of Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico, and returning to Galveston on September 14th!

Bring the whole family! Earn Contact Hours and vacation at the same time! Friends and family are welcome to use our group rate; encourage everyone you know to register for this cruise via our registration link. CNLA earns credit with Carnival Cruise Lines for every first & second person booked per cabin. Cabins can be booked to a capacity of 4 people (i.e. attendee, spouse, & 2 children) but the number of conference attendees sharing a cabin must be held to a maximum of 2.

Passports are not required but are preferred per Carnival recommendations. State issued birth certificate will suffice if no passport is available at the time of boarding.

We have labored to make registration at the above link as easy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Michael Culver at CNLA and/or Eddie Haisten at GlobauxSource.

For a hardcopy of this information click here.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker will be former CNLA President Bob LaPointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN.


(locations and times subject to change)

Conference Dress Code: Super Cruisy Casual!

Saturday, 9/9/17 One Small Step Disco (all attendees)

1700-1800 Private Cocktail Party & Registration

1800-2000 Keynote Address: The Complexity of Caring, and Habits of Healing

———Bob LaPointe

Sunday, 9/10/17 Eagles Lounge (conference attendees)

0730-0830 Decreasing Incidence of Clostridium Difficile on Medical and Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Units

———Holly P. Lauret

0830-0930 Lean Six Sigma Project: Reduction in Late Discharges

———Diane Thomas

0930-1030 Alterniative Therapies: Improving Pain for Adults During Hospitalization

———Jennifer Stice, Chloe Rodengen

1030-1130 BREAK1130-1230 Implementing the Clinical Nurse Leader Role in a Large Hospital Network

———Pam Duffey, Darla Banks

1230-1330 “Dear Diary,” The use of a Patient Diary for Complex Trauma Patients

———Meridith Gombar

1330-1430 Building your Power Base to Survive with “Super Chickens”

———Monika Decker, Samantha Blair

Sunday, 9/10/17 Winston’s Bar (review course attendees)

1030-1830 CNL Certification Exam Review Course

(blocked time; content and schedule [~ 6 hours] will be determined by instructors)

Monday, 9/11/17 Winston’s Bar (all attendees)

0730-0830 Poster Session 1

Implementation of a Checklist to Improve the Discharge Process

———Laura Anderson

Improved Patient Understanding of Discharge Instructions

———Ashley McClure

Clinical Nurse Leader Led NICHE Implementation: Impact of NICHE Preparation on Nursing Knowledge of Geriatric Patient Care

———Tru Byrnes

Improved CNL Electronic Health Record Documentation for more Effective Patient Care Coordination

———Roberta Hardman

Clarifying Role Expectations and Practice Standards Utilizing a CNL Professional Practice Model Illustration

———Angie Hatley, Grace Buttriss, Veronica Rankin, Tina Ralyea

Evolving CNL Capstone Projects

———Annette Hines

Impact of Patient-Centered Daily Care Briefings at the Bedside

———Marsha Howard, Amy Hodges, John Sims, Sandra Urich, Victoria Varriale

Discharge Readiness Teaching

———Chante Jackson

Improving Mobility: One Step at a Time

———Ranju Rana, Janet Larrimore, Samantha Church

Blending Caring Practice with Teaching to Improve Medication Communication

———Cindy Rivet, Nicole Hebert

Making the Call Count: High Reliability Measures to Enhance Nurse-Physician Relationships

———Nisha Sharma

Mindfulness: Influencing the Patient and Care Team Experience

———Keerat Singh, Patricia Davis, Mona Cockerham

Creation and Implementation of a Short Stay Discharge Protocol in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

———Alexandra Vest, Emily Brady

Tuesday, 9/12/17 Winston’s Bar (all attendees)

0730-0830 Poster Session 2

Reducing Patient Falls on an Inpatient Oncology Unit by Appropriately Assessing Fall Risk Factors and Implementation of the S.A.F.E. Tool

———Jessica Barnett, Jennifer Saunders

Discharge Planning in the Cardiac Care Unit Utilizing a Discharge Toolkit

———Barbara Brown

Nurses Lead the Way with Mobile Technology

———Annemarie Sopyra Deeley

Identifying Missed Signs of Sepsis and Delayed Treatment

———Erin Fearing

Want to Keep Your License?

———Grant Fharen

Clinical Nurse Leaders: Improving Flow and Capacity Between Two Hospital Facilities

———Jill Gray, Heena Nagarji, Valorie Short

Patient Engagement Options: Using Video Telehealth for Specialty Care

———Diane Horton, Colleen Berding

Keeping Communication Clean: A LEAN Approach to Reducing Unneeded Expenses

———Marsha Howard

Supporting Documentation for the Development of a Clinical Nurse Leader Focused Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree Program: Results of a Retrospective Review and Analysis Survey

———David Hudson

To Fall or Not to Fall: That is the Question

———Kristin Pilong

Reduction of CLABSIs Using CHG Wipes in an LTACH

———Diane Thomas

Standardization of Vancomycin Ordering & Administration in Patients Undergoing Intermittent Hemodialysis

———Dana Urian

Nutrition: The Forgotten Medicine

———Sarah Vlachos

Wednesday, 9/13/17 Eagles Lounge (conference attendees)

0700-0800 Dud to Stud: Improving Nursing Communication by Utilizing Bedside Daily Care Briefing (DCB)

———Jeremy Aslin, Suzanne Williamson

0800-0900 Coaching CNL Students to Certification Success: A 100% Clinical Nurse Leader Exam Pass Rate

———Grace Buttriss, Tina Ralyea

0900-1000 Influencing Factors of a Clinical Nurse Leader Role Transition: Results of a Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Survey

———Grace Buttriss

1000-1100 BREAK1100-1200 Go to the Gemba: Clinical Nurse Leader Team Development from Within

———Cassie Crauswell

1200-1300 Reducing Falls Through Multi-Factorial Prevention and CNL Support

———Karrie Love

1300-1400 An Interprofessional Evidence-Based Approach to reducing Harm Related to Critical Illnesses

———Kelly Drumright

Wednesday, 9/13/17 Winston’s Bar (review course attendees)

1200-2000 CNL Certification Exam Review Course

(blocked time; content and schedule [~ 6 hours] will be determined by instructors)

Conference Rates

• $105 for Student CNLA Members
• $155 for CNL-Certified CNLA Members
• $255 for Non-CNLA Members
• $111 for Vendors (additional information required)

Cabin Rates

Cabin Category Bedding 1st/2nd Guest Taxes, Fees, Port Exp.
4B Interior Twin/King $339.00 +$68.79
6B Ocean View Twin/King $394.00 +$68.79
8B Balcony Twin/King $504.00 +$68.79
 Group rates may not correlate with published rates.
 Taxes, fees, & port expenses are subject to change.
 Single occupancy is available at 200% of the total fare.
 Third and Fourth guest rates are available on request and are subject to availability.
 Suggested gratuities are $64.75 per guest in Standard Cabins-($12.95 per day) and $69.75 per guest in Suites ($13.95 per day) (subject to change), to cover the dining room team service, alternative dining service and room steward. Those who choose not to pre-pay gratuities will have them applied to their onboard account.


Vendors are WELCOME! Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are masters-prepared nurse generalists with a wide range of duties and expertise. The mission of CNLA is to provide a forum for CNLs and students working toward the certification in all practice settings to collaborate, collect data, publish results, network, promote high standards of practice, maintain a professional presence and stay abreast of issues affecting their practice. The vision of CNLA is to improve patient outcomes through a focus on safety and quality outcomes and the implementation of evidence-based practice at the point of care. Support the mission and vision of CNLA through sponsorship of the 2017 CNLA Fall Conference and Certification Exam Review Course! This event will be attended by CNLs and CNL-students from across America with a large number from the states of Texas & Oklahoma. Please begin the registration process for the cruise using our special link below and email a completed copy of the Vendor Information form here to Michael Culver at CNLA.

Get your Venodor Information Form here!


For those planning on staying in the Galveston area the night prior to or after the cruise, we have found the Hotel Galvez & Spa, a great place right near the beach yet only a 5-minute ride to the cruise terminal. The Galvez offers long-term parking for cruisers as well as shuttle service to/from the pier. We were not able to generate enough interest in order to secure a block of rooms, but the price is about mid-range for what Galveston has to offer.

Hotel Galvez and Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

2014 Seawall Boulevard

Galveston, TX 77550

(409) 765-7721

Those for whom driving is not an option, you will need to fly into one of the airports in Houston, Texas: William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) or George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Hobby is closer to Galveston, but is a smaller airport with a large Southwest Airlines presence. George Bush is the main international airport for the area and is a hub for Continental/United. A Carnival transportation option is available for those traveling from the airport directly to the cruise port.

• To/From Hobby: $37

• To/From George Bush: $47

Registration Link

Register for the conference and the cruise (separate charges apply) by clicking on the link below..

*** Cancellations: There will be a refund of the full conference fee if canceling anytime up to 50 days before the event (7/21/17). There will be a 50% refund of the conference fee if canceling between 7/21/17 and 1 month before the event (8/9/17). There will be no refunds of the conference fee from that point forward. Refunds of booking fees with Carnival Cruise Lines are guided by that organization’s policies.
If you find that you must cancel, please reach out to Eddie Haisten at GlobauxSource.