APGNN Annual Meeting




We host an annual conference in collaboration with NASPGHAN. For 2021, it is being held in Nashville!


                                                 APGNN Program


                            Friday, November 5 -Saturday, November 6


Please register for the conference here. If you register by September 2, 2021, you are eligible for the "early bird" rate!


Friday, November 5

7:30 AM–8:00 AM Breakfast and welcome

Sharon Perry, CPNP, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

8:00 AM-9:00 AM Session I: Keynote and business meeting

8:00 AM    Keynote: Keeping calm during COVID

  Robin Shannon, PNP, University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
  Learning objectives
    •    Identify stressors to nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic
    •    Understand the use of hypnotherapy within the nursing role
    •    Identify techniques nurses can use during times of stress

8:30 AM    Business meeting: APGNN year in review
  Teresa Carroll, MSN, RN, APRN, PGNA Las Vegas/APGNN President

9:00-10:00AM Session II: Enteral tubes

9:00 AM    Update on the NOVEL Project
Beth Lyman, MSN, RN, CNSC, Children's Mercy Kansas City and Rose Pauley, APRN, MS, Boys Town Hospital
Learning objectives
    •    Provide overview of the “New Opportunities for Verification of Enteral Tube Location Project”
    •    Review evidence-based practice for nasogastric tube placement
    •    Identify provider and family education materials

9:30 AM    Enteral tubes 101
Macy Carobene, MS, RN, CPNP-BC, Children's Hospital At Montefiore
Learning objectives:
    •    Review types of enteral tubes available for pediatric patients
    •    Discuss management of enteral tubes
    •    Identify troubleshooting techniques for problem tubes

10:00 AM-10:30 AM Committee meetings and break


10:30 AM-12:00 PM Session III: Inflammatory bowel disease

10:30 AM The state of inflammatory bowel disease
Jonathan Moses, MD, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Review the latest treatments in IBD
    •    Review model care guidelines for standardizations of care
    •    Discuss the interdisciplinary team approach to care of the IBD patient

11:00 AM Update on biosimilars
Ross Maltz, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Discuss the mechanisms of biosimilars on the GI tract
    •    Discuss TDM with biosimilars

11:30 AM Mental health screening in IBD patients
Michele Maddux, PhD, Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Learning objectives:
    •    To highlight targets of mental health screening most relevant to pediatric IBD
    •    To describe implementation of mental health screening during in-person visits and telemedicine, using specific examples from multidisciplinary care   models
    •    To review key barriers to mental health screening and sustainable ways to incorporate screening into clinical workflow
    •    To highlight impact of COVID on mental health among youth, using medical and mental health claims data


12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch and Poster Session


1:30 PM-3:00 PM Session IV: Motility

1:30 PM    Approach to the pediatric patient with chronic nausea
Kataja Kovacic, MD, Children's Wisconsin
Learning Objectives
    •    Identify causes for nausea in the pediatric patient
    •    Review ROME IV criteria used to diagnose functional nausea
    •    Discuss pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for functional nausea

2:15 PM    Treatment options for intractable constipation
Kim Osborne, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Educate on use of transanal irrigations (TIA) and antegrade colonic enemas (ACE)
    •    Discuss use of biofeedback for treatment of constipation


3:00 PM-4:15 PM Session V: Aerodigestive and feeding

3:00 PM    Trans-nasal endoscopy
Ramy Sabe, MD, University Hospital of Cleveland
Learning objectives:
    •    Describe the procedure of trans-nasal endoscopy
    •    Review diagnostic benefits of trans-nasal endoscopy for different populations

3:30 PM    Updates in thickening: The IDDSI framework
Kara Larson, MS, CCC-SLP, Boston Children's Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Review the rationale for thickening in patients with aerodigestive disorders
    •    Discuss the new guidelines for thickening per the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)
    •    Learn how to implement the IDDSI testing method in clinical practice

4:00 PM    Blenderized enteral feeds: Safety and outcomes
Mimi Girten, RD, LDN, FAND, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Learning objectives:
    •    Provide overview of blenderized feeding principles
    •    Review safety and outcomes of using blenderized enteral feeding in pediatric patients


4:30 PM-5:00 PM APGNN Awards and presentations


6:00 PM APGNN Social event


Saturday, November 6

8:00 AM–8:30 AM Breakfast and welcome


8:30 AM-10:00 AM Session VI: Management of the special needs child

8:30 AM    Constipation management in the patient with special needs
Kent Williams, MD, Nationwide Children's
Learning objectives:
    •    Discuss the approach to management of constipation in the child with autism
    •    Identify pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment options

9:00 AM    Feeding evaluation in the patient with special needs
Ajay Kaul, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Review approach to feeding evaluation in patients with special needs
    •    Discuss diagnostic testing used in pediatric feeding evaluations

9:30 AM    Nutrition management in the patient with special needs
Kristi L. King, MPH, RDN, CNSC,LD, Texas Children's Hospital
Learning objectives:
    •    Review difference in caloric and RDI requirements in special needs patients
    •    Discuss tools used to identify malnutrition
    •    Discuss appropriate means of nutrition supplementation

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Session VII: Hepatology

10:00 AM    Hepatitis overview
Regino P. Gonzalez-Peralta, MD, AdventHealth for Children
Learning objectives:
    •    Discuss differences between Hepatitis A, B, and C
    •    Review work up necessary to diagnose
    •    Review treatments available for Hepatitis

10:30 AM Inherited liver disease
Norberto Rodriquez-Baez, MD, UT Southwestern
Learning objectives:
    •    Review basics of inherited liver disease
    •    Discuss diagnostic work up
    •    Discuss treatments available

11:00 AM Diagnosis and treatment of NAFLD
Debra Browne, CPNP, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Learning objectives:
    •    Review pathophysiology of NAFLD
    •    Discuss criteria for NAFLD and diagnostic testing
    •    Provide treatment overview of NAFLD

11:30 AM Nutritional treatment for NAFLD
Paula Mrowczynski-Hernandez, MEd, RD, CSSD, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Learning objectives:
    •    Review the impact of nutrition on NAFLD treatment
    •    Highlight the key nutritional interventions for pediatric patients with NAFLD


12:00-2:30 PM Lunch and poster session


2:30-6:30 PM NASPGHAN concurrent sessions