Sigma Region 15 Annual Symposium: "Nursing Between the Lines"

October 1, 2021

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Date & Location:

Friday, October 1, 2021, Virtual


Sigma Theta Tau is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning, and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education, and research. Region 15, including Western Massachusetts, all New England States, and the Northeast Canadian Provinces, strives for excellence in Leadership, Research, Practice, Scholarship, and development of the whole of nursing.
Nursing Between the Lines will explore joy in the art and science of nursing.

Jointly Provided by:

Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter of Sigma, Baystate Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation and Baystate Health Continuing Interprofessional Education

Target Audience

This course is designed for health care staff, primarily those in the nursing profession at any stage of their career.

Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of nature exposure through a creative video presentation of nature images, videos, and sounds.
  • Identify causes of racial disparities in infant mortality rate and the incidence of very low birth weight infants. 
  • Describe the impact of the bioactive components of human breastmilk on infant GI tract health
  • Verbalize barriers of direct breastfeeding in the home, post NICU discharge including the impact of postpartum depression.
  • Describe how informatics positively impact nurses during Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis
  • Discuss staff nurses' perceived barriers to completing PCR and the importance of integrating a sustainability plan to implement change. 
  • Have tangible takeaway strategies to improve nursing retention in their practice area.
  • Perceive the possible benefits for a wide range of psychiatric and medical conditions inherent in participating in community arts programs
  • Describe one barrier and one benefit of educating college-aged students on following a plant-based diet. 
  • Discuss the need for periodic assessment of cancer-related fatigue and the role of non-pharmacological interventions.
  • Verbalize the four steps of a fall prevention program that engages staff in order to increase compliance with evidence-based practice fall prevention measures and improve patient outcomes
  • Describe the use of a standardized tool for bedside nursing shift report improves the patient experience
  • Identify the potential benefits of contract grading and gain awareness of effective teaching interventions which promote the core nursing value of integrity for prelicensure nursing students.
  • Identify the change in reported climate actions from nursing students after they have participated in a lecture on climate change consequences.
  • Identify the value of pharmacogenomic testing in adults with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression
  • Describe the impact that IV smart pump model, programmed flow rate, and IV bag height have on flow rate accuracy when administering secondary medications.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.50 ANCC Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/01/2021 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/01/2021 - 4:30pm EDT


Faculty Disclosure

The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education (CE) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options. Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are mitigated before the educational activity. 

Karen K. Guiliano is a consultant with Recovery Force and receives Grant Research Support from ICU Medical, Ivenix

Virtual Platform
Springfield, MA
United States

Meeting Room temperatures will fluctuate. 

Greg Durkin, M. Ed., RN, NPD-BC*
Director, Clinical Education & Informatics
Associate Director of Interprofessional Education
Boston Children’s Hospital

Saisha Cintron, BS, RN*
UMASS Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA

Heather Kennedy, MSN, GNP-BC*
PhD Nursing student UMASS Medical school Worcester

Angela Latter, MS, RN*
PhD Nursing Student

William Mar, MSN, RN *

Donna Perry, PhD, RN*
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Nursing
University of Massachusetts

Lauri A. Toohey, MSN, GNP-BC, ANP-BC*
PhD Nursing student UMASS Medical school Worcester

Kyla Aldred, Nursing Student, BS(c)*

Annie Dolan, Nursing Student, BS(c)*

Karen Giuliano, PhD, RN
Associate Professor,
Institute for Applied Life Sciences & College of Nursing
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Karen K. Guiliano is a consultant with Recovery Force and receives Grant Research Support from ICU Medical, Ivenix

Clarissa Norton, Nursing Student, BS(c)*

Sarah L Marshall, DNP, MS, RN*
Patient/Community Educator
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, College of Nursing

Kimberly Velez, MSN, RN*
Senior Clinical Informatics TRAINER | Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, NY

Lauren Barry, Nursing Student, BS*

Hannah Bascomb, DNP, RN, CHES*
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Mississippi University for Women

Amy Beachy, MSN(c), BSN, RN*
Nurse Educator for Perioperative Services
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center,

Rachel Diamondstone, MA, MS, RN*
RN Commonwealth Care Alliance

Karen George, DNP, RN*
Assistant Professor, Coordinator RN to BSN Program
Mississippi University for Women

Everlyne Njoroge, DNP, RN*
Nurse Practitioner
HealthDrive Inc and UMASS Memorial Medical Center

Dr. Deborah Morill, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN*
Assistant Clinical Professor
Quinnipiac University          

Debra Kramlich, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN-K*

Leigh Ann Puckett, DNP, RN*
Associate Professor of Nursing
Mississippi University for Women

Caitlyn Riedl, Student Nurse BS*

Susan Westrick, JD, MS, RN, CNE*
Professor of Nursing
Southern Connecticut State University

Ilena Miranda-Velazquez, DNP, RN, PMH, CNS-BC*
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse
ServiceNet, Inc

Jeannine Blake, MS-NS, BSN, RN*
PhD Candidate
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kenneth W. Dion, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN*
Assistant Dean for Business Innovation and Strategic Relationships
John Hopkins School of Nursing
President-Elect of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Teresa Cahill-Griffin, DNP, RNC-OB*
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Vermont

Donna M. Zucker, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Professor Emeritus
UMass Amherst

Bronte E. Naples, MSN, APRN, FNP-C*

Mary B Jackson*
Assistant Professor
UT Chattanooga

Jasmeen Mohammed, BS, RN*
Pediatric Surgery
Yale New Haven Hospital

Erin Murphy, BS, RN*
Student Nurse Associate
Berkshire Medical Center

Mia Ford, Nursing Student, BS(c)*

Anna Kemp, Nursing Student, BS(c)*




Faculty Disclosure

The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education ( CE ) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options.  Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are mitigated before the educational activity.

Faculty and planners marked with an * have no commercial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods and services consumed by, or used on, patients. 

Karen K. Guiliano is a consultant with Recovery Force and receives Grant Research Support from ICU Medical, Ivenix

In support of improving patient care, Baystate Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.







Available Credit

  • 5.50 ANCC Contact Hours


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Please Note:
  • Each participant must register themselves for the program.
  • Notify your Education Coordinator/ Supervisor that you have enrolled in the course and an interdepartmental funds transfer form must be submitted to Continuing Education.
In order to receive CREDIT, the evaluation must be completed by:Fri, 12/31/2021 - 11:30pm

We appreciate your business and sincerely wish to meet your educational needs.  We understand that the schedule of a busy professional, like yourself, is subject to change.  Therefore, we have included information about our refund/cancellation policies for your convenience below.

If you must cancel, telephone Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education at 413-322-4242 and follow your call with a written/email request.  All cancellations will incur a $25.00 fee.  Please note that we cannot refund cancellations received less than two weeks (10 business days) before the program date.

Refund Policy:
Your refund, less a cancellation fee, will be processed within two (2) weeks from the date we receive the written notification.  For credit card refunds, please allow one to two (1-2) billing cycles for the credit to appear on your statement.

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