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Controversial Issues: Changes Affecting the Nursing Profession Today and in the Future

Norwegian Cruise Lines's One of a Kind  NCL’s <em> Pride of America</em>
NCL’s Pride of America

7-Night Hawaii Cruise Conference
Round-trip Honolulu, Oahu
January 27 - February 3, 2018

11 Contact Hours & 7 Hours of Independent Study

Conference Registration Fee : $350

All questions regarding the cruise, travel, hotel, and travel insurance should be directed to Continuing Education Inc. by calling toll free 1-800-422-0711.
If you have questions about the educational content, class agenda, handouts, independent study, please contact Lucille Sollazzo, BSN, RN, Associate Director, Nursing Education & Practice Department at lucille.sollazzo@nysna.org; or call 212-785-0157 or toll free in NY 1-888-551-3112.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Carol Lynn Esposito, Ed.D., JD, MS, RN-BC, NPD

Patricia Kane, RN, CNOR

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Target Audience
Program Purpose / Objectives
Controversial Issues: Changes Affecting the Nursing Profession Today and in the Future (11 CH / 1.1 CEU)

The practice of nursing has always included controversies regarding best care practices for our patients. Controversial issues in nursing practice encourages discussion of research, best practices, experiences, and ultimately results in improving the quality of care we provide our patients. Because of the vulnerability of patients, nurses struggle over ethical and practical resolution of numerous controversial issues. This program will provide a forum for knowledgeable debate on the important issues that nurses face today, including medical cannabis, savior siblings, exclusion criteria in organ transplants and emergency services, futile care, DNA banking, and chemical sterilization. The current state of knowledge, questions to be answered, and future directions will be analyzed. This program will provide nurses the opportunity to reflect on conflicting viewpoints and develop your own thoughts on demands being made for the nursing profession and the difficult issues affecting today's health care delivery and nursing practice.

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe various controversial issues in the 21st century: 1 Hour
    1.5 Hours meeting with Hawaiian Nurses Association (Jan 27, 1-3:30 pm)
  • Discuss deviations from traditional practices in nursing : 2 Hours (Jan 28, 7-9 am)
  • Analyze opposing viewpoints and perspectives on ethical theories guiding nursing practice: 2 Hours (Jan 30th, 7-9 am)
  • Synthesize research findings and personal experiences and viewpoints regarding controversial nursing practices: 3 Hours (Feb 01, 7-10 am)
  • Reflect on conflicting viewpoints and develop a personal algorithm for resolving controversial issues affecting nursing practice: 1.5 Hours (Feb 02, 4:30-6 pm)
Independent Study (Total Up to 7 CH / .7 CEU)

Controversial Issues: A Comparison of the Pros and Cons of Federal vs State Jurisdiction (4 CH / .4 CEU)

Nurses have a legal and ethical obligation to respond to the request for care. The legal implications of nursing practice are tied to state licensure, state scope of practice laws, state public health laws, federal constitutional law, federal healthcare laws, professional standard of practice guidelines, and a public expectation that nurses practice at a high professional standard. The nurse’s education, license and nursing standard provide the framework by which nurses are expected to practice.

As travel and electronic communication erode geographical barriers between patient and provider, new models for care delivery are emerging. As care delivery models change, nurses must reflect on their practice and be vigilant about new and developing ethical issues, particularly in those areas where controversies exist regarding best care practices. Therefore, it is incumbent on us as nurses, both locally and nationally, to understand ethical issues that may come from entering into practice without traditional time and space boundaries, nurses should assess the pros and cons of interstate practice laws for nursing in the United States and its territories As we embark on a new era of licensure regulation, nurses should dialogue on the pros and cons of interstate practice laws for nursing in the United States and its territories.

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  • Critique the pros and cons of interstate practice laws for nursing in the United States and its territories.

Independent Study Reading Assignments:






Independent Study Research Assignment:
  1. Research the NYS healthcare law regarding one of the following topics:
    • Medical cannabis
    • Savior siblings
    • Exclusion criteria in organ transplants
    • Exclusion criteria in emergency services
    • Futile care
    • DNA banking
    • Chemical sterilization
  2. Research the Hawaiian healthcare law regarding the same topic you chose in # 1 above
  3. Be prepared to report out to the larger group on the similarities and differences between the two states' laws
Assessment of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and an RN Agenda: a New York Case Study (1.5 CH ‐ independent study program)

Purpose Statement:

Medicaid reform through the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program has the potential to improve community health and the quality of healthcare for our patients and to create good jobs in nursing—from care/case managers to nurse practitioners. But DSRIP could also spur provider mergers and create barriers to equal access to quality patient care and push patients out of hospitals into outpatient and home settings without sufficient (if any) RN staffing. This New York State case study will prepare nurses and other healthcare professionals to advocate for our patients and our professional practice in DSRIP.

  • Recognize one positive and one negative potential outcome for patients from DSRIP Medicaid reform.
  • Identify one positive and one negative potential outcome for nurses and our practice from DSRIP.
  • Recognize how RNs and other healthcare professionals can advocate for positive DSRIP outcomes for patients and care givers.

Responding to the Opioid Crisis: The RN's Role (1.0 CH ‐ independent study program)

Purpose statement:

The US Department of Health and Human Services has identified Opioid abuse as a serious public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Prevention, treatment, research, and effective responses to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses are critical to fighting the epidemic. Nurses, as patient defenders and the most trusted professionals, are committed to help treat and prevent opioid dependence and overdoses which have grown to epidemic proportions. This NY case study will review the role of an RN in responding to this public health crisis.

  • Recognize the NY State Law requirements of registered nurses in regards to medical protocols of drug treatment.
  • List two of the indicators of when an opioid overdose can occur and two of the signs of opioid overdose.
  • Identify two of the actions nurses working as community advocates, educator and providers of critical public health services can take to address the opioid epidemic.
Nurses Improving New York's Healthcare System Disaster Response Planning and Preparedness (0.5 CH ‐ independent study program)

Purpose Statement:

Since 1970, records show an escalation in the intensity of tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic, which scientist suggests correlates to the increase in sea surface temperatures due, in large part, to manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The change in climatic temperatures has been associated with heavy rains extending hundreds of miles inland further increasing flood risk.

Evidence and real-world events have illustrated that hospitals cannot be successful in response to climate change disasters without robust community healthcare coalition preparedness‐and engaging critical partners. Critical partners include emergency management, public health, mental/behavioral health providers, as well as community and faith-based partners. Together these partners make up a community's healthcare community coalition. A key goal of nurses is to strengthen the capabilities of the healthcare community coalition, not just the individual hospital in which the nurse is employed. Healthcare community coalitions are part of a community‐wide planning for healthcare resiliency.

  • Recognize the risks of climate change disasters in NYS
  • Understand why healthcare organizations, community and government groups need to join together to meet the needs of the community in the event of a disaster.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training "IACET" and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

NYSNA wishes to disclose that no commercial support or sponsorship was received.

NYSNA Program Planners and Presenters declare that they have no conflict of interest in this program.

Declaration of Vested Interests: None.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
Sat Jan 27 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lectures: 1-3:30 pm
- 7:00 pm
Sun Jan 28 Kahului, Maui
Lectures: 7-9 am
8:00 am -
Mon Jan 29 Kahului, Maui
- 6:00 pm
Tue Jan 30 Hilo, Hawaii
Lectures: 7-9 am
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jan 31 Kona, Hawaii
7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu Feb 01 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Lectures: 7-10 am
8:00 am -
Fri Feb 02 Nawiliwili, Kauai
Lectures: 4:30-6 pm
- 2:00 pm
Sat Feb 03 Honolulu, Hawaii
7:00 am -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
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