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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Nursing Topics in Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Mental Health

<em>Carnival Glory</em>
Carnival Glory
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip New Orleans, LA

July 14 - 21, 2019
14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$695 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others
$695 for Nurse Practitioners

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.

Amy B. Harris, MSN, RN, OCNS-C

Amy B. Harris, MSN, RN, OCNS-C
Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist
Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse
Maryland and District of Columbia
Consultant / Educator 
Clinical Program Coordinator
Rheumatology Division
Children's National Health System (CNHS)
Washington, D.C.  Amy B. Harris, has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of orthopaedic settings, to include level one trauma hospital in-patient units, operating rooms, ambulatory care settings, a rehabilitation hospital, and in out-patient pediatric orthopaedics and rheumatology. Amy's roles within these settings have included those of staff nurse, nurse manager, clinical program coordinator, and clinical nurse specialist. 

. As an Advanced Practice Nurse, she has conducted independent fracture and gait clinics. She has demonstrated her expertise, holding certification as an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist. Her commitment to the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is evident in her participation as a national congress speaker. Amy was co-chair of the first full day APN conference held during NAON congress in 2017.

She currently serves as vice chair of the Orthopaedic Nursing Certification Board (ONCB) Exam Prep Committee. Amy has earned distinction as a presenter of a variety of orthopaedic and rheumatological topics. She has shared her insights nationally at conferences cosponsored by NAON and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She has also presented orthopaedic nursing certification exam review courses. She is well known for her ability to provide practical information and interesting case studies to healthcare providers. 

Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Valerie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career has yielded a variety of experiences extending from Cardiac Critical Care, Nursing Informatics, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor. She has found her home in Psychiatry.

She received both her undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University. She also holds a Post Master in Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama School of Nursing. She is also a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve and has deployed to both Kuwait and Germany.

She is passionate about uplifting patients who have a negative self-image and have defined themselves by their illness. She has most recently expressed this through her work as a contributing author in the book Goodness Abounds.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology of Bone Healing
    • Identify various components of musculoskeletal anatomy.
    • Explain the mechanism of bone and fracture healing.
  2. Bone Health / Fracture Prevention - Avoiding the Revolving Door of Hospital to Home and Back Again
    • Prepare an individualized fracture prevention program for each patient discharged to home.
  3. Specialized Nursing Care of the Osteoporotic Patient following a Fragility Fracture
    • Give examples of assessment tools utilized to diagnose osteoporosis and predict the risk of future fragility fractures.
    • Devise treatment regimens for fragility fracture patients.
  4. Advances in Trauma Care From the E.D. through Rehab
    • Develop plans of care for patients that have experienced a variety of traumatic injuries.
  5. Orthopaedic Complications
    • Recognize potentially serious orthopaedic complications.
  6. Prevention and Management of Sports Injuries
    • Describe techniques used to prevent various types of sports injuries.
    • Devise treatment regimens for athletes with a variety of sports injuries.
  7. Management of Pediatric Injuries - Avoiding Common Pitfalls
    • Design care plans for pediatric patients with a variety of injuries.
  8. Degenerative joint disease: Conservative and surgical treatment options
    • Summarize various conservative and surgical treatment options for patients with degenerative joint disease.
  9. Medical and surgical care of the rheumatoid arthritis patient. Acute and chronic spine issues
    • Design a plan of care for the rheumatoid arthritis patient.
    • Distinguish between various acute and chronic spine issues based on typical signs and symptoms.
Additional topics under development
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.
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

Sun Jul 14 New Orleans, LA
- 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 15 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Jul 16 Key West, Florida
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Jul 17 Freeport, Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jul 18 Nassau, Bahamas
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Jul 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jul 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 21 New Orleans, LA
8:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Map

Ports of Call

New Orleans, LA - New Orleans is a city that knows how to have fun. Whether you take time to savor authentic Creole cuisine, browse through quaint antique shops in the French Quarter, or take a tour through historic mansions that date back over a century, you're sure to find dozens of other things to delight you in this happy, high-spirited city that pulses with the beat of Dixieland jazz. And don't forget to take a ride on one of the city's picturesque trolley cars.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Key West, Florida - A distinctly American town with the look and feel of the Caribbean, Key West unlocks myriad attractions. Ride the Conch Train to the famous sights: Ernest Hemingway's home, the Audubon House, and the "Little White House", where President Truman spent many a working vacation. Hop a catamaran to America's only living coral reef to snorkel with dolphins. Or climb into the open cockpit of a World War II biplane for an unforgettable aerial tour of the Keys.

Freeport, Bahamas - Footloose and duty-free, the capital of the Bahamas is a shopper's paradise. Among your choices: the ten-acre International Bazaar and a lively straw market. If shopping's not your bag, stroll the lush Garden of the Groves or snorkel lovely Lucaya waters, where over a million dollars worth of pieces-of-eight were discovered in 1964.

Nassau, Bahamas - The captivating capital of the 700 Bahamian islands. Attractions include forts to explore, coral reefs to snorkel and a fascinating straw market to shop

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

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.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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