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Nursing Topics in Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Mental Health

Carnival's Fun Carnival Glory
CCL's Carnival Glory

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Round-trip New Orleans, LA
July 14 - 21, 2019

14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:
$695 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
$495 Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

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
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 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
  2. Bone Health / Fracture Prevention– Avoiding the Revolving Door of Hospital to Home and Back Again
  3. Specialized Nursing Care of the Osteoporotic Patient following a Fragility Fracture
  4. Advances in Trauma Care From the E.D. through Rehab
  5. Orthopaedic Complications
  6. Prevention and Management of Sports Injuries
  7. Management of Pediatric Injuries – Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  8. Degenerative Joint Disease: Conservative and Surgical Treatment Options
  9. Medical and Surgical Care of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient
  10. Acute and Chronic Spine Issues
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.

ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

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, FL
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Wed Jul 17 Free Port, The Bahamas
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu Jul 18 Nassau, The 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 -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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