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Nursing Topics in Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and
Women's Health

Royal Caribbean's <em>Symphony of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise & Perfect Day
Round-trip Miami, Florida

October 31 - November 07, 2020
14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

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, MSN, APN, OCNS-C, has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of orthopaedic settings to include level one trauma hospital in-patient units, ambulatory care settings, a rehabilitation hospital, operating rooms, and in out-patient pediatric orthopaedics and rheumatology. Amy’s roles within these settings have included those of staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical nurse specialist. 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. She is vice-chair of the test committee for the Orthopaedic Nursing Certification Board (ONCB) and has served as an item-writer for the ONCB’s certification exams. Amy served on NAON's education committee, and she was co-chair of NAON’s first full day APN conference. She is an active member of the Rheumatology Nursing Society (RNS).

Amy has earned distinction as a sought-after presenter on a variety of orthopaedic-related topics. She has shared her insights nationally at conferences co-sponsored by NAON and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

She has also presented orthopaedic certification exam review courses around the country. Amy is well known for her energized teaching style and ability to provide practical information and interesting case studies to health care providers from varied disciplines. Make plans today to attend this educational event in order to learn from Amy’s extensive knowledge and experiences!


Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Marysville Obstetrics and Gynecology, Marysville, OH and the Union County Health Department, Marysville, OH
Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse, Labor and Delivery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Legal Nurse Consultant, Poling Law, Columbus, OH
Former Clinical Instructor, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH Kim Murphy has over 36 years of nursing experience including 32 years in labor and delivery and 16 years as a women's health nurse practitioner.

She currently fills the role of staff nurse and charge nurse at The Ohio State University, a large Level 3 academic medical center along with being a women's health NP in private practice. She also is the lead provider in public health for prenatal care and sexual health services in a Title X agency.

She has been a leader in education while making multiple speaking presentations on a variety of topics related to obstetrics and women's health. She recently spoke at the national AWHONN conference in 2019. She is a designated instructor for fetal monitoring through AWHONN. She also participates in legal review of malpractice cases.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of these lectures are to update nurse practitioners to navigate the complex care of women. the desired outcome is that the participant will utilize updated guidelines and treatment options to improve the healthcare of women. The provider will also be able to be predictive in their education to women, looking at past experiences to selectively improve a patient's individual health.

  1. Implications of pregnancy on pelvic floor disorders
    • Participant will associate pregnancy outcomes with pelvic floor disorders.
  2. Pregnancy as a predictor of future health
    • Participant will predict future health based on pregnancy history and outcomes.
  3. Contraception for all ages
    • Participant will describe all available contraception options for child-bearing women including options on the horizon.
  4. Sexually transmitted disease updates
    • Participant will identify sexually transmitted diseases and updated treatment guidelines.
  5. Annual exam updates
    • Participant will analyze all aspects of the annual exam including purpose and timing.
  6. Failure to diagnose and legal implications
    • Participant will discover important nuances to not overlook in testing and treatment to avoid the legal arena.
  7. Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology of bone healing
    • Identify various components of musculoskeletal anatomy.
    • Explain the mechanism of bone and fracture healing.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Advances in trauma care from the E.D. through Rehab
    • Develop plans of care for patients that have experienced a variety of traumatic injuries.
  11. Orthopaedic complications
    • Recognize potentially serious orthopaedic complications.
  12. 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.
  13. Degenerative joint disease: Conservative and surgical treatment options
    • Summarize various conservative and surgical treatment options for patients with degenerative joint disease.
  14. Medical and surgical care of the rheumatoid arthritis patient
    • Design a plan of care for the rheumatoid arthritis patient.
  15. Acute and chronic spine issues
    • Distinguish between various acute and chronic spine issues based on typical signs and symptoms.
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

Sat Oct 31 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Nov 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Nov 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Nov 03 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Nov 04 San Juan, Puerto Rico
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Thu Nov 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Nov 06 Coco Cay, Bahamas
8:30 am 6:00 pm
Sat Nov 07 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Map

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - South Florida's exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America, it's one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this "Magic City." Board an airboat and explore the wild Everglades‐be ready to see gators. Experience the one-of-a-kind art deco district in South Beach. Discover a cuisine and culture that fits perfectly with your South American adventure.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque.  

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.


Perfect Day Cococay

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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