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Nursing CEs

This conference has been approved for 16.00 Nursing CE through the California Board of Nursing. CE registrants will receive a Certificate of Completion with CE after completing the conference survey. More details to come...

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, May 4

Week 1

(all times are Eastern)

All sessions will be recorded and archived for viewing if attendees are unable to participate in the live sessions
(CE is available for recorded session viewing)

View the Conference Program (pdf)

1pm - 1:15pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN; NOAP President; Irwin, Pennsylvania
  • Welcome Slides

1:15pm - 1:25pm

Meet Affinity Empowering, Platinum Sponsor (5 min)

1:25pm - 2:40pm

CE: 1.25

Session 1 Survey

Session 1. Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction Among Safety-Sensitive Workers: What Lurks Beneath the Controversy?  

  • Presentation Handout
  • Chris Bundy, MD, MPH; Executive Medical Director, Washington Physicians Health Program; Seattle, Washington

Objectives:

  1. State the risks, benefits and alternatives of opioid agonist treatment among safety-sensitive workers.
  2. Analyze opioid agonist treatment for safety-sensitive workers from the perspectives of individualized treatment vs. population management.
  3. Discuss how the opioid agonist controversy may be influenced by underlying attitudes and beliefs about the goals of health monitoring.

2:40pm - 2:45pm

Meet USDTL, Gold Sponsor (1 min)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

CE: 1.00

Session 2 Survey

Session 2. Wholehearted Journey to Ethics for Healthcare Professionals

  • Presentation Handout
  • Maeve O'Neill, MEd, LCDC, LPC-S, CHC, CDWF/CDTLF; Chief Regulatory Officer, Rogers Behavioral Health; Dallas, Texas

Objectives:

  1. Recognize ethical issues and apply concepts to self, team organizational culture.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of wholehearted concepts applied to Ethics.
  3. Plan use of concepts in daily work.

3:45pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Thursday, May 6

Week 1

(all times are Eastern)

1pm - 1:10pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN; NOAP 2021 Conference Co-Chair

1:10pm - 1:20pm

Meet FSSolutions, Platinum Sponsor (5 min)

1:20pm - 2:50pm

CE: 1.50

Session 3 Survey

Session 3. FSPHP Guidelines for 2021

  • Presentation Handout
  • Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM; Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia

Objectives:

  1. Describe how past perspectives on addiction have contributed to our current misperceptions about addiction care.
  2. List current standards for addiction care.
  3. Describe current FSPHP efforts to standardize treatment and monitoring approached to addiction treatment.

2:50pm - 2:55pm

Meet Focused Solutions Advocate, Gold Sponsor (1 min)

2:55pm - 3:55pm

CE: 1.00

Session 4 Survey

Session 4. Adaptations to substance use disorder monitoring by physician health programs in response to COVID-19

  • Presentation Handout
  • Alexis Polles, MD; Medical Director and CEO; Florida Professionals Resource Network; Fernandina Beach, Florida

Objectives:

  1. Describe why recommendations for evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of healthcare workers are more stringent than in the general population.
  2. Describe 3 ways in which monitoring has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Discuss how traumatic events including acute and chronic aspects of COVID-19 affect healthcare workers.

3:55pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 11

Week 2

(all times Eastern)

1pm - 1:10pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Andrew Haviland, NOAP 2021 Conference Committee
    RAMP; Ewing, New Jersey

1:10pm - 1:20pm

Meet UF Health, Florida Recovery Center, Platinum Sponsor (5 min)

1:20pm - 2:35pm

CE: 1.25

Session 5 Survey

Session 5.

National Practitioner Data Bank Querying and Reporting Requirements


Objectives:

  1. Understand the laws, regulations, and main components of the NPDB.
  2. Define NPDB querying and reporting requirements and apply these requirements to a variety of scenarios.
  3. Learn how to self-query.
  4. Learn how to enter a narrative in a report.

2:35pm - 2:40pm

Speaker Introduction

2:40pm - 3:55pm

CE: 1.25

Session 6 Survey

Session 6. Considerations in the Treatment of LGBTQ Populations

  • Presentation Handout
  • Melissa Lee Warner, MD; Director of Professionals Programming, The Farley Center; Williamsburg, Virginia

Objectives:

  1. Define various sexual identity and gender designations.
  2. Develop proficiency with patient pronouns and interviewing.
  3. Understand factors to consider in treating the LGBTQ population.

Presenter Bio:

A Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dr. Melissa Lee Warner is a champion of recovery, who believes that every patient can achieve a life time of sobriety.  In this field for 3 decades, she approaches patients with kindness and compassion, while understanding in-depth the complex nature of this brain disease. She is a resource that helps patients learn how to heal; while they begin to commit to a lifelong path of recovery. She has worked extensively with licensed professionals such as attorneys, pilots, and healthcare providers, as well as active duty soldiers and their families; her heart has been deeply touched on the occasions she’s been privileged to work with gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Tobacco Sobriety and Abstinence-based, 12 Step Recovery treatment of disordered eating, are 2 additional passions of hers.

3:55pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Thursday, May 13

Week 2

1pm - 1:15pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Myrtle Greene, PhD, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; NOAP President-Elect
    Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida

1:15pm - 2:30pm

CE: 1.25

Session 7 Survey

Session 7. Program Sharing


  • Presentation Handout
  • Myrtle Greene, PhD, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast the different types of ATD programs in the following areas: relationship to the disciplining authority, funding of operational costs, number of participants monitored, staffing ratios and number of disciplines monitored.
  2. Identify operational policies and procedures staff currently views as best practices.
  3. Discuss current challenges programs are encountering as a result of COVID-19.

2:30pm - 2:35pm

Meet the Gold Sponsor, Acadia Healthcare (1 min) & Speaker Introduction

2:35pm - 3:50pm

CE: 1.25

Session 8 Survey

Session 8. Walking the Edge: Passion and Pathology in Recovery


Objectives:

  1. Identify "the edge," those precarious points where passion and pathology walk a fine line in recovery, service, and self-care.
  2. Name ways to cultivate care, containment, and spiritual resourcing.

3:50pm - 4pm

Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 18

Week 3

1pm - 2pm

Business Meeting

Agenda:
  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Approval of the Prior Meeting Minutes
  4. Accomplishments 2019-2021
  5. Membership & Treasurers Report - Robert Ranieri and John Furman
  6. Introduction of New & Returning Board Members
  7. Transfer of Leadership
  8. Bylaws committee report - Shane Moes
  9. Research committee report - John Furman
  10. Membership & 2022 Conference Committee
  11. In Memoriam
  12. NOAP 2022, 2023 Conferences
  13. New/Old Business/Adjourn

2pm - 2:15pm

Meet RecoveryTrek, Platinum Sponsor (5 min)

2:15pm - 4pm

CE: 1.75

Session 9. MRO / Toxicology Panel Discussion

  1. Urinary Auto Brewery Syndrome Article
  2. Auto Brewery Syndrome Undiagnosed Medical Condition Article
  3. Evidence for Medical Marijuana Handout
  4. Dilution Concerns for Recovery Monitoring
  5. Tips to Avoid Dilute Urine Specimens
  6. Dilution Concerns in Recovery Monitoring
  7. Dilute Urine Specimens - Follow up
  8. MRO Review in RMS

  • Moderator: Kathie Simpson, RN, BSN, CACPN
  • Joe Jones, PhD, USDTL; Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Donna Smith, PhD, EdD; RecoveryTrek; Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Anthony Costantino, PhD, F-ABFT; Costantino Consulting Services, Inc.; Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
  • James Ferguson, DO, DFASAM, C-MRO; FSSolutions; Chalfont, Pennsylvania
  • Barry Lubin, MD, FASAM, MRO; Affinity Online Solutions; Vienna, Virginia

Objectives:

  1. Participant will be able to describe procedures and accuracy of oral fluid testing.
  2. Participant will be able to verbalize indications and processes for workplace testing.
  3. Participant will recognize the importance of PEth testing as a component of monitoring.
  4. Participant will describe the process for collecting and analyzing a hair and nail analysis.
  5. Participant will explain how to address a positive Kratom result.
  6. Participant will be able to describe appropriate levels for prescribed Gabapentin, Lyrica and Suboxone.
  7. Participant will describe the effects of over the counter products in relation to positive screen for EtG/EtS.

4pm

Wrap Up

Thursday, May 20

Week 3

1pm - 1:05pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Meg McGauley
    NOAP Board of Directors

1:05pm - 1:15pm

Speaker Introduction

1:15pm - 2:15pm

CE: 1.00

Session 10. Gambling Disorder: The Hidden Addiction

  • Presentation Handout
  • Jeffrey P. Wasserman, JD, CPRS, ICGC-I; Judicial Outreach and Development Director, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Inc.; Wilmington, Delaware

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the screening and diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder and who is at risk.
  2. Understand the connection between gambling disorder and substance use disorders.
  3. Appreciate the harms unique to gambling disorder through the speaker’s lived experience.
  4. Identify best practices for prevention and treatment of gambling disorder.

Presenter Bio:

In August 2015, Jeff Wasserman’s professional career as a Delaware lawyer, and life as he knew it, came to an abrupt end because of gambling. An audit of his law firm’s books and records meant the gambling addiction, and the lies, dishonesty and deception that went with it, would be discovered. Although he came clean to his family, colleagues and close friends, severe depression and suicidal thoughts led Jeff to spend his first week of recovery as an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital. More than four years later, Jeff is now the Judicial Outreach and Development Director for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems where he leads efforts to raise awareness of gambling addiction in the criminal justice system. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-I). He also volunteers as a call taker on a problem gambling helpline, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling and is the founder and facilitator of an online Problem Gambling Support Group with participants from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Jeff has been a presenter or keynote speaker for various organizations and institutions including, the Arizona Department of Gaming, Delaware State Bar Association, Montana State Bar Association, the National Council on Problem Gambling, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Jeff has also been interviewed by local and national news outlets on problem gambling issues and is the co-host of “All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast.”

    2:30pm - 2:35pm

    Speaker Introduction

    2:35pm - 3:50pm

    CE: 1.25

    Session 11. Evaluating and Addressing Depression and Suicide in the Medical/Licensed Professional

    • Presentation Handout
    • Lantie Jorandby, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Lakeview Health; Jacksonville, Florida

    Objectives:

    1. Review the unique risks of depression and suicide for medical professionals.
    2. Understand how these risks affect patient care.
    3. Discuss effective treatment interventions for medical professionals.

    Presenter Bio:

    Lantie Jorandby, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Lakeview Health, a dual diagnosis and addiction treatment center whose in-patient facility is located in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Jorandby graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Florida. For seven years, Dr. Jorandby worked as a staff psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Viera, Florida. After completing her Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Jorandby became Medical Director for the dual diagnosis unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, which is ranked the top psychiatric hospital in the United States. She also served as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. She is one of less than 200 physicians in the United States who is dual board certified in addiction medicine, and psychiatry and neurology. 

    3:50pm - 4pm

    Wrap Up

    Tuesday, May 25

    Week 4

    1pm - 1:05pm

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • Michael Ramirez, MS; NOAP 2021 Conference Co-Chair
      Montana Professional Assistance Program, Inc., Billings

    1:05pm - 1:15pm

    Meet the Platinum Sponsor, Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center (5 min)

    1:15pm - 2:30pm

    CE: 1.25

    Session 12. Study Results and Implications: Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder Monitoring Programs

    • Richard A. Smiley, MS, MA; National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN); Chicago, Illinois

    Objectives:

    1. Identify the purposes and methods of the NCSBN Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs.
    2. Identify the results of the NCSBN Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs.
    3. Identify the factors of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Monitoring Programs which are most positively associated with program completion.

    Presenter Bio:

    Mr. Smiley has worked as a statistician in the research department at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for 19 years. During his time at NCSBN he has co-authored studies on the use of simulation in nursing education and conducted and reported on the National Nursing Workforce Survey.  He has under graduate degrees in mathematics and computer science and graduate degrees in statistics and demography.  He is past-president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. Prior to coming to NCSBN, Mr. Smiley worked as a statistician in the Center for Survey Methods Research at the United States Census Bureau and as a statistician in at Amoco. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia teaching mathematics and statistics to middle school students.

    2:30pm - 2:35pm

    Speaker Introduction

    2:35pm - 3:35pm

    CE: 1.00

    Session 13. Mindfulness and Spiritual Awakening

    • Presentation Handout
    • James “Wolf” Yoxall, CSC, Ordained Minister, MA; Spiritual/Wellness Director; Pavillon; Mill Spring, North Carolina

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will come to understand the importance of mindfulness practices and spiritual awareness to help free themselves from stress and apply better self-care in their daily lives.
    2. Participants will engage in practical exercises of mindfulness and ways of connecting to their spiritual belief that will enhance their overall wellbeing. These exercises will be structured to take back to their work place or home to enhance their over-all sense of wellbeing.

    Presenter Bio:

    James “Wolf” Yoxall, MA, CSC (Certified Spiritual Counselor) and Ordained Minister, is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon, a center for the treatment of alcohol and  drug addictions located in Mill Spring, N.C. Wolf provides spiritual direction and wellness counseling, spiritual group process and lectures on the importance of spirituality and mindfulness practices in addiction treatment. Wolf served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, teaching in the fields of world religions and Chinese history. Prior to that, Wolf served as the Spiritual Director for the Center of Truth and Vision, as Regional Director of an intensive in-home counseling agency and operated a private counseling practice. He is a published author and artist. Wolf is certified in Outdoor Education, Martial Arts and worked extensively with Native American and Chinese cultures. Wolf has been guiding people in all walks of life by providing spiritual guidance and practical wellness applications for over thirty years.

    3:35pm - 3:45pm

    Closing Remarks

    • Myrtle Greene, LMHC, CAP, ICADC; NOAP President-Elect
      Intervention Project for Nurses; Jacksonville Beach, Florida


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