Due to the rise of innovative procedures, Endoscopy Units require regular introduction and practice to new therapeutic and diagnostic equipment and supplies. Maintaining competencies with new technologies can be challenging for the entire unit. The HITEC Nursing Track will enable registrants to develop and maintain competency in the ever-changing field of endoscopy and will illustrate an array of emerging therapeutic endoscopic procedures. Registration details and the full nursing track agenda are available online.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:


•    Establish a comprehensive clinical education program for the integration of new products and procedures into your endoscopy practice.

•    Develop a variety of resources and educational pathways to meet individualized learning needs for advanced therapeutic endoscopy staff.
•    Give example of advanced endoscopic procedures and identify the equipment and accessories involved.
•    Discuss methods to maintain clinical competencies while fostering a supportive learning environment that builds staff confidence and improves overall performances.


Mary Rose Hess, BSN, RN, CGRN

Nurse Product Procedure Group, Chair and Founder

Lead Advanced Therapeutic Clinical Nurse

The Johns Hopkins Hospital


Lea Anne Myers, MSN, RN, CGRN (USA)
President, SGNA
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
Chicago, Illinois


Doreen Borromeo, BSN, RN

Nichole Carr, Clinical Technician

Tjetta Clifton, Clinical Technician

Hilary Cosby, BSN, RN, CGRN

Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

Nghiem Doan, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Annie Embertson, RN, BSN

Neysa P. Ernst, RN, MSN

Denise Frank, Clinical Technician

Rose Fusco, BSN, RN, CGRN

Cathy Garrett, BSN, RN, CGRN

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

Laurie McClelland, BSN, RN, CGRN

Libbie Monroe, BSN, RN, CGRN

Coleen Parker, Clinical Technician

Laura Pukenas, BSN, RN

Kira Rashba, BSN, RN, CGRN


Erin Shiller, BSN, RN

Sarah Stromberg, BA, RN

Leila Swayne, BSN, RN

Nilda Texidor-Murrary, RN

Tarsha Trent, Clinical Technician

Tanya Valdea, BSN, RN

Lance Williams, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Jil Winburn, BSN, RN

Karen Wolfolk, Technician Coordinator, GTS

Janet Yoder, BSN, RN




Location: Turner Auditorium, Thomas B. Turner Building, Ground Floor

Registration and Exhibits

12:30 - 01:00 PM

Welcome and Conference Goals

Mary Rose Hess, BSN, RN, CGRN

01:00 - 01:10 PM


Laurie McClelland, BSN, RN, CGRN and Cathy Garrett, BSN, RN, CGRN

01:10 - 01:15 PM

How to Introduce New Innovating Products and Procedures into Your Practice: The Formation of a Nurse Product/Procedure Group (NPPG)  
Mary Rose Hess, BSN, RN, CGRN

01:15 - 01:35 PM

Going Belly Up for TIF: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication 
Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

01:35 - 01:55 PM

A Bridge Over Troubled Bowel: Small Bowel Obstructions/G-J 
Sarah Stromberg, BA, RN

01:55 - 02:15 PM

Ergonomics: Accidents Hurt, Safety Doesn’t 
Neysa P. Ernst, RN, MSN

02:15 - 02:35 PM

POEM’s: The Rhyme and Reason for E, G and Z 
Laura Pukenas, BSN, RN and Tanya Valdea, BSN, RN

02:35 - 02:55 PM

Refreshment Break and Exhibits

02:55 - 03:10 PM

A Stitch in Time: Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty, Migrating Stents and Fistula Repairs  

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

03:10 - 03:30 PM

It’s a Lot to Swallow: Motility’s Use in Therapeutics 
Kira Rashba, BSN, RN, CGRN

03:30 - 03:50 PM

Keynote Presentation: CRE Infection:  What’s In It For Me? 
Lea Anne Myers, MSN, RN, CGRN 

03:50 - 04:10 PM

ake the Long Way Home: Roux-en-Y Hepaticojejunostomy 
Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

04:10 - 04:30 PM

Exploring the Land Down Under: Removal of Lesions by Full Thickness Resection  
Rose Fusco, BSN, RN, CGRN

04:30 - 04:50 PM

Closing Statements with Questions and Answers 
Mary Rose Hess, BSN, RN, CGRN 

04:50- 05:00 PM

Johns Hopkins Hospital Endoscopy Suite Tour (Optional) 
Neysa Ernst, MSN, RN

05:00 - 05:30 PM


Nursing Hands-On Training Session 
(pre-registration required) 
Location: West Room, Thomas B. Turner Building
Four people per station. 40 minutes at each station. 2/15 minute breaks.

Morning Session

Station 1: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication 

Station 2: CryoBalloon Ablation

Station 3: Full Thickness Resection 

Station 4: Radio Frequency Ablation

Station 5: Endoscopic Suturing

Station 6: Lumen-apposing Metal Stents  

07:30 AM 12:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 Check in and Continental Breakfast


Afternoon Session

Station 1: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Station 2: CryoBalloon Ablation

Station 3: Full Thickness Resection

Station 4: Hybrid Argon Plasma Coagulation

Station 5: Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy

Station 6: Closure and Hemostasis

01:00 PM 05:30 PM

12:30 – 1:00 Check in and Light Refreshments


Participants must choose AM or PM attendance when registering.

You will receive an email notification to complete the evaluation form and to attest to the number of hours in attendance.
The registration desk will remain open during conference hours.

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing take responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. This schedule is subject to change.

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HITEC 2020

Hopkins International
Therapeutic Endoscopy Course

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