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

Lead Clinical NurseFounder and Chair of the Nurse Product/ Procedure GroupDirector of HITEC Nursing TrackCo-Director of HITECThe Johns Hopkins Hospital


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


Aneesha Linder, MSN, RN


Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

Denise Frank, Clinical Technician

Doreen Borromeo, BSN, RN

Erin Shiller, BSN, RN

Hilary Cosby, BSN, RN, CGRN

Janet Yoder, BSN, RN

Jil Winburn, BSN, RN

Karen Wolfolk, Technician Coordinator, GTS

Kira Rashba, BSN, RN, CGRN

Lance Williams, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Laura Pukenas, BSN, RN

Leila Swayne, BSN, RN

Linda Hylind, BS, RN

Nghiem Doan, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Nichole Carr, Clinical Technician

Nilda Texidor-Murrary, RN

Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

Rose Fusco, BSN, RN, CGRN

Sarah Stromberg, BA, RN

Tanya Valdez, BSN, RN

Tarsha Trent, Clinical Technician

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

Tjetta Clifton, Clinical Technician

Tyler McAuliffe, BSN, RN

Nursing Track Coordinators:

Annie Embertson, RN, BSN

Catherine Garrett, BSN, RN, CGRN

Laurie McClelland, BSN, RN, CGRN


Libbie Monroe, BSN, RN, CGRN

Neysa Ernst, MSN, RN

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Endoscopy Nurse Manager




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

Registration and Exhibits

12:30 - 01:00 PM


MaryRose 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

Wrap It Up: TIF Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

01:35 - 01:55 PM

Detour-this way? Small Bowel Obstructions: G-J

Sarah Stromberg, BA, RN

01:55 - 02:15 PM

Ergonomics: Accidents Hurt, Safety Doesn’t 

Neysa P. Ernst, MSN, RN, JHH Endoscopy Nurse Manager

02:15 - 02:35 PM

Then There Were Three: Poems E, G & Z  POEM’s

Laura Pukenas, BSN, RN & Tanya Valdez, BSN, RN

02:35 - 02:55 PM


02:55 - 03:10 PM

A Nip and a Tuck: Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty  

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

03:10 - 03:30 PM

Don't Get Choked Up: Motility's Use in Therapeutics 
Kira Rashba, BSN, RN, CGRN

03:30 - 03:50 PM

CRE Infection: What’s In It For Me?

Guest Presentation from the National President, SGNA

*Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) 
Lea Anne Myers, MSN, RN, CGRN 

03:50 - 04:10 PM

A Fork in the Road: Rouz-en Y Hepaticojejunostomy 
Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

04:10 - 04:30 PM

Deep Dive: 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

Director of HITEC Nursing Track & Co-Director of HITEC 

04:50- 05:00 PM

Johns Hopkins Hospital Endoscopy Suite Tour (Optional) 

Neysa Ernst, MSN, RN, JHH Endoscopy Nurse Manager

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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