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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.

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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 HITEC The Johns Hopkins Hospital


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


Lori Bonello, MS, CRNA

Doreen Borromeo, BSN, RN

Michael Broussard, MS, CRNA

Reneat Byrd, Clinical Technician

Nichole Carr, Clinical Technician

Hairong Carrier, MSN, RN, CGRN

Tjetta Clifton, Clinical Technician

Hilary Cosby, BSN, RN, CGRN

Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

Nghiem Doan, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Chuck Eder, MS, CRNA

Denise Frank, Clinical Technician

Rose Fusco, BSN, RN, CGRN

Cathy Garrett, BSN, RN, CGRN

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

Linda Hylind, BS, RN

Aneesha Linder, MSN, RN

Megan McAuliffe, MSN, DNP(c), CRNA

Tyler McAuliffe, BSN, RN

Laurie McClelland, BSN, RN, CGRN

Libbie Monroe, BSN, RN, CGRN

Frances Nicholson, MPH, CPH, CIC, CPhT

Richard Pippenger, MSN, CRNA

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

Yvonne Thurston, BSN, RN

Tarsha Trent, Clinical Technician

Tanya Valdez, BSN, RN

Christine Velarde MS, CRNA

Lance Williams, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Jil Winburn, BSN, RN

Karen Wolfolk, Technical Coordinator, GTS

Janet Yoder, BSN, RN

Margaret Zarro-Wilt, BSN, RN

Nursing Track Coordinators:

Catherine Garrett, BSN, RN, CGRN

Laurie McClelland, BSN, RN, CGRN


Libbie Monroe, BSN, RN, CGRN

Janet Yoder, BSN, RN, CGRN

Nursing Track Schedule



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

12:30 - 01:00 PM

Registration and Exhibits

01:00 - 01:10 PM


MaryRose Hess, BSN, RN, CGRN

01:10 - 01:15 PM


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

01:15 - 01:35 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

01:35 - 01:55 PM

Wrap It Up: TIF Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Regina Crowell, MAS, RN

01:55 - 02:15 PM

 A Fork in the Road: Rouz-en Y Hepaticojejunostomy 

Brittany Craven, BSN, RN

02:15 - 02:35 PM

Ergonomics: Accidents Hurt, Safety Doesn’t 

Frances Nicholson, MPH, CPH, CIC, CPhT

02:35 - 02:55 PM

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

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

02:55 - 03:10 PM

Refreshment Break and Exhibits

03:10 - 03:30 PM

A Nip and a Tuck: Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty  

Tiffanie Hart, BSN, RN

03:30 - 03:50 PM

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

03:50 - 04:10 PM

Keynote Presentation: CRE Infections: What’s In It For Me?

Lea Anne Myers, MSN, RN, CGRN 

04:10 - 04:30 PM

Detour This Way? Small Bowel Obstructions: G-J

Sarah Stromberg, BA, RN

04:30 - 04:50 PM

Deep Dive: Full Thickness Resection  
Rose Fusco, BSN, RN, CGRN

04:50- 05:00 PM

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

05:00 - 05:30 PM

Johns Hopkins Hospital Endoscopy Suite Tour (Optional) 

Hairong Carrier, MSN, RN, CGRN


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

07:30 AM 12:00 PM

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

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  


Afternoon Session

01:00 PM 05:30 PM

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

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


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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