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49th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Sessions - CANN

Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 7:00 PM - Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 12:00 PM (ADT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CANN Member - Early Bird Full Conference 30 Apr 2018 $375.00 $27.28
CANN Member - One Day 23 Jun 2018 $250.00 $18.39
CANN Member - Half Day 23 Jun 2018 $150.00 $11.27
Non-Member - Early Bird Full Conference 30 Apr 2018 $475.00 $34.39
Non- Member - One Day 23 Jun 2018 $250.00 $18.39
Non- Member - Half Day 23 Jun 2018 $175.00 $13.06
Full - Time Student - Early Bird Full Conference 30 Apr 2018 $275.00 $20.17
Full- Time Student One Day 23 Jun 2018 $175.00 $13.06
Full - Time Student Half Day 23 Jun 2018 $75.00 $5.94
Sunday June 24th Guest Ticket for Reception   more info 10 Jun 2018 $20.00 $2.03
At the Lower Deck... we CANN... PARTY!!   more info 10 Jun 2018 $10.00 $1.32
Maritime Lobster Dinner and Kitchen Party   more info 10 Jun 2018 $80.50 $6.33

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The Halifax Chapter of CANN invites you to join us and experience the coastal, maritime, historic city of Halifax. The conference will take place at the Atlantica Hotel that is steps away from the historic Citadel Hill. Walk a little further, and you will find the vibrant downtown filled with restaurants, shopping, and history. The Halifax Harbour’s boardwalk is a wonderful place to smell the ocean air, taste the local seafood, and sample Halifax’s famous Alexander Keith brewery products.
We are very proud to be hosting the 2018 CANN AGM & Scientific Sessions. We
anticipate an inspiring scientific program with evidence-informed presentations for both novice and expert practitioners.

Below are brief descriptions of each presentation. Please read as you will be given the opportunity to select concurrent sessions and workshops. Abstracts for presentations can be found on the CANN webiste. A thorough schedule will be provided upon registration. 


   Sunday, June 24th, 2018




08:00- 16:00

Board of Directors Meeting



Reception and Registration Night

Free for conference attendees.

If bringing a guest, please purchase a ticket. Tickets available until June 10th, 2018.


  Monday, June 25th, 2018




Breakfast and Registration

Welcome and Opening Ceremonies

Marcy Glover Lecture

Joan Pacione


Heather Stoyles

Delirium in the ICU: A Multifaceted/Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention and Treatment: Our Top Tips 

This presentation will discuss strategies within an ICU setting that prevent delirium or reduce length of delirious periods

Elinor Kelly,

Giselle Davis,

Tara Mercer

Concurrent Sessions

A1) Communication Barrier: Blood Transfusion Reaction?

This presentation will focus on signs and symptoms of a blood transfusion reaction specific to a patient with expressive aphasia will be described. Communication strategies appropriate for this situation will be discussed.

Andrea Cole-Haskayne,

Kathleen Holstein,

Shauna Brady


A2) Launching a neuropalliative care programme: Experiences from the Montreal Neurological Hospital 

This presentation will review the literature on neuropalliative care, in order to better delineate the unique palliative care needs of patients with end-stage neurologic diagnoses.


Justine Gauthier,

Marianne Sofronas


A3) Its more than the Lungs: Respiratory Assessment and Management in Neuromuscular Diseases: A case study approach

This case study presentation will focus on the anatomy, and physiology of respiratory function, describing the assessment of respiratory function within neuromuscular diseases, and will respiratory management among patients with Neuronopathies

Wilma Koopman,

Lynda Ryall-Henke




Concurrent Sessions

B1) Evaluation of a practice change of early administration of low dose anticoagulation therapy for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis after spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage


This presentation will discuss a study that evaluated a practice change after analyzing the safety of early administration of low molecular weight heparin or unfractionated heparin for DVT prophylaxis in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage with regard to hematoma growth

Breeda O’Farrell,

Kim Hesser,

Richard Chan,

Andrew Leung,

Mel Boulton


B2) Understanding Intracranial Hypotension


This case-based presentation will discuss spontaneous intracranial hypotension. Clinical presentation, pathophysiology, radiographic features, and treatment/prognosis will be explored.

Chelsea Julian


B3) Analyzing Methods of Communication in Patient Care Transfer


This presentation will discuss communication strategies and how they impact nurse handover, patient care, clinical errors, and hospital length of stay.

Bella To




Concurrent Sessions

C1) Navigating the Nasogastric (NG) Gamut: A clinical best practice review of assessment and placement confirmation of NG tubes


This presentation will provide a summary on the advantages and limitation of the various NG placement confirmation tools available to the bedside nurse, and discuss evidenced based best practice.

Errol Isaac,

Andrew Kwan,

Nadine Moniz


C2) Swallowing Assessments in the Neuro Population

Shirley Singer


C3) UTIs in Neuroscience Patients: To Treat or not to Treat


This presentation’s purpose is to understand the difference between a UTI and asymptomatic bacteriuria, to be able to identify the symptoms of UTI that neuroscience patients might have that differ from the general population, to understand when UTI’s should be treated in neuroscience patients, and to appreciate the potential

Angela Meagher


C4) Clinical Trials in Glioblastoma Multiforme


This presentation will discuss the growing need for clinical research on GBM tumors, GBM biomarkers, and the need for more targeted therapies. The presence of a clinical research unit where patients can access new therapies in addition to the standard care will also be examined.

 Lisa Nezvitsky

Isabelle Desloges




D1) Advanced Therapies in Parkinson’s diseases: Duodopa and the Nurses Role

90 min.


This workshop will focus on Parkinson Disease, medications used for PD, Deep Brain Stimuation, Duodopa therapy, and education strategies for people with PD and their families

Kristina Novosel,

Jennifer Doran


D2) SIMULATION can produce REAL collaborative team outcomes

60 min.


This workshop will examine closed-loop communication strategies utilizing the SBAR tool, which leads to increased confidence in the management of infrequently encountered medical presentations.

Andrea Cole-Haskayne,

Shauna Brady

At the Lower Deck...we

 Lower Deck. Pub Food. Drinks. Music. 

Please purchase your ticket. Tickets available until June 10th.



 Tuesday June 26 2018





Dr. Gubitz will present an overview of the federal legislation as it pertains to Medical Assistance in Dying, and discuss the process that patients and health care providers go through when accessing MAiD services in Nova Scotia


Dr. Gubitz



C   Concurrent sessions

E1) Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) and Organ Donation


This presentation will examine the role of the nurse, the type of patient who can quality for MAiD and Organ Donation and the current best practice process.

Lisa Gillis Rochon


E2) FAST VAN: Saskatchewan’s Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke Screen


This presentation will discuss a screening tool implemented in Saskatchewan called FAST VAN. It can be used to help periphery hospitals and EMS identify stroke symptoms quickly and efficiently in order to efficiently transport patients to a stroke center or a facility with mechanical thrombectomy abilities. FAST VAN accuracy, strengths, and challenges will be discussed.

K. Ruth Whelan


E3) Seizure Management: Improving Nursing Competency and Preparedness through E-Simulation Learning


This presentation will discuss the question: “How can we improve clinical competency and increase preparedness among nurses caring for seizure patients through e-simulation learning?”

Lindsay Sykes,

Noorin Darvesh



W   Workshops


F1) Understanding and managing seizures and status epilepticus


The objectives of this workshop is to review and identify different types of seizures, apply knowledge to nursing practice using case studies, and to review seizure first aid response and treatment of status epilepticus

Margo DeVries-Rizzo


F2) Neuropalliative care: a new specialty in the clinical neurosciences


The objectives of this workshop are to: become familiar with principles of palliative care and the palliative approach, review evidence supporting the development of neuropalliative care, reframe normative concepts such as “the good death”, and examine implications for nursing care/research/ethics.

Marianne Sofronas,

Justine Gauthier

11        19.00

Maritime Dinner and Kitchen Party

Located at the Cunard Centre. Reception, dinner, then dance to follow.

Please purchase your ticket. Available until June 10th.



 Wednesday Jun 27 2018



Opening Pandora's Box: Knowledge and Risk in Cerebrovascular Conditions


This presentation will focus on the benefits and risks of screening and treatment of asymptomatic patients for cerebrovascular conditions, with specific regard to cerebral aneurysms and cranial vessel atherosclerosis


Dr. Pickett


Recent advances in stroke treatment

Dr. Schmidt



C   Concurrent sessions

G1) If You Can Nurse Neuro, You Can Nurse Anywhere: Educational Pearls for Teaching Neuro


In this presentation, academic and practical strategies used to inspire, support, and push these students will be shared from the perspective of an experienced clinical instructor who is also a currently practicing neuro nurse.

Danae Coggins


G2) What’s in a Name: the New (2017) ILAE Classification of Seizures


This presentation will walk attendees through new terminology and a new classification system for seizures. 

Karen Legg


G3) Where’s Waldo? Cognitive puzzles in the subarachnoid hemorrhage population


This presentation will focus on identifying broad memory types, brain structures associated, and provide an overview of the available evidence explaining working and short term memory deficits in the SAH population.

Stephanie van Rooy


G4) Apollo System - Cutting Edge New Techniques for Treatment of Intracranial Hemorrhage


This presentation will outline intracranial hemorrhage and current considerations for treatment versus medical management. The use of the Apollo system, a new minimally invasive device, will also be examined.

 Aaron Gardener



C  Concurrent sessions

H1) Music-enhanced activities to promote patient engagement after stroke in acute care: a team quality improvement initiative


This presentation will discuss a study involving the implementation of a music-enhanced movement program and how it affects patient activity, length of patient stay, and patient satisfaction. Education capsules for patient care attendants will also be examined.

Rosa Sourial


H2) Intensive functional rehabilitation project with patients diagnosed with high grade glimoas


This presentation will discuss a joint collaboration between the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Villa Medica Rehabilitation Center which was made with the objectives of accelerating access to rehabilitation for patients actively receiving treatments, developing a center of expertise in rehabilitation, and establishing indicators to facilitate a structured follow-up

Melanie St-Gelais, Melissa Rodney, Olivier Mayrand-De Arteche


H3) Nutritional Needs of the Neuro Trauma Patients

Carol Thompson





Cancellation Policy:

ALL CANCELLATIONS must be made in writing. A $100.00 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations post marked more than 14 days before the event. No refunds will be made under any circumstances on cancellations post marked after June 10, 2018. CANN reserves the right to substitute presenters or to cancel or reschedule sessions due to low enrolement or other unforseen circumstances. If CANN must cancel the entire session, registrants will receive a full credit or refund of their paid registration fee. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare, or any other expenses related to attending the conference. 

If you need to cancel your conference registration, please contact Janet White, Registration Chair at:

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Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3G5

Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 7:00 PM - Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at 12:00 PM (ADT)

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