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Dynamics of Critical Care[TM] 2016.

The beautiful city of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation, hosted Dynamics of Critical Care[TM] 2016, the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses from September 25-27. The conference theme of "Changing Tides in Critical Care Nursing" is a reflection of how critical care nurses have always been on the leading edge of change; whether practising in direct care, research or education, we adapt to the complexity and continual evolution of our environment so that we can provide the best care possible. Delegates from across Canada and the United States were provided with three days of educational opportunities to gain new knowledge, inspire leadership, nurture innovation and encouragement to "Be the Difference".

Following the theme of change and adaptation, participants at the conference introduced new and exciting innovations, enhancing the delegate experience. In addition to the usual, highly regarded concurrent sessions and static posters, mastery session workshops and electronic posters were introduced. The mastery sessions provided extended, in-depth, evidence-based learning for our delegates while the electronic posters allowed our poster authors to present information in a dynamic, contemporary forum. Both electronic and static posters were featured in a gala reception, supported by the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation and held in association with our sponsor and exhibitor partners, as they showcased their products and services for all the delegates in attendance.

The annual general meeting of the association, held over the first lunch hour, allowed delegates an opportunity to attend the meeting, hear about activities of the association over the previous year and allow their voices to be heard through voting in association business. Good food and a comfortable place to sit were provided so that everyone could enjoy a true "business lunch".

Additionally, an audience interaction tool, Slido, was trialed in several sessions. This tool offered interactive questions and answers, live polls and real-time presentation sharing all via the convenience of an app easily downloaded to your electronic device.

The conference was opened with a little island flair, as delegates were treated to traditional dancers, pipers and drummers from the College of Piping in Charlottetown. Following this, CACCN member and talented singer, Tricia Bray, led the delegates in a passionate rendition of our national anthem. A lively welcome from CACCN President Renee Chauvin explored the association theme of "Be the Difference", which was followed by keynote speaker, critical care researcher, educator and clinician, Beth Henneman. Beth discussed practical strategies that critical care nurses can use to enhance patient safety in our challenging environment.

Karen McQuillan, past president of our partner association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, provided the plenary session for day two, detailing the concept of courageous care. She discussed how courageous care requires critical care nurses to care with compassion, renew themselves, maintain a sound knowledge base and serve as leaders.

The new ACLS guidelines introduced in 2015 provided a focus for two of the luncheon sessions presented by Sandra Goldsworthy. Rationale for the changes and the impact on practice were highlighted during the sessions. Alternate luncheon sessions featured Orla Smith speaking on cognitive dysfunction following discharge from ICU, and Marie Edwards speaking on the implications for critical care nurses of medical assistance in dying (MAID).

Sponsor support allowed for a number of well-informed, well-attended sessions. Canadian Blood Services sponsored three sessions: a plenary session presented by David Kuhl on relationship-centred care; and two concurrent sessions, one presented by Denice Klavano on a family's perspective on organ donation, and the second presented by Matthew Weiss on optimizing the care of the organ donor and his/her family following determination of neurological death. Bard Canada sponsored two sessions: one on using technology to reduce urinary tract infections presented by Lila Gottenbos, and a second, mastery session discussing vascular access device selection and tip verification presented by Josee Roy and Julie Bilbrey. A mastery session on nasal high flow was sponsored by Fisher & Paykel Heathcare and presented by Chris Soder. Philips Healthcare also sponsored a mastery session detailing the impact of early warning score systems on intensive care unit workflows that was presented by Robyn Alpert, Jean-Francois Alleno and Michelle Decker.

Past plenary panel sessions have provoked insightful reflection and discussion and this year's panel on secondary trauma, moderated by Renee Chauvin, proved to be just as provocative. Panelists Kim Bustard, Trevor Jain and Brenda Sabo described experiences and offered insights on identification, coping strategies and best practices in relation to secondary trauma in critical care. The use of Slido allowed for anonymous questions to be presented to the panel and discussed in real time, however, the richness of the conversation left many questions unanswered. Plans are underway to provide responses to those questions in an article to be published in the future in the Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing.

Feedback from delegates has always emphasized the importance of educational opportunities to those attending our national conference. However, the social events tend to round out the experience and provide a fun atmosphere for networking. The gala reception was sponsored by the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation. The Sunday "Social", a fun evening out at Peakes Quay, was sponsored by Spacelabs Healthcare. The annual dinner, this year featuring a "PEI Beach Party" complete with entertainment by the "Fiddle Monsters", a group of island musicians providing traditional fiddle tunes and dance; a "Spud In" ceremony, allowing many to become "official Islanders"; a fun photo booth; and a DJ providing great tunes to dance the night away proved to be a success, as always! At the dinner, GE Healthcare was recognized for its generous and ongoing educational support of the Dynamics of Critical Care[TM] Conference.

The conference closed with an inspiring presentation by Colleen Breen, who presented the perception of suffering as a complex, multidimensional concept that can provide both gifts and burdens to those who seek meaning in it.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a number of individuals without whom this conference would not have been successful: Christine Halfkenny-Zellas, Chief Operating Officer of CACCN, Renee Chauvin, CACCN President, and the members of the conference committee, which included Barb Fagan, Carla MacDonald, Tanya Matthews and Lindsey Smith, new friends and old, who together created something wonderful through their hard work, dedication and commitment to critical care nursing.

The generosity of sponsorship from Bard Canada, BBraun of Canada Ltd., Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation, Dermasciences, Fisher & Paykel, GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Spacelabs Healthcare assisted greatly in the provision of this educational offering. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for this support. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge our exhibitor partners for showcasing their products and services for our delegates. We would also like to thank Elsevier, Scrubs for Us, the Canadian Intensive Care Foundation and the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre for providing door prizes.

Everyone who participated in this event, keynote and plenary speakers, panellists, session and poster presenters, exhibitors, conference centre staff, committee members, CACCN board members and, most of all, delegates, together created a memorable conference. I hope to see you all again in Toronto for Dynamics of Critical Care[TM] 2017 where we will explore the City and Culture: Integrating Diversity in Critical Care Nursing.


Ruth Trinier

Chair, Dynamics of Critical Care[TM]

Conference 2016
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Author:Trinier, Ruth
Publication:The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Dec 22, 2016
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