CAG SEE Course

Speaker: Dr. Mark Borgaonkar, Professor of Medicine, Memorial University

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the key elements of the SEE program.
  • Explain the importance of quality in colonoscopy.
  • Discuss the variation in quality outcomes among endoscopists.
  • List quality measures in colonoscopy.
  • Summarize the role of the endoscopy nurse in quality colonoscopy

In Canada and around the world, outcomes during and after colonoscopy vary. As a result, patients have different levels of discomfort, require different amounts of sedation, and have different willingness to repeat the procedure. Importantly, some patients may not have complete detection and removal of polyps. The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) has developed the Skills Enhancement in Endoscopy (SEE) program to address these needs. This presentation will discuss in more detail the elements of high quality colonoscopy, challenges in achieving high quality colonoscopy and what is taught in the SEE program to help endoscopists improve their colonoscopy quality. The important role of the endoscopy nurse will be highlighted as it relates to colonoscopy quality and how nursing roles may be effected by techniques promoted in the SEE course.

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The Changing Landscape of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Speaker: Dr. Jerry Shane McGrath

Learning Objectives:

  • To review the process of colon screening in Newfoundland and Labrador and the rest of Canada.
  • Review current international literature on CRC screening.
  • Review Newfoundland and Labrador’s experience with the FIT kit.

Most provinces in Canada have organized Colon Cancer Screening program. The FIT test allows for a non-invasive means to screen patients at average risk. The FIT test will be compared to other available tests such as colonoscopy and CT colonography. Comparison will be made between screening in Canada, USA and Internationally.

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CNA Exam Certification Information & Preparation

Speaker: Gail Mason, Charge Nurse Clinic E and Education Director, The Moncton Hospital
Cathy Arnold Cormier

An informal question and answer period covering exam like questions, writing dates, education material available etc.

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ERECP Basic Training/Refresher

Speaker: Rayleen Hogan, Regional Waitlist manager for the medicine program at Eastern Health

Learning Objectives:

  • list key points of patient preparation for procedure.
  • explain nursing assessment and intervention required.
  • explain an ERCP procedure
  • summarize and explain treatments of complications during ERCP

This is an ERCP presentation for the novice nurse or nurse new to ERCP procedures. It provides the basic knowledge of the procedure and what is required of the nurse to assist during an ERCP. It also reviews common equipment used. It also provides information on how to respond if complications occur during an ERCP.

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The Importance of Celebrating Joy in Our Lives at Work (and Outside!)

Speaker: Sheila Williams , Music Therapist, Eastern Health

Emphasizing the positive in your work life can sometimes be challenging. As we travel every day, we need to ensure that we are giving it our all – this is not an audition! Sometimes life is hard. Everyone experiences challenges for a myriad of reasons, in various forms. In this keynote, discover how laughter can light up your life. Looking through another lens allows you to embrace the significance of seemingly little things and their potential to positively impact you!

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children and Adolescents

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Critch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Memorial University

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand unique features of very early onset inflammatory bowel disease (VEO-IBD).
  • Recognize the impact that pediatric IBD may have on growth.
  • Learn about management considerations in pediatric IBD.

The presentation will highlight some unique aspects of childhood-onset inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in comparison to adult-onset IBD. Recent epidemiology of pediatric-onset IBD in Canada will be reviewed. Very early onset IBD (VEO-IBD) will be reviewed to highlight the higher possibility of monogenic forms of IBD in this group. The impact of childhood IBD on growth, pubertal development and the impact on the patients (and their families) quality of life will be reviewed. Specific treatment options will be reviewed including the use of exclusive enteral nutrition in pediatric Crohn’s disease and the use of biologics.

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Social Media and the Digital Professional

Speaker: Dr. Gerard Farrell, Director, eHealth Research Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how social media evolved and how that evolution impacts our use of it.
  • Be able to demonstrate an appreciation for the impact of social media on our interactions with others.
  • Explore the issues involved in and develop strategies for being a digital professional.

As providers of health care, we have a responsibility to maintain professional decorum to the general public. As more information is shared online through social media (and more actors are watching what we share online), being a professional and being online are increasingly difficult. This talk looks at how Social Media have evolved and discusses the impact of this evolution on professionals online.

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