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Innovations in Obstetrical, Neonatal, and Pediatric Care Symposium

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Join us for this extraordinary opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills to provide better care for patients and families. The Innovations In Obstetrical, Neonatal, and Pediatric Care Symposium offers diverse learning opportunities, distinguished keynote speakers, and specially designed tracks for professionals caring for women and children.

Who Should Attend?

The conference has been designed for RNs, ARNPs, LPNs, RRTs, CNMs, and RDs specializing in obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, critical care, palliative care, and transplant.

Keynote Speaker


Colleen Sweeney

Colleen Sweeney
Colleen Sweeney is the founder of Sweeney Healthcare Enterprises, and she’s on a mission to transform healthcare. Colleen conceived and conducted the Patient Empathy Project®, a three year research study. During this research, she discovered that 96% of all patients have serious fears about health care, coining the term Clinicaphobia to describe the phenomenon. Colleen put this finding to use, developing the Patient Experience Pyramid® as a tool for healthcare teams to uncover and respond to patient fears. She’s identified the Top 11 Patient Fears and collected astonishing artwork from the Patient Empathy Postcard Project®.

Elizabeth Minei, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Minei, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Minei, Ph.D., and founder of EMinei Consulting, is an assistant professor specializing in Interpersonal Communication within Organizations at Baruch College in New York City. Elizabeth has worked with and studied High Reliability Teams (HRT’s) across the country. She won the both the 2014 Gouran Award for Applied Communication Research and the 2011 Stanley L. Saxon Applied Research Award for her work on improving communication within firefighting teams. She has been sought out as a Subject Matter Expert for enhancing protocol in HRT’s, and recently assisted Lululemon with their 2015 Winter Campaign, focusing on active listening in team dynamics.

Ann Lynn Denker

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP
Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, a native of Miami, received her BSN and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida and PhD in nursing from the University of Miami. For more than 38 years, she has worked in a variety of roles at Jackson Health System, including clinical nurse specialist in pediatric cardiology, director of public relations, special assistant to the chair of the Public Health Trust, chief privacy officer, magnet director, and director of the Center for Nursing Excellence. Dr. Denker has extensive experience in volunteering for medical relief missions. She has served as president of the Florida Nurses Association and chair of the Constituent Assembly of the American Nurses Association. She teaches in the graduate nursing program at Barry University

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.


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Contact Hours

The Jackson Health System Education and Development Department is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing, respiratory, and physical therapy education. Each afternoon session will be broken up into three specialty tracks: obstetrics, neonatology, and pediatrics.

A maximum of 17 contact hours will be granted for three-day attendance.

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Abstract Submission

Holtz Children’s Hospital and The Women’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital invite you to submit an abstract for the Innovations in Obstetrical, Neonatal, and Pediatric Care Symposium. Poster presentations will take place September 14 -15, 2016.

Abstracts must focus on topics with relevance to obstetrics, neonatology, and pediatrics. Posters may represent works in progress and more than one poster abstract may be submitted by the same presenter.

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 12, 2016.

Research Based Abstract Submission | Online application

Evidence Based Abstract Submission | Online application

Incomplete submissions or abstracts received after August 12 will not be considered. Unaccepted abstracts will not be returned to the primary author.

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Abstract Components

Research Posters

  1. Purpose: What was the intent or goal of the study? What did you want to learn?
  2. Background/Significance: What was the problem and why was it important? What knowledge are you building on?
  3. Method: What was the design? What was the sample? What instruments were used? How was data collected and analyzed?
  4. Results: What were the findings?
  5. Conclusion: What do the findings mean?

Evidence –Based Practice Posters

  1. Purpose: What was the intent/goal of the project? What problem was addressed by the evidence-based solution?
  2. Description: What was the evidence-based solution? How was it developed and implemented? Cite the research for the evidence implying how you made a clinical decision based on the best available current research or literature, your own clinical expertise, or the patient's needs to change a process to improve nursing practice. Do not submit an actual reference/bibliography list.
  3. Evaluation and Outcomes: What were the outcomes of the project? How was success measured?
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Abstract Review Process and Selection

All abstracts will be blinded and independently and reviewed by nursing peers. Final candidates will be selected based on overall clarity and quality of the abstract, as well as relevance to conference description, purpose, and objectives. Presenters will be notified after the peer review is completed. The primary presenter will be contacted by email no later than one week after the submission.

It is the responsibility of the primary presenter to contact all co-presenters and see that they complete the co-presenter section of the abstracts submission form.

To present at the Innovations in Obstetrical, Neonatal, and Pediatric Care Symposium, you must register for the event no later than August 24, 2016.

  • Abstract presenters are expected to assume the costs related to travel, accommodations, and conference registration fees.
  • One abstract presenter must be present to showcase the abstract during the symposium.
  • Abstract poster presenters are responsible for constructing the posters in such a way that they will freely stand on an upright easel using a 3’ X 5’ foam core poster board. Easel will be provided. Posters may be either horizontal or vertical.

The deadline for abstract submissions is August 12, 2016.

Research Based Abstract Submission | Online application

Evidence Based Abstract Submission | Online application

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Ticket pricing is inclusive of conference admission, educational contact hours, daily meals, and parking.

Early Bird Registration (Now - Aug. 24):

  Student JHS Employee Outside Participants
1 Day Ticket $40.00 $90.00 $125.00
2 Day Ticket $70.00 $150.00 $250.00
3 Day Ticket $100.00 $200.00 $300.00

Late Registration (Aug. 25 to Sept. 13):

  Student JHS Employee Outside Participants
1 Day Ticket $50.00 $110.00 $150.00
2 Day Ticket $90.00 $170.00 $320.00
3 Day Ticket $120.00 $240.00 $360.00




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Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please call 305-585-1234, no later than September 1, 2016. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Please allow two to four weeks for processing.

If you have any questions, contact us at

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Program Brochure

September 14 - 16, 2016
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

Holtz Conference Cover