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CRT shines spotlight on nurses, techs

CRT 18 (March 3-6, 2018 - Washington, D.C.)

Nurses and technologists will have a day in the spotlight during the 21st annual Cardiovascular Research Technologies conference, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, through Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The track dedicated to nurses and techs will take place on the conference’s second day, Sunday, March 4.
“It’s an advanced conference where you’re seeing what’s the newest technology and getting an update on regulatory and quality metrics, and all while being able to network with people from all over the United States,” said Nancy Bruce, RN, assistant vice president for nursing at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, which is part of Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health.
CRT 18’s tracks are Coronary, Valve and Structural Heart, Endovascular, Technology and Innovation, Atherosclerosis and Research, and Nurses and Technologists. 
Dionne Ross, RN, nursing director for the catheter and electrophysiology laboratories at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, said the nursing and tech track is an opportunity for nurses and technologists to catch up with the latest innovations in interventional cardiology.
“They’re focusing on what’s new from last year to this year,” she said. “And then they’ll have demonstrations and… there are other areas in the hotel that show the different improvements throughout that year.”
Topics to be covered include “Robotic Cath Lab: The Role of the Tech and Nurse,” “Essentials for a Structural Heart Program” and “How to Survive a JACHO Audit.”
Ross said she tells her staff that they should pay special attention to the last session, “Accreditation, Education and Quality.” The focus on maintaining quality standards in clinical practice and record keeping, and the consequences of failing to do so, is valuable.
“I like for my staff to see that, to see what the implications are if they don’t follow protocol or documentation guidelines,” she said.
The keynote speaker during the Women and Heart Disease Luncheon Symposium is Dolvett Quince, a veteran health and fitness expert and a trainer on “The Biggest Loser.” Quince has dedicated himself to “helping people change their lives, one rep at a time.”
“It’s great to learn more about your field of expertise, but (conferences are) also a chance to recharge and renew,” Bruce said. “And I’m sure Mr. Quince will provide us that opportunity.”
For more information on CRT 18, visit www.crtmeeting.org. For more information on the Nurses and Technologists track, including the full agenda, visit bit.ly/2kKveyO.

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