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Accreditation Statement:
This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 6.0 CEU's by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commussion on Accreditation.

AANA Accreditation Statement:
This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 6.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1033174; Expiration Date 10/8/2016.

AANP Accreditation Statement:
This activity is approved for a maxium of 6.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 16062213. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies

Holly Gadd PhD, RN, APN, FNP-BC
She is the graduate program coordinator for the School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University. As a professor of nursing, she teaches primary care courses for nurse practitioner students. She additionally works regularly as a nurse practitioner in both the emergency room and at Volunteers in Medicine - Chattanooga.

Instructor: Holly Gadd PhD, RN, APN, FNP-BC
Presentation title: Gut microbiome imbalance – a new frontier for understanding and managing health and disease?
Course description: This educational session focuses on current research related to the gut microbiome and its relation to health and disease. Microbiology, physiology, and pathophysiologic processes will be discussed with focus on relationships between the gut microbiome and conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Case studies will be used to examine various dysbiotic states and the currently recommended prevention and treatment strategies aimed at modulating the gut microbiome for maximum health.
Objectives: At the end of the presentation, the learner will:
1. Discuss the development, complexity, and functionality of the gut microbiome.
2. Relate the gut microbiome to nutrition, metabolism and immune functions.
3. Analyze implications of dysbiotic states for a variety of diseases and syndromes.
4. Describe interventions to modulate and stabilize the gut microbiota to improve health.
5. Examine gaps in knowledge related to the gut microbiome in health and disease.

Barbara James, PhD
Dean and Professor of School of Nursing, Southern Adventist University. Barbara James’ passion is educating the next generation of nurses and advanced practice nurses. Her doctorate in nursing education and occupational health is from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently serves as Dean of Southern Adventist University’s School of Nursing. She will serve as ACLS Instructor/Coordinator for this convention.

Instructor: Barbara James, PhD
Presentation title: ACLS Instructor
Course description: American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS renewal will require current BLS and ACLS cards. Renewal will include content review via video, practice, written exam, and performance of megacode per AHA guidelines. Cards, valid for 2 years, will be issued onsite.
Class prerequisites: A requirement of a minimum of 6 registered people is required for this class to be available.

Frances Johnson, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
She has always worked with babies during her career as a nurse - either in the normal newborn arena, or in the neonatal intensive care unit. Frances Johnson is a graduate of Southern, and has earned her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and DNP at Rush University in Chicago, IL. Working as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with Pediatrix Medical Group she finds that the NICU population poses unique ethical challenges for both nurses and physicians, as they navigate both beginning of life and end of life issues. Currently she is co-teaching an ethics course with the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University in the graduate nursing program.

Instructor: Frances Johnson, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Presentation title: Moral distress is a key issue in the healthcare work environment. 
Course description: This course will explore situations in which health care providers may find themselves that result in moral distress; situations can arise from patients, their families, co-workers, or the organization. Providing quality, evidence based practice is many times limited to doing what is allowed per protocols or payors, and not always what is best for that given situation. Included in this presentation are ways to affirm what is felt, assess sources of distress, contemplate risks and benefits of action, and preparation for action.
Course objectives: At the end of the presentation, the learner will:
1. Explore moral, legal, and ethical concepts that lead to moral distress.
2. Define moral distress, integrity, and courage.
3. Identify how moral courage can be expressed in the health care setting.

Michael Liedke, DNP, ACNP-BC
He is a professor of the School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University. Michael A. Liedke is an acute care nurse practitioner and has worked in critical care and neurosurgery for 15 years. He completed his RN and BSN degrees from Southern Adventist University, his Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/MSN from Emory University, and most recently his Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on neurocritical care and neurophysiology from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor for Southern Adventist University in the graduate and doctoral programs as well as Midlevel Coordinator and provider with the neurosurgery group in Chattanooga.

Instructor: Michael Liedke, DNP, ACNP-BC
Presentation title: The Neurophysiology of Worship
Course description: Romans 12:1, 2 urges the believer to present their body and mind to God as the true and proper worship. Advances in neuroimaging and the understanding of neurophysiology are beginning to demonstrate the powerful benefits of worship to the mind and body. This course will focus on identifying and understanding the neurophysiological benefits of worship and its far reaching effects into the mind and body of the participant. It will also focus on worship styles which, because of their effect on the brain, have a potential for misuse.
Course objectives: At the end of this course the participant should be able to:
1. Identify the neuroanatomical structures involved with worship.
2. Understand the neurophysiological/physiologic benefits of actively engaging in worship.
3. Identify the worship styles which yield physiologic benefit to the participant
4. Identify the implications of certain styles of worship and the potential for misuse.

Lilly Tryon, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on lifestyle therapeutics, and a certificate in plant-based nutrition. She currently serves as Asst. Professor for the School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University, teaching courses in health promotion, nutrition, exercise, and motivating lifestyle change. Her work as a Nurse Practitioner at Volunteers in Medicine provides many opportunities to educate and support patients to move towards a healthier diet.

Instructor: Lilly Tryon, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Presentation title: Plant-based Rx: Integrating Nutrition Conversations into Clinical Practice
Course description: Research continues to show that a plant-based diet helps people lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, reduce the risk of cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, and more. Yet less than 25 percent of health care providers talk to their patients about the link between diet and their health. Of those that do have the discussion, most simply advocate or prescribe change, leaving patients to figure out how to make the transition. This presentation provides the health care professional with answers to common questions about a plant-based diet and practical strategies for empowering patients to eat more plant foods.
Course objectives: At the end of the presentation, the learner will:
1. Discuss the latest research on the relationship between diet, prevention, and health.
2. Relate the information-motivation-strategy model to dietary change.
3. Examine the most common questions asked about plant-based eating.
4. Analyze the 5A’s as a useful model for brief nutrition conversations.
5. Describe current plant-based strategies and resources that are effectively utilized to help patients transition to eating more plant foods.