38th Annual Townsend Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium

September 15, 2023 



This year’s symposium offers a choice to watch the virtual conference on your own OR attend the virtual conference at an in-person “watch party style” event. Virtual attendees will receive a Zoom link and can watch the symposium from their own home or office. The in-person event will take place at the Wichita State University’s Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex in Wichita, KS. Breakfast will be included for in-person attendees. This watch-party style event provides a great setting for discussion 
and networking.

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8:00 am Welcome
8:10 am

Acute MI: Diagnosis to Discharge
Gail Markowski, DNP, ANP-C, ACNP-C, CCRN
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program Director, 
State University of NY at Buffalo
Structural Heart Program Co-Coordinator, 
Catholic Health System – Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York


9:25 am Break
9:35 am

Updates in Heart Failure Management
Senior ECMO Clinical Support Specialist
Fresenius Medical Care-North America
Cary, North Carolina


10:50 am Break
11:05 am

Update of Cardiac Issues: Atrial Fibrillation, Valvular Heart Disease, Ventricular Arrhythmias
Gail Markowski, DNP, ANP-C, ACNP-C, CCRN


12:20 pm Lunch
1:20 pm

Documentation Pitfalls: How to Protect Your License and Avoid Liability      

Slides  Handout

2:35 pm Break
2:45 pm

Clot Wars: Unleashing the Force of Antithrombotics in the Critically Ill Patient Population
Brian Gilbert, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP, BCPS, FCCM, FNCS  
Department of Pharmacy
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Residency Program Director – Critical Care Pharmacy
Wesley Medical Center
Wichita, Kansas





  • Discuss symptoms, labs, EKG changes, and complications of MI based on area of infarct, need for immediate treatment of STEMI versus NSTEMI and subsequent medical treatment and necessary follow-up care of MI patients after discharge.
  • Identify and differentiate between HFrEF and HFpEF types and associated goal-directed medical therapy for patients while describing updates to the American College of Cardiology’s recommendations for patients diagnosed with heart failure.
  • Discuss the management of atrial fibrillation and alternatives to anticoagulation in high-risk patients. Review treatment strategies and procedures for aortic stenosis, mitral insufficiency and diagnostic workups and treatment strategies for ventricular arrhythmias.
  • Outline best practice recommendations to prevent legal recourse through discussing EMR documentation pitfalls and describing reportable or potentially reportable nursing actions as they relate to patient care.
  • Apply knowledge acquired to complex, critically-ill patient cases by identifying the advantages and disadvantages of commonly used antithrombotics and discussing the role of monitoring antithrombotic therapy in critically ill patients. 


Continuing Education

The Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7.5 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure*. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT 0090-0327. 
*Continuing nursing education credits will be available up to 9 days after the conference has ended. Participants must watch the session in its entirety and complete the evaluation by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 24 in order to receive credit.

Live Respiratory
The Wesley Medical Center CEU Evaluator has approved this program for 7.5 hours of Live Respiratory Continuing Education on behalf of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society, a chapter society of the AARC. Credits for respiratory are only available during the conference for live attendees. Providership # KRCS 029

This program offers 6.5 hrs of cardiac-specific EMS CEs. Participants will need to self-submit retroactively. 


Registration Questions & More Information

For questions regarding your registration or the registration process, please contact the WSU Conference Office.

Phone: 316-978-6493
Fax: 316-978-3064
Email: conference.office@wichita.edu


Special Accommodations
Wichita State University is committed to making programs available to people with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please contact the Office of University Conferences at (316) 978-6493.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
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