Memphis Wound Ostomy Continence Professionals Conference


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Nancy Appling has been a perioperative nurse for over 37 years. She has practiced as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse First Assistant with surgeons from the University of Tennessee Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is currently faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing and serves as lead faculty for the RN First Assistant Program. She has helped develop this program and it is the first RNFA program in Tennessee. Ms. Appling worked for the past two years to align the laws in Tennessee for RNFAs with national standards as established by AORN. Governor Bill Lee signed this legislation into law on July 2, 2019. Ms. Appling has created a curriculum to teach RNFAs how to prevent PPI and she presented this educational idea at AORN Global Expo and Surgical Conference. Ms. Appling serves as Chair of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses RNFA Specialty Assembly. AORN is the largest perioperative organization with over 42,000 members.
Joyce Black, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Joyce Black is an Associate Professor in the Adult Health and Illness Department. She has taught undergraduate students basic concepts, medical surgical nursing and ICU nursing. Dr. Black has received awards from UNMC and the College for her teaching. Her research areas of interest are in wound healing, specifically in pressure ulcers. Dr. Black's disseration examined the patient and wound factors that contributed to healing or nonhealing of diabetics with pressure ulcers. She is certified in wound healing, plastic surgical nursing and is a Fellow in the American Professional Wound Care Association. Dr. Black is the current President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and chairman of the NPUAP's task force to redefine pressure ulcer staging.
Kathryn Cheatle, JD
Katy practices almost exclusively in the area of medical malpractice defense representing hospitals, clinics and physicians. She has defended a wide-variety of medical negligence cases including pressure ulcers, falls, medication errors and labor & delivery. She is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, American Bar Association and the National Order of Barristers. Katy graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where she completed a concentrated program of study in litigation.
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Michele Deck, RN, BSN, MED, LCCE, FACCE
Michele is known for her innovative teaching methods in the field of health care education and training. She has been training educators and trainers full time for the last twenty years. She acted as a consultant to Creative Training Techniques International, Inc. and was named "Best Over All Trainer" by the Creative Training Techniques Companies. She has won the prestigious "Excellence in Nursing" has also been selected as one of the "Great 100 Nurses in Louisiana" and was elected to Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. The National Nursing Staff Development Organization named her the recipient of the prestigious Belinda Puetz award in 2000. She was named “Business Woman of the Year for 2003” by the National Business Council. She received the Margaret L. Messore Lectureship award from the Magnolia Chapter of SUNA in 2004. The National Business Council awarded her the Ronald Regan Medal of Freedom in 2004.
Marie Brown-Etris, RN, CWON, CCHP
Marie has been a clinically practicing WOC nurse since 1982. She started an entrepreneurial business in 1984, Etris Associates, Inc., an independent specialty nursing practice in Philadelphia which continues to this day. Over the years, her practice was on staff at multiple hospitals in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Etris was one of the first CWOCNs in her region to provide wound and ostomy services to LTC facilities, LTACs, home health agencies, the Philadelphia prison system and outpatients in her private office, before wound centers existed. She has been a primary investigator on multiple device and pharmaceutical clinical studies. She has published extensively and spoken internationally. In 1995 at NPUAP she presented the fact that pressure ulcers do not heal by stage which subsequently lead to profound changes throughout the field of wound healing.
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Brenda Elsagher, CHP
Ready for Laughter? Brenda Elsagher is a dynamic keynote speaker, award winning author, and 20 year veteran of comedy who encourages us to lighten up as we juggle life. A Certified Humor Professional, Brenda brings a genuine, uplifting message, and reminds us that each day only has 24 hours and what we do with each hour can change our life or that of another. She says her favorite audiences are nurses because they have seen it all and can talk about it while they eat lunch! If you want to speak in public and that’s not in your comfort zone, Brenda will give you tips in her workshop. She has a special place in her heart for nurses and looks forward to seeing you at her keynote and promises lots of laughs.
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William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS
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Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE
Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. As a physical therapist, her expertise resides in integumentary dysfunction where she holds four board certifications/credentials.

Heather has diverse work experience in academia and the private sector. She is a key opinion leader and is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, conducts research and publishes, presents and teaches, nationally and internationally on integumentary related issues.
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Jennifer Hurlow, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, CWCN, CCC
Jennifer Hurlow is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse who has dedicated the past 18 years to the management of wounds. Her experience includes all care venues including Nursing Homes, Home Health, Hospital and Outpatient settings. She has authored and co-authored a number of papers on wound, skin, and continence issues and has a special interest in clinical identification and management of wound biofilm. Jennifer has most recently been in the UK where she has studied biofilm from a microbiological perspective. She is now returning to clinical practice in the US where she plans to continue to learn about and promote links between wound biofilm, infection, and cost- effective wound healing.
Kersten E. Reider, RN, BSN, CWOCN
Kersten Reider received her Diploma in nursing from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing and then went onto finish her BSN at Alvernia University. She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Bloomsburg University. Kersten is a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence nurse (CWOCN) who serves as an in-patient wound, ostomy, and continence specialist for a licensed 700 + bed Level I Trauma Center in West Reading Pennsylvania. She focuses on the care of surgical patients with an interest in nursing and physician education along with fistula management and negative pressure wound therapy. Kersten has presented posters as well as spoken nationally regarding fistula management and wound care. She has also published articles on fistula related topics.
Susan Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse
Susan "Suzy" Scott, MSN, RN, WOC Nurse currently serves as
Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Educator with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Medical Education in Memphis, TN. Additionally, she serves as an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Health Systems Improvement, and Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing. She is an independent consultant for Scott Triggers PLLC.

Suzy is a notable international operating room (OR) pressure injury expert, researcher and author from the Veterans Health Administration with 34 years of federal service.

Suzy has developed and disseminated the Scott Triggers®, a concurrent trigger system to identify at risk individuals for pressure injury in surgery.

Suzy was recognized as an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses for the "Perioperative Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program" (PPUPP).

She is a subject matter expert for Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) in the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Hospital Innovation Improvement Network (HIIN) project for 2016-19 as they aim to reduce hospital-acquired pressure injury from the Emergency Department and the OR.
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Phillip Zeni, Jr., MD, FSIR
Phillip T. Zeni, Jr., M.D. is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist with over twenty years of experience serving patients in the greater Memphis metropolitan area.

He is the founding owner and medical director of Zenith Health and Aesthetics, 6126 Poplar Ave., Memphis that opened in June 2019.

Previously he worked with a multi-specialty radiology group that providing radiologic services for Baptist Memorial Healthcare. While there he also served as the Chairman of the Baptist Memphis Radiology Department for more than five years.

Dr. Zeni was also the Director of Interventional Radiology for more than 15 years. His primarily responsibility was to perform Interventional Radiologic procedures. However, he also trained Radiology residents and Interventional Radiology fellows for which he was the recipient of a teaching award. Subsequently, he has published research papers with the residents and was a contributing author to a textbook on interventional vascular procedures.

During his tenure at Baptist, Dr. Zeni received multiple awards for his clinical care and administrative guidance. He was also named the top Interventional Radiologist in Memphis Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

His wife Victoria, also a physician, practices Otolaryngology in Memphis. The couple has two children.