2020 Master Class for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support


When & Where

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Montréal, Canada


Bronwyn Levvey, RN, BEd Stu, Grad Dip Clin Epi
Lung Transplant Service Manager, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia


Samantha J. Anthony, PhD, MSW, RSW
Health Clinician Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada


Case Moderators

Nancy P. Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP, CCTC, Lung Transplant NP, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Fabienne Dobbels, PhD, MSc, Psychologist, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium
Michael G. Petty, PhD, RN, APRN, CNS, CCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Melissa Sanchez, BScHons, PGDip, DClinPsy, MSc, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Harefield, UK

Case Discussants

Mary Amanda Dew, PhD, Psychologist, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
John Eric Hobson, MSN, CRNP, Palliative Care NP, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Christiane Kugler, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing Science, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Gregory Snell, MD, Lung Transplant Physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
This Master Class will explore these key transitions of care and enable the target audience to share perspectives and best practices to optimize patient and family members/caregivers experiences at these times of transition.

Two of the most significant transitions of care for transplant and mechanical circulatory support (MCS) patients are entry into a transplant or MCS program and end-of-life following transplantation or MCS. Each patient and their family members/ caregivers will likely experience both transitions at some point within their trajectory of care. Care transitions are characterized with specific risks that healthcare providers need to recognize and manage.
This NHSAH Master Class is designed for clinicians from all fields of the interdisciplinary health team with a higher level of expertise in transplant and/or MCS. The program format is intended to facilitate highly interactive discussion amongst the participants in order to explore topics relating to significant transitions in care for patients and their family members/caregivers facing transplantation or MCS or end-of-life discussion. Rather than didactic lectures, this course utilizes faculty moderators and case discussants to present real-world case scenarios to stimulate active audience participation, providing insights, strategies and skills that will address the practice gaps and learning objectives.
After completion of this Class, participants will have improved competence and professional performance in their ability to:
  1. Describe the key elements recommended for psychosocial assessment for transplant or MCS
  2. Recognize what influences our decision-making when determining candidacy for transplant or MCS.
  3. Identify and describe opportunities and mechanisms to engage family members/caregivers in patient careand decision-making
  4. Consider and incorporate strategies for advance care planning and end-of-life care into their clinical practice
Accreditation Statement – The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement – ISHLT designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and Pharmacists
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and ISHLT. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 contact hours for nurses. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Current guidelines state that participants in CME activities must be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the program content or a speaker’s presentation. Planners, Faculty and Chairs participating in this meeting are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentations or service as Chair/Planner. Please refer to the Participant Notification document for a list of all disclosures. Additionally, all speakers have been asked to verbally disclose at the start of their presentation if a product they are discussing is not labeled for the use under discussion or is still investigational.