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Healthy Nurse Healthy West Virginia; Influencing Policy, Health Care and Self-Care

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00am ET - 5:00pm ET
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300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301



Policy for a Healthy West Virginia


Holly Carpenter, RN,BSN. Holly is the senior policy advisor in Nursing Practice and Innovation at ANA. Douglas Davis, President of the National Student Nurses Association (joining via skype). Dr. Skip, O.M.D., Acupuncture Physician, Lisa LIlly, BSN, RN, JD - nurse attorney.

Credits Offered

This event offers 6.8 CE credits to attendees.
Accredited by WVU SON is the provider unit of the contact hours.


Additional Information

  • Holly Carpenter, RN,BSN.  Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.  Holly is the senior policy advisor in Nursing Practice and Innovation at ANA.
  • President of the National Student Nurses Association (joining via skype).
  • Dr. Skip, O.M.D., Acupuncture Physician
  • Lisa LIlly, BSN, RN, JD, WVNA Member and Nurse attorney: Social Media and your Nursing Career
  • Erin Browning:  Modalities of Meditation
  • Angie Shockley:  Reiki Practitioner
  • Lacy Davidson:  Nourish Appalachia
  • Joan Hall St.Clair:  Yoga practitioner
  • Teresa Hovatter:  Veteran CE
  • Toni DiChiacchio, Joyce Wilson, WVNA HP&L: Healthy Worklace

West Virginia Nurses Association Policy Summit 2020

“Healthy Nurse, Healthy West Virginia: Influencing Policy, Health Care and Self-Care”

Embassy Suites by Hilton, 300 Court Street, Charleston, West Virginia

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 am – 8:30 am        Legislative Breakfast for WVN-PAC Members and Donors [by invitation only]

                                    Salon A, B, C, D, Embassy Suites by Hilton, 300 Court St., Charleston

8:00 am – 9:00 am        General Registration

                                    Pre-Conference Area, Embassy Suites by Hilton, 300 Court St., Charleston

8:15 am – 9:00 am        Networking, Poster Session, and Exhibitors

                                    Salon E, Embassy Suites / Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:10 am        Opening Welcome

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

                                    Speaker: Joyce Wilson, APRN, FNP-C, WVNA President

9:10 am – 10:00 am       Keynote Address: “Healthy Nurses, Healthy Nation”

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

Speaker: Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, Senior Policy Advisor in Nursing Practice and Innovation at the American Nurses Association

10:00 am – 2:00 pm      Shuttle Buses Operating to and from the Capitol/Statehouse                                                       Boxed lunches available upon return to Embassy Suites (if you miss the noon lunch)

10:00 am – 10:20 am     “TRANSITIONS – From Student to a Politically Active Nurse”

Salon A, B, C, D

Speaker: Michaela Smith, RN, ADN Immediate Past President WVSNA  Luke Velickoff, BSN, RN Immediate Past President WVUSNA


10:25 am – 10:30 am     Event Diamond Sponsor – Grand Canyon WVNA Partnership

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

                                    Grand Canyon University

10:30 am – 11:00 am     Break: Poster Session, Exhibitors, and Networking

                                    Pre-conference area and Salon E – Embassy Suites

11:00 am – 11:50 pm     “Social Media and the Nurse”

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

                                    Speaker: Lisa Lilly, RN, JD / Lilly Law, PLLC; member, The American Association of

                                    Nurse Attorneys (TAANA)


11:50 am – 12:05 pm     Break – Lunch set up (please exit the room, to allow lunch set up)

                                    Event Ruby Lunch Sponsor – Thank you to Sizewise

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch Session:

                                    “Managing Your Wellness with Nursing Demands You to be the Best You!”

                                    Salon A, B, C, D

Speaker: Dr. Skip Heart, OMD, NMD; acupuncture, naturopathic, homeopathic,

and T.C Med Spa Services

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm        Break: Poster Session, Exhibitors and Networking

                                    Pre-conference area, Salon E – Embassy Suites

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: choose one for each time slot

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm        Healthy Workplace Environment”

                                    Moderator: Julie Huron, BSH, LNHA

                                    Salon C, D


  • Joyce Wilson, APRN, FNP-C / WVNA President
  • Jon H. Casto, RN, CRNI / WVNA Secretary
  • Toni DiChiacchio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP / WVNA Immediate Past President

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm        “Be the Change You Wish to See in Your Patients ”

                                    Introduction: Michaela Smith, ADN, RN

                                    Salon A, B

                                    Speaker: Joan St. Clair, E-RYT 500, YACEP

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm        “Movement” Break

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm        “Integrative Health in Veterans Health Administration”

                                    Introduction: Lori McComas Chaffins, BSN, RN

                                    Salon C, D

                                    Speaker: Teresa Hovatter, BSN, RN, TTS, MSOL

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm        “Growing a Healthier WV from the Ground Up: Understanding the impact of a local food system’s role on population health outcomes and strategies to take action as leaders in our communities.

                                    Introduction: Luke Velickoff, BSN, RN

                                    Salon A, B

                                    Speaker: Lacy Davidson Ferguson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, RYT-200

3:20pm – 3:30 pm         “Movement” Break

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm        Mind Body Connection for Holistic Health”

                                    Introduction: Denise Campbell,

                                    Salon C, D


  • Erin Browning, MA, CCC/SLP & Ayurvedic Health Coach
  • Angie Shockley, MA, CSP


3:30 pm – 4:20 pm        “Essential Oils, Evidence-based Practice and Aromatherapy: Trends and Outlook for 2020 ”

                                    Introduction: Crystal Chapman, BSN, RN, CAPA

                                    Salon A – Virtual Presentation

                                    Speaker: Marian “Marni” Reven, MSN, RN-BC, Registered Aromatherapist

4:20pm  – 4:50 pm        Health Policy & Legislation – the WVNA Secret Society of Nurses in West Virginia

                                    Salon A, B, C, D



  • Toni DiChiacchio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP/ WVNA HP&L Chair, Immediate Past President
  • Teresa Hovatter, BSN, RN/ WVNA HP & L Co-Chair, ANAI Representative
  • Julie Huron, BSH, LNHA / WVNA Executive Director

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm        Conference concludes; Evaluations – sign out for CE credit

Hotel Information: 

Embassy Suites Hotel rates: $139.00 a night (Registration code is NPS).  Deadline for reservations is  Feb 1, 2020.   Book your room HERE!

Hotel overnight parking is $15.00.

Daily parking is $1.75 a day  and a shuttle will operate to the Capitol from 10am-2pm.