2018 Odyssey Conference - Educating the Acute and Critical Care Nurse

Date & Location
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, The Westin Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA

Target Audience


Conference Overview

This year’s conference brings together professionals from diverse fields bringing information on wide-ranging topics relevant to quality patient centered care and critical nursing practice. The conference will cover this variety of topics via plenary and concurrent sessions, and poster sessions related to acute and critical care practice and trends in healthcare. We will have the opportunity to be inspired by the innovative and engaging  presenters to continue our purposeful development of effective healthcare and to drive changes that matter for optimal patient and family outcomes. 

Keynote Faculty

Christine S. Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, serves as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Christine Schulman is a critical care and trauma clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. She was previously a trauma and critical care nursing consultant after working several years as a trauma and surgery clinical nurse specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She obtained most of her bedside clinical experience as a staff nurse in the surgical ICU at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and earlier in her career she held critical care and emergency nursing positions in Wyoming and Colorado. Schulman has also been an adjunct clinical instructor at Oregon Health & Science University, Seattle University and University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA.

Call for Poster Abstracts

We are accepting applications for poster sessions to the 2018 Odyssey Conference! Poster abstract content must support interprofessional health topics in research, evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, public policy and advanced practice.  Click on the link to download the poster application: CALL FOR ODYSSEY CONFERENCE POSTER ABSTRACTS.pdf

Deadline for receipt of Poster Session Application and Abstract is February 23, 2018.

Any questions, please contact us at paul.swadley@vcuhealth.org.

  1. Understand how to use WHY as a tool to create a better future for health care.
  2. Understand the vulnerability of healthcare providers’ physical and psychosocial well-being secondary to vicarious trauma.
  3. Recognize clinical presentations and consequences of Alarm Fatigue.
  4. Identify and evaluate benefits of interprofessional practice in medicine and nursing teams.
  5. Understand how exploring various creative strategies can provide room for developing new procedures in surgery for better patient outcomes.
  6. Understand the impact of animal assisted interventions on the social and emotional well-being of patients.
  7. Be better able to provide effective care to older patients.
  8. Development of new knowledge and awareness of updates in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.
  9. Incorporate strategies to increase resilience in your healthcare practice.
  10. Understand the complexity of the disease of addiction and adapting attitudes and interventions for effective treatment.


Registration Information

The registration fee speaker handouts, continuing education credit, continental breakfast, break refreshments, and luncheon. Minimum and maximum numbers for attendance at this conference have been established, and we reserve the right to substitute speakers/topics, or cancel if necessary. Register early.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, minus $15 processing fee for written cancellations postmarked by March 5, 2018. No refunds will be given for cancellations postmarked after this date.

Americans with Disabilities Act

VCU Health System is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law. If special accommodation is needed, please contact us at (804) 828-0418. Every attempt will be made to facilitate your participation in this conference.


Continuing Education: Nursing: 7.0 contact hours. VCU Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.