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  • Differing Perspectives on Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care (Oct 10)


    Title: Differing Perspectives on Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care
    Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
    Time: 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    Duration: 3 hours


    Title: Differing Perspectives on Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care
    Date/Time: October 10, 2020 – 9am-12pm
    This activity is supported by educational grants received from Biogen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Genentech.
    Nursing professionals will earn 3 continuing education credits.
    This innovative program aims to address these knowledge gaps by providing both nurses and patients with evidence-based information on the latest disease-modifying therapies, as well as symptoms and the psychological impact of MS in order to educate and improve the relationships between MS nursing professionals and their patients.
    Learning Objectives:
    At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be better able to:
    • Incorporate accumulated evidence, current guidelines, and emerging new clinical data into individualized education regarding DMTs for MS as part of a comprehensive approach to nursing care
    • Identify and address symptoms experienced by patients with MS, with attention to patient values and goals for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment
    • Integrate a multidisciplinary team approach to care that includes patients and their care partners recognizing, assessing, and addressing psychological and cognitive issues in MS


    Denise Bruen

    A Virginia native, Ms. Bruen grew up in Reston, VA. She attended UVA for nursing school and graduated in 1996. She then received her Master’s degree in nursing from Rush University in Chicago, IL, in 2004.
    Ms. Bruen is an Adult nurse practitioner and certified Multiple Sclerosis nurse. She specializes in caring for those living with MS. She has been a Nurse Practitioner at UVA since 2004 and has worked at the Multiple Sclerosis clinic since 2010. In addition, she is the Medical director for the MS Clinic.
    In 2020 Ms. Bruen started her term as President of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) a group she has been involved with since 2012.

    Marie Namey

    Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN has been part of the interdisciplinary team at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation since its inception in 1985.
    She received her Master of Science degree in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Villa Maria College, (now Gannon University) Erie, Pa.
    She has published on topics of bladder and bowel function and adherence and has a great interest in symptom management.
    She has been an active member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers 1986 and has served as President (2000) and committee member.
    She is a founding member and a Past President of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) and current member of the board.
    She is a recipient of the June Halper Award for excellence in MS Nursing, inducted into the National MS Society Health Professional Volunteer Hall of Fame and received the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses 2011.

    Stephanie Agrella

    Stephanie Agrella is the Director of Clinical Services at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic of Central Texas, in Round Rock, Texas where she specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis. She graduated with Cum Laude honors from Kent State University, College of Nursing in Kent, Ohio with a Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing, and a Master’s in Science of Nursing degree. She is a PhD candidate in the nursing program at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis Missouri and is currently working on her dissertation involving vitamin D and its impact on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) activity in adults who have been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, specializing in primary care and has been working directly with patients living with multiple sclerosis (MS) since the early 2000’s.
    Stephanie is licensed by the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses Certification Board (IOMSN) as an MS Certified Nurse (MSCN), is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Education Committee, has previously served two terms as a board member for the IOMSN and has served on the Awards and Nominations Committee, the Liaison for the Multiple Sclerosis Nursing International Certification Board (MSNICB) and as the MSNICB nomination chair for this international organization. She is also the current vice president of The Austin Advanced Practice Nurses Association and has served as the chair of membership for this organization for well over a decade.
    Stephanie is dedicated to working in the field of MS and spends the majority of her time providing direct healthcare to patients living with MS; she specializes in all aspects of patient care with an emphasis on disease modifying therapy and symptom management. Stephanie is also involved in research and has served as a sub-investigator on numerous MS related clinical trials. She has presented on MS at many continuing medical education symposia, peer-to-peer presentations, journal clubs, professional conferences, and community-based patient gatherings.

    Dave Bexfield