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Alaska School Nurses Association

2018 ASNA Annual Spring Conference - "The Building Blocks of School Nursing"

Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage
600 East Benson Boulevard
Anchorage, AK 99503

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm AT - Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00pm AT
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600 East Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503



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Book your stay at the Embassy Suite hotel

Get the ASNA Spring Conference Group Discount rate of $144/night.

We have several rooms blocked out for the conference, but they go fast.

Make sure to book soon!

Click Here to register at the Embassy Suites Hotel or call (907) 332-7000, #1

If you have any food allergies or MEDICALLY NECESSARY dietary restrictions, please let Kathy Easley know ASAP at

Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy - Any cancellation will be assessed a $25 fee.

If ASNA receives notification of cancellation via email or phone on or before March 30th, 2018 a refund less the cancellation fee will be provided.

No refunds for cancellation after March 31st 2018.

Send questions to:, (907) 373-8189 or,  (907) 742-4963.

Event Agenda

2018 ASNA Annual Spring Conference - "The Building Blocks of School Nursing"

Event Agenda

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm AT - Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00pm AT

All times listed in Alaska.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm


  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Meet and Greet

    Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN/ President, National Association of School Nurses (NASN)

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm


  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    21st Century Framework: From Paper to Practice

    Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN/ President, NASN

    *Articulate the 5 principles and related practice components of the framework for school nursing practice in the 21st century
    * Identify 3 practical ways this Framework can be applied in practice
    * Develop 3 talking points to articulate the role of the school nurse in supporting the educational success of students

  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    The Internet and Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Glen Klinkhart, BBA - Owner, CEO of Klinkhart, LLC

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Light Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00am - 9:30am

    Psychological and Behavioral Impacts of Trauma

    Stephanie Blubaugh, LCSW - Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Alaska Child Trauma Center, Clinician

  • 9:45am - 10:30am

    Updates in the World of Asthma and Allergies

    Laura Moore, MD - Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska

  • 10:45am - 11:45am

    Keeping our Children Safe: The Safe Children's Act

    Farrah Greene-Palmer, PhD - State of Alaska-Public Health, Women's Children's and Family Health

    Bree and Erin's Law

  • 11:45am - 1:15pm

    Lunch/Annual Business Meeting

    Everyone welcome, only members can vote

  • 1:15pm - 1:30pm

    SNEA Recognition

    School Nurse Excellence in Alaska Award

  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm


    Tirza Cannon, MD, MPH - Southcentral Foundation/Physician

    Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal contraceptive implants.

  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Recognition and Treatment of Intra-Oral Pathology and Trauma

    Michael Koropp, DMD - Orthodontist

  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Addressing Alaska’s Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action

    Andy Jones, Director for the Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention Deputy Incident Commander for the Governors Opioid Response

    The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries and impacts all Alaskans, come participate in an interactive discussion with the State of Alaska to learn what response strategies are currently being implemented, how communities are mobilizing, and identify potential long term recovery solutions to addressing this public health crisis.

  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    Legal and Liability Issues that Arise in the School Setting

    Anna Webb, JD, BA, RN - Law Offices of Hagans, Webb PC, Director/Owner

    Lecture with discussion of liabilities, defenses, issues that arise in school settings.

  • 5:15pm - 6:30pm

    Cultural Competency

    Salwa Hussein, BSN, RN - ASD Clark Middle School Nurse; Jay Yang, BA, Criminal Justice - ASD Hmong Language and Cultural Liaison; Lalofau Leifi (Fau) - ASD; Maruat Obeidi - ASD English Language Learner Tutor, Fairview Elementary; Brooks Banker - LGBTQ Youth Program Manager at Identity, Inc.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Light Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00am - 9:00am

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Lynne Young, M.Ed., LAT, ATC - Orthopedic Physicians Alaska/Director of Athletic Training

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    HPV Cancer Prevention: Let's Fight This Together

    Tina Tomsen, MD - Anchorage Women's Clinic-Co-Owner/Physician Liaison

  • 10:15am - 12:15pm

    Mindfulness for Self Care

    Wendy DeGraffenried, BSN, RN, NCSN - Mat-Su School District; Wasilla Middle School Nurse

  • 10:15am - 12:15pm

    Negative Behavior, Positive Recovery

    Wendy Shackelford, BA, Criminal Justice - UAA Center for Human Development AK Training Cooperative

  • 10:15am - 12:15pm

    The Year of the Healthy Nurse in Self Care Yoga

    Andrea Boyette - Anchorage Yoga, Alaska Fitness Instructor, and Group Fitness Instructor, 200hr RYT, Nursing Student UAA BSN - Anchorage Yoga & Cycle, Department of Veteran Affairs

  • 12:45pm - 1:15pm


    Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN/ President, NASN

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