Course Description
Exhibitor Info
Target Audience
Program Agenda
Accommodations for Disabilities

2010 2nd Annual West Coast Safe Patient Handling

San Diego, California

The conference meetings and exhibit hall will be at The San Diego Convention Center.   Located on the harbor in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Convention Center is the premier meeting and conference facility for the region. 


Outstanding Faculty
“Hands-On” Practice Sessions
Large Exhibit Hall with New and Emerging Technologies

Program Director:
Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director

Sponsored by





Course Description

This conference will provide participants with cutting edge research, best practices, and lessons learned in safe patient handling. The conference includes diverse learning opportunities, including plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, workshops, “hands on” practice sessions, and a large exhibit hall with new and emerging technologies.  Innovations will be presented addressing such topics as safety legislation, practice tips, technology solutions, effective training techniques, successful organizational strategies, and building a business case for safe patient handling programs. Detailed conference materials will include a textbook on Safe Patient Handling, education materials, as well and other cognitive aids and tools to facilitate implementation of best practices.



Exhibitor Information

Valerie Kelleher
James A. Haley VA Medical Center (118M)
Grand Oak Plaza, 8900 Grand Oak Circle, Tampa, FL 33637-1022
Phone: 813-558-3948 | Fax 813-558-3990


Target Audience

This conference is designed to meet the needs of direct health care providers, managers, administrators, risk managers, educators, industrial hygienists/safety professionals, and researchers of any discipline who are interested in advancing safety for patients and caregivers. To meet the needs of a diverse audience, focused tracks have been established for:


Track A: Direct Patient Care Providers/Peer Leaders responsible for patient handling tasks in a variety of clinical settings. Includes front line workers from a variety of disciplines, including those designated as unit-based peer leaders. 
Track B: Facility Champions responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining safe patient handling programs for a facility or health care system.  
Track C: Challenging Patient Populations will focus on unique challenges and risks associated with specific patient populations or health care settings.


Conference Objectives
Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
  1. Identify three best practices for patient care ergonomics.
  2. Assess technological solutions for safe patient handling.
  3. Describe three ergonomic hazards common in patient care settings.
  4. Formulate strategies for reducing risk to caregivers at your facility.


Nurses: The University of South Florida College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This main conference activity is for 12.25 contact hours. The pre-conference activity is for 6.5 contact hours and the post conference activity is for 5.25 contact hours.

The University of South Florida is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP13307

Physical Therapists: USF Health is an approved provider of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists pursuant to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy chapter 64b17-9. USF Health designates the main conference activity for 14.7 contact hours. The pre-conference activity is for 7.8 contact hours and the post conference activity is for 6.3 contact hours.

Licensed Occupational Therapists:  USF Health is an approved provider (#107, exp. 02/28/11) of Florida continuing education for Occupational Therapy Licensees.  This main conference program has been reviewed and approved for up to 14.7, 50 minute contact hours.  The pre-conference program has been reviewed and approved for up to 7.8, 50 minute contact hours and the post conference program has been reviewed and approved for up to 6.3, 50 minute contact hours. Licensee numbers are required prior to the issuance of certificates.


Program Agenda
Monday, September 20th

Pre-Conference (Optional)

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Registration

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM      
Bariatric Safe Patient Handling All-New Living Laboratory 
Be part of this all-day bariatric event! Experience the practical application of safe handling technologies and its science. Learn the hands-on how, why and when of the latest equipment. Creative learning tools such as our bariatric “suited” model, video clip competition, and more are part of this all-new living laboratory. Take advantage of this opportunity to follow a unit peer leader through three simulated settings across the continuum of care, learn how to integrate a Bariatric Toolkit into your practice, take home resources and web sources to build your program, and create a real-life action plan for your setting!

Susan Gallagher Camden, Kay Steadman, Catherine Clarey-Sanford, Harpreet Gujral

8:00 - 4:00 PM              
“Hands-On” Practical Experience With the Newest Patient  Handling Equipment
This pre-conference provides a tutorial and opportunities to gain competencies in the newest patient handling equipment. This program would be most helpful for direct care providers as well as educators and peer safety leaders responsible for competency assessments of staff.  Participants will rotate to 12 unique stations, addressing:

  • Technologies/techniques for bed repositioning (part 1) Technologies/techniques for bed repositioning (part 2) 
  • Diverse (and underutilized) sling options for ceiling lifts Tips for personal care (feeding, dressing/undressing, bathing in bed) 
  • Innovative applications for friction reducing devices  Air-assisted lateral transfer devices and creative ways to integrate these devices across care settings
  • Awareness of expanded capacity (knowing weight limits of patient handling devices and common fixtures such as handrails and toilets) Patient transport technologies to minimize push/pull forces  
  • Technologies and techniques for ambulating patients at risk for falls  Technologies and techniques for toileting partially dependent patients 
  • Technologies and techniques for toileting fully dependent patients 
  • Tips for managing difficult situations: confused or combative patients; patient refuses to use a patient handling device

Kay Steadman, Andrew Rich, Patti Mechan, JoAnn Bunke, Stephanie Radawiec, Rebecca Proctor, Andrea Baptiste, Heather Monaghan  

8:00 – 4:00 PM            
Advanced Skills for Facility Champions

This pre-conference is targeted for persons responsible for establishing safe patient handling programs. Those in leadership roles for more than 1 year would benefit best from this session.  Topics include skills in facilitating program implementation, sustaining programs over time, achieving program milestones, monitoring continuous improvement, and evaluating the program, including process and outcome measures. Tips for justifying program over time will also be included. Participants will receive an annotated bibliography, measurement tool samples, and come away with an action plan designed to improve and sustain your ongoing program. 

  • Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes for Facility Champions
  • Program Milestones: Monitoring Progress  
  • Program Sustainability  
  • Program Evaluation: Process Measures 
  • Program Evaluation: Outcome Measures
  • Justifying Program over Time
Audrey Nelson, Gail Powell-Cope, Barbara Silverstein

Reception Moved to Tuesday

Tuesday, September 21st

Main Conference Day 1

6:30 AM – 4:45 PM   Registration

6:30 AM – 7:45 AM   Continental Breakfast

7:45 – 8:15 AM
Welcome Remarks

  • Audrey Nelson, Patient Safety Center            
  • Edward Hall, Stanford University
  • ANA President            
  • Thomas Waters, NIOSH
  • Kenneth Harwood, APTA            
  • Patricia Gorzka, USF Health

8:15 – 9:15 AM
Low Back Pain Development and Patient Handling            
William Marras


9:15 – 10:15 AM
Best Practices for Safe Patient Handling   
Thomas Waters


10:30 – 11:30 AM      Break, Exhibit Hall


11:30 AM – 12:15 PM          
Lessons Learned in National Implementation of the VHA
Program for Safe Patient Handling
Audrey Nelson


12:15 – 1:30 PM        Lunch, Exhibit Hall


1:30 2:15 PM Concurrent Sessions (Select A, B, or C)

Track A Myths and Facts about Safe Patient Handling
Audrey Nelson

Track B Role of Facility Based Champions and Unit peer Leaders
Heather Monaghan, Mary Matz

Track C Challenges with Safe Patient Handling in Orthopedics
Patti Mechan, Thomas Waters


2:30 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions (Select A, B, or C)

Track A - Use of Safety Huddles
Gail Powell-Cope, Rebecca Proctor

Track B Practical Issues Associated with Ceiling Lift Selection and Installation
Kay Steadman

Track C Tissue Viability and Patient Handling in the Care of the Obese Patient
Susan Gallagher Camden


3:15 – 3:45 PM       Break, Exhibit Hall


3:45 4:45 PM Concurrent Sessions (Select A, B, or C)

Track A Challenges and Solutions for Bed Repositioning
Stephanie Radawiec

Track B Making the Safe Patient Handling Program Succeed: Realities and Strategies
Edward Hall, Program Champions Carole Kulik-Lewis, James Henrion, Geoff Pridham, Susan Hock-Hansen

Track C Five Tips for Safe Patient Handling in Long Term Care Settings
Heather Monaghan


4:45 – 6:45 PM           Exhibit Hall Reception

Wednesday, September 22nd

Main Conference Day 2


7:00 AM – 4:45 PM   Registration

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall

8:00 10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions (Select A, B, or C)

Track A Unit-Based Hazard Assessment for Safe Patient Handling
Mary Matz

Track B Barriers & Facilitators to Program Implementation in SPH
Karen Besterman-Dahan, Gail Powell-Cope

Track C Crucial Safe Patient Handling Conversations
Kay Steadman, Heather Monaghan, Susan Gallagher Camden


10:00 – 10:45 AM      Break, Exhibit Hall


10:45 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions (Select A, B, or C)

Track A Tips for Safe Handling with Confused, Combative, or Resistant Patients
Andrew Rich, Stephanie Radawiec, Heather Monaghan

Track B Making a Business Case for Safe Patient Handling
John Celona, Edward Hall, Joan Forte

Track C Safe Patient Handling Issues in Therapy Clinics
Kenneth Harwood


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch, Exhibit Hall  


1:00 – 1:45 PM         
National Strategies to Promote Safe Patient Handling
Michael Hodgson, Kenneth Harwood, and ANA President


1:45 – 2:30 PM         
Practical Strategies to Address Staff Resistance
Heather Monaghan


2:30 – 3:00 PM          Break, Exhibit Hall


3:00 – 4:00 PM         
Use of Toolkits to Implement Programs
Mary Matz


4:00 – 4:45 PM         
Sustaining Enthusiasm and Performance in Safe Patient
Handling Programs
Andrew Rich


4:45 – 5:00 PM         
Summary Comments and Evaluations

Thursday, September 23rd

Post Conference (Optional)

(Box lunch provided) 

8:00 – 9:00 AM           Registration, Continental Breakfast   


9:00 AM - 3:30 PM     
Strategic Planning Workshop for Facility Champions
: Developing a Facility-Based Action Plan
   This workshop is targeted for persons responsible for
   developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining safe
   patient handling programs. While content from the
   conference is fresh, facilitators will assist individuals
   or facility teams to begin to develop targeted action
   plans for gaining support at all levels, refining program
   elements, anticipating and overcoming barriers to
   implementation, identify strategies to sustain the
   program over time, and monitor program effectiveness.
               Gail Powell-Cope, Kay Steadman

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM     
Certificate Program to Train Unit-Based Peer Leaders

This training program is targeted for persons interested in serving as a peer leader on their unit for safe patient handling and movement.  Learn how to conduct unit-based hazard assessments, how to utilize algorithms for safe patient handling, how to incorporate knowledge transfer methods to foster a culture of safety,  how to give constructive feedback to peers on performance, tips to train coworkers, and assure peer competency in use of patient handling equipment.    

Strongly suggest participants also sign up for the “Hands-On” Practical Experience with the Newest Patient Handling Equipment as Pre-Conference.  Participants who complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion. 
               Heather Monaghan, Rebecca Proctor   

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM     
VA Facility Champions (VA Staff Only)

               Mary Matz, Michael Hodgson,


Program Director

Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, HSR&D/RR&D
Center of Excellence:
Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes
Associate Director, Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry
James A. Haley VA Hospital
Tampa, FL

Course Faculty

Andrea Baptiste, MA, CIE
Clinical Consultant
Diligent Services
Tampa, FL

Karen Besterman-Dahan, PhD, RD
Medical Anthropologist
James A. Haley VA Hospital
Tampa, FL

JoAnn Bunke, MA, RN
Clinical Coordinator, Midwest Region
Department of Education
Franklin, MA

John Celona
Senior Consultant, Strategic Decisions Group
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA

Catherine Clarey-Stanford
Assistant Professor
Hope College, Department of Nursing
Holland, MI

Joan Forte, BSN, MBA, CNE-BC
Director of Nursing Resources & Finance
Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
Stanford, CA

Susan Gallagher Camden, RN, WOCN, PhD
Clinical Advisor
Celebration Institute, Inc.
Houston, TX

Harpreet Gujral, RN, MSN, CRNP, CBN
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Program Coordinator
Bariatric Department
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Fairfax, VA

Edward Hall, MS, CSP
Senior Director of Risk Management
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA

Kenneth Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE
Vice President, Practice and Education
American Physical Therapy Association
Alexandria, VA

James Henrion
Assistant Manager Nursing Administration
Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
Stanford, CA

Susan Hock-Hansen RN, BSN
Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
Stanford, CA

Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH
Director, Occupational Health Program
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC

Carole Kulik-Lewis RN, MSN, ACNP, CRNP-BC
Patient Care Manager
Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
Stanford, CA

William Marras, PhD, CPE
Honda Professor and Director
Biodynamics Laboratory
Institute for Ergonomics
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Mary Matz, MSPH, CPE
Patient Care Ergonomics
Program Manager/Consultant
Veterans Health Administration
Tampa, FL

Patti Mechan, PT, MPH, CCS
Consulting, Education and Clinical Services Manager
Guldmann, Inc.
Charlestown, MA

Heather Monaghan, RN, MHSc.
Visioning HealthCare Inc.
Sarasota, FL

Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, HSR&D/RR&D
Center of Excellence:
Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes
Associate Director, Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry
James A. Haley VA Hospital
Tampa, FL

Gail Powell-Cope, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Director
HSR&D Research Enhancement Program James A. Haley VA Hospital
Tampa, FL

Geoff Pridham
Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
Stanford, CA

Rebecca Proctor, LPN
Facility Champion, SPH
James A. Haley VA Hospital
Tampa, FL

Stephanie Radawiec, DPT, MHS
Diligent Clinical Consultant
Diligent Services DeWitt, MI

Andrew Rich, MS, OTR/L
Regional Clinical Manager
Diligent Services
Plainfield, IL

Barbara Silverstein, MSN, PhD, MPH, CPE
Research Director
Safety & Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP)
Washington State Department of Labor
Olympia, WA

Anna Kay Steadman, MA, OTR, CHSP President
Essential Ergonomics
Kyle, TX

Thomas Waters, PhD, CPE
Senior Safety Engineer, Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Team
Cincinnati, OH


*10% discount for groups of 3 or more. To recieve discount please call: 813-974-4296 or 1-800-852-5362

Pre Conference Fees


On its own


With main conference registration


VA Employee $95





Main Conference Fees


Early Bird (on or before 9/10/2010)


Regular (after 9/10/2010)


VA Employee $350



Post Conference Fees


On its own


With main conference registration


VA Employee $95



For more information, please call the Office of Continuing Professional Development: 813-974-4296 or 800-852-5362


Online Registration is now closed! However, you can still register on-site.

All refunds are subject to a $150 processing fee. There will be no refunds after 9/06/10. For questions about registration, please call (813) 974-4296 or 1-800-852-5362.




Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California
United States 92101
Tel: 1-619-564-3333
Fax: 1-619-564-3344

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The hotel is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, across the street from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres and minutes from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). Rising 30-stories above the edge of San Diego Bay the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is the West Coast's newest waterfront hotel. It offers oversized rooms with spectacular bay and city views. Expansive windows invite the warm feeling of sunny San Diego into each room.  Upgraded amenities, a large work desk, Wireless and Wired High Speed Internet and Plasma TV's with HDTV are found in each room.


Hotel Reservations:
Conference registrants will receive the special group rate of $189 per night single or double occupancy, plus applicable local taxes and fees and assessments, currently 10.50% Occupancy Tax and 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District assessment.  Total 12.50%.  Quoted rates will be offered, based on availability, to your attendees 3 days before and 3 days after the above dates.

Reservations may be made via telephone by calling Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1-800-445-8667 (1-800-HILTONS), and asking for the group reservation code USF.

Reservation online method: Guests may register online by going to:
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/SANCCHH-USF-20100918/ index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Enter the following information:
Group Name: West Coast SPH/USF Continuing Education
Group Code: USF
Check-in: 18-SEP-2010
Check-out: 23-SEP-2010
Hotel Name: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hotel Address: 1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California, 92101
Phone Number: 1-800-445-8667

All reservations received after 5 pm Wednesday, August 18, 2010 will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.

VA or Government Employees: A limited number of rooms will be available at the prevailing government rate, plus applicable local taxes and fees and assessments, currently 10.50% Occupancy Tax and 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District assessment. Total 12.50%.  

Parking:  The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers self parking for our guests at $22.00 per day and valet parking at $32.00 per day.  Rates are subject to change without notice.  A discount overnight self parking rate of $20/night; valet @ $25/night is available for registered guests within the conference room block.


Overflow Hotel – VA Employees Only
Horton Grand Hotel
Three-Eleven Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Group Name: USF Continuing Education Conference


Accommodations for Disabilities

Please notify the CPD Office, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 60, Tampa, Florida, 33612 or call (813) 974-4296 a minimum of ten working days in advance of the event if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed.

Events, activities and facilities of the University of South Florida are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, or Vietnam veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the University's respect for personal dignity.


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