The 9th Annual Linda Morgante MS Nurse Leadership Program is an intensive, two-day course on contemporary topics in MS led by faculty who are thought leaders in MS nursing. The program includes didactic lectures, case presentations, question and answer sessions, and opportunities to interact with faculty as well as other participants. The program will take place immediately preceding the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC).

The program offers two educational tracks, catering to participants’ education level and experience: Track 1 is for early-career nurses new to the field of MS; Track 2 is for advanced-career MS nurses. Each track holds up to 20 participants, with all participants attending joint educational sessions throughout the program. Breakout sessions that are track-specific on Day 1 will allow participants to engage in interactive, case-based, collaborative scenarios with both faculty and colleagues.

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Preliminary Agenda
New Orleans, Louisiana
Monday, May 22-Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22

Arrival by 6:00 pm
Omni Riverfront Hotel

Tuesday, May 23

  •     Breakfast and History of Linda Morgante
  •     Welcome and Introductions
  •     MS Disease Overview
  •     Topics in MS Diagnosis
  •     Morning Break
  •     Topics in MS Treatments
  •     Breakout Session 1: MS Treatment Case Study Discussion
  •     Topics in MS Symptom Management
  •     Lunch
  •     Breakout Session 2: MS Symptom Management Case Study Discussion
  •     Afternoon Break
  •     Current Controversies in Treatment
  •     Discussing Diagnosis and Treatment Goals With Patients
  •     Closing Remarks
  •     Dinner

Wednesday, May 24 - COMBINED TRACK

  •     Breakfast and Multiple Sclerosis 2016: What Nurses Need to Know
  •     Day 1 Review
  •     Providing Comprehensive MS Care: Improving Quality of Life
  •     Morning Break
  •     Cognitive and Psychological Effects of MS
  •     Nursing Considerations in MS Care
  •     The Lived Experience of MS
  •     Faculty Panel: Q&A Session
  •     Conclusions and Adjournment

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Examine MS pathophysiology and immunology
  • Adopt evidence-based diagnostic and assessment approaches for evaluating disease activity in the brain and spinal cord to develop individualized treatment plans in patients with MS
  • Review DMT clinical trial data in order to better tailor therapy to a patient’s disease type
  • Discuss the goals of MS treatment with patients to encourage adherence to treatment
  • Improve patient outcomes by recognizing and managing emerging MS-related symptoms and DMT-related adverse events


Sponsored by the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning and Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower

Accreditation and Designation

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A maximum of 11.50 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.


Supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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