Nurses in the Trenches with First Responders

  • Date: March 10, 2021 - May 9, 2021
  • Format: online

Nurses in the Trenches with First Responders

March 10 - May 9, 2021: On Demand Conference

First responders such as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians perform very different jobs, but their work interfaces with the work of licensed nurses in emergency departments, mental health facilities, correctional facilities, accident scenes, and many other settings.  The purpose of this conference is to increase the knowledge of licensed nurses about the roles and responsibilities of first responders in a variety of settings with the aim of facilitating communication, improving continuity of care, and enhancing safe effective care. 

Participants will learn about:

  • communicating with opposing sides after crimes, family disputes, and other altercations, events,
  • trauma informed care and peer support after traumatic events in the line of duty,
  • autism and meeting the challenges,
  • rights of psychiatric patients, intoxicated patients, patients on drugs, various holds, and the court system.    

Target Audience: This one-day virtual conference was designed for staff nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, staff development educators, managers, social workers, psychologists, counselors, law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, paramedics, and emergency medical services personnel.    

Contact Hours: Up to 6.5 contact hours will be awarded for this conference.

Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychology

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is part of an accredited university in the state of Missouri.  As such, this program meets the requirements for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Psychologists with Missouri Licenses.  MU Nursing Outreach attests that this educational program contains 6.6 clock hours of instructional time. 

Fee: $99.00

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March 10 - May 9, 2021: On-demand Conference


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8:00-8:05 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:05-9:35 am

Same Storm, but Different Boats and Different Destinations: Understanding the Similarities and Differences between In-Field First Responders and In-Hospital Medical Staff to Improve Relationships | Jennifer Prohaska, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Kansas City  
Keynote Speaker followed by a discussion moderated by Laura Kemerling MSN, RN, C-NPT, Coordinator, Transport and EMS Relations Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport. Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Missouri

This presentation will primarily focus on understanding the unique stressors of police, fire, and paramedics and how it can impact their interactions with patients (both victims and suspects), and nursing staff. We will also discuss meaningful similarities and how to build on those experiences and similarities to create better relationships between first responders and nursing staff.

Panel Discussion Members:

·    Brian Shaw, MSN, RN | Director of Patient Care Operations, Northwest Healthcare Emergency Departments, St. Louis, Missouri

·    Erin Bening MSN, RN, NEA-BC | Director - Emergency Services, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

1.5 nursing contact hours
1.5 social work clock hours


9:35-9:40 am


9:40-10:40 am

Time Critical Communications in Time Critical Situations: “Clear on the Right” | John McNeely, BSN, RN, NR-P, CEN, Coordinator, Time Critical STEMI, Cardiovascular Administration, University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia

Communication among first responders and nurses is a complex and critical skill that must be developed and practiced.  There are time critical situations that require direct communications in a way that quickly and accurately convey the situation, the interventions that have been performed, as well as the interventions that remain to be done.  There is verbal and non-verbal communication that occurs between members of different responding agencies (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, and ER staff), even if they are from different agencies and may have never met prior to the current situation.  The goal of the discussion is to help develop a strategy to improve communications between first responding agencies and nursing staff.

1 nursing contact hour
1 social work clock hour

10:40-10:45 am


10:45 am-12:00 pm

Outside Conflicts that Heat Up in Your ER |

Rev. Byron “Sarge” Watson, St. Louis County Police Chaplain 

Detective Sergeant John Wall, DSN 3077, St. Louis County Police Department, Division of Criminal Investigation Supervisor, Bureau of Crimes Against Persons Homicide/Robbery/Sexual Assault Unit

Tensions can run high among all parties during crisis situations.  This session will explore different types of controversies in which nurses, first responders, and other healthcare workers might find themselves.  Controversies may spill into the healthcare setting from visitors, patients, family members, and others.  Rev. Watson and Detective Wall will share their professional law enforcement expertise navigating through tense situations and negotiating with all sides to find a mutually agreeable resolution to differences.

1.25 nursing contact hours
1.3 social work clock hours

12:00-12:30 pm


12:30-2:00 pm

Assessment and Common Emergent Situation/Transport Recommendations for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder |
Mary Anne Hammond, BS, Education Coordinator – Autism, Division of Development/Behavior Sciences, Children's Mercy, Kansas City

This presentation discusses the diagnostic criteria and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and information and suggestions of successful measures for administering care to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

1.5 nursing contact hours
1.5 social work clock hours

2:00-2:05 pm


2:05-3:05 pm

Missouri Forensic Services: An Overview | Jeanette Simmons, PsyD, Director of Forensic Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Jefferson City, Missouri

This presentation will provide an overview of the forensic mental health system in Missouri and the intersection with community providers. Topics include applicable Missouri Statutes, pretrial evaluations, forensic facilities, conditional/unconditional releases, and community monitoring.  We will also explore points of community provider contacts, common misperceptions, and other questions which frequently arise with this population. 

1 nursing contact hour
1 social work clock hour

3:05-3:20 pm

Evaluations: 15 minutes (0.25 nursing contact hour or 0.3 social work clock hour) are offered for completion of the Conference Evaluation after all desired sessions have been attended.


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