L040924 Jill Davis Critical Care Nursing Conference: Fontan - The final procedure before a new journey

April 9, 2024

The Jill Davis Intensive Care Nursing Fund was created by Stephen and Jodi Davis and their children, Jenny, Tim, and Beth Anne Davis in memory of their daughter and sister Jill. Jill passed away following her open-heart surgery at 13 months. Through this fund, it was their hope to provide annual continuing education to healthcare professionals in intensive care to aid in their ability to provide high-quality patient care, much like Jill received. This conference is designed for nurses and any other health professionals that care for patients in the pediatric critical care setting. 

This year the conference will focus on the timeline and care of a Fontan patient from day of diagnosis through adulthood. Within current practices and due to a diverse patient population at Children's, a need to focus on appropriate neurodevelopment care for all ages has been identified as an opportunity for growth. The keynote speaker will share practices shown to improve outcomes when it comes to neurodevelopmental care. The day will also bring opportunities to hear from adults living with the Fontan circulation and their successes and challenges. A family panel will speak about their journey as parents through the process. One of our surgeons will describe current surgical techniques and outcomes, with many more opportunities to hear from our multidisciplinary team including: cardiology, transplant, ethics, rehab, and more! The day will end with a nursing wellness speaker to applaud and recognize all the passion and dedication that healthcare professionals devote to their patients. 

The Jill Davis Conference will occur in person from 0800-1600 on April 9th and will have a virtual option. The virtual option is a live stream and will not be recorded to be played back. 6.6 continuing education credits will be available through the Board of Nursing. In addition, lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be provided. 

Target Audience

Any healthcare professional who provides direct care in the critical care environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the experience of patients and families requiring a Fontan procedure through prenatal education, interim care, and post care management.
  • Demonstrate wellness activities to support self-care.
  • Verbalize two key considerations for documentation in the electronic health record that promote patient-centered care and equity.
  • Identify two practices to support neurodevelopmental care in the inpatient unit.
  • List three key interventions to support inpatients who have undergone Fontan procedure. 
Course summary
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Event starts: 
04/09/2024 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/09/2024 - 4:00pm CDT
8:00amWelcome, Announcements and Introductions

Janessa Samuelson, RN
Claire Nolan, RN

8:10amStarting the Journey: Fetal CareJamie Benusa, APRN, CRNP
8:30amWords Matter: Strategies to Reduce Bias in Electronic Health RecordsEllena Kaine-George, MHA
Sarah Bruess, MPH
Tristessa Johnson, MSW
8:50amHospital Care Post FontanAlex Magnuson, RN
9:25amThe Fontan Procedure: Surgical Technique and ConsiderationsRobroy MacIver, MD
9:55amThe Family's Perspective Along the JourneyWillette Whitted
Jodi Shink
Amber Benson
10:40amCurrent Long-term OutcomesIan Thomas, MD
11:10amClinic ManagementJack Shink
11:30amVentilation Strategies of the FontanCarissa Neis, APRN, CRNP
12:20pmPractices to Improve OutcomesMelissa Jones, APRN, CRNP
1:10pmDevelopmental Care of the Preschool Age PatientChristina Lewis-Wolfe, PT
Jennifer Koplos, PhD
Alicia Little, MT
Becky Sulkin, SW
Nicole Alcorn, NP
Melissa Haun, CLS
1:40pmAdult PerspectiveJenn Doble, RN
2:00pmFailing Fontan, Management Strategies and Transplant OptionsHolly Thompson, APRN, CRNP
2:55pmEnd of Life/EthicsIan Wolfe, PhD, MA, RN, HEC-C
3:25pmWellness: The Art of Weaving Wellness into Safe Care DeliveryNatalie Lu, RN
3:55pmClosing and EvaluationsHeidi Shafland, APRN, CNS



Melissa B. Jones, MSN, CPNP-AC is a nurse practitioner and Director of the Neurocardiac Critical Care Program in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children's National Hospital in Washington DC. She is the Past President of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and a past Member-at-Large of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. 

Melissa is a lead editor for the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Handbook and the PCICS Nurse Curriculum.

As Director of the Neurocardiac Critical Care Program at Children's National, Melissa leads an integrated, multidisciplinary group of clinicians focused on eliminating secondary brain injury, optimizing brain development, and promoting healthy family bonding in the CICU. Her clinical interest is in identifying and addressing CICU-specific modifiable risks to long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Melissa is currently a PhD student at George Washington University focusing on psychological sequelae of parenting a child with congenital heart disease. 

Melissa decided to transition from the PICU to the CICU early in her career because she was fascinated with cardiac physiology. She remains passionate about caring for patients and families affected by heart disease. Specifically, supporting parents and families through their CICU journey is a privilege that Melissa is grateful to be a part of. 


Alex Magnuson, RN, Staff Nurse, Children's MN CVICU

Alicia Little, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Children's MN Music Therapy

Amber Benson, Family Panel Representative

Becky Sulkin, LICSW, Social Worker, Children's MN Social Work

Carissa Neis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care, Children's MN CVICU

Christina Lewis-Wolfe, PT, Physical Therapist, Children's MN CVICU

Ellena Kaine-George, MHA, Health Equity Coach, Children's MN Value & Clinical Excellence

Heidi Shafland, APRN, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Children's MN CVICU

Holly Thompson, APRN, CPNP-AC, Nurse Practitioner Transplant Coordinator, Children's MN CVICU

Ian Thomas, MD, Physician, Children's MN Heart Clinic

Ian Wolfe, PhD, RN, HEC-C, Senior Clinical Ethicist, Children's MN Ethics

Jack Shink, Fontan Patient Representative

Jamie Benusa, APRN, FNP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner, Children's MN Heart Clinic

Jenn Doble, RN, Staff Nurse, Children's MN Preop/PACU

Jennifer Koplos, PsyD, LP, PhD, Psychologist, Children's MN Pain & Palliative Care

Judi Shink, Family Panel Representative

Melissa Haun, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Children's MN Child Life & Music Therapy

Melissa Jones, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC, Director, Neurocardiac Critical Care, Children's National Heart Center

Natalie Lu, MSN, RN, CPPS, Quality & Patient Safety Coach, Children's MN Value & Clinical Excellence

Nicole Alcorn, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, CHPPN, IAC, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children's MN Pain & Palliative Care

Robroy MacIver, MD, Physician, Children's MN Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sarah Bruess, MPH, Health Equity Coach, Children's MN Value & Clinical Excellence

Tristessa Johnson, MSW, Health Equity Coach, Children's MN Value & Clinical Excellence

Willette Whitted, Family Panel Representative

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 6.6 contact hour(s). It is the licensee's responsibility to determine whether a continuing education activity meets the continuing education requirements.

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Registration Instructions

Registration will close on Monday, April 8th.


If you need to cancel your registration email childrens.events@events.childrensmn.org. If you cancel by Monday, April 1st you will receive a full refund. If you cancel on or after Tuesday, April 2nd, you will receive a 50% refund ($25). 

Children's MNA Nurses

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