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6th Annual New Jersey Palliative Care APN Consortium Conference Leadership in Serious Illness

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6.5 CME credits
Completion Time
6 hours, 30 minutes
Available Until
October 8, 2025
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Acute Care, Adult, and Pediatric
Pain Management and Palliative
Clinical Topics
Anxiety and Pain

The 6th Annual NJ Palliative Care APN Consortium conference will focus on Leadership in Serious Illness. This hybrid-style conference will address six leadership topics that are key components to delivering highly effective and compassionate palliative care, starting with Dorothy Wholihan as the plenary speaker. Dorothy will be addressing leadership aspects in the field of serious illness, including her journey to becoming the prominent leader she is today. Additional topics include program and organizational development, social determinants of health, and spirituality. The conference will also cover symptom management in a group-based learning format, in order to demonstrate an effective style of teaching complex symptom management. Advanced Care Planning will be addressed as well with an interactive panel discussion led by three leading experts. This conference aims to provide attendees on every level of the interdisciplinary team with actionable takeaways to grow his or her own personal leadership skills while taking care of patients with serious illness. 

Learning Objectives

1. Describe how advanced practice nursing and palliative care are a "natural fit".
2. Identify professional resources to advance nursing leadership.
3. Relate principles of nursing leadership to one's own professional path.
4. Identify and pursue helpful strategies for how to integrate contemplative practices into clinical experience.
5. Discuss the benefits of case based learning strategies to teach palliative pharmacologic principles.
6. Analyze and apply a palliative case study.
7. Describe how social workers can facilitate ACP discussions.
8. Identify the importance of language in ACP discussion.
9. Discuss how one's culture can impact ACP.
10. Address the gaps commonplace in the real world practice of palliative medicine.
11. Identify opportunities to personalize care, giving due consideration to the lens of social determinants of health.
12. Describe strategies for building a comprehensive palliative care program across care settings.
13. Recognize leadership pearls and key sustainability concepts.


Dorothy Wholihan
Dorothy Wholihan , DNP, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN

Clinical Professor, Director: Palliative Care Specialty Program, NYU Meyers College of Nursing

Koshin Paley Ellison
Koshin Paley Ellison MFA, LMSW, DMIN

President and Teacher at NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Robert Chodo Campbell
Robert Chodo Campbell GC-C

Co-Founder NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Buddhist organization to offer fully accredited chaplaincy training in America. The organization delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service and meditation practice. In order to bring the work to a broader audience, he co-developed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program. Chodo is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practices of mindful and compassionate care of the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and in numerous print publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is a Senior Zen Buddhist monk and senior chaplain.

Judith Barberio
Judith Barberio PhD, APN, AGNP-BC, PMGT-BC

Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care / Hospice / Pain Management / Addictions & Associate Professor & Expert Witness in Nursing/Advanced Practice

Pain Management, Palliative Care, Hospice, Addictions. Expert Witness: Nursing Care, Advanced Practice, Continuing Education for Advanced Practice Nurses. Author: Pharmacology Drug Guide (9 editions), articles on Independent Practice set-up and Management, Opioid Prescribing, HIV/AIDS

Katie DeMarco

Clinical Supervisor and Palliative APN, Hackensack University Center

Dr. Katie DeMarco is the Pain & Palliative Medicine Clinical Supervisor and a Palliative APN at Hackensack University Medical Center where she provides specialty palliative services to patients and their family in the acute hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and in the ALS clinic. She has a passion for translating palliative evidence based guidelines and strategies to the bedside and being an innovative change agent. Since 2009, Katie has supported and led the growth of the Hackensack Palliative Care Service. Katie has a BA in Human Services, a BS in Nursing, a Masters of Health Science in End of Life Care, Masters of Nursing in Family Practice, and in 2015 she earned a clinical Doctorate in Palliative Care. She is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a board-certified Hospice and Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse by the HPCC. Katie participates in state and national organizations and initiatives such as the NJ Department of Health Palliative Care Work Group, NJ Governor’s Council for Palliative and End of life care, member of the Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, HPNA APN Advisory Council, and she is a past president and the current VP, Health Policy/Legislation & Community, for the NJ Palliative Care APN Consortium. Katie is passionate about mentoring others, participating in palliative research and enjoys editing, and writing palliative articles and chapters.

Stephanie Depiano
Stephanie Depiano LCSW, AHPSW-C

Social Work Manager, Hackensack Meridian Health

Graduate of Rutgers University in 2003 with a Masters in Social Work. Stephanie have worked in health care for the entirety of my career. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds certification in Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Work. She is the Social Work Manager for Hackensack Meridian Health Palliative Care services. She currently holds a leadership role in the palliative care service line as well as a clinical role in providing home based palliative care services to homebound patients. Stephanie leads numerous projects recognizing National HealthCare Decision Day, National Hospice and Palliative Care month and Compassion Fatigue. She has presented at both local and national levels in areas of social work leadership, team cohesion and communication. She loves her dogs and animals of all kind. She has a deep wanderlust and can’t wait to see more of this world. Spending time with her friends and nieces and nephews is what brings her joy.

Yvette Vieira
Yvette Vieira MMH, HEC-C

Senior manager of Palliative Care and Bioethics, Atlantic Health System

Yvette Vieira currently is the Senior Manager of Palliative Care and Healthcare Ethics across Atlantic Health System, NJ. She completed her BSc. at McMaster University in Canada and worked in several not-for-profit organizations that mobilized health care access/advocacy, community support and education for individuals in vulnerable populations. She transplanted with her family to New Jersey where she co-founded a consulting company whose mission it was to create novel community networks to support older adults aging in place.

Fran Maynard
Fran Maynard PhD, FNP-BC, MBE

Associate Professor Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Experienced Associate Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Healthcare, Health Education, Clinical Research, and Medical Education. Strong education professional with a PhD, MSN, and MBE focused in Bioethics and Nursing. Earned recent certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the ANCC. Serve as the co-chair of the Ethics Committee at The University Hospital in Newark NJ and as member of the Institutional Review Board at Rutgers University.

Keilynn Alicea
Keilynn Alicea DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPc

Advanced Practice Nurse at Penn Medicine Princeton Health

Keilynn Alicea has been an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University, School of Nursing & Health Studies since 2016. Dr. Alicea is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the clinical setting, Dr. Alicea uses her Spanish language fluency for clinical communication with patients who have limited English proficiency.

Yusimi Sobrino-Bonilla
Yusimi Sobrino-Bonilla MSN, APN, ANP-BC, CCRN, ACHPN

Clinical Supervisor- Valley Health System
Co-VP Technology, New Jersey Palliative Care APN Consortium

Experienced Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nursing Education, Palliative Care, Intensive Care, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Acute Care. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters focused in Nursing/ Nurse Practitioner from Seton Hall University.

Sage Kealy
Sage Kealy MBA, MPH, FACHE

Director Palliative Care Services - Hackensack Meridian Health

Sage is the Director of Palliative Care Services for Hackensack Meridian Health’s central and southern markets. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology. At Columbia, Sage was awarded the Anna C. Gelman Award for excellence in epidemiology, high academic distinction, and the potential for significant contributions to the field of public health. Sage completed her practicum at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and has a special interest in oncology. Sage joined Hackensack Meridian in 2012 and has worked to grow Palliative Care Services as well as to improve quality, outcomes, satisfaction, and efficiency, while decreasing variation and cost. Sage oversees palliative care across hospitals, sub-acute and long term care facilities, several outpatient practices, and a large home-based program. The program was awarded a Circle of Life Citation of Honor in 2016 by the American Hospital Association. She also co-chairs the Hackensack Meridian Care for Patients with Serious Illness Council. Sage completed her Master’s in Business Administration in 2019 as part of a Hackensack Meridian Health Monmouth University executive cohort where she was awarded membership to Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS). BGS recognizes and honors the top 20% of graduate students from around the world in business schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Additionally, Sage is a Fellow of the New Jersey Healthcare Leadership Academy and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

CE Information

This activity offers 6.5 CME credits to attendees.

Accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation
requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through
the joint providership of Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center and the NJ Palliative Care APN
Consortium. Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council
for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit: Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all persons in control of the content of an activity are required to sign disclosure/attestation of best available evidence statements prior to CME activities. Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center implements appropriate mitigation strategies for all persons with relevant
financial relationships with ineligible companies. Disclosure information will be provided to learners prior to their engagement in the accredited education.

NJ Board of Nursing (NJAC 13:37-5.3) states: “A registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse may obtain continuing education hours from the following: (d)3. Successful completion of continuing medical education courses recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association or the American Podiatric Medical Association: one hour for each 60 minutes of attendance” therefore, CME credits obtained at this conference may be used in place of nursing contact hours.

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Registration to this activity includes access to the following supporting materials.

  • The Advanced Practice Nurse as a Palliative Care Leader (Size: 1.32 MB)
  • Medicine for Life: Meeting Fear with Courageous Compassion (Size: 27.9 KB)
  • symptom management (Size: 1.12 MB)
  • advance care planning panel discussion (Size: 507 KB)
  • Social Determinants of Health: Precision Palliative Care: What is Personalized Medicine? (Size: 2.02 MB)
  • .- Program/Organizational Development: Building Blocks for Palliative Care Across the Continuum (Size: 2.05 MB)
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