Presented by experienced integrated health team members within the specialty of bariatric surgery, this course offers information and guidance for the basic and safe care of bariatric surgery patients within a Bariatric Surgery Program. Target audience: Nurses who are new to the specialty or who have worked in the specialty of bariatric surgery for less than 2 years.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the importance of developing a patient-centered program for the treatment of obesity
  2. Attendees will be able to articulate the essential components of a comprehensive care pathway
  3. Attendees will gain understanding of the nutritional needs of the bariatric surgery patient
  4. Attendees will be able to clearly define the role of the bariatric surgery Program Coordinator
  5. Attendees will identify opportunities to increase patient safety
  6. Attendees will gain insight into the significance of long-term follow-up.

8:00am Metabolic Surgery
Vance L Albaugh, MD PhD
8:45am The Pre-Operative Pathway and the Ambulatory Care setting
Karen Schulz, MSN CNS CBN
9:00am Perioperative Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient
9:30am Interactive breakout session
10:00am Break
10:15am The Role of the Bariatric Program Coordinator and the Multidisciplinary Team
Ginny Ledbetter, MSN APRN ACNS-BC CBN
10:45am Intake, Nutrition and Behavior Modification
Beth Czerwony, MS RD CSOWM LD; Erin Rossi, MFN RD LD
11:15am Long term follow-up of the bariatric surgery patient
Laura Boyer, FNP-C
11:45am Q & A with the panel of presenters
12:00pm Adjourn