South Dakota AWHONN Conference

May 6, 2024
7:00AM to 5:45PM

May 7, 2024
7:00AM to 10:20AM

The Lodge at Deadwood

Cost: $100 for Members; $200 for Non-Members
Register HERE!

Additional simulation workshops on Maternal and Neonatal Emergencies on May 7
Both offered 10:30am – 12:30 pm and 1:00pm-3pm for an additional fee of $25 each. This option can be chosen during the registration process.



7:00am – 8:00am Registration, Breakfast, & Vendors
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome and Announcements
8:15am – 9:30am Keynote: “Ditch the Fear: Rethinking Nursing Liability” with Jen Atkisson, RNC-OB, MSN, CNL
9:30am – 10:30amSubstance Use Disorder and the South Dakota Legal System, Dr. Kimberlee McKay, MD, FACOG
10:30 – 11:00am Break & Vendors
11:00am – 12:00pmPOp it and Drop it: Managing BP like a Pro(cardia), Samantha Noble, RNC-EFM, C-IAP and Stephanie Tipton, RNC-EFM
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch, Vendors, & Networking
1:00pm – 2:00pmNeonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Supporting the Mother-Infant Dyad, Laurie Cragun, RN-BSN, Samantha Kirk, RN, BSN, RNC-CBC, and Courtney VanDewater, RN, BSN, RNC-CBC
2:00pm – 3:00pmSupporting Physiologic Birth, Dr. Emily Abele, MD, FACOG
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 4:15pmTo Cool or Not to Cool? Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Dr. Alysia Lester, DNP, CNP
4:15pm – 5:15pmQI in Rural Facilities, Dr. Kimberly McKay
5:15pm – 5:45pm Door Prizes & Announcements

7:00am – 8:00am Registration, Breakfast, & Vendors
8:00am – 9:15am Keynote “The Pitocin Paradigm” with Jen Atkisson, RNC-OB, MSN, CNL
9:15am – 10:15am Substance Use. To Breastfeed, or Not to Breastfeed, Erica Bestgen
                                  Speech-Language Pathologist Perspectives in the NICU: From Birth to Bottle Selection, Cassidy Jamison, MS CCC-SLP, SOFFI
10:15am – 10:20am Adjourn

10:30am – 12:30pm OB/Neonatal Simulation Workshop, Travis Spiers
12:30pm – 1:00pm Break
1:00pm – 3:00pm OB/Neonatal Simulation Workshop, Travis Spiers