Heart Matters Conference

Health care providers from across the region took part in the 19th Annual Heart Matters Nursing and Allied Health Conference, sponsored by Pauley and VCU Medical Center’s departments of Nursing and Education and Professional Development.

“The focus of this year’s symposium was to raise awareness and understanding on how to make complex decisions in cardiovascular care,” said Michelle Gossip, ARCTIC program coordinator, who helped organize the event.

Angie Carneal, R.N., interim nursing director of invasive and non-invasive cardiology and endoscopy at VCU Medical Center, gave the opening and closing remarks, while Dr. Greg Hundley offered a keynote presentation on “Blending Research and Clinical Expertise to Find Joy in the Journey.” Lectures and breakout sessions followed, with many led by Pauley nurses and faculty. A former heart patient also spoke about his experience.

Held at the Richmond Marriott in November, the conference drew about 150 nurses, who received continuing education credit for their attendance. The day-long event included breakfast, refreshments and a luncheon.