18th Biennial Eliza Fernie Pediatric Critical Care Symposium*

April 20, 2022 to April 21, 2022

Eliza Fernie was well cared for as a child in the Cardiology Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the early 1980s. As an adult pursuing her own career now, she and her family continue to be grateful for the care she received. Their aim is to give back by helping pediatric nurses and other members of the healthcare team continue to excel in the clinical setting. 

The Eliza Fernie Pediatric Critical Care Symposium is designed to provide evidenced-based critical care updates for registered nurses, respiratory therapists and other team members. After attending this event, participants will be able to report increased knowledge in evidence-based critical care updates.

The overarching conference theme this year is “caring community, humble expertise, generous service, and boundless creativity.” Developed as a part of the Children's Hospital Colorado Values, all that we do is "for a child's sake." Over the two-day conference we will explore the caring community that honors the sacred trust of our patients, families and each other through humble expertise, generous service, and boundless creativity. We will learn about crisis management in trying times. We will examine challenges faced in critical care related to the pandemic and its effect on kids. We will explore other challenges facing the children for whom we care. We will gain clarity on complex cases, and we will participate in some resiliency activities to address self-care.

*The Children's Hospital Colorado leadership team continues to monitor pandemic conditions. Under the guidance of CHCO leadership, the decision has been made to offer this program virtual only. 

Target Audience

The program content is targeted to providers, advanced practice provider, registered nurses and healthcare professionals from around the nation who care for critically ill or injured children.


PDF icon 18th Eliza Fernie Symposium Brochure.pdf

Learning Objectives

•    Define important aspects of teamwork and communication in the medical arena.
•    Identify the seven key aspects of crisis resource management.
•    Discuss characteristics of a good leader.
•    Describe the current state of Respiratory Care and the effect on Children’s Hospital
•    Discuss common neurosurgical diagnoses, procedures, and management in the
      pediatric patient. 
•    Engage the audience in a discussion on the challenges of care escalation and methods to
      improve communication.
•    Explain how different ECMO cannulation strategies can facilitate rehabilitation and
      recovery from respiratory failure due to COVID-19.
•    Examine diagnosing and managing MIS-C.
•    Describe current substance abuse trends and outline their impact on children and youth.
•   Identify key intersections of ethical and legal principles when caring for patients with
      complex medical and behavioral health histories. 


PDF icon ECMO in COVID-19 - Kilgallon.pdf

PDF icon Escalating Care - Bajaj.pdf

PDF icon MIS-C & Impact on Kids - Jone.pdf

PDF icon Neurosurgical Critical Care - Ridder.pdf

PDF icon New Age of Respiratory - Reinicke.pdf

PDF icon Update on Substance Use Trends - Wells.pdf

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.25 Attendance
  • 9.25 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/20/2022 - 7:30am MDT
Event ends: 
04/21/2022 - 1:00pm MDT
Children's Hospital Colorado
Virtual Program

Lalit Bajaj, MD
Professor Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado
Chief Quality and Outcomes Officer
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Julie Bianco MS, RN, CPEN*
Clinical Education Specialist 
Emergency Department
Children's Hospital Colorado

Robert Bishop, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado
Director, Heart Institute Simulation Program 
The Heart Institute
Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Tera Carter BSN, RN, CNP-T*
Flight Nurse II 
Flight Team
Children's Hospital Colorado

Beau Carubia, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director of Consultative Division 
Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Children's Hospital Colorado 

Kirsten Christensen MSN, RN, NPD-BC*
Professional Development Specialist
Professional Development Department
Children's Hospital Colorado

Joleen Farina BSN, RN, RNC-NIC*
CNIV, Core Charge Team/Resource
Nurse Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children's Hospital Colorado 

Eliza Fernie
Former Neonatal Patient

John C. Fernie
Parent and Board Member 
Adult Congenital Heart Association
Past Trustee 
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Heather Fitzgerald DBe, MS, RN, HEC-C*
Senior Resilience and Wellness Consultant
Clinical Ethicist
Stanford Children's Health 

Karen Jones MS, RNC, HEC-C*
Clinical Nurse Ethicist
Children's Hospital Colorado

Pei-Ni Jone, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Director of Kawasaki Disease Clinic
Director of 3D Echocardiography
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Kevin Kilgallon, MD
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care/ECMO Fellow
Children's Hospital Colorado
University of Colorado

Anthony King MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN, CPN*
Clinical Practice Specialist
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Children's Hospital Colorado Colorado Springs

Rocio Parra MBA*
Professional Development Associate 
Professional Development Department 
Children's Hospital Colorado

Andrea Reinicke BRSC, RRT-NPS
Clinical Practice Specialist
Respiratory Care
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Thomas Ridder, MD
Senior Instructor - Pediatric Neurosurgery
Children's Hospital Colorado Colorado Springs

Sarah Schmidt MSN, BSN, RN, CCRN-K*
Clinical Education Specialist 
South Campus Emergency Department/Inpatient Unit
Children's Hospital Colorado

Robin Sutton BSN, RN*
Clinical Resource Team
Children's Hospital Colorado 

Jodi L. Ulrich BSN, RN, CCRN*
Clinical Level IV RN
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Children's Hospital Colorado  

Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Section Head
for Child Abuse and Neglect
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Executive Director, Kempe Center for the Prevention and
Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
Attending Child Abuse Consultant
Children’s Hospital Colorado and Denver Health

*Planning committee member

Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD): Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational offering for 9.25 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado. Claim only those hours you attend.

Respiratory Care: This program has been approved for 9.25 Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit hours by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.

Completion Criteria: Attendance, sign-in, and submission of an evaluation after session are required for successful completion and receipt of certificate of attendance.

Financial Disclosures: Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.  


Available Credit

  • 9.25 Attendance
  • 9.25 NCPD


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