For the Heart of MN: A Cardiovascular Nursing Conference

Join us for a cardiovascular nursing education event!

Care for individuals with cardiovascular disease has continued to grow and advance in complexity. This conference is a unique opportunity for nurses living in rural areas to further their knowledge in cardiovascular disease, including best practices and patient-care models to influence the heart health of patients.

There will be both in-person and virtual webinar attendance options for this event.

Date & Time

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

7am – 4pm CST


Grand View Lodge

23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468

Event Details


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. List commonly encountered cardiovascular diseases and current evidence-based treatments.
  2. Demonstrate increased knowledge of the role nursing has in heart failure management within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  3. Discuss the emerging role of palliative care in end-stage heart disease among rural populations in MN.
  4. Identify the importance of cardiovascular research and the role it plays in caring for patients.
  5. Verbalize understanding of new advances in cardiac pacemaker technology.
  6. Recall current pharmacology updates in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  7. Discuss the role of stress testing in diagnosing coronary artery disease.
  8. Outline ways in which food can be used in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the components of Food as Medicine programs around the country.
  9. Name ways in which cardiovascular disease may present in women as well as other health equity issues in cardiovascular health.
Target Audience

In-patient and Out-patient Nurses, including APRNs, RNs, LPNs, CNAs and students, primarily in rural Minnesota


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Central Daylight Time) 

7:00 AM         Registration and Breakfast Buffet

7:55 AM         Opening Remarks and Welcome                            Peter Stokman, MD

8:10 AM         Healthy Provider, Healthy Patient                           Peter Stokman, MD

8:40 AM         CV Disease and Diabetes Updates                        Timothy Dirks, MD

9:10 AM         One Rural Family’s Encounter with HD                  Chrissy Soxman BSN, RN

9:40 AM         BREAK

10:00 AM      Pacemakers Demystified                                         Al Starzl BSN, RN

10:30 AM      Stress Testing – Interactive Cases                        Eric Fenstad, MD

11:00 AM      Food as Medicine                                                     Gretchen Benson, RDN

11:30 AM      Lunch

12:30 PM     Women’s Heart Health and Healthcare Equity      Courtney Jordan-Baechler, MD

1:10 PM       Cardiac Pharmacology Update                                Paige Skelton, PharmD

1:40 PM       Role of RN/APRN in HF Management                    Lisa Smith, CNS

2:10 PM       BREAK

2:35 PM       Role of Palliative Care in End-Stage CVD              Julie Benson, MD

3:10 PM       Nursing Reflection                                                    Frances Hoffman, MSN, CNP

3:40 PM       Takeaways, Wrap Up and Evaluation


Peter Stokman, MD

Courtney Jordan-Baechler, MD

Al Starzl BSN, RN

Eric Fenstad, MD

Paige Skelton, PharmD

Timothy Dirks, MD

Lisa Smith, CNS

Julie Benson, MD

Frances Hoffman, MSN, CNP

Chrissy Soxman BSN, RN

Gretchen Benson, RDN

Registration Fee

There will be both in-person and online options for attending this event.

Registration fees:

  • In-person event: $150
  • Webinar: $100
  • Student: All verified students can receive a 50% off discount code for in-person and webinar attendance. Email: with the subject line ‘Student Discount’ for more info.
Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring our upcoming cardiovascular nursing conference?

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Contact us: or 612-863-3625

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level Exhibitors:

AstraZeneca Renal

Gold Level Exhibitors:

Abbott, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Janssen Cardiovascular, Janssen Pulmonary Hypertension, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer Rare Disease

About Us

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) aims to create a world without heart and vascular disease. Our efforts are focused on improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. This bold vision fuels efforts to investigate new protocols and treatments designed to save lives. Research findings and expertise are disseminated through our professional and community education programs. Learn more about MHIF’s education work by clicking the button below.