Palliative Care Conference

Cupola atop a building on the Molloy University campus

Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference


"14th Annual Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference"

Friday, May 31, 2024; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  ● Madison Theater, Rockville Centre campus and Online via Zoom

Molloy University, in collaboration with community partners, is pleased to be offering its 14th annual Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference on Long Island.

The conference will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Madison Theater at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus and also online via Zoom. The agenda for the day will include a Keynote Session and a series of topics offered during three concurrent sessions. The keynote speaker will be Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN, NPD-BC ,Director: Clinical Professional Development, Internal Coach, Cohen Children’s Medical Center/Northwell Health .

The 2024 conference will offer two options to attend: in-person and virtual through Zoom.

The main objective of this year's conference is for the participants to enhance their ability to provide professional, competent, empathetic care to patients and their families.  

This year's conference will focus on the new developments in this growing and dynamic field. Experts from medicine, nursing, pastoral care, child life and social work will present the latest advancements in the fields of symptom management, ethics and communication, staff self-care and bereavement. Clinicians from across the continuum will engage participants in discussions about best practices and barriers, to timely excellent palliative care in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice organizations. As always, the main objective of this year's conference is for the participants to come away with new tools to provide professional, competent, compassionate care to patients and their families. At this year's conference we will again provide clinicians from all disciplines with a wide variety of palliative care topics, presented by an outstanding group of speakers.

Who should attend the conference?
The intended audience includes: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Clergy, Psychiatrists, Therapists (including music, physical, recreational and occupational), Dietitians, EMTs, teachers, students and volunteers.

Agenda
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast and Check-in
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN, NPD-BC ,Director: Clinical Professional Development, Internal Coach, Cohen Children’s Medical Center/Northwell Health  
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I 
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II 
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III 
3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Evaluations Collected/Certificates of Attendance Awarded

Keynote Speaker and Topic
Phyllis Quinlan,
PhD, RN, NPD-BC ,Director: Clinical Professional Development, Internal Coach, Cohen Children’s Medical Center/Northwell Health.   

Phyllis has practiced as a registered nurse for over 40 years and also has 20 years’ experience as a certified professional coach. In January of 2016, she was invited to be the Internal Coach/Director of Professional development for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in NY, where she works with the staff to create a better sense of personal resilience and with the CCMC leaders to create healthy workplaces.

She is also the career coach for the Perioperative Nurses Association/AORN and the American Nurses Association-NYS Division. She is a sort after speaker, podcast guest,, social media influencer, and has authored several book including, Bringing Shadow Behavior into the Light of Day: Understanding and Effectively Managing Bullying & Incivility in Healthcare.

Keynote Title: Building & Sustaining Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty (CLICK HERE FOR HANDOUTS)

Concurrent Sessions
Conference participants will be able to pick from a variety of topics presented during three (3), 1.5-hour concurrent sessions: from 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 12:30 - 2 p.m. and 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. 7-10 topics for those attending in-person will be offered in each session and 4 topics will be offered in each session for those attending virtually .  In-person sessions are indicated by: (in-person) and virtual sessions through Zoom are indicated by (virtual or virtual only). Participants will be asked to pre-register for the topics that they would like to attend. In-person seating is limited, so please make your selections early. 

Sessions marked by an *(asterisk) are approved for SW CE credit. All sessions are approved for Nursing, LMHC, LCAT, and CMTE continuing education credit).

Please click here for the 2024 Concurrent Sessions.

In-Person and Zoom Options
Participants may choose to attend either in-person or remotely through Zoom. There is a separate registration depending upon the format you choose. Please note that there will be less concurrent sessions to choose from in the Zoom format. We will have 3 Zoom sessions to choose from in each of the 3 concurrent sessions, mainly due to number of Zoom capable rooms that will be available. Please also note that the Zoom option will have a lower rate of tuition than the in-person option because food will not be offered. 

Conference Brochure
Please click here to download the conference brochure. The brochure is mailed in February to all those who have previously attended the conference or who asked to be placed on the mailing list.  To be placed on the mailing list for future conferences please contact Ramona Ali at 516.323.3553 or by email at rali@molloy.edu.

Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference
Photo of Edith RichnerThe inspiration for this conference was born out of the experience of the Richner family, which lost its much beloved matriarch, Edith Richner, to a rare brain disorder, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, in the fall of 2006. The conference was the result of the efforts of the Richner family to educate and inform health and human service professionals to better deal with the end of life issues faced by their patients and their families. We are pleased to re-name the conference, the Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference, in her honor. 

Tribute to Lynda Cooper
Photo of Lynda Cooper

It is with great sadness that the Conference Planning committee shares that Lynda Cooper, passed away this past December. Lynda, along with the Richner family, were the driving force behind the creation of the Edith Richner Palliative Care Conference. Lynda’s life purpose was in helping others. She dedicated more than 40 years of service to Northwell Health where she held numerous leadership roles across the healthcare continuum with a passion for enhancing the care and quality of life for seriously ill and vulnerable patients. She has been a staunch advocate in advancing programs, education and access to palliative medicine, geriatric and hospice care.  Lynda was an incredible person, leader, trailblazer and friend who will be greatly missed by so many. Since Lynda’s was a mentor to many in the palliative care field, the conference planning committee will be offering scholarship opportunities in her name for students to attend this conference in the future and to also offer a “Lynda Cooper Mentoring Session” in upcoming conferences. May we all keep Lynda, her family and her Northwell family in our thoughts and prayers.

Tuition Rates:
There are two different tuition rates: one for participants who are attending in-person and one for those attending remotely through Zoom. Please note that there will be less concurrent sessions to choose from in the Zoom format. We are offering 4-6 Zoom sessions to choose from in each of the 2 concurrent sessions. Please also note that the Zoom option has a lower rate of tuition than the in-person option because food will not be offered. 

"In-Person" Section Tuition Rates (includes breakfast, lunch and breaks):

Regular Registration, through May 3, 2024: $125
Late Registration, May 4-May 30: $145
After  May 30 or at the door: $165
Molloy students (please use your Molloy email when registering): $25
Full-time students: $25 (please provide your student ID at check-in)
Molloy Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni- 25% discount

"Zoom" Section Tuition Rates (no food is included with fewer concurrent sessions to choose from):

Regular Registration, through May 3, 2024: $105
Late Registration, May 4-May 30: $125
After May 30 or at the door: $145
Molloy students (please use your Molloy email when registering): $15
Full-time students: $15 (please provide your student ID at check-in)
Molloy Faculty and Staff- no charge (please use your Molloy email address as your contact email when registering)
Molloy Alumni- 25% discount

Registration

Click here for online registration.  You will be able to pay for your classes online by ACH check or by MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card. If you pay by credit card there will be a fee of 2.75% for domestic cards and 4.25% for international cards added to the tuition. You can avoid the credit card fee by paying with a check online.

Phone in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card. There will be a credit card fee of 2.75% for domestic cards and 4.25% for international cards added to the tuition.

To register in person, by fax or mail, please follow the directions on our web page: www.molloy.edu/ce/registration under Registration. 

Confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration. Your Zoom link or classroom assignment will be emailed to you shortly before the start date of you class if it was not included in your confirmation.

Location/Zoom Link
If you register for the in-person option the conference check-in, breakfast, Opening Session, lunch and Closing Session will be held in the Madison Theater in the Public Square building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York 11571.

If you register for the Zoom option you will be emailed the Zoom links with further information as we get closer to the conference date.

Continuing Education Credit

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, approval  #NPY273-6/2025. 

Contact Hours
1 contact hour will be awarded for the keynote session and 1.5 hours for each concurrent session of the three Concurrent Sessions for a total of 5.5 contact hours if you attend each session of the conference.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
Molloy University, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110 and that a number of sessions offered for the Palliative Care Conference have been approved for Social Work CE credit.

The Opening Keynote Session is approved for 1 hour and a number of the Concurrent Session I, II & III (1.5 hour each) are approved. Therefore, a total of 5.5 hours will be granted if the participant attends the approved sessions. The approved sessions are listed in the Concurrent Sessions page with an asterisk.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy University, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This conference is offered for 5.5 CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). 

Music Therapy Continuing Education Credit (CMTE and LCAT)
The Annual Palliative Care Conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 5.5 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

Molloy University is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCAT): approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 5.5 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
We are all sold-out of exhibitor space for this year's conference.  Sorry.

We have one sponsorship still available as the Breakfast Sponsor. Please click here for information and an application.

Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee

Molloy University would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee for all the work they did in bringing this conference from concept to reality. Please click here for a list of the committee members.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please call 516.323.3550 or email: lcino@molloy.edu

Please check back for detailed information about the conference, which will be posted as it becomes available.

This site was updated on 11/10/23.