Symposium Description

Welcome to the RTConnections’ Medical Surgical Nursing Symposiums. These symposiums are designed to equip nurses with the latest clinical knowledge and professional skills needed to effectively care for today’s complex medical surgical patients. Experts in medical surgical patient care and professional development will present informative, up-to-date content on the topics that impact today’s nurse.

To support YOUR success, we’ve incorporated opportunities for you to learn key success principles, get your resume reviewed, and learn what it takes to take create a profitable and fulfilling nursing career. We know you will find opportunities to network with your peers, enjoy a lovely meal (while sitting down), and ultimately, feel good about the amazing work you do!

Stimulate your brain and nourish your heart!



Who should attend?

Bedside nurses who care for medical surgical patients at all acuity levels; nurse educators; nurse manager; charge nurses; nurse faculty; student nurses.



Why you should attend

  • Nurses who attend are awarded 12 contact hours!
  • Need to dust off your resume? We have someone onsite who will give you instant feedback on how to give your resume a much needed face-lift.
  • Nobody today has hours and hours of free time to devote to continuous learning. Our presentations are designed to give you down and dirty education on today’s hottest topics!
  • In every symposium, we give away numerous presents. Why? Because nurses deserve to be pampered.
  • Nurses know that to be a great nurse, you need to be clinically competent AND a consummate professional. In every symposium, we included key professional development skills needed for success.
  • You will leave these symposiums with a renewed passion for nursing. Don’t believe me? Just read what previous attendees have said about these symposiums.


  • Mastering Fluids & Electrolytes
  • Decoding Anti-Coagulants
  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media
  • Cardiac for the Non-Cardiac Nurse
  • Climbing the S.T.A.I.R.s to Workplace Violence and Aggressive Bullying Prevention


  • Cracking the Code to Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders
  • Generational Differences
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • ABG’s Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Demystifying Dementia and Delirium
  • Developing Assertive Communication Skills


Contact Hours

12 Contact Hours (6 per day)

For nurses who reside in the state of California: RTConnections is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16133. The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that this certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of 5 years after the course ends.

For nurses who reside in the state of Florida: RTConnections is a provider approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE provider number 50-14843. The Florida Board of Nursing requires that this certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of 4 years after the course ends.



Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN

Medical Surgical - RTConnectionsDr. Renee Thompson is an adult clinical practice and professional development expert. After more than 25 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator and nurse executive, Renee has become one of our country’s leading authorities on nursing professional development, clinical competence and nursing culture. She is well known for her entertaining speaking style and ability to help nurses successfully pass the medsurg and critical care certification exams. To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse.


Detective A. Thompson, CICA

Medical Surgical - RTConnectionsDetective Ashley Thompson has been a Law Enforcement Officer for more than 30 years with a concentration on intelligence and crime prevention. He is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist, a Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst, and a Certified Gang Professional. Ashley has taught numerous training sessions to community groups, including healthcare professionals in areas such as personal safety, safety in the workplace, violence prevention and recognizing and dealing with aggression in the healthcare setting. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Homeland Security from California University of Pennsylvania. Ashley is a retired U.S. Army Military Police Officer with 22 years of service.


Joanne Turka, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN

Medical Surgical - RTConnectionsJoanne has 25 years of experience working in cardio thoracic, medical surgical and neuro ICU’s. She developed and coordinates the Critical Care Course for a large multi-hospital medical system. She supports critical care nurses in the clinical setting and teaches the Critical Care and Medical Surgical Certification courses both locally and nationally. Joanne is a certified critical care nurse and certified nurse educator.  Joanne is a frequently invited guest at National Nursing Conferences including NTI and the AMSN Convention.


Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC

NurseKeithSmile2Keith Carlson is an award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, holistic career coach for nurses, and popular career columnist for With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide.


“Renee Thompson taught an excellent course. She is a charismatic, relatable speaker with great anecdotal stories and examples to solidify major points.” -Abbie E. Van Winkle, RN


“I truly appreciate there being an increased focus and respect for the medical surgical specialty nurse that was delivered with this symposium! Thank you!!” -Elisa Romero, RN


“I felt a renewed empowerment as a medical surgical nurse. Thank you!” -Brianne Peters, RN


“Eye-opening and refreshing. This symposium allowed me to look at the nurse I am and the positive changes I could make in my everyday practice.” -Carrie Domene, RN


“Renee makes complicated clinical topics easy to understand. She is very knowledgeable and funny. I highly recommend this workshop to all RN’s. Very informative!” -Ann Huynh, BSN, RN, OCN, CMSRN


“Renee is sooo funny! She really keeps us entertained while providing practical, useful, and simplified medical surgical resources.” -Veronica Arrigoni, RN


“This symposium was excellent! I’ve been a nurse for 5 years and I learned valuable information that I will take back and use in my practice and even spread the knowledge to my coworkers!” -Jennifer Hobson, RN


“Renee’s courses are a breath of fresh air in a nursing career. I left feeling revived, inspired and empowered. Thank you Renee!” -Melanie Tanglao, RN


“Thank you so much for all the information that I have received at the symposium… I am truly happy that I attended. I went to work on Sunday and found that I have already incorporated some of what I learned into my practice. I found that I am paying much more attention to IV fluids, lab results and question the physician assistants (PAs) as to why we are using certain treatments for our patients. It had been a learning experience for me. Thanks for these added materials and links to the websites…truly and invaluable gift.”


“I can become a better person. I do not have t be the person I was 5 years ago.”


“I have only been an RN for 1 year and it has been a painful learning experience. I’m thankful for your speech about bullying because it has been tough for me. But with your resources, I feel more confident to handle this situation. Thank you”


“Very impressed and excellent presentation. Validated knowledge that I already know and gained new knowledge. I will highly recommend this symposium to all my colleagues!” -Mercedes Q.Tobin, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PCCN, CCRN


“This has been perfect for this time in my life. Renee makes everything simple, easy to understand and she motivates you to be better!” -Jodie Gross


“As a new nurse, it’s so nice to hear the information again when it really applies to my life. Also, the bullying discussion is SO important! Thank you for being MY hero.” -Melanie Ceraso

“This is by far, the best symposium I’ve ever been to. I have enjoyed learning the whole day – start to finish. Renee makes learning fun and exciting!” -Corrine Lang, RN


“A must come to and attend seminar for all nurses. Great resource on bullying in the nursing profession.” -Angelina K.


“Renee’s seminar helped me to remember why I became a nurse and re-energized me to keep at it because I love it! It’s who I am.” -Christy Rampton


“This is my first time attending Renee’s conferences, I learned a lot on pathophysiology and communication techniques, I will return. Everything was great! The speakers were knowledgeable and entertaining!!” -Joan Gaston, MSN, RN


“Excellent presentations. Renee is an outstanding speaker with a big heart. I would recommend this course to every nurse regardless of experience. Did not feel bored or sleepy even after a big lunch!”  -Maria Martin, RN


“I love that it is geared for the med surg nurse specifically, we are an underserved nursing population, It is great to have the specialized knowledge and training!!” –Courtney Goins, RN


“This symposium brought me back to the core of why I chose nursing as may career. Renee also provided actions that will maintain the skill and art of this noble profession.” -Joann McGath


“The symposium presents information in a non stressful, fun environment, Topics are new or an important update/review. In each subject, I learned a little something new.” -Lori Porter, RN


“This symposium was truly enriching, fun, and presented new and current information of topics essential to the practice of the med surg nurse.” -Laurie Walter


“This is a very interesting and educative med surg symposium. I would love to attend every year. Thanks to all the speakers for making it fun all day!!” -Yemi Akindele, RN



“Thought Renee was one of the best speakers I ever listened to. Wish she taught me in school and worked at my organization! By Renee being a speaker, nurses everywhere benefit. This is an amazing thing!” -Margaret Gibson


“Thank you Renee, Ashley and Joanne. I know I don’t know it all, but I know more than yesterday and thanks to your empowerment, I won’t stop learning more tomorrow. I love you!” -Melissa Makofske, RN-BC, hero.


“I’ve studied ABG interpretation for years and Renee was able to simplify it to a form I will use in my own clinical practice!” -Charles DeGaugh


“Renee is such an awesome speaker. Keeps me engaged every time! I wish I could keep her in my pocket. She has great ideas and energy!” -Gina Antonini

Upcoming Courses

February 16 & 17, 2017

San Diego, CA
DoubleTree Hotel Circle





What attendees are saying about the MedSurg Symposiums

Attendee: Elisa Romero, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Manager at Scripps Hospital in San Diego, CA


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