Differing Perspectives on Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care

Release Date: October 20, 2020

Valid for Credit Through: October 31, 2021

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is nursing professionals involved in the management of patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Incorporate accumulated evidence, current guidelines, and emerging new clinical data into individualized education regarding DMTs for MS as part of a comprehensive approach to nursing care
  • Identify and address symptoms experienced by patients with MS, with attention to patient values and goals for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment
  • Integrate a multidisciplinary team approach to care that includes patients and their care partners recognizing, assessing, and addressing psychological and cognitive issues in MS


Denise Bruen, ANP-BC, MSN, MSCN, Moderator
University of Virginia
James Q. Miller Consultative MS Center
Charlottesville, VA

Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN
Mellen Center for MS Treatment & Research
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Stephanie Agrella, PhDc, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, MSCN
Central Texas Neurology Consultants, PA
MS Clinic of Central Texas
Round Rock, TX


9:00 am – 10:00 am
The DMT Armamentarium: Open Access vs. Precision Medicine

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mental Health in the MS Patient: What Takes Priority?

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Does the Patient Know Best? An Examination of Two Decision-Making Perspectives

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

This activity is supported by educational grants received from Biogen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Genentech.

Accreditation Statement and Credit Designation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN). CMSC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The CMSC designates this enduring material for 3.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education (1.0 of these credits are in the area of pharmacology).

Disclosure of Financial Relationships

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. CMSC and IOMSN resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, CMSC and IOMSN seek to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. CMSC and IOMSN are committed to providing learners with high-quality CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Faculty Disclosures

Denise Bruen, ANP-BC, MSN, MSCN, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Consulting Fees: Advisory Boards for Biogen, Novartis, Genentech, Sanofi-Genzyme, Celgene, EMD-Serono.

Marie Namey, APRN, MSCN, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Consulting Fees: Celgene, Novartis, Genentech, Sanofi Genzyme; Speakers’ Bureaus: Biogen, EMD Serono, Genentech, Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme.

Stephanie Agrella, PhDc, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, MSCN, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Consulting Fees: Biogen, Celegene, Novartis, Serono, Genentech, Genzyme, ViellaBio.

Planning Committee Disclosures

June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Colleen Harris, MN, NP, MSCN has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Consultant Fees: Biogen, Serono, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi Genzyme.

Staff Disclosures

Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, has served as Reviewer for this activity and has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, or other members at CMSC and IOMSN who are in a position to control content have declared that they have no relevant financial relationships.


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