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RAP Sessions

  • Wednesday, June 23 | 7:15 PM – 8:15 pm ET
  • Thursday, June 24 | 7:15 PM – 8:15 pm ET

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It is always helpful to hear from others about their experiences. Join the rap session, led by an HTC nurse, for your/who you care for diagnosis (Hemophilia A or B, vWD, inhibitors, and rare bleeding disorders). These sessions are only open to patients/caregivers.

RAP Sessions are grouped by diagnosis of Hemophilia A or B, vWD, Inhibitor or other rare bleeding disorder.

Moderators

FVIII – Chris Guelcher, Hemostasis RN-BC, MS, PPCNP-BC

Chris Guelcher has been a hematology/oncology clinic nurse for more than 25 years. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing she worked on an inpatient Hematology/Oncology unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and later at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since coming to Children’s National in 1992, she has worked on the inpatient unit and in the outpatient clinic as a Hematology/Oncology nurse. After completing her Masters and becoming certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has been the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator at CNMC since 1997.

Chris was a member of the NHF Nursing Working Group for 3 years. She was re-elected to serve on the Region III Regional Executive Committee (REC) having served on the REC for 4 years previously. She has served as a member of the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN) Board of Directors since 2008. Additionally, Chris served on the Education Subcommittee for the American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO) and has moderated three webinars.

Ms. Guelcher was part of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society annual planning committee for the 2009 and 2010 meetings. In 2011 she helped plan and presented at the first Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America (THSNA). Chris was elected as a liaison to the THSNA Board of Directors and she was on the planning committee for the 2016 and 2018 THSNA meetings.

Chris was part of the faculty that worked with the Centers for Disease Control to develop the curriculum for the “Advanced Partners Program”. She continues to work with the faculty members to keep the curriculum current and present as part of the faculty twice a year.

FIX – Kim Schaffer, MSN, FNP-C

Kim Schafer is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in caring for children and adults with hemophilia or other bleeding and clotting disorders.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and an undergraduate degree in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University. She earned a Master of Science degree from Sacred Heart University and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Samuel Merritt University.

Kim joined the UC Davis HTC team in 2000. In addition to providing patient centered care to patients and families, she is actively involved in several clinical trials for improving the clinical management of bleeding and clotting disorders. Before turning her focus to the care of patients with inherited bleeding and clotting disorders, she was a hospital nurse for nine years in the pediatric intensive care/special care unit at UC Davis Medical Center.

She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as a hemostasis nurse. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Central California Hemophilia Foundation.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and is an avid photographer.

Inh – Judy Kauffman, R.N., M.S., C.P.N.P.

Judy received her B.S.N. degree from California State, Dominguez Hills and both her M.S. and C.P.N.P. degrees from Georgia State University. She has been a hemophilia nurse for many years. She started her career in bleeding disorders at Emory University, then moved to Kansas City to serve hemophilia treatment center patients for nine years. Subsequently she joined Bayer Healthcare, where she worked as an educator in the Midwest and then on the west coast. Ms. Kauffman has a special interest in women with bleeding disorders and helping patients transition from pediatric to adult care.

When not working Judy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and riding her bike. She is excited to be at the UC Davis Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) and looks forward to meeting the patients and families.

vWd –Becki Berkowitz

Becki has been the Nurse Coordinator of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center of Nevada since its inception in 1996. She is a graduate of Kent State University, She provides care and education to the entire State of Nevada with her team. She believes the patient should always come first. She is the mother of 2 and Grandmother of 2.

Becki has over 40 years nursing experience, at least 20 of which are specialized in servicing the bleeding & clotting disorder communities of Nevada. She is the founding Nurse Coordinator of Nevada’s federally recognized hemophilia treatment center. Her accomplishments include organizing and conducting over 800 comprehensive clinics since 1997, spanning over 3 family generations of patients. She is an advocate in providing quality outreach care to rural cities of Elko, Reno, Winnemucca and Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee Indian Reservation. Becki has served in nearly every hemophilia camp since 1997 and is credited with several pivotal milestones in hemophilia treatment, such as helping to start the national CDC blood safety & bleeding disorder study between 1997-2011 and the CDC’s Community Counts public health monitoring program since 2012. Becki is also a key figure in helping to expand the nationally renowned Parents Educating Parents (PEP) program catering to Spanish-speakers.

Rare – Emily Bisson, APRN, CPNP-C

Emily Bisson, APRN, CPNP is a pediatric nurse practitioner and Associate Director of the Connecticut Children’s HTC in Hartford, CT. She has spent the past decade caring for children and families with inherited bleeding disorders. Emily is actively involved with her local HFA/NHF chapter, the New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA), where you are likely to find her planning for camp or delivering teen programs. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, paddling and skiing and is always looking for new outdoor adventures.


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