Anchors Aweigh: The First Ever Case Managers Cruise Sets Sail

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Many professional associations have discovered that cruise ships provide a fun and stimulating learning environment for their members. Every other medical specialty has a continuing education cruise but there was nothing specifically for case managers.   

We, at The Stay At Home Nurse proudly presents the First Ever Case Managers Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale on April 22 – 28th 2018 with the theme: Anchors Aweigh! We bring together industry experts, professionals and enthusiasts for 6 nights of fun, networking, and education while cruising the Western Caribbean.

Days at the sea will be spent obtaining up to 10 hours of continuing education (including the newly required CCM Ethics CE) for Social Work, Nursing, and CCM from a variety of case management experts and our superb speakers.


One of the definitions of the word anchor is provide a firm basis or foundation”. The topics for the CE sessions will be anchored in the fundamentals of case management that all case managers need to master regardless of their work setting; including communication, ethics, cultural diversity, end of life issues, the code of professional conduct, CM standards of practice, and legal aspects of case management.


2020 CE Class Schedule: 




8:00 – 8:30 AM Engage Meeting Room: Welcome and Introductions
  Deanna Gillingham, RN, CCM the CEO of Case Management Institute
8:30 – 9:30 AM Point of View: Reducing Readmissions Using Patient Perspective and Social Determinants of Healthcare
  Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CMCN ACM-RN
9:30 – 9:45 AM Short Break
9:45 – 1:00 PM The Social Determinants of Health: Mastering Case Management’s Next Frontier
  Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
1:00-1:30 PM End of day discussion/break for the day


8:00 – 8:15 AM Engage Meeting Room: Welcome and Announcements
  Deanna Gillingham, RN, CCM the CEO of Case Management Institute
8:15 – 9:15 AM Know the Why: How Great Case Managers Lead Their Clients and Their Team
  Deanna Gillingham, RN, CCM
9:15 – 10:15 AM Right Place, Right Setting, Right Time: Collaboration Between Managed Care and Acute Care in the Emergency Department
  Jeffrey Crofoot, MSN RN, CMCN ACM-RN
10:15 – 10:30 AM Short Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM Follow Me; Lessons From A Marine Father
  Martha Pressley-Turner, RN-BC, BSN, MS, LCCE
11:30 – 12:00 PM Lunch Will Be Served
12:00 – 1:00 PM Capacity for Consent
  Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CMCN ACM-RN
1:00 – 1:15 PM Short Break
1:15 – 2:15 PM Sense and Sensibility: Evidenced Based Complementary Therapies
  Martha Pressley-Turner, RN-BC, BSN, MS, LCCE
2:15 – 2:30 PM End of day discussion/break for the day


8:00 – 8:15 AM Engage Meeting Room: Welcome and Announcements
  Deanna Gillingham, RN, CCM the CEO of Case Management Institute
8:15 – 9:15 AM Health Confidence: A Novel Approach to Patient Education to Reduce Readmissions
  Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CMCN ACM-RN
9:15 – 9:30 AM Short Break
9:30 – 11:30 AM Better Together: The Future of Case Management
  Deanna Gillingham, RN, CCM the CEO of Case Management Institute
11:30 – 12:00 PM Completion of Program Discussion


Continuing Education Credits:

This program will be submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with12 clock hours.

CCMC Ethics credit approval is pending for this course. The CCMC Code of Professional Conduct will be referenced in this presentation.

12 CE hours for SW and RN will be applied for through certifying bodies.



Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN

Anne is a healthcare leader with over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, a nurse case manager, a professional patient advocate, an educator and a digital journalist. Anne has expertise as an independent case manager specializing in catastrophic case management, workers compensation, and long-term care. As Past President of the Case Management Society of America, Anne was one of the original authors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center book, Case Management Review, and Resource Manual. Anne has lectured nationally and internationally on case management, patient advocacy, and care coordination. She currently writes a healthcare Blog, Nurse Advocate.

Marty Presley – Turner, RN-BC, MS, LCCE

Martha has been an RN for 43 years and is a graduate of the University of Omaha College of Nursing. She has worked OB in both a high-risk tertiary hospital and a 16-bed hospital in the AF.  She had her own Lamaze business for seven years. She was also a co-coordinator for Lamaze International for Nebraska and mentored 12 candidates through their certification process. During her military active duty service, she received her MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and her ‘MRS’ to an AF Officer.  After her husband retired, Martha went into the AR Reserves and worked for several hospices. She started working as a Case Manager at BCBSSC in 1994 and it has been more rewarding and personal than both OB and hospice! She retired as a Lt Colonel from the Air Force Reserve in 2008 then became certified an RN Case Manager through ANCC in 2004. Her greatest professional achievement is being appointed to ANCC’s Content Expert Panel for Case Management with 8 other wonderful CMs from around the country.  Her panel wrote the 2015 certification test, but is sworn to secrecy!

Sue Binder, RN-BC, CCM, PAHM

Sue, President of Integrated Healthcare Consultants, LLC has more than 30 years of highly successful and diversified professional experience in the healthcare industry.  Most recently she was the director/creator of the Health and Wellness Program at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey managing the programs of chronic disease. Currently, her company is focusing on helping customers implement staff understanding of the importance of interpersonal communication skills in various medical and behavioral health clinical programs.

Lois May, RN, BSN, CCM

Lois is a graduate of Indiana University with a BSN. She was an Army Nurse for 6 years including a year in Viet Nam.  She has clinical nursing experience in Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Burn Unit, Pediatric Oncology and various adult medical/surgical areas where she eventually served as a Nursing Director. She has been a Certified Case Manager for more than 20 years.  Her various experiences include managed care, private case management, workers’ compensation, legal issues, hospital-based case management, and she has also managed case management departments. For the past several years, Lois was responsible for Nurse CE for case managers, utilization managers, and disease managers at a large insurance company. She has also served on the boards of CMSA chapters in Seattle, WA, Albuquerque, NM and Columbia, SC where she is the current Chapter President. Lois published an article in Inside Case Management about developing a unit RN into a case manager.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP

An industry thought leader for over 30 years, Ellen is known and respected as “The Ethical Compass of Professional Case Management”. She is a popular presenter with hundreds of offerings to her credit and author close to 100 publications. Ellen has received awards and global recognition for her innovative practice, including the 2017 Distinguished Master Social Work Alumni from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, and 2016 National Award of Service Excellence for the Case Management Society of America.

With Teresa Treiger, Ellen is the co-author of the book COLLABORATE® for Professional Case Management: A Universal Competency-Based Paradigm, 1st ed., published by Wolters Kluwer Health, and the chapter on Case and Population Health Management for the 6th Edition of Leadership and Nursing Care Management by Diane L. Huber, published by Elsevier. Ellen has authored chapters on the Ethical Use of Case Management Technology in the latest edition of CMSA’s Core Curriculum for Case Management plus those on Collaborative Care, the Social Determinants of Health and Workplace Bullying for the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online published by the NASW and Oxford Press. She has contributed to CMSA’ s Career and Knowledge Pathways®, plus the Commission for Case Manager Certification’s Case Management Body of Knowledge®. Ellen also served on the committee that revised CMSA’ s 2016 Standards of Practice.

Ellen serves as a Director on the 2017-2018 CMSA National Board. She has been a commissioner for CCMC, member of their Executive Committee, and Chair of their Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. Ellen is a vibrant professional voice.

Know more about our speakers and the topics we’ll cover here.


Having been to several conferences, we know the importance of networking with other case managers and how expensive it can be. The cost of the conference, transportation, hotel, and meals quickly reaches several thousand dollars just for one person. But with this cruise, we are able to offer lodging, meals, and entertainment for less than the cost of lodging alone at most national conferences. To keep the cost down we charge for the CE Sessions portion separately, so you can bring family and friends who want to join along for the cruise and they only pay for the cruise, but are welcome and encouraged to attend all other events.

Depending on the category of the cabin you choose, cabins range from $727 to $997 per person based on double occupancy. The cost to attend the CE Sessions is $347 per person attending. Due to limited conference room space, you must designate the name of all persons attending the CE sessions on the registration for to guarantee your spot.


Pulling up the anchor and leaving the safety of the harbor marks the beginning of the adventure. This is the beginning of our annual Case Managers Cruise.  

Our nights and ports of call will be spent networking, being entertained, exploring, shopping, relaxing or anything you want! We will share dinners together along with all of our family and friends at the 5:30 dinner seating. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from our Ports of Call.

Georgetown Grand Cayman

Compact and colorful, George Town is a glitzy hub for duty-free shopping on Grand Cayman and signature Caribbean experiences. Think boating, snorkeling, relaxing on a beautiful beach, or meeting friendly stingrays at a shallow sandbar.

Puerto Costa Maya Mexico

With sparkling sands and turquoise seas, Costa Maya is a relaxing destination where you can swim and sun, explore the coral reef offshore or Maya ruins in the jungle. The nearby fishing village of Mahahual is even more laid-back.

Cozumel Mexico

Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan cliffside ruins overlooking the Caribbean.

This cruise may just top your best vacation list… before you even get home!

Join us aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas for our first ever Case Managers Cruise! Reserve your cabin and CE space now. Go to

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook, Case Managers Cruise! We look forward to meeting you.

See you onboard!


The Stay At Home Nurse is organizing this cruise and will handle the CE details. They have contracted with Like Minded Travel to handle all of the cruise details. For any cruise related questions, you may contact Like Minded Travels at (541) 414-3359 or email


Well, what can I say but that I’m looking forward to next year already! Everything was wonderful from amazing presenters to the opportunity to network with wonderful case managers from all across the US! Special thanks to Deanna and Abi for coordinating such a memorable event! 🛳🏝🌊 -Amy Pleasant-Lindsey

Case Managers Cruise. Always great to gain knowledge while enjoying food, fun, and sun while meeting and networking with other Professionals, family, and friends. - Addie & David Marchant

It was a wonderful week, filled with rewarding Case Management education brought to us by terrific Case Management luminaries ( Ellen Fink-Samnick, Ron Hirsch, Mindy Owen, Martha Presley-Turner, & me - thrilled to be in such company) and expertly organized by Deanna Cooper Gillingham and Abi Carmen. I am already looking forward to next year! -Eric Bergman

Thanks to Deanna Cooper Gillinghamm, Abi Carmen and the entire Faculty who provided an interesting learning experience for all who attended. Looking forward to the 2019 cruise! - Anne Llewellyn



Wow I had the most relaxing, Fun, educational, and met new friends. Case Manager Cruise was the bomb. Going next year for sure. -Tracy Cook Pizzi

A big thank you to you and Abi for creating the CM Cruise! I had a fabulous time and have connected with many people already on Facebook. It was a great conference and agree the attendees and speakers were wonderful. I do plan on going next year. - Julie Wolf