With conference season right around the corner, nurse practitioners should start planning which events they are interested in attending this year. This article will explore some of this year’s most exciting and reputable events for nurse practitioners, which includes two AANP conferences and several others hosted by nurse practitioner specialty organizations.
Each conference listed includes dates and times, locations, costs, contact hours, and program details. Finally, the last section of this guide explores local NP organizations that may offer annual regional conferences.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is hosting two conferences that focus on the latest innovations in all nurse practitioner (NP) specializations. These events take place in Denver and Washington, D.C. The International Council of Nurse Practitioners is also holding its 2018 Congress in Rotterdam, Holland. Explore these conferences and other similar events that promise to be filled with invaluable networking opportunities and informative seminars that provide continuing education unit (CEU) requirements for credentialing.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) typically hosts three major conferences each year. One of them is the Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s agenda covered opioid abuse, disaster recovery, health policy, and the political priorities of Congress, among other topics. Keynote speakers included political strategist and analyst for ABC News, Alex Castellanos and political analyst at PBS NewsHour, Mark Shields. This event covered updates in critical health policy, presentations from leading political authorities, and offered networking opportunities with nurse practitioner lobbyists and meetings with elected officials. The 2019 conference will take place on February 3-5 of next year at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
This summit, hosted by Baptist Health South Florida, is designed for healthcare professionals to learn about cardiovascular disease and medicine. The intensive seminar sessions included discussions of therapeutic lifestyle interventions, familial hypercholesterolemia, non-statin therapy, hypertension, the regression of atherosclerosis, and other cornerstones of this medical subfield.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) hosts workshops and certification review courses at its annual conference, boasting more than 100 general and sessions on acute care and pharmacology and intensives in dermatology, obesity, and breastfeeding for neonatal health. This four-day event covered today’s most pressing topics such as pediatrics for LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth, opioid, nicotine, and e-cigarette use, and the impacts of technology on the health industry, as well as other leadership and disease-focused topics. The 2019 conference will take place on March 7-10, 2019 in New Orleans.
The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) hosts an annual Pharmacology Conference that reviews contemporary prescribing practices in older adults. Nurse practitioners who attend this conference can expect to form lasting connections with other gerontology specialists while learning the most up-to-date pharmacological information. Course topics include mental health management, dietary supplements, and palliative care. Registering for this conference also comes with free, indefinite access to the GAPNA Online Library. The 2019 conference is expected to take place March 28-30 in Chicago.
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties will discuss upcoming innovations and strategies in the industry and cutting-edge clinician and nurse practitioner education with a focus on leadership, policy, and research. This year’s event will also include the NONPF Lifetime Achievement Award for Loretta Ford.
The National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) is hosting its seventh-annual conference in Florida. Course offerings will include units on neurotoxins, fillers, dermatopathology, sutures, infectious disease, genodermatoses, psoriasis, and hair disorders, among others. In addition to continuing education programs, the conference will sponsor networking events on the beach and at local museums and aquariums, plus pre-conference seminars and certification opportunities.
The annual AANP National Conference is the largest U.S. conference for nurse practitioners. Specialty tracks at this year’s event include acute care, dermatology, emergency and urgent care, faculty and preceptor development, military healthcare, orthopedics, pain management, psychiatric and mental health, and women’s health. The conference boasts access to 450 contact hours dispersed across 40 skill-enhancing workshops and nearly 300 educational sessions. It is important to register early because spots fill up quickly, especially in the specialized seminars, which this year include instruction in dizziness, aromatherapy, and neurology.
The 17th annual symposium, hosted by Baptist Health South Florida, is designed for primary care healthcare professionals including nurses and physician assistants and can represent a valuable continuing education opportunity for primary care nurse practitioners. Topics include evidence-based discussions about foods that reduce heart disease risk, preventing burnout, and sports medicine injuries.
The annual National Nurse Practitioner Symposium is a large conference that brings together primary and acute care nurse practitioners to learn about the latest trends in the healthcare industry. The keynote speaker this year is health futurist and medical economist Dr. Jeffrey C. Bauer, who will discuss “Mastering Chaos: Creativity 101 for Health Care’s Daring Spirits.” Attendees have the opportunity to earn more than 30 continuing education credits across 100 classes in seven tracks: acute care, adult and geriatric, dermatology, family health, pediatric, professional development, and women’s health. Course topics include nutrition, endocrinology, sleep disorders, technology, trauma, mental health, and neurology. There are also several pre-symposium workshops and a retreat on self-care and reflection, for those interested.
The 10th annual ICN NP/APN will take place in Holland with a focus on universal health coverage. Nurse practitioners from around the world will come together for several days to discuss prescribing practices, population health needs, information technology, and innovative teaching methods. Session topics include innovations in primary care, advocacy and gender, and disaster preparedness and nursing in conflict zones.
This year will be the 11th annual national DNP conference, and it will be held in Palm Springs, California. Attendees will discuss the impact of collaborative relationships between DNP-prepared providers and other healthcare clinicians. The theme this year is “Sustaining the DNP: Strategies for the Future in Clinical and Administrative Practices.” Attendees can learn to identify changes in practice, explore strategies to sustain projects, examine opportunities to collaborate across disciplines to improve outcomes and recommend strategies to apply evidence to practice.
The 37th annual Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) is designed to help improve patient care and connect with other nurses in the field. It is tailored toward the gerontology specialist and boasts diverse educational offerings and ample time for networking. The 2019 conference will take place in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel on October 2-5, 2019. For more details, visite the GAPNA website closer to the conference date or sign up to get notified when key information is released.
Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) is hosting its 21st annual Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference. Previous conferences have included education topics like the population impact of emergency contraceptive pills and treatment of intentional injury to the genitalia. Organizers are still accepting original abstracts for podium and poster presentations, so visit the event website for submission guidelines and additional information about the conference as it becomes available.
Every year, the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology hosts an exciting conference called JADPRO Live. The conference brings together nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, and pharmacists to learn and discuss the latest in hematology and oncology care. This year they expect to draw over 900 clinicians from across the United States. As the conference date approaches, check the website for more information on educational offerings and special guest speakers, or sign up to get notified with key information is released.
Author and psychiatrist Dr. Steven Stahl founded the Neuroscience Education Institute in 2000 with the goal of providing visually engaging, evidence-based psychopharmacology education to mental health professionals. In previous years, this conference has drawn more than 1,000 attendees to learn about the latest advancements in psychiatric medications, how to integrate them into their practices and discuss concerns and review data. Participants can also attend various pre-workshop seminars. Visit the event website closer to the conference date to learn more about course offerings.
While national and international conferences draw large crowds and renowned specialists from around the world, local state NP organizations host high-quality conferences, workshops, and events year-round. They often host their own conferences, which offer continuing education, networking opportunities, and thought-leadership on policy issues most relevant to local NPs and their patients. Below is a list of local organizations that might host local events.
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