2018 Nurse Practitioner Conferences

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.

Must attend NP conferences

AANP & NP Specialty 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.

AANP 2018 Health Policy Conference – February 4-6, 2018

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.

  • Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.
  • Host: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Audience: All nurse practitioners
  • Cost: $595 (member), $225 (student member)
  • Contact hours: 17.75 CEUs

Miami CardioMetabolic Summit – February 22-25

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.

  • Location: Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Host: Baptist Health South Florida
  • Audience: Nurse practitioners interested in cardiovascular ailments
  • Cost: $95 to $345 depending on employee type
  • Contact hours: 11.5 CEUs

39th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care – March 19-22

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.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois
  • Host: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Audience: Pediatric nurse practitioners
  • Cost: $540
  • Contact hours: 24 CEUs

Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults Conference – March 16-17

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.

  • Location: Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA
  • Host: Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Audience: Adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, or any nurse practitioner interested in learning more about geriatric pharmacology
  • Cost: $279 with registration before Feb. 3, 2018; $389 after that date (members)
  • Contact hours: 11.5 CEUs

NONPF 44th Annual Conference – April 18-22

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.

  • Location: JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Host: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Audience: Nurse practitioner educators, professors, instructional designers, program directors, curriculum designers, course writers, and preceptors
  • Cost: $550 for members, $625 for non-members, $350 for students
  • Contact hours: Between 1 and 3.75 per session, for a total of 40.75 CEUs

NADNP/ACDNP Annual Dermatology Conference – April 23-28

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.

  • Location: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  • Host: National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners
  • Audience: Dermatology nurse practitioners and those nurse practitioners interested in learning more about dermatology
  • Cost: $100
  • Contact hours: 34 general and 11 pharmacology CEUs

AANP 2018 National Conference – June 26 – July 1

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.

  • Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Host: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Audience: All nurse practitioners
  • Cost: $570 for members, $715 for non-members, $170 for students
  • Contact hours: Up to 40 CEUs

Primary Care Focus Symposium – June 29 – July 1

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.

  • Location: Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida
  • Host: Baptist Health South Florida
  • Audience: Primary care nurse practitioners
  • Cost: $465 physicians, $295 other healthcare employees
  • Contact hours: 12 CEUs

National Nurse Practitioner Symposium – July 19-22

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.

  • Location: Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado
  • Host: National Nurse Practitioner Symposium
  • Audience: Primary care and acute care nurse practitioners
  • Cost: $540-$715 depending on date of registration
  • Contact hours: 34 CEUs, with nine additional offered post-symposium via online testing

International Conference for Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Nursing – August 26-29

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.

  • Location: De Doelen, Rotterdam, Holland
  • Audience: All nurse practitioners
  • Cost: €595 before February 28, 2018, €715 after (members)
  • Contact hours: Unknown

Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference – September 27-29

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.

  • Location: Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort, Palm Springs, California
  • Host: Doctors of Nursing Practice
  • Audience: DNP students and DNP graduates
  • Cost: $480 by May 31, $545 by September 1, $595 after September 1
  • Contact hours: 16 CEUs

GAPNA Conference – September 26-29

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.

  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
  • Host: Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Audience: Adult-gerontology nurse practitioners
  • Cost: TBD
  • Contact hours: TBD

Premier Women’s Healthcare Conference – October 10-13

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.

  • Location: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas
  • Host: Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • Audience: Women’s health-focused nurse practitioners
  • Cost: TBD
  • Contact hours: TBD

JADPRO Live – November 1-4

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.

NEI Psychopharmacology Congress – November 7-11

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.

  • Location: Hilton Orlando, Orlando, Florida
  • Host: Neuroscience Education Institute
  • Audience: Nurse practitioners specializing in psychiatry or those interested in learning more about psychiatric medications
  • Cost: $649 early-bird registration, $749 after June 29 for members
  • Contact hours: 33.25

State Nurse Practitioner Conferences

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.


Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association

North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association


Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association


Arizona Nurse Practitioner Council


Arkansas Advanced Practice Nurse Council


California Association of Nurse Practitioners


Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses


Connecticut Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Society


The APN Council of Delaware

District of Columbia

Nurse Practitioner Association of DC


Florida Nurse Practitioner Network

Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County

Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners


United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia


Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses


Nurse Practitioners of Idaho


Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses


Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana


Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society


Kansas State Nurses Association, APRN Task Force


Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives


Louisiana Association of NPs


Maine Nurse Practitioner Association


Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland


Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners


Minnesota Nurse Practitioners


Mississippi Nurses Association


Missouri Nurses Association


Montana Nurses Association


Nebraska Nurse Practitioners


Nevada Nurses Association

New Jersey

New Jersey Nurses Association Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice

New York

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

North Carolina

North Carolina Council of Nurse Practitioners

North Dakota

North Dakota Nurses Association


Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses


Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners


Nurse Practitioners of Oregon


Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

Rhode Island

The NP Alliance of Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Carolina Nurses Association APRN Chapter

South Dakota

Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota


Tennessee Nurses Association Advanced Practice Council


Texas Nurse Practitioners


Utah Nurse Practitioners Inc.


Vermont Nurse Practitioners Association


Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners


ARNPs United of Washington State

West Virginia

Advanced Practice Council of West Virginia


APN Forum of the Wisconsin Nurses Association


Wyoming Nurses Association

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