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In the ever-evolving landscape of health care, it is crucial for nurse practitioners (NPs) to stay abreast of the latest advancements. Taking a procedural course can enhance an NP’s skillset, leading to improved patient outcomes and greater career opportunities. NPs of all experience levels and students are invited to Austin, Texas, on Sept. 6 to take the Hospital and Emergency Procedure Course. The course will be led by John Russell, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, RNFA, and attendees can expect to learn numerous procedures, including ultrasound guidance, during the procedure course.
“It’s a super-exciting course,” said Russell. “The Hospital and Emergency Procedure Course is something we did last year for the first time as a pilot with the fall conference. It was well attended; people really enjoyed it.”
During the procedure course, each NP gets their own portable ultrasound to use during the class to receive as much hands-on time as possible.
“We scan each other so you can learn what you’re seeing, and we float around the room and instruct on how to look at different structures and anatomy,” said Russell.
Procedural courses offer NPs the opportunity to sharpen their abilities in a controlled and supervised environment. These courses cover essential topics such as patient preparation, safety protocols and hands-on practice with the latest equipment. Learning under the guidance of experienced instructors, NPs can gain confidence and refine their techniques.
“These students are going to be using equipment as high a caliber as you can imagine. This is the nicest stuff that’s on the market and it’s all state of the art,” said Russell.
Acquiring procedural expertise can lead to increased job prospects and career growth for NPs. Hospitals and health care facilities increasingly seek NPs who possess a diverse skill set, enabling them to handle a broader range of situations.
As health care continues to evolve, NPs must remain adaptable and well-equipped to meet the demands of their profession. Taking a procedural course is a prudent step toward delivering high-quality care, expanding career horizons and ultimately making a positive impact on the well-being of patients across the nation.
The AANP Hospital and Emergency Procedure Course will take place in downtown Austin at the Marriot Hotel on Sept. 6. The all-day session (7 a.m.-5 p.m. CT) will feature a break for thirty minutes between each training module and will also include an hour break for lunch. NPs may earn up to 8.0 contact hours of continuing education (CE) credit upon completion of this course.
Directly following AANP’s Hospital and Emergency Procedure Course, the 2023 AANP Fall Conference runs from Sept. 7-10 and features even more opportunities for NPs to earn CE and supplement skill sets while connecting with colleagues and enjoying the sights and sounds of downtown Austin. Special conference housing rates will be honored for conference registrants and their families based on availability.