The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) celebrated the relaunch of its annual fall conference October 10–13 in Las Vegas with a new name, new format and new continuing education (CE) sessions. Thank you to everyone who attended for helping AANP make this conference such a success!
On Thursday, conference kicked off with complimentary coffee as everyone got checked in and picked up their conference materials. The first sessions included a look at pharmacogenics, leaders as change agents, advanced suturing and the many faces of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Sessions within the leadership topical area drew large crowds and offered insight into finding a mentor, communication styles, the art of delegating and work-life balance. Concluding with the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall, it was a busy day of learning and networking!
“Realign, make time and reprioritize.”—Loretta A. Penn, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, Mentoring: The Gift that Keeps on Giving!
The Exhibit Hall continued to see lots of action Friday as attendees explored booths from exhibitors such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB), HealthCare Partners Nevada, Nestlé Health Science, Northern Kentucky University and many more. AANP was pleased to be able to provide a free boxed lunch to everyone this day, giving attendees additional time to connect with colleagues and reflect on the day’s sessions.
“There are a good number of drugs that will continue to be in short supply. Antimicrobials, chemotherapy, cardiovascular, central nervous system drugs and e-lytes and nutritional fluids are all on the list of the top five drug classes.”—Tep Kang, PharmD, BCPS, The Factors Impacting Drug Shortages in the United States
Saturday was the final day attendees could visit the Exhibit Hall, but it was also packed full of educational opportunities. Two popular hands-on workshops were offered this day, both covering ultrasound. Attendees were treated to case studies and a discussion on appropriate treatment in Grand Rounds: Interdisciplinary Case Conference From a Primary Care Perspective with AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Joyce M. Knestrick and Dr. Veronica Wilbur. Cyber bullying was brought up during the session Bullying & Incivility in the Workplace: Leading the Change in Culture, and AANP encourages you to continue to report incidents that happen via social or traditional media.
“Value-based payment matters to NPs! It can lead to improved patient outcomes, quality versus quantity, increased job satisfaction, the potential for increased compensation and more.”—Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAANP, NP Value in Value-Based Payment Models
Closing out the conference on Sunday was Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community: Become an ACT Advocate, a seminar specifically developed for pediatric-focused NPs to help them learn about child trafficking, methods of identification and referral and prevention. Leadership sessions took a deep dive into social media to review the “dos and don’ts” and how to find truth as more and more news becomes delivered online.
“Fewer than 5% of trafficking victims are kidnapped. Most of the time, the trafficker is someone the victim knows, including relatives or leaders in the community. Traffickers recruit with the ‘triple T’ principle: target, trick and traumatize.”—Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community: Become an ACT Advocate
From all of us at AANP, we look forward to seeing you in Washington D.C. for the 2020 AANP Health Policy Conference and in New Orleans for the 2020 AANP National Conference—and at next year’s fall conference right in our backyard!
Whether you're a seasoned NP advocate or a novice in the legislative arena, the 2020 AANP Health Policy Conference offers a unique opportunity for you to learn, network and make a measurable difference.
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