Your Nurse Practitioner Conference Survival Kit

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Gain tips and tricks to ensure your trip to the 2019 AANP National Conference is a success.

If you’ve ever attended a professional conference, you know it can be insightful, constructive and—after a week filled with walking, networking and education—tiring. The AANP national conference typically opens early for educational sessions, followed by exhibit hall hours, poster presentations, meetings and keynote speakers. Plus, once the day is over, you don’t want to miss the evening’s networking events!

How do you get the most out of your trip and return home feeling refreshed and ready to implement what you’ve learned?

  1. Plan your trip—and schedule—in advance. By booking your flights and housing early, you can take advantage of the best prices. Similarly, by selecting your conference sessions in advance, you can save your seat for the most popular presentations and receive your customized schedule when you check in. You should also start reaching out to your NP contacts to see who is attending and who you want to meet with in June!
  2. Review your registration materials. After you check in, be sure to pick up your copy of the AANP National Conference Guide. It includes a map of the convention center to help you navigate to your classrooms, meeting spaces and exhibit booths. The guide also provides the complete conference schedule, industry events and information on ways to get out and about in our host city of Indianapolis. Plus, you don’t want to miss the special Drive to 100,000 Members initiative. Grab some cards to share with your colleagues who may want to be an AANP member, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win $1,000.
  3. Attend the General Sessions. Join together with thousands of NPs to hear from internationally recognized speakers, like Elizabeth Smart and Dr. Margaret A. Fitzgerald; review the status of NP-related legislation; and recap the year at the annual membership meeting.
  4. Download the AANP Conference mobile app. Download the app before you get to conference to streamline on-site check in, organize your schedule, find help navigating the convention center and stay up to date on announcements. You can even complete your evaluations to receive your continuing education (CE) credit straight from the app! Download it by visiting mobile.aanp.org from your mobile device or by searching for AANP in the Apple, Google Play or Kindle Store.
  5. Bring your business cards. The 2019 AANP National Conference is the best place to connect with influential health care professionals, experienced patient advocates, actively recruiting employers and your AANP leadership. Plus, with thousands of NPs in attendance, it’s your chance to get to know NPs in your state or specialty, establish new contacts and share your insight with others.
  6. Connect online as well as offline. Did you know that you can use the hashtag #AANP19 across social media to join in The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® online, too? By including the hashtag, your posts, tweets or photos give others a peek into your conference experience. You can also search for #AANP19 on social media to see the entire conversation between attendees. Be sure to tag @AANP_News on Twitter so that AANP can share your tweets!
  7. Dress for the event and for comfort. Temperatures can vary throughout the convention center, so be sure to dress in light layers. Save room in your suitcase so that you can pick up new products in the exhibit hall by mixing and matching your business casual outfits. Most importantly, be sure to wear comfortable shoes you will have no problem standing and walking in for days at a time!
  8. Remember your important passwords. Be sure to remember your passwords—for your mobile device, social media accounts and your MyAANP account—so that you can log in at conference. If you need help downloading any apps, you can visit the Mobile App Help Desk, located near the registration area, but you’ll need your passwords to complete the download!

Build your 2019 AANP National Conference survival kit by including these items:

  • Bandages and blister protection: Even your most comfortable shoes can become irritating after long days. Don’t be caught without bandages for cuts, scrapes and pesky blisters.
  • Pain relief: Headaches, backaches and other pains can strike without warning, but they don’t have to disrupt your entire day. Prepare for it by packing a small bottle of pain reliever.
  • External battery: While recharge areas are available for your devices throughout the convention center, packing an external battery will help keep you at full battery no matter where you are—such as while you are in a session or are getting coffee with a friend.
  • Notebook and pens: Even if you print out your session handouts in advance for you to take notes, it’s always good to have a scrap piece of paper for you to jot down new ideas or keep a to-do list for when you return home.
  • Bottled water and light snacks: Staying hydrated and fueled is important, especially on active days! Make sure you have the energy to take in all the valuable knowledge available at conference by bringing a water bottle and something small to snack on between sessions.
  • Stain remover: What if you notice a stain after lunch with old friends? Head back to the conference with confidence by packing a portable stain remover and keep your outfit looking like new.

Help AANP Showcase Real NPs


AANP would not exist without the more than 98,000 NP members who join together to form The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®. It’s a community of NPs from every specialty and practice setting, whose diverse backgrounds and experiences inform AANP’s actions each and every day.

That’s why AANP is committed to showing real NPs—and real AANP members­­—to the public and to policymakers. New to the 2019 AANP National Conference, you’ll have the chance to participate in this effort!

At the Indiana Convention Center, there will be a photo shoot area in AANP Central, located in Exhibit Hall F, which will feature several different clinical settings, an office space and multiple opportunities for professional headshots. AANP will have white coats, stethoscopes and other small equipment available to help you represent NPs in practice, but feel free to bring your own if you want a personal touch!

Volunteers will also be needed to portray patients, so feel free to participate twice or invite your conference guests. All participants will have access to the clinical setting photos and professional headshots taken of them during the photo shoot.

Do you have more insight to share? Participate in a short video interview and share your thoughts about AANP conferences, membership and the NP role.

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