Conferences

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We are offering you more than 100 unique general and concurrent sessions, poster presentations, intensive workshops and certification review courses from The Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners®. Our conference has sessions for PNPs, FNPs and their fellow pediatric-focused APRNs at each stage of their career, from novice to expert. Our session line-up includes classes specific to pharmacology (Rx) and acute care (AC). Our keynote and general sessions will be presented by nationally-known experts in pediatric health and/or advanced practice nursing. 

We're offering mini tracks addressing hot topics in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Genetics and Genomics, Maltreatment and Toxic Stress, Breastfeeding and Mental Health during our March 21 program. When you join us in Chicago, you'll have the opportunity to earn more than 22 highly valuable contact hours full of evidence-based information to enhance your practice.

In addition, our agenda includes dozens of social events and committee, SIG, and chapter meetings where you can network with fellow child health leaders.

Our first day schedule is below or you can jump to March 20, March 21, March 22, Special Meetings/Events, Intensive Workshops, Certification Review Courses or Affiliate Meetings

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Monday, March 19

8:30–9:30 a.m. (1.0 contact hour) Optional Session

100: LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion for Pediatric NP Programs (in conjunction with AFPNP Member Meeting) ​— Katie Erdlitz, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC
This presentation will help educators understand the importance of incorporating activities in the PNP curriculum to raise awareness of problems the LGBTQ population faces when it comes to healthcare. Several types of learning activities will be discussed as well as how to place within the existing curriculum.  One main goal is to help future advance practice nurses feel comfortable caring for the population.
The Association of Faculties for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP) is pleased to support this session. 

10:15 a.m.–Noon (1.25 contact hours)

101: Conference Kickoff and Opening Keynote:Human Trafficking? Not In My Practice. Think Again: Empowering Pediatric Clinicians in Prevention, Identification and Intervention ​— Holly Austin Gibbs​
Human Trafficking is a significant current issue in the media, but what is the real impact for pediatric advanced practice clinicians? With estimates of nearly 21 million people victimized each year by traffickers worldwide and the average age of entry being 12-14 years of age, pediatric care environments are increasingly likely to encounter potential victims. In fact, estimates show nearly 90 percent of trafficking victims will come in contact with health care professionals. APRNs are well positioned to identify possible risk factors for trafficking and initiate prompt intervention. Holly Austin Smith is the Director of the Human Trafficking Response Program at Dignity Health in California. As a survivor of sex trafficking, she’s become a powerful advocate who has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous government organizations. Her 2014 book Walking Prey: How America's Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery, is a thoughtfully researched, compelling account of child exploitation and human trafficking in America. This session will empower you as a pediatric provider to effectively advocate for and implement measures of prevention and intervention. ​

1:30–2:45 p.m. (1.25 contact hours) Concurrent Sessions – Select Only One 

102: Inflammatory Markers (AC) — Cathy Woodward, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC​
This presentation will provide the latest information on inflammatory markers and a comparison between the markers currently available for use in pediatrics. The pathophysiology of the inflammatory response will be presented as well as the physiology of the markers that are released in illness and injury in pediatrics.

103: The Great Chasm in Child Nutrition: Obesity and Hunger in the United States — Anita Kay Prickett, PhD, RN and Jennifer Frank, MSN, RN, PCNS, BC
The United States is the richest nation on earth. Yet, our children face a nutritional chasm of food insecurity (hunger) and obesity. Come learn about these issues and how to implement evidence-based interventions.
Offered in collaboration with Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN).

104: Children with Complex Medical Conditions (Rx) — Tandy Mellard, MSN, CPNP-PC/AC​
This presentation hopes to improve provider comfort level by offering insights into complex pain and symptom management for these children. A combination of pharmacological, multidisciplinary and integrative therapies for a variety of symptoms unique to this population will be discussed. This presentation also stresses the importance of ensuring expert care coordination in the transitions between inpatient and outpatient settings to ensure symptoms are controlled. Throughout, the speaker will offer symptom assessment information that is specific to this population of children. This overview of symptom management will help primary, acute and subspecialty providers better understand how to provide good symptom management for their pediatric patients with chronic, complex and serious illness.

105: Orthopedics Clinical Roundup — ​Three individual presentations.

  • My Kid Falls ALL the Time: Common Causes of In-toeing — Leslie Rhodes, DNP, PCPNP-BC
  • Pediatric Fractures: A Tough Break for All — Kimberly R. Joo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, CNE
  • Standardizing ​VEPTR Incision Site Documentation​​ — Roni Lynn Robinson, RN, MSN, CRNP

106: Expanding Your Leadership Influence - Behind the Scenes — Jo Ann Serota, DNP, RN, CPNP, FAANP, IBCLC​
As one of the most trusted professionals in the country, nurses need to be more influential, visible, and vocal in the board room. The Institute of Medicine’s report in 2011 on the future of nursing strongly encourages nurses to expand their leadership influence in health care delivery systems, become change agents for health care policy, and promote best practices by utilizing current evidence-based health care research. The representation of a nurse on a board will augment the perspective for patient advocacy, safety, and quality of care. Board orientation is lacking for a majority of members including nurses. This presentation will discuss a board member’s responsibilities, liabilities, code of ethics, and fiduciary duties. An insider’s viewpoint on how to prepare to be a board member, understanding the idiosyncrasies of board protocols and its politics, as well as, becoming an influential member of a board will be presented. Knowing the behind the scene nuances of being a board member will give one an insider’s perspective of expectations and responsibilities which will enable the advance practice nurse to become an influential leader and integral member of a board.

107: Gender Non-conforming Youth — Elizabeth Vaczy, MSN, RN, PNP-BC; Mai-Anh Tran Ngoc, DO and Heather Jones, MSW
Gender non-conforming youth face bias, victimization and increased mental health risks, thus providing a supportive and sensitive atmosphere is paramount. This presentation will discuss  typical presentations of gender dysphoric youth in early childhood, at the onset of puberty and in older adolescence. Strategies for age appropriate initial assessment and management in a variety of settings will be discussed. Interprofessional team members, including a social worker, gender health services physician, and endocrine pediatric nurse practitioner, will describe a practice model that allows for education, collaboration and communication to enhance the care of youth seeking gender health services.​

108: Raising the Standard of Care of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children — Vanessa Puschendorf, RN, CPNP
As leaders in health care for children of diverse cultural, ethnic and geographic backgrounds, it is our responsibility to meet the needs of all patients. This presentation will address the challenges and clinical considerations for pediatric nurse practitioners as the primary care providers, care coordinators and advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children (UIC). Now more than ever, PNPs must equip themselves with the legal and political knowledge needed to stand together with UIC in the United States. 

2:55–4:10 p.m. (1.25 contact hours) Concurrent Sessions – Select Only One

110: Reviewer Boot Camp — Martha K. Swartz, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN and Sarah Martin, RN, MS, CPNP-PC/AC
The purpose of this session is to present an overview of the manuscript review process for referees. The components of a review, essential facets of the review process, how feedback is tendered, and e-sources for reviewers will be described. Through open dialogue with Journal of Pediatric Health Care editors, editorial advisory board and department editors, participants will gain the knowledge needed to serve as reviewers for a scholarly publication.

111:  Pediatric Chest Trauma (AC) — Catherine Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP​
This interactive session will focus on pediatric blunt and penetrating thoracic trauma; the significance of “the box” in penetrating chest trauma will be discussed. PNPs must rapidly identify these injuries and provide appropriate interventions. Appropriate diagnostic testing will be covered.

112: It's All in Your Head (Rx) — Kim Stieglitz, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC​
This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of headaches with an emphasis on migraine types. We will explore current theories of causality, western medicines, alternative and complementary therapies using evidence-based practices. Through the use of selected case studies, we will analyze the components of a history, how to make a diagnosis, possible diagnostic testing, and developing a plan of care in a step-by-step manner.

113: Transitioning Care of the Complex Patient from Pediatrics to Adult Care  Clinical Roundup — ​Four individual presentations.​

  • Leap of Faith or Well Worn Path? Best Practices for Pediatric to Adult Transition — Jennifer Disabato, DNP, CPNP-PC/AC
  • Transition of Adolescents and Young Adults with Spina Bifida into Adult Primary Care ​​— Suzanne M. Fortuna, MSN, APRN-BC​​
  • Transitioning Ventilator Dependent Young Adults from Pediatric to Adult Care: The Michigan Medicine Model ​​— Ann Marie Ramsey, MSN, CPNP​
  • ​A Transitional Adolescent Clinic for Solid Organ Transplant Recipients ​​— Kelci LaPorte, CPNP

114: How to Keep your Patients out of the Emergency Department — Mary Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN​ and Tonya Schmitt, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Up to 85 percent of emergency department (ED) visits by children are for non-urgent issues.  The unfavorable consequences of this over-use of health care include long ED wait times, ED overcrowding, increased healthcare costs, poor health outcomes, lack of continuity of care and lack of follow-up. This fast-paced presentation will provide acute and primary care nurse practitioners with evidence-based interventions to address this healthcare crisis.

115: Food Allergies - Update to the Evidence, 2018 — Megan Lewis, MSN, CPNP-PC​
Food allergies are a burden to society,cost an estimated $25 billion dollars annually, and are a burden to families causing increased anxiety and decreased quality of life scores. Providing anticipatory guidance for primary food introduction to new parents is essential to PNP practice. Participants will review 2017 guidelines and highlight new research, which helps guide timing of food introduction, in an effort to prevent food allergy development and possible future treatments for food allergies. Participants will also review ways to enhance feeding experiences for families including recipes and preparation tips to facilitate a positive experience.

116: The Potential Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on Children — Nan Gaylord, PhD, RN,CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, FAAN and Tami Bland, DNP​
Only recently have researchers begun to explore the significance of adverse experiences in the developing child. Greeson and colleagues (2014) report that over half, 53 percent of US children ages 6–17 have experienced one adverse event during childhood, 28 percent have experienced at least two adverse experiences, while 15 percent have experienced three or more hardships. The providers in the school-based health center noticed that many children and families were suffering through adverse experiences. As a result, questions about ACEs were incorporated into the health history form in order to assess and address family stresses and calculate the child’s ACE score. ACE scores range from zero to 10 and any score above two is believed to have a significant impact on health outcomes. In this session, the presenters will present the results of this study and discuss the implications for children, healthcare providers, educational systems and communities.

2:55–5:25 p.m. (2.5 contact hours)

117: Opioid Use, Abuse, and Prescribing: A Primer for the Pediatric-Focused APRN (Rx) (CS) — Kristin Hittle Gigli, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN​ and Adam Wenner, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC
A national focus on opioid use as a health crisis has heightened public awareness of the extent and severity of opioid abuse. This disease has an impact on the pediatric and adolescent population cared for by pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses. The latest evidence related to pediatric and adolescent opioid therapy and addiction management will be presented. This session will include information on federal and state policies that pertain to prescribing controlled substances, medication-assisted treatment, and prescription monitoring programs. Attendees will have exposure to content necessary for controlled substance education that is increasingly tied to ongoing APRN licensure and prescriptive authority. 

4:20–5:35 p.m. (1.25 contact hours) Concurrent Sessions – Select Only One

118: Radiographic Interpretation for the Hospitalized Child (AC) — Cathy Woodward, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC​
This lecture will teach a systematic approach to reviewing pediatric radiographs and expected placement of central lines, chest tubes, feeding tubes and endotracheal tubes. Pediatric chest x-rays will be reviewed with an opportunity for audience participation in the interpretation of the films. This session will be for APRNs involved in the care of hospitalized children who want to improve their skills or learn how to interpret film.

119: Sleep Medications in Pediatric Primary Care Settings (Rx) — Naomi Schapiro, RN, PhD, CPNP and Shawna Sisler, MS, MAPP, RN, PHN, CPNP, PMHS​
How comfortable are you in coaching children and families with chronic sleep problems? This session explores complex sleep history, initial interventions and pharmacologic options for pediatric sleep management in primary care settings. We discuss the efficacy, tolerability, and safety profiles of both prescribed and over-the-counter medication options, as well as important patient-, family- and clinic-specific factors to consider in sleep management.

120: Global Health Care Clinical Roundup — ​Three individual presentations

  • Assessing Health Needs in Rural Haiti Through Community-Based Research — Penelope Neal, PhD, MSN, CPNP
  • Study Abroad in Haiti: The Faculty and Student Experience — Ashley Marass, DNP, CPNP
  • So You Want to Go on a Medical Mission....But Don't Know Where to Start  — Kristin S. McHarg, CPNP, IBCLC

121: Steps To Promote Child Health Advocacy — Lacey Eden, MS, FNP-C
Nurse practitioners (NP) are effective patient advocates, yet many NPs are not actively engaged in policy. Although NPs recognize the need for political activism and possess the skills needed, many NPs have minimal involvement in policy due to time constraints, frustration and burnout. The purpose of NP political activism is not only to advance the nurse practitioner profession but to advocate for the best interests of healthcare consumers. Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to clarify steps in political procedures by: 1) providing guidelines for drafting legislation; 2) outlining steps for successful lobbying and 3) describing the legislative progression to pass a bill. 

122: Name That Rash! — Megan Lewis, MSN, CPNP-PC​
This presentation will focus on visual diagnoses to enhance PNP recognition of common and less common rashes. Highlights from the history and pearls for practice will be reviewed. Plan to review treatment suggestions and highlight rashes of concern that require immediate evaluation in a tertiary care facility. Participants will also review resources that are helpful for practice to enhance diagnostic ability.

123: Current Trends in Youth Nicotine and E-cigarette Use — Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC​
E-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the United States. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of why the developing brains of youth and young adults are more vulnerable to the negative consequences of exposure to nicotine in any form. Comprehensive tobacco control policies will be discussed and evidence-based prevention strategies that need to be incorporated into current practice will be reviewed. Controversies surrounding regulation and marketing of nicotine containing products to youth and opportunities for public policy advocacy will be discussed.

124: Diagnostic Errors and Improving Diagnostic Accuracy — Julianne Nemes Walsh, DNP, PNP-BC
Excellence in clinical reasoning and a sound knowledge base are at the core of accurately diagnosing patients. A review of how a provider clinically reasons utilizing metacognitive skills, situational awareness, analytical and heuristic thinking, and the use of diagnostic time outs will be discussed using selected case studies. Patient, provider and organizational risk factors contributing to diagnostic errors as well as strategies to improve accuracy will be discussed.

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