First Timers - NAPNAP

First Timers

First Time Attendees for NAPNAP Conference

First Timers

Welcome! Whether you’re attending in-person or virtually, we know that it’s hard to be a newbie. Where to go? How to access sessions? Will I have anyone to talk to? Don’t stress. Every year, more than 100 pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) from around the country are first timers at our in-person and virtual conferences and they all survive and leave with a smile. Take some time to review the below tips to enhance your first visit or login to our National Conference on Pediatric Health Care.

In-person Conference Tips

  • Make sure you’ve signed up for your preferred sessions and special events by verifying the registration confirmation email you received. You can access our online schedule to learn more about course content, learning objectives and presenters.
  • Book your hotel reservation at our conference hotel to enjoy discounted nightly rates and free guestroom Wi-Fi for conference attendees. Discounted blocks close as noted on the lodging page and are on a space available basis.
  • Check out our travel/transportation page to find great deals to get to and around in Orlando. We also have a Share a Room, Share a Ride community in TeamPeds Member Network for you to connect with fellow members and share travel or lodging services.
  • Our conference mobile app will be available in March for you to learn more about our conference, including the conference schedule, your personal agenda and maps and exhibitors. This app is available in both the App Store and Google Play.
  • Use the link in your confirmation email, sent a few weeks before the conference kick off, to download presentation handouts to your tablet or laptop. Printers are not available onsite and printed copies of handouts will not be distributed, with the exception of certification review courses and select intensive workshops.
  • Watch out for emails or mailings from our partners about free special events and opportunities hosted during our conference, including ancillary meal events.
  • Pre-register for our complimentary business meeting breakfast.
  • All conference registrants are invited to our Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall on March 10. Tickets will be printed with your badge at our self-serve kiosk.
  • Plan to attend as many of our general and concurrent sessions and poster presentations as you can. BONUS: In-person registrants will have access to all sessions during our virtual conference and through July 31 so you won’t have to worry about schedule conflicts.
  • Spend time learning more about the latest in child health and advanced practice nursing products and services in our exhibit hall. It’s also a great place to score free morning beverages and continental breakfast on select days.
  • Mingle during complimentary afternoon snack breaks on select days.
  • Take advantage of the free ancillary meal events. Admittance is managed by the hosting company.
  • Don’t miss our special interest group (SIG) showcases to learn more about the great work of these groups and how you can get involved.
  • Bring your favorite walking shoes to keep your tootsies happy as you cruise between sessions, the exhibit hall and special events.
  • Plan to wear business casual attire, but you’ll notice session and poster presenters often dress up for their presentations.
  • Bring layers because room temperatures can fluctuate based on time of day, location in the building and number of people in the room. Keep in mind that the average high temperature in Orlando in March is 78 degrees and it drops down into the 50s at night.
  • Don’t forget your tablet or laptop containing your session handouts so you can take notes as you go.
  • Pick up your badge using our self-serve kiosks in our conference registration area. The kiosk will also print any pre-registered tickets for special events and pre-purchased books.
  • Grab a conference tote bag in the conference registration area which includes our program book, at a glance schedule/map and other goodies.
  • Complete the daily health screening questions in the mobile app.
  • Visit our ribbon board to get your First Time Attendee ribbon!
  • Talk to people – our members and other conference attendees are very friendly and helpful.
  • Look for staff or board members wearing “Can I Help You?” badges to assist you. You can also ask for assistance at our information booth in the conference registration area and our Pavilion in the exhibit hall.
  • Wear your name badge to all conference-related sessions, events and exhibit hall.
  • Follow all health and safety directions from conference and hotel staff.
  • Walk or jog with a buddy.
  • Keep your purse/bag zipped and don’t leave it unattended in public spaces.
  • Protect your valuables by keeping them with you or locked in a room safe at all times.
  • Do not wear your name badge out in public.
  • See something – say something!
  • Don’t forget – you’ll have access to all sessions at our virtual conference from March 24 – July 31, 2021!
  • Complete session evaluations for each session you attended to earn CE contact hours. Upon completion of your evaluations, you can print a certificate for your files.
  • Start planning to join us for our next national conference and watch your email for news about our specialty symposia!

Virtual Conference Tips

  • Watch for an email on March 22 with login instructions so you can access the virtual conference platform on/after March 24.
  • Participants may attend all main conference sessions and the exhibit hall. Intensive workshops will be restricted to only those that paid the additional registration fee.
  • Make sure your computer or tablet is located in a spot with good WiFi access and comfortable seating.
  • Don’t forget – you’ll have access to all sessions at our virtual conference from March 24 – July 31, 2021!
  • Complete session evaluations for each session you attended to earn CE contact hours. Upon completion of your evaluations, you can print a certificate for your files.
  • Start planning to join us for our next national conference and watch your email for news about our specialty symposia!
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