Conferences

Intensive Workshops

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Take a deeper dive into our intensive workshops. These sessions fill up quickly so register today. 

Sunday, March 18

9 a.m.–5 p.m. (6.0 contact hours)       

       IWSPAINFULL: Pain Treatment & the Opioid Crisis: What Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Need to             Know (Rx) (CS) (AC) 
       Offered by Lurie Children's Hospital and NAPNAP.
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. AM Session: Pharmacology and Policy Updates (3.0 contact hours)

       •The Opioid Crisis: Implications for Pediatric Pain Management— Ravi Shah, MD
       • APRN Prescriptive Authority Across the Country — Linda Zekas, MSN, APN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC,                 CWON and Kristin Hittle Gigli, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
       • Making Sense of Opioid Prescriptive Authority for APRNs: A Case Study Approach — Linda Zekas,            MSN, APN, NNP-BC,CPNP-PC, CWON  and Kristin Hittle Gigli, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN

1:30–5 p.m. PM Session: Pharmacology and Substance Abuse (3.0 contact hours)

       • Pharmacology and Clinical Use of Pain Medication —  Sukhraj (Raj) Mudahar, PharmD, BCPS                 and Tom Moran, PharmD, BCPS
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Adolescent Substance Abuse — Maria Rahmandar, MD
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Speaking with Patients and Parents about Opioids and Chronic Pain ​—  ​​Renee Manworren, APN              and Erin Hoeman, APN​

           Additional registration fee is required. $125 for full day; $75 for AM or PM session only. 
           (Breakfast will be provided to all AM participants. Lunch on own.)
           Note: This workshop will be held at: Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave.,                             11th floor conference center (located 0.9 miles from Hyatt Regency Chicago – NAPNAP’s                         headquarter hotel.)

2–6 p.m. (4.0 contact hours)

001: How to Provide Pediatric Mental Health Care in Primary Care (Rx) (CS) — Susan Van Cleve, DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP
This workshop will focus on the assessment process for children and adolescents who have symptoms of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mild anxiety or mild depression in primary care settings. The use of behavioral assessment tools as part of the evaluation will be reviewed and formulating an appropriate diagnosis and screening for co-existing conditions will be explored. Treatment options including pharmacologic interventions and instruction for providing brief psychotherapeutic interventions in a primary care setting will be included.
Session limited to 75 participants. Additional registration fee of $65 is required.

3-5 p.m. (2.0 contact hours)

002: Pediatric Airway Workshop (AC)​ — Megan Arnold, MMS, PA-C, Jenilea Thomas, CPNP-AC/PC, Faith Kinnear, CPNP-AC and Shamik Shah, CPNP​
This hands-on workshop will provide the participant the opportunity to develop and demonstrate airway skills needed to manage a respiratory emergency in the pediatric population. This will include both lecture material and the use of low fidelity mannequins to practice airway skills that include nasal/oral airways, bag mask ventilation and intubation.​
Session limited to 20 participants. Additional registration fee of $35 is required. 

3-6 p.m. (3.0 contact hours)

003: The Children & Teen's Headache Clinic (Rx) — Elizabeth K. Rende, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC and Susan Beaird, DNP, RN, PNCP-PC
This workshop will provide a hands-on approach to children/teen's primary headache assessment and management. Participants will actively engage in team-based problem solving and clinical decision making as they progress through diagnostic conundrums of six "real-life" patient visits captured on video. A web-based polling platform will allow participants to see the group’s consensus on history and assessment, diagnostic testing, management and follow-up teaching. Engaging in discussion will increase the PNP's knowledge base and confidence in the care of the child/teen with headache complaints. Additional resources will be provided to the participant, including a Primary Care Children's Headache Algorithm, A Migrane Action Plan and a toolkit of online resources about children's headaches.
Session limited to 30 participants. Additional registration fee of $65 is required. 

Monday, March 19

7–10 a.m. (3.0 contact hours)

004: Pediatric Ortho Pearls: Managing the Most Common Orthopedic Conditions — Erica Flores Zepeda, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC/AC and Jessica Staschak, MSN, CPNP
This intensive workshop will provide an opportunity for nurse practitioners to increase their knowledge and awareness about pediatric orthopedic conditions including: fracture management, common hip disorders, scoliosis, sports injuries and concussion, neuromuscular orthopedic management and gait evaluation. Workshop content will include hands on splinting and casting, x-ray interpretation, case presentations, demonstration and explanation of common pediatric orthopedic conditions.  
Session limited to 50 participants. Additional registration fee of $75 is required.​

8–10 a.m. (2.0 contact hours)

005: Sweet Dreams: Utilizing a Multidisciplinary Approach for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children ​ — Laurie Newton, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, PC, Megan Grekowicz, MSN, CPNP, Denise Kilway, DNP, RN, CPNP and Kathryn Tillman MSN, CPNP
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition seen in pediatrics. OSA is often times multifactorial and can result in severe complications if left untreated. This workshop will be an interactive session that will review the evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of OSA from the perspective of otolaryngology, GI, pulmonary, and cardiology.
Session limited to 50 participants. Additional registration fee of $50 is required.

Tuesday, March 20

7:30–9:30 a.m. (2.0 contact hours)

006: i:CARE Health Care Provider’s Guide to Recognizing and Caring for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims — Cathy L. Miller, RN, PhD
This session will provide informed guidance on how any health professional can recognize and respond to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims in the urgent care setting. The guide and accompanying video series address the effects of both psychological and physical trauma, featuring survivor vignettes and perspectives. All participants will receive a copy of the i:CARE Health Care Provider’s Guide workbook.
Session is limited to 60 participants. Additional registration fee of $75 is required.

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. (1.0 contact hour)  

007: Ear Piercing: The Do's and Do Nots —​ Rita Marie John, EdD, DNP, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP
This one hour session will teach the practicing NP how to do common ear piercing on pediatric patients. The emphasis will be on proper technique to ensure correct placement and lower risk of infection. The participant will leave the session with the equipment needed to do the first set of earrings. 
Session is limited to 20 participants. Additional registration fee of $45 is required.

Wednesday, March 21

7-10 a.m. (3.0 contact hours)

008: Quality Improvement Bootcamp —​ Connie Cowley, DNP, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC
Practicing NPs need critical knowledge and skills in quality improvement in order to participate in, and lead, QI efforts in their practice settings. This workshop is designed for you to learn practical strategies for improving care delivery at the unit/clinic level. In this hands-on workshop you will learn and practice improvement skills such as prioritizing opportunities for improvement, planning improvements based on small tests of change and planning measurement strategies. 
Session is limited to 25 participants. Additional registration fee of $40 is required.

7:30-10 a.m. (2.5 contact hours)

009: Frenotomy: A Simple Procedure to Improve Breastfeeding —​ Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC  and Mary Ryngaert, MSN, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC
A frenotomy is a simple, in-office procedure that an NP can perform to improve breastfeeding comfort, milk transfer and weight gain in the infant and with improved weight gain lower      jaundice. This session will cover the important aspects of the procedure, from assessment to  billing. Hands-on work with models will assist participants to gain knowledge and skills for        using the procedure in their clinical practice. Session limited to 35 participants. Additional        registration fee of $50 is required.

3-5:30 p.m. (2.5 contact hours)

010: Pediatric Labs: Diagnostic Dilemmas ​—​ Rita Marie John, EdD, DNP, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP​
This session is designed to improve the use of diagnostic testing for the pediatric-focused APRN. Using cases from clinical practice, participants will determine which lab tests are or are not helpful in establishing a diagnosis. Audience participation is important and questions are encouraged. ​
Session limited to 70 participants. Additional registration fee of $50 is required.       

Thursday, March 22

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (7.0 contact hours) 

011: Pharmacology Update (Rx) — Teri Moser Woo, PhD, CPNP-BC, CNL, FAANP
An inclusive update of current pediatric prescribing recommendations  ̶  a must for all 
prescribing NPs! Developmental pharmacology and evidence-based practice guidelines will guide this day of fast paced, practice-based pharmacology. We will do an extensive review and provide an improved understanding of therapeutic benefits and risks, including efficacy, safety and prescribing recommendations. Current FDA Alerts and issues that every pediatric health care provider needs to know will also be covered. 
Session limited to 100 participants. Additional registration fee of $125 is required. Lunch not included.

1:15–4:45 p.m. (3.5 contact hours) 

012: Suturing for Nurse Practitioners — Sonja Estep, MS, RN, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-PC 
After providing a foundation in the anatomy, skin structure and wound healing as well as information about equipment and materials needs, this hands-on course will provide NPs with the basic skills needed to manage minor skin lacerations. The practicum portion using pig feet provides a low student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring that every participant has the  opportunity in instrument handling and specific suturing techniques. Note: All participants are required to bring their own Adison’s pickups (thumb forceps) with teeth, a 6 to 7 inch needle holder and a pair of scissors​.
Session is limited to 50 participants. Additional registration fee of $85 is required. 

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