By now, you should have received your registration brochure for NAPNAP’s 2015 conference, Advancing Pediatrics: Empowering Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown since we last gathered in Boston! This year’s conference is shaping up to be sensational. Our home for the week will be Caesars Palace in sunny Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World! It will be a warm retreat for those of us surviving the winter in colder climates. There is so much to see and do in Vegas. Caesars Palace is right in the heart of the famous Vegas “Strip.” The Bellagio Fountains, just south of Caesars, are breathtaking. There are also amazing shopping malls and restaurants. I can’t wait!
I am very excited about all that our 2015 conference has to offer. As the name of the conference suggests, NAPNAP is committed to helping those of you who wish to develop your leadership and advocacy skills. To serve you better, we are offering a professional development and leadership track where you can learn more about APRN regulation, current “hot topics” in child health policy, leadership for the acute care PNP and PNPs as hospitalists. Courses will also help you navigate the legal system in today’s healthcare environment and find the best position for your certification and skills.
I am also looking forward to our opening keynote speaker, Tina Meier, founder of the Megan Meier Foundation named after her daughter, who will bring us an important message about the damaging effect of bullying on our nation’s youth. Adolescence is such a challenging time of transition and bullying can make it that much harder to bear. Ms. Meier will speak to us from first-hand experience about the trauma that cyberbullying brings. In keeping with the theme of helping our adolescent patients, we have brought back the discussion breakfast this year, which will focus on “Transitions in Adolescent Health Care.” You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with your colleagues and talk about this important topic for our practice.
I enjoy the annual conference every year because it brings us together as PNPs and other pediatric-focused APRNs to network, obtain CE, learn new skills, talk about the breakthroughs and challenges that we all face daily and set goals for our personal practice and our NAPNAP family. I encourage all of you to register for the conference and take advantage of the Early Bird discount rate. We have many excellent sessions and a few surprises in store for you this year. Plus, you can brag to your family and friends that you spent a winter week in Caesars Palace! Unless, of course, you are nice enough to bring them along.
Have you registered for the 2015 NAPNAP conference yet? I look forward to seeing you there!
Yours in health,