NAPNAP Brings High-quality Continuing Education to New Orleans for 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care

NAPNAP Brings High-quality Continuing Education to New Orleans for 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care

NAPNAP brings high-quality continuing education to New Orleans for 40th National
Conference on Pediatric Health Care

Adolescent vaping, social media use, caring for refugee children and human trafficking among key courses.

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2019 – More than 1,700 pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses will gather March 7-10 in New Orleans for the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. The conference is hosted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), The Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners®.

More than 100 expert-led educational sessions, poster presentations and workshops will be available to advanced practice nurses in primary, acute and specialty care.

“It is imperative that APRNs who work in pediatrics nationwide stay up-to-date with the latest evidence-based practice recommendations and I am proud to say NAPNAP delivers this content,” said NAPNAP President Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP.
Conference highlights include:

  • “What the Eyes Don’t See: Stories from the Frontline of the Flint Water Crisis” presented by Mona Hanna-Attistha, MD, MPH, FAAP. In this powerful talk, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha delivers a personal account of her research and activism to expose and mitigate the effect of the Flint water crisis. Her dramatic story, from how she used science to prove that Flint children were affected by lead to the backlash she faced after going public with her findings, inspires audiences to safeguard their own communities. This nationally recognized speaker was named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016.
  • “Counting the ‘Likes’: Exploring the Risks of Social Media Use in Adolescents” presented by Deena Garner, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC. While technology has brought about advancements in every aspect of ordinary daily life, it has also created risks for the pediatric population not experienced in earlier generations. This session will discuss the risks associated with social media use and the role of the NP in caring for children who participate on social media sites.
  • “Vaping in School: Addressing the Nicotine Use Epidemic Among Middle and High School Youth” presented by Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC. Flavored e-cigarette products are more attractive to kids than cigarettes but are still addicting them to nicotine — and almost half of kids who begin vaping start smoking cigarettes as well. NPs will learn about the risks associated with this trend and strategies to spread the message that vaping products contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development and lead to continued tobacco product use by youth.
  • “Providing Quality Patient-Centered Care for Refugee Children with Medical Complexities” presented by Vanessa Kimm, DNP, RN, ARNP, CPNP and Andrea Achenbah, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C. Primary care providers have the unique ability to address the multi-faceted needs for refugee children. NPs can learn to be a “medical home” for a refugee by providing quality care for this vulnerable population and support for their families.
  •  “Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community: Become an ACT Advocate” presented by Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP and Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC. This life-saving, innovative workshop is specifically developed for pediatric healthcare providers to learn about child trafficking, methods of identification and referral and, most importantly, prevention. These trained ACT Advocates will then participate in a grassroots speakers’ bureau program to bring the the 3-PARRT child trafficking course to other healthcare providers in their communities. Up to 87 percent of human trafficking victims in the U.S. have encountered a healthcare provider before self-reporting or being identified. The workshop is supported by NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth and Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT).

“The continued growth of the conference, in both attendees and sessions, demonstrates NAPNAP’s ability to deliver pediatric content that innovative, practice-ready and socially relevant,” said Cate Brennan, executive director of NAPNAP. “We reach beyond our national conference to provide many sessions via a live-stream event and on-demand education throughout the year.”

National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner week coincides with the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. The celebratory week honors the thousands of PNPs who diagnose, prescribe and treat children from birth to transition to adult care in a variety of clinical settings including primary care offices, in-hospital patient settings, urgent care facilities, school-based health clinics and more.

Additionally, NAPNAP will present its annual awards, including the Henry K. Silver Memorial Award, which will be given to the NAPNAP member who works tirelessly to promote the health of children at home and abroad. This year’s recipient, Margaret Brady, PhD, RN, CPNP has dedicated her career to mentoring students and colleagues and building a legacy of talented and committed pediatric APRNs to transform healthcare in pediatric and adolescent settings at both a national and international level.

To learn more about the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, visit

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For Immediate Release
Feb.11, 2019
Justin T. Worsley
917-746-8299 *

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 9,000 healthcare practitioners with 20 special interest groups and 50 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first NP society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused PNPs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research.

NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the physical and mental health and well-being of vulnerable infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Its affiliated NAPNAP Foundation is dedicated to pediatric nurse practitioner research and scholarship.

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