The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is bringing together experts in pediatrics and advocates for children from around the country at its 44th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care on March 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to delivering evidence-based continuing education developed and presented by leaders in their fields, NAPNAP will celebrate its 50th anniversary and place in history as the first national nurse practitioner society.
“Pediatric health care was significantly impacted during the pandemic, and in response NAPNAP is pleased to be able to offer an in-person and live streamed learning experience featuring experts in primary, acute and specialty care presenting the latest research and best practices to improve child health outcomes,” said NAPNAP President Jennifer Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN. “NAPNAP is offering a robust agenda with more than 60 unique general and concurrent sessions, poster presentations and workshops to address critical issues for our pediatric patients and the advanced practice nurses who care for them.”
Conference highlights to note:
- Application of an Antiracism Framework to Improve PNP Training and Patient Outcomes, presented by Felesia Bowen, PhD, DNP, PPCNP-BC, APRN, FAAN. This session will examine how an anti-racism framework can improve provider cultural humility and patient health outcomes.
- 2023 Immunization Update, presented by Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP. Our annual immunization update will look at the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization information, including how to counsel patient families about the need for vaccines.
- APRNs Influencing Health Policy: A Voice for Change, presented by Jessica Francois, BSN, RN DNP(c),. Ms. Francois will teach participants tangible ways to influence health policy by using social media, connecting with legislators and writing testimony.
- It’s All in the Technique! Optimizing Pediatric Telehealth Exams – With and Without Peripherals presented by Katherine E. Chike-Harris, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, CNE and Kelli Garber, DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC. This session will explore possible barriers during telehealth visits and illustrate how to circumvent such obstacles and perform an exam using synchronous telehealth, with and without peripherals (e.g., electronic stethoscope, otoscope and general lens).
- Gun Violence Panel moderated by NAPNAP President Jennifer Sonney, PhD, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN. This panel will include multiple panelists exploring topics in firearm violence and how to implement evidence-based firearm violence risk assessment and prevention strategies in pediatric primary care.
National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week coincides with NAPNAP’s national conference. This week-long celebration honors the thousands of pediatric nurse practitioners who work on the front lines of diagnosing, prescribing and treating children in primary, acute and specialty settings during millions of patient interactions each year.
“Celebrating PNP Week and NAPNAP’s 50th anniversary together is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our pediatric experts and the amazing contributions they have made in clinical practice, academia, research, publication and advocacy,” said NAPNAP Executive Director James H. Wendorf. “With the theme 50Forward, we are also focused on the leaders and innovations that will shape the next half century as pediatric health care continues to evolve.”
In addition to the anniversary celebrations and the vast educational and professional development opportunities offered at the national conference, NAPNAP will present its annual awards, including the Loretta C. Ford and Henry K. Silver awards. This year, NAPNAP is unveiling three new awards: the Early Advanced Practice Career Award, Diversity Champion Award and NAPNAP Leader Award. NAPNAP will also honor its Emerging Leaders, those who will help the association succeed in the next 50 years. Awards honoring NAPNAP’s chapters, special interest groups, and others will also be presented.
Mar. 8, 2023