NAPNAP heads to Denver for 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2017

Justin T. Worsley
917-746-8299 * jworsley@napnap.org

NAPNAP heads to Denver for 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care
Human trafficking, transgender health, technology among key courses.

NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 – More than 1,600 pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses will gather March 16-19 in Denver for the 38th 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. This will be the first time NAPNAP has come to Denver, the birthplace of the nurse practitioner movement, for its national conference.

“Limited access to child and adolescent mental health services, vaccine hesitancy, child victims of human trafficking and growing health disparities across the country are just a sample of the critical issues our members on the front lines of child health care are facing,” said NAPNAP President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC. “It’s vitally important that we provide APRNs nationwide who work in pediatrics the latest in evidence-based research and proven clinical practice resources. Our APRNs then take that knowledge home to immediately apply and improve health outcomes in their patients and communities.”

Conference highlights include:

“From Bad to Good: Maximizing Health Care in the Human Trafficking Victim” presented by Peggy Baikie, DNP, RN, PNP-BC, NNP-BC. This session will explore the unique health needs of the trafficked victim and define why medical services should be an integral part of caring for the human trafficking victim. This session is sponsored by NAPNAP’s E-Chapter.

“Medication Transition for Transgender Youth” presented by Katie Erdlitz, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC. With the increased number of youth seeking treatment for gender identity issues, PNPs and their fellow pediatric-focused APRNs must understand which patients qualify for medical transition, which medications are used and the potential side-effects, and the correct dosage and follow-up required.

“Emerging Infectious Diseases 2017” presented by Rita Marie John, Ed.D, DNP, CPNP, PMHS and Robert Leddiagro, M.D. It is imperative that nurse practitioners stay up-to-date on emerging infectious diseases in order to improve their clinical diagnostic skills and understand the variety of clinical presentations in new emerging diseases, like Zika. This session focuses on the epidemiology of infections, including modes of transportation, distribution of vectors, clinical features, complications, diagnostic tools, treatment and prevention strategies.

 “There's an App for That! The Technological Takeover of Health Care” presented by Jessica Peck, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL. Technology is advancing at a rapid-pace, including the astounding popularity of social media and its emergence into the clinical and academic arena. This session will address the pearls and pitfalls of modern technology for PNPs, including disseminating health information in a format readily understandable to the health consumer – a critical nursing skill.

National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner week coincides with the 38th 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.

“Celebrating PNP week in Denver is especially meaningful this year because the role of the PNP originated right here under Dr. Henry K. Silver and public health nurse Loretta Ford more than 50 years ago,” said Searcy.

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 has spent 18 years precepting, mentoring and instructing students in the U.S. and in other countries, including Nicaragua, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

To learn more about the 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, visit napnap.org/national-conference.

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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 8,500 healthcare practitioners with 19 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.org