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Trends in Pediatric Health Care Take Center Stage in Las Vegas

NEW YORK (March 2, 2015) – The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the first professional society for nurse practitioners and the professional home for more than 8,000 pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), pediatric-focused APRNs and other healthcare providers who care for children, is hosting the 36th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care: Advancing Pediatrics: Empowering Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders March 11-14, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. National PNP Week is also celebrated each year during the conference.

“NAPNAP is the Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners. We are thrilled to offer so many expert-developed sessions and share the latest trends and developments in pediatric health care,” said Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, NAPNAP president.

More than 120 child health experts will present in 75 sessions at this year’s conference before an audience of more than 1,500 advanced practice nurses and other healthcare providers. Topics of interest include:

  • “CDC 2015: Updating the Evidence for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners” – 10:25 a.m., March 12: Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco will discuss appropriate intervals between vaccines in accelerated immunization schedules and determine what vaccines need to be administered, as well as describe interventions to improve adolescent immunization rates.
  • “Kids on Meds” – 7:00 a.m., March 13: Dr. Kevin Kalikow will present this pediatric psychopharmacology session to address the use and side effects of medications for ADHD and SSRIs used to treat rising mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
  • “The Great Sugar Debate” – 1:15 p.m., March 13: Dr. Michele Polfuss will identify the difference between natural and added sugar and provide strategies to decrease children’s intake of added sugar.
  • “How Wearable Technology and Telemedicine will Change Your Practice” – 1:15 p.m., March 13: Dr. Renee McLeod will address the wearable wireless medical device evolution and how telemedicine may impact current practice.
  • “E-cigarettes: Why “Vaping” is Hazardous to Youth, Implications for Advocacy and Practice” – 9:30 a.m., March 14: NAPNAP Health Policy Chair Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC will and discuss concerns about e-cigarette use in middle and high-school age children and controversies surrounding the regulation of e-cigarette sales and marketing. NAPNAP recently released an official statement on the topic. https://www.napnap.org/prevention-child-poisoning-and-nicotine-addiction-must-be-priorities-e-cigarette-regulation
  • “Transitions in Adolescent Health Care” – 8:00 a.m., March 14: An interactive roundtable discussion is expected to bring new emphasis to the patient population.