Pediatric Symposium 2022 Agenda

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is excited to offer a robust agenda of important topics at our Pediatric Symposium: 2022 Targeted Topics virtual event. Evidence-based sessions have been developed by experts in their fields. Those who attend on Oct. 21 can watch sessions between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET and communicate live with presenters and fellow participants. If you can’t watch live, sessions will be available until Dec. 31, 2022.

Check out specific session descriptions below in our specialty tracks. Download full agenda in pdf.

10–11 a.m.  ET (1.0 CE)

101: Lactation and Infant Mortality: The Pediatric Provider’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Families 
Mercedes Thomas, CPNP-PC, IBCLC
This presentation will give attendees an overview of the current trends in infant mortality and lactation. It will also zero in on breastfeeding disparities that exist, and the high stakes involved for families who lack resources and support. At the conclusion, participants should feel empowered with knowledge on the importance of breastmilk and have additional resources in their “maternal-infant health toolbox” that will help to better support patients in the hospital and community setting.

11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m.  ET (1.0 CE)

102: Demystifying Infant Head Shape Abnormalities 
Melisande J. Ploutz, CPNP-PC, CLC
Deformational plagiocephaly occurs when an infant develops a flat spot on their head from having a preferential sleep position. This presentation covers the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for deformational plagiocephaly and craniosynostosis. Highlighting the differences between these two diagnoses, the presentation will  provide pediatric clinicians with a clearer understanding of these conditions.

12:20–1:20 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

103: Innovative Delivery of Sleep Counseling to Improve Infant Sleep and Parental Wellbeing  
Annie Imboden, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC and Bernadette Sobczak, DNP, APN, CPNP-PC
This presentation focuses on infant sleep patterns and the effectiveness of sleep training. Our research will discuss infant sleep norms, parental perceptions of infant sleep problems, correlations between infant sleep issues and parental wellbeing, and the effectiveness of sleep training. We hypothesize that infant sleep counseling will lead to improved measures of infant sleep, lower incidence of parental stress and reduced incidence of unsafe sleep practices such as bedsharing.

1:25-2:25 p.m. ET
Network with Colleagues

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

104: Is It Genetic? Red Flag Findings for the Pediatric Primary Care Provider 
Lauren Hitchins, DNP
Coming Soon!

3:40-4:40 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

105: Could This Be a Zebra: Management of Fever of Unknown Origin in Children
Emily Davis, MNSc, APRN, CPNP-AC and Teresa Whited, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

This presentation will discuss the evidence-based guidelines in relation to diagnosis and management of fever of unknown origin (FUO) based on the age of the patient. The expert will cover diagnostic studies in relation to FUO. The presentation will apply guidelines for medication therapies for FUO. 

4:50-5:50 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

106: Orbital Cellulitis and Other Ocular Infections 
Erin Stockman, PNP-PC
In this presentation, a PNP working with an ophthalmology consult service will provide an overview on identifying and treating orbital cellulitis, dacryocystitis, conjunctivitis and other infectious ocular conditions. We will review parameters of when to refer to an ophthalmologist, counseling families in anticipation of surgical intervention and current imaging techniques.

10-11 a.m. ET (1.0 CE)

201: Creating a Welcoming Culture for Advanced Practice Providers 
Melissa F. Nunn, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, Theresa Kent, MSN, APRN, FNP-C,CPHON and Theresa Lago, PA
As hospitals and organizations expand their care through the use of nurse practitioners and other advanced practice providers (APPs), it is integral to create an appropriate structure and welcoming culture for this group. APPs are a necessary component but can often face role ambiguity, whether hired as hospital staff or through academic appointments. This presentation will focus on one hospital’s work to bring needed structure for the APP group through the formation of an APP Shared Governance Council, the creation of an APP-specific onboarding pathway and a formal APP mentoring program for new hires and current practitioners. 

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET (1.0 CE/0.25 Rx)

202: Ouch! Dog bites, Insect Stings and Other Animal Injuries 
Melissa F. Nunn, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC
According to the CDC, 2 to 5 million, animal bites occur annually in the United States and per the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), close to 10,000 insect bites or stings were reported to their centers. This presentation will be delivered in a case study format to help you identify needed history taking, recognize proper wound care if needed and delineate required interventions. The expert will also introduce appropriate pharmacology, including a discussion on if and when antimicrobials and prophylaxis are warranted.

12:20-1:20 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

 203: Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: When Does a Nosebleed Mean Something More?  
Lauren Hill, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC
In this presentation, learn about the diagnosis of Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), including common clinical presentations in the pediatric population, recommended testing and surveillance screening per CurHHT recommendations, and ongoing management of patients with suspected or diagnosed HHT.

1:25-2:25 p.m. ET
Network with Colleagues

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

204: BMT/Oncological Emergencies: What, Why and How to Manage?  
Marisa G. Mize, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN
Many of us have learned the basics of how to care for BMT/oncological emergencies, but a lot has changed which makes care more specific and complex. There is so much that goes into the care of these patients. When complications occur, there are many approaches to manage them. Tumor lysis syndrome, infection, VOD/SOS, Engraftment Syndrome, GVHD, TA-TMA- HOW to take care of each of them? This presentation aims to present a specific and updated approach with a review of what each emergency requires.

3:40-4:40 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

205: Let’s Talk Trachs: Tracheostomy Basics for the Pediatric Acute Care Provider 
Jennifer N. Helman, MSN, CPNP
Are you a new or seasoned pediatric provider interested in increasing your knowledge and comfort in caring for pediatric tracheostomy patients? This general overview presentation will cover caring for tracheostomy patients in intensive care and acute care areas including reviewing indications for tracheostomy, surgical techniques, post-operative management, associated risks, morbidity and mortality data and overview of types of tracheostomy tubes commonly seen in the pediatric population.

4:50-5:50 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

206: Cross My Heart and Hope to Diagnose: Case Review of Missed Pediatric Cardiac Diagnoses 
Victoria DeRue, PPCNP-BC
Join us for three separate case reviews of pediatric patients presenting in varying degrees of heart failure with previously undiagnosed heart disease. You can will follow their course from initial presentation of symptoms to accurate cardiac diagnosis and treatment. Participants will be better equipped to identify patients with previously undiagnosed cardiac disease with the goal of early identification of disease prior to disease progression and end organ damage.

10-11 a.m. ET (1.0 CE)

301: Mental Health Crisis in America’s Youth: Answering the Call 
Beth Heuer, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, Pam Lusk, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC and Naomi Schapiro, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC 
This session will review the use of evidence-based resources to assist pediatric-focused APRN providers in leading the response to the epidemic of mental health crises in our youth (including anxiety, trauma and depression). Clinicians will utilize tools including the AAP Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention to identify, support and treat children and adolescents at risk for suicide in any practice setting. Participation in this session will help increase the practitioner’s confidence in addressing these issues in daily practice.
NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth is pleased to support this session.

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET. (1.0 CE)

302: Current Trends in Youth Tobacco Use: Implications for Physical and Mental Health 
Laura F. Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC
Juul? So last decade! What are all these new products kids are using? Disposable vapes with 1500 puffs and 4 to 5 packs of cigarettes worth of nicotine? TikTok sellers offering mail order “parent-proof” packaging – wasn’t the legal age raised to 21? Flavored products used by 85% of youth – weren’t flavored pods banned? Menthol flavoring ban – health equity solution or health equity problem? What are “wellness vapes”? This session will answer these questions and more to help you stay up-to-date in the ever evolving world of tobacco, vaping and nicotine.  Participants will leave with the latest evidence of the physical, neurodevelopmental, behavioral health and environmental harms associated with youth tobacco/nicotine use.

12:20-1:20 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

303: Adolescent to Adult Health Care Transition 
Sandra Jones, DNP, APN, CPNP
Continuous engagement in health care for adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions is essential to mitigate adverse outcomes and enhance their quality of life. Incorporating elements of adolescent to adult health care transition into clinical practice can help this vulnerable population build the necessary knowledge and skills to manage their health and navigate the health care system. Invest the time!  Utilize transition readiness assessment tools to shape interventions and build the skills and confidence needed to thrive and survive!

1:25- 2:25 p.m. ET
Network with Colleagues

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

304: Supporting Best Nutritional Practices in Adolescent Patients
Christine Nelson-Tuttle, DNS, APRN, PNP-BC
Adolescent patients frequently have unpredictable and inadequate nutritional choices. The diversity of teen nutritional requirements to match specific patient needs can be confusing for health care practitioners to master. This presentation will review common nutritional needs during the teen development period, identification of red flags for eating disorders and review of the common nutritional deficiencies in adolescent nutritional choices.

3:40-4:40 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

305: Complex Eating Disorders 
Christine Nelson-Tuttle, DNS, APRN, PNP-BC
Eating disorders are most commonly diagnosed during the adolescent development period. While the comorbidities of depression and anxiety are common, there are many other psychological comorbidities that may impact patient care decisions. This presentation will review many complex patient considerations in eating disorder management including psychological comorbidities, other physical illnesses as well as special teen populations including athletes, teens with substance abuse and differences in gender identification impacting eating practices.

4:50-5:50 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

306: Oral Contraceptive Uses in Adolescent Health Care 
Christine Nelson-Tuttle , DNS, APRN, PNP-BC
Oral contraceptives (OC) have been a mainstay in adolescent reproductive management for many years. While many providers are knowledgeable in this therapeutic management for birth control and dysfunctional uterine bleeding, there are many more indications of use. This presentation will offer broader considerations for the common birth control and DUB decision making, as well as review the use of OC in premenstrual conditions, ovarian dysgenesis, Turner’s syndrome and acne.

10-11 a.m. ET (1.0 CE)

401: School for All: Caring for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families in the School Setting 
Teresa M. Whited, DNP, RN, APRN, CPNP-PC and Kellie Bishop, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
This presentation will utilize case studies and discuss social determinants of health and family center care models to care for children with special health care needs. It will apply evidence-based guidelines to promote optimal outcomes for these children and families. The presentation will explore the nurse practitioner’s role in ethical and legal issues surrounding the care of children with special health care needs in the school setting

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET. (1.0 CE)

402: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Common and Uncommon Causes of GI Complaints in Children
Teresa M. Whited, DNP, RN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Learn to identify the pathophysiology, red flags and diagnosis of the most common and uncommon GI complaints in children during this presentation. It will highlight the mind-body connection and other aspects of GI complaints, and apply evidence-based guidelines to promote optimal interventions for children with GI issues.

12:20-1:20 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

403:  Interdisciplinary Team Care in Action: The Cleft and Craniofacial Experience 
Melisande J. Ploutz, CPNP-PC, CLC
There are around 7,000 children born in the United States each year with a cleft lip and/or palate, and these children require individualized treatment from infancy into adulthood. This presentation will describe interdisciplinary team care and why children with cleft lip and/or palate benefit from this specialized approach. The presentation will address feeding implications for newborns with cleft lip and/or palate, as well as the different surgeries they may need throughout their life. Ultimately, the goal of the presentation is to provide pediatric clinicians with a clearer understanding of the treatment plan for children born with cleft lip and/or palate, and the complex care coordination this often involves.

1:25- 2:25 p.m. ET
Network with Colleagues

2:30-3:15 p.m. ET (0.75 CE)

404: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis 
Carolyn Smith, RN, MSN, CPNP-BC
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is the most common rheumatic disease of childhood. However, many people in the general population still are unaware that kids can in fact get arthritis too. This presentation covers the topic of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and will cover the different subtypes and treatments as well as relevant laboratory workup, imaging and how to make the diagnosis. We will also discuss common differential diagnoses and when it is important to refer your patient with joint pain to rheumatology.

3:40-4:40 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

405: Utilizing your Superpower to Advocate for Children and Families with ASD 
Georgette Gura, DNP, CPNP
Pediatric primary care health care providers have the best-practice responsibility of critical importance to identify at-risk children for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) early and then to empower and educate families to navigate through referral, diagnosis and ASD specific intervention in order to achieve optimal outcomes.  Pediatric-focused NPs also hold the honor to journey with families through the evolving challenges and celebrated successes while promoting family well-being. This presentation will feature a personal perspective and ignite the professional superpowers within each pediatric provider as they engage and advocate for children and families with ASD.

4:50-5:25 p.m. ET (0.5 CE)

406:  Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome Case Study 
Katie Zander, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC/CPNP-AC and Kristina Mueller, DNP, APRN-NP, CPNP-AC
Intussusception is a common childhood illness that is seen by health care providers, but it is important to know when it may be more than your typical intussusception.  Great history taking can make the difference in a patient with familial condition, Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, receiving the correct treatment plan.  This presentation will include a case study regarding a complicated intussusception presentation and ultimate Peutz-Jegher Syndrome diagnosis.

10-11 a.m. ET (1.0 CE)

501: Using Your Influence to Advocate for Children: What NAPNAP is Doing and What you Can Do! 
Andrea Kline-Tilford, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM, FAAN
Coming soon!

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET. (1.0 CE)

502: Decision Influencers in Provider Diagnosis: Have Cognitive Biases Affected Decision-Making in Care of the Pediatric Patient?
Steadman L. McPeters, DNP, CPNP-AC, CRNP, RNFA
This presentation will discuss how cognitive biases can influence care when diagnosing and treating pediatric patients.  In most cases, the cognitive biases used are unintentional. The presentation will offer key tips on how to appropriately diagnose the pediatric patient without bias playing an influential role in care and treatment.

12:20-1:20 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

503: Challenging Conversations: Evidence-Based Approaches to High-Stakes, High Intensity and Difficult Conversations 
Kathryn N. Nelson, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, PMHS
Nurse practitioners frequently engage in high stakes, high intensity and difficult conversations. These difficult conversations can involve new diagnoses, unexpected findings, escalation of care, disclosure of error and other emotionally charged topics.  This presentation will discuss evidence-based communication techniques that can be used in these challenging conversations.

1:25- 2:25 p.m. ET
Network with Colleagues

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

504:  Using Patient Names and Pronouns 
Jessica Robnett, PsyD
This talk is an overview of gender and identity development, LGBTQ+ terminology and practical recommendations for allyship. We will discuss how to support and respect adolescent patients presenting in the clinic setting.

3:40-4:40 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

505: QI Project Session #1
This session will offer four presentations focusing on quality improvement. 

4:50-5:50 p.m. ET (1.0 CE)

506:  QI Project Session #2
This session will offer three presentations focusing on quality improvement.

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