Zika virus, e-cigarettes, sleep quality, autism topics at pediatric health care conference

Zika virus, e-cigarettes, sleep quality, autism topics at pediatric health care conference 
Pediatric-focused nurse practitioners advance child health through updates

NEW YORK, March 7, 2016 – More than 1,400 pediatric-focused advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs) will gather March 16-19 in Atlanta to learn the latest research and practice updates on the Zika virus, improving health through sleep quality, preventing e-cigarette use and autism. The conference is hosted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

More than 100 educational sessions, poster presentations and workshops will be available to advanced practice nurses who care for children and their families. “We have a concentration of members in the Southeast region so the location is ideal,” said NAPNAP President Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN. “Additionally, we are launching for the first time two live streaming sessions for APRNs who can’t take time away from their busy practices.” The two live streaming sessions are: “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunizations 2016 – Latest Evidence for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (Rx)”; and “Sleep in Children and Adolescents: Health Outcomes and Practice Implications.”

National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner week coincides with the 37th national conference. The celebratory week honors the thousands of pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who are on the front lines of diagnosing, prescribing and treating children in primary, acute and specialty settings every day, said Dr. Haut.

Conference highlights include:

  •  “Understanding Autism at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” presented by Lisa D. Wiggins, Ph.D. This session will shed light on the recent rise in the number of children who have autism, including possible causes of autism spectrum disorder and the best way to educate parents and professionals on early developmental milestones.
  • “Zika Virus: An Emerging Infectious Disease” presented by Dennis Allen Conrad, M.D. The Zika virus is making new every day as more American’s are being diagnosed. Learn about the virology and epidemiology behind the disease, its pediatric implications and current recommendations for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Zika virus infection.
  • “E-cigarettes and Youth: Addicting a New Generation to Nicotine? Implications for Advocacy, Prevention and Practice” presented by NAPNAP President-elect Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC. Use of e-cigarettes among our nation’s youth is exploding. In this session, increase your knowledge of “vaping” and the unique public health risks to children. We will focus on how to talk to adolescent patients and families about the dangers of e-cigarettes, including the prevention of accidental liquid nicotine ingestion by young children.
  • “Sleep in Children and Adolescents: Health Outcomes and Practice Implications” presented by Judith Owens, M.D, MPH. Chronic sleep loss and disruption of normal circadian rhythms is an increasing problem in the pediatric population that has a potentially profound impact on health and well-being both in the short and long-term. Dr. Owens will explain how disrupted and deficient sleep has been shown to be linked to such health threats as depression and suicidal ideation, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, pedestrian accidents and drowsy driving crashes.

Additionally, NAPNAP, their 17 special interest groups and 49 chapters will present its annual awards, including the Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award presented to Ann Coleman Stadtler, DNP, MS, CPNP, who is recognized for her groundbreaking achievements for new PNP roles and pathways and has had international impact on family-centered care. To learn more about the 37th 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-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 8,000 healthcare practitioners with 17 special interest groups and 49 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first APRN society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused APRNs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. NAPNAP.org