The American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ annual conference kicks off tomorrow in Indianapolis. This year’s schedule is packed with continuing education and networking opportunities, as well as plenty of cool research. For those heading to Indy, you already know you can’t see it all. So we chatted with the 2019 conference chair, Major Brandon Lee, to find out what events should top your must-attend list.
- Welcome reception at the Indianapolis Zoo, Tuesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. This might be the best networking event at the whole conference, Lee says. The setting is both fun and beautiful, and families, especially kids, are encouraged to attend.
- The keynote and closing speeches, Wednesday, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. During her keynote, Elizabeth Smart will discuss recovering from tragedy and staying hopeful amidst adversity. Dr. Margaret A. Fitzgerald, whom Lee calls “a dynamo in the nursing world,” will inspire you to find your voice and engage in life-long learning.
- Courses that offer supplementary certifications, all day Tuesday, June 18, through Sunday, June 23. Lee says this year’s conference is focused on helping attendees earn skill certifications that they’d usually have to hunt down — but instead can get several all in one place. For example, Lee recommends the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course for novice to intermediate NPs interested in learning about critical care or potentially switching specialties.
- Obesity CEs and lectures, all day Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23. A new educational track is opening up at this year’s conference, and it’s all about treating and preventing obesity. Lee recommends coursework about anti-obesity medications. There’s one Thursday, June 20, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and another Sunday, June 23, at the same time.
- Research presentations, Thursday, June 20, from 3 to 4:45 p.m., Friday, June 21, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. This is a time to meet and support fellow nurses pursuing their doctorates as many DNP programs require you to conduct research, Lee explains.
- Legislative policy update general session, Friday, June 21, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Here you’ll learn from NPs who advocate for full-practice authority nationwide, Lee says. Feel free to ask questions about how you can get involved back home.
Interested in learning more about paid and free CE opportunities at the conference? Visit our guide to the sessions that get you the most credit for your money and time.
Last updated on 10/8/19.