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Top CEU Opportunities at AANP’s National Conference (And What to Do If You’re Not Attending)

The national conference for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners kicks of Tuesday, June 18 to June 23, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you’re planning to attend, then you already know all about the exciting continuing educational opportunities at the event. If you’re not, don’t worry — there are plenty of ways for you to get in on the action.

The AANP’s National Conference 2019

This year’s conference features Elizabeth Smart as the opening keynote speaker on Wednesday, June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. She will be addressing how to overcome adversity, mental health and recovery. The closing keynote speaker is Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP, who will give advice about finding your voice as an NP on Saturday, June 22 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

There are also a range of CE opportunities, and you can customize your experience based on your specialty and what interests you.

In this guide, we’ll break down the CEU courses that are the best bang for your buck (if you’re willing to pay more than the attendance fee, which ranges from $370 to $790) and the most manageable time commitments. Then we’ll address related CEUs that are available for non-conference goers.

For a full list of CEU opportunities by day, visit the complete schedule at the AANP website.

Most Cost-Effective Opportunities at AANP’s 2019 Conference

If you’re willing to pay an extra $125 or $200, you can participate in a few multiple-part courses that provide more than CEU credit.

For example, for $125 and 8 hours of your time, you can earn 8 credits, one-third of what’s necessary for NPs to obtain the waiver for prescribing Buprenorphine, which treats opioid use disorder. You can earn the other 16 hours through the AANP website. The first part of the class, titled The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder 8-Hour Course, also comes with lunch. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, with a one hour break between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Another two-parter is the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Medical Examiner Training, which for $125 and 6 hours, earns you 6 credits and qualifies you to sit for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) Exam. It runs from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. on Tuesday, June 18.

Similarly, for $125, 6.5 credits and 7 hours, you can attend the Women’s Sexual Health: What Your Patients Want You to Know about the Research, Education & Best Practice. And there’s also a four-part Fundamental Critical Care Support Course (FCCS) spread over three days that costs $200, includes a textbook and earns you 15.25 credits.

There are also dozens of options if you’re still willing to pay $125 for a shorter time commitment and fewer credits.

Free CE Opportunities at AANP’s 2019 Conference

Your registration buys you admission at no additional cost to dozens of CE opportunities that range from 15 mins to 3 hours.

Rapid fire sessions, the 15-minute ones, will earn you .33 credits, and they take place in the afternoon most days of the conference. They cover a range of topics from lime disease, developments in MRSA treatment, and telehealth to assessing suicide risk for primary care providers.

There are also several free, 3-hour sessions that get you 2.75 credits and 4-hour sessions for 3.75 credits. Some examples of these include:

  • Antimicrobial Update: The Basics & Beyond (3 hours)
  • Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests (3 hours)
  • Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks & Benefits (3 hours)
  • Pharmacology 101: What’s New in the World of Pharmacology (3 hours)
  • Beginning Spanish for NPs (4 hours)
  • 19.4.020 Intermediate Spanish for NPs (4 hours)
  • Analysis of the 12-Lead ECG for Acute & Primary Care Providers (4 hours)

The most effective free option if you’re tight on time are the courses that earn you one credit for 1 hour. Examples include:

  • Painful Math: Ensuring Safer Equianalgesic Opioid Conversions
  • Things That Go Boom! Common Dangerous Drug Interactions
  • Using Technology to Improve Diabetes Care
  • Quality Metrics in Acute Care: What the Big Deal & Why Should I Care?
  • Advanced Data Visualization for Nurse Practitioners
  • Identifying Sleep Disorders In Primary Care
  • Interest forums on Thursday

If you’re looking for something longer than a rapid fire session but shorter than an hour, there are also a few 45 mins, .75 credits sessions, for example one on Friday at 8 a.m. called General Session: Annual Legislative Policy Update.

If You’re Not Attending the AANP’s 2019 Conference

For those of you staying home next week, you can still take advantage of the CEU opportunities the AANP has available through its online center. You can also check out the AANP’s schedule of other live CE opportunities to search for upcoming events that are a better fit.

To learn what’s happening at the conference, follow Florence Health on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll be there, posting about the most popular events and conversations among attendees. You can also submit specific questions in the comments section of this story or via email to maura@florence-health.com, and we will get them answered for you.

See you in Indianapolis!

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