With over 5000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in attendance, it was empowering and somewhat overwhelming to be surrounded by so many NPs in one location. Keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Susan Orsega of the U.S. Public Health Service, who discussed NPs contribution to the culture of practice in the U.S. health care system. The 6 days were packed with over 300 sessions offering continuing education and 40 skill workshops and running each day from early morning well into the evening. This year included new Rapid Fire Presentations which were 20 minute short bursts of high quality information. Utilizing the AANP mobile app was a great way to track individual schedules, find maps of the Convention Center, receive messages and complete session evaluations immediately after completion of sessions. The app also allowed attendees to keep a running total of CEs with a breakout of pharmacology hours.
WCAPN board member Alicia LePard MSN, MBA, APRN, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP was inducted as a new Fellow of AANP, the only new fellow from the state of Wyoming. Alicia joins an elite group of NPs, including Mary Behrens, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP; Dr. Mary Burman, PhD, FAANP; Dr. Ann Marie Hart, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP; and Dr. Maria Kidner DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP our Wyoming AANP Representative. Application for fellowship in AANP is a rigorous, and reserved for high achievers in the profession. Congratulations Alicia!
With the State Award of Excellence, AANP also recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice as well as an NP Advocate who has made a significant contribution towards increased awareness and acceptance of NPs. This year they chose to celebrate Wyoming NP clinician Mary Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC and NP Advocate Mary Behrens, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP. Congratulations ladies!
AANP also unveiled a new public awareness campaign, “We Choose NPs”. Watch for these ads on national TV feeds and on radios in key markets. These spots highlight the NP role in Primary care and the importance of patient choice in their health care provider.
Upcoming AANP conferences include: Health Policy, February 3 rd through 5 th 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C., and the 2019 National Conference held June 18 ththrough the 23 rd at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.