SAN ANTONIO — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2016 National Conference kicks off on Tuesday, June 21. This year’s theme is “NPs on a Patient-Centered Mission.”

The conference features 3 unique general sessions. Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the opening keynote on Wednesday, June 22 in which she will discuss presidential campaign communication and strategy in her lecture entitled “Every Four Years: The 2016 Presidential Campaign.” After her speech, 2 national leadership awards will be presented: the Towers Pinnacle Award for leadership in NP advocacy and the Sharp Cutting Edge Award for extraordinary service on behalf  of NPs.

On Thursday, June 23, MaryAnne Sapio, AANP Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, and Tay Kopanos, AANP Vice President of State Government Affairs, will give attendees the latest news on federal and state government affairs in the 2nd general session.

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Amelie Hollier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, will give the last general session speech on Saturday, June 25. Her speech, entitled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective NPs,” will offer personal, professional, and clinical advice.

The conference features 2 dedicated workshop days. On Tuesday, June 21, workshops and specialized seminars will cover topics including 12-lead ECG interpretation, acute airway, bedside ultrasound, diabetes, extremity fractures, musculoskeletal injection/arthrocentesis, thoracic procedures, spirometry, therapeutic touch, and women’s health ultrasound. On Sunday, June 26, workshops and specialized seminars will cover topics including aromatherapy, advanced emergency HEENT procedures, cosmetic dermatology, cardiac exams, minor surgical skills, musculoskeletal injection/arthrocentesis, neurologic exams, and skin biopsy.

There are 9 featured tracks throughout the schedule: acute care, dermatology, emergency/urgent care, faculty development, military/uniformed services health care, orthopedics, pain management, pharmacology, and women’s health.

The conferences features approximately 295 concurrent sessions, 40 skill enhancement workshops, podium/poster presentations, regional meetings, interest forums, and an exhibit hall with more than 300 vendors. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 35.75 contact hours of CE credit during the conference.

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