Convention Education 

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Convention Education Information 

Outcome: 65% of participants will report that each session provides information that enhances, validates, or will cause a change in practice. 

Continuing Education: Association for Nursing Professional Development is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Requirements for Obtaining NCPD Contact Hours:

  1. Registration for Convention
  2. Attestation of attendance at sessions claimed for contact hours
  3. Completion of online evaluation of sessions attended

NCPD contact hours are awarded for each individual session attended. 
Maximum contact hours available: 20.5 

Contact Hours:
Game Changer Sessions: 1.0-1.25 contact hour(s)/session
Pathway Sessions: 1.0 contact hour/session

Networking Session: 1.25 contact hours
Posters: 4.0 total contact hours available

Pathway Sessions

Pathways sessions are various educational breakouts that attendees can choose from to attend. Preview the full lineup of pathway sessions and start planning your education experience!

Game Changer Sessions


G100: The Courage to Blaze: Skills that Ignite in the Fires of Life

Tuesday, March 22 | 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm CT

LtCol Christina Hopper

In our current society of cancel culture and conformity, courage is a rare weapon and many think only a few gifted can wield it. But, courage is not a trait, it's a choice. When you encounter a challenge, do you shrink back and wait for someone else to lead or do you stand your ground and inspire others to step up? In this session, Christina will demonstrate stories of courage that will inspire you to blaze a trail that others will follow. 


G101: Blazing the Trail for the Specialty: The NPD Scope and Standards

Wednesday, March 23 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am CT

Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NPDA-BC®
Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC

Vanessa Cameron, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNL
Jean Carraher, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC, CCRN-K
Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN, NPDA-BC®, FAAN
Gregory Durkin, MEd, RN, NPDA-BC®  
Elizabeth Fritz, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Latrina Geyer, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Joy Kiat-Floro, MBA, MSN, RN
Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Warly Remegio, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Cari Uland, MA, RN, NPD-BC
Stephanie Zidek, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Zoe Youl, MN, CCRN


G102: ANPD Academies: Demonstrating the Value of NPD through Measurable Outcomes

Wednesday, March 23 | 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm CT

Jenn Bodine, DNP, FNP-C, NPD-BC, CEN
Caitlyn Hicks, BS

ANPD Academy Member Panelists: Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl; Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, NPDA-BC, NE-BC, FABC; Linda Bub MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, NPD-BC; Liz Cambier, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Melissa Dibble, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Elizabeth Fritz, PhD, RN, NPDA-BC; Mary Golway, MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Sabrina McKinney, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC; Bridget Nuxoll MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K; Katie Robinson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, OCN; Kari L. Schmidt, MS, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC, ACC; Cameron Wilson MSN, RN, NPD-BC

ANPD's academies are designed to prepare visionary nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners to lead in complex healthcare environments using evidence-based practice. This session discusses the impact of best practice initiatives academy participants have implemented within their organizations.


G103: Exploring the Organizational Value of NPD Practice

Thursday, March 24 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NPDA-BC® 
Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Julie Aucoin, DNS, RN, NPD-BD

Explore the findings of the ANPD Organizational Value of NPD Practice Study and its implications for your practice. 


G104: Next Level Education: Exploring Teaching, Development, and Technology

Thursday, March 24 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CT


Have you ever wanted to stop doing things the same way you always have? Have you ever thought there had to be a better way? Through an exploration of theory and pedagogy, this session sets a foundation for getting out of your own way and becoming a change agent with your learners. By providing relevant examples, exploring new technologies, and considering who the learners are, participants will learn how to leverage technology effectively in their environment. 


G105: Evaluating Learning to Enhance Healthcare Outcomes: Two Recent Research-Inspired Innovations

Friday, March 25 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CT

Will Thalheimer, PhD

Learning evaluation helps us build effective learning interventions. With good data, we can make good decisions. As we look to our learning designs, we can maintain what works and make changes to improve effectiveness. With rigorous evaluation, we can gain organizational trust, resources, and support.

As nursing professional development practitioners, we do important work supporting nurses and creating quality patient and organizational outcomes. But what if our learning-evaluation practices aren’t fully up to the task? What if they don’t provide us with meaningful data? What if there were new innovations—inspired by the learning research—that would support us more fully in our learning-evaluation work, that would enable us to create more effective learning?

In this closing keynote, noted consultant, researcher, and evaluator, Will Thalheimer—principal at TiER1 Performance—will share two recent learning-evaluation innovations. LTEM, the Learning Transfer Evaluation Model, and Performance-Focused Learner Surveys. These innovations are already transforming learning evaluation in organizations throughout the world. This work, and this session, is not to be missed!