Convention Education

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

Requirements for Obtaining Contact Hours:

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

Partial credit is awarded for each individual session attended. Maximum contact hours available 19.5 (convention only) + up to 12.25 contact hours for pre-convention activities.

Conflict of Interest: Planners disclose no conflict of interest relative to this educational activity. Presenters disclose no conflict of interest relative to this educational activity. 

Contact Hours:
Pre-convention Workshops: 3.75 contact hours/workshop
Leadership Academy Workshop: 3.75 contact hours
Professional Development Associate Workshop: 7.0 contact hours
ANPD Certification Prep Course: 16 contact hours/full course*
Networking Event: 1.0 contact hour
General Sessions: 1.0-1.25 contact hours/session
Concurrent Sessions: 1.0 contact hour/session
Posters: 0.16 contact hour/poster, 4 total contact hours available
*Partial credit may be awarded in extenuating circumstances for attendance of a single full day of the ANPD Certification Preparation Course. 

Education Session Agenda

Once you complete your registration, you will have access to a session agenda builder that you can customize for your own personal convention schedule. Please note that concurrent session seating is offered on a first come, first served basis. Your selection of sessions through the agenda builder helps us assign appropriately sized rooms to each session, but does not guarantee your spot in the session.  

Session/Presenter Search Tool

Click here for our session search tool.
Click here for a list of speakers/presenters for the 2018 Annual Convention.


Click here for a full list of posters being presented at the 2018 ANPD Annual Convention.

General Sessions 

G101: Imagine!!!
Tuesday, July 17 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC
Imagine!!! looks boldly at our NPD future. Recalling the well-known quote, “The past is history, the future is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present,” Imagine!!! visits the past, envisions the future, and suggests actions in our present to take us to that future. Referring to another classic quote, “The future is already here, it’s just not equally distributed,” Imagine!!! presents video examples of NPD practice in which the future has arrived. Participants have the opportunity to imagine and share their own paths to the future.

G102: Show me the Money: Demonstrating Value of Nursing Professional Development
Wednesday, July 18 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Karen N. Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
All too often, continuing education and professional development activities are considered cost center expenses, rather than an investment. This interactive session shares tips on demonstrating value and return on investment of nursing professional development activities. Information about return on investment, value on investment, and how to create a business case for NPD is shared with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas. 

G103: Beyond Kirkpatrick: Targeted Strategies for Evaluating Programs and People
Thursday, July 19 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Allison Rossett, EdD, CPT 
Kirkpatrick conceived his four levels of evaluation in 1950. 1950! Since then, we have computers everywhere and mobile devices on our person. The shape of learning has changed, maybe not as much as we might hope, but it has changed with more to come. When honest, we have to admit that there is dissatisfaction with how we measure, how much we measure, and how much insight the data affords us. Just imagine: How can we get a better fix on the work that we are doing and the progress our people are making?

G104: The Future of Continuing Education: Outcomes-based Professional Development
Thursday, July 19 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Jean Shinners, PhD, RN-BC
Jennifer Graebe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Dorothy Angelini, MSN, RN
Debra Hastings PhD, RN-BC, CNOR(E)
This session provides process information and impressive data from an American Nurses Credentialing Center pilot project to award continuing education credit based on outcomes rather than time.

G105: Inspired Nurse
Friday, July 20 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Rich Bluni, BSN, RN
Healthcare, and nursing in particular, is one of the few professions that affords one the opportunity to impact lives on such a profound level, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. The same holds true for the nursing professional development specialty. Yet the same qualities that make NPD so deeply rewarding can also make it a challenge for us to sustain our energy and passion over time. The “Inspired Nurse” presentation helps us maintain and recapture those elusive qualities. Those of us who call healthcare our life’s work must also take care of ourselves in order to be able to do the challenging physical, emotional and intellectual work that it takes to serve others.