Convention Education

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Contact Hours and Information Planning Your Convention
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General Sessions Professional Development Associates

Convention Education Information 

Continuing Education: Association for Nursing Professional Development is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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 19.25 (Convention only) + up to 15.5 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
Developing and Implementing Outcome-Based Continuing Education Workshop: 5.5 contact hours
The Art of Visualization Workshop: 3 contact hours

NPD Certification Prep Course: 16 contact hours/full course*
Networking Event: 1.0 contact hour
General Sessions: 1.0-1.25 contact hour(s)/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 NPD Certification Preparation Course. 

Planning Your Convention

Education Session Agenda

Once you complete your registration, you will have access to a session agenda builder to customize your 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 2020 Annual Convention.


Click here for a full list of posters being presented at the 2020 ANPD Annual Convention.

NPD Networking Event: Visionary Voices

Network with fellow NPD practitioners! Join table discussions based on special interest groups. Special interest groups include:

  • Education
  • Leadership/Management
  • Multisite NPD Leader
  • Technology
  • Research/EBP/QI
  • Mentoring
  • Orientation/Onboarding
  • Competency Management
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Professional Development (PD) Associates
  • Role Development including Practice Transitions
  • Nurse Planners (Nursing Continuing Professional Development or Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development)

General Sessions 

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G101: Leveraging the Past to Create a Bright Future
Tuesday, April 28 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | 1.25 contact hours

Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Donna Wright, MS, RN
Dennis Doherty, MSN, RN-BC
Kaylie Guinan, MSN, RN-BC

Greta Price, MSN-Ed, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Join us as we gaze into the telescope toward our future. Drawing from our strong past and building on our dynamic, engaged present, we can create a limitless nursing professional development future to boldly shape a vision for 2020 and beyond.

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G102: The Art of Perception
Wednesday, April 29 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am | 1.25 contact hours
Amy Herman, JD, MA
In her highly participatory session, The Art of Perception, Amy Herman teaches healthcare professionals, at all levels, to enhance observation, perception, and communication skills by learning to analyze works of art. Created originally as a program for medical students to improve communication with patients, the program has evolved to respond to the medical landscape that is highly reliant on technology and where improving hands-on communication and raising visual acuity are of paramount importance. The presentation addresses biases and assumptions that can impede best practices and optimal decision making. Enhanced visual literacy enables nurses to improve cultural competence, better perceive changing patient conditions, and improve perceptual empathy, while always aspiring to provide safe and compassionate patient-centered care. It will be a fun, eye-opening, and thought-provoking session!

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G103: The Optimism Bias and the Influential Mind
Thursday, April 30 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am | 1.0 contact hour
Tali Sharot, PhD 
In this engaging, thoughtful and humorous presentation, Dr. Sharot shares which factors -according to empirical findings - have the largest impact on peoples’ actions, and why. Using her own cutting-edge science, she explains how we can use innate human tendencies to nudge people in the right direction, and which commonly used approaches often backfire. Learn powerful practical applications for inducing change and gain a deeper understanding of human behavior.

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G104: Worker-on-Worker Violence
Wednesday, April 3 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | 1.0 contact hour
Katie Blanchard, BSN, RN
What do leaders need to know about worker on worker violence? Prevent violence before it manifests by learning associated warning signs and risk factors. Examine deterrents and explore ways to safeguard against violence.

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G105: Mightier than the Sword: How Writing for 15 Minutes Daily Can Change Your Life
Friday, May 1 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | 1.0 contact hour
Amy Mora, MBA, MHA, RHEd
Nurses have stories to tell! If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I’m going to write about this someday,” you’re not alone. As human beings, we have an inherent need to reflect upon and share our life experiences. Research shows that those who regularly engage in reflective writing report strengthened ability to cope with stress and trauma, better relationships with peers, improvements in memory, less sick days, and a wealth of other physical, mental and emotional health benefits. You can write the story you’re living and change your life in the process.

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Nursing Professional Development Certification Preparation Course

Monday, April 27 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday, April 28 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Greg Durkin, MEd, RN-BC

Professional Development (PD) Associates

As a professional development (PD) associate, your work is crucial to the overall functioning of a continuing education/professional development department. Take advantage of these special tools just for you. Download the justification toolkit to send to your supervisor outlining why your attendance in 2020 is a must. Also, take advantage of the educational roadmap that outlines valuable sessions for PD associates.

Justification Toolkit

Educational Roadmap