ANPD Annual Convention 2021 - Aspire to Inclusivity

Convention Education

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Contact Hours and Information General Sessions SimWars - New in 2021!

Convention Education Information 


  • Short Term: 65% of participants will report that each session provides information that enhances, validates, or causes a change in practice. 
  • Long Term: On follow-up survey, over 65% of those responding to the survey will indicate at least one actual 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 Contact Hours:

  1. Attend/View session.
  2. Complete online evaluation.

Partial credit is awarded for each individual session attended. Maximum contact hours available is 65.5.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. 

Contact Hours:
Networking Event: 1.25 contact hour
General Sessions: 1.01.25 contact hour(s)/session
Live and On-Demand Sessions: 1.0 contact hour/session
Posters: 0.16 contact hour/poster, 4 total contact hours available

Contact Hours Expiration Date: (Recordings) August 31, 2021

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 2021 is a must. 

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General Sessions 

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G100: Leading the Way Forward: Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity through NPD Practice

Tuesday, August 3 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am CT | 1.0 contact hour
Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nursing professional development practitioners impact healthcare by developing individuals who provide care at all levels. Integrating comprehensive approaches to foster quality, safety and optimal health outcomes is what NPD practitioners do best. Often times, however, the significant impact that diversity, inclusion and equity play in the lives of the learners and those to whom they are providing care are not well integrated into the NPD practice and planning.  This presentation will explore diversity, equity and inclusion as an integral component of NPD practice.  

G101: Dismantling Stigma in Nurses with Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Issues: From Moral Failure to Chronic Disease

Wednesday, August 4 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour
Judy Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN; Amanda Choflet, DNP, RN, OCN; Marie Manthey, PhD (hon), MNA, FAAN, FRCN; Cadie Ayers, MSN, PHA

We have known for several years that nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population and that nurses have more job-related problems recorded prior to death by suicide. What we have now learned about those job-related problems is troublesome at best with implications for educators, risk managers, hospital executives, and all leaders in healthcare. This panel will describe the issues and implications for education, advocacy, and policy change necessary to right the wrongs leading to death by suicide amongst nurses through personal testimony and review of recent research findings. 

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G102: Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

Wednesday, August 4 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour
Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts—she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She is also the first permanent female NFL official and made post-season history during the Patriots/Chargers 2019 AFC Divisional championship by being the first woman to officiate a playoff game. Now she’s sharing essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry and vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry. As an exemplar of what’s possible if you believe, Sarah brings audiences takeaways on breaking through in your own career, from staying focused under pressure and creating change to managing work-life balance and being the best you can be. 

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G103: Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons in Unconscious Bias

Thursday, August 5 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour
James Pogue, PhD

This presentation focuses on how to move from knowing about bias to doing something about it. We will discuss successful strategies and actions that move the needle for individuals and organizations. We can do something about the negative impact of bias, this presentation will leave you with the tools make it happen...quickly.

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G104: Workplace Violence the Nemesis of Inclusivity

Thursday, August 5 | 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour
Katie Blanchard, MN, RN, WVTS

Collaboration and teamwork are essential components to providing patient care. Workplace violence erodes staff communication, causes fear and mistrust, silos employees, and decreases employees' ability to safely perform their work. Join this crucial conversation and learn how nursing professional development practitioners can mitigate workplace violence by promoting cultural humility, psychological safety, and conflict resolution. 

G105: The Registered Nurse: A Leader & Advocate

Friday, August 6 | 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour
Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN

SimWars – New in 2021!

SimWars is an educational competition, facilitated by iSimulate, in which NPD practitioners are challenged to demonstrate their debriefing skills after viewing filmed simulation scenarios. The competition will be held online and can be viewed by all attendees of Aspire to Inclusivity. The winner will be awarded free registration to ANPD's 2022 Convention in San Antonio, TX. Learn more