Convention Education

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Preconvention Workshops NPD Certification Preparation Course 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:
Preconvention Workshops: 3.75 contact hours/workshop
NPD Certification Prep Course: 16 contact hours/full course*
Networking Event: 1.0 contact hour
General Sessions: 1.01.25 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. 

Preconvention Workshops 

Planning Your Convention

Education Session Agenda

Access to a session agenda builder will be available prior to convention to allow you 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.  

NPD Networking Event: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

Information coming soon!

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. Also, take advantage of the educational roadmap that outlines valuable sessions for PD associates.

Justification Toolkit

Educational Roadmap

General Sessions 

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G101: Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice 4th Edition Presentation

Tuesday, August 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CT | 1.25 contact hours

Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPD-BC
Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Vanessa Cameron, MSN, NPD-BC, CNL
Jean Carraher, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC, CCRN-K
Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN
Gregory Durkin, MEd, RN, NPD-BC
Elizabeth Fritz, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Latrina Geyer, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Joy Kiat-Floro, MSN, RN, QCHP
Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Warly Remegio, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CCRN-CSC
Cari Uland, MA, RN, NPD-BC
Stephanie Zidek, MSN, AGCNS-BC, NPD-BC
Zoe Youl, MN, CCRN

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G102: Leading the Way Forward: Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity through NPD Practice

Wednesday, August 4 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 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.  

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G103: Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

Wednesday, August 4 | 1:45 pm - 2:45 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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G104: Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons in Unconscious Bias

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

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.

G105: Workplace Violence the Nemesis of Inclusivity

Thursday, August 5 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 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. 

G106: Closing Session - Session Details Coming Soon!

Friday, August 6 | 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm CT | 1.0 contact hour

Nursing Professional Development Certification Preparation Course

*Requires additional registration and fees.

Monday, August 2 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT and Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CT
Greg Durkin, MEd, RN, NPD-BC

Preconvention Workshops

*Requires additional registration and fees.

W101: Building Your Role as a Professional Development Associate

Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT

Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN
Jillian A. Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Caroline Baughman, BS

Explore your role as a professional development associate! Learn how building your knowledge, skills, and competence can support healthcare facilities, organizations, and associations in their quest for excellence in professional development. ANPD defines a professional development associate as an individual who contributes to the overall functioning of a continuing education/professional development department in a substantive, measurable way. We’ll build that substance by using competencies related to communication, coordination, intra- and interprofessional collaboration, problem-solving, activity development and implementation, record maintenance, adhering to regulatory and accreditation standards, and much, much more. Professional development practitioners interested in developing or expanding this role in their organizations are also encouraged to attend.

W102: The Top 10 Creative Teaching Strategies for 2021 and Beyond: Be Wise to Teaching in a Variety of Formats

Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
Michele Deck, MEd, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE

Let’s face it, 2020 changed how we teach, and we’ve had to pivot on a dime. Have you mastered live, virtual and blended? This session explores the top 10 ways to teach a variety of practice topics, no matter what the format. Discover innovative ways to teach that inspire deeper levels of thinking and engagement for your learners. Experience both hands-on and virtual methods and ideas you can immediately incorporate into your NPD practice. 

W103: Cultivating Nurses' Emotional Intelligence and Professional Success

Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
Carol Chandler, MSN, RN, CENP

How do you show up in the world? Are you aware of your emotions and the emotions of those around you? Are you able to identify and understand how you are feeling or how other are feeling? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the awareness, understanding, and management of emotions - yours and others around you. Emotionally intelligent people manage emotions in order to build meaningful relationships, solve problems, manage stress, and develop themselves. Technical skills get you hired, but EI skills propel you to success.

W104: Please Mind the Gap: Virtual Education Strategies to Enhance Learner Engagement and Help Address the Experience-Complexity Gap

Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
Renee Davis, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Using a Design Thinking framework, this preconvention workshop provides tools and strategies for engaging our nurse learners and fostering higher-order thinking through the integration of educational technology platforms. Discuss and review multiple education technology platforms then work through the workshop challenge; integrating virtual education strategies to address the experience-complexity gap.

W105: Leading, Coaching, and Supporting Teams During Times of Crisis

Tuesday, August 3 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT

Learn how leadership forums facilitate transition to reimagined work, considering both psychological support as well as traditional management techniques. Join an interactive exploration of topic areas and hands-on practice of techniques you can use to lead, coach and support your teams.

W106: Legal Implications of NPD Practice

Tuesday, August 3 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Niki Kirby, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

NPD practitioners may be required to legally defend their practices and materials. In addition to evidence-based practice, professional development materials must align with nurse practice acts and other regulatory requirements as well as nursing scope and standards of practice. This workshop focuses on legal challenges NPD practitioners might encounter in their practice and tools and resources available to address them. Includes a copy of Legal Aspects of Nursing Professional Development Practice book.

W107: Developing and Implementing Outcome-Based Continuing Education: An Opportunity for Accredited Providers

Tuesday, August 3 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Pam Dickerson, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, FAAN
Jennifer Graebe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

This workshop provides an opportunity for nurse planners in accredited provider units to develop knowledge and skills in implementing the new ANCC Nursing Continuing Professional Development outcome-based process. Participants consider the benefits of outcome-based continuing education, analyze the conceptual model for the process, learn about the successful implementation of projects to date, consider ways learning outcomes can be developed based on individual and/or team competencies, and reflect on implications for use with their learners. Based on that foundation, an opportunity will be provided for learners to develop a prototype of an outcome-based continuing education activity that can be implemented in their accredited provider units.

W108: The Ultimate Workshop on Competency Assessment

Tuesday, August 3 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT
Donna Wright, MS, RN

This workshop explores the elements needed to create a successful competency program. Learn many creative strategies for managing the competency process and creative ways to verify competencies in all departments. Explore ways to operationalize this process every day and ensure compliance. Join us for a humorous look at how to make all this happen and create a system that really works. You won’t believe how easy it can be.

W109: Writing for Publication: From Idea to Finished Product

Tuesday, August 3 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE
Kari Schmidt, MS, RN, NPD-BC, ACC

This workshop, one of the most highly rated sessions in past conventions, provides publication tips, encouragement, and practice for new, novice, and future authors. Topics include writing in a professional versus academic style, choosing relevant topics, and targeting a reading audience. Participants learn about the peer review process, author guidelines, editors’ expectations, and have opportunities to share their ideas and receive feedback from others.

W110: Measuring the Value and Outcomes for Nursing Professional Development

Tuesday, August 3 | 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CPN

Session details coming soon!

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. Watch for additional details!