Florida Nurse Practitioner Network
Empowering Florida Nurse Practitioners as Leaders in Health

FNPN Annual Conference 2018

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr
Orlando, FL 32821

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00am ET - Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 4:00pm ET
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8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821



NP’s: The Power of the Past and the Force of the Future


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Keynote Speaker

Wendy L. Wright, MS, RN, APRN, FNP, FAANP, FNAP

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00am ET - Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

Wendy is a superb speaker who has enlightened many NP audiences!
Her presentation is crafted just for our Florida Members!

Join us at Meet & Greet Friday Evening August 17 at 6:00-7:00 PM

Give-Aways, Raffle, Trivia, and Lots of Fun!

You still have time to Register for the conference and reserve your Hotel room at this great location!


Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refunds will not be issued after Monday July 23, 2018

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations: All cancellations require written notification to FNPN at FloridaNPNetwork@gmail.com. Please Note: If you cancel your conference registration please cancel your housing reservation.

FORCE MAJEURE: In the event FNPN should find it necessary to cancel or postpone the FNPN 2018 Annual Conference for any reason, including but not limited to low registration, strikes, acts of nature, war, terrorist acts or other circumstances beyond FNPN's control, FNPN's liability shall be limited to refund of registration fees paid to FNPN.


Refunds on paid registrations will be issued for written cancellation requests received via email no later than July 23, 2018. All refunds will be issued for the paid registration minus a $50 administrative fee or a $25 administrative fee for a student/retired registration. Refunds will not be issued after Monday July 23, 2017.

Returned Checks: An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all checks returned to FNPN for insufficient funds.

No Shows: If you do not cancel in writing to FNPN and do not attend, you still are responsible for payment.

Event Agenda

FNPN Annual Conference 2018

Event Agenda

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00am ET - Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 4:00pm ET

All times listed in Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

  • 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Workshop CMV Medical Examiner Training Course: History Overview and Regulation - Salon Puerto Rico

    Dr. Jean Aertker DNP, ARNP,COHN-S, FAANP and Wendy Paracka, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC
    5.0 CE Credits

    The content in this 5 hour training program meets the requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) Core Curriculum Specifications. In accordance with 49 CFR 390.105(b), this training includes the eight topics which must be covered in the core curriculum specifications. Following completion of this training, participants will receive the proof of training certificate required to take the NRCME examination.
    *please note lunch break (on your own) will be from 12pm to 1pm*

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm

    "Procedures Workshop" Part 1 - Introduction to Trigger Point Injections and Joint Injections- Salon St. Thomas/ West Indies

    Ava Chase DNP FNP-C and Susan Ruxton MSN FNP Advanced Practice Prep
    3.0 CE Credits

    This workshop will introduce the Nurse Practitioner to the skill of trigger point injections and joint injections. Topics covered will include: selecting the appropriate candidates for injections, common medication regimens used, as well as appropriate performance of the injection (with joints: shoulders and knees will be covered in this workshop). The participants will be given the opportunity to practice trigger point injections and joint injections on non-live models.

  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Knowing the ABCs of Preoperative Assessment: New Guidelines, CXR and EKG Assessment-Salon Grand Cayman

    Donna Lester DNP, MS, CNS-CC, ACNP-BC
    4.0 CE Credits

    A condensed stepwise approach to EKG and CXR interpretation along with the new guidelines for preoperative clearance.

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    "Procedures Workshop" Part 2 - Removing Foreign Bodies from Eyes and Treating Corneal Abrasions- Salon St. Thomas/West Indies

    Ava Chase DNP FNP-C,and Susan Ruxton MSN FNP Advanced Practice Prep
    3.0 CE Credits

    This workshop will educate the Nurse Practitioner to care Corneal Abrasions and how to deal with foreign bodies in eyes. Appropriate assessment will be covered as well as the technique for treating these problems. Anatomy of the eye will be reinforced by dissecting sheep's eyes. The participant will also be able to practice assessment. staining, and foreign body removal on a sheep's eye.

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    PAC Event-Come and see what we can do. Do it for you.

    Location is Hawks’ Landing Laser Light Show Viewing at 9 PM!!

    PAC fundraising event-Desserts and Networking.
    *time subject to change

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • 7:00am - 7:00pm


    General Session in Harbor Beach/Marco Island Salon

  • 8:00am - 9:00am


    Dr. Joyce Knestrick PhD, C-FNP, FAANP, AANP President
    1.0 CE Credit

    Nurse Practitioners: Making a Difference in Today’s Health Care.

  • 9:00am - 9:45am

    Break/Exhibit Hall Opening Ceremony

  • 9:45am - 11:45am

    (AANP) Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits

    Brett B. Snodgrass FNP-C, CPE, FACPP, FAANP
    2.0 CE Credits

    **non BON mandatory*** CE per AANP
    This activity presented by AANP is based on the nationally vetted safe opioid prescribing standards using the FDA REMS blueprint. Content discusses (1) pain assessment and screening tool recommendations; (2) opioid trial components including patient/provider agreements and informed consent use, expected activities during the prescription trial phase of treatment including the decision to stop treatment; (3) components of long term therapy including ongoing assessment tool use, urine drug testing frequency, updating PPA and informed consents; and (4) issues related to termination of care. Red flag behaviors are discussed as well as complex pain management case studies. Pharmacology information includes the CO*RE content on immediate and long acting opioid use, equal analgesic dose changes, drug families and new drug formulations.

  • 11:45am - 12:45pm

    Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana

    Cynthia Mikos
    1.0 CE Credit

    Participants will understand the current legal status of the rules governing the use of medical marijuana for patients.

  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm

    Product Theater / Lunch

    Michael D. Tarantino, MD, is Medical Director and President of the Bleeding & Clotting Disorders Institute in Peoria, Illinois

    Inhibitor Insights: Clearing the way to manage Patients with Inhibitors.
    Distinct Bleed Management For Distinct Diseases
    Congenital Hemophilia A or B With Inhibitors and Acquired Hemophilia A

  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm

    Nurse Practitioner Claim Update Report

    Roxanne Filson  and Lynn Pierce NSO
    1.0 CE Credit

    Learn the value of NP malpractice claims for the country in total and the top three negligence allegations made against NPs.

  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

    Break/exhibits/poster presentations

  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm

    Breakout 1A-Team Building “STEPP” - St. Thomas/West Indies Salon

    Deb Danforth MSN, ARNP, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm

    Breakout 2A-Bio-Identical Hormones- Genral Session Roo

    Carolyn Zaumeyer MSN, ARNP 
    1.0 CE Credit

    Optimization with bio-identical hormones.

  • 3:45pm - 4:45pm

    Breakout 3A-Cancer Survivorship- Grand Cayman/Puerto Rico Salon

    Adrienne Vazquez, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP
    1.0 CE Credit

    Issues in Cancer Survivorship, APRN's Role in Cancer Survivorship and
    Different Models of Survivorship Care

  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm

    Breakout 1B-– Building Coalitions-St. Thomas/West Indies Salon

    Dr. Doreen Cassarino , DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm

    Breakout 2B-Mindfulness for NPs: The art and science of the practice- General Session Room

    Thomas Schlepko DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
    1.0 CE Credit

    Understand the origins and research on mindfulness, express the foundational concepts of mindfulness, and apply brief mindfulness techniques to patients

  • 4:45pm - 5:45pm

    Breakout 3B-Interventional Pain Therapies - Grand Cayman Salon

    Rapheal Camejo
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Meet and Greet

    Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet with Region Directors in Exhibit hall

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • 6:00am - 3:00pm


    1.0 CE Credit

    General Session Harbor Beach/Marco Island Salon

  • 7:00am - 8:00am

    Breakfast with Exhibitors

  • 8:00am - 9:00am

    Membership Meeting

    1.0 CE Credit

    Benefits of professional organizations in regards to legislative action and full practice. Techniques and measures that every NP can implement to become involved in the legislative process. Current state legislative priorities and outcomes.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    Rapid Fire Presentations

    1.0 CE Credit

    7 minute rapid fire presentations from students: evidence based practices

  • 10:00am - 10:30am


  • 10:30am - 11:30am

    Featured Speaker

    Wendy Wright, MS, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP
    1.0 CE Credit

    Clinical Pearls of Practice: What I wish someone told me!

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm

    Stop the bleed/work place safety

    Susan Smith, ARNP & VA police officer James Bishop
    1.0 CE Credit

    Immediate response to bleeding patients; Recognize life threatening bleeding; identify appropriate ways to stop the bleeding

  • 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Human Trafficking/ LUNCH

    Suzanne Leonard Harrison, MD, FAAFP, FAMWA
    2.0 CE Credits

    2-hour Florida CE Mandatory

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Wrap up/Drawings/Prizes