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HAS GONE VIRTUAL -FNPN Annual Conference - "2021: The Year NP's Inspire, Innovate & Motivate"


Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7:00pm ET - Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET
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Additional Information

In the face of uncertainty due to the ongoing COVID, The Florida Nurse Practitioner Network has made the difficult decision to switch to an entirely virtual format for our annual conference versus a LIVE event.  Other than connecting from the comfort of a location of your choosing, the conference will remain very much the same. We are still planning a full and varied educational event!

We are working diligently on the current logistics of this event to be held during the planned times of August 26-28, 2021.   We are planning to provide a virtual conference during this time as we feel most people already have the time off and this will allow us to have some time together.  We are exploring the possibility of recording the event as well to have available for a limited time to our members.

Detailed information will be forthcoming in the next few days as we prepare for this event.  If you are already registered for the general session conference, there is nothing further you would need to at this time.  A link to join in virtually will be sent to you.  We are working on the pre-conference sessions and will update those attendees shortly on the process and what will be offered and when.  

Your room reservations will be automatically cancelled through our group reservation system.  We have had a couple inquiries from attendees to possibly still keep their room reservations for personal travel and we are in communication with the host hotel on this opportunity and what steps you would need to take.  We will update you as soon as we have direction from the hotel.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause however, our hope  is that you will be able to move forward with our planned virtual event to be held on the same dates and times. ZOOM information to follow.


The Salvation Army Orlando Women’s and Children’s Shelter, is a 62 bed facility providing safe emergency shelter to women and their children experiencing homelessness. Through partnerships with Housing and Urban Development and the Veteran’s Administration, they are able to offer supportive programs to assist families in the transition back to stable housing, including special assistance for our central Florida female vets.

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, the shelters have witnessed a huge decline in donations of essential items. Our community is trying to maintain stability themselves, therefore are unable to provide to those who are most vulnerable. Our world is starting to see a new face of homelessness and The Salvation Army continues to adapt on a daily basis.  The Salvation Army has had to increase its budget to make sure there is funding available to ensure their clients continue to have a clean, safe place to sleep, hot meals every day and access to the resources needed to help them regain stability.

During our annual membership meeting , FNPN traditionally holds donations to benefit local charities. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed those plans and instead we are asking our members to donate to the state affiliated  Salvation Army Women’s and Children’s Shelter  via the link below. During these most challenging times, we recognize the hardships our communities are facing and we hope that you will contribute to help those in need. 

Thank you again !

CLICK HERE TO DONATE   Please direct your donations Attn: The Salvation Army Women’s and Children’s Shelter

***17. 3 CE hours/ 1.5 Hrs Pharm applied for - Pending approval AANP***

21075068: FNPN 2021 Annual Conference

Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds will not be issued after Wednesday August 4, 2021

Cancellations: All cancellations require written notification to FNPN at 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 2021 Annual Conference for any reason, including but not limited to low registration, strikes, acts of nature, war, terrorist acts, Covid-19 or other circumstances beyond FNPN's control, FNPN's liability shall be limited to refund of registration fees paid minus any fees incurred by FNPN.

Refunds: Refunds on paid registrations will be issued for written cancellation requests received via email no later than August 4, 2021 midnight. 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 August 4, 2021 midnight.

Returned Checks: An administrative fee of $150 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

HAS GONE VIRTUAL -FNPN Annual Conference - "2021: The Year NP's Inspire, Innovate & Motivate"

Event Agenda

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7:00pm ET - Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 5:00pm ET

All times listed in Eastern Time (US & Canada).
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Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Cancelled -Routine Office Procedures Part I

    Brandi Harden MSN, APRN, FNP-C  and Donna Cruey MSN, CFNP
    3.0 CE Credits

    “Basic suturing techniques”
    Suturing techniques will include simple interrupted and running suture techniques. Stapling and tissue adhesives will be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to practice suturing on a non-live model

  • 9:00am - 4:30pm

    FNPN Boot Camp

    Arlene Wright DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FNAP / Cindy Parsons DNP, APRN-BC, FAANP / Donna Lester DNP, FAANP, ACNP-BC, MS, CC-CNS / Doreen Cassarino DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP / Jean Aertker DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, FAANP / Kathleen Wilson PhD, APRN, CPNP, FNP–BC, BC- ADM, FAANP / Laureen M. Fleck PhD, FNP-BC, CDE, FAANP / Leslee D’Amato-Kubiet PhD, ARNP / Susan Smith PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ACNP-C, RNFA, FAANP / Vicky Stone-Gale DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP /
    6.0 CE Credits

  • 9:00am - 3:00pm

    DOT Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training

    Wendy Paracka, DNP, APRN, NP-C, FAANP and Jean Aertker DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, FAANP
    5.0 CE Credits

    Workshop CMV Medical Examiner Training Course: History Overview and Regulation
    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*

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cancelled -Routine Office Procedures Part 2

    Brandi Harden MSN, APRN, FNP-C  and Donna Cruey MSN, CFNP
    3.0 CE Credits

    “Cryotherapy, Punch & Shave Biopsies and I&Ds
    This workshop will include training and practice on the above procedures. Participants will be able to practice these procedures on non- live models.

Friday, August 27, 2021

  • 7:00am - 5:00pm

    Tentative Agenda

    AANP Accreditation in process

  • 7:00am - 7:50am

    Breakfast with Exhibitors

  • 8:00am - 9:15am

    The truth about nursing.... how you can become an advocate !

    Keynote Speaker: Sandy Jacobs Summers
    1.25 CE Credits

    The truth about you can become an advocate !

  • 9:15am - 10:00am

    Break/Exhibits/Ribbon cutting

  • 10:00am - 11:00am

    Breakout 1-How to advocate and have a voice at the grassroots level.

    Region 1: Kathleen Wilson PhD, APRN, CPNP, FNP–BC, BC-ADM, FAANP / Region 2: Susan L. Smith PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ACNP-C, RNFA, FAANP / Region 3: Donna Lester DNP, APRN, CNS-CC, ACNP-BC, FAANP / Region 4: Jenn Kuretski DNP, APRN, NP-C, AAHIVS / Region 5: Bonnie Sealey BSN, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, A.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Region Breakouts: (how to advocate and have a voice at the grassroots level)

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Breakout 2A - Breaking the Barriers: Addressing the Needs of Families of Children with Complex Medical Conditions

    Stacia M. Hays, DNP, APRN, CNE, CCTC, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

    Children with complex medical conditions (CMC) is a growing population in the United States and accounts for up to 70% of all pediatric healthcare costs. With the extensive needs of this population, gaps in care may occur including disjointed care, barriers to services and difficulty in transition of care to adult providers. These gaps create challenges and barriers which significantly impact families and lead to mistrust of the healthcare system. The family response is often interpreted as nonadherence to care and leads to fractured relationships between providers and families. This presentation will guide the advanced provider in recognizing and understanding these challenges and provide guidance on conversations and interventions to assist and empower these families within the healthcare system.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Breakout 2B Women's Health in primary care

    Shelagh Larson, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, NCMP
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Breakout 2C APRN Gerontological Nursing Pearls for Practice

    George Peraza-Smith, DNP, APRN-C, GNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

    This presentation will provide an update to gerontological advanced nursing practice and to showcase evidence-based practice pearls for APRNs working with older adults. Older adults 65-years and older account for 30-40% of primary care visits. By 2050, the older adult population 65 years and older is expected to grow to nearly 90 million. By 2060, nearly one in four Americans will be 65 years and older, the number of 85-plus will triple, and the country will add a half million centenarians. Older adults carry a significant portion of the chronic disease burden with 60% of older adults having at least two chronic conditions. Four chronic conditions-heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost 2/3 of all deaths each year. At the same time there are a growing number of older adults who are living longer and who are living healthier than previous generations. This presentation will focus on the impact of age-related change on common chronic conditions in older adults and provide clinical pearls.

  • 12:00pm - 12:15pm


  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm

    Product Theater: Shifting Perspectives: How Do You Choose the Next Oral Therapy for T2D?

    Arelis Madera, MD, FACE, FACP Endocrinologist Millennium Physician Group Port Charlotte, Florida

    Review the pathophysiology of T2D and the recommendations from relevant associations on the oral treatment options that should be used after metformin in the T2D treatment plan. Discuss head-to-head data for a once-daily treatment option from pivotal glycemic control trials and safety data from a cardiovascular outcomes trial, followed by dosing and administration information.

  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Break/Exhibit time /Poster Presentations

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    General Session: The Laws and rules of the Land; what every NP needs to know

    Jamie Klapholz, Esq. and Joe Baker, Jr., Executive Director Florida Board of Nursing
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm

    Reducing Your Risk: Insights into Malpractice Risks for NPs

    Roxanne Filson, MBA
    1.0 CE Credit

    This presentation includes claim metrics and case scenarios with risk recommendations to help create a safe environment for nurse practitioners and their patients.

  • 4:15pm - 4:30pm


  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Rapid Fire Presentation

    0.5 CE Credits

Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • 8:00am - 9:00am

    Continental Breakfast with the Exhibitors

  • 9:00am - 10:15am

    Annual Membership Meeting /AANP update

    President Arlene Wright DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FNAP / 1st Vice President of Legislation Affairs Vicky Stone-Gale DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP / 2nd Vice President of Education Scott Nickerson, MS, APRN, FNP-C, COHN-S / Treasurer Mary Cisco, MSN, MBA, APRN, FNP-C / Secretary Deborah Tedesco, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AP-PMN, CWS, CWCN-AP / Membership Chair Marcia Johansson, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC / Region 1 Director Kathleen Wilson Ph.D., APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC, PNP-BC, FAANP / Region 2 Director Susan L. Smith, Ph.D., APRN, ACNP-C, FNP-C, RNFA, WCC, FAANP / Region 3 Director Donna Lester, DNP, APRN, CNS-CC, ACNP-BC, FAANP / Region 4 Director Jennifer Kuretski, DNP, APRN, NP-C, AAHIVS / Region 5 Director Bonnie Sealey MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, A.A.C.C., F.H.R.S
    1.25 CE Credits

    FNPN Board of Directors will give annual update.

  • 10:15am - 10:45am


  • 10:45am - 11:45am

    COVID & the NP: Experiences Near and Far

    Arlene Wright DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FNAP / Armando Riera, RN,MSN, NP-BC / Doreen Cassarino DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP, FNAP / Kathleen Wilson PhD, APRN, CPNP, FNP–BC, BC-ADM, FAANP / Scott Nickerson MS, APRN, FNP-C, COHN-S / Susan Smith PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ACNP-C, RNFA, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 11:45am - 12:45pm

    Integrating behavioral health into your practice

    Cindy Parsons DNP, APRN-BC, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm

    Product Theater: “Treating Obesity with Chronic Weight Management: The Role of GLP-1”

    Jeremy Mcconnell MD Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Ending Keynote: “The NP Force: Finding your Power”

    Jean Aertker, DNP,APRN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, FAANP
    1.0 CE Credit

    “The NP Force: Finding your Power”

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

    Wrap Up

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