Guide to Nurse Practitioner Conferences (2022)

As the world continues to contend with the impact of Covid-19, conferences that offer healthcare professionals the capacity to grow their skills, knowledge, and practice have adapted to fit our post-pandemic reality. In 2020, many long-standing NP conferences switched to virtual formats to deliver the CE, networking, and advocacy conversations that are the lifeblood of conferences.

In 2022, NP conferences are being planned in a wide variety of formats. Some NP conferences are keeping the virtual format alive, offering participants the flexibility to expand their NP skills and knowledge through virtual sessions that can be experienced either live or on-demand. 

Other NP conferences are being organized in person, now that the restrictions of the pandemic have been lifted, and conferences will be able to run at large event centers, and without the online components. Many NP conference organizers have come to see the value of virtual conferences, and have chosen to create conferences that are happening in-person and virtually.

Regardless of the format, conferences can be an essential part of an NP’s year based on what they offer. Many NP conferences work to expand the recognition of the importance of the NP role to healthcare, connect NPs to one another to create advocacy and business partnerships and provide NPs with the continuing education needed to maintain active board certification. Specialty NP conferences also provide NPs working with specific populations information on cutting-edge technologies and treatment modalities, as well as specialty-specific insight and networking.

The following is a list of conferences being offered in 2022 that nurse practitioners may find useful to help them with continuing education, networking, and advocacy opportunities.

General Nurse Practitioner Conferences

AANP Health Policy Conference

The AANP Health Policy Conference is for NP’s and NP advocates who wish to develop the skills and understanding needed for federal-level advocacy. At this conference, experts in NP advocacy discuss how congressional and federal administration priorities can potentially impact NP’s, the healthcare system, and patient care.

The conference provides opportunities for NP’s to form coalitions with NPs from their region, and have face-to-face conversations with their elected officials. The 2022 conference proceedings will include discussions on reimbursement & emerging payment models, innovations born out of the pandemic, congressional staff panel, AANP government affairs update, how evidence informs policy, the impact of state practice environment on NP workforce & access to care, and addressing burnout and exhaustion in the workplace.

  • Date: March 6–8, 2022
  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
  • Cost: AANP NP, associate, career starter, licensed NP student or retired member ($650); AANP student member ($255); non-AANP member ($850)
  • CE Opportunities: Approximately 17.0 contact hours of continuing education (CE) 

AANP National Conference

The AANP national conference is designed for NPs of all specialties looking to improve their practice, participate in policy conversations, increase cultural competency, and network. With hundreds of sessions and workshops available, the 2021 edition of this large-scale conference enabled NPs of all specialties to earn up to 40 contact hours of continuing education (CE) and pharmacology credit. Details about CE opportunities for the 2022 conference will be available in late January 2022.

Opportunities in the AANP national conference include educational sessions that bring industries together, the chance to join a specialty-developing practice group, NP student networking events, and an exhibition hall featuring employers, poster presentations, vendors, product showcases, and AANP-specific goods and services. The AANP conference also offers for-pay workshops and seminars that train NPs in specific skills.

  • Date: June 21-26, 2022
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Cost: Details about registration not yet available as of early January 2022
  • CE Opportunities: Not yet available

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Conferences

Barkley & Associates National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care

The National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care (NPAC) 2022 is a celebration of exceptional NPs working in hospitals, emergency rooms, and acute care in these extraordinary times.

NPs have a wide range of topics to engage with, including infectious diseases in acute care, acute management and prevention of COPD, how to handle acute psychiatric/mentally ill patients in crisis, managing multidrug-resistant pathogens, and pharmacology implications for sepsis.

  • Date: October 20-22, 2022
  • Location: Westin Boston Waterfront
  • Cost: Details about registration not yet available as of December 2021
  • CE Opportunities: Not yet available
  • Audience: Acute care, adult/geriatric, family, emergency, CNSs

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Conferences

GAPNA 2022 Annual Conference

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) offers a conference to aid NPs working with older adults to improve their practice. In addition to education and networking opportunities, GAPNA confers awards to AGNPs displaying excellence in clinical practice, community service, education, leadership, and research.

Topics include elder abuse, reducing non-urgent emergency department visits of homeless veterans through adherence to a nurse-practitioner-led comprehensive plan of care, animal-assisted therapy, engaging African American families in end-of-life discussions, and the feasibility of telehealth programs during hospital-to-home transition for caregivers of persons living with dementia.

  • Date: September 15-17, 2022
  • Location: Grand Cypress Orlando, FL
  • Cost: Registration rates are not yet available as of January 2022
  • CE Opportunities: Not yet available

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Conferences

NANN 37th Annual Conference

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) offers an annual conference that provides state-of-the-art and evidence-based approaches that challenge novice and expert neonatal nurses to improve their nursing practices. 

For 2022, NANN is soliciting presentations and poster topics that cover a range of neonatal priorities including nutritional requirements of the newborn, adaptation to extrauterine life, endocrine and metabolic issues, fluid and electrolyte management, radiologic interpretation, cue-based feeding, breastfeeding support, and donor milk program issues.

General priorities that will be covered at the conference include resuscitation and stabilization, nursing shortage, patient and family experience, transformational leadership, medication safety, maternal or neonatal collaboration, patient safety or risk reduction and quality care, and difficult to manage clinical issues, among many other such topics.

  • Date: September 14-17, 2022
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cost (in 2021): NANN member ($300); NANN undergraduate student member ($170); NANN join/renew & register ($430); non-member ($370)
  • CE Opportunities (in 2021): 48.5 hours

Nurse Midwife Conferences

GOLD Midwifery Online Conference

The GOLD online conference is designed to help Nurse-Midwives expand the knowledge and skills that mediate improved outcomes for the families they serve. The conference happens over the course of two months and provides attendees with the opportunities to learn and discuss topics with other nurse-midwives in real-time or learn at their own pace by accessing recorded proceedings on demand.

Topics offered include defensive charting for community-based midwives, exploring paradigms around consent and birth trauma, family-centered midwifery care in practice, soft tissues of the pelvis and their impact on birth, and obstetric violence and how birth professionals can help to prevent, identify, and address it. In addition to the included topics, 2022 conference-goers could choose from add-on sessions that included breech birth video analysis, care plan design for treating infant oral dysfunction, and trauma-sensitive care in the early years.

  • Date: February 1 – March 31, 2022
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Individual registration ($50 to $170); group registration ($40 to $140)
  • CE Opportunities: 16.5 contact hours

International Conference on Nurse Midwife, Midwifery Care and Women Healthcare

The International Conference on Nurse Midwife, Midwifery Care and Women Healthcare (ICNMMCWH-2022) is a two-day conference that aims at bringing together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars for exchanging and sharing their experiences and research results on all aspects of midwifery care, women healthcare, and nurse-midwife. This conference also offers a leading platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to discuss and present recent concerns, trends, and innovations as well as the practical challenges that one faces and the solutions that should be adopted in the fields of midwifery care, women healthcare, and nurse-midwife.

The conference also invites vendors to exhibit their products or become sponsors. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts, papers, and e-posters around the theme of the conference.

Submission topics include women’s health, evidence-based practice in nursing, midwifery, certified nursing assistant, midwifery online nursing, midwifery pediatrics, midwife services in breastfeeding, midwives in maternal care, and license practice nursing (LPN), among many more such topics.

  • Date: September 27-28, 2022 
  • Location: San Francisco, United States
  • Cost: Non-student oral or poster presenter registration (early – €450; normal – €500); student oral or poster presenter registration (early – €350; normal – €400); listener registration (early – €250; normal – €300); additional paper publication (€100)
  • CE Opportunities: N/A

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Conferences

NAPNAP 43nd Annual National Conference on Pediatric Health Care

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) invites all FNPs, PNPs, and other pediatric providers to its 43rd National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. Attendees can choose to join in person in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, or go for the virtual conference. Both these conferences offer 80 unique workshops, sessions, and poster presentations developed by experts in acute, pediatric primary, and specialty care. Whether attendees are just starting their NP careers or have been practicing it for a while, they will find educational opportunities for strengthening their knowledge and enhancing their careers.

Virtual attendees get access to recordings of the live conference, plus sessions specifically developed for the virtual experience through July 31, 2022. In-person attendees also have access to these recordings as well. 

In addition to the core offerings, both virtual and in-person attendees can sign up for intensive workshops at an additional fee. Intensive topics include telehealth, pharmacology updates, pediatric orthopedic mythbusters, gender-affirming medical care for gender non-conforming youth, procedural sedation for the acute care nurse practitioner, and suturing for the pediatric-focused nurse practitioner.

For a discount on registration fees, attendees should register by January 31, 2022.

  • Date: March 22–25, 2022 (in-person); April 26–29, 2022 (virtual)
  • Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas / Online
  • Cost, in-person: NAPNAP member (early – $510; late – $550; one day – $275; two days – $400); NAPNAP essentials member and non-member (early – $685; late – $725; one day – $375; two days – $500); member, career starter or student status (early – $260; late – $295; one day – $150)
  • Cost, virtual: Member (early – $435; late – $475); essential member and non-member (early – $610; late – $650); member, career starter or student status (early – $200; late – $235)
  • CE Opportunities: 80+ contact hours

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Conferences

National Nurse Practitioner Symposium

The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium (NNPS) provides NPs in primary and acute care opportunities to learn more about clinical practice, professional development, research, and innovations in practice settings. April Kapu, DNP, RN, ACNP- BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN, the symposium’s keynote speaker, will be discussing the “Value-Based Leadership: Every NP, Every Day, Everywhere”.

Examples from the wide range of educational topics included in the conference include Allergies, palliative care, self-care, technology, trauma, contraception, imaging, infectious disease, and mental health. In addition to the core conference proceedings, the symposium offers a two-day 9.5-CE Rocky Mountain Self-Care Retreat focused on helping NPs to cultivate wellness in their practice, and a four-CE comprehensive headache education seminar.

  • Date: Core conference (July 21-24, 2022); Rocky Mountain Self-Care Retreat (July 19-20, 2022); Headache Education Seminar (July 20, 2022)
  • Location: Keystone, Colorado
  • Cost: $275 (one day); $540 (full symposium)
  • CE Opportunities: 40 contact hours

30th Annual Primary Care Summer Conference

Offered by the Continuing Education Company, the Primary Care Conference offers practical and useful information designed to help primary care providers stay up-to-date in rapidly changing therapeutic areas. Program objectives include improving provider capacity for assessment, accurate diagnosis, optimal care, common therapeutic issues management, comprehensive evidence-based interventions and treatment strategies, and improved long-term outcomes.

Topics for the 2022 conference are not yet available. However, attendees can get an idea about the areas covered by checking out previous conferences that have included topics such as diabetes standards of care, the role of lifestyle interventions in obesity care and management, persistent Covid-19, evaluation and treatment of resistant hypertension, management of hypertension in special patient populations, cardiometabolic therapies, and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and diagnostic and treatment strategies. 

Those who cannot travel physically to the conference can attend workshops live for the same CE credit or may watch the session asynchronously for 30 days following the conference.

  • Date: Session 1 (June 27 – July 1, 2022); Session 2 (July 4-8, 2022)
  • Location: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  • Cost: Physicians in-person ($750); residents and other healthcare professionals in-person ($685); virtual livestream webcast ($575)
  • CE Opportunities: 35 credits

13th Annual Essentials in Primary Care Summer Conference

Also offered by the Continuing Education Company, the essentials in primary care summer conference is similar in scope and purpose to the 30th annual summer conference listed above. Sessions offered in 2021 for this conference include irritable bowel syndrome, allergic rhinitis, asthma management, evaluation and treatment of resistant hypertension, cholesterol, cardiovascular disease prevention, diabetes technology, and clinical findings and approach to management in Alzheimer’s disease.

Those who cannot travel physically to the conference can attend workshops live for the same CE credit or may watch the session asynchronously for 30 days following the conference.

  • Date: July 11-15, 2022
  • Location: Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Florida
  • Cost: Physicians in-person ($750); residents and other healthcare professionals in-person ($685); virtual livestream webcast ($575)
  • CE Opportunities: 35 credits

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Conferences

ISPN 2022 Annual Conference

The theme for the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) is “The Power of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses: Leading Innovations for Sustainable Health and Well-being.” In addition to keynote speakers and educational opportunities, the ISPN conference awards PMHNPs with outstanding contributions in clinical practice, diversity and equity, education, research, leadership, lectureship, and psychiatric mental health advocacy.

Previous conferences have been centered around topics such as Covid-19 expert panel, social justice and responsibilities in psych-mental health advanced practice, moving from practice to praxis, and 360-degree person-centered care: art-inspired reflective practices to guide holistic psychopharmacologic assessment and treatment. In addition to didactic lectures, this conference also features circles of connections – topics that bring NPs together to discuss topics like fear and hope, and practice skills like deep listening.

The early-bird registration date is February 1, 2022.

  • Date: March 16-19, 2022
  • Location: Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Cost, Full Conference Registration: Member (early – $470 and late – $520); non-member (early – $620 and late – $670); joining ISPN with the Conference (early – $595 and late – $645); student (early – $175 and late – $225); 
  • Cost, One-Day Registration: Member (early – $275 and late – $325); non-member (early – $325 and late – $375)
  • CE Opportunities (in 2021): 24.75 contact hours

APNA 35th Annual Conference

The topic for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 36th Annual Conference is “Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Activating Our Voices: Who We Are, What We Do, What We Need.” The APNA conference offers more than 100 sessions, boasts attendance of more than 1,500 RNs and APRNs, and, through the recording of sessions, opens PMHNPs to 90+ CE contact hours after the conference closes.

This premier event is ideal for psychiatric-mental health nursing, but all professionals who are passionate about providing care to the psychiatric-mental health population are welcomed. Members of APNA receive additional savings on their registrations.

Previous conferences have included topics such as reproductive grief care, providing psychiatric services to asylees and refugees who are survivors of torture, successful partnerships for youth suicide prevention, and ketamine/esketamine as treatment options.

  • Date: October 19-22, 2022
  • Location: Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, CA
  • Cost: Registration rates are not yet available as of January 2022
  • CE Opportunities: 20+ contact hours
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