This year, National Nurse Practitioner Week will take place November 8-14, and Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is celebrating by hosting its fifth annual virtual event dedicated to nurse practitioners. This year’s theme is Empower 2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Over the course of the week, Empower 2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife will explore the experiences of nurse practitioners who are committed to better care for families, women and underserved populations. Throughout the virtual event, anyone is welcome to log onto the Empower website to hear from outstanding speakers and participate in a FREE pharmacology CE session on anxiety in children and adolescents. Frontier faculty, staff and students have put a lot of thought and energy into this week and they can’t wait to share it with the healthcare community.
Here is a look at Frontier’s schedule for this exciting event:
Empower will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 9, with Becoming a Nurse Practitioner: A Journey in Distance Education. Designed for current nurse practitioner students and those interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, this session will give prospective students a glimpse into the FNU distance education journey as current students discuss their experiences. The session will be led by Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech and FNU Chair for the Department of Family Nursing Dr. Lisa Chappell. Attendees will get the inside scoop from a panel composed of current students from three specialty tracks, including family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and women’s health care nurse practitioner. Panelists will be taking questions before or during this live session.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. EST Billinda Tebbenhoff, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC will take to the virtual stage to present Pharmacology CE – Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Trends in Treatment. This educational opportunity will focus on the approximately 4.4 million children and adolescents in the United States (CDC, 2020) who meet diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder and the many more individuals who remain undiagnosed.
Though anxiety and stress are an expected part of the human experience, consistently elevated anxiety can interfere with a child’s sense of self and impact the entire family. The implications of the current pandemic related to child and adolescent anxiety are beginning to emerge and depend on the child’s stage of development and pre-pandemic functioning. Dr. Tebbenhoff will discuss predictive trends and guidance regarding helping children, families and communities during the pandemic. Following this session, viewers will have the opportunity to complete the post-test and evaluation to earn 1.5 contact hours of continuing education through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. EST a live panel will lead a session titled Nurse Practitioners Leading Care Through Telehealth. Panel members will include FNU Nurse Practitioner Faculty Members Dr. Jess Calohan, Martha Harvey, Dr. Rachel Mack and Dr. Vicky Stone-Gale. The team will discuss a brief history of telehealth use in their respective specialties, including family nursing, psychiatric-mental health, nurse-midwifery and women’s health. They will also share current telehealth trends and their professional experiences using telehealth as a patient care delivery model.
This enlightening week will wrap up with Dismantling Implicit Bias to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. EST. Presented by FNU Faculty Members Dr. Katheryn Arterberry, Dr. Diane John and Dr. Lisa Chappell, the session will focus on the negative impact of implicit bias on optimizing health outcomes. Advanced practice nurses will begin to identify a process for changing attitudes and behaviors which contribute to health disparities. Participants can expect to engage in a reflective and introspective approach while developing a plan to minimize personal biases.
It will be an unforgettable week learning about and celebrating exceptional health care providers and practices. Visit the Empower 2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife website to register for these free sessions, and tune in on Nov. 9 for a powerful week of speakers and inspiration. See FNU’s full lineup of virtual events here.