National Nurse Practitioner Week is always an exciting time for Frontier Nursing University (FNU). This year was particularly noteworthy as the celebration corresponded with the 50th anniversary of FNU’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, which was the first of its kind in the United States. In honor of this important week, FNU hosted its fifth annual virtual event to educate, support, and encourage those in the nursing field.
This year’s virtual event was themed Empower 2020 and ran Nov. 8-14, featuring a remarkable line-up of speakers and course selections. Below is a recap of all of the great sessions, including a FREE pharmacology CE session on anxiety in children and adolescents that interested parties can participate in through Oct. 2021.
Empower 2020’s Virtual Sessions:
Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech and Dr. Lisa Chappell
Designed to enlighten current nurse practitioner students or anyone interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, this session offered a 360-degree view of FNU’s distance education program. A panel composed of current students from FNU’s family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s healthcare nurse practitioner tracks gathered to share their personal experiences as graduate-level nursing students in an online program.
Free Pharmacology CE: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Trends in Treatment
Billinda Tebbenhoff, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-B
This session discussed 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 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. Predictive trends and guidance regarding helping children, families and communities during the pandemic are all discussed.
Dr. Jess Calohan, Martha Harvey, Dr. Rachel Mack and Dr. Vicky Stone-Gale
Made up of a panel of Frontier Nursing University nurse practitioner faculty members, this session discussed the rise of telehealth in the panelists’ respective specialties. Panel members represented family nursing, psychiatric-mental health, nurse-midwifery and women’s health departments within FNU. Throughout the session, panelists shared current telehealth trends along with their professional experiences using telehealth as a patient care delivery model and the effects it could have on the future of healthcare.
Dr. Katheryn Arterberry, Dr. Diane John and Dr. Lisa Chappell
In reaction to the rise in social justice movements this year, this session focused on the negative impact of implicit bias in optimizing health outcomes. In this session, advanced practice nurses identified new processes for changing attitudes and behaviors that can lead to health disparities and move towards equality throughout the healthcare system. The session intended to engage participants in reflective and introspective thoughts leading to individual plans for minimizing personal biases.
FNU would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s virtual National Nurse Practitioner Week event. It has been a challenging year for many in the field, and it was encouraging to celebrate all of the great work being accomplished while looking towards the future. To view all of the details of Empower 2020 visit the event page here.