National Conference on Pediatric Health Care Coming to New Orleans


The 2019 conference aims on educating current pediatric nurse practitioners and others on a variety of pediatric healthcare issues, strengthening health care and professional practice, and improving clinical expertise.

The 40thNational Conference on Pediatric Health Care, hosted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), will be hosted in New Orleans March 7-10.

More than 1,700 pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and other pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses will have the opportunity to visit approximately 100 expert-led educational sessions, poster presentations and workshops in primary, acute and specialty care.1

“It is imperative that APRNs who work in pediatrics nationwide stay up-to-date with the latest evidence-based practice recommendations and I am proud to say NAPNAP delivers this content,” said Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, NAPNAP president, in a prepared statement.

Attendees will be able to attend sessions such as “What the Eyes Don’t See: Stories from the Frontline of the Flint Water Crisis,” by Mona Hanna-Attistha, MD, MPH, FAAP, in which she discusses research and activism on the effects of the Flint water crisis through personal experience.

A new feature this year includes Speed Sessions, which will highlight topics that convey important education in just five minutes. Presenters will share concepts, tools and success stories in these 4 sessions: Critical Care, Primary Care, Specialty Care and Development/Behavioral Pediatrics.2

The conference will also include NAPNAP certification review courses2for PNCB exams, including Acute Care, Pediatric primary care mental health specialist and primary care certifications, as well as networking opportunities.

According to the press release,1the conference will be held during National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week, which honors thousands of nurse practitioners that diagnose, prescribe, and treat children from birth to transition to adult care in a variety of clinical settings, including primary care offices, in-hospital patient settings, urgent care facilities, school-based health clinics and other facilities.

NAPNAP will also present annual awards at the conference, including the Henry K. Silver Memorial Award, given to an organization member who has demonstrated an consistent effort to promoting the health and safety of children worldwide. This year’s recipient, Margaret Brady, PhD, RN, CPNP has mentored students and colleagues for talented and committed future pediatric APRNs in order to transform healthcare in pediatric and adolescent settings, both nationally and internationally.

To learn more about the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, visit


  1. NAPNAP brings high-quality continuing education to New Orleans for 40thNational Conference on Pediatric Health Care. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Press Release. Published Feb. 11, 2019. Accessed Feb. 19, 2019.
  2. 40thNational Conference on Pediatric Health Care Booklet. NAPNAP. Accessed Feb. 19, 2019.
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