About NPAC Conference 2020​

Message from the Conference Chair

Barkley & Associates, Inc. invites you to attend the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Acute Care (NPAC) 2020! Join over 900 colleagues expected to attend from throughout the country as we celebrate with this year’s conference theme, Let the Good Times Roll, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

From the past great evaluations and requests, 6 Advanced Procedures Workshops (APWs) and 7 additional Pre-Conferences will kick off the conference on Wednesday and Thursday, October 21-22, 2020. The outstanding APWs are designed to be fully hands-on with individual faculty attention, while the 7 other Pre-Conferences will be filled with valuable information for all nurse practitioners (NPs) who work with acutely ill adults.

Back by popular demand, the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) Course will be offered again as a Pre-Conference! This comprehensive course assists NPs in improving patient care outcomes during the first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. The 8 full hours of instructor-led training will run Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. If attendees wish, this CE credit can be used as part of the requirement to obtain ENLS Certification.

As seats are limited, especially for the APWs, please be sure to register early to ensure your spot. As in past years, come early to sharpen your skills in several of NPAC’s offerings prior to the start of the main conference!

A final opportunity to expand advanced procedure skills will be offered on Sunday after the closing session as a Post-Conference. Procedure Workshop: Advanced Suturing will offer an in-depth, hands-on experience for those needing to further develop techniques in suturing beyond the basics.

Full conference registration is open all day on Thursday, October 22, 2020, and the main event commences at 5:00 p.m. Following opening remarks, the conference Keynote Address will be given by Cindy L. Munro, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAS, Dean and Professor, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Immediately following, we will adjourn to what will be another remarkable Welcome Reception and Grand Opening of the Exhibits. Take advantage of all the exhibitors have to offer while networking, partaking in drinks, and enjoying hors d’oeuvres in the picturesque Sheraton New Orleans setting.

Unlike other conferences that feature numerous break-out sessions, the NPAC conference strives to bring all NPs who practice with acutely ill adults together as one to enjoy outstanding general sessions. A diverse program with topics relative to everyone continues all day Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning. All NPAC sessions are presented by conference faculty with both national and international reputations. The conference speakers are all simply second to none!

While the day is long to capitalize on CE credit, there will not be a session to be missed. Attendees also have a chance to benefit from two peer-reviewed attendee Poster Sessions held on Friday and Saturday which will highlight the most recent research and scholarly projects and activities by NPs in acute care.

Late Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, the conference focus shifts to the latest Pharmacology Updates in Acute Care, allowing attendees to maximize their pharmacology CE requirements.

In between a long weekend of learning and networking, I hope you also remember to explore all that Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the city’s authentic vibe have to offer. The entire Conference Committee is excited to be able to host NPAC 2020 in such a beautiful city.

Take the time to come network, learn, re-charge, and enjoy. I look forward to seeing you on October 21-25, 2020 for what I know will be another amazing conference to celebrate the success of all nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses working in acute care!

Sincerely,

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP
NPAC Conference Chair
and
President, Barkley & Associates, Inc.

 
 
 

Brooke Andersen, MSN, AGACNP-BC
University of Maryland Medical Center
R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Sr. Critical Care APP Clinical Program Manager
Coordinator of the NP Fellowship
Baltimore, MD

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP
President
Barkley & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA and
Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles
Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing
Los Angeles, CA

Helen Brown, MS, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Doctor’s Emergency Service
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Annapolis, MD
and
Adjunct Faculty
George Washington University
School of Nursing
Washington, DC

Gladys M. Campbell, MSN, RN, NC-BC, FAAN
Executive Director
Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center and
Independent Health Care Consultant, Leadership Coach,
and Public Speaker
Seatle, WA

Thomas C. Corbridge, MD, FCCP
Emeritus Physician, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Adjunct Professor of Pulmonary and
Critical Care Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Beth Davidson, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CHFN
Director, Heart Failure Disease Management
HCA TriStar Centennial Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Jane Guttendorf, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing
Department of Acute/Tertiary Care
and
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
UPMC Presbyterian
Surgical Intensive Care Unit and
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
Pittsburgh, PA

Troy Heidesch, DNP, FNP-C
Associate Professor
Richards Graduate Chair
Brenau University
Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing
Gainesville, GA
and
Founder, President, and CEO
Smart House Calls, LLC
Athens, GA

Mohana B. Karlekar, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Medical Director of Palliative Care
Assistant Professor
Department of General Internal Medicine
and Public Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Joseph Larivey, MSN, FNP-BC
University of Maryland Medical Center
R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Orthopaedics Sr. APP Clinical Program Manager
Baltimore, MD

Carey Lawrence, PharmD
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Experimental Education
Associate Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Temple University
School of Pharmacy
Philadlphia, PA

Daria C. Ruffolo, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Department of Anesthesia
Loyola Medicine
Maywood, IL
and
Adjunct Faculty
Loyola University Chicago
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Maywood, IL

Charles L. Schreiner, IV, MHA, MS, ACNP-BC, RNFA
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, FL

Jeffrey J. Kaufhold, MD, FACP
Nephrology Associates of Dayton, Inc.
Dayton, OH

Elizabeth VandeWaa, PhD
Professor
University of South Alabama
College of Nursing
Mobile, AL
and
Lecturer, Barkley & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Michelle J. Willis, MS, AGACNP-BC
University of Maryland Medical Center
R A Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Team, Emergency Surgery, and Soft Tissue
Sr. APP Clinical Program Manager
Baltimore, MD

Pre/Post-Conference Faculty

Steven W. Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP
Associate Professor
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Nursing
Lubbock, TX

Patricia Larrieu Briones, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE
Assistant Professor of Clinical
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Miami, FL

Thomas C. Corbridge, MD, FCCP
Emeritus Physician, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Adjunct Professor of Pulmonary and
Critical Care Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Nichole Crenshaw, DNP, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CHSE
Assistant Professor of Clinical
University of Miami
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Miami, FL

Rita Dello Stritto, PhD, CNS, ENP, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor
Texas Woman’s University
College of Nursing
Houston, TX

Lisa Evans, DNP, ACNP-BC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Integrated Critical Care & Pulmonary Specialists, Inc.
St. Joseph Hospital
Orange, CA

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
and
Professor Emerita
Vanderbilt University
School of Nursing
Nashville, TN

Sarah Livesay, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor
Rush University
College of Nursing
Chicago, IL

Charles L. Schreiner, IV, MHA, MS, ACNP-BC, RNFA
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, FL

 

Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Professor
Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Practitioner Program
Wright State University
College of Nursing
Dayton, OH
and
Acute Care Nurse Pratitioner
Kettering Health Network Cardiology
Dayton, OH

Paula Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Atlanta, GA

James M. Walter, MD
Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and
Critical Care Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Susan C. Yeager, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FNCS
Lead Neurocritical Care Nurse Practitioner
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Conference Planning Committee

Thank you to the NPAC 2020 Conference Planning Committee for their commitment and expertise in planning this successful conference!

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP
Los Angeles, CA

Michelle Boone, DNP, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC
Little Rock, AR

Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP
Nashville, TN

Kathy Magdic, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Pittsburgh, PA

Sheila Melander, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN
Lexington, KY

Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Dayton, OH

Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, CCNS, FAANP, FAAN
Iowa City, IA