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ANPD Conference Preview: Aspire, Inquire and Inspire

Created Jul 12 2016, 08:00 PM by Lippincott Solutions
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Planning to attend the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) 2016 annual conference July 19-22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh? If so, bring along your enthusiasm for learning. With an official convention theme of “Aspire … to Inquire,” the week is set to inspire!

The event is geared toward nursing professional development specialists, nursing leaders, human resource leaders, and nurses, faculty and students with a focus on nursing professional development. All experience levels are welcome.

“The convention offers tracks for the novice to the expert,” said Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, chair of the content planning committee, “so there is something for every nursing professional development practitioner.”


The conference is stocked with high-profile speakers sure to draw crowds.

Veda Andrus, EdD, MSN, RN, HN-BC, will kick off the event the evening of July 19 with the opening session: “Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: The Art of Engagement Begins With ... You!” Dr. Andrus is vice president for education and program development for The Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation and a past president and international director for the American Holistic Nurses Association.

The next morning, American Academy of Nursing “Living Legend” Marlene Kramer, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, will deliver a keynote address about the challenge of integrating into the professional nurse practice role. The vice president of Health Science Research Associations, Dr. Kramer is well known for her 1974 book, Reality Shock: Why Nurses Leave Nursing.

Three general sessions are also on tap for July 20 and July 21:

  • A presentation on the current state of evidence-based practice in nurses and ANPD members will be delivered by  Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at the Ohio State University College of Nursing; Mary Harper, PhD, RN-BC, director of nursing professional development at ANPD; and Joan I. Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of ANPD.
  • Tips on how to apply brain science to improve training will be presented by author and National Professor of the Year Art Kohn, PhD.
  • “Nursing Professional Development 2016: Scope and Standards of Practice Update” will be provided by Dr. Harper and Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN-BC, CEN, NEA-BC, senior lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Susan Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE, will close out the conference with “Building Bridges: One Question at a Time.” Dr. Bindon is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and co-editor of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.


Interspersed throughout are education tracks on leadership, research and evidence-based practice, collaborative partnerships, career development, precepting, nursing professional development, and technology and simulation. Attendees can select from more than a dozen preconvention workshops and more than 50 concurrent sessions to create the perfect personalized schedule. In all, 32.25 contact hours are up for grabs.

Those new to the specialty or preparing for the American Nurses Credentialing Center nursing professional development certification exam will want to take advantage of a 2-day certification preparation course offered July 18-19.

Add to the mix more than 100 posters, an exhibit hall stocked with the newest products, and the opportunity to make professional contacts that can enrich your career, and you have a conference worthy of your attendance aspirations.


If all this sounds wonderful except for one thing — you’re unsure how to convince your employer to send you — don’t worry. ANPD has you covered. Visit the association’s convention registration page and scroll down to “Need to justify your convention attendance?” to download a step-by-step justification worksheet and form letter that will help you communicate why it’s in your facility’s best interest to sponsor your trip.

We hope to see you in the Steel City for the premier education and networking event for nursing professional development specialists. While there, be sure to visit the Lippincott Solutions team in booth 201 to say hello! 

  • Get a free $5 Starbucks gift card when you check out a demo of our best-in-class suite of online institutional software for competency management and point-of-care clinical decision support.
  • Get your Passport to Prizes stamped and be entered to win a Jawbone Up fitness band and other fabulous prizes.
  • And don’t miss our exclusive Vendor Presentation in the ANPD Exhibit Hall on Thurs 7/21 from 9:45am – 10am.  We’ll be previewing our new Lippincott Professional Development Toolkit software which includes an online repository of standardized, customizable training materials that you can easily implement and teach from. 
  • Renew your subscription to Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD), the official member journal of ANPD, published by Wolters Kluwer

If you’re not able to attend, you can learn more about how Lippincott Solutions supports nursing professional development and increase clinical competency by visiting

Hope to see you there!