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The Integration of Mental Health Services into Primary Care

Daily Theme: Improving Care Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship  The integration of mental health services into the primary care setting is in close alignment with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) triple […]

The DNP: Helping Provide Right Care to the LGBT Community

The LGBTQ population is one that is often discriminated or invisible in health care. As a Nurse Practitioner in a large urban student health center, my passion for working with this population fostered this quality improvement project in pursuit of the DNP at Frontier. It established a means to identify patients who identify as gender and sexual minorities through the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) information and move the student health center towards providing right care to avoid health disparities for these patients.

Improving the Family’s Experience: Every Encounter Matters

This session will use current evidence and story telling to guide providers in activities that can be used to enhance client satisfaction and safety. Effective communication, caring, and civility in the clinical setting will be discussed. Learn how to make every client encounter matter- from reception, to provider, to lab. Each interaction influences the patient and family's experience. Today's consumer demands and deserves more than an accurate diagnosis- they deserve an optimal experience.

Breaking the Cycle of ACEs

Over half of the U.S. population has suffered least one adverse childhood experience, which includes various types of abuse and household dysfunction. Health literature has repeatedly linked adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) with unfavorable adult health outcomes including mental illness, various chronic illnesses, disability, and early death. Toxic stress resulting from ACEs affects brain development in infants and young children and changes the architecture of the brain. These changes influence behavior, learning, and overall health. In order to provide appropriate care to ACE survivors, it is important for nurse practitioners to be aware of the detrimental effects of ACEs on adult health.

Delivering Hope: The role of education in preparing advanced practice nurses in palliative and EOL care

The similarities between birth and death are striking. There is a sacredness in being in the presence of someone taking their first and last breath. Advocates for both insist they are natural processes that deliver hope, empower patients, while avoiding distress. However, rather than embracing this concept, palliative and EOL care has been stigmatized in the United States and is most evident in the training of healthcare providers.

Family-centered Care in a Rural, School-based Health Center

In South Africa, families have deficient knowledge of early childhood development. Families are often not included in their child’s health care decisions. The new, school-based health center had no wellness visits, family-centered care model or health education in place prior to the intervention. The project aim was to increase family-centered care by 30% by engaging in open communication with parents and guardians of children under six at the school-based health center over 90 days.

Nurse Practitioners Changing Healthcare: How Can I Make a Difference?

This "reflections" session will reflect on many of the key messages from the sessions shared during FNU's 2017 Virtual Event for National Nurse Practitioner Week. Are you wondering "How can I make a difference?" or "What steps can I take to make a change?" Join us as we reflect on some of the key take-aways from the week and the action steps that you can take as a current or future nurse practitioner to truly make a difference in family care.

FREE CE: Psychopharmacology in Primary Care

CE SESSION: Objectives - Explain keys of successful psychopharmacology; Identify the essential psychopharmacology of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, stimulants and more; Discuss evidence-based psychopharmacology treatments and more.

Leading From Where You Are: The Role of the Nurse Innovator

FEATURED LIVE SESSION: As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation.

Answer the Call to Service: Master the Self

As a busy practitioner dedicated to patient wellness, you are answering the call to serve your community and ensure high quality care. With this focus and dedication to your patients, it is often easy to overlook your own health and wellness. Join us for an inspiring session to explore how to master the self while you are answering the call to serve others.

Nurse Practitioners in Action Serving Their Communities

Hear from FNU nurse practitioner faculty as they share stories of how they are impacting their communities and carrying out the mission of serving rural, diverse and underserved populations.

A Team-Based Approach to Improving Timely Sepsis Care

A rapid cycle quality improvement project was completed, consisting of four plan-do-study-act cycles over 90 days. Each cycle included tests of change related to team and patient engagement, screening, and the use of timely sepsis orders.

FREE CE: Reflective Practice: A Leadership Enhancement Tool

John Dewey, an American philosopher stated, “We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experience.” This presentation will focus on the use of reflective practice to enhance leadership skills, improve interpersonal relationships, and heighten personal self-awareness in nurses. The presentation will provide practical reflective practice tools for nurses in various settings.

Assessment and Screening for Substance Use Disorders in the Primary Care Setting

The National Survey on Drug Use and Abuse report found that 1 in 12 American adults have a substance use disorder. In order to address the epidemic of substance abuse disorders, primary care nurse practitioners must universally assess, screen, and diagnose all clients. Participants in this session will explore evidence-based substance abuse assessment, screening, and diagnostic tools.

Free CE Session – Novel Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse

The incidence of substance abuse in the United States has reached epidemic levels. To address this epidemic, advanced nurse practitioners must possess pharmacological competency in the treatment of common substance abuse disorders. Pharmacological treatments for common substance use disorders will be discussed during this session and participants will be eligible for pharmacologic CE credits.