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2017 MNNP 9th Annual Conference (December 1-2)


"Strengthening Our Foundation"


***Please note- Gortner Ave. is closed at Buford Ave. until Dec. 2 There are detour signs on Gortner but if you or your guests use that route, it is easiest if you take Larpenteur all the way to Cleveland, and head south on Cleveland to Buford Ave (or just follow the signs)***




Friday (Clinical Topic Focus)


8-8:10 President address: Dianne Willier-Sly, DNP, APRN, CNP, FAANP

8:10-9:10 Keynote speaker: Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, immediate past president, AANP

9:15-10:15 (Breakout)

  1. Medical Management of Diabetes Type II: Updated Medications and Strategies - Alexis Forsberg, DNP, APRN, CNP
  2. Resistant Hypertension:  Mattehew Chu, MD

Break 10:15-10:30 Exhibits


10:30-11:30 (Breakout)

  1. Pain: Hot Topics in 2017 and Beyond- Kirsten Lappen, MS, ACNS-BC
  2. Anxiety and Depression Management- Karen Anderson MA,  APRN, NP

11:30-12:30 Lunch/Vendors


12:30-1:30 Common Problems, Exams, and Treatment of the Shoulder and Knee- Noelle Maze, APRN, CNP


1:30-1:45 Break/Vendors


1:45-2:45 Case Based Radiology Review of the Musculoskeletal System- Chris Major, DC, ATC, DACBR


2:50-3:50 (Breakout)

  1. Lab Values- Pat Fahey-Bacon, DNP, APRN, CNP
  2. Access to mental health care in the rural area- Beth Goode, DNP, APRN, PMHNP


3:50-4:00 Closing

4-5:30 Networking/professional reception (cash bar and free hors d'oeuvres)

  • Poster presentation by Allison Brooks, last year's scholarship winner: Screening for Mental Health Disorders among Refugee and Immigrant Patients in the Emergency Department



Saturday (Professional Practice Focus)


8:00-8:10 Opening presentation

8:10-9:10 (Breakout)

  1. Tips and Tricks for New Nurse Practitioners Student  Session (Julie Sabo,  PhD, RN, APRN, CNS )
  2. Connecting the Dots: Public Policy and Practice Career NP session (Maria Ruud, DNP, APRN, CNP)

9:10-9:20 Break/vendors

9:20-10:20 Quality Payment Program (MACRA and MIPS): Primer for Nurse Practitioners (Lisa Gall, DNP,  FNP, LHIT-HP and Candy Hansen BSN, PHN, LHIT-HP)


10:20-11:50 Panel Discussion (Giving back through volunteerism)-Moderated by Julie Dahl APRN, CNP (MNNP past board member)

  • MN Med Corp (MDH)-Barbara Lundgren
  • Medical Missions-Marci Newcome, MSN, APRN, CNP
  • St. Mary’s Health Clinic (free clinic)- Diana Tafur APRN, CNP
  • AANP (national organization)-Deb Lindgren-Clendenen APRN, CNP

11:50-12:00 Closing


12:00-1:00 Annual MNNP Membership Meeting (Participation at the conference NOT required)


Conference Location


Continuing Education and Conference Center

1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108


Hotel information


Radisson Hotel

Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113


Phone: (651) 636-4567 Toll Free: (800) 333-3333


Rate of $99.00/night per room plus tax. Lodging tax is 10.125%.


Transportation is available to and from the hotel to the U of M CECC. A variety of king and double queen rooms. Axel's Charhouse is on property for meal purchases.


Conference Registration




Onsite participant registration fees:

$300 Nurse Practitioner

$150 Student


8.5 total CEUs, 1 of which is a pharmacology CEU


Registration is now closed. You can still register on-site at the conference though!




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