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2017 Conference Agenda

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Strengthening NP Practice Through Challenging Times

Executive Summary

Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta

13th Annual NP Education Conference

Event Chair: Mandy Karr, NP, CUPS, Calgary

Event Committee:

Tracy McMillan, NP, AHS, Alberta Children’s Hospital & PCN, Rockyview

McKinnis Holman, NP, AHS, Seniors Health

Teddie Tanguay, NP, AHS, Critical Care

Jared Friesen, NP, AHS, Urgent Care

Conference Sponsors

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Have you worked on a great project?

Have you written and published a great paper?

Have you been a part of a new / distinct process at work?

Poster presenters are required to be paid registrants of the conference. A presenter rate will be available after final selection of poster presentations.

Poster submissions are currently being accepted for the 13th Annual NPAA Conference: Strengthening NP Practice Through Challenging Times, that will be held April 8th & 9th 2017 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta. Topics include, but are not limited to: leadership, challenges in healthcare, advanced practice, innovative treatment plans or programs, rural health care, medical home, palliative care, hospice care, legislative issues needed to expand practice, prescriptive authority, quality initiatives, management trends, women’s health, pharmacology, primary care, pediatrics, and acute care topics.

Poster selection will be completed by a blind abstract process. This abstract is a short description of the work and should define the purpose of the topic (why), the background or significance (what & when), the steps in the project (how), and the findings or conclusion (what now).

The only presentation style available is a poster presentation. Presenters are responsible to provide a self-standing display (that can be placed on a provided table, not on a wall or vertical surface) that is no larger than 36″ high by 60″ wide.

Abstracts are due by midnight on February 28th, 2017. Approved submissions will be notified by March 5th 2017. Late submissions will not be granted a presenter rate at the conference.

Download the application form here:

Parking info

Parking is available on site in 3 different areas.

  • Reciprocal parking is very limited (~15 spaces along the fence) – see map below
  • U of C parking lot, $ 7.00 per day, pay at machine located in lot – see map below
  • Main public parkade is $ 14.25 per day

All of these parking areas have a 5 – 10 minute walk to main doors / conference center

There is no residential parking in nearby neighborhoods



Dress is business casual. Sweaters or layered clothing is recommended as temperatures may fluctuate.


Light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided. Please notify us of any dietary requirements at time of registration. We are unable to guarantee that all dietary needs can be accommodated.

Scent Free

As this conference is being held in an Alberta Health Services facility, the building and conference center is scent free.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Registration refunds will only be granted with approval by the NPAA Conference planning committee and the NPAA board of directors, if submitted in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the conference start date. $50 will be retained out of the registration payment to cover costs of administrative matters. No refunds will be made within 2 weeks of the conference start date.

Want to network with NP colleagues?

Come enjoy an evening out with Nurse Practitioner’s from across Alberta on Saturday, April 8th, at 7pm! This casual event will be held at the local Kilkenny Irish Pub (#500-3630 Brentwood Road NW) as an excellent way to network & relax. The NPAA will be providing complimentary appetizers. Drinks and entrees can be purchased through the service staff. We are looking forward to this opportunity to unwind together after an information packed day.

Registration Queries

Please forward conference questions or concerns to

Registration Help

Please contact Jared Friesen at for registration support.


Some breakout sessions will have very limited space (i.e. SIM sessions have a maximum of 5 participants per session). Registration will be first come, first serve. Some speakers may be subject to change, however we will do our best to preserve the topic.

Breakout # 1

Saturday 1055

A Acute Kidney Injury – Dr. Kelvin Leung

B Autoimmunity & Auto-Antibody testing – Dr. Jim Rankin, NP, PhD

C Reversal of the Novel Oral Anticoagulants – Jamie Kotlewski, Clinical Pharmacist

D Adult Asthma, COPD, and ACOS – Dr. Brandie Walker

E Breastfeeding Challenges & Management – Anita Stevens, RN, IBCLC

Breakout # 2

Saturday 1230

A Opioid Replacement Therapy – Amy Woroniuk, NP

B Approach to Thrombocytopenia – Dr. Deirdre Jenkins

C Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Marie-Louise Martin, NP

D Cardiology Guidelines Update; Afib & Dyslipidemia – Dr Karen L. Then, CCN(C), ACNP, PhD
Breakout # 3

Saturday 1325

A. Mental Health Considerations in MAID – Dr. Mike Trew

C. How to be an IUD Champion (Includes Hands on Component)- Dr. Rupinder Mangat

C Deciphering Electrophysiology Unknowns: Approach to Complex Arrhythmias-Dr Jacques Rizkallah

D NP led Diabetes Group Visits and Diabetes Pearls- Ingrid Meeuzisse, NP

Breakout # 4

Sunday 1055

A Pediatric SIM Session (Acute Care Scenario)

B Adult SIM Session (Primary Care Scenario)

C Mental Health Promotion & Mental Illness Prevention – Donna Clare, NP

D HELLP Syndrome – Diagnosis, Treatment & Complications – Margo Galvon, NP

E Advanced Neuro Assessment – Angela Russell, NP

F Abuse in Children – Dr. Jennifer MacPherson

Breakout # 5

Sunday 1230

A Pediatric SIM Session (Primary Care Scenario)

B Adult SIM Session (Acute Care Scenario)

C Human Papilloma Virus – Dr. Angel Chu

D Spine Assessment & Diagnostic Considerations – Eric Lavoie, NP & Sunny Chhokar, PT

E Hepatology Tips & Tricks; When to Refer – Trudy Matwiy, NP

Breakout # 6

Sunday 1325

A Adult SIM Session (Primary Care Scenario)

B Refugee Health & Clinical Pearls – Dr. Annalee Coakley

C Fatty Liver Disease – Sandra Anderson, NP

D Teen Health Issues – Lynette Wolgemuth, NP

E Cardiology Guidelines Update; Afib & Dyslipidemia – Dr Karen L. Then, CCN(C), ACNP, PhD