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Annual Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwife Student Conference: Keys to a Successful Transition into Advanced Practice Nursing, Now and in the Future.


Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00am CT - 3:30pm CT
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Where you and your Nurse Practitioner Profession are Going; Rules & Regulations for the APRN; Negotiating your Contract; Recruitment, Interviewing, Resumes, and Cover Letters


Margaret Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Julie Sabo, Board of Nursing, UMP Recruiters, & Mary Foarde, Health Care Attorney, Plus a panel of recent graduates with valuable advise from the field!

Credits Offered

This event offers 5.5 contact hours to attendees.
Accredited by Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Additional Information

Draft Agenda

Please Click Here for the MNNP Call for Abstracts - You must be registered to present your poster.

This annual conference - the only one of its kind in the Midwest – offers informational sessions that help graduates prepare for their new primary care practice roles; sessions such as interviewing, contract negotiations, prescriptive authority, scope of practice, malpractice issues and protection, credentialing, and other essential information necessary for new practitioners. Hear from a panel of your peers who have been in practice for 1-2 years and the excitement and challenges they have faced.  Our featured Keynote Speaker is Margaret Fitzgerald!

Pleae find out speaker list here!

See our exhibitor list!

Poster Exhibition for Registered Participants

Students, send in an abstract to have your poster presented at the conference. DNP project dissemination may be counted toward clinical hours! Check with your academic student services office. Accepted abstracts will be sent directions for sending in your electronic poster link. 

Abstracts are not to exceed a total of 350 words.

The abstract must include the title, headings, and the following key elements:

  • Identify the problem, purpose of the project and specific aims
  • Provide a synthesis of the supporting literature
  • Describe the intervention or plan for implementation
  • Address how the ethical implications were addressed (ie. IRB approval or waiver)
  • Include the theoretical framework if applicable
  • Discuss criteria chosen to evaluate the success of the project
  • Outcomes: What were the outcomes of the project?
  • Conclusions and discussion: What do your findings mean?
  • Recommendations: Describe the nursing implications and recommendations for practice

Abstracts must be submitted to by January 15, 2021. Students will be notified by email of their acceptance by January 25, 2021. If accepted, students will be provided a template to follow for the poster construction. Students must upload their poster as a PDF file by February 12, 2021 and one or more of the students who created the poster will be required to register for the conference and will be responsible for the cost of the conference registration. Students may contact with any questions.

Abstract Submission Link

Event Agenda

Annual Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwife Student Conference: Keys to a Successful Transition into Advanced Practice Nursing, Now and in the Future.

Event Agenda

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00am CT - 3:30pm CT

All times listed in Central Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Friday, February 19, 2021

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Login & Visit Exhibitors or Network

  • 8:00am - 8:15am

    Welcome & Introductory Remarks

    Sandy Paddock (Speaker) President, Minnesota Nurse Practitioners

    Welcome & Introductory Remarks and Whova logistics

  • 8:15am - 9:15am

    Now What? Where You and Your Nurse Practitioner Profession are Going

    Margaret Fitzgerald (Speaker) Founder of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates,, Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc.

    1. Outline the history of the NP movement.
    2. Describe the current state of NP practice.
    • Numbers of NPs
    • Issues of reimbursement, scope of practice, salary
    3. Identify the opportunities and challenges facing NPs now and in the future.
    • Education
    • Practice opportunities
    • Health care trends

  • 9:15am - 9:30am

    Break & Time to Visit Exhibitors

  • 9:30am - 10:30am

    Negotiating a Contract for Employment and Other Legal Issues for the APN

    Nick Morgan

    Discuss the rules, regulations and standards involved in Negotiating a Contract for Employment

  • 10:30am - 10:45am

    Break & Visit Exhibitors

  • 10:45am - 11:45am

    Recruitment, Interviewing, Resumes, and Cover Letters

    Emily Scholtes (Speaker) Sr. Manager, Physician and Provider Recruitment, University of Minnesota Physicians Alissa Komensky (Speaker) Sourcing Specialist, University of Minnesota Physicians

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm

    LUNCH - Visit Recruiter & Exhibitors

  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm

    Rules and Regulations for the APRN

    Julie Sabo (Speaker) APRN Specialist, MN Board of Nursing

    Describe APRN licensing requirements in Minnesota.
    Define how the scope of an APRN is determined.
    Describe current issues in APRN regulation.

  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Panel Discussion - Transitioning into the APN Role

    Josh Fitzgerald (Speaker)

    The Student Panel is one of the highlights of the day as the current graduating students are very interested to hear about past graduate experiences and the challenges they faced in their new role as a nurse practitioner. Some questions to reflect on:
    1. What one piece of advice would you give to the upcoming graduates as they prepare to transition from student to practitioner?
    2. What was the biggest challenge you faced as you sought to enter practice and how did you address it?
    3. How was your contract negotiation?
    4. Is there anything you know now that you wish you would have known when you were about to graduate?

  • 2:15pm - 3:00pm

    Poster Presentations

  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm

    Closing Remarks

    Sandy Paddock (Speaker) President, Minnesota Nurse Practitioners