Fifth Annual APRN Conference

"Innovated Thinkers, Creating New Pathways"

September 27-28, 2018

Holiday Inn, Wichita East

549 South Rock Road

Wichita, KS

It’s our pleasure to invite you to join your colleagues at the fifth annual Wichita State University Advanced Practice Registered Nurse CEU Conference, September 27 - 28, 2018. This conference is designed to provide advanced practice nurses in both the primary and acute setting, the opportunity to further enhance their ability to assess, diagnose and manage health conditions. Our dynamic speakers will share their unique perspectives on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the ever-changing health care environment. We will once again be offering specialty workshops on Thursday afternoon to enrich practice techniques. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to enhance your professional growth and network with your colleagues and peers.

AANP Accredited Stamp

This activity is approved for 10.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 3.17 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18083288. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7.2 contact hours for the General Conference and each optional pre-conference session is approved for 2.4 contact hours applicable for APRN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: #LT 0090-0327.

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Keynote Speaker

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Ruth Kleinpell

Dr. Ruth Kleinpell is currently Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship, Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education, and Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Professor, Rush University College of Nursing.  In her current role, she works with faculty and clinical staff to promote scholarship related initiatives including clinical research projects, grant writing, and publishing. Until 2017 she served as Director of the Center for Clinical Research & Scholarship at Rush University College of Nursing, where she assisted faculty and clinicians with clinical scholarship and research initiatives. She is certified as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and maintains active practice.  She is currently a board member and past president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the third nurse to serve in this capacity in the 46 year history of the organization.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Institute of the Medicine of Chicago.

 Conference Handouts

Disclaimer: Not all sessions provide advance handouts.

Pre-conference Handouts

12 lead ECG: Basics and Beyond, Dawn Gosnell

12 lead ECG PowerPoint Handout


¿Cómo se siente? A Brief Look at Medical Spanish, Julie Henderson

Parts of the Body in Spanish and English

Basic Spanish Verbs and Their Conjugations

Common Spanish Cognates

Spanish Sound System


Evaluation and Treatment of Skin Injuries, Carol O'Mara and Robert Hieger

Evaluation and Treatment of Skin Injuries PowerPoint Handout


Evaluation and Management of Skin Abscess and Infections, Carol O'Mara and Robert Hieger

Evaluation and Management of Skin Abscess and Infections PowerPoint Handout


Heart Failure: Managing a Complex Clinical Syndrome, Dawn Gosnell

Heart Failure PowerPoint Handout


Understanding the Mastery of the NIH Stroke Scale, LeighAnn Mullin Persondek

NIH Stroke Scale PowerPoint Presentation Handout


General Session Handouts

Coding: Doing it the Right Way, Tammy Martinson

Coding: Doing it the Right Way PowerPoint Handout


Diabetes: What's New!, Belinda Childs

Diabetes: What's New! PowerPoint Handout


Psychiatric Drug Interactions in Primary Care: One Bad Apple Spoils the Bushel, Megan Troutman

Psychiatric Drug Interactions in Primary Care PowerPoint Handout


Putting Patients First – Modernization of APRN Statutes in Kansas, Merilyn Douglass, Michelle Knowles, and Betty Smith-Campbell

Putting Patients First PowerPoint Handout


The Power of Presence: Timeless Tools for Influencing the Patient Experience, Col. Bethany McCormick

The Power of Presence PowerPoint Handout

Johari Window Questionnaire


Update on Depression and Antidepressants, Cathy Weitzel

Update on Depression and Antidepressants PowerPoint Handout


What Everyone Ought to Know about Vaccinations in Women, Physiological Changes in Pregnancy and an Overview of Robotic Hysterectomy, Marilyn Miller

What Everyone Ought to Know - Vaccinations, Pregnancy, Robotic Hysterectomy PowerPoint Handout

 For more information, contact the WSU Conference Office at 316-978-3258, or