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  • March Director Notes

    Keeping My Skills Up: The struggle is real

    By: Terri Schmitt PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

    Executive Director, NPACE

    Is anyone else out there struggling to keep up on clinical skills not used often in practice? Some practice areas I perform every single shift in primary care, like counseling on weight loss, evaluating depression and anxiety, prescribing the trifecta of medications for severe metabolic disease, starting insulin, or even treating common communicable diseases. In these places, I feel confident and secure. However, in skills I go months without using confidence is not something I feel. Give me an 8-year-old with a busted open knee that needs sutures and I am going to need a moment to gather myself and review my plan of action.

    At NPACE, we have found the same feedback from our learners about the need to continue to maintain clinical skills and knowledge. We are proud to now provide ongoing skills education, whenever and wherever you might need it, in key clinical areas.  Access to learning is provided for 90 days after purchase to ensure you can go back as many times as you like in a quarter to practice or review. We are thrilled to provide learning in:

    We invite feedback on other critical skill areas you might be interested in or reviews of these learning modules. Whatever we can continue to do to help support your health, wellness, and continued learning for practice, please let us know by commenting or contacting us through our social media. Find us on social media. 

  • Feb Director Notes

    From the Director 

    Wellness: More than just training the body

    By: Terri Schmitt, Executive Director 

    Part of our value system at NPACE has included a focus on wellness for ourselves, our online continuing education users, and our in-person attendees. One of the ways we have done this is by exploring yoga, meditation, and meaningful time where we can focus on ourselves. As a part of this focus, we are piloting a program at an upcoming conference in Denver, Colorado where Jay Gupta, a renowned pharmacist, de-prescribing expert, and yoga teacher is going to hold a free one-day learning event. During this event, an optional addition, we will consider the health benefits of the mind-body connection and yoga nidra techniques that can be used for ourselves and taught to our patients. We are able to offer 6 CE credits with this event, in addition to the other conference CEs. The day of learning is entirely accessible to everyone regardless of ability and will be a seated day of learning practice. We are looking for attendees who would like to try this 1-day learning with us and provide feedback on the usefulness of such learning to themselves and their practice. Join us in Denver to earn some excellent pharmacology and primary care CE and try out this day of yoga learning. More information and registration can be found here.   

    If you need wellness on demand anywhere, you can use any of our yoga or meditation sessions found on our learning center wellness page.

    Whatever we can continue to do to help support your health, wellness, and continued learning for practice, please let us know by commenting or contacting us through our social media. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok here. 

  • Jan Partner Review

    2023 NPACE Partners Preview

    By: Josh Plotkin, NPACE COO 

    Happy 2023! NPACE is excited for the upcoming year and all the learning opportunities available for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Providers. In addition to our continuing education content, NPACE is proud to work with many healthcare companies to help supplement our educational offerings both in-person and online! 

    In 2023, NPACE in-person conference attendees can plan on hearing from our sponsors: AstraZeneca COPD/Asthma, Bayer Women’s Health, Exact Sciences Stool DNA Screening, Neurocrine Biosciences Movement Disorders, Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC), and many more. Sponsored programs are an excellent opportunity to learn more about a specific company’s products and resources and how they may apply to your clinical practice setting while earning additional CE credits!

    NPACE in-person events also offer two days of exhibit hall time. It is a great time to network with dozens of industry companies and learn more about personal & patient wellness and employment opportunities. We highly recommend checking out our in-person conferences here to learn more about our exhibitors and sponsors.

    We invite you to attend our spring or fall virtual conference, where NPACE partners such as Boehringer-Ingelheim, Med Learning Group, The National Psoriasis Foundation, and PCEC provide much of the CE content and product theater programs. Learn more about NPACE virtual programs here! 

    We encourage our NPACE community to keep up to date with additional partner program opportunities provided throughout the year! Many of these opportunities, including Free CE programs, dinner programs, training programs, and national webinars, are sent through our newsletters, and additional information is provided on our learning center virtual display hall partners page.

    2023 promises to be an exciting year at NPACE. We look forward to all of our partners’ programs! We are thankful for their support!

  • Jan Director Notes

    From the Director 

    NPACE 2023: An Inaugural Year in New Ways, New Places, and New Friends!

    By: Terri Schmitt, Executive Director 

    Happy 2023 NPACErs! I am excited to write those words. For NPACE, 2023 is a year full of inaugural events, new places, and we hope many new friends! We are honored and excited to begin our 2023 journey with you. Below are a few of the unique ‘firsts’ that 2023 will bring NPACE. We hope you chose to join us in some of these exciting new experiences!

    –      Pharmacology events: two all-pharmacology education conferences, one in Savannah and the other in San Diego! Providing all pharmacology education is particularly important for us, given the rapidly changing world of medications and healthcare.

    –      Becoming more serious about wellness for ourselves and you: we are doing wellness as an additional give back at every in-person NPACE event throughout the year, as well as free wellness access on our learning center to yoga, stretching, and meditation.

    –      Helping novice NP educators: we are proud of our partnership with NONPF to help provide resources to novice NP educators, and we will continue to offer new ways to access this education.

    –      Launching state-specific CE for licensure in some states: This pilot project, launching for a few states first in 2023, will provide bundled, on-demand, continuing education to meet state licensing needs for NPs.

    –      We get to be in Cape Cod twice! Besides June, we are holding a unique fall 2023 event with morning workshops on topics important to NP practice such as obesity management or NP entrepreneurship. If you have ever wanted to see a New England fall, join us! Learn more about our October Cape Cod here!

    –       Grant-funded education! We will be launching two free grant-funded CE courses on key topics in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in our learning management center, but we also get to work on providing education on obesity management in primary care. More to come on this! Free CE access here! 

    –      Earn CE credit for learning mindfulness, yoga, and direct patient application: We are working to provide a free 1-day, limited seating program at our NPACE Denver conference to NPs. This event will be part of the overall conference registration. Jay Gupta, a pharmacist, and non-profit leader will lead this amazing project! More info here. 

    –      We are going to Denver for the first time: Great city, with good access, mountains, exciting sporting events, and great food, and the conference is one of the best we have done.

    –      We will include our Acute Care NP brothers and sisters at the first Acute Care NP-focused Event. Coupled with a 2-day pharmacology education, we are launching our first 2-day acute care-focused NP track in Phoenix, Arizona in 2023. Look out for more to come on this!

    –      We are launching Bundles of the Month at a discount in our learning center: We believe that continued access to our content should extend beyond the ability to be present at a live event. If you haven’t used our learning center to find great on-demand learning in everything from suturing to full practice authority and diabetes management to dermatology.

    Join us for one or all of these inaugural events in person here or check out our work on demand here. Here’s to an amazing 2023 to you! Thank you for being part of healthcare and the NPACE family!

  • NPACE COVID-19 Latest Information

    NPACE continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, including CDC recommendations and stay-at-home orders, mandatory self-quarantines for travelers, and other regulations issued at Federal, State, and Local levels.

    As a result of ongoing restrictions, the following NPACE conference has been converted to a virtual live event from an in-person event:


    NPACE Primary Care & Pharmacology Conference – Nashville (February 6-9)


    Registrants of our canceled conference have been notified by email and received guidance on canceling travel arrangements.


    As of this time, all other future NPACE conferences are still proceeding as scheduled. We appreciate your patience as we work through this rapidly developing situation nationwide and will provide continuous updates here as needed.


    Travel Guidance: 

    Given the fluidity of the situation, NPACE highly recommends that conference registrants research airline cancellation and rebooking policies before making travel arrangements, and book refundable airfare whenever possible. Registrants should also consider purchasing travel insurance, but we recommend checking with the provider to ensure that it will cover cancellations due to COVID-19. Please read all of the NPACE in-person conference policies here.


    Please continue to monitor your email, the NPACE web site, and our social media channels for the latest updates. Any additional questions or concerns may be sent to us at npace@npace.org.

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