(April 2, 2020) COVID-19 Statement – The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium is currently scheduled to take place as planned July 9-12 (pre-symposium day July 8; Rocky Mountain Retreat July 7-8) in Keystone. We are monitoring updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). We are working closely with Keystone Resort to ensure measures are in place for your health and safety.

We will post updates as more information becomes available.

Keynote Speaker

Nancy Norton

The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium is pleased to announce Nancy Norton as the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 symposium. As a comedian and former nurse, Nancy uses her unique perspective to deliver a program, teaching the physiology and many benefits of humor. She combines comedy with her experiences and insight to show how humor has been proven to benefit businesses, families, relationships, and individuals by reducing stress and trauma triggers, while simultaneously increasing creative problem solving, team building, bonding, conflict resolution, resilience, job retention, overall joy, immunity, and good health.

Nancy is the winner of the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival. She has appeared in “Evening at the Improv” on A & E, as well as Amazon Prime Video and PBS, plus has been featured on Nickmom Night Out on Nickelodeon. One of her passions is helping people remember the joy and empowerment one gets from being in the present moment.  Humor is a basic human need and helps us stay healthy, de-stress, cope with trauma, and enhances creative problem solving.

Nancy’s healthcare anecdotes will leave you in stitches… and really wanting to STAY WELL! The Keynote Presentation, “Find Your Ahahaha Moments!” will take place Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Keystone Conference Center.

symposium schedule overview

8:00 am - 8:30 amRocky Mountain Retreat Registration
8:30 AMShuttle Departure from Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch
9:00 am - 4:30 pmRocky Mountain Retreat (optional
4:30 PMShuttle Departure from Keystone Ranch to Keystone Conference Center
8:00 am - 7:00 pm Symposium Registration
8:30 am - 12:15 pmRocky Mountain Retreat - (required if attended Rocky Mountain Retreat on Tuesday)
10:30 am - 12:00 pmPre-Symposium Sessions (optional)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own
1:30 pm - 3:30 pmPre-Symposium Session (optional - non-certified)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pmPre-Symposium Sessions (optional)
3:45 pm - 4:45 pmPre-Symposium Sessions (optional)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPre-Symposium Sessions (optional)
6:15 pm - 7:45 pmPre-Symposium Dinner Session (optional)
7:00 am - 7:00 pmSymposium Registration
7:30 am - 8:00 amContinental Breakfast (complimentary)
8:00 am - 9:30 amEducational Sessions
9:00 am - 6:00 pmNNPS Store
9:30 am - 10:00 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
10:00 am - 11:15 amKeynote Address & Awards Ceremony
11:30 am - 1:00 pmLuncheon Sessions (optional - non-certified)
12:00 pm - 6:30 pmBook Displays & Sales
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmEducational Sessions
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmBeverage Break (complimentary)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmEducational Sessions
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmOpening of Exhibits/Reception (complimentary buffet)
7:00 am - 7:00 pmSymposium Registration
7:00 am - 7:00 pmPosters on Display
7:15 am - 7:45 am"Walk & Talk" Around the Lake (optional - non-certified)
7:30 am - 8:00 amContinental Breakfast (complimentary)
8:00 am - 9:30 amEducational Sessions
9:00 am - 6:00 pmNNPS Store
9:00 am - 4:00 pmBook Displays & Sales
9:00 am - 1:00 pmExhibits Open
9:30 am - 10:00 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
10:00 am - 11:30 amEducational Sessions
11:30 am - 1:00 pmBag Lunch Served in Exhibit Hall (complimentary)
12:15 pm - 1:45 pmChallenges In Care Panel (optional)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmEducational Session
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBeverage & Snack Break (complimentary)
3:15 pm - 6:15 pmWorkshops (optional)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmEducational Session
4:45 pm - 5:15 pmAuthors Present Posters (complimentary beverages)
5:30 pm - 6:15 pmEducational Sessions
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmDinner Session (optional)
7:00 am - 5:00 pmSymposium Registration
7:00 am - 5:00 pmPosters on Display
7:30 am - 10:30 amWorkshops (optional)
9:00 am - 6:00 pmNNPS Store
9:00 am - 12:00 pmExhibits Open/Book Displays & Sales
9:00 am - 10:30 amEducational Sessions
10:30 am - 12:00 pmBrunch Served in Exhibit Hall (complimentary)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmEducational Sessions
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmAuthors Present Posters (complimentary beverages)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmEducational Sessions
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmAuthors Present Posters (complimentary beverages)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmEducational Sessions
5:15 pm - 6:15 pmSpecial Feature Session (optional)
6:30 pm+Twilight's Highlights (free time to enjoy the area)
7:00 am - 12:00 pmSymposium Registration
7:00 am - 10:00 amPosters on Display
7:00 am - 7:30 amHome "Stretch" (optional - non-certified)
7:30 am - 8:00 amAuthors Present Posters (complimentary continental breakfast)
8:00 am - 9:30 amEducational Sessions
9:00 am - 1:00 pmNNPS Store
9:30 am - 9:45 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
9:45 am - 2:30 pmEducational Seminar
9:45 am - 10:45 amEducational Sessions

Speakers & Topics

An overview of confirmed speakers and topics. Please check back for additional updates.

​Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD

Christine Kessler, MN, CNS, ANP, BC-ADM, CDTC, FAANP

Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, APRN-BC

Henry Masur, MD

Michael T. McDermott, MD

Bruce Morgenstern, MD

Nancy Norton, BSN

Eileen O’Grady, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Kristine Scordo, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG

Peggy Vernon, RN, MA, C-PNP, DCNP, FAANP

Jean Abbott, MD, MH

Nancy Balch, RPh, PharmD, BCCCP

Ronald Balkissoon, MD, MSc, DIH, FRCPC

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC

Sandra L. Berkowitz, RN, JD

Lorraine Bock, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, FAANP

Kasey Bowden, MSN, FNP, AG-ACNP

Michal Boyd, NP, ND, FAANP, FCNA(NZ)

Patricia Bursnall, MA, MSN, FNP-C

Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD

Amy Cronister, MS

Patricia Cullen, PhD, CPNP-PC

Georgie Cusack, MS, RN, AOCNS®

Melissa Davis, DNP, CNM, FNP

Nicole Dellise, DNP, FNP-BC, CHFN

Kristin Demmert, RN, MSN, WHNP


Julie Deters, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Deanne M. Donaway, PhD, MS, BS, ASN, RN

Teresa Durden, MSN, RN, APRN-BC

Annika Ehrlich, MS, FNP-C, CNRN

Margaret Emerson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Deborah Fending, RN, BSN, AE-C

Cris Finn, PhD, NP, FACFEI, CFC, RN

Sharon Flynn, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNS, BMTCN

Carla Hall, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Kathleen Hall, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC

Diane Hanna, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Debbie Harrell, RN, MSN, NE-BC

James Harrington, MD

K. Melissa Smith Hayes, DNP, ANP-BC, CHFN

Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP

Laura Hildebrand, ANP-C

Jennifer S. Hyer, MD

Paige Johnson, RN, DNP, MPH, APRN

Pam Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC

Joan King, Phd, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP

Steven E. Lommatzsch, MD

Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC

Barbara Malone, DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, MCHOS, FNKF

Paula Marchionda, MD, MPH, BSN

Vincent Markovchick, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

Bridget Marshall, DNP, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS


Sylvia Metzger, MPH, MSN, FNP-C

Joanna Mitri, MD, MS

Martha Moneypenny, NP

Sonya Montgomery, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHCS-BC

Maria Moreira, MD

Maureen Moriarty, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHS

Rustain L. Morgan, MD, MS


Mary Kay Nissen, ARNP, FNP-BC, COHN-S

Pamela Ograbisz, DNP, FNP-BC

Nycole Oliver, DNP, APRN, RN, FNP-C, ACNPC-AG, CEN

Lora Page, FNP-BC, CDE


Jessica Pettigrew, RN, MSN, CNM


E. Monee’ Reed, DNP, MA, RN, ACNP-BC

Emily Reynolds, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, DCNP

Jennifer Rodgers, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Nancy Rudner, DrPH, MPH, MSN, APRN

Robin Saiki, DNP, ACNP

Michael Sanchez, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC

Leslie P. Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD, CEDRD-S, CSCS

Pol-Andre Senecal, MSN, NP, CNS, ACNP, CCNS

Amen Sergew, MD

Laurel Short, DNP, FNP-C

Kareem Sobky, MD

Tanya R. Sorrell, PhD, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Stalder, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Laura Thomas, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP-BC

E. Brie Thumm, PhD, CNM, RN, MBA

Kristina Tocce, MD, MPH

Deborah Tuffield, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Keith Volk, ACNPC-AG

Mary Weber, PhD, PMHNP, BC

Stacy Whitehead, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Karen Williams, DNP, FNP-BC, ARNP

Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH

Laura Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN

Acute Care




Professional Development

Women’s Health




Business Practice












Infectious Disease


Mental Health












Sleep Disorders



Wound Care 

COPD and Asthma

Dermatology Procedures for Primary Care

Everything You Need to Know About IUDs and More

New Imaging, New Criteria, Radiology Changes

Orthopedic Exam: Extremities

Orthopedic Exam: Spine

Suturing Skills: Beginning to Advanced

Rocky Mountain Retreat

A Rocky Mountain Self-Care Retreat to Reflect, Regroup and Re-Charge

July 7-8, 2020
Keystone Ranch & Keystone Conference Center Keystone, Colorado


9.5 CE/CME hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire retreat (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates of completion will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.

Nurse Practitioners by nature are very giving people, but are you giving so much that you have little left when it comes time to take care of yourself? Are you looking for ways to confront a lifestyle or job that is far too stressful? Do you have a hard time saying NO without feeling guilty?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this retreat is for you!

This day and a half retreat will teach you to:

  • Discover the science of human flourishing
  • Gather motivation and set goals to make changes that serve YOU
  • Build on your core strengths
  • Interrupt the patterns that add stress to your life
  • Set boundaries and create your own personal policies
  • Master habit formation
  • Learn the art of self-care
    …..and so much more!

You and your patients are best served when you also take the time to do what’s right for you. This retreat will help you reflect, regroup, take charge to create the kind of life and work you deserve. 

We are all in the business of health: promoting it, helping others find it, teaching it and showing it. This retreat will help you:

  • Master the art of self-care without feeling selfish, because you can’t give away what you don’t have.
  • Help keep you in compliance with the ANA Code of Ethics, Provision 5, which states: The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including:
    • responsibility to promote health and safety
    • preserve wholeness of character and integrity
    • maintain competence, and;
    • continue personal and professional growth.

The purpose of the retreat is to singularly focus on the personal and professional growth in caring for the self, which will allow each attendee to build a plan that reflects their most important values. Each person will leave with a sense of duty to make their own health, wellness and wholeness, not only possible, but a priority.

8:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration (located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 AMShuttle Departure from Conference Center to Keystone Ranch
9:00 am – 12:00 pmExtreme Self Care
10:30 am – 10:45 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (complimentary)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pmHow Adults Change
2:30 pm – 2:45 pmBeverage Break (complimentary)
3:30 pm – 3:45 pmMovement Break
4:30 PMShuttle Departure from Keystone Ranch to Conference Center
OvernightYou will have a small overnight assignment
8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast (complimentary – located at Keystone Conference Center)
8:30 am – 12:15 pmMaking it Happen
10:30 am – 10:45 amBeverage Break (complimentary)
12:15 PMAdjourn


Dr. Eileen O’Grady is certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach who uses an evidence-based approach to practice extreme self-care to reverse or entirely prevent disease. She is an expert on intentional change in humans—with an emphasis on the importance of identifying and getting unstuck from lifestyles that do not support wellness.  She is the Founder of the School of Wellness. and has been featured on Good Morning Washington and on NPR’s Talk of The Nation as an expert on battling obesity and empowering patients to make permanent lifestyle changes. Her newest books, Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach, 7th edition (Elsevier) will be published in 2022 and Using the Self as a Therapeutic Tool (DEStech Publications) in late 2020. Her most personal book, a collection of essays, Choosing Wellness will be out in late 2020. 

2019 Rocky Mountain Retreat


Tuesday’s (July 7) program will take place at Keystone Ranch, an original 1930’s Ranch homestead of rustic elegance, overlooking Keystone Ranch Golf Course, with spectacular views of Swan Mountain and the Ten Mile Range. Wednesday’s (July 8) program will take place at the Keystone Conference Center, a state-of-the-art facility nestled in a mountain valley in central Colorado’s high country, with the magnificent Rocky Mountains serving as the surrounding backdrop.

It is approximately 3.6 miles from the Keystone Conference Center to Keystone Ranch. A complimentary symposium shuttle will transport you between Keystone Conference Center and Keystone Ranch, however you are welcome to drive yourself if you would like to take a scenic ride at your leisure, before or after Tuesday’s program.

program committee

We would like to thank the following National Nurse Practitioner Symposium Program Committee members, and their supporting organizations, for their dedication, professionalism, expertise and countless hours in compiling the symposium agenda. The content and quality of the symposium agenda continually offers one of the finest CE/CME programs of its kind in the country.

Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RNAKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare
Mary Anne Eagelston, BSN, MSN, WHCNP, NCMPPrivate Consultant
Loretta C. Ford, RN, EdD, PNP, FAAN, FAANP (Honorary Committee Member)Private Consultant
Ellen Lemberg, RN, MSN, WHNP (Emeritus Committee Member)Private Consultant
Kathy Magdic, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAANPUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Bernadette Marie Makar, MSN, NP-C, APRN-CAKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare
Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BCStanford Health Care, Division Pain Medicine
Shirley B. McKenzie, PPCNP-BCDepartment of Defense
Nancy Munro, RN, MN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FAANPPrivate Consultant
Shirley M. Pfister, RN, MS, ANP/GNPPrivate Consultant
Conrad Rios, FNP-BC, PA, MSSaint Agnes Medical Providers
Nancy Rudner, DrPH, MPH, MSN, APRNGeorge Washington University School of Nursing
Jefferson Spicher DNP, FNP-CUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Laura A. Thomas, DNP, WHNP-BCHeidi Oster, MD, PC
Peggy Vernon, RN, MA, C-PNP, DCNP, FAANPCreekside Skin Care
Deborah Vincent, PhD, FAANPNurse Consultant Associates
Mary Wagner, RN, MSN, ANP (Emeritus Committee Member)Private Consultant
Cheryl A. Walker, MSN, MSBA, APRNHumanitas, Inc.

The Bridge: A Comprehensive Headache Education Program


Attend a seminar featuring didactic presentations and a choice of one of two workgroups.

Current pathophysiologic models will be addressed. Hear acute and preventive treatment strategies for adult and pediatric populations along with appropriate patient selection, administration (timing and route), and potential medication misuse and/or overuse concerns. Learn how to address comorbid medical complaints in appropriate medication selection and monitoring.

The American Headache Society® (AHS) Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (NP/PA) Special Interest Group developed this educational offering for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This comprehensive overview of migraine is delivered by Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant members of AHS.. 


4.0 CE/CME hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire seminar (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.

Seminar Leaders

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC; Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Headache and Facial Pain Program, Department of Neurology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Stanford CA

Annika Ehrlich, MS, FNP-C, CNRN; Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Headache Center, Weill Institute for Neurosciences; San Francisco CA

Maureen Moriarty, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHS; Nurse Practitioner, Peripheral Nerve Institute, Georgetown University; Washington DC and Adult Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Hospital; Washington DC

Laurel Short, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner, Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic; Overland Park KS

Karen Williams, DNP, FNP-BC, ARNP; Nurse Practitioner, Headache Center of Excellence, Richmond Virginia Veterans Administration
Medical Center; Richmond VA


9:45 am – 10:15 amDiagnosing Headache in Adults and Pediatric Patients
10:15 am – 10:45 amRisk Factors, Clinical Course and Barriers to Care in Adults and Pediatric Patients
10:45 am – 11:15 amPathophysiology
11:15 am – 11:45 amAcute Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
11:45 am – 12:15 pmLunch Pickup (complimentary)
12:15 pm – 12:45 pmPreventive Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
12:45 pm – 1:00 pmBreak (complimentary)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmWorkshops (select 1 of 2)
(a) Use of Procedures: Nerve Blocks and OnabotulinumtoxinA
(b) Non-pharmacological Approaches to Migraine Management: Behavioral and Neuromodulation
2:00 pm – 2:30 pmQuestions & Answers

Past Symposia

Please click on any image below to view speakers and content from previous years.

July 18-21, 2019
July 19-22, 2018
July 20-23, 2017
July 7-10, 2016
July 9-12, 2015
July 10-13, 2014
July 25-28, 2013
July 12-15, 2012
July 14-17, 2011