BOSTON - The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) welcomed 1,549 attendees to its 35th annual conference, held here March 11-14. Education Chair Dawn Garzon, PhD, CPNP, FAANP, shared the attendance news at the conference's opening ceremony, noting that it exceeded the prior year's registrations by 100.
NAPNAP president Mikki Meadows-Oliver, PhD, MPH, PNP-BC, welcomed nurse practitioners as well as special guests in the audience, including the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, James M. Perrin, MD.
The keynote address was presented by David Mooney, MD, MPH, director of the trauma center at Boston Children's Hospital. Mooney was on duty during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, and he shared insights gained during the experience. All hospitals should be well versed in crisis management activities, he said, noting that although mass casualty incidents aren't that common, the presentation of crisis in a medical setting is "not a question of 'if' but 'when.'"
Mooney described the effectiveness of Boston's emergency response system and personnel, noting that the 20 people critically injured in the bombings were at trauma centers within 18 minutes, and all severely injured people were transported in less than 45 minutes.
Children who were injured in the blasts were transported to Boston Children's Hospital, which is near by finish line of the Boston Marathon. Most arrived without their parents, making the determination of identities challenging. All children who were transported to the hospital after the attack survived; several underwent amputations. (Three people died as a result of the attack.) Mooney noted that "outcome after injury correlated directly with family function," and parents and siblings were essential to the patients' recoveries.
In other activities at the conference, NAPNAP members had opportunities to earn CE credits, gain new hands-on skills, to interact with candidates for office, and to honor association award winners and attend the annual business meeting.
Session highlights included a standing-room-only update on vaccination recommendations, a lively discussion of research priorities for the organization and its members, and a presentation about a DNP capstone project that introduced active video gaming as a physical education tool in a New Jersey school. Margaret Quinn, DNP, RN, BC, CPNP, shared video footage of middle school students grooving to the beats of "Just Dance" and "Dance Dance Revolution," leading to an excited exchange of ideas among the NPs in the room.
For more information on NAPNAP, visit www.napnap.org. The organization's 2015 conference will be March 11-14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.