7 Winter CME Conferences for Nurse Practitioners

Can you believe it's already time to plan winter travel? Apparently the rest of the country forgot to send me the memo. I sat down at my laptop yesterday to book post-New Year's Eve travel only to discover a number of flights had already been sold out. Mini panic mode ensued. Fortunately, I found a flight to accommodate my intended travel itinerary. If you're planning to attend a continuing medical education conference this winter, it's time to get it on the books. Here are a few options to consider. 

 

 

Practical Pediatrics in Nashville, TN

Whether your nurse practitioner practice includes exclusively treating children, or you work in primary care with patients of all ages, a brush-up on your know-how with little one's is never a bad idea. Not to mention, this conference is held in Nashville, TN, a place I have grown to love. From cruising Broadway to checking out the city's Johnny Cash Museum or ever growing list of fine dining restaurants, Nashville has something for everyone. The added bonus of obtaining 17 continuing education credits on an employer-funded visit to the city is too good to pass up. 

Emergencies and Challenges in Primary Care in New York City

What better time to visit New York City than when lit up in it's pre-holiday glow. From management of pulmonary edema and severe headaches to new treatment guidelines for STIs, this conference is packed full with content relevant to nurse practitioners working in emergency medicine and primary care. While attending this conference you just might have time to fit in a little Christmas shopping, or purchase a few items for yourself as well. 

Internal Medicine Update at Walt Disney World

Could you and the fam use some New Year's plans? Let your employer subsidize the festivities by ringing in 2016 with Mickey, Minnie and continuing education. This conference is located at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel with convenient access to the Magic Kingdom so you can meet up with family after class. Course content includes topics such as 'Common ENT and Oral Disorders in Primary Care' and 'New Drugs with Implications for Primary Care Providers'. 

12-Lead ECGs & Arrhythmias Caribbean Cruise

If you're one who loves to be at sea, this is the CE conference for you. Not only does course content cover topics relevant to nurse practitioners working in nearly all specialties, classes are held during time at sea so attendees can enjoy the islands. Port stops include the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Fort Lauderdale. 

Endocrinology for Primary Care in Breckenridge, Colorado

Calling all snow bunnies! Winter continuing education conferences can be used for something other than seeking out warm weather. Hitting the slopes may be more your speed and there are conferences galore to accommodate the snow-loving nurse practitioner. This conference held in Breckenridge, CO, for example, covers all things internal medicine. Courses are held in the morning and evening hours leaving plenty of time for mid-day skiing or boarding, whatever your snow sport style. 

Wilderness & Travel Medicine Wildlife Adventure in Uganda

Looking for an even bigger adventure? Take your nurse practitioner CME international by chimpanzee trekking in Uganda's Kibale Forest and gorilla viewing in Bwindi. Other wildlife viewing opportunities in this course include crocs, elephants, lions and more. Naturally, adventurous medical course content follows. Classes discuss topics from backcountry medical kits to management of frostbite and other cold injuries. 

Pharmacology Update for Nurse Practitioners in San Antonio

Connect with your colleagues at this conference designed specifically with nurse practitioners in mind.  Course content covers all things pharma from the latest guidelines for treatment of hyperlipidemia to pediatric pharmacotherapeutics. From theme parks to the famed river walk, San Antonio is sure to provide plenty of evening entertainment after class. 

Where will your continuing education take you this winter?

 

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