Minnesota APRN Coalition

2nd Annual Pharmacology Review

Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
14201 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30am CT - Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:30pm CT
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14201 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337



Do you need to meet the pharmacology requirement for certification? This year we going FULL PHARM!

Credits Offered

This event offers 11.0 CE credits to attendees (11.0 Pharmacology credits) .
Accredited by This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 11.3 contact hours of accredited education.

Additional Information

The Minnesota APRN Coalition is pleased to invite you to attend our

2nd Annual Pharmacology Review.

Tickets for FRI/SAT are SOLD OUT! 
Waiting list is available on registration page. 

10 tickets remaining for Saturday only attendance. 
Register before early bird discount ends on April 15th.

This conference is designed to enhance the attendee's ability to prescribe and monitor patients on pharmacologic therapy.  Topics such as dosing, interactions and other pharmacokinetics will be included.

Speakers feature APRNs who have specific expertise on their topic and presentations will incorporate evidence based information and updated guidelines.  Teaching methods will include lecture, case studies and discussion.   

This program has been designed to meet the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) requirements for pharm credit which is accepted by most APRN certifying bodies, including the American College of Midwives. Application is pending.

Participants will earn 11 pharm credits for attending both days! 
Friday (all day) - 7 credits
Saturday (half day) - 4 credits

This year we will also feature a Friday night social hour you won't want to miss. 

Handouts for the presentations will be made available for download approximately 1 week prior to the conference. Participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the handouts. 

Cancellation Policy - The registration fee, less a $50 dollar administrative charge, is refundable only if cancellation request is received 5 business days in advance of the conference date.  Contact admin@mnaprnc.org

Event Agenda

2nd Annual Pharmacology Review

Event Agenda

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30am CT - Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:30pm CT

All times listed in Central Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Check-in and exhibit time

  • 8:00am - 8:15am

    President's Welcome

    Brian Goodroad, DNP, APRN, CNP, FAANP

  • 8:15am - 9:45am

    Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits (part 1)

    Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, A/GNP, ACHPN, RN-BC, FAANP Nurse Practitioner, University of Washington Adjunct Faculty, Seattle Pacific University, School of Health Sciences
    1.5 CE Credits

    The most recent nationally vetted standards for safe opioid prescribing are presented based on the FDA Prescriber Education blueprint and developed by CO*RE. Content discusses the four phases of safe prescribing standards: (1) pain assessment and screening tool use guidelines; (2) opioid trial definition and expected components including UDT, PPA & Informed Consent; (3) long term therapy, UDT and screening tool use frequencies, and (4) aspects associated with termination of care. Concepts of Red Flag behaviors and problem cases are reviewed. Pharmacology information includes CO*RE content on immediate release and long acting opioids, dose and drug family changes, equal analgesic drug conversions and abuse deterrent medications. Completion of this program and its evaluation meets many state-based requirement, including Boards of Nursing, for opioid prescriber education.

  • 9:45am - 10:15am

    Exhibit Break

  • 10:15am - 11:45am

    Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits (part 2)

    1.5 CE Credits

    continued from session 1

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm


  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Prescribing for Common Psychiatric Disorders

    Janelle Jones APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC Janelle Jones APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC works with college students at the Boynton Mental Health Clinic at the University of MN.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Mental health disorders adversely impact the functioning of millions of Americans, across the lifespan, each year. Psychiatric treatment is being sought out more frequently and patients are presenting with higher acuity. In an effort to help more prescribers provide accessible and quality care, this presentation aims to familiarize prescribers with common psychiatric disorders and first-line psychotropic prescribing practices.

  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Stop the Spread! Screen Instead

    Jen Zaremba DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC is a board certified pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is currently the advanced practice nurse leader for pediatric emergency services for the Fairview Health System.
    1.0 CE Credit

    This presentation will provide information on incidence and prevalence of gonorrhea and chlamydia in different life stages and populations. It will also discuss lab tests used to diagnose gonorrhea and chlamydia and make recommendations as to when screening should be completed. Pharmacologic treatment options will also be discussed as well as recommendations for follow up.

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm


  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    PrEP: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection

    Ashley Beasley, RN, CNP is a family nurse practitioner at The Red Door Clinic of Hennepin County Public Health Clinic
    1.0 CE Credit

    This presentation will introduce advanced practice nurses to PrEP, Preexposure Prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV. The presentation will include information about HIV risk and risk reduction, pharmacology of emtricitabine/tenofovir when used for PrEP, and patient assessment components related to the appropriate and safe use of this medication in HIV negative individuals as a pharmacological tool in the prevention of HIV.

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Probiotics & the Brain...what's the Connection?

    Kerry Johnson, DNP, APRN, CNP is currently an Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Johnson is currently the interim Co-Chair for the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Probiotics can do more than improve your gut health. The gut-brain axis partnership is not new, but the research showing how bacteria affect our brain has increased dramatically. This presentation will review probiotics and their role and function in health and disease. Clinical guide to probiotic products for adults will also be reviewed

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • 7:30am - 8:00am


  • 8:00am - 9:00am

    Peeling Back the Layers: A Best Practice Approach to Managing Atopic Dermatitis

    Susan Tofte MS, BSN, FNP-C
    1.0 CE Credit

    Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is ranked the “most burdensome skin disorder” by the Global Burden of Disease Study with an estimated 18 million affected in the U.S. This includes 3 percent of adults and 20 percent of infants and children, and a financial burden of over $5 billion in 2015 with an additional near $30 billion in out-of-pocket expenses for adults alone. Whether you are providing care in a specialty area or in family practice, this activity will prepare you to identify AD, assess severity and utilize evidence-based guidelines to select the best treatment to help your patients better manage their disease and prevent complications.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    Measures of Renal Function and Renal Processing of Drugs

    Lisa Carney Anderson, PhD is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Education in the Department of Integrative Biology/Physiology, University of Minnesota.
    1.0 CE Credit

    The kidneys are essential organs for homeostasis such as electrolyte balance and clearance of waste and drugs. In this presentation an overview of the basics of renal function, as measured creatinine clearance and the fraction excretion of Na+, will be provided with an emphasis on the secretion of wastes and drugs. Drug clearance relies on active transport across the renal epithelium; drugs use transporters that either secrete weak acids or weak bases.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am


    Drawings for Door Prizes!

  • 10:30am - 11:30am

    Lactation and Pharmacotherapeutics

    Ben Ranstrom, DNP, APRN, PNP AC/PC, FNP/ENP, RNFA works in trauma, surgery and critical care in the metro area and is a former IBCLC. Courtney Schantzen, MSN, APRN, CNP-P, CLC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Indian Health Service stationed in White Earth, Minnesota.
    1.0 CE Credit

    The science and practice of pharmacology in the context of lactation is are discussed using common clinical scenarios.

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm

    Medical Cannabis Use in Pediatrics: The First Years in Minnesota

    Gretchen Moen, DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC is the founder and clinical director for Dakota Child and Family Clinic, a nonprofit, charity clinic in Burnsville MN. Dr. Moen is a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and is an Assistant Professor and pediatric nurse practitioner options coordinator at St Catherine University.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Medical Cannabis is growing in popularity in the treatment of a variety of conditions. To understand its popularity, and application to practice Dr. Moen will share her experience with medical cannabis and provide an overview of the MN medical cannabis program.

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