Minnesota APRN Coalition

3rd Annual Pharmacology Review


Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00am CT - Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:00pm CT
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Do you need to meet the pharmacology requirement for certification? This year we are offering 2 FULL DAYS!

Credits Offered

This event offers 13.5 CE credits to attendees (13.5 Pharmacology credits) .
Accredited by This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 13.5 contact hours of accredited education..

Additional Information

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

3rd Annual Pharmacology Review.

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 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 earn 13.5 pharm credits for attending both days!

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. 


Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

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. Last day to request cancellation is Sept 10th. Requests must be requested in writing via email at admin@mnaprnc.org

Event Agenda

3rd Annual Pharmacology Review

Event Agenda

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00am CT - Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:00pm CT

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • 7:00am - 8:00am

    Registration/Exhibitor Time

  • 8:00am - 8:30am

    Welcome and Coalition Update

    Brian K. Goodroad, DNP, APRN, CNP, FAANP President

  • 8:30am - 10:00am

    What's New n Antibiotic Therapy?

    Mary Benbenek, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, CFNP
    1.5 CE Credits

    This presentation will provide a brief review of basic principles in antibiotic prescription, review current guidelines for the management of common bacterial conditions in primary care, and provide an update on emerging antibiotic therapies.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am

    Break/Exhibit Time

    Visit our exhibitors!

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Medication Assisted Therapy; Tools in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

    Heather Blue, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP
    1.5 CE Credits

    As deaths related to opioid use continue to increase, there is a greater need to understand and prescribe the evidence-based treatments available for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). This presentation provides an overview of the medications used in the treatment of OUD, how these medications work, and their effects on other medications and health conditions.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm


    Lunch on your own!

  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm

    Migraine Headaches - Medications and Methods for Prevention, Control and Rescue

    Jessica Fashant-Peterson APRN, CNP
    1.25 CE Credits

    Headaches/Migraine Headaches: evidence-based pharmacological and dietary supplement recommendations for prevention with specific focus on the latest CGRP receptor antagonists along with migraine headache treatment considerations across the life-span/specialty groups.

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    Navigating NOACs in NVAF

    Jared Van Hooser, Pharm D
    1.0 CE Credit

    Since 2010, four non–vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been approved for NVAF in the United States: dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban. The therapeutic landscape of anticoagulation has been significantly changed by the NOACs. Clinician familiarity with these agents and their individual properties is needed for optimal patient care. This talk will focus on the NOACs, specifically their indication, effectiveness, safety, and convenience in NVAF.

  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm


  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    Pain Management: It's not all about Opioids

    Rebecca Jones, PA-C, MS
    1.25 CE Credits

    We will focus on non-surgical acute and chronic pain. We will discuss the differences between acute and chronic pain as well as look at the different types of pain to help target most appropriate therapy. There will be discussion on when to start opioids as well as titration of opioids when appropriate as well as de-prescribing of opioids. Large portion of our discussion will be on understanding the role of adjunctive pharmacologic therapies and non-pharmacologic strategies in treating non-surgical pain.

Friday, September 18, 2020

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Registration/Exhibitor Time

  • 8:00am - 9:00am

    Prescription Weight Loss Medications: Can They Help Your Patient?

    Julia Jurgensen APRN CNP DNP Instructor of Medicine Mayo Clinic
    1.0 CE Credit

    In this session we will discuss the steps for starting a weight loss medication, including which patients are best suited for these medications, and then choosing a medication for your patient. Also covered will be the common side effects of weight loss medications and insight into the ongoing management of patients on weight loss medications.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    Liver Function and its Role in Drug Metabolism

    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 liver is not only the largest organ in the abdomen but performs many complex functions required for fat digestion/absorption, blood glucose regulation, hematologic function and drug metabolism. This presentation will give conference participants an opportunity to first review the microanatomy of the liver lobule, hepatic physiology and hepatic pathophysiology. The role of the liver as the principal organ for drug metabolism will comprise the main focus of this presentation. For many medications, metabolism occurs by one or both of two phases. In phase I, the drug is modified by oxidation, reduction or hydrolysis whereas in phase II reactions, an endogenous substance, is added to the drug metabolite in a process called conjugation. Liver disease, aging and the presence of the other drugs affect the liver metabolism of drugs.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am


  • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Geriatric Prescribing & De-Prescribing for the APRN

    Natalie Mohammad, MSN, APRN, CNP, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN
    1.5 CE Credits

    This session will discuss geriatric prescribing principles and review BEERS criteria and START/STOPP, including antibiotic therapy, dose reductions, atypical antipsychotics in dementia including quetiapine, pain medications including tramadol, NSAIDS, and acetaminophen. A variety of patient cases will introduce the prescribing principles and discussion on specific medications. Come ready to laugh and learn as we enter the geriatric world of prescribing.

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm


  • 12:45pm - 2:15pm

    Diabetes Medications Update - What the Heart, Kidney, Stomach and Brain Want You to Know

    Amy Koenigs, MSN, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE
    1.5 CE Credits

    Diabetes pharmacology and technology have been rapidly advancing the past few years. Indications for weight loss, cardiac function, renal protection and avoiding cognitive impact related to frequent hypoglycemia are the headlines. This presentation will cover the available oral, Injectables, and types of insulin along with a brief overview on newer technologies you may come across to manage diabetes in 2020.

  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm

    Break/ Exhibit and Door Prizes!

    Door Prize Drawings - Must be present to win!

  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Biologic Basics for Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    Jennifer Tinkler, FNP-BC, DCNP
    1.5 CE Credits

    Overview of the basics of biologic medication use in Dermatology

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