42nd Annual NPO Education Conference

24.75 CNE contact hours

Date / Time

Oct 16, 2019, 6:30am – Oct 19, 2019, 8:00pm Save to your calendar (.ics file)

Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR 97401

42nd Annual NPO Education Conference

Join us for the 42nd Annual NPO Education Conference at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, OR. The conference will open with a workshop, poster presentations and reception on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 16 and will continue with workshops and education sessions running through Saturday, Oct. 19.

The conference is designed to support the professional practice and learning needs of nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested health care providers by providing a variety of evidence-based educational topics.

Educational Sessions

The conference features more than three days of educational sessions including:

  • Changing Minds, Changing Policies: Making the Most of the Evidence on the Contributions of Nurse Practitioners
  • Role of the NP in Aging America
  • Case Studies in NP Malpractice Suits
  • Wilderness and Humanitarian Medicine
  • LGBTQ Sexual Health
  • Chronic Conditions in Psychiatry
  • many more!

Get hands-on experience in workshops such as:

  • Beginning and Advanced Suturing
  • Joint Injection
  • Hands-on Women’s Health
  • Mastering Your Musculosketetal Exam

Featured Speakers

Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
Dr. Peter Buerhaus is a nurse and a health care economist, well known for his studies and publications focused on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States, forecasting nurse and physician supply, developing and testing measures of hospital quality of care, determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care, and assessing the quantity and quality of health care provided by NPs.

Sessions: Changing Minds, Changing Policies: Making the Most of the Evidence on the Contributions of NPs

Laurel Short, DNP, MSN, FNP-C
Laurel Short is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Luther College, a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas, and recently completed a Doctor of Nursing degree with an emphasis on self-management for chronic migraine. She finds working with patients who have chronic conditions extremely rewarding. "Nothing beats seeing a patient transform from being overwhelmed by a medical issue to feeling empowered and in control. I often say that a major treatment goal is to 'put you back in the driver's seat of your life.'" She is passionate about working with rehabilitation patients to maximize their function and wellness. She enjoys presenting at medical conferences and community events about rehabilitation topics.

Laurel is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Her clinical practice includes comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurologic rehabilitation medicine.

Continuing Education

Up to 24.75 continuing nursing education contact hours will be available. Pharmacotherapeutic contact hours will also be available.

Oregon Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Registration is currently open through Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

To register, go the the NPO website. If you have any questions or difficulties with registration, please contact Amy Ferguson at NPO@oregonrn.org or (503) 293-0011 ext. 1306.

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Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR 97401