Annual Symposium 2017

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Hope to see you in the Spring of 2018 for our

15th annual St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice Symposium

In the meantime, you can check out what you missed below!



**enhancements this year**

  • Healthy meal & snack options throughout the day
  • A mother’s room
  • WIFI access for all attendees
  • 3 breakout sessions…more speakers and more subjects!
  • Poster abstract presentations

This conference offers advanced practice nurse providers, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants an opportunity to enhance clinical competencies, acquire new assessment and management skills, network with colleagues in advanced practice, and learn about new products, services and pharmacotherapeutic agents. Conference faculty include distinguished national, regional and local experts. Concurrent sessions allow participants to learn more about women’s health, infectious disease, stress-proofing your life, conducting research in clinical settings, pediatric update, geriatric prescribing, advanced care planning, and suturing.

Keynote Speakers: 


Dr. Mimi Secor is a Nurse Practitioner, National Speaker/ Educator, and Consultant.   Her current passion is helping NPs become Healthy, Happy and Fit!

She has worked for 39 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health and is an NP at Just Us Women in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  In 2015, Ms. Secor earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.  She is also a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) nationally certified menopause practitioner.

Ms. Secor is a visiting scholar at Boston College William F. Connell Graduate School of Nursing and guest lecturer at NP programs in New England and around the country.  She has also published extensively, including her 2014 co-authored textbook, Advanced Health Assessment of Women; Skills and Procedures, that was recently selected as an 2016 “AJN Book of the Year-honorable mention” and her 2012 co-authored textbook, Fast Facts About the Gynecologic Exam for Nurse Practitioners: Conducting the GYN Exam in a Nutshell.

 She has years of media experience including as a national radio host of the NP program, Partners in Practice on ReachMD.  She has also been a guest on Good Morning America, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and many others. Mimi has received several awards, including the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP), and the 2015 Student Service Award from Rocky Mountain University for her contributions to the NP profession. 

Jennifer Williams, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Dr. Williams is the Director of Nursing Research at University of Kansas Hospitals.  She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses.  She is the co-section editor for the Experience Speaks column in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.  Her research interests and publications have focused on evidence-based practice, stroke and sepsis.


  • Women’s Health Guidelines
  • Infectious Disease:  Using Anti-Microbials Wisely
  • Stress Proofing Your Life:  The Extreme Self-Care Solution
  • Successfully Conducting Research in Clinical Settings
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Pediatric Update
  • Women’s Health Update
  • Geriatric Prescribing
  • Political Update
  • Suturing Workshop (additional fee and limited to 35 participants)


  • Early Bird (before 02/28/17) & Members:  $200
  • Regular:  $225
  • Student (must verify): $150
  • Cost for bound books:  $60
  • Suturing Workshop (limited to first 35):  $50

Poster Abstracts Wanted!

Now Accepting Applications for Poster Presentations!
The abstract deadline was Jan 31st.  Thank you for your submissions!

Submit to

Have you created a practice improvement project or developed an innovative educational strategy, clinical program or research project that highlights improvements in health care delivery, education, research or policy? We invite you to submit a poster abstract!

Click here for guidelines:  poster-guidelines

Hotel Accommodations


Address: 1335 S Lindbergh Blvd, Frontenac, MO 63131

Group rate of $139 single/double.  Must ask for group rate.  

Registration starts Feb 1st.  Early Bird Pricing will be until 02/28/17!


Conference Materials and Information


0700-0745:  Registration/Exhibits/Breakfast

0745-0800:  Opening Remarks

0800-1000:  Keynote Speaker Mimi Secor- Women’s Health Guidelines (1.0 hour pharm)


1000-1030:  Break, Exhibits and Snack

1030-1200:  Keynote Speaker Jennifer Williams- Infectious Disease- Using Anti-Microbials Responsibly (1.0 hour pharm)


1200-1245:  Lunch

1300-1445:  Keynote Speaker Mimi Secor- Stress-Proofing Your Life- The Extreme Self-Care Solution (0.5 hour pharm)


1300-1500:  Suturing Workshop with Gere Ochs (0.5 hour pharm)


1445-1515:  Break

1515-1615:  Concurrent Session #1

  1. a) Jennifer Williams- Successfully Conducting Research in Clinical Settings (0.5 hour pharm)  successfully-conducting-research-in-clinical-settings-1
  2. b) Dr. Crecelius- Advanced Care Planning (0.25 hour pharm)  discussing-and-billing-the-advance-care-plan-code
  3. c) Laura Kuensting- Hot Tots:  Pediatric Update (0.5 hour pharm)  NO SLIDES  peds.2011-1330.full_ peds.2013-1071.full_ peds.2014-2742.full_

1615-1630:  Break

1630-1730:  Concurrent Session #2

  1. a) Stephanie Crist- Geriatric Prescribing (1.0 Hour pharm)  final_prescribing-medications-in-the-older-adult_3.31.2017_crist-sm-1
  2. b) Susan Derenski-Mitchell- Misdiagnosed/Perplexing GYN Issues:  Its Not Always Just a Yeast Infection (0.5 hour pharm)  its-not-just-a-yeast-infection
  3. c) Margaret Benz- Political Update (0 pharm hours awarded)  NO SLIDES

1730:  Meeting Adjourns


Handouts will be available her at least 2 weeks before the conference for printing and downloading.  Bound books will also be available for purchase at the time of registration (limited amount available at the symposium) which will include all slides and handouts from the speakers.
Evaluations This year we will be using an online evaluation method.  Details will be posted at the symposium.  You must complete the evaluation to be able to receive your CE certificate.  

 Cancellations:  There will be a $50 cancellation fee.  No refunds given after 03/17/17.
Request for previous year’s CE certificate:  There is a $25 fee for replacement certificates

This activity has been submitted to the Midwest Multistate Division for approval to award nursing contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Available credit
  • 7.5 Contact hours
  • Pharm hours vary depending on session selection
 Your 2017 Symposium Committee
Maria Walls MSN, APRN, ANP-C, CDE
2016-2017 Symposium Chair
BJC Medical Group
Maggie Lewis MSN, APRN, FNP-C
2017 Co-Chair
Our Urgent Care

Megan Gibbons MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C
2017 Co-Chair
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Patrice Burnett MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Mercy Family Practice, Jefferson
Laura Elliott MSN, APRN, FNP-C
SSM Medical Group- Endocrinology
Anniece Spencer DNP, APRN, NP-C, BC-ADM

Carla Beckerle DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

 Laura Kuensting DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPNP, CPEN

Dianna Phares PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP

Erica Martin MSN, APRN, BC

Jean Curry MSN, APRN, ANP-C

Irina Palantnik MSN, APRN, ANP-C