Session Highlights

The 2019 OAAPN Statewide Conference will be held October 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency and Convention Center in Downtown Columbus. The agenda of presentations and speakers for the 3-day conference offers something for every specialty, so be sure to register here if you haven’t done so already. 


Here are some session highlights of what to look forward to:



The sessions on Thursday include a variety of procedure based presentations, some with limited-capacity.  Buffy Blunt, PhD, APRN-CNP, and Colleen Stellabotte, APRN-CNP will present on Minor Office Procedures, as well as Foreign Body Removal/Animal Bites/Rabies. Ruthann Kennedy, APRN-CNP, and James Allen, MD, will discuss Pulmonary Diagnostics

Lorrie Elchert, DNP, APRN-CNP, Renella Gauamis, APRN-CNP, Tim Haupricht, APRN-CNP, and Vaughn Hoblet, APRN-CNP will review Basic Suturing, including wound preparation, cleaners and medications, anesthesia, wound closure techniques and basic suturing. Louann Bailey, DNP, APRN-CNP, will present on EKG and how to understand how normal physiology and pathophysiology affects the 12 lead EK, a systematic approach to interpreting the 12 lead EKG, and more.

Additional sessions on Thursday include Joint Injection, with Larry Rosenberger, APRN-DNP, and Julie Melendez, APRN-CNP; Reimbursement by Sally Streiber, MBA, CPC, CEMC; and Birth Control Certifications sponsored by Bayer and Merck. 



The Friday morning sessions take on some of the biggest topics in our industry, including a look at Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America’s Primary Care Crisis by Peter Bierhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h). We will then offer Updates on HB 177 and What You Can Do, followed by Medical and Recreational Cannabis: What’s a Clinician to Do? with Theresa Mallick-Searle, APRN-CNP.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions offered on Friday afternoon. Michelle Zamudio, APRN-CNM, will present Contraceptive Updates and Pearls for Primary Care, while Asim Roy, MD, will offer Diagnosis and Management of OSA: CPAP and Beyond. Glen Neeham, PhD, Michael Tonkovich, PhD, and Tim Landers, PhD, APRN-CNP will discuss Lyme Disease, and Tim Barreriro, DO, will focus on Acute Care: Sepsis. Louann Bailey, DNP, APRN-CNP will present Practice Guidelines: Cardiology, Peggy Clark, CNP, APRN-CNP, will focus on Pediatric Epilepsy and Seizure Management: A Primary Care Perspective, and Beth Bish, APRN-CNP will look at The “ABCs” of Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care. A team of presenters that includes Pamela Combs, DNP, APRN-CNP, Carlos Malvestutto, MD, and Susan Busch, APRN-CNP, will present on Red Flag Rapid Topics: Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology

A full day on Friday wraps up with a discussion on the Treatment of Depression in Primary Care by Tiffany Pottkotter, APRN-CNP, Transition to Practice by Bethany Parsell, APRN-CNP, and Prescribing Law by Mary Jane Maloney, DNP, APRN-CNP, and Chris Williams, APRN-CNP. Attendees also will have another opportunity to attend the Red Flag Rapid Topics presentation. 



The Statewide Conference will conclude on Saturday, following a full morning session on Updates in Pharmacology, that will include Depression and Anxiety by Chris Paxos, PharmD, New Diabetes Medications with John Moorman, PharmD, New Anticoagulants with Jaclyn Boyle, PharmD, and HTN and Hyperlipidemia Guidelines with Cynthia King, PharmD.