Category: School of Nursing

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(From left to right): Beatrice Gaynor, associate professor, Elizabeth Ortiz, DNP student, Janice James-Webb, DNP student, Sharon Dudley-Brown, professor, all in the School of Nursing.

Nurse practitioners fall conference

November 10, 2023 Written by Colin Heffinger | Photo by Sarah Beebe

Sharon Dudley-Brown, professor, Beatrice Gaynor, associate professor, and Caren Coffy-McCormick, assistant professor, all in the College of Health Science School of Nursing, recently presented at the Fall CE Conference hosted by the Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (DCNP) on October 28. The DCNP is a nurse practitioner organization affiliated with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, which certifies both family nurse practitioners and adult geriatric nurse practitioners.

100 CE hours are required every 5 years with 25 of them being in advanced pharmacology for both certifications. The conference provided 7 CE hours, most of which were in pharmacology.

Woman standing at podium giving a presentation at a conference
Beatrice Gaynor, associate professor in the School of Nursing, leads her presentation about pharmacology and its connection to medical aesthetics.

Dudley-Brown led a presentation regarding pharmacology and its tie-in to inflammatory bowel disease, while Gaynor spoke about pharmacology and the nurse practitioner role in medical aesthetics, with Coffy-McCormick providing updates on antipsychotics and bipolar disorder. The conference was designed to encourage nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students to think deeply when prescribing medicine, ensuring the best quality of care for their patients. The presenters additionally promoted recruitment opportunities as well as the Master of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, providing career development as a family, adult-gerontology, psychiatric-mental health, pediatric primary care, or adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

“This is a unique focus for a conference that provides an update on pharmacology within nurse practitioners' unique fields of practice,” said Gaynor. “Nurse practitioners focus on the whole patient, while this conference will spotlight opportunities to strategically factor in pharmacology further when addressing the needs of patients.” 

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