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Nursing Continuing Professional Development Information

Earn Contact Hours During & After the Conference

You can earn up to 90+ total contact hours at the Virtual APNA 35th Annual Conference. Here’s how:


During the live Louisville or Virtual event, earn up to 24+ contact hours for attending and evaluating sessions and up to 4 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations.

Nursing continuing professional development contact hours are earned based on the number of sessions attended and evaluations completed. Contact hours are calculated on a 60-minute hour of educational instruction. To receive full credit for a session, you must attend the entire session and complete an online evaluation. Attend the sessions of your choice, then complete online evaluations and generate your Certificate by the deadline of November 26 for the Louisville Conference and January 21 for the Virtual Conference.

Earn up to 60+ more contact hours at no additional cost with session recordings (available in December/January). Using the APNA eLearning Center, you’ll have access to the PDF handouts, presentations, and NCPD contact hours for the conference sessions you missed. And it’s INCLUDED in your registration fee!

Contact Hours Summary

(For Louisville & Virtual)

Up to 24+ Contact Hours
Sessions During the Conference
Up to 4 Contact Hours
Posters During the Conference
Up to 60+ Contact Hours
On-Demand After the Conference
Up to 90+ Total Contact Hours
with Your Full Conference Registration!

“Having online access to review the many topics after the conference is invaluable.”

– APNA Annual Conference Attendee

Pharmacology Contact Hours

The following sessions may be eligible for pharmacology contact hours:

  • Pharmacologic Treatment of Bipolar Depression: Moving Beyond the Standard Paradigm
  • Reducing and Eliminating Psychotropic Medications Using the “Ds” of Deprescribing: Practical Application and Case Studies
  • Finding the Balance – 2nd Generational Long Acting Injectables and Integrated Care: Dealing with the Physical Side Effects to Improve Mental Health

Conference Learning Outcome

This conference program has been developed through a call for abstracts and peer review process informed by the conference theme and learning outcome below. By the end of the conference, the learner will be better able to:

Identify opportunities across psychiatric-mental health nursing administration, education, practice, and research to improve mental health and substance use care for diverse populations.

Online Evaluations & Certificate

To earn contact hours for sessions you attend during the Louisville or Virtual events, you will complete online evaluations. Options for completing your online evaluations include:

  • In real-time as you go
  • At the end of each day
  • After the conference – Log in at your convenience to complete the evaluations.

After evaluating the sessions you attended you’ll complete the Overall Evaluation, which will unlock your Certificate. Your Certificate will be pre-populated with your information and contact hours earned. You can email it, save a PDF to your computer, or print it.

Louisville Evaluations Deadline: November 26, 2021
Virtual Evaluations Deadline: January 21, 2021


Session Recordings

The conference registration fee includes access to session recordings and updated handouts via the APNA eLearning Center. In December/January, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to order these sessions for free. You will be able to listen to each session directly on the site.

If you did not attend the session during the Louisville or Virtual event, you will be able to come back to your account on the APNA eLearning Center to enter the Certificate code and complete the post test and evaluation. Your Certificate for each session will be generated with your name and address information already included!