Northeast NP Conference

24th Annual Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference

Established in 1992, this annual gathering is co-sponsored by the CSON CE Program, the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association. A variety of workshops, clinical sessions, keynote addresses, industry exhibits, and poster presentations help nurse practitioners and other health care professionals maintain their expertise so they can continue to deliver high quality care and improve clinical outcomes. An evening reception and awards ceremony encourages networking and recognizes outstanding achievements.


Thursday and Friday, May 4–5, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02466

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The agenda below contains the PDF files of presentations received to date.

Please note: The presentations will not be printed and distributed at the conference. You may print on your own or view the presentations on your phone or computer at the conference. Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available in all conference rooms.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

12:30–2:45 p.m. - Workshop A

1. Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Boot Camp - Part 1, Deborah Johnson, MHA

2. Case Studies in Dermatology*, Pascal Ferzli, MD

3. STI/Vaginitis Case Studies, Alison O. Marshall, MSN, FNP-C

3:00 - 5:15 pm - Workshop B

4. Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Boot Camp - Part 2, Deborah Johnson, MHA

5. Shades of Gray: Scans and Images, Marion L. Growney, MSN, ACNP

6. Pediatric Orthopedics for Primary Care, Paul Urbanek, MD

Thursday, May 4, 2017

8:00 - 9:15 am

Keynote Address Human Caring as a Framework for Resilience and Restored Joy in Practice, Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC

9:45 - 11:00 am - Session A

1. To Opiate or Not to Opiate: Pain Management in 2017*, Andrew Kowal, MD

2. Male GU Issues*, Jennifer Gaudet-Esenwine, MS, APRN

3. PE/Anticoagulation*, Rachel P. Rosovsky, MD

4. Pediatric Mood Disorders*, Elisabeth M. Bailey, DNP, RN/PC, PMHCNS-BC

11:15 am - 12:30 pm - Session B

5. Treating Depression & Anxiety*, Elisabeth M. Bailey, DNP, RN/PC, PMHCNS-BC

6. Multiple Myeloma*, Jill Nelson Burke, NP

7. Arrhythmias*, Leon Ptaszek, MD

8. The Atopic Child*, Christina Ferreri, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2:15 - 3:30 pm - Session C

9. Women and Cardiac Disease: Update on Prevention and Treatment Options*, Holly Buckley, DNP, APRN, WHNP/ANP, NCMP

10. Polypharmacy in the Older Adult*, Terry E. Mahan Buttaro, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP

11. Management of the Acute Stroke Patient*, Eric H. Grover, MD

12. Caring for Pediatric Transgender Patients* Sarah Pilcher, MSN, RN, CPNP

4:00 - 5:15 pm - Session D

13. Pay for Performance Metrics, Gay DeHart, MS

14. HIV Update*, Molly McHenry, MS, FNP

15. Emergency Management of the Patient with Opioid Overdose*, David J. Hirsch, MD, MPH, FACEP

16. Paroxysmal Non-Epileptic vs. Epileptic Events, Anna L. Pinto, MD, PHD

5:15 - 6:30 pm - Reception/Association Awards

Friday, May 5, 2017 -

7:30 - 8:30 am –Breakfast Session ($30 fee)

Screening and Counseling for Domestic and Sexual Violence, Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSC, RNCS, FAAN

9:00 - 10:15 am - Session E

17. Non-Migraine Headache*, Barbara Nye, MD

18. Travel Update*, Regina C. LaRocque, MD, MPH

19. Update on COPD*, Martin Black, MD

20. Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction in Children*, Bridget Logan, PhD, APRN

10:30 - 11:45 am - Session F

21. Upper GI Bleeds*, Amy Barto, MD

22. Case Studies in Neurology*, Maureen C. Hughes, MD

23. Diagnosis and Treatment for the Patient with an Acute MI, Michael Ferguson, MD

24. Management of the Pediatric Patient with Diabetes*, Ann S. Christiano, APRN, CDE

11:45 am - 1:15 pm –

Industry-Supported Lunch - Option 1

Enzyme Replacement Therapy – Sanofi Genzyme

Industry-Supported Lunch - Option 2

Non-Infectious Uveitis - The Importance of Prompt Recognition and Treatment - - Abbvie

Industry-Supported Lunch - Option 3

Overactive Bladder

1:15 - 2:30 pm - Session G

25. Addressing the Needs of Veterans in Primary Care, Michael Spiros, MALD, MS, AGACNP-BC

26. Diabetes Management and Update*, Tiffany Soper, NP

27. Case Studies in Cardiac Diagnostic Testing, Mary Macklin, ARNP, MSN

28. Oral Health in Pediatric Patients, Erin Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH

2:45 - 4:00 pm - Session H

29. Care of Patients with Opioid Use*, Molly Rossignol, MD

30. Valvular Heart Disease, Matthew W. Parker, MD, FACC

31. Inpatient Antibiotics*, Amy Brooks, Pharm-D

32. Teenagers!! What are They Thinking??!! Understanding the Teenage Brain, Darlene Vittori-Marsell, MS, APRN, PNP

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Conference Hotel Information:
A block of rooms has been reserved for participants at Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, MA, for the nights of Wednesday thru Friday May 3-5, 2017. (Special rate: $167 single/double). The rooms will be held until April 3, 2017.

Phone Reservation:
Call 1-800-228-9290. Indicate that you are with "Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioners Conference" to receive the special rate.

Conference Information

February 1, 2017
Registration Opens

February 17, 2017
Poster Abstract Submission Deadline

February 19, 2017
Early Bird Deadline Exhibitors

February 24, 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline

April 3, 2017
Hotel Room Block Ends

April 21, 2017
Online Registration Deadline

Karen E. S. Quinn, M.S.N., ANP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Linda H. Reed, M.S., APRN
Co-Chair, NH
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Care of Concord
Concord, NH

Barbara G. Rosato, D.N.P., ANP-BC, CDE
Co-Chair, MA
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Healthcare Associates
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Sherri B. St. Pierre, M.S., APRN, PPCNP-BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing
Chestnut Hill, MA

Evie Stacy, M.S., APRN 
Co-Chair, NH
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Neurology Dartmouth - Hitchcock Clinic
Manchester, NH

Jean Weyman, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Dean, Continuing Education
Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing
Chestnut Hill, MA

Contact Hours:

This conference will allow participants to earn up to 19.25 nursing contact hours. Contact hours will be awarded upon completion of the online evaluation for the sessions attended. The evaluation will be sent via email after the conference. 

There is an administrative processing fee of $25.00 for replacement of a contact hour certificate.  

This conference program was planned in accordance with ANCC CE Standards and Policies and ANCC Commercial Support Standards.


This nursing continuing education program is jointly provided by the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association. It is provided by the Boston College Connell School of Nursing Continuing Education Program, an approved provider of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

At the conclusion of this conference, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify critical issues and clinical challenges facing nurse practitioners in the health care environment.
  • Utilize evidence-based strategies in clinical practice to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Mobilize professional resources to prepare for future changes and challenges in health care delivery.