Nurse Practitioner Conferences 2023

Conferences are an important resource for all nurse practitioners, who use them as a way to maintain their professional development and grow their network. Often organized around a particular specialty practice area and/or professional organization, conferences allow attendees to meet other practitioners, discuss advocacy issues, and learn about new research and best practices. They are also a valuable source for the contact hours (CH) of continuing education (CE) that nurse practitioners need to earn and maintain their licenses and certifications. 

Conferences benefit from their in-person format: the connections made in between the workshops, lectures, and award ceremonies can be tremendously valuable. But the shift to virtual conferences in 2020 has accelerated and improved the digital offerings that go with the in-person events. Today, many top conferences will also include a virtual price, which enables the purchaser to access the recordings for most or all of the conference’s workshops and lectures. 

The importance and power of nurse practitioners coming together under a common goal is hard to overstate. Whether you’re a student, novice, expert, or veteran nurse practitioner, conferences can be an invaluable resource to your career. Read on to a detailed look at the nurse practitioner conferences for 2023.

General Nurse Practitioner Conferences

AANP Health Policy Conference

Advocacy is a crucial aspect of the modern NP role, and AANP’s Health Policy Conference is dedicated to advancing policy discussions and fostering a continued culture of advocacy. Attendees will learn from government and industry experts as they discuss the priorities of Congress and the Presidential Administration and their impact on NPs and patients. They’ll also network with other NPs, develop the skills needed to advocate effectively, and form and join coalitions about the issues they care about most. 

  • Date: January 29-31, 2023
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Cost: $255 (AANP student members); $650 (AANP regular members); $850 (non-members)
  • CE Opportunities: 15 CH

AANP National Conference

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) annual national conference is the largest national conference for NPs of all specialties. AANP provides expert faculty presentations on a wide range of topics that consider the diversity of the NP community and the patients they serve. 

While the 2023 conference is still calling for presentations, past years have seen the conference host more than 350 sessions and 30 skill-building workshops. Attendees in previous years have earned up to 38 contact hours (CH) of continuing education approved by AANP. This conference is also a place to listen in on, and participate in, discussions on the top legislative, regulatory, and practice issues affecting NPs. 

  • Date: June 20-25, 2023
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • Cost: TBD
  • CE Opportunities: TBD (38 CH in 2022)

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Conferences

GAPNA Annual Conference

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) hosts an annual conference for NPs working with older adults. The 2023 conference is still in the call-for-abstracts stage, but previous topics of discussion have included elder abuse, telehealth, pain management, and end-of-life care. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn approved contact hours of continuing education.

  • Date: September 27-30, 2023
  • Location: New Orleans, LA
  • Cost: TBD
  • CE Opportunities: TBD

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Conferences

NANN 39th Annual Conference

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) hosts an annual conference that covers topics applicable to both novice and expert neonatal nurses. Attendees can also participate in the APRN summit for a small additional cost. The 2023 conference is currently in the call-for-abstracts stage, but previous iterations have included industry presentations, awards ceremonies, workshops, and lectures. The contact hours at NANN’s conference are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). 

  • Date: September 26-29, 2023
  • Location: Anaheim, CA
  • Cost: $470 (non-member 2022 rate); $400 (member 2022 rate); $320 (student 2022 rate)
  • CE Opportunities: 55+ CH (2022)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Conferences

NAPNAP National Conference

The professional association for the largest NP specialty practice area, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023. Part of that celebration is its 44th annual national conference, which takes place at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The conference invites pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and other pediatric providers to participate in special events commemorating NAPNAP’s place in history as the first NP society, while also honoring the future of the profession and the leaders who will take it forward into the next 50 years. 

While official details are yet to be finalized around the conference’s presentations and workshops, previous iterations have offered up to 80 unique workshops, sessions, and poster presentations developed by experts in acute, pediatric primary, and specialty care. Historically, registration fees have varied for NAPNAP members, non-members, and students; early discounts are often available.

  • Date: March 15-18, 2023
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Cost: TBD
  • CE Opportunities: TBD (80+ CH in 2022)

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Conferences

National Nurse Practitioner Symposium

The 2023 National Nurse Practitioner Symposium includes more than 100 sessions and workshops for NPs, with its CE accredited by AANP. Content will include clinical topics, innovative practice settings, research, professional development, and other topics related to advanced practice nursing in primary and acute care. 

The keynote address will be given by Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, BSN, RN, on Building the Future of Nursing. Those who cannot attend may still purchase a virtual pass, which grants on-demand access to 20 accredited sessions from the live conference.

  • Date: July 20-23, 2023
  • Location: Keystone, CO
  • Cost: $275 (one day); $475 (two day); $490 (weekend); $540 (symposium); $400 (virtual)
  • CE Opportunities: 40+ CH

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Conferences

ISPN Annual Conference

The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) hosts an annual conference for advanced practice nurses working in psychiatric-mental health. The theme for 2023 is Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Joining Together for Critical Need: Addressing Diversity, Those Affected by War, Violence, and Health Inequities Across Populations

The 2023 conference is still in the process of calling for abstracts, but past conferences have included peer support meetings, lectures, workshops, and an awards ceremony.

  • Date: March 29 – April 1, 2023
  • Location: Redondo Beach, CA
  • Cost: $370 (2022 member early registration rate); $520 (2022 non-member early registration rate)
  • CE Opportunities: 24.75 CH (2022)
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog


Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about the modern nursing workforce, conducting hundreds of interviews with nurse leaders, nurse educators, and nurse advocates to explore the issues that matter to them most. His Advocates to Know series focuses on nurse practitioners (NPs) who go above and beyond in changing policy and practice in important areas like veteran’s care, human trafficking prevention, and telehealth access. He regularly collaborates with subject matter experts from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) to elevate issues that empower nurses everywhere.