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2016 November Special Topics Meeting
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NONPF Special Topics Conference

Readiness for Practice:  Defining Progress Indicators

November 17-19, 2016

The Special Topics Conference is specifically designed for substantive participation to address the challenges that are facing nurse practitioner (NP) education.  It is an opportunity to make your voice heard and share innovative ideas to address those challenges.

A critical issue of today is assessment of “readiness to practice”.  As a profession, we have defined and regularly updated the competencies for entry to practice; however, the distinctive markers of readiness for practice have remained more elusive.

The NONPF 2016 Special Topics Conference will bring NP educators together for the purpose of review and validation of progress indicators.  The indicators that will be presented have been developed by an NONPF workgroup as an outcome of the last Special Topics conference.  Linked to the NP competencies, the intent is for these progress indicators to offer faculty guidance on assessing the NP student’s readiness for practice, both within the educational program and upon graduation. The keynote speaker is Carol Aschenbrener MD who has been a leader in health professions education and has done vital work on competency-based learning and inter-professional education. 


Thank you

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2016 Special Topics Conference. 



The updated schedule is now available!  Download the full schedule here



The meeting will be held in Crystal City, VA, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway.  The reservation period for the NONPF block has closed.  You may call the Marriott Crystal Gateway directly to inquire about available room.

Marriott Crystal Gateway
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA  22202

When making your reservation, please note that there are two Marriott hotels in Crystal City.  You want to reserve a room at the Marriott Crystal Gateway.


Getting to the Meeting

The Marriott Crystal Gateway is conveniently located just minutes from Reagan National Airport.  The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Reagan National Airport, or take the Metro from the airport to the Crystal City Station just .2 miles away.  Other airports are accessible by taxi, shuttle services, and train service.

For our guests who prefer to drive to the meeting, please note that self-parking is $26.00 per day.  Valet parking is available for $30.


Around Crystal City

Crystal City is Arlington's largest downtown area. This vibrant neighborhood features an abundance of fine restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, running and bike trails, and an award-winning stage performances at the Synetic Theater.


Crystal City and the Crystal City Underground have an array of food options available.  Do you want to-go or sit down, causal or more of a business vibe?  Are you a vegetarian or are you a meat eater?  There really is something for everyone!  Use this interactive map to view some of the offerings near the Marriott Crystal Gateway.

Take advantage of Crystal City's close proximity to Alexandria!  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of this Historic Area.  Take the Metro to King Street and enjoy your evening.