Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians - SF (Pharmacologyin SF)

Venue: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 22, 2011 End Date/Time: Aug 28, 2011
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Highlights and Benefits
Advanced practice clinicians now have the ability to apply for prescriptive authority in all states*. With the advent of health reform and the spotlight on primary care, APCs will play a significant role in handling the increased number of patients accessing the health care system. It is essential to be up-to-date on the latest pharmaceuticals available for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including therapeutic effects, monitoring patient response, and managing side effects. Achieving prescriptive authority also significantly improves marketability in this changing economic and health care environment.

Now in its 17th year, "Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians," continues to be the "go-to" course for clinicians seeking or renewing prescriptive authority. Many who have taken the course also return periodically to update their knowledge on pharmaceuticals. Our Principal Instructors, Alan Agins, PhD and Jody Agins, MSN, ARNP, FNP/GNP-BC, WCC, have designed a comprehensive course which addresses the pharmacology of current medications as well as clinical application in the primary care setting. Additional clinician faculty members enhance learning through specialty application and case study discussions.

Highlights of these courses include:
A dynamic Preconference on Pediatric Pharmacology, focusing on medications and prescribing regimens specific to the specialty of caring for children.
Experienced and knowledgeable clinical faculty with a relaxed and entertaining teaching style.
Case-based and interactive discussion to help you apply the content to clinical problems you face daily in your practice.
Daily registration for those with selective needs for renewing prescriptive authority or updating current knowledge in pharmacology.
California BRN Schedule II Controlled Substances educational requirements are included in the San Francisco and Las Vegas courses.
NEW THIS YEAR! An optional Special Session, "Become A Professional Legal Nurse Consultantâ„¢," offering career expansion, additional income, and greater job satisfaction.
*States' requirements for prescriptive authority vary. Please contact your State Board of Nursing regarding educational requirements.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

Explain the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of a variety of drugs used to treat primary care conditions.
Discuss pharmaceutical options and develop a therapeutic regimen that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing adverse reactions.
Evaluate the response of the patient to the drugs and devices and implement appropriate action.
Demonstrate clinical application of the pharmacology content through case study discussion.
Provide appropriate patient education regarding drug therapy for a given disease state.
Discuss the pharmacology of select dietary supplements and nutrients and anticipate potential drug/supplement interaction.
Recognize the professional and legal aspects of prescribing and furnishing drugs.
Who Should Attend
Nurse Practitioners
Certified Nurse-Midwives
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Physician Assistants
Registered Nurses
Nurse Educators
...and anyone else interested in a comprehensive primary care pharmacology update.

Principal Instructors
Dr. Alan P. Agins earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. He has held faculty appointments at Brown Medical School, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and University of Virginia School of Nursing. During his tenure at Brown, he received the "Dean's Teaching Excellence Award" over five consecutive years for his outstanding pharmacology lectures. Dr. Agins has also taught graduate & post-graduate pharmacology courses at a number of nursing schools around the country including Penn State, Idaho State, Radford, University of West Virginia and University of Arizona.

Over the past 17 years, Dr. Agins has lectured nationally to more than 60,000 advanced practice clinicians and allied health professionals. He is a regularly invited speaker at annual conferences for a number of national, regional and state nursing organizations. Dr. Agins contributes to various journals, continuing education monographs and pharmacology textbooks as a writer and reviewer. He has authored 3 books and written and "starred" in a series of fun online educational video clips to support nursing pharmacology textbooks (Elsevier). Dr. Agins presents weekly live CE seminars for pharmacists through RxSchool (AMN Healthcare) and writes a monthly e-Newsletter for Lexi-Comp.

Jody F. Agins, MSN, ARNP, FNP/GNP-BC, WCC received an ADN from Kansas City Kansas Community College, BSN from Webster University and an MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Kansas. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Kansas, Truman State University and Arizona State University.

Mrs. Agins is board certified by the ANCC in Family Practice and Gerontology and wound care certified through WCEI. She currently works full time for CareMore Touch- Tucson, maintains a part-time private practice and is an invited speaker by a number of national, regional and local organizations. Mrs. Agins is also a clinical preceptor for Family and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner students for University of Phoenix, University of Arizona and Arizona
State University and is a former member of the Board of Directors for NPACE.

The "take-home-message" that Dr. Agins and Mrs. Agins attempt to instill is to adopt a profound respect for, but also cautious attitude about drugs - what they can do … and what their limitations are. After many years "on the road" and every conceivable pharmacology question from their audiences, they maintain their great sense of humor and wit, as well as a unique talent for breathing life into dry or difficult subject matter. Their goal is to make this course memorable, informative and enjoyable … essentially the very best pharmacology CE experience for everyone who attends.


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Additional Information

Fees Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Confirmation is sent by email if your completed registration form and payment are received one week before the conference begins. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised. Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions. Course Tuition (U.S. Funds) Pediatric Pharmacology Preconference Pharmacology Course Daily Registration Early Registration Fee* (On/before 30 days prior to start date) $195 $755 **See Below Regular Registration Fee (Within 29 days of start date) $245 $845 **See Below * Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before 30 days prior to each course. Your tuition includes Program Syllabus, lunch on Tuesday and Certificate of Attendance. Registrations may not be shared. **Daily Registration is Available (Applies to Main Course only) 1 day $195 2 days $325 3 days $450 4 days $580 5 days $700 California NPs & CNMs Content to meet the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing to furnish Schedule II medications will be presented on Friday, August 26 in San Francisco and Friday, November 11 in Las Vegas. California NPs and CNMs who already have a furnishing number may register for Friday only in San Francisco and Las Vegas and will receive a Schedule II certificate. The CA BRN requirements will NOT be presented at the Washington, DC course. Method of Tuition Payment Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number. Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register.) Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. Tax Deductibility Expenses of training, tuition, travel, lodging and meals to maintain or improve professional skills may be TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Consult your tax advisor. Cancellations Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received on/before 30 days prior to the start of each Course receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after that date are assessed a $50 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees. Program Changes Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website. Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.