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Join us for the 42nd Annual NPO Education Conference in Eugene, OR, Oct. 16-19, 2019.

10/16/2019 to 10/19/2019
When: Oct. 16-19, 2019
Where: Valley River Inn
Eugene, Oregon 
United States
Contact: NPO

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42nd Annual Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Education Conference

Valley River Inn in Eugene

October 16-19, 2019

Join us for the 42nd Annual NPO Education Conference at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, OR. The conference will open with a workshop, poster presentations and reception on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 16 and will continue with workshops and education sessions running through Saturday, Oct. 19.

The conference is designed to support the professional practice and learning needs of nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested health care providers by providing a variety of evidence-based educational topics.


Online registration is currently closed. Onsite registration will be available. 

If you have any questions or difficulties with registration, please contact Amy Ferguson at or (503) 293-0011 ext. 1306.

Handouts and Documents

All presenter handouts available will be posted on the website two weeks prior to the conference. No printed handouts will be available at the conference. If you need printed handout materials, please bring them with you to the conference.

Educational Sessions and Schedule


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Attendee login information

  • Username: your email address
  • Password: npo

Click here to access the evaluation

Continuing Education

Up to 24.00 continuing nursing education contact hours will be available, including up to 7.07 Pharmacotherapeutic contact hours.

Oregon Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Conference Fees

Conference fees include: attendance at the conference, Thursday and Saturday lunch, Friday’s NPO Business Luncheon, beverages and snacks throughout the day, and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the reception and ONF auction.

  • NPO Member Rate is for members of ONA/NPO or members of other state nurses associations that are affiliated with the American Nurses Association. Proof of membership in other state nurses associations required.  
  • Non-Member Rate is for NPs and CNSs who are not a member of NPO, physicians, physician assistants, and all allied health professionals.
  • NP Student Rate is for students who are currently enrolled in an NP program. Proof of enrollment will be required.
  • Retired NP Member Rate is for NPO members who have had their license officially retired with the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

WORKSHOP FEES: The hands-on workshop sessions available during the conference will be charged a $25 fee for each session you attend to cover materials costs.

CANCELLATIONS: Registration may be canceled by written request only. Cancellations must be received on or before Oct. 4, 2019. An administrative fee of $50 will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be given after Oct. 4, 2019. Written cancellations should be mailed to: NPO, 18765 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite 200, Tualatin, OR 97062, or e-mail:


Conference fees include the following meals:

  • Thursday lunch
  • Friday lunch
  • Saturday lunch
  • Coffee and snacks during each day
  • Heavey Hors D'oeuvres at reception and ONF fundraiser

Please note that NO BREAKFASTS will be provided at this year's conference. Attendees are on their own for breakfast each day.

Featured Speakers

Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP(h)
Dr. Peter Buerhaus is a nurse and a health care economist, well known for his studies and publications focused on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States, forecasting nurse and physician supply, developing and testing measures of hospital quality of care, determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care, and assessing the quantity and quality of health care provided by NPs.

Sessions: Changing Minds, Changing Policies: Making the Most of the Evidence on the Contributions of NPs

Laurel Short, DNP, MSN, FNP-C
Laurel Short is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Luther College, a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas, and recently completed a Doctor of Nursing degree with an emphasis on self-management for chronic migraine. She finds working with patients who have chronic conditions extremely rewarding. "Nothing beats seeing a patient transform from being overwhelmed by a medical issue to feeling empowered and in control. I often say that a major treatment goal is to 'put you back in the driver's seat of your life.'" She is passionate about working with rehabilitation patients to maximize their function and wellness. She enjoys presenting at medical conferences and community events about rehabilitation topics.

Laurel is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Her clinical practice includes comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurologic rehabilitation medicine.


Conference Essentials

Business casual attire is acceptable for the meetings. Meeting rooms are air-conditioned. For comfort, a jacket or sweater is suggested. Laptops and hand-held devices are welcome for note taking during sessions. Limited Wi-Fi is available in the conference areas. The Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday and Friday with the latest in clinical practice products and services.

ADA COMPLIANCE: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NPO seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability which might require special accommodations, please contact us at (503) 293-0011 or

CHILDREN AND PETS: Children, infants and pets are not permitted in any educational session. For safety and insurance reasons, children, infants and pets are not permitted in the exhibit hall.

Hotel Accommodations

NPO has a block of rooms at the Valley River Inn reserved for conference attendees. The room rates are as follows

  • DELUXE ROOM: $129*
  • POOL VIEW ROOM: $139*
  • RIVER VIEW ROOM: $159*

* Room rates shown are before applicable taxes

To Make Reservations:

Deadline to reserve your room in the NPO block is Sept. 25, 2019.

A credit card number or 1 nights advance deposit will be required to secure a room out of this block. Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed.

ADA Compliance

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NPO seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability which might require special accommodations, please contact NPO at (503) 293-0011 or

Children and Pet Policy

Children, infants and pets are not permitted in any educational session. For safety and insurance reasons, children, infants and pets are not permitted in the exhibit hall.

Other Events

There are various meetings and dinners taking place during the conference that are not directly related to the conference and have no continuing education hours attached. NPO Conference attendees are invited to take part in the events listed below.

  • HPP Scientific Exchange Forum (for nurses with patients or interest in HPP cases)
    Thursday, Oct. 17
    6–9 p.m.

    Invitation Only
    Click here to learn more
    Contact Julie Brignon at for an invitation or to register for the program.

  • Jardiance Dinner Program
    Inn at the 5th – catering by Marché
    5th Street Market, downtown Eugene
    Thursday, Oct. 17

    7 p.m.
    RSVP to attend at 541.255.8651 or
    Limited space available, so RSVP early.

  • Dinner Program: Overview & Disease Burden of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)
    Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
    6-8 p.m.

    Valley River Inn
    1000 Valley River Way
    Eugene OR 97401
    Click here to learn more
    To RSVP to this event, please email OR text at 253 973 1028


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