The North Carolina Nurses Association is hosting the annual Nurse Practitioner Spring Symposium on April 16-19, 2023, in Wilmington, NC. The NCNA Council of Nurse Practitioners invites you to join us for an exciting opportunity for nurses to network, engage in valuable professional development, participate in high-level policy discussions, and meet with quality vendors. We hope to see you in Wilmington!

Content Capture:
Registrants will receive access via to presentation recordings with audio about a month after NPSS for each day of paid registration to review sessions attended or listen to any general or concurrent sessions missed. You will have a few months following symposium to access the NPSS Content Capture Online Portal and view content on demand.



Gale Adcock

Sen. Gale Adcock, RN, MSN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN

After serving four terms in the NC House of Representatives, Gale Adcock is moving to the NC Senate in 2023. Sen. Adcock is a family nurse practitioner of 35 years, and for 26 years was chief health officer for global software company SAS Institute. She has also served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association, chair of the North Carolina Center for Nursing, and a 2-term member of the North Carolina Board of Nursing. She is the author of the policy column “Under the Dome” in the American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Karen Sheffield-Abdullah PhD, RN, CNM

Karen Sheffield-Abdullah, PhD, RN, CNM

Karen Sheffield-Abdullah, PhD, RN, CNM, is a nurse scientist whose interests focus on the utilization of holistic, integrative, multi-sector strategies to promote wellbeing for individuals and communities. She is particularly interested in developing strategies to reduce the long-term effects of psychological trauma, anxiety, and depression on women’s health and birth outcomes that incorporates stress management and wellness. Her program of research facilitates the development of culturally relevant interventions to reduce disparities in stress-related adverse outcomes during the perinatal period. Dr. Sheffield-Abdullah has a doctoral degree in nursing from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and a master of science in nursing degree from Yale University. She is a 10-year practitioner of mindfulness and is currently being certified as an MBSR teacher.




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Attendees will receive a link to presentations with audio about a month after NPSS for each day of paid registration. You will have a few months following symposium to access the NPSS Content Capture Online Portal.