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2020 AANP National Conference


Don’t miss out on the biggest nurse practitioner (NP) event of the year: the 2020 AANP National Conference (#AANP20). With the theme NPs: Jazzing it up in The Big Easy, you know it’ll be a week to remember! Whether you want to explore history and haunts, shopping and swamps or food and fun, there are countless opportunities to make memories alongside thousands of your NP colleagues. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) invites you to enjoy the legendary hospitality of New Orleans while earning up to 40 hours of CE credit; joining discussions on current state and federal legislative, regulatory and practice issues; and making lasting connections with NPs of every specialty. Come see why #AANP20 is the place to be this June!

Katie Duke: Keynote Speaker

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Katie Duke a Cherokee Uniforms Ambassador left in her mid-20s to pursue a feeling inside her that there was, “something greater out there.” That feeling led her to New York City. New York proved to be the right move for Duke. It was the energy of the city that inspired her to find her purpose, leave a very abusive relationship, complete her education and gain opportunities that opened up new chapters in her life.

One of those chapters was being a featured emergency room nurse on the prime-time ABC medical documentary series “NY MED” and its spinoff, “NY ER,” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC and Discovery Life channels. Albeit she had a controversial turn on “NY Med” related to a post on social media, she realized that the best way to work through life’s tough lessons is to own your mistakes. For the last six years, she has been dedicated to leading others by sharing her good and bad experiences and lessons and by empowering others to embrace and grow from their not-so-glorious moments.

Duke started with an associate degree in nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital College in St. Louis, and she finished her BSN at City University of New York-Hunter College. She completed her education with a Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University.

Duke has 15 years’ experience in nursing, with the last four years spent working as a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) specializing in inpatient cardiology and cardiac surgery in New York City at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the nation’s top hospitals.

In addition to her full-time career as an NP, she also serves as a clinical preceptor to NYU ACNP graduate students, an editorial contributor, a motivational speaker, a mentor, an agency-represented social media influencer, host of the “Bad Decisions Podcast” and founder of the “Duke It Up Event,” which is an empowerment and mentoring workshop.

Duke is respected most for her authentic, raw transparency and relatable content focusing on motivation, lifestyle and professional career insights and guidance. In 2019, the Katie Duke + Cherokee Uniforms Collection launched, making it the first collaborative scrubs collection in the world between a medical apparel brand and a nursing professional. The collection is an affordable, functional and all-inclusive size line of trendy and classic pieces for all health care providers.

Over the course of building her personal platform, she has worked with global brands such as Cherokee Uniforms, Laneige, Prudential Financial, Clinique, Magee Women’s Research Institute, Nestle Boost Nutrition,, Dentyne, Kaplan NCLEX Prep, Anisa Beauty, Panera,, SoFi Financial, Littmann Stethoscopes, Swimsuits For All, Easy Spirit, Nurses Travel Network and more. Duke has been featured in global women’s empowerment media campaigns alongside Ashley Graham, Brooke Shields and Angela Simmons.

In addition to continuing her inpatient NP career, Duke’s two-year goals include authoring a book about embracing your bad decisions and mistakes as a stepping stone to success, expanding her motivational event series, growing her collection with Cherokee Uniforms and branching into lifestyle products to help the everyday professional woman find work-life balance.


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