Wednesday Thursday



Full Schedule


    Product Theater Breakfast       
6:00am – 7:30am

    Registration Open
  7:30am – 5:00pm


  Keynote Presentation
      8:00am – 9:00am
  1.0 Contact Hour

Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN
Building Leadership Connections at Each Career Stage

  About Angela McBride


    Exhibit Hall Open
  9:00am – 11:30am


  Mini Concurrent Sessions
      Block 1: 
11:00am – 11:45am
  .75 Contact Hour



The Use of Simulation Training in Code 2000 Psychiatric Emergencies at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System
11:00am – 11:45am

This is a description of an education initiative to provide Simulation Training to responders of Psychiatric Emergencies at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. The use of simulation training provides staff with the opportunity to decrease anxiety, use clinical judgement, and gain valuable skills to achieve optimal patient outcomes.  Abstract

Speakers: Linda I. Kaplan, RN, MSN, CARN;  Danielle Battinelli-Weng, RN, BSN

Aren't All Nursing Students Anxious? Failure to Recognize Anxiety Disorders and Psychopathology in Nursing Students
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation explores failure to recognize anxiety disorders among nursing students. The perception that nursing school is stressful and students will experience anxiety as the “norm” creates a barrier to identification of and early intervention for the student with an anxiety disorder. Strategies to address this issue will be presented.  Abstract

Speaker: Brenda G. Kucirka, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE



Managing Treatment Failures In Depression, Bi-Polar Disorders and Personality Disorders: When Medication is Not Enough
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation will utilize patient examples to help participants identify some common diagnostic mistakes and consequent treatment failures. A discussion of available options for treatment resistant cases will assist attendees in recognizing the need for and proper use of adjunct medication and psychotherapy plus consultation and supervision.  Abstract

Speaker: Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, APN, PMHCNS-BC

Suicide Assessment and Prevention: A Clinical Practice Guideline
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation explores the development and implementation of a suicide clinical practice guideline. An algorithm to assess suicide risk and another algorithm for intervention will be presented. These practice guidelines were implemented with family nurse practitioners in a student health center. The outcome was successful and a practice change occurred.  Abstract

Speaker: Shonda Phelon, DNP, APMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Child &


Designer Drugs and Adolescent Use: What all Psychiatric Nurses Need to Know
11:00am – 11:45am

Due to the increase of emergency department visits, in-patient hospitalizations and death, the purpose of this presentation is to inform psychiatric nurses of designer drug use, training on identification of signs and symptoms and educate patients through supportive care to reduce the devastation of designer drugs, which can be permanent.  Abstract

Speaker: Katharine Frances Drobile-Landis, RN, BC, BSN (BSN-DNP candidate)

Understanding Self Injurious Behaviors in the Adolescent Population
11:00am – 11:45am

The care and treatment of adolescent and young adult patients that exhibit self injurious behavior is quite challenging. Improving the ability of the psychiatric nurse to assess and plan the care of these patients is critical to the patient developing higher level skills of self observation leading to self supervision.  Abstract

Speaker: Wayne Mitchell Steller, MSN, PMHNP-BC



Hospitalization for Suicide Attempt: Continuity of Care and Transitions to Post-Discharge Behavioral Health Treatment
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation of a VA retrospective observational study examines the relationship between health system characteristics surrounding care of a suicide attempt and the timing of post-discharge behavioral health care. Variations in the setting of care and inter-facility communication contributed to delays in the receipt of post-discharge behavioral health treatment.  Abstract

Speaker: Alice C. Bernet, PhD, PMHNP-BC

Treating Combat Veterans with PTSD Using Group-Based Exposure Therapy
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation will elaborate on the issue of multiple deployments in combat veterans within the last decade. Symptoms and new diagnostic criteria for PTSD in the DSM-5 are identified. A new form of treatment, Group-Based Exposure Therapy (GBET), specific to this population is shared.  Abstract

Speakers: Laura M. Wells, BSN;  Georgine R. Berent, EdD, RN-BC



A Mid-Range Theory of Parental Postadoption Depression
11:00am – 11:45am

In this discussion, Dr. Foli will present her mid-range theory of parental postadoption depression. A critique of the existing literature, influential in the development of this theory, will be offered. Emphasis will be placed on how clinicians can approach parents who may be experiencing depressive symptoms post-placement.  Abstract

Speaker: Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN

Interventions for Grandmothers: Comparative Effectiveness of Resourcefulness Training, HRV Biofeedback, and Journaling
11:00am – 11:45am

The comparative effectiveness of mental-health promoting interventions for grandmothers raising grandchildren has not been examined. This pilot trial investigated effects of resourcefulness training, biofeedback, and journaling on stress, depressive symptoms, and quality of life in 60 grandmothers. The findings showed differential effectiveness of the three interventions on the study outcomes.  Abstract

Speaker: Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN



Digital Story Telling as a Self-reflection Tool
11:00am – 11:45am

The purpose of this presentation is to explore and evaluate the use of digital story telling in a psychiatric mental health (PMH) DNP program. This presentation will explore the use of digital story telling as a tool to insure that self-reflection, compassion and empathy are instilled in PMH DNP students.  Abstract

Speaker: Julie Dewitt-Kamada, DNP, PMHARNP; Carrie E. Holliday, PhD, PMHARNP

Simulation Pedagogy: Making it Interpersonal
11:00am – 11:45am

This curriculum intervention involves an immediate immersion using Peplau’s Theory of interpersonal relationships with didactic and simulation. This immersion in a BSN-DNP PMHNP program accelerates and supports the learning necessary for students to transition from novice to accomplished independent clinicians treating military veterans, service members, retiree’s and their families.  Abstract

Speakers: Regina D. Owen, PMHNP-BC;  Teresa Combs, PhD, APRN-BC



The New Confidential! Integrated Electronic Health Records and Privacy
11:00am – 11:45am

Confidentiality is a core component of Psychiatric Nursing. The EHR shared by multiple providers outside of our Mental Health silos. This creates new opportunities and new dangers for our patients' privacy and ethical practice. This presentation explores how we met the challenge to provide A New Confidentiality.  Abstract

Speaker: Gail Rene Stern, RN,MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Tracking Outcomes of a New De-Escalation Management Training Program
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation will explore the process and results of a quality improvement project that aimed to improve psychiatric, security, and emergency department staff attitudes toward managing violence and aggression by utilizing a new de-escalation training program focused on professionalism, planning, crisis communication, and human rights.  Abstract

Speakers: Dawn Bounds, MSN, PMHNP-BC



The Unique Role of the Psychiatric Nurse in Emergency Behavioral Health
11:00am – 11:45am

The number of patients seeking psychiatric care in the emergency department has increased while inpatient beds have decreased. As the demands increase, it is imperative to look at the role psychiatric registered nurses can play in providing crisis assessment and disposition to patients presenting to the emergency department.  Abstract

Speaker: Lisa A. Naugle, MSN, Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse

Decreasing Psychiatric Admission Wait Time in the Emergency Department by Facilitating Psychiatric Discharges: A Quality Improvement Project
11:00am – 11:45am

This quality improvement project demonstrated how patient flow into and out of a psychiatric unit was improved. Access to inpatient psychiatric care was improved by significantly decreasing the wait time in the Emergency Department for psychiatric admissions by using PDSA cycles to make changes in discharge processes.  Abstract

Speaker: Pamela R. Stover, MN, RN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC


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