Friday, October 11 Preliminary Program Schedule


3001: Team Intelligence in Action: The Key to Nursing Voice and Patient Safety
8:00am – 9:00am
1.0 Contact Hours

Nurses consider themselves to be patient advocates. Their advocacy is in the service of patient safety and the best experience for the patient. Advocacy is not possible if nurses do not develop the kind of team intelligence necessary to produce quality results. This keynote will consider the concept of team intelligence which is the foundation upon which genuine teamwork is built. It will explore how nurses can develop team intelligence within their own profession and advocate for the promotion of team intelligence throughout healthcare. About the Author

Keynote Speaker:  Suzanne Gordon

Exhibit Hall Open
9:00am – 11:30am  

Poster Presentations Open
9:00am – 11:30am  
up to 4.0 Contact Hours

Poster presentations will be open for viewing in the poster presentation area of the exhibit hall on Thursday from 1:30pm – 4:30pm and on Friday from 9:00am – 11:30am. Attendees will be able to earn up to 4.0 contact hours for time spent reviewing & evaluating the posters.


Mini Concurrent Sessions
       11:15am – 12:00pm
.75 Contact Hours

3011:  Undergraduate Education – Simulation
11:15am – 12:00pm

The Table-top Simulation as an Engaging and Inexpensive Approach to Teaching Psychiatric Nursing (RN, APRN)

Table-top simulations are an engaging and inexpensive alternative to standard simulations. Following hospital policy, students log–in a “patient’s” belongings using faculty-prepared suitcases, which have been packed with belongings patients would typically be allowed to have as well as “contraband”, prompting discussion on risk-assessment and patient rights. Abstract

Speaker: Joan C. Masters, EdD, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Using Simulation Activities to Enhance Psychiatric Nursing Skills (RN)

The use of laboratory simulation for beginning nursing students enrolled in a psychiatric nursing course provides a safe environment for the student to practice therapeutic communication skills, determine nursing interventions, and exercise critical thinking skills. Educators are able to evaluate the students’ skills and provide feedback. Abstract

Speaker: Carole Bomba, MSN, RN, CNE


3012:  E-Tools & Electronic Health Records
11:15am – 12:00pm

CareIndicator, a Self-Management E-tool for Early Signaling and Intervention in Bipolar Disorder (RN, APRN)

The CareIndicator is an internet based tool that helps both patient with bipolar disorder and their caregiver to monitor patient specific prodromes and symptoms. During the presentation we will present the development of the tool and the results of a pilot study on satisfaction, user friendliness and effects on self-management. Abstract

Speaker: Peter Goossens, PhD, MANP, RN, FEANS

Using a Web-based Patient-Provider Messaging System to Enhance Patient Satisfaction Among Active Duty Sailors and Marines Seen in the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic: A Pilot Study (APRN)

The advancement of technology has sparked considerable interest in the adaptation of EHRs (Electronic Health Records) to improve health outcomes. However, the explosion of a secured online communication has only mostly spread across the primary care arena. This presentation will describe the effectiveness of a web-based patient-provider messaging system in enhancing patient satisfaction among active duty Sailors and Marines in a psychiatric outpatient clinic. Abstract

Speaker: LCDR Jane Abanes, MSN/Ed, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC


3013:  Women & Older Adults
11:15am – 12:00pm

Feminist Theory: Exploration and Application to an 82 Year Old Anxious Female Therapy Patient (APRN)

Cultural differences between older women and health care professionals can impact patients’ feelings of wellbeing. The effects of optimism and self acceptance, and normalization of self in achieving generativity in aging females are therapy goals. Feminist theory is reviewed and applied to a therapy case study. The developmental concept of generativity and potential measurement tools are discussed. Abstract

Speaker: Beverly Reeves-Dudley, MSN, MA, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Need for Resourcefulness Training for Women Caregivers of Elders with Dementia (RN, APRN)

Establishing the need for teaching women dementia caregivers to be resourceful in managing stress and depressive symptoms should precede effectiveness testing. This pilot trial with 138 women dementia caregivers revealed a substantial need for resourcefulness training using subjective and objective data. Thus, effectiveness testing will be the next logical step. Abstract

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


3014:  Inpatient Safety
11:15am – 12:00pm

Crisis Intervention Training with a Twist: National Staff Training to Develop Self-Care Skills and Integrate Chaos Theory for Safer Work Environments (RN)

New factors of chaos, such as violence, nursing informatics, technology, nursing workload, workflow, and staffing issues have created additional levels of complexity and stress which directly effect a nurse's health and patient safety. Educational programing on crisis management, chaos and change theories and self-care are needed to address daily workplace realities. Abstract

Speaker: Angela C. Schmidt, BS, BSN, RN-C

Demographics, Clinical Characteristics, and Pharmacological Treatment of Aggressive Patients Admitted to an Acute Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit of a Community General Hospital (RN)

Demographic, clinical characteristics (diagnosis, symptoms, severity of symptoms and pharmacological treatment) of persons at risk for violence during hospitalization on the acute inpatient behavioral health unit of a community general hospital will be discussed. Environmental and staff communication/interpersonal factors will also be discussed. Abstract

Speaker: Cynthia Reade, MS, RN-BC, NE-BC


3015:  Multicultural Topics
11:15am – 12:00pm

African American Males Diagnosed with Schizophrenia: Strategies for Treatment (RN, APRN)

Based on a phenomenological study of African American men diagnosed with schizophrenia and living in an urban environment, treatment strategies are proposed that can be applied by nurses working in a clinical therapeutic setting. Abstract

Speaker: Lorraine B. Anderson, PhD, MPA, RN

Physical Violence, Emotional Support, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation Among Thai Women (RN, APRN)

Suicidal ideation (SI) is a known risk factor for suicide and other negative sequelae of depression. Predictors of SI have not been thoroughly examined in women in Thailand. The purpose of this study is to examine predictors (physical violence, emotional support, and depression) of SI among Thai women. Abstract

Speaker: Barbara L. Drew, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


3016:  Inpatient Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice
11:15am – 12:00pm

Recovery Oriented Approach to Milieu Management in a Community Hospital (RN)

The Tidal Model has been applied in over 100 facilities worldwide, but there has yet to be a documented implementation of this recovery-oriented model in the US. A unit in Western Pennsylvania designated an interdisciplinary committee of employees to develop the first US inpatient program influenced by the Tidal Model. Abstract

Speakers: Jason Melegari, BSN; Brittany Chabak, LSW, MPH

Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Behaviors of Mental Health Nurses (RN)

This research study used two instruments to collect emotional intelligence (EI) and leadership data from mental health nurses at a North Georgia mental health facility: The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso EI Test (MSCEIT) and the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ). Results of the correlation of EI and leadership skills will be presented. Abstract

Speaker: Traci T. Sims, APRN-BC, MS


Symposium Luncheon                                                                                                  
12:15pm – 1:45pm
1.5 Contact Hours

From Misdiagnosis to Treatment Failures: Nursing Strategies to Mitigate the Burden of Bipolar Depression

Are you achieving the best possible outcomes for your patients with bipolar depression? Join your colleagues for an interactive, case-based discussion on optimal strategies to bridge the treatment gap that currently impedes the management of bipolar depression. We will address the ongoing clinical course experienced with bipolar depression using platforms for information-sharing to address key issues affecting diagnosis and support for persons who need to manage symptoms. The faculty panel will include a person with lived experience who will provide a unique perspective on the challenges of bipolar disorder and insights into the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse in supporting optimal outcomes.

Supported by an educational grant from Sunovion.

Concurrent Sessions - Block 1
        Block 1: 2:00pm – 2:45pm
.75 Contact Hours

3021: (Military Track) Intensive Outpatient Behavioral Health Program in a Military Facility (RN, APRN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

This presentation describes a three-week behavioral health intensive outpatient program design implemented at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The program’s overarching philosophy was to develop and institute a holistic behavioral health fitness program for Service Members in order to decrease symptoms, enhance performance and build resistance. Abstract

Speaker: JoEllen Fielden, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC

3022: (Child & Adolescent Track) Boy: TDTM Girl: CD9--Decoding the Dangers of Teen Sexting (RN, APRN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Sexting is defined as the exchange of sexually explicit images between two people via cell phone. This modality coupled with teen vulnerabilities create unique psychological, social, and legal consequences of sexting. This presentation discusses what mental health nurses must know to assess for teen sexting and how to successfully intervene. Abstract

Speaker: Erin Ellington, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

3023: (Integrated Physical & Mental Health Track) Lessons from the Front: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Providing Health Care Integration (RN, APRN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Psychiatric APRNs bridge gaps in the health care delivery system and provide leadership to enhance integrated care. This presentation will provide exemplars of PMHNP roles facilitating integrated care and discuss how health problems that “fall between the cracks” of our fragmented system can be addressed using an integrated nursing model. Abstract

Speakers: Aaron M. Miller, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC; Sherri A. Borden, ANP-BC, CNS; Matt Tierney, MSN, CNS, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Bethany Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS

3024: (Inpatient Recovery Practice Track) Recovery Goals: Identifying a Patient's Passion (RN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Illness Management and Recovery is a step-by-step program that helps people set meaningful goals for themselves, acquire information and skills to develop more sense of mastery over their psychiatric illness, and make progress towards their own personal recovery. Learn how to identify your patient's passion! Abstract

Speaker: Chris Walker, MSN, RN, MHA

3025: (Simulation Education Track) And the Oscar Goes to… Mental Health Therapeutic Communication Simulation: Enhancing Student Learning (RN, APRN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

Presenters describe the development of a mental health simulation activity for nursing students utilizing previous semester volunteers as standardized patients. Faculty who want to incorporate low cost, effective simulations into their learning curriculum can benefit from lessons learned from this beneficial learning activity, as well as dissemination of educational material. Abstract

Speakers: Leslie Miles, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Linda Mabey, DNP, APRN-BC; Katie Stansfield, BSN Student; Sarah Leggett, BSN Student

3026: (Practice Track) Co-morbidity of Homelessness, Mental Illness, Substance Use, Chronic Medical Illness, and Pharmacotherapy Challenges (APRN)
2:00pm – 2:45pm

    Co-morbid psychiatric, substance, chronic pain and addiction complicate the diagnostic and treatment picture of those who experience homelessness. Discussion of treatment-decision-making within the framework of Peplau and trauma-informed care will be presented. Abstract

Speakers: Mary Weber, PhD, APRN, PMHNP; Diane Snow PhD, PMHNP-BC, CARN, FAANP

Concurrent Sessions
        Block 2: 2:55pm – 3:40pm
.75 Contact Hours

3031: (Military Track) Moral Injury in Returning Veterans: Concept and Emerging Treatments (APRN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm


Speaker: Doris C. Vallone, PhD, PMHCNS, BC

3032: (Child & Adolescent Track) Turning the Tides of Trauma and Addiction Through Group Therapy (RN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm

This project identifies an effective evidenced-based group therapy for treating trauma and substance abuse in adolescents. There are multiple reasons for this occurring, many of which will be addressed with this project. There is a lack of services to meet the needs of this population both for inpatient and outpatient. Abstract

Speakers: Joan Parker-Dias, RN-BC, MSN, PMHCNS; Tina M. Truncellito, RN, BS, CNIV

3033: (Integrated Physical & Mental Health Track) Integrating Behavioral Health in a Primary Care Clinic (APRN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm

    Integrating Behavioral Health in a Primary care clinic is based on a model of the psychiatric nurse practitioner as a prescribing consultant. The consultant is supported by an LCSW,behavioral health assistant and case manager. Consulting consists of educating primary care prescribers and seeing difficult cases. Brief intervention is the focus. Abstract

Speaker: Kathy E. Brotzge, MSN, PMHNP-BC

3034: (Inpatient Recovery Practice Track) Promoting Recovery with Trauma Informed Practice (RN, APRN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm

This presentation will review the fundamental components of recovery and trauma informed care. This presentation will also review several theoretical frameworks regarding trauma, and discuss the standardized assessment tools available to screen for the experience of trauma, and discuss treatment strategies for dealing with trauma in behavioral healthcare settings. Abstract

Speaker: Diane H. Esposito, ARNP, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

3035: (Simulation Education Track) Creating and Evaluating “The Mental Health Ward”: An International Collaborative Evidence Based Simulation (RN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm

The development and evaluation of the “Mental Health Ward”, a simulated psychiatric unit that includes the use of standardized patients and realistic scenarios will be presented. In addition to the planning and development of this innovative course, outcomes of student learning will be presented. Abstract

Speakers: Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, MS, RN; Trish J. Bendel, MS, RN; Kathleen Musker, PhD, RN

3036: (Practice Track) The Effects of Aroma Therapy on Falls in a Geropsychiatric Population. (RN, APRN)
2:55pm – 3:40pm

Aromatherapy has been proven to relieve agiation in geriatric patients. Aromatherapy is useful in reducing the need for sedating medication and ultimately falls on geriatric in-patient units. Abstract

Speakers: Suzanne Lee, BSN, RN; Erin Ritter, MSN, RN, CNL

Concurrent Sessions
        Block 3: 3:35pm – 4:20pm
.75 Contact Hours

3041: (Military Track) Roadmap to Recovery along the VA Way : A Guide to Applying the Recovery Model to Nursing Practice Across the Continuum of Care (RN, APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm


Speaker: Joan Strenio, MSN,PMHCNS-BC

3042: (Child & Adolescent Track) Promoting the Therapeutic Alliance by Defining Effective Engagement Between Adolescents and Their Mental Health Clinicians (RN, APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm

An evidence-based definition of adolescent engagement in mental health services to promote the nurse-patient therapeutic alliance will be explored. Morse’s Pragmatic Utility Method of concept analysis and cognitive behavioral change theory will be used to reconceptualize adolescent engagement to include behavioral, affective, and cognitive components. Abstract

Speaker: Jennifer S. Schneider, RN, MA

3043: (Integrated Physical & Mental Health Track) Development of a Behavioral Health Medical Home: Nurses Filling the Gap (RN, APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm

Addressing medical needs of persons with psychiatric illness is challenging and complicated but is essential to recovery and well-being. This presentation will describe a pilot study addressing the feasibility of a behavioral health-centered medical home and the role nursing will play in this model of care. Abstract

Speakers: Paula Bolton, MS, APRN-BC; Margaret Knight, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

3044: (Inpatient Recovery Practice Track) Advancing Mental Health Recovery: Lessons Learned from the Transformation of an Inpatient Unit (RN, APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm

Participants will learn about the development of an inpatient recovery based treatment program on a unit where practices were inconsistent with recovery-oriented principles. The presentation will include lessons learned during the process and the vital role of the nurse manager and nurse practitioner in leading this transformation. Abstract

Speakers: MaryBeth Cassidy, MSN, APRN-BC; Sandra Jensen, BSN, RN

3045: (Simulation Education Track) Hearing Voices: Evaluation of a Six Second Simulation (APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm

Psychiatric nursing requires empathy, respect and strategies of therapeutic communication for the patient diagnosed with mental illness. This study, using sixty randomized self-reflections, evaluates a low fidelity, six-second in class simulation for educational impact that corrects misperceptions, increases empathy for patients and creates new cognitions related to therapeutic communication. Abstract

Speakers: Brenda Marshall, EdD, PMHNP-BC; Julie Bliss, EdD, RN

3046: (Practice Track) What You Really Need to Know About Menopause, Prescribing & Depression for Advanced Practice (APRN)
4:00pm – 4:45pm

    Prescribing antidepressants for women experiencing the menopausal transition can be challenging. Estrogen has been found to decrease oxidation of some antidepressants. Concurrent use of medications and regimens known to induce the cytochrome P450 enzymes. Additionally some classes of antidepressants may work more effectively (synergistically) in the presence of HRT. Abstract

Speaker: Margit B Gerardi, PhD, RN, WHNP

Interactive Panels
5:00pm - 6:30pm  
1.5 Contact Hours

3051: Institute for Mental Health Advocacy: What's New on the Advocacy Scene for 2013 (RN, APRN)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

APNA is the voice of psychiatric nurses in the United States. APNA's Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) brings together experts in health policy and advocacy to weigh in on topics important to psychiatric nurses and mental health consumers. In this offering we provide an interactive discussion of recent issues of the IMHA and interests of participants. A recorder will transcribe the content of the session to help plan the activities of the IMHA for next year. Abstract

Speakers: Margaret Halter, PhD, APRN; Christine Tebaldi, MSN, PMHNP-BC

3052: Child and Adolescent Council Interactive Panel (RN, APRN)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Address advances in mental health recovery for child and adolescent practice. A summary of relevant APNA discussion board topics and content summary will be presented. APNA Child & Adolescent Resource page will be discussed. Abstract

Speakers: Sue Odegarden, MA, MS, BSN; Vanessa Genung, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, LCSW-ACP, LMFT, LCDC

3053: Tobacco Dependence Interactive Panel (RN, APRN)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Describe the key components of APNA's strategic plan for addressing tobacco dependence. Abstract

Speakers: Daryl Sharp, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NPP; Susan Blaakman, PhD, PMHNP-BC

3054: Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Interactive Panel (RN, APRN)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Describe strategies to build therapeutic relationships with victims identified to have a prior history of abuse, or who are at risk. Abstract

Speaker: Carrie M. Carretta, PhD, APN, AHN-BC, FPMHNP

3055: APRN Council Interactive Panel  (APRN)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

The APRN Council Interactive Session will present results from this past year’s efforts to achieve Council and APNA missions. A dialogue with audience participation will follow, focusing on selected key APRN-PMH issues and events in 2013.

Speakers:  Michael Terry, DNP, APRN-PMH/FNP;  Sattaria Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC;  Katherine Darling, DNP, PMHNP. PMHCNS;  Kathy Johnson, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC;  Joshua Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNE

Friday Night Fiesta
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Join your colleagues and their guests for a night of food, music, and fun in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. After several days jam packed with continuing education, this is your time to relax and maybe even go a little hog wild. See y’all there!

This event is ncluded in all full conference registrations.
Guest tickets: $75