THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

Registration Open         
    8:30am – 6:00pm

 
President's Address
      9:00am – 10:00am
  1.0 Contact Hour
Mary Ann Nihart

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Inspiring Leadership Every Day

This presentation will describe the characteristics/qualities of individuals who are leaders and will explore ways to develop networks for leadership support and development. You will be challenged to identify at least one nursing project or issue that ignites your passion to lead, providing examples of everyday leadership that influence change in nursing practice, education, research, or administration.
APNA President: Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

About Mary Ann Nihart

   
Registration Open         
    8:30am – 6:00pm
Poster Presentations Open         
    10:00am

*Attendees can earn up to 4.0 contact hours for time spent reviewing and evaluating the posters on Thursday and Friday.
up to 4.0 Contact Hours*
   
  Concurrent Sessions
      Block 1:  10:15am – 11:00am
  .75 Contact Hours
   

2011
Safety Track


RN, APRN

Five Strategies to Mitigate Suicide Risk
10:15am – 11:00am

Drawing from systematic literature reviews, five strategies have been identified to use in the care of individuals who are suicidal. These strategies were followed longitudinally and shown to be efficacious in reducing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The strategies with rationale will be explained with a focus on implementation into practice.   Abstract

Presenter: Pamela K. Greene, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

   

2012
Graduate Education Track


APRN

 

Developing an Academic-Clinical Partnership Team to Implement Interprofessional PMHNP DNP Education:  A Story of Collision and Collaboration
10:15am – 11:00am

Presentation describes the story  of an academic-clinical partnership team brought together to implement a three year funded HRSA grant for advancing  interprofessional education of PMHNP DNP. Pharm D. and OT students. Quantitative and qualitative findings support the team's narrative. Recommendations for future project team development are discussed.   Abstract

Presenters: Merrie J. Kaas, Ph.D, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN;  Barbara L. Peterson, Ph.D, PMHCNS-BC;  Laura Church
 

2013
Research Track


APRN

The Impact of a Self-Management Intervention Use on Depression Outcomes  
10:15am – 11:00am

This study explored the relationship between use of a self-regulation intervention (PIM-D) and depression outcomes. Participants who used PIM-D more often showed improvement in sense of belonging, social support, quality of life, self-efficacy and depression scores at six months post-intervention.   Abstract

Presenters: Bonnie M. Hagerty, PhD, RN;  Melissa A. Bathish, PhD, RN, CPNP
 

2014
Administration Track


RN, APRN

Getting Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses to the Policy Table
10:15am – 11:00am

Nurses are excluded from policy roles due to lack of preparedness, invitation and time away from the bedside to participate. This session aims to increase awareness regarding the underrepresentation of psychiatric-mental health nurses in healthcare reform policy arenas and encourage approaches to closing this gap through education and engagement.   Abstract

Presenters: Jake Creviston, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC;  Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC
 

2015
Psychopharmacology Track*




APRN

Fatal Attractions:  Psychotropics, Cardio-Pulmonary Drugs, and AntiRetrovirals...Deadly Combinations
10:15am – 11:00am

Most psychiatric patients experience co-occurring medical illnesses. Drug-drug and drug-disease interactions are increasing as the numbers of available medications increase in both psychiatric and non-psychiatric illnesses.  A brief review of the etiology of the top 10 common interactions occurring in patients with co-morbid medical conditions will be presented.   Abstract

Presenter: Mary Denise Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN
 

2016
Child & Adolescent: Bullying Track


RN, APRN

Cyberbullying – The Dark Side of the Internet  
10:15am – 11:00am

The use of mobile devices has placed unprecedented access of technology in the hands of adolescents and with that access has come cyberbullying.   This workshop will look at the factors that place adolescents at risk to become victims of bullying and to become bully’s.  Specific evidence-based interventions will be discussed.  Abstract

Presenter: Sattaria S. Dilks, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
 

2017
Military Track


RN, APRN

PTSD, Vagus Nerve, and Social Withdrawal:  Heart-rate Variability as an Indicator of Symptom Severity and a Treatment Target for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
10:15am – 11:00am

Objective clinical measures for determining symptom severity and/or response to treatment in PTSD are lacking. Due to clinically valid and cost-effective availability of advanced consumer technology, heart-rate variability could provide such measures due to its correlation with PTSD symptom severity and its relative ease of assessing in the clinical setting.   Abstract

Presenters: William Chance Nicholson, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC;  Teena McGuiness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN;  Daniel Wyers, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC
 

  Concurrent Sessions
      Block 2:  11:15am – 12:00pm
  .75 Contact Hours
   

2021
Safety Track


RN

Eliminating Restraints on a High Acuity Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
11:15am – 12:00pm

Between April 2015 and February 2016, over 165,000 hours of care have been provided, frequently to agitated, aggressive patients. With hard work and a dedicated team, no restraints were utilized. This amazing accomplishment has led to a sense of pride among staff and a safer and more therapeutic environment.   Abstract

Presenter: Melinda L. Elliott, RN, MSN, NE-BC
 

2022
Graduate Education Track


APRN

 

Interprofessional Education in Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Education:  Lessons from the Classroom  
11:15am – 12:00pm

Two foundational, integrative mental health PMHDNP didactic courses were revised to include interprofessional competencies.  PMHDNP, PharmD3 and OT students developed understanding of collaborative team work through deliberate online and face-to-face group discussions, simulations.  Data from student focus groups, surveys, reflections, and self-assessments indicate positive student feedback and improved collaborative skills.   Abstract

Presenters: Barbara L. Peterson, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN;  Merrie J. Kaas, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, RN
 

2023
Research Track


RN, APRN

Understanding Depressive Symptoms:  Chronic Sorrow in the Elderly (Methodological Considerations and Clinical Implications)
11:15am – 12:00pm

Evaluation of depressive symptoms in elders with chronic medical conditions is complex and multi-faceted. Chronic sorrow related to chronic medical illness offers a less rigid and more nursing-focused approach to identification, treatment and prevention of progression of mood-related symptoms in the elderly.   Abstract

Presenter: Andrée de Lisser, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
 

2024
Administration Track


RN, APRN

Building and Sustaining Resilience for Nurse Leaders in Mental Health Nursing  
11:15am – 12:00pm

This presentation will focus on the importance of resiliency in our workforce. Nurse leaders will learn how to ensure resiliency in themselves and create a culture that’s conducive for staff to care for mental health populations long term.  Abstract

Presenters: Chelsie Lee Nilsson, MSN, PMHNP-BC;  Audrey A. Nottke, MBA, MSN, BSN
 

2025
Psychopharmacology Track*



APRN

How Not to Prescribe Benzodiazepines:  You're getting nervous already, aren't you?
11:15am – 12:00pm

Since benzodiazepines were introduced, they were useful in the management of anxiety, withdrawal and other uses. They were portrayed to be safe and a panacea for multiple psychiatric issues. Prescribing outside of their indications has let to national epidemics of misuse and chronic use. Indicated uses and alternatives are covered.   Abstract

Presenter: Alan Anthony ("Tony") Amberg, MSN APN PMHNP-BC
 

2026
Child & Adolescent: Bullying Track


RN, APRN

The Newest Risk Factor for Pediatric Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation: Cyberbullying
11:15am – 12:00pm

Well documented consequences of cyberbullying victimization in pediatrics include depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Though recommendations state that children should be seen by a healthcare professional when these issues occur currently no evidence-based guidelines exist to address cyberbullying victimization for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.   Abstract

Presenter: Elizabeth Hutson, RN, PMHNP-BC, PhD Student
 

2027
Military Track


RN, APRN

Combat-related Post Traumatic Stress - Survivor Guilt in the 21st Century
11:15am – 12:00pm

The influx of immigrants and integration of diverse populations have served to trigger Post Traumatic Stress in some veterans. Sudden and unavoidable local encounters with citizens of foreign combat deployments, have precipitated rage and shame. Adjunct therapies were implemented to treat this new presentation of symptoms.   Abstract

Presenter: Kathleen Lehmann, EdD(c), RN-BC PMHN

   
  Concurrent Sessions
      Block 3:  12:15pm – 1:00pm
  .75 Contact Hours
   

2031
Safety Track


RN

"Psychopathophagia":  A Hard Syndrome to Swallow (Deliberate Foreign Body Ingestion)
12:15pm – 1:00pm

“Psychopathophagia: A Hard Syndrome to Swallow” will provide an overview of this intriguing and complex disorder involving deliberate foreign body ingestion. The unique nursing care challenges, as well as strategies for implementing an effective care management plan at the multidisciplinary team level for this special patient population will be discussed.   Abstract

Presenter: Lisa Renee Kongable, MA, PMH-CNS, ARNP, CNE
 

2032
Graduate Education Track


APRN

Inspiring Future Leadership with Inter-professional Training for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Sudents at a School/Community Health Center
12:15pm – 1:00pm

Advanced practice psychiatric mental health (APPMH) nurses are pivotal in guiding interprofessional education and practice.  The leadership role of the faculty and APPMH nursing student in planning and implementing interprofessional case conferences at a school/community health center will be described. The successes and challenges will be analyzed.   Abstract

Presenter: Diana McIntosh, Ph.D., APRN, PMHCNS-BC
 

2033
Research Track


RN

The Impact of Two Nursing Protocols on Continuous Special Observation
12:15pm – 1:00pm

Continuous Special Observation (CSO) commonly ordered for patients at risk to injure themselves or others is based on control and coercion.  Two nursing protocols based on engagement were developed as an alternative. Nine year descriptive retrospective analysis of CSO and the protocols revealed significant reductions in the use of CSO.   Abstract

Presenter: Richard E. Ray, RN, MS, PMH-BC
 

2034
Administration Track


RN

Using Electronic Devices to Improve the Patient Care Experience on an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
12:15pm – 1:00pm

Patients are seldom allowed to use cell phones and personal electronic devices on inpatient behavioral health units.  Survey results seem to indicate that allowing access to these devices at the University of Iowa Hospital decreased patient perception of isolation from family and friends.   Abstract

Presenter: John J. Wagner, MA, RN-BC
 

2035
Psychopharmacology Track*

APRN

2015 ASAM Guidelines for the Use of Medications in Opioid Addictions:  What Providers Need to Know about Implementing It into Practice
12:15pm – 1:00pm

In this session, we will review the 2015 ASAM National Practice Guidelines for the Use of medications in the treatment of opioid use disorder.  We will review the DSM-V criteria for a substance use disorder, levels of care for treatment, and the process of making appropriate referrals when necessary.   Abstract

Presenter: Jessica Lynn Estes, DNP, APRN-NP, FPMHNP
 

2036
Child & Adolescent: Bullying Track


APRN

Bullying:  A Crisis in the Lives of our Children - How can Psychiatric Nurses Help?
12:15pm – 1:00pm

This presentation explores dangers of bullying confronting children today. How do we identify early warning signs of bullying, intervene and educate children, families and schools to stop bullying in society? Every 7 seconds, a child is being bullied in school. We will discuss interventions to stop bullying in our world.   Abstract

Presenter: Sharon Faith DiVitto, RN, MSN, MA, CS, APRN
 

2037
Military Track


RN, APRN

Institutional Stigma and the United States Military
12:15pm – 1:00pm

United States military service members who seek mental health care are confronted with institutional stigma that is explicitly written within military policies. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses should advocate for policy change and promote service members’ ability to seek and receive mental health treatment without limitations to their career.   Abstract

Presenters: Douglas Taylor, BSN, RN-BC;  Amy Brzuchalski, RN, MSN;  Charles Walker, RN, BSN, CEN

   
Lunch - TBD
    1:15pm – 2:45pm
 
 
  Mini Concurrent Sessions
      3:00pm – 3:45pm
  .75 Contact Hours
     

2041
Restraint Reduction

RN, APRN

RN

Restraint Reduction Education in a Critical Care Unit:  Inclusion of Mitigation of Nurse Stress/Therapeutic Communication
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Restraint reduction occurs by changing safety paradigms. Cultures persist considering restraints as safe for inpatients in critical care areas. Educational interventions included mitigation of nurse stress, de-escalation, injuries in restraints, and restraint alternatives. Results, measured by restraint volumes and an RN survey (Perceived Stress Scale, PSS-10), are presented pre/post intervention.   Abstract

Presenters: Constance Noll, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP;  Janet McMillan, DSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
 

Use of a Tidal Model Informed Program to Improve Patient Satisfaction and Decrease Chemical Restraints on an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at a Community Hospital
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Seeking to improve patient satisfaction and decrease utilization of chemical restraints, our inpatient psychiatric unit designed and implemented a Tidal Model informed practice change that focused on therapeutic nurse-patient relationships and interdisciplinary support of a recovery-oriented environment. Outcome measurements suggest effectiveness of our practice change.   Abstract

Presenters: Phyllis Cratty, RN, BSN;  Brittany Chabak, LCSW, MPH

2042
Older Adults


RN

RN
 

Never Let a Stumble be the End of Your Journey:  The Road to Decreasing Falls on a Gero-Psych Unit
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Common falls prevention strategies were not successful in significantly decreasing falls rates on a geriatric psychiatry unit.  A new falls analysis was conducted, which resulted in the implementation of non-traditional preventive measures.  The unit then went 52 days without a fall and rates remain below the NDNQI benchmark.  Abstract

Presenters: Ann Evans, MSN, RN;  Bonnie Underwood, BSN, RN
 

Reducing Falls with Injury on an Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit through the Elevation of  Nursing Support Staff:  An Interprofessional Approach
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Discover how one organization was able to decrease their inpatient psychiatry falls with injury rate by 100% through an internal certification program which elevated the practice of nursing support staff.  The initiative was supported by an interprofessional task force aimed at identifying patients who had unsteady gait and low MoCA. Abstract

Presenters: Lynn Ives, MSN, RN-BC;  Jessie Reich, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CMSRN;  Kathryn Farrell, MSN, RN
 

2043
Research: Substance Use



RN, APRN

Developing a Tailored Tobacco Treatment Program for Individuals with Schizophrenia:  A Mixed-Methods Study
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Individuals with Schizophrenia have a greater tobacco use prevalence than those with other mental illnesses. We employed a mixed-methods design to adapt an evidence-based tobacco treatment program to the unique needs of this population. Our findings highlight specific tobacco treatment approaches to be tailored to those with schizophrenia.  Abstract

Presenter: Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

Educating Undergraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Students in Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Motivational Interviewing to Improve Rates of Substance Abuse Screening and Enhance Therapeutic Communication Skills
3:00pm – 3:45pm

This presentation will discuss use of an online interactive eLearning scenario to teach screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT) to undergraduate psychiatric nursing students. The Kognito eLearning simulation, SBI with Adolescents, will be presented and participants will be able to become active learners in the simulation experience.  Abstract

Presenters: Cathy W. Koetting, DNP, CPNP, FNP-C;  Patricia Freed, Ed D, RN
 

2044
Pain Management



RN, APRN

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Adjunctive Treatment for Pain
3:00pm – 3:45pm

This presentation will describe an evidence-based practice project about the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as an adjunctive treatment for pain. The presentation will review the evidence that supports the use of ACT for pain treatment; it will include a case study to illustrate the application.  Abstract

Presenters: Schuyler Ellis, BSN, RN;  Madison Worley, BSN, RN;  Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Mindfulness Meditation as an Adjunctive Treatment for Chronic Pain
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Chronic pain often co-occurs with depression, anxiety, somatization disorders and suicidality. Primary pain strategies have limited efficacy and often devastating side-effects, including opiate dependence. This presentation will describe an evidence-based practice project about mindfulness meditation as an adjunctive treatment for chronic pain. Implications for education and practice will be discussed.   Abstract

Presenters: John Benson, BSN, RN;  Erica Cuscina, BSN, RN;  Stephen Morocco, BSN, RN;  Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
 

2045
Practice

RN

RN, APRN

Inappropriate Placement of Delirium Patients on the Psychiatric Unit
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Delirium is a commonly misdiagnosed as a psychiatric illness. Inappropriate placement of delirium patients to psychiatric units often need emergent transfers due to medical events.   This presentation will focus on one organization's journey into developing an assessment/screening tool that will assist in appropriate placement of patients to the psychiatric unit.  Abstract

Presenter: Michelle L. Geiss, RN-BC, BSN
 

Personalized Medicine:  Using Psychogenomic Testing in Your Practice
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Psychogenomics is a rapidly evolving field that predicts patient response to psychotropic medications based on genotype. By eliminating drugs that may not be efficacious either pharmacokinteically and/or pharmacodynamically, less trial and error in drug selection can result in less patient morbidity, and better outcomes.  Abstract

Presenter: Sheryl LaCoursiere, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, APRN
 

2046
Leadership

RN

RN, APRN

Characteristics of Great Nurse Leaders:  A Systematic Review
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Description of Systematic Review of the literature published between 2006 - 2016 on characteristics of great nurse leaders. Strategies that promote enriching and innovative work environments will be discussed. Effective and ineffective leadership characteristics will be compared and contrasted.   Gaps within the literature on effective nurse leadership will be identified.   Abstract

Presenter: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, CNS

Being the Legally Responsible Clinician In Charge of Patient Care - Clinical Leadership in UK Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing  
3:00pm – 3:45pm

This presentation describes the legal and clinical implications for nurses in the UK of practicing as the 'Responsible Clinician' for civilly committed patients. A nurse taking on a clinical leadership role previously the domain of the attending physician, changes the dynamics within a multidisciplinary team and has wider professional connotations.  Abstract

Presenter: Paul Veitch, RN, MSc, PGcert
 

2047
Eating Behavior



RN, APRN

The Connection Between Food And Mood - What The Research Is Telling Us 
3:00pm – 3:45pm

There is a growing body of research showing the correlation between food and mental health, Learn the significance of arachidonic acid, folate, tryptophan, mercury and artificial sweeteners as well as beans, greens, grains and vegetables on depression and mood.   Abstract

Presenter: Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Does a Mindful Eating Intervention Decrease Binge Eating Episodes?   
3:00pm – 3:45pm

A nine week group intervention on mindful eating was administered to a group of self-identified binge eating women taking psychotropic drugs in order to decrease binge eating in this population. Binge eating and levels of depression decreased to a 95% confidence level; participants were highly satisfied with the intervention.   Abstract

Presenter: Sharon D. Beck, LCSW, RN, DNP student
 

     
  Interactive Panels
      4:00pm – 5:30pm
  
1.5 Contact Hours
   

2051
APRN Council


APRN

APRN Council Interactive Session
4:00pm – 5:30pm

This open-dialogue session will serve to inform those in attendance about issues common to all PMH-APRN practices, about various state and national developments and suggest possible solutions.  Finally, we will discuss innovative ways to begin to include psychotherapy in all APRN practice.   Abstract

Presenters: Kathryn S. Johnson, PMHNP-BC; PMHCNS-BC;  Sattaria (Tari) Dilks, DNP
 

2052
Education Council


RN

Interactive Education Council Session
4:00pm – 5:30pm

This interactive panel will report the Council’s progress in development of our structure and strategic planning process over the last year. Sub-committee chairs will share feedback received from APNA members  and describe initial plans for the subcommittees' work in the areas of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education.   Abstract

Presenter: Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN
 

2053
Recovery Council


RN

What are your Recovery Resilience Innovations?   Recovery Interactive Panel
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Every day nurses collaborate with patients to develop resilience that will promote recovery. This very interactive panel provides an opportunity to share examples of your resilience innovations.   Abstract

Presenter: Genevieve E. Chandler, PhD, RN; Kris Lambert, PhD, RN; Gail Stern, PhD, RN; Sue Brammer, PhD, RN
 

2054
Addictions Council

RN, APRN

Addictions Council Interactive Panel  
4:00pm – 5:30pm

The Addictions Council Interactive Panel is a forum where psychiatric nurses can discuss addictions-related issues with the goal of increasing their knowledge to enhance understanding and enhance practice in this area.  The Panel exists to foster discussion and empower attendees to provide leadership in addressing substance use and addictive disorders.   Abstract

Presenters: Matthew Tierney, MS, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC;  Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS
 

2055
Child & Adolescent Council


RN, APRN

Child and Adolescent Council Interactive Panel
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Overview of trauma/neuroscience of trauma in children and teens; overview of trauma as it affects nurses' self-care, inpatient care, EBP practices, and special populations.  Abstract

Presenter: Diane M. Wieland, PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNE

 
  Awards Ceremony
    5:45pm - 6:30pm


New this year! Join us for a special ceremony to honor APNA members who have demonstrated excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing: our 2016 APNA Annual Awards recipients.
 

   
  Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
    6:30pm - 8:30pm


New this year! Network with your fellow attendees as well as the 2016 Exhibitors in this light-fare reception.

Discussion
*This session’s contact hours pertain to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.
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