APNA 27th Annual Conference Highlights
President Beth Phoenix welcomes attendees to the APNA Annual Conference - M. Holtby, DenverPhotography.com
Recovery to Practice Facilitator TrainingPre-Conference Recovery to Practice Facilitator Training

Friday Night Fiesta!

Complimentary copies of Tom Rath's book

Poster Presenters

A lasso wielding president, tai chi, hula hoops, book signings, not to mention more than 1300 nurses and psychiatric mental health professionals - that's just sampling of what we saw at the APNA 27th Annual Conference this past October 9th through 12th. Here's a quick play-by-play of what went down in San Antonio:

Learn
Each day was packed full of educational sessions, symposia, interactive panels, and more. Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 27 contact hours on site and will be able to earn CE for those sessions they did not attend via session recordings in the eLearning Center (available in about 6 weeks). Topics covered included practice, seclusion and restraint, medication effectiveness, recovery, communication assessment, undergraduate and graduate education, military mental health, child and adolescent practice, inpatient risk reduction...and more. Click the arrow buttons below to learn more:
 

Network
Attendees also cited the networking, both planned and unplanned, that occured at the conference as one of the most valuable aspects of their time in San Antonio: members of committees who had corresponded via Member Bridge met face-to-face, presenters handed out their contact information to continue conversations about their sessions or posters after the conference, and students learned from seasoned professionals. Click the arrow buttons below to learn more:

Celebrate & Inspire
But the conference was not all education and networking, there were plenty of opportunities to be inspired, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded professionals, and have a little bit of fun. The San Antonio Riverwalk offered restaurants and shopping, not to mention the Alamo. Sessions and discussions re-energized and reinforced passion in the PMH nursing proffession. And at the Friday Night Fiesta attendees donned bandanas, ate tex-mex grub, danced to a band of lawyers, and even did some hula-hooping! Click the arrow buttons below to learn more:

 

Thanks to everyone who presented, volunteered, and attended the conference! Remember to complete your evaluations by December 12th in order to receive continiuing education credit.

Medscape Coverage of the APNA 27th Annual Conference:

 

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.