|Educational Program Highlights|
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 are able to earn CE for those sessions they did not attend via session recordings in the eLearning Center. 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.
Opening Program | President's Address
"This Session has changed the way I think about PMH nursing and nursing overall. It has increased my self efficacy and makes me feel more empowered as a nurse as well as credible to speak to and inform other new nurses about who we are and what we do."
Thursday Keynote: Tom Rath | Strengths, Leadership, & Wellbeing: How Small Choices Make a Big Difference
"I loved how [he] talked about focusing on our strengths, as well as our subordinate's strengths. I think it really will help to make the milieu better and will move people from actively disengaged to engaged! I found it interesting that wounds heal faster when a patient is in a good environment! That is a great point to use when working in a difficult environment."
Attendees received a free copy of Rath's latest book, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes.
Friday Keynote: Suzanne Gordon | Team Intelligence in Action: The Key to Nursing Voice and Patient Safety
Friday Symposium Luncheon | From Misdiagnosis to Treatment Failures: Nursing Strategies to Mitigate the Burden of Bipolar Depression
Friday | Boy: TDTM Girl: CD9 - Decoding the Dangers of Teen Sexting
"Many of our adolescent patients utilize sexting; understanding the legal implications is very helpful to increase the patients' awareness of potential consequences of this behavior."
"The poster presentations were very well done. The variety of topics and interest areas was great. It was a great way to gain a great deal of information and meet many practitioners in a short amount of time."
You can now view posters uploaded by this year's poster presenters online in the Annual Conference Poster Gallery.
Saturday APNF Presentation | Living the History of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing through the Eyes of Shirley Smoyak
“Upon completion of the Program on Saturday, I left feeling so exhilarated and excited (again) about Psychiatric Nursing - Shirley Smoyak was delightful and as always, inspiring!”
Saturday | An Introduction to the Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
“Dr. Earle gave an excellent presentation-explaining theory and then practice. I learned about theories that were new to me. And I appreciated how he allotted enough time for questions.”
Comments from Attendees About the Overall Conference
“The sessions always have new information and gems that stand out for me. Eric Arauz was an invaluable part of the sessions in which he spoke. Also, for me, it was my first time speaking and that made a huge difference in terms of how I met people and interacted with them.”
“I was impressed with the effort that psych nurses are making to effect change at all levels.”
“The Recovery to Practice Facilitator (pre-conference)is very helpful to me and the speech of Tom Rath the Keynote speaker is very moving and makes me want to become a better leader in my unit.”
“This was my first conference so I experienced multiple valuable ‘nuggets’ of information. But I'd say hearing from fellow PMHNPs provide examples of how they are currently practicing using EBP was most valuable.”
“Bringing nursing down to the patient level. Assisting nurses to understand the importance of our profession & how we need to educate the public in what nurses do. Do away with medical terminology & use language that the patients will understand.”
“The child and adolescent tracks were great. I got exposure to many different new ideas and models, as well as gaining exposure to researchers and clinicians in the area of study.”
“The incorporation of trauma informed care and the recovery model into our practice as a way of reducing seclusion and restraint.”
“The diversity of sessions. I am in 2 roles currently, 1 as a staff educator and 1 as a staff nurse, & found sessions applicable to both roles.”