What Attendees Say about the Annual Conference
"Meeting so many other psychiatric nurses - sharing experiences, sharing knowledge"
Each year, the APNA Annual Conference brings together 1,600+ nursing and mental health professionals for more than three days of networking, education, and discussion specific to psychiatric-mental health nursing. They leave with a better understanding of the current trends and innovations in the profession and new connections with colleagues from across the world. Check out what past attendees have to say about their experiences:
"I can't choose one session, so many were wonderful"
Topics and Sessions
"I loved the sessions! They were very informative and applicable to my clinical practice. I am very excited to utilize what I have learned at my hospital."
"All the sessions I attended were of such high quality. Presenters were so energetic about their subject matter."
"Some of the sessions were personally therapeutic, like recharging myself to be more prepared to care for others."
- "Much of the information from this conference will help me personally. I can only hope that through leading by example, others on the unit will follow suit."
"Being surrounded by several hundred nurses who 'get me'"
"The networking plus the top quality presentations were a rocket boost to my energy for practice."
"The sessions were excellent, the networking was phenomenal."
"It is good process overall to be with psych nurses and be reminded of the importance of our work. Also I realized how many issues 'at home' are actually national."
"The networking opportunities and the ability to meet so many wonderful and innovative leaders in the field was invaluable."
"A sense that I was not alone in my boat"
Inspiration and Camaraderie
"The opportunity to listen, learn and simply be amongst those who share my profession and all its rewards and challenges, as well as the opportunity to experience the quality of our leadership has been very meaningful."
"Since I am a new psych NP attending this conference has helped to boost my confidence in my practice. It is very reassuring to know that there is a strong network of psychiatric APRNs who face the same challenges and have the same concerns that I have."
"It is so inspiring to see a thousand+ psychiatric nurses wanting to learn more to help our clients... I loved seeing my professors and classmates from my DNP program and seeing other colleagues again and catching up on the great things they are doing."