Pre-Conference Sessions

This year's pre-conferences are in 2-hour blocks starting at 7:20am and going until 5:20pm. The Psychopharmacology Track is back by popular demand (Indicated by the Rx symbol) -- Register for these sessions to earn up to 8.0 contact hours in pharmacology when you attend!

Pre-Conference Morning Sessions
          Block 1          Block 2
Pre-Conference Full Day
         Recovery to Practice Pilot Program: Facilitator Training

Pre-Conference Afternoon Sessions
Block 3          Block 4


Recovery to Practice Pilot Program: Facilitator Training

7:20am – 5:20pm 
8.0 Contact Hours

Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice.

This interactive facilitator training will introduce nurses to the APNA Recovery to Practice (RTP) Program Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice and it will offer guidelines on how to facilitate this RTP program in their health care facility. The APNA Recovery to Practice Program discusses recovery knowledge, skills, and attitudes and will focus on facilitating change in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice. Recovery focused psychiatric-mental health nursing practice will align with SAMHSA’s national initiatives and JCAHO’s standard on patient centered communication.

Speakers: Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, CADC-II; Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN; Eric C. Arauz, MA, MLER

Pre-Conference Morning Sessions
        Block 1: 7:20am – 9:20am
2.0 Contact Hours

1011: 100 Years of Schizophrenia Genetics: Where Are We Now? (RN, APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

Progress in schizophrenia genetics has implications for understanding pathophysiology; identifying ultra high-risk groups; validating animal models; developing new pharmacologic targets; and understanding environmental risk factors. Using induced human pluripotent stem cells, we can study schizophrenia using human neurons. Nurses have the opportunity to implement practice changes inherent in these advances. Abstract

Speaker: Nancy G. Buccola, MSN, APRN, PMH CNS-BC, CNE

1012: Practical Alchemy: Psychiatric Nursing’s Role in Actualizing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Psychiatric Care (RN, APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

This presentation will provide the context for the development of the Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC) competencies currently recommended by the Institute of Medicine. A thorough description of each competency with corresponding practical examples will be provided. Integration of these competencies into psychiatric nursing education and practice will be discussed. Abstract

Speakers: Margaret Slusser, PhD, PMH-CNS; Amy H. Edgar, RN, MSN, FNP(C)

1013: The Triad of Childhood Trauma, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse: Applying Trauma-Informed Care (RN, APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

Recognition of the effects of child abuse and its contribution to the development of mental illness and substance abuse are critical in psychiatric nursing. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the impact of childhood trauma, its potential sequelae, and a treatment strategy, trauma-informed care. Abstract

Speakers: Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHRN-BC; Angela F. Amar PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Ursula A. Kelly, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

1014: Building Interprofessional Bridges in Graduate Nursing Education: Preparing Graduates for Leadership in Collaborations that Improve Mental Health Outcomes (APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

In response to the IOM's recommendations, this workshop will present ways to redesign graduate curriculum to prepare our graduates to take the lead in developing interprofessional collaborations and practice as full partners to improve mental health outcomes. Exemplars of faculty teaching and practice collaborations with other disciplines will be provided. Abstract

Speakers: Carole Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN; Pamela Lusk, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

1015: Building an PMH-APRN business: Strategies to grow and shake the money tree (APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

Creating a clinical environment that allows full scope of practice of PMH-APRN might rely on creating your own clinical practice. Critical elements for mental health business involves knowledge of NCQA standards for MH/SA, credentialing requirements, documentation, crosswalk billing codes, collaboration agreements, and Collaborative Care Programs will be covered. Abstract

Speakers: Sharon Katz, MSN PMH-APRN, BC; Kathryn Lindsay, MSN, RN

1016: ( Psychopharmacology Track) Confluence of Prescribing and Psychotherapy Using DBT Principles (RN, APRN)
7:20am – 9:20am

     This workshop will introduce the assumptions and basic principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and describe the role of the APRN in the DBT treatment team as both therapist and prescriber. Abstract

Speaker: Barbara J. Limandri, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


Pre-Conference Morning Sessions
        Block 2: 9:30am – 11:30am

2.0 Contact Hours

1021:  The Significant Promise of Therapeutic Neuromodulation: Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) Nursing (RN, APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

The course presenters will provide an in-depth discussion of neuromodualtion. We will examine various brain stimulation methodologies with a focus on mechanisms of action, safety and efficacy. They will examine scientific advancements including technological improvement and biomarker development. We will examine the extraordinary opportunities for PMH Nursing. Abstract

Speakers: Mary T. Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC; Donna J. Ecklesdafer, MSN, RN; Theresa C. Kormos, PMHCNS-BC; Michelle A. Freedland, RN-BC; Michelle M. Knapp, RN, BSN

1022:  'Mixing Models': Creating Synergy in a Transdisciplinary Environment. (RN, APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

What is the best professional practice model for psychiatric nursing as we enter the age of an accountable care organization? This presentation seeks to answer this question and advance the science by presenting a mixed model of incorporating the tenets of the AACN Synergy Model with a transdisciplinary model approach. Abstract

Speakers: Tammy Moore, MS, RN, NEA-BC; Grayce Sills, PhD, FAAN

1023:  Social Bullying in Nursing Academia: A Phenomenological Study (APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

A phenomenological study of social bullying in nursing academia was conducted and resulted in themes and sub-themes that describe the phenomenon. Social bullying is not synonymous with horizontal violence or incivility, but is more severe. Bullies target their victims. Implications for nurse educators' recovery from this workplace violence are posed. Abstract

Speakers: Diane M. Wieland, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE; Ciara Levine, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

1024:  Live Person Simulation Strategies in Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Education: A Multi-Institution Academic Panel Collaboration (RN, APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

While psychiatric nursing educators often use simulated patient scenarios, a lack of clarity and consensus is missing. In response the Undergraduate Education Council meeting at the 2012 APNA conference, various academic institution educators have collaborated to provide answers to the question of using standardized patient simulation in undergraduate education. Abstract

Speakers: Jill Lintner, MSN, PMHCNS-BC; Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC; Ruth Fiedler, EdD, APRN-BC, CNE; Brenda Kucirka, PhD(c), RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE, Sandra Gamble, RN, MSN, BS

1025: Coding for Services: CPT, DSM-5 and APNs (APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

The 'business of practice' for psychiatric nurse practitioners requires a complete understanding of billing and diagnostic codes. This workshop provides hands-on experiences in case analysis, CPT code selection, and DSM-V and ICD-10 diagnostic code application for APNs concerned about reimbursement. Abstract

Speaker: Sandra Cadena, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

1026: Geropsychopharmacology: The Evidence for Effective Interventions (RN, APRN)
9:30am – 11:30am

    The program will review the myths, traditional practices and the evidence based literature on the use of psychopharmacology with elders. Citing national statistics, the program will examine the myths that lead to use of psychotropics with elders, the traditional use of psychotropics and the dose ranges, and the evidence on the efficacy and outcomes of psychotrpics. Based on the latest evidence based reviews, the program addresses the strategies and outcomes for addressing behavioral and mental health problems with elders. Abstract

Speaker: Michael Rice, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN

Product Theater Lunch
Vital ReLATionships
11:30am - 1:00pm
Marriott Rivercenter
Sponsoring Company: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pre-Conference Afternoon Sessions
        Block 3: 1:10pm – 3:10pm

2.0 Contact Hours

1031: Evidence Based Practice Skills Boot Camp (RN, APRN)
1:10pm – 3:10pm

Evidence based practice involves skills not used in practice including: asking focused answerable questions; conducting efficient searches; analyzing study methods; and determining how to implement the evidence. Hands on sessions tackle each step of the process, offering easy to use techniques to more efficiently complete evidence based reviews. Abstract

Speaker: Joanne D. Iennaco, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRN

1032: Developing Self-Care Through Caring Science: An Integrative Evidence-Based Approach (APRN)
1:10pm – 3:10pm

What is it like to experience a positive human interaction with difficult patients? This requires developing self-care strategies to alleviate the stress encountered in our professional settings and personal life. We must be authentically present, attentive, empathic and non-confrontational. Caring Science and Mindfulness promotes sensitivity towards self and others. Abstract

Speaker: Joseph Giovannoni, DNP, MA, MS, APRN-Rx, PMHCNS-BC

1033: Traumatically Brain Injured (TBI) Child/Adolescent, Young Adult, Aging Person: Practicing Recovery Principles (APRN)
1:10pm – 3:10pm


Speakers: Vanessa Genung, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, LCSW-ACP, LMFT, LCDC

1034: A Toolkit for Innovative Teaching Strategies in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (RN, APRN)
1:10pm – 3:10pm

Psychiatric mental health faculty are often transitioned from advanced practice roles with scarce preparation for teaching and often lack adequate mentorship. This pre-conference workshop will provide a brief hands-on introduction to a variety of innovative teaching strategies to provide a toolkit for teaching student centered learning within the nursing curriculum. Abstract

Speakers: Grace K. Wlasowicz, PhD., RN, PMHNP-BC; David M. Sharp, RN, PhD; Todd Hastings, MS, RN; Barbara Buxton, PhD

1035: Introduction to the DSM-5 (RN, APRN)
1:10pm – 3:10pm

The presenters will provide a summary of the process in revising the DSM-%, overarching changes, and specific changes to diagnoses and categories. S pecial attention will focus on the more controversial areas including autism spectrum disorders, emotional dysregulation in children, substance use disorders, and binge eating disorder. Abstract

Speakers: Margaret Halter, PhD, PMHCNS-BC; Barbara J. Limandri, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

1036: Understanding Sleep and Antidepressants: Lessons from Research Literature and Clinical Practice (RN, APRN)
9:15am – 10:00am

    This presentation will explore new recommendations for treating sleep disturbances in psychiatric patients, review sleep architecture, explore the concept of “sedation” and “fatigue,” discuss research and clinical experience on the effects antidepressants have on sleep, and explore what this new information means for psychiatric RNs and APRNs. Abstract

Speaker: Joseph M. Holshoe, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Pre-Conference Afternoon Sessions
        Block 4: 3:20pm – 5:20pm
2.0 Contact Hours

1041: Engaging Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses in Defining and Promoting Evidence Based, High Quality, Patient Centered Care (RN)
3:20pm – 5:20pm

This workshop offers a “How to” field guide for engaging inpatient staff nurses in articulation of practice expertise. Using a multifaceted council model and an award winning publication as an example, participants will develop a plan for outlining the process for participants and suggest strategies for moving projects forward. Abstract

Speakers: Judy L. Sheehan, BSN, MSN; Joanne Matthew, MS, PMHCNS, BC

1042: Standing like Tree, Moving like Water - Applying Tai Chi Chuan, Its Ideas and Methods to Promote Physical and Mental Fitness Participation for Individual Living with SPMI (RN)
3:20pm – 5:20pm

This session discusses and teaches the methods and process of developing and implementing an adaptive Tai-Chuan program to promote the sense of wellbeing and fitness participation among individuals living with SPMI. Abstract

Speakers: Zibin Guo, PhD; Miriam Zwitter, PhD, RN

1043: Open Heart/Open Book: Co-authoring with Families and Patients on an Inpatient Unit to Write the Recovery Story (RN, APRN)
3:20pm – 5:20pm

How can we maximize the minutes, extend the recovery reach of a single family session on an inpatient unit? Narrative Therapy shapes a session so the patient, family, and nurse produce a document of recovery- plans, concerns and commitments. Reports are that these documents are kept, giving guidance and encouragement. Abstract

Speaker: Melissa Elliott, BSN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

1044: Turning the Classroom: Using Team-based Learning to Engage Students in a Psychiatric-Mental Nursing Course (RN, APRN)
3:20pm – 5:20pm

Team-based learning (TBL) is an instructional method that engages students to be active participates in their own learning. The participants will learn how to use TBL to reduce attrition, have manageable reading loads, and enhance preparedness for class which will allow for richer discussions and learning. Abstract

Speaker: George B. Smith, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, CNE

1045: Mental Health Unit Design: Promoting Safety and Therapeutic Benefit Through Careful Planning (RN, APRN)
3:20pm – 5:20pm

Mental health unit design is an expensive, time-consuming proposition that can profoundly affect unit function, effectiveness, and safety. This program will present a wide range of options in the design and furnishing of a modern unit, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of designs and furnishings, and encourage participants to share their experiences. Abstract

Speaker: Edward A. Herzog, MSN, PMHCNS