Wednesday Thursday




  Product Theater Breakfast
      7:00am – 8:30am
      Sponsoring Company: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
No Contact Hours Provided
   Registration Open   
  8:30am – 6:00pm
  Keynote Presentation
      9:00am – 10:00am
  1.0 Contact Hour

Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Health Care at a Turning Point: Seizing the Opportunity

  About Pamela Cipriano



    Exhibit Hall Open   
  10:00am – 12:30pm
    Poster Presentations Open   
  10:00am – 12:30pm
up to 4.0 Contact Hours*

*Poster Presentations will be open for viewing in the poster presentation are of the exhibit hall on Thursday 1:30pm – 5:00pm and Friday 10:00am – 12:30pm. Attendees can earn up to 4.0 contact hours for time spent reviewing & evaluating the posters on Thursday and Friday combined.

  Mini Concurrent Sessions
      Block 1:  11:30am – 12:15pm
  .75 Contact Hours

Emergency Departments



Psychiatric Emergency Room/Community Collaboration:  Decreasing Unnecessary Hospitalizations
11:30am – 12:15pm

Admission of sub acute patients and high utilizers increases the burden on hospitals, emergency rooms and nursing staff. Psychiatric Emergency Room/Community collaboration increases the ability to formulate an appropriate discharge plan.  The use of community care plans for high utilizers further reduces unnecessary hospital admissions.  Abstract

Speaker: Lorann Murphy, MSN, PMHCNS, BC

Applying Psychiatric Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide Competency Number 4: How to distinguish warning signs from risk factors
11:30am – 12:15pm

The purpose of this presentation is to define and describe the difference between warning signs and risk factors. Additionally, case vignettes will be provided on identifying and evaluating warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors.

Speaker: Cheryl Puntil, MN, APRN, PMHNCS-BC


Integrated Care



The Opportunity to Lead and Collaborate:  The Consult-Liason Role for PMH-NPs in Primary Care
11:30am – 12:15pm

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are ideally situated to lead the charge in the integration of primary care and behavioral health. Using a consult/liaison model of integrated psychiatry, we can adapt core components of integration to ensure that all patients and communities included in the integration revolution.   Abstract

Speaker: Jesse Marie Higgins, RN, PMH-NP

Developing and Implementing a Community Based Child Behavioral Health Collaborative
11:30am – 12:15pm

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College Community Health Center led by a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner collaborates with four community partners to provide and create a County wide Child Behavioral Health Collaborative that delivers interdisciplinary services for children and their families in addition to improving communication across systems.   Abstract

Speaker: Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE





The Importance of Disclosure and Recovery in Childhood Sexual Abuse:  A Nursing Student’s Perspective
11:30am – 12:15pm

This presentation will share the importance of disclosure and recovery in childhood sexual abuse.  A review of the impact of childhood sexual abuse will be shared and the important factors related to the recovery process will be discussed.  The student nurse presenter will discuss her own journey of recovery.   Abstract

Speakers: Tahanie Omar, SN;  Jeanette Rossetti, EdD.MS, RN

Intimate Partner Violence and the Advanced Practice Nurse:  Vicarious Trauma, Does it Matter?
11:30am – 12:15pm

Vicarious trauma (VT) affects APNs' ability to manage intimate partner violence. Among  474 APNs, 11% suffered from VT. Those suffering from VT had lower self-efficacy to treat IPV as well as lower scores on tests of resilience and general self-efficacy compared with others.  VT must be addressed among APNs.   Abstract

Speaker: Marla Kyo Yamato McCall, PhD, PMHNP-BC


Undergraduate Education


Use of Standardized Patient Simulations to Teach Essential Psychiatric Nursing Skills
11:30am – 12:15pm

This presentation will describe how one baccalaureate nursing program used standardized actors for simulations to teach all students to effectively interact in four common problems: hallucinations, high suicidality, mania, and medication non adherence. This approach can be used in any style of baccalaureate program such as traditional, conceptual, and integrated.   Abstract

Speaker: Barbara J. Limandri, PhD, PMHNP, BC

Inter-collaborative Coaching between Third and Fourth Semester Nursing Students to Foster Mental Health Nursing Competencies
11:30am – 12:15pm

A newly implemented teaching strategy using simulations and inter-collaborative coaching in an undergraduate mental health nursing course will be described. The strategy consisted of fourth semester nursing students coaching third semester students on the use of therapeutic communication and the application of the nursing process during three different patient simulations.   Abstract

Speaker: Karen E. Pugsley, MN, RN


Non-pharmacologic Interventions


Vagus Nerve Stimulation:  Potential Role in PTSD and Implications for Advanced Psychiatric Nurses
11:30am – 12:15pm

Even though advancements in PTSD treatment have improved outcomes, more effective interventions are needed in this population to address psychiatric and physiological symptomology. Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation could provide advanced psychiatric nurses with a novel interventional method to treat PTSD due to its ability to regulate autonomic nervous system responses.   Abstract

Speaker: William C. Nicholson, MSN, PMHNP-BC

 Introducing Light Therapy for Treatment of Depressive Symptoms in the In-Patient Setting at the VA Pittsburgh Hospital System 
11:30am – 12:15pm

Light therapy as a treatment option for patients suffering depressive symptoms has shown comparable improvement to pharmaceutical treatment while decreasing costs and side effects, increasing compliance, and improving patient outcomes in out-patient settings. This presentation examines the progress being made in expanding light therapy to use the in-patient setting.   Abstract

Speakers: Robert Kendall, RN, MSN;  Patricia D. Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE





Improving a Fall Risk Assessment Policy in an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital:  Successes and Areas for Improvement
11:30am – 12:15pm

This presentation describes the process of updating a fall risk assessment policy to include assessment tools specific to age groups and environment, reassessment parameters, and the use of visual identification for patients found to be at risk. Future policy changes can utilize lessons learned to guide changes and improve systems.  Abstract

Speaker: Amy J. LaValla, BSN, RN, PHN

Improving Patient Flow and Nurse Satisfaction by Implementing an Admission Discharge Nurse on an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
11:30am – 12:15pm

The goal of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of a pilot position entitled Admission and Discharge Registered Nurse. Nursing satisfaction was evaluated as well as increases noted in throughput of medically cleared patients waiting in the emergency room or medical floors of the hospital for an inpatient psychiatric bed.   Abstract

Speakers: Amy Roark, RN, MSN





Enhancing a Culture of Safety in a Behavioral Health Organization By Using a Comprehensive Approach Incorporating Crisis Aversion Strategies and Integrated Educational Programming
11:30am – 12:15pm

Details of an integrated educational and practice approach using crisis aversion techniques and trauma informed principles in an acute care behavioral health setting will be highlighted. Sharing of implementation strategies using "in-house" interdisciplinary trained instructors and incorporation of a comprehensive program which supports a culture of safety will be discussed.   Abstract

Speakers: Kelly N. Bryant, MS, BSN, RN, CNE;  Kathleen A. Wright, RN;  Kristina Koeppl BSN, RN-C;  Fran Zucco, BSN, RN

Sensory Rooms:  Decreasing Stressors and Symptoms by Stimulating Senses
11:30am – 12:15pm

Learn about the development of and findings from an evidence based practice project by a staff registered nurse completed on use of a sensory room as a de-escalation tool in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.  Administrative hurdles and implementation strategies will be discussed and summarized.   Abstract

Speakers: Jessica N. Walker, BSN, RN-BC;  Johnny Woodard, BSN, RN-BC

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