Conference Highlights
DSM-5 for Advanced Practice Nurses
This 8.5 hour multi-day course will examine the changes in the DSM-5 with an emphasis on how to perform a thorough diagnostic interview, identify symptom criteria, and write a case formulation paragraph. Using faculty-led presentations, facilitated discussions, and group work, this course will take place during designated times Weds.- Sat. Participation in an online pre-requisite is required. More Info

Conference Mobile App
Our new mobile app offers and easy on-the-go option before, during, and after the conference. Browse conference schedules, maps, and other program information right in the palm of your hand! Log in with your registration details to view or edit your personalized agenda - the app will pre-populate the sessions you selected during registration!

More Sessions, More Choices, More CE!
This year's schedule packs a bigger punch with even more presentations on clinical topics, research studies, education strategies, and best practices. What does that mean for you? More topics to choose from in any given session block, and more podcast recordings (with the opportunity to earn additional CE) available after the conference.

Mentor Match Live!
If you haven't joined our Member Bridge Mentor Match program, or if you have an online Mentor or Mentee whom you'd like to meet in person, Mentor Match Live! is for you. Participate in mentor and mentee sign-ups, meet-ups, and activities throughout the conference. More details to come!

Research Pre-Conference Program
Four pre-conference sessions and an interactive panel dedicated to psychiatric-mental health nursing research to inspire new nurse scientists and re-energize established researchers. Chart your career pathway, talk with federal and private funders, explore PhD-DNP collaborations and hear about cutting-edge PMHN research findings on depression and trauma healing! Earn up to 9.5 contact hours when you attend all 5 sessions. More Info
Volunteering is Easy
Sign-up to volunteer for sessions at the same time that you register for them! If you want to up your conference involvement by pitching in, this is a great way to do so. We'll simply ask you to help ensure that presentations run smoothly and on time.
Real-Time Updates
1. Enter your cell phone number in the Text Message Notifications field when you register to receive last minute updates and event reminders via text during the conference. 2. Connect with your fellow attendees on Use this online community to find a roommate, arrange a meet-up, or share photos of your conference experience. 3. Follow us on Twitter @AmerPsychNurses / #PMHNCon, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube for more online interaction.... Talk to you online!

Poster Presentations
This year's posters will be set up in the open areas of the JW Marriott, available for viewing throughout the day on Thursday (starting at 10am) and Friday (until 4pm)! Take in posters' content at your own pace, then view the full abstracts or revisit posters through our Online Poster Gallery. Glimpse last year's posters at

Online Evaluations & CE Certificates
Jot down your responses as you attend sessions, then log-in to the APNA website at your convenience to complete the evaluations online. Once you're finished, the system will generate a CE Certificate with an itemized list of the sessions you attended. Evaluations will be accessible during and after the conference through November 24, 2014.

Session Podcasts in the APNA eLearning Center

Did you know that your Annual Conference registration comes with access to audio recordings of conference sessions?

It's included in your registration fee! You can earn contact hours after the conference for any sessions that you did not attend on-site - full conference registrants may be able to earn more than 130 contact hours total for sessions on-site and online.

Note: This number is not final and subject to change.


 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search
 for Identity
 Thursday, October 23   |   8:00-9:00am
 Building Leadership Connections at Each Career Stage
 Friday, October 24   |   8:00-9:00am

 Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect who explores the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology with extraordinary humanity. His latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, received the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. It explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental, and social disabilities and how these challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love. The New York Times chose Far From the Tree as one of the Ten Best Books of 2012, praising it as “a book everyone should read… there’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being — for having done so… a wise and beautiful book.”

In 2001, Andrew received the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was a world-wide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. The New York Times described The Noonday Demon as “All-encompassing, brave, deeply humane...a book of remarkable depth, breadth and vitality...openminded, critically informed and poetic all at the same time...fearless and full of compassion.”

A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Andrew has lectured on an extensive range of topics at Harvard, Yale, and MIT and is a frequent lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He graduated from the Horace Mann School in New York City cum laude and from Yale University magna cum laude. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Jesus College in Cambridge where he also received the top first-class degree, the only foreign student to ever be so-honored. Beyond his writing Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and serves on the board of directors for many national organizations. He lives with his husband and young son in New York and London.



Angela Barron McBride Dr. McBride is Distinguished Professor-University Dean Emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing. She is also a member of the Indiana University Health Board, and chairs the board’s Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. Known for her contributions to women’s health and to mental health nursing, her first book, The Growth and Development of Mothers, was recognized as one of the best of 1973 by The New York Times and the American Journal of Nursing. She went on to author Living with Contradictions: A Married Feminist and How to Enjoy A Good Life with Your Teenager, which was a selection of Psychotherapy Book Review.

In recent years, Dr. McBride has focused on leadership development. Her latest book, The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders, won the 2011PROSE Award in the “Nursing and Allied Health” category. (Prose Awards are the premier awards for outstanding  scholarly publishing in the United States.) Her leadership experience includes serving as president of Sigma Theta Tau International (1987 1989) during the building of the International Center for Nursing Scholarship in Indianapolis. She has also served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council, on the advisory committee of NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, and as president of the American Academy of Nursing (1993-1995).

To pass on her leadership savvy, she designs the annual leadership conference sponsored by the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and chairs the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. She has been honored with many awards, six honorary doctorates, elected to the Institute of Medicine, and designated as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing . In 2012, she received the Indiana University’s President’s Medal for “sustained academic excellence.”