Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
During the Opening Program, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Patrick Kennedy is founding member of the 21st Century Health Care Caucus; the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus; and the Down Syndrome Caucus. As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Kennedy led the fight to increase funding for veterans’ health care and enhance the quality and availability of services for soldiers and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders throughout his political career. Since leaving office in January 2011, Patrick Kennedy has devoted himself to fostering neuroscience research, studying illnesses such as depression, addiction and PTSD, which afflict close to 100 million Americans today.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Thursday, November 8, 2012
2:30pm - 3:30pm
During the Carter administration, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter emerged as a driving force for mental health. Her position as active honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health resulted in the passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980. She later created and continues to chair the Carter Center's Mental Health Task Force, an advisory body of experts, consumers, and advocates that promotes positive change in the mental health field. Each year, she brings together leaders of the nation's mental health organizations to address critical issues at the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. Mrs. Carter also works with Project Interconnections, a public/private nonprofit partnership to provide housing for homeless people who are mentally ill. She has written five books, most recently "Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis" (with Susan K. Golant and Kathryn E. Cade).
Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN
Friday, November 9, 2012
8:15am - 9:15am
Linda Burnes Bolton’s four-decade career has been characterized by a dedication to improving access to health care and advancing nursing practice. Dr. Burnes Bolton’s professional experience includes positions as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, public member of government advisory boards, healthcare executive, community and public health nurse, university faculty, and consultant. She is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Most recently, she effected change on a national level as vice chair of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, a two year joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine to identify solutions to the challenges faced by the nursing profession, and improve the quality of and transform how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Dr. Burnes Bolton also recently chaired the National Advisory Committee for the Transforming Care at the Bedside Initiative, also coordinated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine.
New This Year!
Online Evaluations & CE Certificates
This year’s session evaluations will be available online – accessible during and after the conference. Mark your evaluation responses in your program book as you attend sessions, then log into your APNA account to complete the online evaluations. Once you’re finished, the system will automatically generate a CE Certificate with an itemized list of sessions you attended throughout the conference. Log back into the APNA website to access & print your CE Certificate – it’s that easy!
Poster Presentations: Accessibility & Credit
You asked for it – you got it! This year’s Poster Presentations will be set up in the convention center’s atrium areas and available for you to view throughout the day on both Thursday and Friday. Poster Presentations will open at 10:00am on Thursday and will close on Friday at 4:30pm. With this additional time comes the opportunity to earn additional credit – earn up to 4.0 contact hours total for posters (a 33% increase over last year)!
Full Day Pre-Conference in Psychotherapy
In response to your requests for more continuing education in the area of psychotherapy, this year’s conference program will feature a full day of psychotherapy pre-conference sessions. Earn up to 8.0 contact hours by attending the Psychotherapy Track session in each pre-conference block!
Mini Concurrent Sessions
This new format allows for more presenters to share their expertise in shortened, powerpacked educational sessions. You’ll be introduced to these sessions on Thursday afternoon, then see them interspersed throughout Friday’s concurrent sessions.
Back By Popular Demand!
Based on your feedback, these items introduced at previous Annual Conferences will be making a return appearance.
Session Podcasts in the APNA eLearning Center
Access to the session audio recordings in the APNA eLearning Center will be included in your conference registration fee again this year. You’ll receive enough Attendee Bonus Points to order the sessions at no cost, and be able to earn contact hours for those you missed on-site!
Text Message Notifications
Receive text messages with last minute info or reminders of events & give-aways before, during, and after the conference – just enter your cell phone number in this field when you register.
The Psychopharmacology Track is here to stay for this year’s pre-conference sessions. Earn contact hours in pharmacology when you attend!
Online Poster Gallery
View the full abstracts and pdfs of the poster presentations after the conference in the Online Poster Gallery. Go to www.apna.org/PosterGallery to see last year’s posters!
Stay connected with your fellow conference attendees before, during, and after the conference. Don't miss the Roommate Finder at www.apna.org/ConferenceConnect.