Saturday, October 12 Preliminary Program Schedule

American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation Presentation
8:15am - 9:15am
1.0 Contact Hours
The American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation will debut an interview with one of our very own psychiatric mental health nursing icons: Shirley Smoyak, Professor II, RN, PhD, FAAN. The film, Living the History of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing through the Eyes of Shirley Smoyak, includes fascinating stories of what it was like as a “nurse before Thorazine” and her perspective of how our discipline evolved over the past 50+ years.  Anyone who donates $36.50 or more to the Foundation will receive a DVD copy of the film and a foundation donor pin. To learn more, visit
Concurrent Sessions
        Block 1: 9:30am – 10:15am
.75 Contact Hours

4011: (Research - Special Populations Track) Understanding Men's Healing from Childhood Maltreatment: Knowledge for Person Centered, Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care (RN, APRN)

4012: (Child & Adolescent Track) COPE for Children: An Evidence-Based and Feasible CBT Program for Anxious Children (RN, APRN)
9:30am - 10:15am

A brief, manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy program entitled COPE for Children was implemented in a busy psychiatric practice with anxious children. Anxiety, depression, and self concept were measured pre- and post-intervention offering positive results. This program provides psychiatric nurses with an evidence-based treatment that is effective, convenient, and affordable for families. Abstract

Speaker: Monique Sawyer, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

4013: (Administrative Practice Track) Psychiatric Nursing in the Emergency Department Setting: Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care and Throughput Efficiencies in a Changing Healthcare Environment. (RN, APRN)
9:30am - 10:15am

Learn how a metropolitan hospital (Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento) responded to the challenges of mental health budget cuts and implemented a sustainable program that effectively and efficiently addresses behavioral health management in the ED setting by utilizing psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners in its 'Psychiatric Response Team' Abstract

Speaker: Timothy W. Jones, MSN, PMHNP-BC

4014: (Graduate Education Track) Utilization of Standardized Patients as a Teaching Methodology for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education (APRN)
9:30am - 10:15am

This presentation will provide an overview on utilization of standardized patients (SPs) as a teaching methodology in the psychiatric nursing specialty. Best practice standards to guide SP scenario design/development will be reviewed. Practical information on developing SP scenarios and rubrics to evaluate student performance will be addressed. Abstract

Speakers: Kirstyn M. Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Janene L. Szpak, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4015: (Inpatient Communication Track) Improving Shift Report: Developing a Best Practice for Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses (RN)
9:30am - 10:15am

The research regarding handoff communication has been conducted primarily on medical units and is difficult to replicate in psychiatric settings. This presentation describes the process of redesigning a medical handoff protocol for application on a psychiatric unit. The process of redesign, final protocol, implementation and evaluation a will be discussed Abstract

Speaker: Joanne Matthew, MSN, PCNS

4016: (Partnership Models Track) The Caregiver Sustainability Model: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Caring for a Family Member with Schizophrenia (RN, APRN)
9:30am - 10:15am

The Caregiver Sustainability Model provides a strong platform for assessing the level of caregiver functionality on a continuum of factors. The use of the model should enable clinicians to implement individualized caregiver specific interventions and is generalizable to any disease process. Abstract

Speaker: Anlee Birch-Evans, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

Concurrent Sessions
        Block 2: 10:25am – 11:10am
.75 Contact Hours

4021: (Research - Special Populations Track) Pilot Study: Use of Mindfulness, Self-compassion, and Yoga Practices with Uninsured and Low-income Patients with Anxiety and/or Depression (RN, APRN)
10:25am - 11:10am

This study explored the use of various mindfulness-based practices, self-compassion, and yoga with uninsured and low-income patients with depression and/or anxiety. Participants attended an eight-week training program. Pre-and- post assessments were used to measure symptoms of anxiety and depression; and psychological well-being and self-compassion. Presentation will include findings, conclusions and implications. Abstract

Speaker: Nasrin Falsafi, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC

4022: (Child & Adolescent Track) The Evolution of a Pediatric Behavioral Assistance Resource Team (BART) (RN, APRN)
10:25am - 11:10am

The purpose of this presentation is to describe the development, implementation and improvements of a psychiatric rapid response team in a pediatric hospital. Abstract

Speakers: Andrea LeClaire, MSHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC; Aaron Van Dam, BSN, RN; Mindy Stephens, BA, RN, RN-BC

4023: (Administrative Practice Track) Moving Out of the Shadows: Transforming the Image of Psychiatric Nursing in an Academic Medical Center (RN)
10:25am - 11:10am

Psychiatric nurses can work as change agents to transform the image of psychiatric nursing and become leaders beyond the specialty. Participants will hear from nursing staff and leaders actions that empowered nurses at all levels and the successful outcomes that resulted. Abstract

Speakers: Avni Cirpili, RN, MSN, NEA-BC; Jennifer K. Barut, MSN, RN-BC; Brooke Weaver, RN, BSN

4024: (Graduate Education Track) Successful Preparation of PMHNP Graduates in Full Scope of Practice: Using Evidence Based Practice, CBT, Simulation Lab & Distance Linked Curriculum to Empower Basic Proficiency in Short Term Therapies for PMHNP-DNP Students (APRN)
10:25am - 11:10am

Learn how to use evidence based methods by teraching CBT to PMHNP students efficiently by blending CBT, simulation and distance linked education. See how students are able to master basic proficency before graduation and are empowered with skill, basic profiiciency in psychotherapy upon degree conferral. Abstract

Speakers: Kathleen T. McCoy, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP; Pamela Lusk, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4025: (Inpatient Communication Track) Promoting High Quality Person Centered Care Through Transfer of Accountability at the Bedside in Inpatient Mental Health Settings (RN, APRN)
10:25am - 11:10am

Increasing client acuity and decreasing lengths of stay in inpatient psychiatric settings have heightened the need for effective and efficient transfer of essential information by psychiatric-mental health nurses. This presentation will discuss the implementation of best practices in transfer of accountability to promote patient safety and high quality person-centered care. Abstract

Speakers: Nicole Kirwan, RN, BSCN, MN, CPMHN(C); Sheryll Pahati, RN, BSCN; Naomi Cavali, RN, BSCN; Stephanie Lawrence-Mulhern, RN, BSCN

4026: (Partnership Models Track) Effective Patient Education: 'How Should I Say This?' (RN, APRN)
10:25am - 11:10am

Providing patient education is an important part of nursing care. Unfortunately, we don't always do it well. The way we communicate health information impacts patient outcomes. In this session issues of health literacy and a 'less is more' approach to patient education will be explored. Abstract

Speaker: Kathleen Lenaghan, MSN, RN-BC

Concurrent Sessions
        Block 3: 11:20am – 12:05pm
.75 Contact Hours

4031: (Research - Special Populations Track) Attitudes, Efficacy and Potential Barriers Associated with Expanding the Role of the Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner to Care for Younger Patients (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

Findings from a quantitative study, 'Attitudes, Efficacy and Potential Barriers Associated with Expanding the Role of Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) to Care for Younger Patients' will be presented. The findings have implications for SANEs, PMH clinicians, and others considering expanding care across the lifespan, particularly to children. Abstract

Speaker: Carol A. Marchetti, PhD, RN, PMHCNS/NP-BC, SANE

4032: (Child & Adolescent Track) An Introduction to the Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

The presentation introduces research on the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during early brain development. Also discussed is early intervention research that indicates ASD brain functioning can be improved. The presentation closes with developmental red flags nurses can use to detect ASD and assist families with accessing early intervention. Abstract

Speaker: Jason F. Earle, PhD, PMHNP-BC

4033: (Administrative Practice Track) Managing Patient Acuity in an Inpatient Psychogeriatric Setting While Controlling the Use/Cost of Observers: Development of the Milieu Manager Role (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

A nursing-led quality improvement pilot was designed for a psychogeriatric service. The project’s purpose was to decrease observer costs, improve bed access, patient satisfaction and nurse engagement while creating a therapeutic environment. The milieu manager offered daily education/activity groups including most patients on observation. Improvement was measured for all outcomes. Abstract

Speakers: Erin Johnson, RN; Joyce Parks, RN-BC, PMHCNS-BC

4034: (Graduate Education Track) Is the 4th “P” Lost? Innovative Educational Pedagogies to Maintain the Role and Scope of PMHNPs (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

Learn about educational strategies from low-tech, low-cost to more resource intensive approaches that engage students in refining their diagnostic interviewing, therapeutic communication and psychotherapy skills from a trio of nurse educators. Role-plays, simulations, interactive case studies, variations of supervision, and formative and summative appraisal of student competencies are presented. Abstract

Speakers: Susie Adams, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAANP; Sattaria S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC; Dawn M. Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP/CNS-BC

4035: (Inpatient Communication Track) Managing the Milieu for Acutely Ill Psychiatric Inpatients: Safe and Respectful Person-Centered Care (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

The Milieu Manager role, an expert psychiatric nurse in adult inpatient psychiatry, has decreased constant observations of patients who are acutely ill, violent, and disorganized. Expenses for assistive staff decreased, safety improved, occupancy and access for ED admissions, as well as patient and staff satisfaction increased. Methods of implementation and applicability
will be discussed. Abstract

Speakers: Karin F. Taylor, PMH CNS BC; Patricia D. Sullivan, RN, MS

4036: (Partnership Models Track) Partnerships to Integrate Care: Community Mental Health Center, School of Nursing and Primary Care Practice Partner to Provide Wellness Services to the Severe Mentally Ill Population (RN, APRN)
11:20am - 12:05pm

An integrated care model in a community mental health center focusing on the severe mentally ill will be discussed. Partnerships established between a School of Nursing, Primary Care Practice and the community mental center allowed the integration of care. Successful strategies, evaluation methodologies and lessons learned will be discussed. Abstract

Speakers: Miriam S. Zwitter, PhD, RN; Jeanne Hopple, PhD, RN, ARNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FNP-C

Annual Meeting & Town Hall
12:15pm – 1:30pm