APNA 28th Annual Conference Sessions by Topic

  Education
 
   Wednesday, October 22 (Pre-Conference)


1031

APRN


The Making of a Therapist: How Are We teaching Psychotherapy in Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Curriculums? from the APNA Education Council, Graduate Branch
1:15pm – 3:15pm

Psychotherapy, a foundation of advanced practice psychiatric nursing is ‘our fourth P.’ This interactive workshop will feature a panel of graduate faculty in PMHNP programs discussing how they incorporate psychotherapy content and creatively leverage community psychiatric resources to provide quality clinical experiences for their graduate psychiatric nursing students.   Abstract

Speakers: Pamela Lusk, DNP, PMHNP-BC;  Candice Knight, PhD, EdD, APN, PMHNP-BC, PMHNP-BC;  Richard Pessagno, DNP, PMHNP-BC;  Mary D. Moller, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC,CPRP, FAAN


1041

RN

Transforming Culture: Building Appreciative Connections
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Respectful communication can transform culture and build a healthy workplace. Research indicates that a happy workforce has less staff turnover, is more productive, and makes fewer mistakes. By educating ourselves and our students to engage in and expect respectful behavior, we are improving the future of nursing (IOM, 2010).   Abstract

Speakers: Rebecca B. Harmon, PhD, RN; Anita Thompson-Heisterman, MSN, PMH CNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
 

   Friday, October 24 


3011

RN, APRN
APRN


The Use of Simulation Training in Code 2000 Psychiatric Emergencies at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System
11:00am – 11:45am

This is a description of an education initiative to provide Simulation Training to responders of Psychiatric Emergencies at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. The use of simulation training provides staff with the opportunity to decrease anxiety, use clinical judgement, and gain valuable skills to achieve optimal patient outcomes.  Abstract

Speakers: Linda I. Kaplan, RN, MSN, CARN;  Danielle Battinelli-Weng, RN, BSN


Aren't All Nursing Students Anxious? Failure to Recognize Anxiety Disorders and Psychopathology in Nursing Students
11:00am – 11:45am

This presentation explores failure to recognize anxiety disorders among nursing students. The perception that nursing school is stressful and students will experience anxiety as the “norm” creates a barrier to identification of and early intervention for the student with an anxiety disorder. Strategies to address this issue will be presented.  Abstract

Speaker: Brenda G. Kucirka, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE


3051

RN, APRN

Education Council Interactive Panel
4:45pm – 6:15pm

This session will provide updated information regarding the role and context of work of the APNA Education Council as well as provide APNA members the opportunity to collaborate with the APNA Education Council.   Abstract

Speaker: Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMH, FAAN;  Donna Rolin-Kenny, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
 


 

  Graduate Education
 
   Thursday, October 23 


2036

RN, APRN
APRN


Launching Professional Development via a PMHNP Residency: A Partnership between a VAMC and School of Nursing
11:15am – 12:00pm

An innovative PMHNP residency is being undertaken via partnerships with four VAMCs who have partnered with schools of nursing. The Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing recommends residencies for advanced practice nurses. The goal of the residency is to promote the professional development of recently graduated PMHNPs.  Abstract

Speakers: Teena M. McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN; Savannah Wilhite, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP; Kara Tucker Carter, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP; Jessica R. Waldrop, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP; Audry G. Gorman, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CRNP
 


The RIDE: Graduate Students Team Up for Recovery-based, Interprofessional Distance Education
11:15am – 12:00pm

This federally funded Interprofessional Educcation project brings together graduate students in psychiatric mental health nursing, pharmacy and exercise and nutritions sciences with the purpose of learning to work together as teams to promote wellness in persons with mental health problems. We report on the design and outcomes of first cohort.  Abstract

Speaker: Marian W. Roman, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

   Friday, October 24  


3016

APRN


Digital Story Telling as a Self-reflection Tool
11:00am – 11:45am

The purpose of this presentation is to explore and evaluate the use of digital story telling in a psychiatric mental health (PMH) DNP program. This presentation will explore the use of digital story telling as a tool to insure that self-reflection, compassion and empathy are instilled in PMH DNP students.  Abstract

Speaker: Julie Dewitt-Kamada, DNP, PMHARNP; Carrie E. Holliday, PhD, PMHARNP


Simulation Pedagogy: Making it Interpersonal
11:00am – 11:45am

This curriculum intervention involves an immediate immersion using Peplau’s Theory of interpersonal relationships with didactic and simulation. This immersion in a BSN-DNP PMHNP program accelerates and supports the learning necessary for students to transition from novice to accomplished independent clinicians treating military veterans, service members, retiree’s and their families.  Abstract

Speakers: Regina D. Owen, PMHNP-BC; Teresa Combs, PhD, APRN-BC
 

   Saturday, October 25


4011

APRN


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents – Teaching the Basics to Advanced Practice Nursing Students
9:15am – 10:00am

Graduate nursing faculties are preparing Psychiatric/ MH APN’s to treat persons across the lifespan. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based first line treatment for common child/adolescent mental health conditions. This session will focus on teaching our PMH graduate students how to provide basic CBT with children and adolescents.   Abstract

Speaker: Pamela Lusk, DNP, PMHNP-BC


4021

RN, APRN

Riding Out the Perfect Storm in Psychiatric Nursing Education
10:15am – 11:00am

There’s a “perfect storm” bearing down on the way we teach and practice psychiatric nursing! This calls for new ways to educate nurses for transformative behavioral healthcare practice. The seminar will discuss the challenges and opportunities of new educational models and strategies that guide effective professional development of psychiatric nurses.   Abstract

Speakers: Carole A. Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN; Linda D. Oakley, PhD, RN


4031

APRN

Dual Certification in Primary and Psychiatric Mental Health Care for Advanced Practice Nurses: A Health Care Delivery Innovation
11:15am – 12:00pm

The PMHNP post-master's certificate program is an educational model for interprofessional preparation of dually certified advanced practice nurses. These APNs offer an innovative approach to improve upon integrated care by providing both services from a single provider, thus increasing efficiency, and reducing costs, stigma and barriers to care.   Abstract

Speaker: Debra A. Johnsen, MSN, FNP-BC


 

  Undergraduate Education
 
   Thursday, October 23  


2011

RN, APRN


Integrating Psych Throughout the Curriculum: the Why, the What, the How
9:15am – 10:00am

The Sentara College of Health Sciences has taken a new approach to the education of nurses in the area of mental health. Mental health/psychiatric nursing education has been integrated throughout the nursing curriculum maximizing resources and enhancing a holistic nursing education. Benefits, challenges, and integration strategies are discussed.   Abstract

Speakers: Linda Jean Etchill-Ewald, MS, PMHCNS-BC; Patricia M. King, PhD, RN-BC


2021

RN

Exploring the Placement and Teaching of Psychiatric Mental Health Content within Nursing Curricula
10:15am – 11:00am

Survey data will be used to explore current practice in delivering PMH content within undergraduate curricula. There is a paucity of information available on where this content is located and who teaches it. This presentation will highlight the unique contribution of PMH nursing in developing undergraduate nursing skills.   Abstract

Speakers: David M. Sharp, RN, MA, RPN, RGN, RNT, MSc, PhD; Diane Esposito, ARNP, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


2031


RN
APRN

Feasibility and Acceptability of Psychiatric Nursing Simulation for Nursing Students
11:15am – 12:00pm

The presentation will describe the format, contents, and outcomes of psychiatric nursing simulation using standardized patients that is designed to enhance therapeutic communication skills among nursing students.  Abstract

Speaker: Heeseung Choi, PhD, MPH, RN

A Systematic Review of Classroom Pedagogy in Undergraduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Courses
11:15am – 12:00pm

The Taxonomy of Significant Learning (Fink, 2003) provides a conceptual framework for systematic evaluation of teaching and learning strategies employed in the classroom. This review revealed current pedagogy to be limited to Foundational Knowledge and Application. Evidence gaps exist in higher levels of learning for PMH undergraduate nursing courses.  Abstract

Speaker: Marian L. Farrell, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CRNP
 

   Friday, October 24  


3021

RN, APRN


Texture Layering, "We See a Sea Story", and 55 Word Stories: Building Geropsychiatric Nursing Competencies and Enhancing Quality of Life through Creative Arts Programming
1:45pm – 2:30pm

This presentation will summarize the evidence for use of creative engagement programming in the teaching and practice of geropsychiatric nursing. The process and outcomes of implementation of two programs, Opening Minds through Art (OMA) and TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Program, as a component of a senior level clinical course are described.   Abstract

Speaker: Joan L. Fopma-Loy, PhD, RN


3031

RN

Novel Education Strategies in Psychiatric Nursing Education: Video Vignettes
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Nurse educators strive to use innovative teaching strategies to engage students. In psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing education instructors use various approaches to introduce the assessment and treatment of mental health patients. Smart phone video provides a novel and practical way of representing PMH patients for classroom instruction.   Abstract

Speaker: Todd Hastings, MS, RN, PhD(c)


3041

RN, APRN

Can Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Students Benefit from Learning and Implementing Group Therapy?
3:45pm – 4:30pm

Nursing students are challenged by many aspects of their psychiatric clinical rotation. The focus of inpatient treatment is melieu and group interventions. Students have little experience in these interventions. The purpose of this projest was to increase the knowledge and skill of students during their psychiatric clinical rotation.   Abstract

Speakers: Debra Kloesz, MS, RN, CNE-BC; Grace Katherine Wlasowicz, RN, PhD, PMHNP-BC

  Research
 
   Wednesday, October 22 (Pre-Conference)


1015

RN, APRN


Welding Strong Connections Between Research and Practice: PhD and DNP Partnerships to Generate Knowledge and Improve Care
7:15am – 9:15am

Close collaborative relationships between PMH clinical nurse leaders (NPs and DNPs) and nurse researcher (PhDs) is essential to building new knowledge and translating knowledge into practice settings. This program explores role preparation, design options, and strategies to establish effective, collaborative working relationships to conduct research and implement findings in practice.   Abstract

Speakers: Marianne Smith, PhD, RN; Andrea Kwasky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC; M. Jane Suresky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC; Jaclene Annette Zausaniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN



1025

RN, APRN

The Making of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Scientist
9:30am – 11:30am

Are you dreaming about becoming a psychiatric nurse researcher? Studying to be one? Are one? Meet a Rock Star of Psychiatric Mental Health research and examine your needs at your point along the journey! You can network with established scientists and those who share your issues as well.   Abstract

Speakers: Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Bernadette Mazurek, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN


1035

APRN

Understanding the Funding Landscape
1:15pm – 3:15pm

The session will provide words of wisdom to successfully navigate the challenging funding landscape of research. There will be opportunities to pose questions to representatives of federal and non-governmental organizations to highlight funding options that can be of direct support to research by psychiatric-mental health nurses.   Abstract

Speakers: Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN; Tonna Thomas, MS; Valerie Maholmes, PhD, CPS


1045

RN, APRN

Depression Recognition, Assessment and Intervention: Emerging Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Research
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Depression and the depressive symptom spectrum affect more than 15 million American adults and constitute the leading cause of disability for adults aged 15-44 years of age. Three psychiatric mental health nursing researchers will present findings on new assessment approaches, innovative ways of avoiding stigma to intervene and woman-specific risks.   Abstract

Speakers: Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Carla J. Groh, PMHNP-BC, FAAN;  Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, RN-BC, PhD, FAAN
 

   Thursday, October 23 


2035
Research


RN
RN, APRN


Impact of Primary Nursing in a High Dependency Psychiatric Care Unit in Singapore: Patients’, Caregivers’ & Nurses’ Perspectives
11:15am – 12:00pm

In this mixed methods study, Primary Nursing (PN) was introduced into the High Dependency Psychiatric Care Unit to manage acutely disturbed patients. The impact of PN was examined from the patients’, caregivers’ and nurses’ perspectives. PN fostered close patient relationships, trust and satisfaction.  Abstract

Speaker: Kalaivanan Dakshnamoorthy, RN, RMN, BSc Nursing


Behavioral Health Nurses and the Initiation and Sequelae of Rapid Response Team (RRT) Calls
11:15am – 12:00pm

Rapid Response Teams are widely used in medicine, but what about psychiatry? This session will discuss the implementation of the RRT in a 222 bed inpatient behavioral health facility, and the IRB approved study to measure the impact of RRT on the transfer of patients between medicine and psychiatry.  Abstract

Speakers: Kristy Loewenstein, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC; Marybeth McManus, MPA, BSN, RN-BC
 

   Friday, October 24  


3015
Research


RN, APRN
 


A Mid-Range Theory of Parental Postadoption Depression
11:00am – 11:45am

In this discussion, Dr. Foli will present her mid-range theory of parental postadoption depression. A critique of the existing literature, influential in the development of this theory, will be offered. Emphasis will be placed on how clinicians can approach parents who may be experiencing depressive symptoms post-placement.  Abstract

Speaker: Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN


Interventions for Grandmothers: Comparative Effectiveness of Resourcefulness Training, HRV Biofeedback, and Journaling
11:00am – 11:45am

The comparative effectiveness of mental-health promoting interventions for grandmothers raising grandchildren has not been examined. This pilot trial investigated effects of resourcefulness training, biofeedback, and journaling on stress, depressive symptoms, and quality of life in 60 grandmothers. The findings showed differential effectiveness of the three interventions on the study outcomes.  Abstract

Speaker: Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN


3025

RN, APRN

Decreased Alcohol Use in Pregnant Substance Users Receiving Motivational Enhancement Therapy
1:45pm – 2:30pm

Pregnant substance users consume alcohol at higher rates than pregnant women in general increasing the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the developing fetus. This study describes the success of a randomized clinical trial of motivational enhancement therapy to decrease prenatal alcohol use in pregnant substance using women.   Abstract

Speaker: Robin Lynn Osterman, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS


3035

RN

Treatment of Psychiatric Inpatients with Relationship Dysfunction Using a Short Term Cognitive Interpersonal Intervention
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Relationship conflict for the psychiatric patient can have significant detrimental effects. Nurses can play a vital role in helping patients with relationship dysfunction and emotion regulation. This presentation will review research conducted with psychiatric inpatients to determine the benefits of an Intensive Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy intervention.   Abstract

Speaker: Tamra L. Rasberry, PhD, MSN, RN


3045

RN, APRN

Impact of Therapeutic Milieu and Unit Aggression on Progression to Discharge: Correlation of Emergency Events with Outcomes for Psychiatric Peers
3:45pm – 4:30pm

Psychiatric milieu therapy has been de-emphasized in the past 40 years. Current literature is scant on the impact of milieu variables on treatment outcome. This research shows that observed aggression, control, and disorder in a psychiatric milieu predict length-of-stay for male patients with psychosis, confirming relevance of the therapeutic milieu.   Abstract

Speaker: Alexander Johnston, MS, MTCM, PMHNP-BC


3055

RN, APRN

Research Council Interactive Panel – Trauma and Healing: Findings and Insights from Three Nurse Scientists
4:45pm – 6:15pm

Psychiatric nurses facilitate healing for those affected by trauma and abuse via the therapeutic relationship and theory-based healing interventions. In this interactive panel, three nurse scientists will present key findings from their programs of research on trauma and healing. Audience members will have a chance for discussion with the scientists.   Abstract

Speaker: Danny G. Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Claire B. Draucker, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN;
Ursula A. Kelly, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
 

   Saturday, October 25


4015

RN, APRN


The Role of Spirituality in Gay and Lesbian Elders' Lives
9:15am – 10:00am

Many believe that gay and lesbian individuals are spiritually bankrupt. This presentation reports the results of a qualitative study that explored the role of spirituality in this population. Findings of the study suggest that many of these individuals find spirituality to be the emotional and psychological grounding force in life.   Abstract

Speaker: Dawn Marie Miller, PhD, ARNP, PMHNP-BC