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10:00am – 1:00pm ET  |  Learn More
Mini Concurrent Sessions
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Product Theater Breakfast | No Contact Hours Provided
7:00AM – 8:30AM Eastern

Practice AIMS Scoring and Learn More About AUSTEDO XR
Sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals
Presenter: Jeremy A. Schreiber, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Keynote Presentation | 1 Contact Hour
9:00am – 10:00am Eastern
8:00am CT | 6:00am PT

The Care You Give – RN APRN

Deshauna BarberIn Dr. Barber’s most notable speech, “The Care You Give,” she discusses her story and journey to becoming the first soldier to win the prestigious title of Miss USA and how during her reign, the passing of her mother left her in a deep depression and feeling completely lost. Dr. Barber describes how changing her mindset and balancing her adversity with giving back to others as a human rights activist turned her life’s hurdles into stepping stones. She highlights the love and care the hospice nurses provided to her late mother during her mother’s last chapter of life and the significant contributions of healthcare providers to people in their most vulnerable moments. Dr. Barber discusses strategies and tips she uses as the Vice-Chair of Service Women’s Action Network, a non-profit dedicated to preventing military sexual assault and the hurdles she faces when assisting victims experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. The strategies she will share are specifically intended to help medical professionals nurture themselves while working in a field that requires them to care for others. Dr. Barber’s compelling story about life and loss leaves audiences feeling empowered, inspired, and strengthened.

Presenter: Deshauna Barber, PhD, MS
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

Poster Presentations Open | Up to 4 Contact Hours
10:00AM – 3:00PM Eastern

Earn up to 4 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations Thursday – Friday.
Online poster gallery available to virtual livestream attendees.

Meet the Poster Presenters
10:30AM – 11:30AM Eastern

Meet the bright minds behind this year’s poster presentations. Presenters will be standing with their posters during this period, ready to answer questions and discuss their topics.

Exhibit Hall Open
10:00AM – 1:00PM Eastern

Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

Mini Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
11:45AM 12:30PM Eastern
10:45AM CT | 8:45AM PT


3011: Integrative Education
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

Unexpected Allies: A Trauma Informed Eye Care Interdisciplinary Collaboration – RN APRN

Interdisciplinary collaborations require effort but yield potentially far-reaching benefits for providers and our patients. Viewing a topic from a new vantage point can re-ignite your fire! Come hear a case example of how Optometry and Psychiatric Nursing can fuel one another and consider your own opportunities for collaboration and invigoration.

Presenter: Kathryn Kieran, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Promoting Inclusive Treatment of the Whole Person by Infusing Spiritual Care into Undergraduate Psychiatric Mental Health CurriculumRN APRN

This presentation explores theories of spirituality and challenges to teaching spiritual care. To promote inclusive and holistic treatment, participants will be given resources, ideas, and examples of how to better infuse and integrate spiritual care teaching strategies in PMH undergraduate nursing didactic, clinical, and simulation courses.

Presenters: Melissa Neathery, PhD, RN, CNE; Rebecca Puchkors, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CA-SANE

3012: Culture 
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

How a Graduate PMHNP Program Is Making IDEAS Happen: An Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and De-Stigmatization Story –RN APRN

Examples on diversity, equity, and inclusion incorporation into a graduate-level PMHNP curriculum will be provided. Methods for how to enhance the successful matriculation of a diverse nursing student population through a graduate program will be explained. Examples of EBP projects focusing on access to care and de-stigmatization will be reviewed.

Presenters: Nicole Moret, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Regina Owen, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Jouhayna Bajjini-Gebara, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNSPMH-BC

Start At The Top! Psychiatric Nursing Leadership Engages in a Unique, Interactive Educational Series to Promote Knowledge, Insights, and Skills to Cultivate an Inclusive and Adaptive Health Care Culture – RN

This presentation introduces an Adaptive Leadership framework to strengthen leadership competencies and self-reflective practices to address implicit and explicit bias. An overview of a four-part, unique educational series is provided highlighting strategies to improve leadership practices to create a more inclusive, equitable, and mutually respectful culture.

Presenters: Courtney Blackwood, MS, RN, NE-BC; Nancy Bowllan, Ed.D, MSN, RN; Kwasi Boaitey, LMSW, PCC, RYT, PH.D. Student
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3013: Violence Prevention
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT): A Trauma Informed Approach to Support Our Patients and Nonpsychiatric Medical Colleague – RN

This presentation will discuss Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center’s journey of expanding a pilot Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) program of three registered nurses to a permanent department of thirty clinical staff. Participants will learn about the importance of rapid response teams for behavioral emergencies and prevention.

Presenter: Joan Torres, MSN, MBA, RN, PMHN-BC, CNL

Implementing a Psychiatric ICU to Address Violence Against Health Care Professionals RN

Patient aggression can be common in psychiatric settings and incidences of verbal and physical violence toward staff have significantly increased in recent years. New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center implemented a program to reduce the growing number of patient assaults of staff and reduce overall acuity at its psychiatric ICU.

Presenter: Rebecca Emmanuelli, MS, BSN, BS, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC

3014: Graduate Education
11:45am – 12:30pm Pacific

Addressing Nursing Student Mental Health Stigma Through Experiential Learning and Critical Reflection RN APRN

We will discuss an innovative curricular intervention to address bias and mental health stigma in nursing students and three nursing students will present their experience with the community observation and critical reflection assignment.

Presenters: Ashley King, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC; Noren Robinson, BS; Jennifer Lopez, BS; Rosalind De Lisser, PhD(c), PMHNP, FNP

Finding the Alliance: A Simulation Partnership to Enhance PMHNP Learner Self-Awareness – APRN

This presentation describes the development of didactic and simulation-based standardized patient educational activities focusing on application of self-awareness and the therapeutic alliance, and the partnership between faculty and simulation educators in program development.

Presenters: Kate Pfeiffer, APRN, PMHCNS, PMHNP; Dorothy Jordan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; William Chance Nicholson, PhD, APRN, PMHNP

3015: Simulation
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

A Collaborative Simulation: Navigating Care and Advocacy for Diverse Patients in Crisis – RN

This presentation introduces an innovative and complex simulation-based learning experience for undergraduate mental health and pediatric nursing students that incorporates collaborative care, diversity and advocacy for a pediatric, transgender patient experiencing a psychiatric crisis. The participant will leave with strategies and a blueprint for recreating similar simulation-based learning experiences.

Presenters: Lisa Harrington, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE; Amanda Hitt, MSN, FNP-BC; Ashton Glover, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-C, SANE-A

Gamification as a Teaching-Learning Strategy for Engaging Baccalaureate Nursing Students: Psychiatric-Mental Health Escape Scenario – RN APRN

This interactive and hands-on presentation presents everything you need to know about utilizing gamification via escape rooms to enhance psychiatric-mental health didactic/clinical learning in undergraduate nursing students. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a scenario in which they will work in a team, collaborate on clues, and escape!

Presenters: Tiffany Pressley, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE, CMSRN; Nina Russell, DNP, FNP-C, MSN-Ed., APRN; Megan Wayne, MSN-Ed, RN
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3016: Women’s Health
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

Perinatal Mental Health for Mothers From All Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds – RN APRN

This presentation provides an overview of perinatal mood disorders, some of the risk factors, and the impact it has on mother and baby. Analysis of racial disparities in maternal and infant health will be discussed and strategies will be explored to provide interventions that will improve the health outcomes of this population.

Presenter: Cheryl A Leiningen, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C

Disparities in Screening and Treatment Practices for Depression During Pregnancy – RN APRN

This presentation reviews the results of a review examining disparities in screening practices for pregnant people with an emphasis on patients who are the most likely to be over looked and recommendations to improve screening during pregnancy.

Presenter: Rachel Eakley, MSN, PMHNP-BC

3017: Research
11:45am – 12:30pm Eastern

The Perspective of Nurses and Patients on the Use of the Justice System in the Context of Psychiatric Hospitalization: A Qualitative Research – RN

This presentation focuses on the results of a qualitative research conducted with psychiatric nurses and patients undergoing a judicial process at a university mental health institute. The purpose of this study was to better understand how the involvement of the judicial system affects the therapeutic relationship between nurses and patients.

Presenter: Etienne Paradis-Gagné, RN, PhD

Perspectives of Asian Communities on Psychiatric-Mental Health Illness – RN

This presentation will guide the audience on the cultural impact of Asian psychiatric patients on their understanding of and compliance with psychiatric treatments and forms of care.

Presenters: Kateleen Collins, BSN RN; Tiara Stepp, BA, BSN, RN-BC

Product Theater Lunch | No Contact Hours Provided
12:45PM – 2:15PM Eastern

Clinical Perspectives on Bipolar I and Bipolar II Depression, and a Treatment Option Approved for Both
Sponsored by Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc
Presenter: Hara E. Oyedeji, PMHNP-BC, CRNP, MSN, MSEd

Mini Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
2:30PM – 3:15PM Eastern
1:30PM CT | 11:30AM PT


3021: Practice
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Facilitating Forgiveness: A Practical Intervention for Emotional Wound Healing RN

This presentation introduces steps for nurses to help facilitate forgiveness by utilizing Dr. Robert Enright’s evidence-based forgiveness strategies. Nurses know the steps to facilitate physical wound healing, this presentation will offer practical steps to facilitate emotional wound healing. 

Presenter: Tamra Rasberry, PhD, MSN, RN

Development of an Interdisciplinary Bereavement Support Group During the Pandemic and Beyond RN APRN

This interactive presentation will share the development of a bereavement support group at a cancer center. This includes data from group cohorts, lessons learned, and best practices as well as areas for continued quality improvement. Participants will leave with a foundation for developing support groups. 

Presenters: Beth Smith, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC; Sheila Amrhein, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C

Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3022: Self Care
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Connect and Stay Strong (CASS): A Group Intervention to Support Accelerated Nursing Students RN APRN

This session will provide a description of a structured support group designed to foster resilience skills by assisting nursing students to feel greater support and connection to their peers. Group format, how to integrate groups into the curriculum, and student feedback will be described. 

Presenter: Christine Paquin, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, CNE

Preventing Burnout: Strengthening PMHNP Student Competence, Resilience, & Engagement with a HRSA Training Grant APRN

Rates of burnout are rising among nursing students and can impact their success. A HRSA training grant housed within a PMHNP program offers curricular and clinical opportunities to promote resiliency for individuals interested in working in medically underserved or rural communities. The BHWET program and trainee data will be discussed. 

Presenters: Rose Vick, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Jessica Walker, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Christian Ketel, DNP, FNAP

3023: Child & Adolescent
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Addressing Biased Language and Patient Aggression Through the Bradley Hospital DBT-Based Pause ProgramRN APRN

The Bradley Hospital DBT-based Pause program is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to therapeutically managing problematic patient behaviors on an adolescent inpatient unit while teaching and reinforcing valuable coping skills for living outside of the hospital. 

Presenters: Morgan Lindberg, MEd, CAGS; Sarah Nottage, BSN, RN; Katelyn C. Affleck, PhD

Bath Salts and Beyond: Approaching Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances from Screening to Management RN APRN

Synthetic substances/novel psychoactive substance are widely available and pose a significant risk of substance-induced psychosis and other negative consequences. Using a case study as a foundation, this presentation will review the types of available novel psychoactive substances, related symptoms, screening strategies, and management approaches. 

Presenters: Christina Stoler, MSN, RN, PMHNP; Marwa Abdikarim, MSN, PMHNP

Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3024: Graduate Education
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Reframing and Role-Modeling To Reduce Opioid Use Disorder Stigma Among NP Students APRN

This interactive presentation introduces participants to using simulation as a means to reframe opioid use disorder as a chronic treatable illness while role-modeling patient-centered, recovery-focused language and behaviors. The aim of the simulation activities is to reduce stigma associated with opioid use disorder and increase willingness to treat it. 

Presenter: Amanda Culp-Roche, PhD

Creating Competencies for Population Health RN APRN

The presentation focuses on Domain #3, Population Health, of the New Essentials. Participants will discuss pertinent competencies and resources for curriculum development at the advanced practice level.

Presenters: Marian L. Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, PMH-CNS-BC, CRNP; Teresa L. Mathews, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, LP

3025: Inpatient
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Flipping an Acute Psychiatric unit to a Covid+ Psychiatric Unit RN

This presentation introduces the practice of standing up a Covid-19 psychiatric unit with current structures already in place. By utilizing these strategies, PMH nurses and leaders can assist their organization in solving complex throughput challenges, while meeting the needs of their psychiatric patient population who test positive for Covid-19. 

Presenter: Mark Smallacombe, MSN, RN-BC

Pressure Injury Prevention for Patients Receiving Hospital-Based Psychiatric Care: An Innovative Quality Improvement Project to Prevent Nosocomial Events  RN APRN

Patients receiving hospital-based psychiatric treatment are often at increased risk of pressure injuries due to mobility and medical issues. At a large public hospital, the behavioral health leadership team partnered with wound, ostomy, limb preservation, and amputation services on a quality improvement project to decrease the incidence of pressure injuries. 

Presenters: Timothy Meeks, MN, RN, PMH-BC; Nick Escobar, BSN, RN

3026: Education
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

Well-Being Integration and Student Engagement Strategies for Mental Health Promotion with Prelicensure Nursing Students RN APRN

The purpose of this educational intervention was to assess the impact of well-being and student engagement strategies on student attendance, feelings of inclusion and perceptions of stigma associated with the utilization of mental health services. The impact on student attendance and student perceptions will guide future classroom policies. 

Presenters: Sonya Kowalski, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC; Andrea Kwasky, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Karen Mihelich, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC; Sherry McConnell, MSN, RN, C-EFM; Barb Ciotta, MSN, RN, CEI-CL

More Than Medication: Considerations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Psychopharmacology Education APRN

This presentation introduces strategic approaches to include content and approaches to address social, economic, and environmental factors related to DEI in psychopharmacology curriculum design. 

Presenter: Emma Mangano, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC

3027: Research
2:30pm – 3:15pm Eastern

A Motivational Approach to Medication Adherence: Conversations with Persons with Sickle Cell RN APRN

This presentation introduces the research data of a study using motivational interviewing to facilitate medication adherence to hydroxyurea. This medication is critical in reducing the frequency of painful crises, blood transfusions, acute chest syndrome, hospitalizations, and early mortality in persons with sickle cell disease. 

Presenters: Lori L. Vick, PhD, MAT, RN; Katharine E. Harding, MSN, BSHM, RN

A Focused Literature Search: Does Recovery Continue as a Novel Idea? Progress, Gaps, and Meaning. RN APRN

Recovery, adopted two decades ago by SAMHSA, is a foundational/fundamental component of mental health and substance use services; yet previous reviews demonstrate a lack of uniform application. APNA Recovery Council searched and reviewed 186 articles finding that stigma remains a challenge and internalized stigma in the professional community needs further investigation and illumination. 

Presenters: Constance Noll, DNP, MA, CRNP, PMHNP-BC;  Susan V. Brammer, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN; Michael Thomas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Sylvia Simeone, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC,PMHCNS-BC; Gregory Knapik, DNP, PhD

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
3:30PM – 4:15PM Eastern
2:30PM CT | 12:30PM PT


3031: Administration
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

How Can Risk Management Help You? RN APRN

With an increase in mental health outpatient/emergency department visits and an increase in telemedicine utilization is a potential increase for claims/litigation. It is important to recognize the risks of providing behavioral health care and how to mitigate those risks. Avoiding risks alleviates the stress on health care professionals and the financial burden of defending claims. 

Presenter: Gloria Umali, RN, MS, MPA, CPHRM
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3032: Suicide Prevention
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Equity on Campus: QPR and Mental Health First Aid Suicide Prevention Bystander Trainings as a Mental Health Support – RN APRN

This presentation describes the service efforts of PMH nursing faculty to implement suicide prevention bystander trainings across a college campus. By disseminating trainings to various student groups, mental health supports are expanded across campus in a practical and impactful way. 

Presenters: Katherine Lucatorto, DNP, RN; Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE

3033: Inpatient Intervention
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Position Paper: Use of Seclusion and Restraint RN APRN

The purpose of this presentation is to summarize the 2022 updates to the APNA’s Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement and Standards of Practice. These updates were guided by evidence-based information found in the review of literature and clinical expertise. These standards support providing care in an environment that is person-centered. 

Presenters: Pamela E. Marcus, MS, RN, APRN/PMH-BC; Ellen W. Blair, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FAAN; Evelyn Perkins, MS, RN, PMH-BC, NE-BC; Diane E. Allen, DNP, PMHRN-BC, FACHE(R); Pamela E. Marcus, MS, RN, APRN/PMH-BC; Lincoln Akre Teal, RN, MSN, PMH-BC 

3034: Graduate Education
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

More than Meds: Training Future PMHNPs in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy APRN

This presentation provides an exemplar to PMHNP programs for teaching CBT basics through traditional and active-learning strategies. In addition to didactic instruction, standardized patient assessments and case writeups provide an opportunity for students to apply their emerging skills and receive feedback from faculty. Student reflection also provides additional methods of evaluation. 

Presenter: Erin Ellington, DNP, PMHNP-BC

3035: Substance Use
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Updated Buprenorphine Prescribing Training Requirements for APRNs RN APRN

This presentation examines the new training requirements for APRNs who wish to prescribe buprenorphine as outlined by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. This presentation will also explore the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) proposed curricula for opioid use disorder treatment competency. 

Presenters: Lauren Meadows, RN; Amanda Simonton, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHNCS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3036: Community Partnerships
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Campus & Community Partnerships: Opening a Campus-Based Mental Health Clinic to Meet the Needs of Students, Faculty, and the Community APRN

This presentation describes the process of opening an on-campus community clinic, including challenges and lessons learned. A campus-community partnership can benefit faculty, students, and other stakeholders while addressing the shortage of mental health providers. Participants will explore how they can implement this practice in their own setting. 

Presenters: Kristen Hershey, PhD, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Leslie Binford, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

3037: Special Populations
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Mental Health Services Intake: Creating Sacred Space for Transgender And Gender-Expansive People RN APRN

Transgender and gender-expansive (T/GE) people report health care encounters that have wounded them, especially as they seek mental health services. Come learn more about creating an intake process that is caring, gender-affirming, and accepting of all. 

Presenter: Renae D. Hale, DNP, RN, MHN-BC

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
4:30PM – 5:15PM Eastern
3:30PM CT | 1:30PM PT


3042: Suicide Prevention
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviors in Black Youth at High Risk for Mood Disorders: Implications for Clinical Care RN APRN

Suicide rates continue to rise disproportionately in Black youth. We sought to identify risk factors for suicidal behavior in Black youth. Younger age and a diagnosis of depression significantly predicted new onset suicidal behavior in Black youth. Potential racial implications impacting diagnosis and screening will be discussed. 

Presenter: Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3043: Inpatient Intervention
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

Restraint Chair Compared to 4-point RestraintsRN

This presentation will provide evidence on the safety and efficacy of the restraint chair, compared to traditional 4-point restraints, during emergencies on inpatient units. With this information, we hope institutions will change their practice towards this safer alternative. 

Presenters: Nicole Visaggio, MSN, RN; Jeanne McElhinney, MSN, RN; Kathryn Phillips, PhD, RN 

3044: Graduate Education
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

A Summative High-Fidelity Simulation in Psychiatry for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses APRN

This interactive and engaging presentation introduces a summative and high-fidelity simulation to prepare and evaluate APRN students for professional practice. The integration of curriculum activities will be described and discussed to provide the necessary steps in the development of this competency-based model. 

Presenters: Jamison Y. Lord, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC; Lemeul Scott, RN, PMHNP; Kristen Smith, RN, PMHNP

3045: Substance Use
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

Goodbye X-Waiver: Good News for PMHNPs and for the Treatment of People with Opioid Use DisorderRN APRN

This interactive presentation discusses the 2023 legislation eliminating the DEA X-Waiver buprenorphine prescription requirement and the implications for clinical practice. Buprenorphine prescribing tips and practical pearls are discussed to increase the confidence and knowledge of PMHNPs now eligible to prescribe this life saving medication. 

Presenters:Kayla Cross, PMHNP-BC, ARNP; Jeffery Ramirez, PhD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
This session may be eligible for pharmacology contact hours.

3046: Community Partnerships
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

The Initiation of Urgent Care Psychiatric Program At A Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) as an Alternative to Emergency Departments for Psychiatric Emergencies RN APRN

The initiation of urgent care psychiatric program at a community mental health center (CMHC) in southeastern Massachusetts was evaluated to determine if it is an effective alternative for psychiatric emergencies that would otherwise result in psych evaluation (ESP) at an emergency department (ED). 

Presenter: Joy Camara, PMHNP-BC, LMHC

3047: Special Populations
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

The Kaleidoscope of ARFID: The Colorful Clinical Presentation Designs of This Novel Eating Disorder RN APRN

Identify multiple ways avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder presents itself in clinical settings. The epidemiological data and etiology of ARFID will be presented. Evidence-based treatment considerations specific to ARFID will be differentiated, as well as needs for future care. 

Presenter: Lisa Renee Kongable, MA, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
5:30PM – 6:15PM Eastern
4:30PM CT | 2:30PM PT


3051: Administration
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

One Psychiatric Hospital’s Head-on Approach to Addressing Patient to Staff Directed Racism – RN APRN

This project addresses the phenomenon of racism by patients directed towards unit staff, clinicians, and providers on inpatient psychiatric units. The issue of racism towards staff has become a critical concern in our care environment. Administrators and staff struggle with approaching the issue head on while balancing patient centered care. 

Presenter: Kristen Toepfer, RN
Available to virtual livestream attendees.

3052: Suicide Prevention
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Suicide Prevention and Assessment RN APRN

This interactive session prepares the learner to achieve a higher knowledge and skill set to identify suicidal behaviors. The presentation details current statistics, risks, protective factors, symptomatology, assessment, and steps necessary to identify and prevent suicide. Resources and methods for prevention will be discussed and practiced by participants. 

Presenters: Michelle Hext, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, FNP-C, ENP-C, PMHNP-BC; JT Seaman, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

3053: Inpatient Intervention
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Implementing a Patient-Centered, Recovery Oriented Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT) in a Safety Net Teaching Hospital in an Urban SettingRN APRN

This presentation will focus on implementing a 24/7 patient-centered, recovery-oriented Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT), emphasizing changes made to enhance the team’s effectiveness. The presentation will also highlight the importance of protocols, staff training, and regular assessments, emphasizing patient-centered care and advocacy. 

Presenters: Cornelius Metili, RN, BSN; Mandy Vandergriff, RN; Rachel Bryant, RN; Lillian Bosire, RN; Cynthia Wild, RN 

3055: Substance Use
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Buprenorphine Induction in the Era of Fentanyl: Avoiding Precipitated Withdrawal Symptoms – APRN

This presentation introduces concepts related to buprenorphine microdosing for patients using fentanyl. As fentanyl is highly potent and lipophilic, patients using fentanyl are at higher risk for precipitated withdrawal. The participant will leave with the knowledge and skills required to implement high-quality, evidence-based care for those with opioid use disorder. 

Presenters: Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE; Gabrielle Najarian Hart, BSN, RN; Rebecca Burkart, BSN, RN
Available to virtual livestream attendees.
This session may be eligible for pharmacology contact hours.

3056: Community Partnerships
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Advocacy and Inclusivity in Action: Campus and Community Partnerships to Raise Mental Health Awareness and Challenge Stigma RN APRN

This presentation describes PMH nursing faculty fostering campus and community partnerships promoting mental health awareness. A collaboration led to the creation of a NAMI On Campus, supporting mental health advocacy and challenging stigma. Campus members surveyed shared positive impressions relative to the benefits of this campus group. 

Presenter: Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE

3057: Special Populations
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Disparities in Black Mental Health: Understanding the Problem, Strategies for a Solution RN APRN

This presentation provides evidence of disparities in mental health care for individuals from the Black community and discusses how bias plays a significant role in this. Strategies to address racial bias on an individual and organizational level will be discussed. 

Presenter: Kirby Williams, PMHNP-BC

State Meetups
6:30PM – 7:30PM Eastern

Two attendees at a table together talking.Find your home away from home at this event! Join your state huddle to connect with psychiatric-mental health nurses from your area and discuss your region’s PMH nursing advancements, needs, and opportunities. 

Product Theater Dinner | No Contact Hours Provided
7:45PM – 9:15PM Eastern

Beyond the Monoamine Hypothesis: A Glutamatergic Approach to Treating Major Depressive Disorder
Sponsored by Axsome
Presenters: Amber Hoberg, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Brooke Kempf, PMHNP

Same Contact Hours, Two Different Experiences

Group of happy people at conference receptionIn-Person Experience

Available for: Full Conference & One Day Registrations
Add-On: Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions
Contact Hours: Up to 27.75 live, 90+ on demand (includes pre-conference add-on)

  • Take your pick of sessions presented in each time block at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: In-Person Program
  • Engage with colleagues and speakers during sessions, breaks, and special events.
  • Browse and evaluate poster presentations in the poster hall; meet the poster presenters.
  • Enjoy meal sessions with industry-sponsored Product Theaters and Symposia.
  • Two-3 months after the conference, access podcast recordings of the sessions presented on the days you are registered. Earn up to 90+ more contact hours for these sessions any time until September 30, 2024.

A note about safety

Note: Poster presentations and industry-sponsored product theaters and symposia only available during conference, not on demand.

Virtual Livestream Experience

Available for: Full Conference & One Day Registration
Add-On: Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions
Contact Hours: Up to 27.75 live, 90+ on demand (includes pre-conference add-on)

  • Select one of two livestream session options for each time block: Virtual Livestream Program
  • Use the live chat feature to ask questions and connect with fellow virtual attendees.
  • Browse and evaluate poster presentations in the online poster gallery.
  • Two-3 months after the conference, access podcast recordings of the sessions presented on the days for which you registered. Earn up to 90+ more contact hours for these sessions until September 30, 2024.

Note: Virtual livestream package does not include access to industry-sponsored product theaters. Symposia and poster presentations will not be available on demand after the live conference.