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APNA Annual Conference Program

APNA 35th Annual Conference

WednesdayThursday  |  Friday |  Saturday

SATURDAY at a Glance

Product Theater
9:30am – 10:30am ET  |  Learn More
Exhibit Hall & Poster Gallery Open
10:30am – 5:00pm ET  |  Learn More
APNA Council Meetings
10:30am – 11:30am ET  |  Learn More
11:30am – 12:30pm ET
45-Minute Concurrent Sessions
1:00pm – 1:45pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
1:55pm – 2:40pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
Chapter Meetings by Request
2:50pm – 3:50pm
APNA Annual Meeting & Town Hall
4:00pm – 5:00pm ET  |  Learn More

9:30am – 10:30am
Sponsoring Company: Teva Pharmaceuticals
No contact hours provided.


10:30am – 5:00pm
Earn up to 4 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations.

APNA Council Meetings

10:30am – 11:30am
Addictions Council
Administrative Council
Child & Adolescent Council
Practice Council

11:30am – 12:30pm
Council for Mental Health Advocacy
Education Council
Recovery Council
Research Council
Council for Safe Environments

Meet leaders in the field aligned with one of your passions, whether it is addictions, administration, child & adolescent, education, mental health advocacy, practice, recovery, research, or safe environments. Each of the APNA Council meetings are open to anyone and will offer updates around their area of focus.


12:30pm – 1:00pm

45-Minute Concurrent Sessions
1:00pm – 1:45pm

4101: Child & Adolescent, Community Practice

1:00pm – 1:45pm

It’s About Time: Making the Case for Dedicated Precepting Time for PMH APRNs in Outpatient – APRN

This presentation reviews evidence regarding PMH-APRN preceptor incentives that supported the implementation of dedicated precepting time/decreased productivity expectations as a test of change at a pediatric academic medical center outpatient clinic. Attendees will leave better prepared to engage with key stakeholders to advocate for similar agency-supported preceptor incentives.

Presenter: Brittany Yates, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

4102: Women’s Health, Depression & Suicidality

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Postpartum Depression: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Screening, Management and the Role of Breastfeeding Support – RN, APRN

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common condition which can have significant consequences for both mother and infant. Long-term exclusive breastfeeding is associated with decreased rates of PPD. A multi-disciplinary approach to managing PPD, including strong breastfeeding support, will lead to improved mental health outcomes for women and their children.

Presenter: Elaine Webber, DNP, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC

4103: Graduate Education, Community Practice

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Improving Underserved Patients’ Access to Care by Developing Mutually Beneficial Academic-Community Partnerships – APRN

This presentation demonstrates how PMHNP programs can expand access to mental health care for underserved populations while improving psychotherapeutic clinical opportunities for graduate students through the development of academic/community partnerships.

Presenters: Melissa Swensen, DNP, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC; Melanie Yousefi, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4104: Graduate Education, Advanced Practice

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Implementation and Outcomes of Clinical Supervision and Reflection to Enhance Learning for Online Post-Master’s PMHNP Students – APRN

This presentation will review challenges encountered in teaching online Post-Master’s PMHNP students, and effective strategies implemented to enhance the student learning experience. Clinical conference discussions and reflection notes were implemented; student feedback supported mastery of concepts and learning outcomes. Students expressed increased satisfaction.

Presenters: Sara Robinson, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC; Margaret Shepard, PhD, PMHNP-BC

4105: Integrated Care, Practice

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Medical Mimics: Medical Conditions That Masquerade As Psychiatric Disorders – RN, APRN

This presentation outlines the risks of misdiagnosis of medical mimics. Medical conditions that may be mistaken for psychiatric illness will be reviewed. Case studies of medical mimics will challenge audience to think critically about diagnosis. Diagnostic and information-gathering rubrics will be provided to assist in achieving this goal.

Presenter: Caroline Onischak, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

4106: Integrated Care, Practice

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Strategic Sequencing of Integrative Mental Health Care – APRN

This presentation will offer best practices associated with how to effectively sequence psychotherapeutic, psychopharmacologic, and complementary and alternative medicine treatment strategies to improve patient outcomes.

Presenter: Sean P. Convoy, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4107: Recovery, Trauma

1:00pm – 1:45pm

The New Frontline: COVID-19 Caregiving, Moral Injury and Opportunities to Build Resilience – RN, APRN

Nurses working in the healthcare environment during COVID-19 crisis are at a greater risk for developing increased stress, secondary trauma, and ultimately the worsening of overall personal mental health. This presentation introduces the concepts of distress reactions, secondary trauma and moral injury. Strategies to build moral resilience will be identified.

Presenters: Joy Lauerer, DNP, PMHCNS BC; David Black, MBA; Janet Ann York, PhD, PMHCNS BC, FAAN

4108: Recovery, Culture/Diversity

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Caring in Ministry: Leveraging Faith Communities in Support of Mental Health Recovery – RN, APRN

This presentation identifies the importance of and strategies for diverse faith communities engaging in mental health ministry. A progress report of a newly developed MHM project is provided. The feasibility of PMH RNs advocating for and leading mental health program development in faith communities will be highlighted.

Presenter: Pam Stover, DNP, MN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

4110: RN Practice, Self-Care

1:00pm – 1:45pm

COVID-19 Pandemic: Providing Safe Patient Care During an Uncertain and Changing Landscape – RN, APRN

This review of the COVID-19 practice change process will engage the audience in strategizing safe clinical psychiatric care as we look beyond COVID-19. By looking back at the resilience of nursing during the pandemic and the nimbleness needed to make necessary change, nurses will discuss strategies for future integrative care.

Presenters: Sophie Forte, MS, CNP, ANP-BC; Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC

4111: RN Practice, Safety

1:00pm – 1:45pm

2020 Vision: Providing a Clear Path for Successfully Leading Behavioral Health Inpatient Care During a Pandemic – RN, APRN

This presentation describes interventions for maintaining a safe and therapeutic inpatient behavioral health environment during a pandemic, and outlines the leadership strategies that enabled the implementation.

Presenter: Christine Moran, BSN, MSW, RN; Tiffany McMillan, BSN, RN

45-Minute Concurrent Sessions
1:55pm – 2:40pm

4201: Child & Adolescent, APRN Practice

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Psychiatric Nursing in Early Childhood Mental Health through Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Prevention – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces the use of the prevention intervention framework to conceptualize the role of psychiatric nurses as infant mental health practitioners or allied professionals. Participants will leave knowing how to apply the nursing process to their practice when servicing families with children ages 0-5.

Presenters: Jessica M. Gordon, APRN, CPNP-PC; Kathy C. Gaffney, MSN, CPNP, PMHS, PMHCNS; Joy A. Lauerer, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN

4202: Child & Adolescent, Depression & Suicidality

1:55pm – 2:40pm

The Role of Resilience Against Suicidal Behavior – RN, APRN

This presentation addresses the awareness that there has been research on risk factors such as negative life events that precipitate suicidal thoughts and behavior, but there is less research on protective factors and building resilience level to help with suicidal ideation.

Presenter: Mary Johnson, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4203: Graduate Education, Integrated Care

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Meeting the Needs of Underserved Populations: Designing Behavioral Health Content for a Family Nurse Practitioner HRSA Training Grant – APRN

This presentation provides an overview of PMHNP faculty roles on a HRSA training grant for FNPs. Discussion includes curricular development of two sequential Behavioral Health for Primary Care courses based on grant objectives to support FNP trainees in their roles in underserved settings. Decision-making, challenges and successes will be explored.

Presenters: Rose Vick, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Marci Zsamboky, DNP, PMHNP/CNS-BC, CNE

4204: Integrated Care, Practice

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Does the Empirical Evidence Support the PNES Diagnosis? – RN, APRN

An influential segment of Neurology is fascinated by psychogenic seizures (PNES). The empirical evidence shows patients with seizures labelled epilepsy and patients with seizures labelled PNES are identical populations separated only by a fallible test. The condition known as PNES is just as disabling as epilepsy because it is epilepsy.

Presenter: Catherine A. Carlson, Psy.D., LP

4205: Women’s Health, Private Practice

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Shared Decision Making and Decisional Conflict in Women with Postpartum Depression – RN, APRN

This presentation discusses the use of shared decision making in the care of women experiencing postpartum depression and its effect on decisional conflict and treatment outcomes.

Presenter: Leslie Binford, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

4206: Recovery, Self-Care

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Providing Care Amidst a Crisis: Mental Health Outcomes, Burnout, and Resiliency Among Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic – RN, APRN

This presentation describes findings related to mental health outcomes, burnout, and resiliency among a national sample of psychiatric-mental health nurses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Risk factors for adverse mental health outcomes and burnout will be discussed. Means to promote resiliency, and other protective factors, will be highlighted.

Presenter: Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4207: Women’s Health, Depression & Suicidality

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Implementing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Mini International Psychiatric Interview (MINI) in Each Trimester of Pregnancy to Improve Screening and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) – RN, APRN

This presentation discusses current research examining the feasibility and acceptability of implementing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) throughout pregnancy and the possibility of using the EPDS to identify other mental health diagnoses. A thorough review of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) and current practice will also be examined.

Presenters: Aparna Kumar, PhD, CRNP; Angela Gerolamo, PhD, CRNP

4208: RN Practice, Safety

1:55pm – 2:40pm

The Science Behind COVID-related Violence and the Art of Making Peace – RN, APRN

The presenter will show the ACEs assessment and the 9 triggers of rage on a power point followed by an interactive discussion with attendees on nursing intervention to prevent rage turning to violence.

Presenter: Evelyn Perkins, PMH-BC, NE-BC

4209: Safety, Business of Psychiatric Nursing

1:55pm – 2:40pm

An Unshakable Commitment to Mental Health: Treating an Epidemic During the 2020 Pandemic – RN, APRN

In 2020, behavioral health leaders faced the unparalleled challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while managing the epidemic of suicides and drug overdoses. COVID-19 presented challenges that required quick expansion of infection prevention protocols and education of staff while maintaining a therapeutic environment. This presentation will review a organization’s successful response.

Presenters: Michelle Spurlock, MSN, MBA; Anne Kelly, EdD, BSN; Pam Long, MSN, MBA

4210: Safety, Special Populations

1:55pm – 2:40pm

When a Pandemic Hits and the Care You Provide is Not “Nonessential”: Lessons Learned from Neurotherapeutic Clinics – RN, APRN

This presentation discusses new practices put into place for ECT/TMS and Ketamine/Esketamine Services during the COVID pandemic. Lessons learned during that time will help shape how we approach patient care and outreach on an ongoing basis. The participant will understand neurotherapeutics procedures as essential and how they are safely managed.

Presenters: Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC; Teresa Henderson, BSN, RN; Courtney Miller, BA, ADN, RN

By request
2:50pm – 3:50pm

Annual Meeting & Town Hall
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Learn more about APNA in this moment: its past year, its present status, and its future goals. During the town hall, you’ll also get the amazing opportunity to speak directly to the APNA Board of Directors and help ensure that APNA continues to meet your needs.