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Saturday Program

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Product Theater
6:00am – 7:30am PT | Learn More
Council Meetings
8:00am – 10:15am PT | Learn More
Concurrent Sessions
10:30am – 11:15am PT | Browse Sessions
11:30am – 12:15pm PT | Browse Sessions
12:30pm – 1:15pm PT | Browse Sessions
Product Theater
Annual Meeting & Town Hall
1:15pm – 2:45pm PT | Learn More
3:00pm – 4:00pm PT |
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= Sessions also available via livestream


Product Theater Breakfast
6:00am – 7:30am Pacific
No Contact Hours

Reaching the Light Documentary: Screening and Panel Discussion

Presenter: Paul Currington

Sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., H. Lundbeck A/S


Council Meetings
8:00am – 9:00am Pacific

Council for Mental Health Advocacy
Council for Safe Environments
Education Council
Recovery Council

9:15am – 10:15am Pacific

Addictions Council
Administrative Council
Child & Adolescent Council
Practice Council
Research Council

Connect with APNA Councils and get updates on each in its area of focus!

Concurrent Sessions

10:30AM – 11:15AM Pacific

12:30PM CT | 1:30PM ET

0.75 Contact Hours


4011: Psychotherapy
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

Mental Health Strategies to Cope, Prevent, and Recover from R.U.S.T: Racism, Unrelenting Substance Use, Stigma, and Trauma – RN, APRN

An interactive presentation using diverse technologies to engage audience members in discussing R.U.S.T. sequela. This concept postulates that cognitive and behavioral coping strategies build resilience comparable to a coating on metals that prevents rust. Application of evidence-based “coatings” by attendees is included.

Presenters: S. Akeya Harrold, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Donna Lee Williams, DNP, PMHNP-BC


4012: Substance Use
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

What’s in Grandma’s Medicine Cabinet? Using GRACE in a Nurse Practitioner Clinical Immersion Experience to Improve Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment for Older Adults – RN, APRN

Need an effective way to teach NP students how to accurately assess for and treat SUD in older adults? This presentation is for you! Learn about an innovation developed to target specific addiction treatment needs in older adults. The GRACE Project design, implementation strategies, outcomes, and next steps are discussed.

Presenters: Kathleen Schachman, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN, FAANP; Catherine A. Macomber, PhD, LMSW; Mindy Fabbro, DNP, FNP-BC; Jennifer Scott, DNP, FNP-BC


4013: Graduate Education
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

The Clinical Relevance of Sexual and Gender Minority Stress Assessment – RN, APRN

Conducting a Minority Stress assessment as an adjunct to standard psychosocial assessments of Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals (SGMI) in clinical practice is likely to inform and aid clinicians’ understanding and treatment of biopsychosocial stressors significantly impacting SGMI’s mental wellbeing (Livingston et al., 2020).

Presenter: David Chinyeaka Agor, RN


4014: Patient Advocacy
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

Improving Equitable Access to Inpatient Care for Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Psychiatry Patients – RN, APRN

Access to a psychiatric hospital from an emergency department should never be contingent upon someone’s insurance or ability to pay. We designed and tested a quality improvement project that successfully equalized transfer of boarding ED patients to psychiatric hospitals regardless of ability to pay.

Presenter: Joseph Lyon, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC


4015: Undergraduate Education
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

Item Writing for the Next Generation NCLEX: Active Engagement Session to Write Case Studies and Standalone Items – RN

This session provides undergraduate nurse educators with active NGN item-writing practice with in-the-moment guidance. These questions can then be used immediately in all environments of undergraduate nursing education to prepare students for the Next Generation NCLEX while increasing skills in students to be better prepared for professional practice.

Presenters: Cherie R. Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, CNE, CNEcl, COI, FAADN; Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, CNE, CNEcl, COI


4016: Research
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

Long-term Impact of Mental Wellness Courses on College Student Mental Health – RN, APRN

Colleges are struggling to meet their students’ mental health needs. Applied mental wellness courses are a low resource intervention that could potentially help address this need. This presentation describes the results of a study evaluating the effects of applied mental wellness courses on student mental well-being.

Presenters: Michael Thomas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Joshua Pinson, RN, BSN, FNP-S


4017: Special Populations
10:30am – 11:15am Pacific

Increasing Access to Buprenorphine for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder: DATA Waiver Training Overview and Nursing Curricula Recommendations – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss increasing access to treatment for individuals with OUD through the use of the DATA waiver/exemption. Suggestions for DATA waiver training inclusion in graduate nursing school curricula will be explored, as well as survey results of attitudes about DATA waiver training inclusion.

Presenters: Lauren Meadows, RN; Amanda Simonton, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions

11:30AM – 12:15PM Pacific

1:30PM CT | 2:30PM ET

0.75 Contact Hours


4021: Psychotherapy
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

Trauma Informed Care, Nursing and a Pandemic – RN, APRN

This presentation focuses on trauma-informed care for patients and nurses.  The effects of the pandemic and lessons learned from prior events and pandemics support the need for intervention and program development.  The presentation will outline the research and recommendations to move forward.

Presenters: Cornelius Metili, BSN, RN; Rebecca Puchkors, MSN, RN, PMH-BC


4022: Substance Use
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

What’s Next? Translating Nursing Tobacco Treatment Competencies into Practice, Education, Research, and Policy – RN, APRN

Got competencies? Check! Got dissemination? Not so much. Nursing competencies for treating TUD are now available. Next steps? Turning them into best practices! Nurses are being invited to research and policy tables yet struggle with role expectations. Check out TUD competencies, recent dissemination examples, and participate in sample of content.

Presenter: Carol Essenmacher, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN


4024: Patient Advocacy
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

Creating COVID-19 protocols in Inpatient Forensic Psychiatric Care – RN, APRN

This presentation will outline the experiences and lessons learned from a forensic hospital in creating and implementing COVID-19 protocols. The successes of this forensic hospital in a pandemic “hot spot” can inform others’ practices for current or future outbreaks.

Presenter: Kristen Toepfer, RN; Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC


4025: Undergraduate Education
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

Supporting the Development of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Undergraduate Nursing Students – RN, APRN

This presentation reviews the use of Active Learning Strategies threaded through a four-year nursing program to support the development of Emotional Intelligence and Resilience among undergraduate nursing students.

Presenters: Elaine Webber, DNP, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC; Nadine Wodwaski, DNP, MSN-ed, ACNS, RN


4026: Research
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

Differences Between College Males’ and Females’ Coping Mechanisms in Relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic – RN

This presentation includes a basis for coping theories, background information on previous research, and results of how males and females cognitively coped through the pandemic. There will be a discussion on how to best add these studies into practice to improve the nurse-client relationship.

Presenter: Margaret E. Tasket, RN, BSN


4027: Special Populations
11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific

Veterans, Psychedelics, and PTSD: Healing the Wounds of Service – RN, APRN

MDMA-assisted therapy shows promise in phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of PTSD in Veterans. Evidence indicates that MDMA-assisted therapy is an efficacious treatment and safer than first-line medications. MDMA maximizes therapeutic effects of psychotherapy by decreasing suicidal ideation, depressed mood, substance use, and trauma.

Presenters: Brenda Mayfield, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions

12:30PM – 1:15PM Pacific

2:30PM CT | 3:30PM ET

0.75 Contact Hours


4031: Psychotherapy
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Supportive Psychotherapy: Practical Applications for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse – APRN

This presentation will provide an overview of supportive psychotherapy including indications, basic principles, techniques, and goals. Participants will learn documentation tips for billing and regulatory requirements and identify differences between CPT supportive psychotherapy services and E/M services.

Presenters: Amanda L. Schuh, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Sarah Jacobs, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC


4032: Substance Use
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Helping Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorders Stay Healthy and in Recovery – RN, APRN

This presentation will describe the demographics and the most common co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders in older adults with opioid use disorders in FQHC clinics in lower New York state. Older adults with OUD have complex health care needs that require a compassionate multidisciplinary approach.

Presenter: Steven L. Baumann, PhD, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC


4033: Graduate Education
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

The Price of Gambling: Examining Gambling Disorders – RN, APRN

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of gambling disorder.

Presenters: Deborah A. Salani, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC; Deana Goldin, PhD, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC


4034: Patient Advocacy
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Examining Unit Rules/Expectations to Improve Unit Safety and Enhance Patient Experience in an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: Keep, Omit, Re-frame, and Educate – RN, APRN

This presentation highlights how PMH nurses investigated unit rules/expectations as a quality improvement initiative, showing positive outcomes in unit safety, satisfaction, and engagement. The presentation provides insight into nurse empowerment, trauma-informed care, and nurse/patient relationships. Nurses will gain thought-provoking information that decreases barriers to practice change and transforms the patient experience.

Presenters: Danielle Michalak, MSN, RN, PMH-BC; Kristin Phillips-Marcum, MSN, RN, PMH-BC; Elizabeth Barwick, BSN, RN; Claire Kidwell, MSN, RN, PMH-BC; Georgia Rosenblatt, MS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC


4035: Undergraduate Education
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Stress Support Groups for Nursing Students – RN, APRN

This presentation describes the development, evolution, and evaluation of online stress support groups for nursing students run by trained PMHNP students. An overview of the support group purpose, facilitator role/training, session components, and future implications for addressing the impact of stress and providing support for nursing students will be discussed.

Presenters: Kerry Peterson, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, RN


4036: Research
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Improving Firefighters’ Mental Health through Education: An Evidence-based, Non-traditional Approach – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss one evidence-based approach to addressing firefighters’ risk for mental health problems. We will outline the development of a mental health education program implemented in Arkansas’ largest fire department. After one year, results showed improved knowledge, awareness, and attitudes regarding mental health, as well as help-seeking behaviors.

Presenter: Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC


4037: Special Populations
12:30pm – 1:15pm Pacific

Demographic Characteristics and Practice Profiles of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Workforce – RN, APRN

This presentation reports on the APNA Workforce Task Force’s survey of the psychiatric -mental health nursing workforce conducted late 2020-May 2021. We report the demographic, education, and employment characteristics, including earnings, of respondents which included 4,088 who completed the RN survey and 5,158 who completed the APRN survey.

Presenter: Kathleen R. Delaney, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP, FAAN


Product Theater Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm Pacific

Perspectives in Adult ADHD

Presenter: Jennifer A. Ganem, MS, APRN

Sponsored by Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


SpeakingAnnual Meeting & Town Hall
3:00pm – 4:00pm Pacific

Hear about APNA’s past year, present status, and future goals. During the Town Hall, take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to speak directly to the APNA Board of Directors to help inform the direction of your organization and ensure that APNA meets your needs.


APNA reserves the right to make program changes as necessary and the right to cancel sessions if minimum enrollment has not been met or events occur beyond reasonable control of APNA.