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Virtual Livestream Program


Product Theater Breakfast
6:20am – 7:50am ET | Learn More
Pre-Conference
Sessions
8:00am – 10:00am ET | Browse Sessions
10:15am – 12:15pm ET | Browse Sessions
Product Theater Lunch
12:20pm – 1:50pm ET | Learn More
Pre-Conference
Sessions
2:00pm – 4:00pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
4:15pm – 6:15pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
Conference Kickoff & Awards Ceremony
6:30pm – 7:30pm ET  |  Learn More
Product Theater Dinner
7:45pm – 9:15pm ET  |  Learn More

 

= Sessions also available via virtual livestream.

Product Theater Breakfast | No Contact Hours Provided
6:20AM – 7:50AM Eastern

Sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals
Presenter: 


Pre-Conference Sessions | 2 Contact Hours
8:00AM-10:00AM Eastern
7:00AM CT | 5:00AM PT


1011: Addictions/Substance Use

8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Impact of Addictions: Shame, Stigma, Outcomes & Nursing Practice: Moving Past Shame & Blame: Nurses Leading the Change to Reduce Stigma in Substance Use Disorder (Part 1 of 4) – RN APRN

This interactive presentation presents the opportunity to address the barriers of shame/stigma faced by both nurses and patients when delivering substance use disorder (SUD) care. By openly discussing these challenges, we aim to develop steps to foster safe, effective connections, to eliminate barriers, and identify proactive strategies to reduce shame/stigma and biases.

Presenters: Valerie Seney, PhD, MA, LMHC, PMHNP-BC; Shane Gallagher, DNP, PMHNP-BC


1012: Advanced Practice
8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Advancing Psychedelic Medicine through the Eyes of a Nurse – RN APRN

The presentation will include necessary information for advanced practitioners and nurses to incorporate necessary skillsets in regards to psychedelic medicine, allowing practitioners greater understanding in the care of their patients.

Presenter: Kathryn Walker, CRNA, PMHNP
This session is available to virtual attendees.


1013: Community Practice
8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®) virtual community telementoring model: The “Why”, “What”, and “How”; Part 1 – RN APRN

Psychiatric nurses will present the “WHY” and “WHAT” of an ECHO® telementoring model, demonstrate the “HOW” of an ECHO® session is conducted, and describe the “APPLICATION of ECHO® knowledge and skills” in graduate nursing education and psychiatric nursing clinical practice. The ECHO® framework will be explained using didactic content and visual aids. Scholarly evidence with statistical data of ECHO®’s outcomes will be shown using tables/graphs. Case studies with discussion will be used to bridge content to practical application.

Presenters: Bettina H. Riley, PhD, RN, FAAS; Kim Williams, DNS, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, PHNA-BC; Kathleen T. McCoy, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP; Kirsten Pancione, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC


1014: Graduate Education
8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Building a Better Precepting Model: Strategies for Teaching in Busy Clinical Practicums – APRN

This interactive presentation will explore techniques for precepting PMHNP students, including practices for effective time management and structured methods to develop diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making proficiency. Presenters will highlight promoting psychological safety for learners, effective practices for working with struggling learners, and other practical tools for clinical teaching.

Presenters: Jennifer Stewart Schneider, PhD, PMHNP-BC; JoEllen Schimmels, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNE, FAAN; Mary-Beth Coty, PhD, PMHNP-BC


1015: Women’s Health
8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Perinatal Mood Disorders: What you need to know! – RN APRN

This presentation will be an interactive and informative learning experience covering all aspects of perinatal mental health. Included will be the importance of recognizing perinatal mood disorders (PMD) screening and evidence-based treatment options. This session is open to anyone who wants to learn more about PMD. Knowledge is Power.

Presenter: Christena Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, PMH-C
This session is available to virtual attendees.


1016: LGBTQIA+ Issues
8:00am – 10:00am Eastern

Caring for Bodies Under Attack: Exploring the Impact of ‘Microaggressions’ on LGBTQ+ Patients and Examining Gender Privilege as a Means of Improving Care – RN APRN

This presentation will assist PMH nurses in identifying privileged heteronormative and gender-normative microaggressions that stigmatize LGBTQ+ patients. Interactive and reflective exercises will be used as a means of examining and deconstructing gender. Learn universal practices that are inclusive of patients with LGBTQ+ identities.

Presenter: Lynz Schweiger, DNP


1017: Nursing Professional Development
8:00am – 10:00pm Eastern

Becoming an Effective Manuscript Reviewer! – RN APRN

This interactive, lively presentation discusses the process of peer review and offers participants the opportunity to better understand scholarly journal peer review in personal and professional development. Aimed at experienced and novice reviewers, the workshop uses small group activities and review of actual submitted manuscripts to teach the process.

Presenters: Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, PMH-CNS, FAAN; Michelle DeCoux Hampton, RN, PhD, MS


Pre-Conference Sessions | 2 Contact Hours
10:15AM – 12:15PM Eastern
9:15AM CT  |  7:15AM PT

 

1021: Addictions/Substance Use
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Impact of Addictions: Shame, Stigma, Outcomes & Nursing Practice: From ADHD to Stimulant Use Disorder: Connections with Patients & Colleagues Through Stigma & Shame (Part 2 of 4) – RN APRN

There has been a rise in individuals seeking treatment for ADHD and stimulant use disorders. By discussing the experience of shame and stigma by both nurses and patients, which creates barriers to care, we will explore ways to foster connections for safe/effective care by reducing shame, stigma, and biases.

Presenters: Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP, FAAN; Julie B. Perry, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC


1022: Advanced Practice
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Polypsychopharm Psynami: Deprescribing for Calming the Storm of Psychiatric Polypharmacy – RN APRN

This presentation will provide an overview of deprescribing in psychiatric patients, review guidelines, offer tools, and use practical exercises with medication list examples to advocate for deprescribing in this vulnerable population. This will help you weather the storm of polypharmacy with specific, evidence-based guidelines that you can use today.

Presenters: JoEllen Schimmels, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Jennifer Schneider, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Mary-Beth Coty, PhD, PMHNP-BC
This session is available to virtual attendees.
This session may be eligible for pharmacology contact hours.


1023: Community Practice
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®) virtual community telementoring model: Academic and Clinical Application; Part 2 – RN APRN

Psychiatric nurses will present the “WHY” and “WHAT” of an ECHO® telementoring model, demonstrate the “HOW” of an ECHO® session is conducted, and describe the “APPLICATION of ECHO® knowledge and skills” in graduate nursing education and psychiatric nursing clinical practice. The ECHO® framework will be explained using didactic content and visual aids. Scholarly evidence with statistical data of ECHO®’s outcomes will be shown using tables/graphs. Case studies with discussion will be used to bridge content to practical application.

Presenters: Kathleen T. McCoy, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP; Bettina H. Riley, PhD, RN, FAAS; Kim Williams, DNS, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, PHNA-BC; Kirsten Pancione, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC


1024: Graduate Education
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Adapting Graduate PMHNP Assignments for Competency-Based Education – APRN

This interactive session will provide an introduction to the NONPF core competencies for graduate nursing education and the core behaviors that PMHNP students should demonstrate. Participants will have the opportunity to work on course assignments to put competencies into practice in their curriculum.

Presenter: Kelsey Kent, PhD


1025: Women’s Health
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Can You See Me Now? Can You Hear Me Now? Yes, I Can See You and Hear You: Beyond the Cape and the Mask Worn for Survival and Protection…Connecting with Strong Black Women Superwomen through Culturally Relevant, Culturally Informed, Culturally Tailored, and Culturally Sensitive Whole Health Empowerment – RN APRN

This experiential presentation presents key elements from the DNP project entitled “Invitation to Lay Down Your Burden: Self-care Health and Wellbeing Practices for African American Superwomen.” Participants will deepen their understanding of the Superwoman Schema and the importance of offering culturally informed and relevant holistic nursing care to Black women.

Presenters: LaTonia Clark Chalmers, DNP-TCN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NC-BC, RYT-200
This session is available to virtual attendees.


1026: LGBTQIA+ Issues
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Inclusive Practices for Clients Who Identify as Transgender (Trans) – RN APRN

This presentation aims to engage participants in the most current knowledge on gender-affirming care for transgender (trans) patients. Terminology, physiological and psychological needs, dangers/risky behaviors, and resources will be presented, along with case study discussions.

Presenters: Wendy Carter Kooken, PhD, RN; Amanda F. Hopkins, PhD, RN; Grey K. Kooken, Student


1027: Nursing Professional Development
10:15am – 12:15pm Eastern

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as a Career Choice: Addressing the New Graduate Nurse’s Dilemma – RN APRN

The reluctance of new nursing graduates to enter PMHN is documented. Students who are motivated to enter PMHN are frequently discouraged from pursuing PMHN and directed to obtain a foundation in MS nursing. Nurses will describe the development of the “Hybrid” Medical-Surgical PMH nurse residency program at Penn Medicine.

Presenters: Robbi K. Alexander, PhD, PMHCNS-BC; Allyson AQ Quay, BSN, RN; Mavin Sakwa, AD, RN; Allison Healy, MSN, RN-C


Product Theater Lunch | No Contact Hours Provided
12:20PM – 1:50PM Eastern 

Sponsored by Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc.
Presenter:

Pre-Conference Sessions | 2 Contact Hours
4:15PM – 6:15PM Eastern
3:15PM CT  |  1:15PM PT

1041: Addictions/Substance Use
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Supporting Nurses in Recovery and Protecting the Public: The Role of Alternative to Discipline Programs (Part 4 of 4) – RN APRN

This presentation explores substance use disorders among nurses, public safety implications, and challenges of alternative discipline programs. Participants will engage in case analyses, ethical discussions, and interactive activities to enhance understanding and promote effective support strategies for nurses in recovery.

Presenter: Rosemary Smentkowski, DNP, MSN Ed, PMHNP-BC, CARN; Queen Henry-Okafor, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
This session is available to virtual attendees.


1042: Practice
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Well-Being Basics: How We Care for Ourselves and How We Care for Each Other is How We Care for Patients
 RN APRN

This interactive presentation will provide participants the opportunity to gain understanding of national well-being priorities for workplace well-being, describe evidence-based interventions, and allow time for sharing successes and system opportunities. The participants will leave with an understanding of the importance of focusing on workplace well-being to enhance patient care.

Presenter:
Elizabeth Archer-Nanda, DNP, PMHCNS- BC


1043: Psychopharmacology
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

TBD  – RN APRN

TBD


1044: Undergraduate Education
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

A Call for Community: Using Simulation and Affirmative Practices to Create a Sense of Connection and Belonging in an Undergraduate Nursing Program – RN

This interactive presentation offers participants the opportunity to experience an innovative standardized mental health patient simulation activity using techniques and practices designed to reduce competitive and perfectionistic tendencies among students and alternatively promote a sense of belonging and community in the cohort.

Presenter: Kristen Lambert, PhD, MSN, RN


1045: Special Populations
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Experiential Dementia Skills Training for Nurses using “Positive Approach® to Care” – RN

Experiential dementia skills training for nurses using Positive Approach® to care model provides both knowledge and insight of brain changes due to dementia and skills building to connect with persons living with dementia. Changing care practices in nursing is vital to changing the culture of dementia care.

Presenters: Marion L. Kyner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC


1046: Education
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Application of Stress First Aid for the Healthcare Worker in a Private University Setting – RN APRN

Upon completion of this training, participants will have been exposed the foundational elements of an indicated mental illness prevention program (Stress First Aid for Healthcare Workers) designed to leverage peer support to preserve life, prevent further harm, and promote recovery within the workforce within a private university setting.

Presenter: Sean P Convoy, DNP, PMHNP-BC
This session is available to virtual attendees.


1047: Interprofessional Education
4:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Connecting PMH Nurses with Scholarly Solutions: INQUIRE Navigation Model as a Pathway to Address Knowledge and Practice Gaps in Psychiatric Nursing – RN APRN

Presenter: Michaela K. Hogan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, PhD, RN; Andrea C. Bostrom, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

 


Conference Kickoff & Awards Ceremony
6:30PM – 7:30PM Eastern
5:30PM CT | 3:30PM PT

Receive a warm welcome to the conference, hear from APNA leadership, and meet this year’s award-winning psychiatric-mental health nurses and nursing students.
This session is available to virtual attendees.


Product Theater Dinner
7:45PM – 9:15PM Eastern

Sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals

Same Contact Hours, Two Different Experiences

In-Person Experience

Available for: Regular Conference & One Day Registrations
Add-On: Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions
Contact Hours: Up to 23.75 live, 90+ on demand (includes pre-conference add-on)

  • Take your pick of sessions presented in each time block at convention center: 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.
  • 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, 2025.

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: Regular Conference & One Day Registration
Add-On: Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions
Contact Hours: Up to 23.75 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, 2025.

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