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APNA Annual Conference Program

APNA 35th Annual Conference

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Wednesday at a Glance

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
9:00am – 7:30pm ET
Virtual Poster Hall Open
9:00am – 7:30pm ET
Pre-Conference Sessions
10:00am – 12:00pm ET | Browse Sessions
12:10pm – 2:10pm ET | Browse Sessions
2:10pm – 3:10pm ET  |  Learn More
Pre-Conference Sessions
3:20pm – 5:20pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
5:30pm – 7:30pm ET  |  Browse Sessions
Product Theater
7:30pm – 8:30pm ET  |  Learn More

Pre-Conference Sessions
10:00am-12:00pm ET
9:00AM CT  | 7:00AM PT

1101: Psychotherapy, Advanced Practice

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Integrating Psychotherapy Content in PMHNP Curriculum to Improve Person-Centered Care in Practice – APRN

This presentation will discuss the ongoing development and implementation of curriculum that promotes psychotherapeutic competencies among PMHNPs.

Presenters: Carol Campbell, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C; Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP


1102: Undergraduate Education, Administration

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Are You High? What Today’s Marijuana Laws Mean to Nursing Education – RN

The legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana raises many questions for nursing education programs. This session covers the NCSBN Guidelines for Medical Marijuana Education in Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs and how laws impact policies that affect nursing students and faculty who personally use marijuana and the care they provide.

Presenters: Cherie Rebar, PhD, MBA, RN, COI; Nicole M. Heimgartner, DNP, RN, COI


1103: Nursing Professional Development, Research

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

The Interrelationship Between Writing Scholarly Publications and Reviewing Scholarly Manuscripts – RN, APRN

This thought provoking presentation offers the chance for participants to understand the link between reviewing manuscripts and writing for publication. Supportive, clear about implementation steps, and encouraging to all are the hallmarks of the workshop.

Presenters: Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Janice Goodman, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC


1104: Graduate Education, Advanced Practice

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

A Graduate Education Faculty Toolkit: Let’s Do It! – APRN

This interactive, hands-on workshop presents the opportunity to join the Education Council-Graduate Branch in development of an APNA Graduate Faculty Toolkit to support PMHNP faculty and programs in curriculum content, clinical best practices, resources, and creation of a caring collegial community of graduate PMHNP faculty and programs.

Presenters: Beth M. King, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Sara Banzhaf, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC; James F. Adams, PMHCNS-BC; Maureen Donohue-Smith, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Krystyna de Jacq, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Liz Hutson, PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC; Latonia Chalmers, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Lyons Hardy, M.S., RN, P-MHNP; Dorothy Jordon, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Karen G. Pounds, PhD, PMHCNS, BC; Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-CNS, BC, CRNP, CS


1105: Practice, Private Practice

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Documentation: Basics and Beyond – RN, APRN

This interactive, experiential workshop will provide didactic learning and practice sessions for documentation with real-life clinical scenarios. Through group and direct feedback, the participant will apply risk mitigation strategies to ensure that clinical decision-making, informed consent, patient access to records, and requests to change records are reflective of best practice.

Presenters: Gloria Umali, BSN, RN, MS, MPA, CPHRM; Allison Funicelli, MPA, CCLA, ARM, CPHRM, FASHRM


1106: Tobacco Competencies, Staff Education

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Nursing Competency-Based Tobacco Treatment: Seeing Through the Smoke to Translate Evidence into Effective Tobacco Treatment for Every Patient, at Every Visit, in Every Setting (Part 1 of 4 Sessions) – RN, APRN

Ask yourself, How did I learn about tobacco use and dependence (TUD) treatment? Often outdated information was shared by colleagues (who learned this way). TUD treatment misinformation sustains inadequate nursing interventions. This interactive, first of four Train-the-Trainer series sessions provides immediate, take to work interventions and customizable education recommendations for institutions.

Presenters: Carol Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP; Sara B. Adams, PhD, RN, CNE; Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CAADC, FIAAN; Julia Houfek, PhD, APRN-CNS; M. Rene Spielmann, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC


1107: Research, Education

10:00am – 12:00pm ET

Identifying a Clinical Research Question in Your Workplace and Creating a Research Project: A Case Study – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation introduces the steps of identifying a clinical question and applying research-based evidence to create an intervention. The participant will leave with a comprehensive framework for developing ideas into actionable steps using the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice Model and associated tools.

Presenter: Janet Elrod, MSN, RN-BC

Pre-Conference Sessions
12:10pm – 2:10pm ET
11:10am CT  |  9:10AM PT

1201: Recovery, Psychotherapy

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

We Don’t Have Time! Revisiting the Interpersonal Process and Building Recovery, Resiliency, and Empowerment into the Nursing Relationship using Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) – RN, APRN

Energetic, interactive, and lively, the session will feature CT-R theory, research, and conceptualization, identifying points of connection, and strategies for empowerment and resiliency strategies. Developing an understanding of CT-R, participants will practice select skills and identify ways to integrate them into their existing nursing practice and to strengthen patient relationships.

Presenters: Joseph Keifer, PsyD, BSN, RN; Ellen Inverso, PsyD; Paul Grant, PhD


1202: Substance Use, Practice

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

Identifying and Recognizing Nurses with a Substance Use Disorder: Implications for the Profession, Promoting Nurse Wellness and Clinical Practice Policy Development – RN, APRN

Nurses work in positions with high stress, PTSD, and violence. SUDs in nurses is rarely discussed. Often, agency policies are non-existent to address a nurse who is suffering from addiction. Stigma remains constant. All nurses have a responsibility to assist colleagues in providing support that helps and is research based.

Presenters: Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, LADC I; James B., RN, MEd, CARN


1203: Nursing Professional Development, Staff Education

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

Escaping Orientation and Competencies: Using Escape Rooms to Validate Knowledge – RN

This interactive presentation shares methods to create and implement in-person and virtual escape rooms designed for PMH staff to demonstrate knowledge acquisition and critical thinking skills.

Presenter: Lesley Worsley-Hynd, MSN, RN, CCRN-K


1204: Graduate Education, Community Practice

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

A National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) SIG Survey of How PMHNP Program Directors Facilitate Psychotherapeutic Skill Acquisition – RN, APRN

This interactive and informative presentation will report on a national survey evaluating how psychotherapy skills are being delivered within PMHNP programs. Participants will develop an understanding of how PMHNP programs are delivering psychotherapy education in graduate nursing education.

Presenters: Daniel Wesemann, DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP; Sean P. Convoy, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Kate Melino, MS, PMHNP-BC; Dawn M. Goldenstein, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC


1205: Undergraduate Education, Education

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

Revolutionizing Our Teaching Practice: Nursing Education during the Pandemic – RN, APRN

This interactive, lively presentation presents the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and develop a new foundation for mental health nursing education pedagogies. The resources and processes examined in this forum will support inventive approaches for nurse educators moving forward during a continuously fluid situation in higher education.

Presenters: Todd B. Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE; Mary Justice, PhD, RN, CNE; Rebecca Kalinoski, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Katherine Lucatorto, DNP, RN; Melissa Neathery, PhD, RN, CNE; Linda Ewald, MS, BSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Traci T. Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC


1206: Tobacco Competencies, Staff Education

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

Nursing Competency-Based Tobacco Treatment: Seeing Through the Smoke to Translate Evidence into Effective Tobacco Treatment for Every Patient, at Every Visit, in Every Setting (Part 2 of 4 Sessions) – RN, APRN

Curious why smoking cessation medications don’t seem to work? Wondering why treatment works for some but not others? This highly interactive session provides activities to create pragmatic, system-changing pharmacotherapy applications, QI projects, and customizable education strategies. Session education can be tailored for use with vulnerable populations who use tobacco.

Presenters: Julia F. Houfek, PhD, APRN-NS; Carol A. Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, NCTTP; M. Rene Spielmann, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Carolyn A. Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CAADC; Sara B. Adams, PhD, RN, CE


1207: Research, Person-Centered Care

12:10pm – 2:10pm ET

Successes and Challenges: How to Make Your Research Innovative and Significant – RN, APRN

This interactive session will provide knowledge and strategies about how to make one’s research innovative and significant. Five panelists will discuss key research concepts highlighting the successes and challenges from their own research of how to be innovative and significant while simultaneously promoting person-centered care in mental health.

Presenter: Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, FAED


2:10pm – 3:10pm ET
1:10pm CT  |  11:10am PT
This activity is provided by NACCME.


Pre-Conference Sessions
3:20pm – 5:20pm ET
2:20pm CT  |  12:20pm PT

Pre-Conference Sessions
5:30pm – 7:30pm ET
4:30pm CT  |  2:30pm PT

1401: Trauma

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

The Person at the Center of the Storm: Integrating Cultural Humility and Trauma Informed Approaches into a Behavioral Escalation Support
Team – RN, APRN

Behavioral Escalation Support Teams improve patient and staff outcomes in a cost-neutral way. Given disproportionately poor outcomes for people of color and for those with psychiatric issues, team diversity and training in cultural humility and trauma informed care is essential. Valid methods and outcome measures are crucial for widespread implementation..

Presenters: Jessica Vetter, MSN, RN, CNS, PMHNP-BC; Sharon Demeter, MSN, MA, RN, NP, CNM; Marcus Christian, CSPHA; Johnny Vera; Antoine Simmons


1402: Self-Care, Integrated Care

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

The Power of Self-Compassion – RN, APRN

This interactive and experiential presentation focuses on self-compassion, its components, and its many benefits. Research supporting self-compassion will be discussed. Paths to self-compassion such as cultivating loving-kindness toward self and others, forgiveness, and gratitude will be discussed and practiced. The use of self-compassion in therapy will also be explored.

Presenter: Nasrin Falsafi, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC


1403: Pharmacology, Practice

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

Reducing and Eliminating Psychotropic Medications using the “Ds” of Deprescribing: Practical Application and Case Studies – RN, APRN

This presentation will review the structured approach to deprescribing using the Ds and provide case examples of deprescribing in practice. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss cases from their practice and apply the deprescribing process.

Presenter: Erica S. Ramey, DNP, PMHNP


1404: Child & Adolescent, Trauma

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

Trauma in Children and Adolescents: A Roadmap for Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation provides the biological, social, and psychological foundations to guide the screening, assessment, and treatment of traumatized youth. Translation of theory to practice occurs through case study discussions. Participants will develop the tools necessary to provide trauma-informed care to children, adolescents, and their families.

Presenters: Marci Zsamboky, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CNE; Matt Schroer, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Molly Butler, PMHNP-BC


1405: Older Adults, Integrated Care

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

An Introduction of Lewy Body Dementia Using a Case Study (SPARK: Robin Williams and His Battle with Lewy Body Dementia) – RN, APRN

SPARK: Robin Williams and his battle with undiagnosed Lewy body dementia (LBD) is an educational film aimed at promoting community and professional awareness and education to healthcare professionals. Learners will be able to describe LBD and discuss the signs and symptoms of LBD which may lead to a diagnosis.

Presenters: Keri Greenfield, MSN, AGPCNP, NP-C


1406: Tobacco Competencies, Staff Education

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

Nursing Competency-Based Tobacco Treatment: Seeing Through the Smoke to Translate Evidence into Effective Tobacco Treatment for Every Patient, at Every Visit, in Every Setting (Part 4 of 4 Sessions) – RN, APRN

How do you know that research data or tobacco company sponsored data are accurate? Think policies don’t reflect real world practice? Roll up your sleeves, have some fun attending this final of four sessions! Create useful research projects. Learn pragmatic policy development strategies.

Presenters: Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CAADC, FIAAN; Julia F. Houfek, PhD, APRN-CNS; M. Rene Spielmann, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Carol A. Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, NCTTP; Sara B. Adams, PhD, RN, CNE


1407: Integrated Care, Practice

5:30pm – 7:30pm ET

Understanding Loneliness as a Unique and Complex Biopsychosocial Stressor that Requires Intervention to Prevent Its Known Sequelae of Poor Behavioral, Physical, Social, and Functional Health Outcomes – RN, APRN

The presentation gives overview of loneliness, its relation to psychological, social, and physical health outcomes, and includes information about what we know from big data, what it is like to live with loneliness from case studies, and a small group activity on belonging and loneliness..

Presenter: Laurie Ann Theeke, PhD, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FAAN