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Attendee Tips for the APNA 37th Annual Conference

Get ready to attend the APNA 37th Annual Conference where you will open your mind, get refreshed, and advance your care. Don’t go unprepared! Here are tips to help you prepare, whether you’re attending in person or virtually!

View Tips for In-Person Attendees

View Tips for Virtual Attendees

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at inform@apna.org or call 855-863-2762.

Tips for In-Person Attendees

Before you arrive…

  • Be sure to pack business casual clothes, a sweater, comfy shoes, and your device for handouts or your pre-printed handouts.
  • Stay up-to-date: Add inform@apna.org to your safe senders list.
  • Keep a copy of your registration confirmation and hotel room booking confirmation handy just in case.

At the conference…

  • Check in at Registration and pick up your name badge and program book.
  • Registration Open
    • Wednesday 7am – 7:30pm
    • Thursday 8am – 6:30pm
    • Friday 8am – 6pm
    • Saturday 8:30am – 3pm
  • Your agenda of the sessions you signed up to attend will be on the conference site here. You do not have to attend those sessions – you are welcome to attend a different one (space permitting) or sit one out and view the recording 2-3 months after the conference.
    • Note: Poster presentations and industry-sponsored product theaters and symposia are only available during the live conference, not on demand.
  • Complete evaluations for sessions you attend live and receive contact hours at www.apna.org/evaluations by November 19.

Can’t Miss Events

Tips for Virtual Attendees

Before the Conference….
Ensure that you have the right technology in place:

  • You will need a high-speed internet connection that supports video streaming. Click on this link to run a speed test on your internet connection. If your results are 0.30Mbps or lower you may want to contact your Internet Service Provider (such as Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T) to troubleshoot.
  • Use the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge as your browser for the best viewing experience. Do not use Internet Explorer.
  • A device with a video camera is not required.
  • If you need technical support, please post a message in the APNA Help Desk discussion on the home page.

Attending the Conference….
A few days before the conference, and each day of the conference, you’ll receive an email with a link to access your virtual conference site. You will be prompted to log in with the email you used to register and to create a password.

  • Your agenda of the sessions you signed up to attend will be on the conference site (coming soon!). You do not have to attend those sessions – you are welcome to attend the other virtual livestream option or sit that time block out and view the recordings 2-3 months after the conference.
    • Remember, sessions are livestreamed, so they are ONLY available for viewing during their scheduled times.
    • Note: Poster presentations and industry-sponsored symposia are only available during the live conference, not on demand.
  • Complete evaluations for sessions you attend live and receive contact hours at www.apna.org/evaluations by November 19.

If you have trouble viewing the livestream, try these tips or give us a call at 855-863-2762 so that we can walk you through them.

  • Refresh your browser and clear your cache.
  • Ensure that you are closed out of other programs and do not have multiple tabs open on your browser.
  • Turn off ad-blocking software in your browser.
  • Disable all plugins.
  • Ensure that any VPN you may have is disabled.
  • Try an incognito window in your web browser: On an Apple/Mac Device, press Shift + ⌘ + N. On other devices, press Shift+CTRL+N.
  • Make sure you have good internet access. Are there others using your connection? Click on this link to run a speed test on your internet connection. If your results are 0.30Mbps or lower you may want to contact your Internet Service Provider (such as Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T) to troubleshoot.
  • If a company device is being used, it may have security protocols that can interfere. If that is the case, use a personal device and see if that makes a difference.

Can’t-Miss Events

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Celebrate Inspiring Nurses

Meet the APNA Annual Awards recipients, APNA Memorial Scholarship Recipients, & APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars at the Conference Kickoff & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening.

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Let’s Party!

On Thursday, Giddy up for a  reception with a Kentucky Derby twist, where you can mix, mingle, and make connections while enjoying the excitement of the races. Plus, unleash your creativity and design your own derby hat to add a touch of Southern charm to the festivities. Get ready to trot into a night of spirited conversations, stylish attire, and the thrill of the derby.

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Poster Presentations

Explore evidence-based discoveries & earn up to 4 contact hours for viewing & evaluating the posters Thursday – Friday. Chat with the presenters at 10:30am ET on Friday.

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State Meetups

On Thursday evening, join your state huddle to connect with psychiatric-mental health nurses from your area. Meet local leaders and discuss your region’s PMH nursing advancements, needs, and opportunities.

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Connect with  Councils & Committees

Friday afternoon, fuel up with coffee while connecting with like-minded colleagues with expertise in addictions, administration, children & adolescents, education, mental health advocacy, practice, safe environments, recovery, and research & scholarship.

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Exhibit Hall

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

Open Your Mind, Get Refreshed, Advance Care

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“The collective knowledge in this group of presenters and participants is astounding. ”

– 2023 Attendee

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“…a safe place to discuss sensitive and challenging issues facing our profession and ourselves as individuals.”

– 2023 Attendee

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“I found all aspects of the conference valuable as a student. Educational, empowering and inspiring.

 – 2023 Attendee

APNA Annual Conference Program

An epic program covering diverse PMH nursing topics like:

Addictions/Substance Use
APRN Practice
Child & Adolescent
Community Practice
Competency Based Education
Complimentary & Alternative Therapies
Depression
Eating Disorders
Forensic
Innovative Technology
Integrated Care
Interprofessional Education
Legal Considerations
LGBTQIA+
Nursing Professional Development
Outpatient/Community
Patient Centered Care
Pharmacology
RN Practice
Recovery
Research
Resilience
Safety
Simulation
Special Populations
Trauma Informed Care
Wellness
Women’s Health
Workplace Violence
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Earn up to 115+ ANCC NCPD Contact Hours

  • 23.75* during the conference
  • 90+ with session recordings available 2-3 months after the conference

*Includes pre-conference add-on sessions (additional fee) and industry-sponsored symposia.

More About Contact Hours

Speakers that Inspire

Hundreds of your colleagues will share success-stories and evidence-based discoveries at the conference. Meet 2 of your featured speakers:

APNA President’s Address

The Connection Paradigm: Building Connection Competence in Ourselves & Those We Serve
Thursday, October 10, 9:00am Eastern

Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Lora Peppard is President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Advancing Prevention Excellence at the University of Baltimore, Director of ADAPT, a national training and technical assistance division for substance use prevention for the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, and Deputy Director for Treatment and Prevention for the Washington/ Baltimore HIDTA.

Dr. Peppard has over 20 years of clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has led multiple federally funded grants and developed system-wide strategies to address substance use and behavioral health needs across a variety of populations. Dr. Peppard serves as a community, state, national, and international consultant on substance use and behavioral health prevention.


Keynote Presentation

The Extraordinary Power of Connection
Friday, October 11, 10:00am Eastern
Johann Hari

Johann Hari is the author of three New York Times best-selling books and the Executive Producer of an Oscar-nominated movie and an eight-part TV series starring Samuel L. Jackson. His books have been translated into 40 languages and have been praised by a broad range of influencers, from Oprah to Noam Chomsky, from Elton John to Naomi Klein.

Johann’s first book, ”Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” (Bloomsbury USA, January 2015) was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’. It has also been adapted into the documentary series “The Fix” on The Roku Channel.

His second book, ”Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” (Bloomsbury USA, January 2018) was described by the British Journal of General Practice as “one of the most important texts of recent years”, and shortlisted for an award by the British Medical Association.

Collectively, Johann’s TED Talks ”Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong” and “This Could Be Why You Are Depressed or Anxious” have been viewed more than 93 million times.
He has written over the past decade for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Politico. He has appeared on NPR’s All Thing Considered, HBO’s Realtime With Bill Maher, The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the BBC’s Question Time, and many other popular shows.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, when Johann was a year old his family moved to London, where he grew up and where he has lived for most of his life. His father – a Swiss immigrant – was a bus driver, and his mother was a nurse who later worked in shelters for survivors of domestic violence.

Johann studied social and political science at King’s College, Cambridge, and graduated with a Double First.

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.