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Nursing Continuing Professional Development Information

Earn Contact Hours During & After the Conference

You can earn up to 115+ total contact hours at the APNA 36th Annual Conference. Here’s how:

During the Long Beach or Virtual Livestream event, earn up to 25.75 contact hours for attending and evaluating sessions and for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations.

Nursing continuing professional development contact hours are earned based on the number of sessions attended and evaluations completed. Contact hours are calculated on a 60-minute hour of educational instruction. To receive full credit for a session, you must attend the entire session and complete an online evaluation. Attend the sessions of your choice, then complete online evaluations and generate your Certificate by the deadline of November 29.

Earn up to 90+ more contact hours at no additional cost with session recordings (available beginning in November/December). Using the APNA eLearning Center, you’ll have access to the PDF handouts, presentations, and NCPD contact hours for the conference sessions you missed. And it’s INCLUDED in your registration fee!

Contact Hours Summary

(For Long Beach & Virtual Livestream)

Up to 19.75 Contact Hours
Sessions During the Conference
Up to 2 Contact Hours
Symposium Presentations During the Conference
Up to 4 Contact Hours
Posters During the Conference
Up to 90+ Contact Hours
On-Demand After the Conference
Up to 115+ Total Contact Hours
with a Full Conference + Pre-Conferences Registration!

“Having online access to review the many topics after the conference is invaluable.”

– APNA Annual Conference Attendee

Pharmacology Contact Hours

Up to 10.5 total Pharmacology Contact Hours are available. The following sessions are eligible for pharmacology contact hours:

  • Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions (Additional Fee): Below sessions – 2.0 Pharmacology Contact Hours each.
    • 1011: Treating Individuals with Eating Disorders: Insights & Challenges
    • 1021: Telemental Health Updates and Guidelines for Prescribing Across the Lifespan
    • 1031: Women’s Mental Health Care from Adolescence to Pregnancy and Beyond
    • 1041: Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders: Neurobiology and Treatment Implications
  • Thursday Concurrent Sessions: Below session – 0.25 Pharmacology Contact Hours out of 0.75 Contact Hours.
    • 2031: A Comprehensive Review on the Pharmacokinetic Changes of Antidepressant/Antianxiety Medications after Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Friday Concurrent Sessions: Below sessions – 0.75 Pharmacology Contact Hours each.
    • 3031: ADHD: A Practical View from the Trenches
    • 3041: Ketamine Treatment Strategies – 4 years of Experience in a Clinical Setting
    • 3051: Why Are You Prescribing Me an Antipsychotic for My Depression? Neuroscience-Based Nomenclature for Psychotropic Medications

Conference Learning Outcome

This conference program has been developed through a call for abstracts and peer review process informed by the conference theme and learning outcome below. By the end of the conference, the learner will be able to:

Communicate 3 essential things that describe what you do as a psychiatric-mental health nurse in practice, education, administration, or research.

Online Evaluations & Certificate

To earn contact hours for sessions you attend during the Long Beach or Virtual Livestream events, you will complete online evaluations. Options for completing your online evaluations include:

  • In real-time as you go
  • At the end of each day
  • After the conference – Log in at your convenience to complete the evaluations by November 29, 2022.

After evaluating the sessions you attended you’ll complete the Overall Evaluation, which will unlock your Certificate. Your Certificate will be pre-populated with your information and contact hours earned. You can email it, save a PDF to your computer, or print it.

Evaluations Deadline: November 29, 2022


Session Recordings

The conference registration fee includes access to session recordings and updated handouts via the APNA eLearning Center. In November/December, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to order these sessions for free. You will be able to listen to each session directly on the site.

If you did not attend the session during the Long Beach or Virtual Livestream event, you will be able to come back to your account on the APNA eLearning Center to view the entire session, enter the Certificate code, and complete the post test and evaluation. Your Certificate for each session will be generated with your name and address information already included!

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.