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Full In-Person Program

As a virtual livestream attendee, you’ll:

  • Select one of two livestream session options for each time block, earning up to 23.75 contact hours for the live event
  • Use the chat feature to ask speakers questions and connect with fellow virtual attendees.
  • Browse and evaluate poster presentations in the online poster gallery.
  • 2-3 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.

Wednesday, October 9

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

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

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

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

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.

Presenter: JoEllen Schimmels, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Jennifer Schneider, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Mary-Beth Coty, PhD, PMHNP-BC

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.

Presenter: LaTonia Clark Chalmers, DNP-TCN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NC-BC, RYT-200

Pre-Conference Sessions | 2 Contact Hours
2:00PM – 4:00PM Eastern
1:00PM CT | 11:00AM PT

1034: Undergraduate Education
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Grab Your OARS and Get Rowing! Practical Applications of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Nurses – RN APRN

Does your nursing practice make you feel like you are trying to row a boat in heavy seas near a rocky shoreline? Take a deep breath. Learn or refresh on Motivational Interviewing to help you and your patients. Real-world case scenarios are very welcome. Bring your sense of humor!

Presenters: Carol Essenmacher, DNP, PMHCNS-BC

1036: Education
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Pause and Regroup: Achieving Excellence through the Reconceptualization of Staff Education RN APRN

In the aftermath of the pandemic, hospitals are faced with the complexity of training the next generation of staff without the mentorship of senior staff. Bradley Hospital found success with its creative, multidimensional training approach to implement the Pause program successfully, resulting in positive outcomes for both patients and staff.

Presenters: Kristen Kichefski, DNP, MBA, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC; Morgan Lindberg, M.Ed., LMHCA; Morgan Goncalo, MSN, RN

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.

Presenters: Rosemary Smentkowski, DNP, MSN Ed, PMHNP-BC, CARN; Queen Henry-Okafor, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-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

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.

Thursday, October 10

President’s Address | 1 Contact Hour
9:00AM – 10:00AM Eastern
8:00AM CT | 6:00AM PT

The Connection Paradigm: Building Connection Competence in Ourselves & Those We Serve – RN APRN

Connecting with others, ourselves, our spirit, and our senses is fundamental to mental health and part of our professional identity as psychiatric-mental health nurses. Understanding the various dimensions of connection is critical, and hard work is required to build connection competence in ourselves and those we serve. Join us as we dive into an organized way of thinking about connection informed by science, experts in the field, and APNA members. Learn how to become your most “connected” self and how to cultivate connection in others.

Presenter: Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Poster Presentations Open | Up to 4 Contact Hours

Earn up to 4 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations in the online poster gallery.

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours 
10:15AM – 11:00AM Eastern
9:15AM CT | 7:15AM PT

2011: Substance Use

10:15am – 11:00am Eastern

Examining the 4th Wave of the Opioid Epidemic: What Clinicians Need to Know – RN APRN

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview on the 4th wave of the opioid epidemic.

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

2014: Education
10:15am – 11:00am Eastern

Cinematic Simulation: A Mixed Study of Undergraduate Nursing Students to Explore an Innovative Simulation Method – RN APRN

This presentation introduces a new simulation strategy and research findings to validate its use. Participants will leave the presentation with a QR code that gives them access to all necessary materials to replicate the simulation. Materials include patient charts, a facilitator guide, and all documents needed.

Presenters: Ronnie Harold-Sheridan, EdD, MSN/ED, RN; Melissa Neathery, PhD., RN, CNE; Traci Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC; Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE; Katherine Evans, DNP, RN; Jolie Gaudiuso, DNP, RN

Concurrent Sessions |  0.75 Contact Hours
11:15AM – 12:00pm Eastern
10:15AM CT | 8:15AM PT


2023: Safety
11:15am – 12:00pm Eastern

Rounding with a Twist: How Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Rounding Promoted Safety in Behavioral Health Units of a Safety Net Hospital – RN 

Behavioral health units that prioritize trauma-informed care in leadership rounding consistently and with intention contribute to patient and staff safety. It also fosters a culture of empathy, a positive work environment, and better communication amongst the staff and within the department.

Presenters: Maribeth Desuyo, MHA, MSN, PMH-BC; Michael Romero, MSN, RN

2027: Forensic
11:15am – 12:00pm Eastern

Not Just Stranger Danger: Implementation of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening During Medical Forensic Examinations to Identify and Connect Survivors with Resources – RN APRN

This presentation introduces IPV screening to identify survivors and connect them to resources at the time of a sexual assault exam. By identifying survivors, the nurse can provide trauma-informed care to support the long-term recovery of the person using whole health interventions and community collaboration.

Presenters: Rebecca Puchkors, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CA-CP SANE

Mini Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
3:30PM – 4:15PM Eastern
2:30PM CT | 12:30PM PT


2033: Safety
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Pulling It All Together: Using a Comprehensive Approach to Managing Patient Agitation and Aggression in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit – RN 

This presentation will share the comprehensive interdisciplinary approach used to manage agitation and aggression behaviors in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Use of behavior management strategies to guide care, reduce risk, and ensure safer care environments is a best practice approach. Effective program implementation improves unit quality and safety metrics.

Presenter: Kelly Bryant, MS, BSN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC; Catie Fay, MS, RN, PMH-BC; Donna Kamysz, BSN, RN

Use of an Agitation Management Protocol Associated with Maintaining Low Restraint Rates on an Inpatient Unit – RN APRN

This presentation describes an agitation management protocol that was implemented on a 20-bed inpatient psychiatric-mental health unit. The participant will leave with an understanding of the efficacy of using a violent behavior predictor assessment tool, coupled with early administration of corresponding PRN medication dosing in promoting unit safety.

Presenter: Wren B. Hand, PhD, RN; Laura Krubinski, RN, JD

2035: Practice
3:30pm – 4:15pm Eastern

Oh No! You Have Been Called to Court to Testify as an Expert Witness: What to Do and How to Prepare – RN APRN

As more and more advanced practice nurse practitioners are becoming the primary provider of mental health care in inpatient psychiatric units, the need to provide expert witness is now at higher demand. This presentation will provide PMHNPs and RNs the basics of testifying on competency and capacity issues.

Presenter: Sarah McNulty, RN

Music as an Intervention: Both Nurses and Patients Benefit – RN APRN

This musical, interactive session will provide participants an opportunity to benefit from music and will encourage them to generate ideas on how to use music when caring for patients.

Presenters: Barbara Buxton, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, RN

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
4:30PM – 5:15PM Eastern
3:30PM CT | 1:30PM PT


2044: Innovative Technology
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

Beyond Telehealth: Navigating the Digital Mental Health Landscape – RN APRN

This interactive discussion will increase the understanding of the best practices for choosing and implementing digital health technologies in behavioral health care. Participants will benefit from an interdisciplinary dialogue on the ethical, research, evaluation, and social challenges of incorporating digital health solutions into clinical practice.

Presenter: Jennifer Allain, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC; Corey B. Smith, PhD, MA; Scott Sittig, PhD, MHI, RHIA

2046: Legal Considerations
4:30pm – 5:15pm Eastern

72-hour Mental Health Emergency Holds, 101: Medical/Legal Standards – RN APRN

This learning seminar presents the medical/legal implications of emergency psychiatric holds: what is an emergency hold versus an involuntary commitment; who can initiate an emergency hold; how do I find the legal statute for my state; what are the implications for MH reform going forward?

Presenters: Cheri MacLean, RN, BSN, MS, CARN, PMH-C

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
5:30PM – 6:15PM Eastern
4:30PM CT | 2:30PM PT


2052: Education
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Foundations of Connection: Developing Core Mental Status Examination Skills and SOAP Note Documentation Skills in Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Students – RN APRN

Discover new teaching techniques in our dynamic session focused on improving clinical MSE assessment and SOAP note documentation through practical low-fidelity simulations. Gain valuable insights and tools to elevate your instruction to boost student proficiency and confidence in mental health clinical settings.

Presenter: Frances Hodgkins, EdD, MSN, RN-BC; Margaret Touw, DNP, CNE

2053: Patient-Centered Care
5:30pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Want to Ensure you are Providing Person-Centered Care to Diverse Populations? Try the ‘MY PT CARE STRATEGY’ Framework – RN APRN

The presentation aims to reinvigorate PMH nurses’ efforts to provide person-centered care. It does so by introducing the ‘MY PT CARE STRATEGY’ framework. The presentation encourages participants to discuss the practicality, facilitators, and challenges of integrating this framework into clinical practice and the academic preparation of future nurses.

Presenters: Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, PhD, RN; Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Friday, October 11

Keynote Presentation | 1 Contact Hour
9:00am — 10:00am Eastern
8:00am CT | 6:00am PT

The Extraordinary Power of Connection – RN APRN

In this timely presentation, award-winning author Johann Hari will share what he discovered about the power of connection through his experience with depression and anxiety. With an authentic and accessible approach, he will discuss the influence of disconnection on the ability to experience hope and achieve well-being. Hari weaves in the perspectives of more than 200 of the world’s leading experts on anxiety and depression and proposes a variety of ways to reconnect as an essential mental health strategy.

Presenter: Johann Hari

Poster Presentations Open | Up to 4 Contact Hours

Earn up to 4 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the poster presentations in the online poster gallery during the conference.

Mini Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
1:45am 2:30pm Eastern
12:45am CT | 11:45am PT

3012: Resilience
1:45am – 2:30pm Eastern

High Stakes Conversations: Preparation Tips for Before, During, and After to Reduce Negative Effects – RN APRN

A model for high stakes conversations will be presented and integrated with practical advice to improve the dialogue and after effects of these important discussions.

Presenters: Julie Murphy, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Reducing Burnout in Nursing: How Leaders Can Make the Difference – RN APRN

Burnout is a public health problem. This presentation summarizes national advisories and consensus guidelines for addressing burnout with a focus on leader actions and policy. Programs often focus too narrowly by highlighting the importance of individual self-care but ignore systemic drivers.

Presenters: Christine Tebaldi, MSN, CNP, PMHNP-BC

3017: Simulation
1:45am – 2:30pm Eastern

Unlocking Competence, Cultivating Connections: Adapting Escape Rooms for Graduate Nursing Education – RN APRN

This interactive presentation offers an example of an innovative teaching activity for psychiatric mental health graduate nursing education that allows for competency assessment of necessary clinical skills while fostering connection and promoting engagement and collaboration. Participants will leave with the skills necessary to incorporate experiential learning into the graduate curriculum.

Presenters: Holly Stith, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Andrew Makowski, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Julie Perry, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Beyond the Veil: A Simulated Conversation with a Departed Patient who Died by Suicide – RN APRN

This interactive, engaging presentation introduces a suicide simulation to prepare nursing students for professional practice. It allows the student to interact with a patient’s ghost who died by suicide and process any emotional responses. The next steps for the PMHNP provider will also be discussed, including legal concerns.

Presenters: Jamison Lord, DNP, MSN, RNC, APRN-PMHNP-BC; Lemuel Scott, DNP, RNC, PMHNP-BC; Kristin Smith, MSN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
4:00pm – 4:45pm Eastern
3:00pm CT | 2:00pm PT


3022: Child & Adolescent

4:00pm – 4:45pm Eastern

American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Youth Suicide Prevention Position Paper – RN APRN

In 2023, APNA assembled the Youth Suicide Prevention Position Workgroup. This presentation will summarize the Youth Suicide Prevention Position Paper, including the purpose and historical background of the paper, a review of the current state of knowledge, and the recommendations suggested by the workgroup. Authored by the entire Workgroup.

Presenter: Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN; Isabel Buckingham, BSN, RN; Andrea Kwasky, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

3027: Recovery Research
4:00pm – 4:45pm Eastern

Changing Hearts and Minds: Partnering with the Recovery Community to Bring Authenticity and Lived Experience to Addictions-Focused Simulations – RN APRN

Need an effective way to break stigma and challenge stereotypes in providing addiction care? Discover how partnering with a recovery community enriches nursing education and humanizes addiction fostering hope and igniting personal growth. Join us to explore the authentic journeys shared by recovery community members, shaping the future of compassionate care.

Presenters: Trisha Charbonneau-Ivey, BA, MSHAL; Kimberly Martini, LMSW, CPC, QIDP; Kathleen Schachman, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN, FAANP

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
5:00pm – 5:30pm Eastern
4:00pm CT | 3:00pm PT


3034: Trauma
5:00pm – 5:45pm Eastern

Embracing Trauma-Informed Education Practices as a Foundation for Enhanced Well-being and Connection in Nursing Education: A Discourse – RN APRN

The presentation focus is learning skills needed for integration of trauma-informed education practices (TIEP) in nursing education. Presenters facilitate participant use of TIEP to create a teaching and learning toolbox as a springboard for infusing trauma-informed approaches throughout nursing curricula. Examples of teaching and learning activities are discussed.

Presenter: Natalie Hart, DNP, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC; Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, PhD, RN

3036: Women’s Health
5:00pm – 5:45pm Eastern

Supporting Nurse Practitioners’ Preparedness to Treat Mental Health Concerns During Pregnancy: Results of a Grounded Theory Study and Recommendations for Practice – APRN

This interactive presentation will review the findings of a grounded theory study of PMHNPs’ reluctance or willingness to treat patients who are pregnant, before describing current treatment guidelines, research concerning the safety of psychopharmacology during pregnancy, and available resources to support clinicians preparedness to treat perinatal mental health concerns.

Presenter: Rachel Eakley, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
6:00pm – 6:45pm Eastern 5:00pm CT | 4:00pm PT

3042: Child & Adolescent
6:00pm – 6:45pm Eastern

Pause and Reflect: The Transformation of Inpatient Care through Behavior Chaining  – RN APRN

DBT has long been an aid in helping individuals hold both sides and broaden their ability to process difficult events and repair relationships. The Bradley Hospital Pause Program provides a targeted series of admission to discharge DBT-based interventions to help individual build valuable skills to use beyond hospitalization.

Presenter: Kristen Kichefski, DNP, MBA, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC; Morgan Lindberg, M.Ed., LMHCA

3045: Competency Based Education
6:00pm – 6:45pm Eastern

Let’s Connect on Competency Based Education: Entry and Advanced Level Exemplars for the New Essentials Domain 10 – APRN

This interactive presentation will provide a platform for the exchange of exemplars for Domain 10 competencies at the entry and advanced level. Qualitative data will be shared on the experiences of students with competency-based education related to Domain 10. Audience engagement will be encouraged via polling and discussion.

Presenters: Traci T. Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC; Karen Corcoran, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Todd B. Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE; Sarah A. Robinson, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN

Saturday, October 12

Mini Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
9:00AM – 9:45AM Eastern
8:00AM CT | 7:00AM PT

4011: Advanced Practice
9:00am – 9:45am Eastern

Identifying Patients Appropriate for Ketamine: Key Management Considerations – RN APRN

Ketamine has emerged as a clinically effective, rapid acting intervention for treatment-resistant depression, but providers lack knowledge of its benefits and risks. Psychiatric nurse practitioners can increase access to this promising and hopeful intervention. Clinical vignettes will illustrate important considerations to make in referring patients for safe and effective care.

Presenters: Emily Criscuolo, BS, RN

Treating Trauma-Related Symptoms with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: A Program Evaluation – APRN

This presentation provides a synthesis of the current research and evidence for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and highlights the findings from a program evaluation and analysis of a Tucson-based KAP clinic’s impact on their client’s trauma-related symptoms as measured by pre-and post-treatment PCL-5.

Presenters: Carrie M. Anderson, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4015: Practice
9:00am – 9:45am Eastern

Canine-Assisted Intervention in the Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Setting: What Is Staff’s Perception of the Benefits of Pet Therapy – RN 

This presentation introduces the development of a pet therapy program on an inpatient psychiatric unit, exploring strategies for gaining administration approval, and navigating policies and adherence to infection control practices.

Presenters: Michelle L. Geiss, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Shelby L. Whaley, DNP(c), BSN, RN

Emergency Response Training for Psychiatric Nurses and Mental Health Technicians – RN 

This presentation reviews the implementation of simulation based training for responding to medical emergencies by psychiatric nurses to address the target opportunities in addressing psychiatric nursing skill, confidence and attitude in responding to medical emergencies.

Presenters: Kateleen Collins, RN, BSN; Natalie Ramirez, BSN, RN-BC

Concurrent Sessions |  0.75 Contact Hours
10:00AM – 10:45AM Eastern
9:00AM CT | 8:00AM PT

4026: Special Populations
10:00am – 10:45am Eastern

Delirium in the Hospitalized Elderly Delirious Patient: Best Practices and Prevention – RN APRN
Delirium, a potentially life-threatening medical condition and distinguished from dementia, may be under-recognized with the potential to significantly increase mortality and healthcare cost-burdens among the frail hospitalized elderly. Measurement tools for identification, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches, and nurse-centric strategies for prevention will be presented with implications for performance improvements.

Presenter: Constance Noll, DNP, MA, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

4027: Recovery Tools
10:00am – 10:45am Eastern

Psychometric Properties of the Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (PACES) in Clients with Opioid Use Disorder – RN APRN

This interactive presentation will discuss the current state of trauma-informed care and introduce the psychometric evaluation of a new screening tool, the Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (PACES), designed to improve the experience of assessing trauma by identifying protective factors that may lead to enhanced resilience.

Presenter: Linda Driscoll Powers, BSN, RN; Kerry Peterson, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions | 0.75 Contact Hours
11:00AM – 11:45AM Eastern
10:00AM CT | 9:00AM PT 

4031: Clinical Practice / Pharmacology
11:00AM – 11:45am Eastern

The Risks of Anticholinergic Burden in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: Tips for Practice – RN APRN
This presentation reviews anticholinergic burden, its prevalence in schizophrenia spectrum disorder populations, and its negative impacts on cognitive ability and quality of life. Participants will gain the knowledge to identify anticholinergic side effects, understand their risks in individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and screen for them in everyday practice.

Presenters: Jeremy Mills, DNP, PMHNP-BC

4037: Recovery Tools
11:00am – 11:45am Eastern

The Modified Behavioral Health Care Competency Scale: A Connection Tool to Promote More Integration Between Practice, Education, & Research – RN APRN
In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to take the modified Behavioral Health Care Competency (Rutledge, et al, 2012; Tice, 2020) tool and evaluate how this reliable and validated competency tool might be used to improve connections between practice, education, and research in their settings.

Presenters: Maria M. Tice, PhD, RN, PHN, CNE; Valerye N. Peterson, Student

Concurrent Sessions | .75 Contact Hour
12:00PM – 12:45PM Eastern
11:00PM CT | 10:00AM PT

4043: Outpatient
12:00pm-12:45pm Eastern

Administering the PHQ-9A Screening Tool to Children 12 to 18 During Well-Child Visits to Identify Depression and Suicide RisksRN APRN
This presentation highlights the significance of incorporating the Patient Health Questionnaire Modified for Adolescents (PHQ-9A) into well-child examinations, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with the aim of identifying and treating depression in its early stages. Participants will understand the profound difference 12 questions could make.
Jessica G. Mejias, DNP, APRN FNP-BC

4044: Graduate Education
12:00pm-12:45pm Eastern

Trauma-Informed Care in PMHNP Curricula: Developing a National Toolkit for Educators – APRN
In this interactive presentation, we will share our work-to-date on a HRSA-funded project centered on supporting PMHNP student competencies to deliver trauma-informed care and will include a national toolkit for educators. We will provide examples of multi-faceted curricular innovations and elicit audience feedback to guide toolkit development before its launch.
Susan W. Blaakman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN; Caroline S. Nestro, PhD, MS, RN; Joanne Bartlett, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC

Annual Meeting & Town Hall 
2:45PM – 3:45 PM Eastern 
1:45PM CT | 12:45PM PT 

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.

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.