7:00am - 8:30am

No Contact Hours Provided

Sponsoring Company:  Alkermes

Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information.


8:30am - 6:00pm


1.0 Contact Hours
9:00am – 10:00am

Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Socrates said that an unexamined life isn’t worth living. Aristotle went further to say that a purposeless life isn’t even worth examining. Vic Strecher examines the importance of purpose to health and well-being, and ways of creating greater life purpose. His presentation spans ancient philosophy to the latest scientific research.

Keynote Presenter: Victor J. Strecher PhD, MPH  |  About Victor J. Strecher


Mini Concurrent Sessions
Block 1:  12:00pm – 12:45pm

.75 Contact Hours

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Is My Anxiety Normal?  A Comparison of Normal Anxiety Compared to Anxiety Disorders as well as Good Health Practices and Treatments for Anxiety Experienced at the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Levels – APRN

We will discuss the prevalence of anxiety in our communities as well as current practices for management of anxiety.  We will then share our health promotion video titled, “Is My Anxiety Normal?” We will conclude with discussing tools to positively increase awareness and education regarding mental health, specifically anxiety.   Abstract

Presenter: Teresa Marie Glaser, BSN, RN; Clarissa Riches, BSN, RN; Ariana McDonald, BSN, RN; Kay Brinkopf, BSN, RN

Using Mobile Health Technology to Assess for Distress – APRN

We developed a novel distress management expert system software program to assess the patient’s distress and immediately recommend individually-tailored evidence-based psychosocial coping strategies and referrals. This program was piloted in a medically oncology practice and found feasible and effective.  The program can be easily utilized in a primary care setting.  Abstract

Presenter: Veronica Decker, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, MBA, MS, RN, BSN


12:00pm – 12:45pm

What is the Secret?  Open the Medical Record! – RN

Hospitalized patients and their families are not optimally involved in the decisions that impact their care. Discover how to implement an Open Medical Record Program in your hospital and let the patient be the conductor of his care.   Abstract

Presenters: Loralie Woods, MSN, RN-BC; Vanessa Kurzon, MSN, RN

Innovative Simulation Training for Managing Agitated Patients – RN, APRN

An innovative training strategy, Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP) Simulation was piloted in an academic medical center psychiatric unit on managing agitated patients.  RCDP simulation proved effective in skill acquisition for verbal and physical de-escalation according to crisis prevention intervention concepts, promoting teamwork and communication among interdisciplinary teams and leadership.  Abstract

Presenters: Caroline Stewart, MSN, RN; Lesli Reeves, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Undergraduate Education

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Alcohol Infusion Program as Part of Recovery Curricula – RN

The presentation describes infusion of concepts  related to alcoholism  and the Recovery Model throughout undergraduate nursing curriculum as it pertains to anxiety, mood, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Discussion of media and research as learning tools will be included, in addition to, reflection as a learning activity.  Abstract

Presenter: Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP

Substance Use Disorder Among Nurses:  Quality Improvement In Pre-licensure Nursing Education – RN

Substance use disorder (SUD) occurs for about 10% of nurses. Despite this, it remains inadequately addressed in formal nursing education. This quality improvement project implemented a learning module into two pre-licensure programs at a school of nursing to impact student nurses’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding SUD among nurses.  Abstract

Presenter: Dina Stewart, BSN, RN, PHN

Family Education/Skills

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Kids First:  A Pilot Study of Mindfulness and Emotional Well Being for Preschool Children – APRN

Hypothesis: If mindfulness based program is taught to teachers and parents then children will experience an improvement in emotional (self) regulation. Parents and teachers learning to regulate themselves with mindfulness skills foster emotion regulation for preschool children and improve their readiness for kindergarten.  Abstract

Presenter: Christine Moriconi, PsyD, LMFT, PMHCNS-BC

A Clinical "Toolbox" for Intellectually Disabled Adults and Their Caregivers – RN

Future Implications: Implications can include extending to use with other behavioral health patients and to different care settings (medical/surgical, primary care).  Abstract

Presenters: Stacy Stark, MSN, RN

Alcohol Use Disorder

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Exploring the Predictors of Motivation to Work with Individuals Who Use Alcohol:  A Focus on the Nursing Profession – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss briefly the effects of nurses’ motivation to work with individuals who use alcohol on the patients’ screening, treatment and rehabilitation outcomes. Furthermore, it will discuss the factors that influence nurses’ motivation, screening of this patient population, and future implications.  Abstract

Presenter: Khadejah Mahmoud, MSN, RN

Alcohol Use Disorder, Psychosis, Obesity, and Diabetes:  A Case Study of Complexity – RN, APRN

Psychiatric nurses face challenges pertaining to outcomes-driven treatment planning for patients with complex illness presentations. Such an example will be presented as a case study: a patient with alcohol use disorder, psychosis, obesity and diabetes.  Abstract

Presenter: Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Anthony Rushing, BSN, RN

Research - Special Populations

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Association of Maternal Self-Report and Observational Data During The Postpartum Period:  The Case for Subjective and Behavioral Measures – APRN

Developing research tools that incorporate observational as well as self-report measures is pivotal in expanding the theoretical basis of nursing as a discipline; particularly maternal-child and mental-health nursing, due to the inherent significance of dyadic, relational phenomena. Using mixed-methods approaches that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches may be especially useful.  Abstract

Presenter: Semira Semino-Asaro, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Improving Outcomes by Infusing Innovative and Creative Ideas into Caring for Older Adults - The Influence of Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) on a Geriatric Psychiatric Nursing Unit – RN

The influence NICHE program at UAB-Geriatric Psychiatry had positive outcomes. Direct caregivers became involved in the NICHE program as Scholars, made many positives changes on the unit. Direct care providers became change agents; were empowered to obtain the knowledge/skills necessary. Had many ideas, were allowed to explore, develop/implement them. Abstract

Presenter: Kimberly Barnes-Ayers, BSN, MAEd, RN-BC

12:00pm – 12:45pm

A Greater Good:  Collaboration Between Law Enforcement and Acute Care Hospital Systems – RN

We will hare how we expanded a collaborative model of care in the community with Law Enforcement  and Community Mental Health to include the Acute Care Hospital System resulting in improved communication and partnership with all three systems along with a better response to individuals in crisis in the community.  Abstract

Presenters: Inga Giske, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC; Tyler Whitely, MHRT

The Prison Project: Attitudes Toward Prisoners in a Nursing Student Population – RN

Following a request from a maximum security prison for help at their annual resource fair, nursing faculty were curious about student perceptions and attitudes toward the prison and inmates. This session provides a literature review, analysis of research findings from pre/post survey tools and educator tips for prison clinical sites.  Abstract

Presenters: Dewanna Blake, MSN, RN

1:00pm – 2:30pm

No contact hours provided

Sponsoring Company: Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc. & Lundbeck

Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information.


Concurrent Sessions
Block 1:  2:45pm – 3:30pm
.75 Contact Hours

Special Populations Track

2:45pm – 3:30pm

See Me, Hear Me:  Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety in Racial & Ethnic Minorities with a Culture of Care – RN, APRN

Historically racial/ethnic minorities are reported to experience lower rates of anxiety than their white counterparts. The literature suggest this may result from a paucity of cultural awareness of anxiety symptoms. In this presentation the Culture of Caring model highlights the value of cultural awareness in mental health nursing.  Abstract

Presenter: Teresa Combs, PhD, APRN, BC


Practice Track
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Essential RN Competencies for the Induction and Maintenance of Opioid Replacement Therapy – RN

This presentation will prepare the participant to educate RN's to be an integral part of the health care team caring for the patient undergoing induction and maintenance of opioid replacement therapy (ORT). Participants will learn the essential evidence-based competencies associated with ORT.  Abstract

Presenters: Janet Standard, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Michelle Knapp, DNP, PMHNP-BC


Education Track
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Utilizing Telehealth to Overcome Clinical Site Challenges – RN

Barriers to the provision of mental health nursing clinical experiences in rural settings include the commute, lack of physical space, and shortage of certified practitioners on site. Telehealth provides students an opportunity to learn how to deliver quality care to a diverse population while increasing patient satisfaction.  Abstract

Presenter: Stephanie Wynn, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, COI


Administration Track
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Developing the Next Generation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses:  A Program for Nursing Students as Mental Health Assistants/Technicians – RN, APRN

This session will present a training program for nursing students to be employed as Mental Health Assistants/Techs. Hiring criteria, interviewing formats, curriculum design, and outcome measures will be presented as well as the benefits for the sponsoring organization. Join us and learn how to influence our next generation.   Abstract

Presenter: Sally Ann Corbo, Ed.S, PMHCNS-BC, NEA-BC


Eating Disorders Track
2:45pm – 3:30pm

When Food Controls a Mother's Love:  Recovered Anorexic Mothers Feeding their Children – RN, APRN

There are invisible wounds in a recovered anorexic mother that can resurface when faced with feeding a child everyday. Antepartum identification of women who have a history of anorexia nervosa is imperative in order to provide guidance and emotional support throughout pregnancy and postpartum.  Abstract

Presenter: Carrie Eaton, MSN, RNC-OB, PhD(c)


Violence Track

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Prevention of Sexual Violence with Bystander Education – RN, APRN

Sexual violence is a serious and prevalent public health problem among adolescents and young adults, especially on college and university campuses. Bystander education is a promising and innovative approach to sexual violence prevention with significant implications for mental health nursing practice, policy, and future research.  Abstract

Presenter: Kerry Peterson, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, RN


Practice Track
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Creation and Implementation of a Crisis Stabilization Service in a Community Safety Net Hospital in Chicago, IL – RN, APRN

Sinai Health Systems developed a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at Holy Cross Hospital in response to escalating boarding times in the ED of patients with mental health (MH) issues, and a lack of community resources for MH care. 2,066 patients in 18 months have been evaluated in the CSU.  Abstract

Presenters:  Evelyn Norton, DNP, APRN, PMNP-BC; David Martucci, BSN, MS, MBA Candidate



Concurrent Sessions
Block 2:  3:45pm – 4:30pm

  .75 Contact Hours

Special Populations Track

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Women's Experiences Living With and Recovering From Depression – RN, APRN

Exploration of the perspectives of women living with depression,  including their experiences of symptoms; their exposure to social adversity; and their efforts at recovery in the context of their larger sociocultural and sociopolitical environments. Findings guide interventions to better facilitate and support the mental health recovery process.  Abstract

Presenter: Susan Jarchow, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN


Practice Track
3:45pm – 4:30pm

New York-Presbyterian’s Nursing Suicide Risk Inventory (NSRI):  A Daily Nursing Suicide Risk Tool for the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting – RN

The most common root cause of inpatient suicide is a failure in clinical assessment.  A conspicuous gap exists in the literature regarding nursing-specific suicide risk tools for inpatient psychiatric settings.  The Nursing Suicide Risk Inventory (NSRI) provides inpatient psychiatric-mental health nurses with a comprehensive picture of patient suicide risk.  Abstract

Presenter: Brynne Calleran, BSN, BS, RN-BC


Education Track

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Designing and Delivering Quality Distance Education:  Challenges and Opportunities to Teach the Next Generation of PMHNPs – APRN

This session presents strategies for aligning national competencies, learning outcomes, activities, and assessments throughout a curriculum using collaborative, team-based approaches. We will share technologies to promote interaction, meaningful practice, and feedback to facilitate learning and describe an effective mix of online activities and on-campus intensives to enhance student clinical skills.  Abstract

Presenters: Susan Blaakman, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Holly Brown, DNP, PMHCS-BC, PMHNP; Andrew Wolf, EdD, RN, ACNP-C, CNE; Joseph Gomulak-Cavicchio, MS Ed


Administration Track

3:45pm – 4:30pm

An Overview and Efficacy of a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Managing Aggression among Individuals With Serious Mental Illness – RN, APRN

This presentation will describe a psychiatric intensive care unit created to manage aggressive behavior among individuals with serious mental illness. The presentation will include information about preliminary outcome and efficacy data, including types of aggression observed, interventions used to manage aggression, and seclusion and restraint rate comparisons.  Abstract

Presenters: Lawrence Blair, RN; Colleen Russo, PNP


Eating Disorders Track

3:45pm – 4:30pm

How-to be Anorexic, No Wannarexics AllowedRN, APRN

A presentation for professionals interested in learning more about a new online subculture that welcomes eating disorders as a philosophy and way of life rather than a disease. It will also present the most recent scholarly evidence available on how this new culture affects those with and without Eating Disorders.  Abstract

Presenter: Sattaria Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP; Jana Swearingen, RN, BSN


Violence Track
3:45pm – 4:30pm

Violence and the Brain – RN

Presenter will review areas of the brain that are most impacted by chronic exposure to gun violence, discuss functional and explicit beliefs and the roles they play in motivating violent behaviors and the use of evidence-based cognitive dissonance as an intervention to reduce gun violence in high risk populations.  Abstract

Presenter: Evelyn Perkins, RN, MS, PMH-BC, NE-BC


Practice Track

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Military and VHA Panel: Navy, Air Force, Army, and VHA Collaboration and Behavioral Health Nursing Updates – RN, APRN

Articulate challenges inherent in identifying and treating Service Members for behavioral health conditions and how the Navy, Air Force and Army are working together to standardize BH nursing processes across the Military Health System. Each service will additionally provide updates in behavioral health nursing from their particular service.  Abstract

Presenters: JoEllen Schimmels, LTC, AN, PMHNP-BC, DNP; Sean Convoy, PMHNP-BC, DNP; Kevin Creedon, LtCol, USAF, PMHNP-BC; Scott Hutton, RN, PhD, MBA, VHA CO


 Interactive Panels
4:45pm – 6:15pm

1.5 Contact Hours 

Practice Council

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Practice Council Interactive Panel – APRN

The Interactive Panel will discuss Steering Committee achievements in assisting PMH-APRNs to navigate such challenges as reimbursement issues & scope of practice issues, advancement toward achieving full practice authority, and expansion of the APRN role  within different models of integrated medicine models emerging throughout the country.  Abstract

Presenters: Dana Jeanne Olive, PhD, PMHNP-BC; Kathryn Johnson, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Sattaria 'Tari' Dilks, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP


Addictions Council

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Addictions Council Interactive Panel – RN, APRN

The purpose of the Addictions Council Interactive Panel is to convene a forum where psychiatric nurses can discuss addictions-related issues with the goal of increasing their knowledge to enhance understanding and, ultimately, practice in this area.  Abstract

Presenters: Matthew Tierney, RN, MS, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC; Carol Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP


Education Council

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Compassion Fatigue:  What is our Education Curriculum Plan? – RN, APRN

Come meet with the pre-licensure, graduate and continuing education branches for: the annual report, the compassion fatigue initiative & the charge for each branch to discuss prevention. The graduate education breakout session will focus on student clinical supervision as a method to reduce compassion fatigue for faculty & graduate students.  Abstract

Presenters: Shirlee Davidson, MSN, CNS, RN; Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC


Child and Adolescent Council

4:45pm – 6:15pm

Sexual Orientation, Gender Development and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing of LGBTQ Children & Adolescents – RN, APRN

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how emerging sexual orientation and sexual exploration can present challenges in psychiatric mental health nursing care of children and adolescents and offer best practices for managing and providing sensitive care for LGBTQ youth and their families across nursing care settings.  Abstract

Presenters: Julie Carbray, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FPMHNP-BC; Diane Weiland, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


6:30pm – 7:30pm

Meet and reconnect with nurses who live in your area and get updates from your local APNA community.


7:45pm – 9:15pm

No Contact Hours Provided

Sponsoring Company: Alkermes, Inc.

Pre-registration is required. Please click here for more information.

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