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6:45am – 8:15am
No contact hours provided
Sponsoring Company: Alkermes
This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  

8:30am – 6:00pm


1.0 Contact Hours
9:00am – 10:00am

Channeling the Power of Human Connection toward Whole Health – RN, APRN

Nanette LarsonIn this presentation, Ms. Larson will discuss the healing power of caring that flows exclusively through human connection. Participants will learn four specific strategies for increasing human connection (hint: talk less, judge less, listen more, appreciate more). Nanette will also address the connection between practicing good self-care and practicing good nursing care.

Keynote Presenter: Nanette Larson  |  About Nanette Larson


10:00am – 12:30pm


10:00am – 3:00pm
*Attendees can earn up to 4.0 contact hours for time spent reviewing and evaluating the posters on Thursday and Friday.


10:30am – 11:30am
Now is the time to speak with the exciting minds behind this year’s poster presentations. Connect with the presenters, who will be standing by their posters during this period, to ask questions and share your own insights about their work.

Mini Concurrent Sessions
11:45am – 12:30pm
.75 Contact Hours

Pharmacology  3011: Pharmacology*
11:45am – 12:30pm

Using Genetic Testing to assist with Treatment Decisions in the Outpatient Psychiatric Setting: Case Studies from the Clinic – APRN

Genetic testing is now being used to guide treatment decisions for appropriate psychotropic medication prescribing, as well as identifying patients who have moderately and significantly reduced folic acid conversion.  The selected case studies will discuss how treatment decisions were affected and how the genetic guided treatment affected patient outcomes.  Abstract

Presenters: Evelyn J. Norton, APN, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Claire E. Oliver, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Kristin E. Katsenes, RN, BSN, PEL-CSN (IL)

Preventing the Ills of Too Many Pills: Using Collaborative Deprescribing – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces dynamic processes of the therapeutic provider-patient relationship in psychopharmacologic management of symptoms, and case examples of common situations involving polypharmacy. A collaborative deprescribing framework will be delineated including: rational prescribing and deprescribing principles; risk-benefit analysis guidelines; and best practice in integration of patient preferences and values.  Abstract

Presenter: Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD

3012: Inpatient
11:45am – 12:30pm

Psychotherapeutic Modalities for RN’s: Application of Behavioral Activation and Motivation on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit – RN

The increased complexity of patient presentations admitted to inpatient psychiatric units requires RN’s to be armed with knowledge, skills and abilities of psychotherapeutic interventions. Given the variability of content nursing students receive in academic programs, and training offered by health care originations, staff RN’s are challenged with developing and staying. Abstract

Presenters: Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC; Rita Haverkamp, MSN, PMH CNS; Gregory Jones, RN

Therapeutic Use of Sensory Tools in Managing Adult Emotional Distress – RN

This presentation shows how the use of sensory tools for coping were introduced in a mental health outpatient partial hospitalization program.  The purpose was to promote independent coping with the use of sensory tools, allowing adult patients to self-manage their perceived distress both in the program and while at home.  Abstract

Presenters: Judy L. Toy, RN; Pauline Y. Andan, RN-C

3013: Child & Adolescent
11:45am – 12:30pm

Suicide Prevention and New Technologies: How can we help Suicidal Adolescents Online?  – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces a new practice-ready theory of the online help-seeking process of adolescents at risk for suicide. Different strategies used by adolescents will be presented to gain a better understanding of this process and recommendations for nursing practice will be shared. Abstract

Presenter: Jessica Rassy, PhD

Development and Psychometric Properties of a Newly Developed Behavioral Warning System for ChildrenRN, APRN

With a newly developed BEWS (Behavioral early warning scale), it could be valuable to identify early warning signs of aggression for management of behavioral emergencies. Abstract

Presenters: Maureen Eisenstein, MS, RN.; Joohyun Chung, PhD MStat. RN

3014: Education
11:45am – 12:30pm

Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Taxonomy of Significant Learning (Fink) – RN, APRN

Integration of the Taxonomy of Significant Learning Model (Fink) with standards and competencies related to treating individuals experiencing illicit drug and alcohol use disorders results in a curriculum model that increases knowledge, skills, and abilities throughout multiple courses. Resulting in a more knowledgeable workforce and improved treatment outcomes for clients.  Abstract

Presenter: Marian L. Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, PMH-CNS-BC, CRNP

Forest to Forest, Trees to Trees:  Using Backward Mapping to Develop a PMHNP Program – RN, APRN

This presentation accounts the design of a PMHNP program. We will showcase a backward mapping process that takes the design beyond program goals and into the community and certifying body, or from the forests to the trees. We will present the process, challenges and outcomes of this endeavor.  Abstract

Presenters: Maria Flordesol Culpa-Bondal, PhD, RN; Dean Baker, PhD, RN

3015: Complementary & Alternative Treatments
11:45am – 12:30pm

Evaluation of a Mind-Body-Spirit Yoga Intervention for Rural Dwelling Adults Who Are in Outpatient Treatment for Opioid Addiction Group – RN, APRN

This presentation illustrates the use of a novel group physiological Yoga approach (SKY) in reducing depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms in adults who live in poverty, are opioid addicted, and participate in a medication-assisted outpatient program (MAT). The SKY program is a standardized instruction manual-based intervention.  Abstract

Presenter: Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, PMH-BC, FNAP, FAAN

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Women Veterans with PTSD who Experienced Military Sexual Trauma: Theoretical Psycho-physiologic Mechanisms and Demonstrated Effectiveness for PTSD – RN, APRN

This research presentation includes a discussion a discussion of theoretical psychophysiologic mechanisms of action of yoga for PTSD and the results of a randomized controlled trial of trauma-sensitive yoga for PTSD in women Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma.  Abstract

Presenter: Ursula Kelly, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

3016: Simulation
11:45am – 12:30pm

The Impact of a Dementia Simulation on Participants Empathy – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss the implementation of a dementia simulation in a university setting across multiple campuses.  The presenter will also discuss research related to the impact of the simulation on empathy.  Additionally, ways to utilize the simulation for staff development and community education will be discussed.  Abstract

Presenter: Daniel Eaton, RN, DNP

Can You Help Me? A Refugee Simulation Experience – RN, APRN

Barriers to the provision of quality psychiatric-mental health care to refugees in the community are often related to a deficiency in cultural competence. Education with simulation provides nursing students an opportunity to gain awareness of the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage refugees.  Abstract

Presenters: Nina Harvey, DNP, MSN, FNP-C; Stephanie Wynn, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, COI

3017: Research
11:45am – 12:30pm

Workforce Diversity in the Field of Eating Disorders among an International Sample: A Mixed Methods Study – RN, APRN

Healthcare professions’ profiles rarely reflect national profiles of diversity. Although diversity initiatives have increased, more information is needed about what diversity looks like in the eating disorders field. This presentation examines diversity (demographics, professional) in the current eating disorders workforce and perceived barriers to increasing diversity globally.  Abstract

Presenter: Karen M. Jennings, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Suicide in 17 U.S. States, 2015 – RN, APRN

Little is known about nurse suicide. Data from the National Violent Death Reporting System have been extracted demonstrating a high number of RN suicides. Rates will be reported. Implications include adoption of evidence-based approaches to prevent suicide among RNs. Abstract

Presenter: Teena McGuinness, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

12:45pm – 2:15pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

No contact hours provided
Sponsoring Company: Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc

This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  


Mini Concurrent Sessions
2:30pm – 3:15pm
.75 Contact Hours

3021: Pharmacology* Pharmacology
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Adolescent Pregnancy and Depression: An Opportunity and Obligation for InterventionRN, APRN

This presentation details appropriate assessment and treatment of major depressive disorder in pregnant and postpartum adolescents. As no treatment guidelines exist for this specific population, relevant guidelines for both psychosocial and pharmacological interventions are reviewed to determine best practices and boost clinicians’ confidence in working with these under-served young women.  Abstract

Presenter: Sarah Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Managing Alcohol Use Disorders in an VA Outpatient Mental Health Setting: Yours, Mine or Ours?RN, APRN

This presentation reviews the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder by PMH APNs in a VA outpatient mental health setting. Given the underutilization of these evidence based treatments, attitudes and barriers were assessed in order to improve access to treatment for this vulnerable Veteran population.  Abstract

Presenter: Jon Medina, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC


3022: Inpatient Safety
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Ligature Free: Is it Possible? – RN

Come learn how to reduce ligatures on an adult psychiatric units through a collaborative, interdisciplinary team model. Lessons learned through the 18+ month's process will be presented. This presentation will assist the administrative and direct care staff information to promote a ligature free/resistant environment.  Abstract

Presenter: Charlene Moore, RN, MS, CNML

Self-Management Strategies: An Innovative Nursing Approach to Working with Patients at Risk for Suicide in an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces the need and relevance of self-management strategies (SMS) as a promising framework for PMH nurses who are working with patients at risk for suicide in an adult inpatient psychiatry. Examples including an actual integration of SMS in an inpatient psychiatric unit/hospital guidelines will be outlined.  Abstract

Presenters: Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, PhD, RN; Ilze Sturis Hallman, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, GNP


3023: Child & Adolescent
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) for Youth: Creation of Interprofessional Workshops to Enhance Graduate Students' Knowledge on Management of Mental Health Diagnoses in Children & Adolescents – APRN

This presentation provides a template for establishing workshops to enhance future health care providers' knowledge and confidence of working in interprofessional teams to coordinate the management of children and adolescents experiencing psychiatric diagnoses. The participant will leave with access to video links of the simulations to incorporate in their courses.  Abstract

Presenters: Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Luann Richardson, PhD, DNP, PMHNP, FNP; Janene Luther Szpak, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Brayden Kameg, DNP

Moving Beyond Provider Education to Implementation: An Innovative Field-Tested Model for Adolescent SBIRT – RN, APRN

Building upon the research on SBIRT adaptation for adolescents, the Facilitating Change for Excellence in SBIRT initiative developed an innovative and evidence-based guide for adolescent SBIRT implementation. This presentation will highlight strategies and skill sets for implementation, and results from the pilot that indicate nurses are critical conduits of change.  Abstract

Presenters: Aaron M. Williams, MA; Pam Pietruszewski, MA



3024: Undergraduate Education
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Practicing What We Preach: Teaching Psychiatric-Mental Health Student Nurses To Care For Themselves And Their Patients – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation highlights the importance of taking measures to combat nurse burnout and nurse suicide early in undergraduate nursing education.  Participants will learn realistic, concrete strategies to promote self-care in psychiatric-mental health registered nurses and nursing students.  Abstract

Presenter: Briana L. Snyder, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, RYT 200

Improving Stress Management among RN-BSN students: Incorporating Mindfulness and Self-Care Principles – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces Mindfulness techniques targeting stressors specific to nurses experiencing overwhelming personal and professional performance pressures. These stressors if left unchecked, lead to compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants are encouraged to develop and employ mindfulness-based coping skills which are easily implemented in every home and chaotic work environments.  Abstract

Presenter: Nancy Wise, PhD, RN


3025: Substance Use: Opioids
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Do Nurses’ Alcohol and other drug (AOD)-Personal Experiences and Education Impact their Willingness to Provide Care to Patients with Opioid Use-Related Problems? – RN, APRN

This presentation explores the impact nurses' AOD-personal experiences and education have on shaping their opioid use-related perceptions and consequently their willingness to provide care to patients with opioid use-related problems. Exploring these personal and educational experiences can promote the development of interventions that target nurses' willingness to provide opioid-related care.  Abstract

Presenter: Khadejah F. Mahmoud, PhD(c), MSN

A Community Collaboration of HOPE- Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces a new concept to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic within our communities by discussing best practices for PMH nurses in the hospital and community setting. It presents alternative options to incarceration, hospital recidivism and chronic overdoses by implementing a community based collaboration that supports access to treatment.  Abstract

Presenter: Jessica Collins, RN-BC, BSN, LPC


3026: International
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Addressing the Gap: Wellness Check Service – RN

This presentation introduces a unique and innovative approach to providing clients with community mental health support post-discharge from the Emergency Department.  Wellness Check Services provide clients with mental health support in the community until they have made connections with both formal or informal support.  Abstract

Presenter: Stephanie Lucchese, RN, CPMHN

Transcending Depression and Anxiety in Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) Australians – RN, APRN

This paper will present findings from interviews with 40 older GLBTI people to understand their lived experience of depression and anxiety. The interviews explored coping strategies, including how family members and health professionals have helped.  Abstract

Presenter: Phillip M. Maude, RN PhD


3027: Research
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Caregivers Online: Demographic Characteristics and Burden of Care – RN, APRN

This study examined demographics and burden of care in family caregivers of persons with various health conditions who were recruited online. The findings show that family caregivers use the internet to seek information and support, suggesting the opportunity for future interventions using online methods and social media.  Abstract

Presenter: Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Reaching the Hard-to-Reach Patient with a Non-Traditional Behavioral Assessment Method: Another Look at Amazon MTurk – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces compelling reasons to consider a crowdsourcing survey methodology option like Amazon’s MTurk. With hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations, stigmatized by mental illness diagnoses and often coping with debilitating co-morbid health issues, MTurk—used conscientiously—offers a viable alternative to traditional behavioral research and reaches patients often hidden from providers.  Abstract

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

Concurrent Sessions
Block 1:  3:30pm – 4:15pm

.75 Contact Hours

3031: Graduate Education Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Beyond the Powerpoint Lecture: Implementing Active Learning Strategies in Nursing Education – RN, APRN

This interactive session will introduce various active learning strategies to participants and will demonstrate how to use strategies with students at the undergraduate or graduate level of nursing. The participant will leave with learning techniques that will engage student learners and provide better concept retention.  Abstract

Presenters: Kirby Williams, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Lyons Hardy, MSN, CNS, NP


3032: Inpatient Safety Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mobilizing Quality Improvement Teams to Reduce Restraint and Staff Injury – RN, APRN

People with mental health/substance use crisis can exhibit symptoms resulting in restraints, staff injury, or both.   This session illustrates how an interdisciplinary quality improvement approach improves outcomes among even the most behaviorally acute.  Key features include involvement of front-line staff and peer supports with lived experience with mental health challenges.  Abstract

Presenters: Margie Balfour, MD, PhD; Yolanda Baugh, RN


3033: Child & Adolescent Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Setting a New Standard: Developing and Operationalizing an Innovative Trauma-Informed Approach – RN

In response to the national mental health crisis, CHOC Children's opened an 18-bed pediatric inpatient unit.  An innovative, trauma-informed program was developed and operationalized with the aim of raising the standard for the provision of pediatric mental health care.  As a result, we have seen extraordinary patient and staff outcomes.  Abstract

Presenters: Danielle Lee Milliken, MS, BSN, RN; Lisa R. Schneider, MS, BSN, RN-BC


3034: Undergraduate Education Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Developing a Passion for Psychiatric Nursing in the Uninterested Undergraduate – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation will introduce the participants to proactive educational strategies to aid the undecided or uninterested nursing student in identifying with individuals with mental illness, reducing stigma towards this population, and developing an interest in psychiatric nursing. The participant will leave with examples for practical application in the classroom.  Abstract

Presenter: Erica D. Kierce, DNP, PMHNP, PMHS


3035: Integrated Care Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Psychiatric Emergency Team Dynamics: Emergency Response and Communication – RN

This presentation will summarize an interdisciplinary approach to acute psychiatric emergency with a focus on role development and team preparation. By discussing a comprehensive team role, it will empower staff to leverage strengths and patient/staff relationships to reduce potentially volatile situations on the inpatient unit.  Abstract

Presenters: Lori Harris, RN, BSN; Phillip Woods, BSN RN-BC


3036: Military Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

The Ultimate IPE (Interprofessional Education Program): Development and Implementation in a PMHNP Program for the Operational Setting – RN, APRN

Educating behavioral health nurses to perform their wartime duties is of critical importance. As a result an interprofessional education (IPE) program was developed and implemented during field training in support of operational readiness. Application of IPE enhances the APRN student learning experience, improves communication strategies and teamwork, and improves patient.  Abstract

Presenter: Tarah Lewis, DNP, PMHNP-BC


3037: Research Track
3:30pm – 4:15pm

An Examination of the Quality of Evidence on Emotional Support Animals – APRN

This presentation analyzes the sparse literature base on Emotional Support Animals (ESA), highlights the gap in knowledge, and allows participants to think critically about the ethics of an emerging area in which generally recognized standards for preparatory training do not yet exist.  Abstract

Presenters: Amy Ames, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Theresa DePorter, BSc, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB, Amy Johnson, MA, MAT, LPC, CPDT-KA, Betz King, PsyD, LP


Concurrent Sessions
Block 2: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
.75 Contact Hours

3041: Graduate Education Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

An Innovative Psychodynamic Model for Collaborative Case Supervision:  Bringing Together Experienced PMHNPs Faculty, VA PMHNP Residents, and DNP PMHNP Students Monthly for in Person and Remote Supervision – APRN

This presentation introduces a collaborative model to provide clinical case supervision for PMHNP students and newly graduated PMHNP residents in a safe and nonjudgemental environment. The goals are  increasing confidence, and improving practice and patient outcomes. This model included face to face and remote group supervision.  Abstract

Presenters: Joy Lauerer, DNP, MSN, APRN, BC; S. Akeya Harrold, DNP PMHNP; Janet York, PMHCNS BC


3042: Inpatient Safety Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Reducing Patient Violence Against Nurses on Inpatient Psychiatric Units – RN

This interactive, engaging presentation will review outcomes of a quality improvement initiative aimed at reducing patient violence against nurses on an inpatient unit. As a third of nurses who work in mental health have experienced physical violence, it is imperative to develop practical, effective, cost-efficient strategies to increase safety.  Abstract

Presenter: Victoria Waterfield, RN, LCSW


3043: Child & Adolescent Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Caring for Pediatric and Adolescent Behavioral Health Patients on a Pediatric Medical Unit: Proactive Approaches to Reduce Stigma, Decrease Escalation, and Improve Outcomes – RN, APRN

This presentation present proactive strategies and techniques to promote the best outcomes in behavioral health patients focusing on nursing education in trauma, supporting suicidal patients, behavioral interventions, and deescalation techniques.  Abstract

Presenter: Steffanie Schweitzer, APRN, PMHNP-BC


3044: Undergraduate Education Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Learning and Teaching Outcomes of an Undergraduate Simulation Assignment in Mental Health Nursing – RN

This presentation describes the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a complex simulation assignment incorporated into a large enrollment (N=152) undergraduate course in mental health nursing. Student groups planned, performed, and presented a simulated home visit that required "in the moment" nursing actions in response to patient distress.  Abstract

Presenters: Linda Denise Oakley, PhD, RN; Zhiyuan Effy Yu, BSN, RN, PhDc; Katherine Stahl, MSN, RN-BC, PHN


3045: Integrated Care Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Igniting Early Adopters: Using Implementation Science to Address Access to Mental Health Services – RN, APRN

We describe a project to improve access to mental health care by implementing collaborative care for depression in primary care in an integrated health care system. Research shows that the process of innovation is complex. We used concepts from diffusion of innovation and quality improvement to implement the program.  Abstract

Presenter: Yvonne T. Porterfield, MSN, PMHCNS-BC


3046: Military Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Addressing the Unique Mental Health Needs of America's Veterans: A Guide For Community Providers  – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces PMH nurses working in the community to an introduction focusing on military culture and specific issues facing veterans. Participants will leave with a foundation of knowledge to tailor treatment needs for this population, ultimately enhancing mental health services for this deserving population.  Abstract

Presenters: May Linn Nara, DNP, PMHNP-BC; Amy R. Morton-Miller, PhD, PMHNP-BC/PMHCNS-BC, CNE


3047: Research Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Mindfulness in Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss the relationship between mindfulness, eating disorder symptoms and indicators of health in persons with anorexia nervosa. Differences between subtypes of eating disorders will be addressed. Attendees will engage in specific mindfulness practices that they may be useful with clients.  Abstract

Presenter: Julie P. Dunne, PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN


Concurrent Sessions
Block 3: 5:30pm – 6:15pm
.75 Contact Hours

3051: Graduate Education Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Benefits and Challenges of Preceptors and Students – RN, APRN

A lively panel discussion of faculty and students from live and online PMHNP programs addressing the benefits and challenges for preceptors and students. Exemplars from both students and preceptors will be used to facilitate discussion and resolution. Co-Sponsors APNA Education & Practice Councils.  Abstract

Presenters: Beth M. King, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP; Lori Mooney, MS, RN, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC, CRRN; Ruth Isediora, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Jo Anne Iennaco, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC


3052: Inpatient Safety Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Reducing Workplace Violence: A Hospital Wide Initiative to Increase Safety – RN, APRN

This hospital wide workplace violence reduction initiative presents multiple methods of assisting staff to feel safer. Practices include the use of a new screening tool, visual identifyers, a rapid response team, go-bags, agitation order set and a post event checklist. These can all be replicated in your hospital.  Abstract

Presenters: Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC; Amy Roark, RN, MSN; Virtud P. Oloan, PH.D, PMHN-RN-BC; Melvin Aranzaso Lumagui, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC


3053: Child & Adolescent Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Crisis? Escalation or Innovation, It is Your Choice. The Use of Innovative DBT-Informed Nursing Care Techniques and their Impact on Crisis Management in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Setting – RN

This presentation reviews how the implementation of a DBT-informed model of care served to address staff educational needs, improve patient safety and reduce seclusion and restraint events. By assisting patients and staff to recognize vulnerabilities that can lead to emotional dysregulation a proactive rather than reactive milieu can ensue.  Abstract

Presenter: Dawnelle Romero Baca, BSN, RN-BC


3054: Undergraduate Education Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Moral Distress Experienced by Mental Health Nursing Students and Faculty During Clinical Rotations – RN, APRN

Nursing students and faculty experience moral distress when they are exposed to practices in the clinical setting that are inconsistent with their values, ethics or established standards of care.  This presentation will examine contributing factors, manifestations and consequences of moral distress and explore strategies for preventing and addressing it.  Abstract

Presenter: Laureen Galatas, MN, RN


3055: Integrated Care Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Explore How an Acute Care Medical Facility Defied the Traditional Practices of Standardized Healthcare by Creating a Patient Centered Unit to Meet the Physical and Emotional Needs of More Complex Medical Patients – RN

Explore how one acute care medical facility defied the traditional practices of standardized healthcare by creating a patient-centered unit to meet the physical and emotional needs of their more complex medical patients. Assess how our non-conventional and innovative patient centered initiatives add to the excitement of this healing environment.  Abstract

Presenters: Stephanie Murray, MSN, RN; Carly Kruszewski, RN-BC


3056: Military Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Update on ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) in the Military and Beyond! – APRN

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a brief, effective, exposure-based treatment for an array of behavioral health problems. Case reports show clinically significant reductions in anxiety and PTSD symptoms. This presentation provides an overview of ART, review current literature, review the protocol and anecdotal case studies from an enhanced ART clinician.  Abstract

Presenter: JoEllen Schimmels, RN, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC


3057: Research Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Piloting the Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Chidren of Addicted Parents: Addressing the needs of and Promoting Resiliency for Youth Experiencing a Parent with Opioid use Disorder – RN, APRN

This presentation summarizes the execution of and findings from pilot intervention work with youth who have experienced a parent with opioid use disorder. The utility of the Children's Program Kit: Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents will be discussed and 1-2 activities from the curriculum will be practiced.  Abstract

Presenters: Brandy Mechling, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Ruthanne Palumbo, DNP, RN, CNE; Nancy Ahern, PhD, RN


6:30pm – 7:30pm
Don’t miss the chance to connect with psychiatric-mental health nurses from your area of the country! Catching up with your APNA Chapter will provide you with targeted insight into your region’s PMH nursing advancements, needs, and opportunities.

8:00pm – 9:30pm
1.5 contact hours available
Supported by an education grant by: Neurocrine Biosciences & Teva Pharmaceuticals
This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  




*This session’s contact hours pertain to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

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