APNA Annual Conference Saturday Program



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Ongoing throughout Conference

Up to 5 Contact Hours
Visit the poster gallery any time Wednesday - Sunday to earn up to 5 contact hours as you view and evaluate the more than 175 innovative poster presentations on display.

9:30am ET - 10:30am ET
Discover an Effective LAI Treatment for Schizophrenia in Adults
Presenter: Brooke Kempf, PMHNP-BC
No Contact Hours Provided
Sponsoring Company:  Alkermes 
Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

10:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Community Chat
Join the online chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees.
Poster Gallery
Visit the interactive gallery to engage with the presentations and earn up to 5 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the posters.

10:30am ET - 7:00pm ET

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


Concurrent Sessions
    11:10am ET – 11:55am ET
.75 Contact Hours

4011: Advanced Practice
11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

Being an Effective Patient Partner: Insights from Parents of Mental Health Consumers  – RN, APRN

The presenters, both experienced nurses, will share challenges they personally experienced communicating with healthcare providers as parents of children struggling with severe mental health disorders.  They will teach attendees simple communication tools to improve collaboration between patients, family members, and treatment teams.  Abstract

Presenters: Michael C. Thomas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Stacie Hunsaker, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CNE, CNML

4012: Pharmacology*Pharmacology
11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

A Structured Approach to Deprescribing Psychotropic Medication – RN, APRN

This presentation will  discuss concerns related to irrational and unsafe prescribing practices and provide the PMHNP with a practical, structured approach  to deprescribing  psychotropic medications when clinically appropriate.  Abstract

Presenter: Erica Kierce, DNP, PMHNP, PMHS

4013: Military
11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

Utilization and Efficacy of Nonpharmacologic Therapeutic Modalities in a Combat Stress Clinic – APRN

This presentation provides an overview of popular nonpharmacologic treatment modalities for deployed military members. Incorporation of these interventions improves patient treatment fidelity and subsequent effective symptom reduction without impairing military member performance capabilities or necessitating removal from the deployment mission. Patients have treatment self-delivery capability and post-deployment continuance ease.  Abstract

Presenter: Donna M. Burge, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP

4014: Child & Adolescent
11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

Successful Partnerships for Youth Suicide Prevention - The CARES Journey RN, APRN

Maine, like most of the nation, has seen the tragic rise in suicide rates across young people struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse challenges. This presentation will prepare participants to launch similar intervention initiatives in their own communities.  Abstract

Presenters: Wayne M. Steller, PMHNP-BC; Christopher McLaughlin, LCSW

4015: Complementary & Alternative Therapies
11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

Effects of Animal-Assisted Activity on Mood States and Feelings in a Psychiatric SettingRN

Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the positive psychological effects of Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) among patients visitors and staff. Participants will explore findings of a research study implementing AAA and see how this low-cost nonpharmacological intervention can be utilized throughout the hospital to help ease psychological stressors.  Abstract

Presenters: Sandra Brown, RN BSN BC; Jill Snelders, BS MBA, CTRS; Joan Godbold, BSN, RN; Sarah Eckardt, MA, MS


Concurrent Sessions
     12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET
.75 Contact Hours

4021: Psychotherapy
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Evaluation of an Adapted Dialectical Behavioral Group Therapy for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – RN, APRN

Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are dually diagnosed with mental health problems experience emotional, cognitive, and behavioral regulation difficulties. An adapted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can be used as an intervention to enhance emotion regulation skills which may result in decreased challenging behaviors.  Abstract

Presenter: Caroline M. Kraft, MSN, MA, PMHNP-BC

4022: Pharmacology*Pharmacology
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Demystifying Clozapine to Support Recovery of Patients with Persistent Psychosis – RN, APRN

Clozapine carries not only the greatest antipsychotic efficacy but also numerous challenges: managing a system of care, monitoring side effects, and strict monitoring protocols. Inter-disciplinary best practices for successful use of clozapine will be presented. Parameters for monitoring, point-of-care devices, outcomes measures, prescribing and side effect management will be discussed.  Abstract

Presenters:  Robert O. Cotes, M.D; Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

4023: Simulation
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Simulation in PMHNP Education – APRN

This presentation will provide an overview of simulation in graduate nursing education and evidence to support its use. An innovative PMHNP simulation program will be described along with benefits, challenges, evaluation methods, and results from a pilot study evaluating the efficacy of simulations in improving core PMHNP competencies.  Abstract

Presenters: Kerry Peterson, PhD, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC; Aimee Techau, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

4024: Violence
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Innovative Systematic Approach to Improve Safety with High-risk Patients – RN

A transformational approach was implemented within a 100-bed pediatric inpatient hospital caring for high-risk, acute psychiatric patients. This novel interwoven safety approach created a culture driven by nursing leadership through the use of effective learning systems and innovative interventions to improve patient and employee safety.  Abstract

Presenters: Madeline S. Aeschbury, BSN, RN; Wilma Anthony, MSN, RN; Natalie Elsbrock, MSN, RN-BC

4025: Graduate Education
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Creating A Clinical Learning Environment Supporting Interprofessional Practice Using a Synchronous On-Line Strategy – APRN

This engaging presentation will provide practice ready strategies to create a synchronous online interprofessional learning environment offering graduate students the opportunity for development in self-awareness, skills and knowledge in performing as a member of an interprofessional team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patient experiencing medical and psychiatric comorbidities.  Abstract

Presenters: Sara E. Banzhaf, DNP, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC; Rhonda Coffman, DNP, ARNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-C; Paul L. Price, Pharm D, BCPP

4026: Research
12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Darkness into Light: Truth on Perseverance – RN, APRN

This research documentary captures the unifying theme of resilience among different demographics, cultures and disciplines composing healthcare. In retelling their journeys, the clinicians in this documentary unites us through untold stories of resilience unspoken of in everyday life. This documentary will inspire patients, family members, students and professionals across disciplines.  Abstract

Presenter: Cedric Thurman, MSN, BSN, RN, PMHNP-BC 


12:50pm ET - 1:50pm ET

Addictions, Administrative, Child & Adolescent, Education, Practice 
Meet leaders in the field aligned with one of your passions.

1:50pm ET - 2:20pm ET

Community Recharge
Join in activities and games designed to help you connect with fellow attendees.
Poster Gallery
Visit the interactive gallery to engage with the presentations and earn up to 5 contact hours for time spent viewing and evaluating the posters.

2:30pm ET - 3:30pm ET

Meet psychiatric-mental health nurses in your area! (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota).

2:30pm ET - 3:30pm ET
Up to 5 Contact Hours

You have the option to visit the poster gallery during this time to view and evaluate the more than 175 innovative poster presentations on display.


Mini Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET
.75 Contact Hours

4031: Administration
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

Fostering Workplace Civility Among Nursing Staff – RN, APRN

Workplace incivility experienced by nurses has been shown to have negative consequences on the psychiatric mental health of nurses as well as the care provided to patients. Evidenced-based team-building interventions coupled with servant leadership provide an opportunity to eliminate workplace incivility and transform future nursing practice.  Abstract

Presenters: Lee Hardin, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC; Stephanie Wynn, DNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, COI

4032: Substance Use
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

Physical Activity Attitudes and Preferences of Adults with Opioid Use Disorder Receiving Methadone Maintenance Treatment: A Mixed Methods Study – RN, APRN

This session presents a mixed-method study on physical activity attitudes and preferences of adults with opioid use disorder (OUD) receiving methadone maintenance treatment. Findings will be discussed. Application to psychiatric nursing and implications for future research will be highlighted to encourage further exploration of physical activity in those with OUD. Abstract

Presenters: Amanda J. Simonton, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

4033: Practice
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

PMHNPs as Behavioral Health Integration Specialists: Using Your Expertise to Advance Access, Quality, and Outcomes in Primary Care – APRN

Presentation explores leveraging the full scope of PMHNP expertise to improve patient access and outcomes in integrated behavioral health in primary care. Participants will leave with tips on extending their reach beyond direct patient care through both informal and systematic case consultation in the Collaborative Care Model.  Abstract

Presenter: Kara Birch, RN, DNP, FNP, PMHNP; Amanda Ling, RN, PMHNP; Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

4034: Research
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

The Lived Experience of Stigma by Suicide-Attempt Survivors: A Phenomenological Study – RN, APRN

Giving voice to those who are suicide attempt survivors and understanding the stigma they experienced will compel participants to design programs to eliminate stigma, knowing stigma is a barrier to seeking treatment. Treatment is known to be effective in suicide reduction. Nurses can be instrumental leading programs in their communities.  Abstract

Presenter: Pamela K. Greene, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

4035: Research
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

Stigma Perceptions as Predictors of Nurses' Motivation to Provide Care to Patients with Opioid Use Problems– RN, APRN

This presentation focuses on identifying stigma perceptions that predicts nurses’ opioid use-related motivation. Identifying stigma perceptions among nurses can facilitate addressing the needs of  patients who affected by opioid use but do not have an opioid use disorder.  Abstract

Presenter: Khadejah Mahmoud, PhD, MSN; Ann M. Mitchell, PHD, RN, AHN-BC, FIAAN, FAAN

Analysis of Moral Distress: The Experience of Psychiatric Nurses  – RN, APRN

Nurses frequently face ethical dilemmas; when they are unable to act on moral solutions due to constraints, moral distress may result. This presentation analyzes the experience of moral distress in psychiatric nurses, exploring possible differences in precipitants and responses unique to this population.  Abstract

Presenter: Julia A. Smith, EdM, RN, PMHNP-BC

4036: Workplace Violence
3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

The Impact of a Nurse-led Multidisciplinary Leadership Group on Workplace Violence  – RN, APRN

This presentation highlights how a multidisciplinary violence workgroup developed quality improvement initiatives that showed positive outcomes in violence-risk identification/communication, staff education, patient care and staff support. Nurses will gain thought-provoking information about practice changes that strengthen staff and patient safety in the inpatient psychiatric setting.  Abstract

Presenters: Georgia G. Rosenblatt, RN, PMHCNS-BC, APRN; Danielle M. Michalak, MSN, RN

Concurrent Sessions
     4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET
.75 Contact Hours

4041: Psychotherapy
4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

Psychotherapy, an Essential Competency for the APPN, is a Complex and Multifaceted Endeavor to Teach – APRN

This presentation uses a lively case study approach to teach Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Participants will experience psychotherapy over time through didactics and enactment of segments of verbatim session transcripts that bring the psychotherapeutic process to life and allow a rare and privileged glimpse of the dialogue that occurs within sessions.  Abstract

Presenters: Candice Knight, PhD, EdD, APN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Danielle Conklin, DNP, NP-P, PMHNP-BC; Michelle Knapp, DNP, NP-P, PMHNP-BC

4042: Pharmacology*Pharmacology
4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

The Last Five Years - New Classes, New Agents, New Delivery Systems for MDD, Bipolar and Schizophrenia.  Plus a Look at What's Coming Ahead! – RN, APRN

This lively presentation provides an overview of new agents, or new delivery systems of current agents as well as ancillary tools to improve treatment options. In addition to reviewing pivotal data on these new options,  looks more closely at first in class compounds and novel agents in phase III development.  Abstract

Presenter: Alan Amberg, APN, PMHNP-BC

4043: Research
4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

Whole Health Meets Values:  Attitudes Aligned with Mental Health Empathy on Campus  – RN, APRN

This presentation describes and presents the results of a mixed-methods research study examining college student attitudes about people with mental illness. The measurement of student human service majors feelings before and after viewing video of people with mental illness validated effective interventions for improving attitudes and decreasing stigma.  Abstract

Presenter: Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE

4044: Undergraduate Education
4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

Improving Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention in Baccalaureate Nursing Education – RN, APRN

The presentation will share strategies to include content related to "APNA Essential Competencies for Assessment and  Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide" in a baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Included will be examples of classroom strategies, clinical practicum strategies and simulation exercises to better prepare graduates for diverse settings.  Abstract

Presenter: Claudia Denise Davis, MSN,RN

4045: Child & Adolescent
4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

A Brain Rest Protocol for Nursing Assessment and Intervention with Non-Intellectually Challenged Individuals with Head Banging Behaviors  – RN, APRN

The presenters will outline a Brain Rest Protocol that was implemented at a residential treatment program intended to mitigate the risk of neurological sequalae in non-intellectually challenged youth with head-banging behaviors. This presentation will provide practice guidelines and tools for all nurses working with individuals with this behavior.  Abstract

Presenters: Lori Keough, PhD, M.Ed, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Alyssa Kirby, RN, BSN


Concurrent Sessions
   5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET
.75 Contact Hours

4051: Psychotherapy
5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

It’s Not the Size that Matters, It’s How You Treat It: Updates in Trauma Treatment – APRN

Trauma events come in many shapes and sizes. In the plethora of alphabet soup that is trauma focused therapy: WET, ART, EMDR, PE, CPT, IRT, etc.  this presentation will review the similarities and differences amongst treatments, core components of the therapies, and application for patients using new evidence.  Abstract

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

4052: Inpatient
5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

Managing Staff Fear and Anxiety with Agitated Patients – RN, APRN

This presentation explores a multilevel approach to address staff fear and anxiety with managing agitated patients.  Strategies such as psychiatric simulation, crisis support, crisis training, and self care education, have the potential to improve these factors.  Participants will leave with specific action plans to address similar findings in their organizations.  Abstract

Presenters: Lesli Reeves, MSN, RN; Caroline Baker, RN-C, MSN

4053: Safety
5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

Managing Behavioral Health Patients in Acute Care and Emergency Departments with Remote Safety Monitoring: a Marriage of Technology and Caring – RN, APRN

Remote patient safety monitoring is an evidence-based nursing intervention for fall prevention and sitter reduction and is an emerging intervention for low to moderate risk suicide monitoring as well as workplace violence mitigation.  Data from >14,000 suicide-risk patients and >5,000 violent patients monitored on video will be described and analyzed.  Abstract

Presenters: Lisbeth Votruba, MSN, RN; Janet Cipkala-Gaffin, DrPH, PMHCNS-BC

4054: Violence
5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

Post Assault Management:  Empathetic Nurse Support Protocol Enhancing Resilience – RN, APRN

This presentation focuses on Workplace Violence using an Evidence Based Practice algorithm to establish post assault management practice change . A Code Assault tool and post management protocols support nurses after assaults to enhance their physical, emotional and mental health restoring resilience and therapeutic relationship.  Abstract

Presenters: Debra G. Saldi, MS, BSN, RN, LMHP, NCC; Robin L. Conyers, MSOP, BAN, RN

4055: Recovery
5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

Supporting Families through the Crisis of First Episode Psychosis – RN

This presentation explores the needs of caregivers facing the crisis of the diagnosis of First Episode Psychosis. Providing caregivers with information and support through a series of psychoeducational support groups, decreases stress and supports self- efficacy in caregivers, enabling them to provide care and access resources leading to positive outcomes.  Abstract

Presenter: Susan Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, NE-BC


6:05pm ET - 7:05pm ET
A Discussion on an Exciting Treatment Option for Adults with Schizophrenia
Presenter: Laura K. Melaro, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
No Contact Hours Provided
Sponsoring Company: Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc.
Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.



*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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