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6:00am – 7:30am
No Contact Hours Provided
Management of Tardive Dyskinesia

Speaker: Amber Hoberg & Arvinder Walia, MD
Sponsoring Company:  Teva Pharmaceuticals
This session is available on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require an additional fee.  


7:30am – 2:00pm

8:00am – 9:00am 
4001A Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council
4001B Council for Mental Health Advocacy
4001C Recovery Council
4001D Research Council
4001E Council for Safe Environments
4001F VHA/Military

9:15am – 10:15am
4002A Addictions Council
4002B Administrative Council
4002C Child & Adolescent Council
4002D Education Council
4002E Practice Council

New this year and open to anyone who is interested, network with the APNA Councils where each will provide updates and information relative to their area of focus – Addictions, Administration, Child & Adolescent, Education, Forensics, Mental Health Advocacy, Practice, Safe Environments, Recovery, and Research. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with colleagues who share the same focus as you.


Concurrent Sessions
Block 1: 10:30am – 11:15am
.75 Contact Hours

4011: Practice Track
10:30am – 11:15am

Addressing Psychiatric Boarding in the Emergency Department: An APRN's role in Decreasing Length of Stay – RN, APRN

Current practice of psychiatric boarding in the ED has a negative impact on patients, the ED, and the healthcare organization. This EBP project exceeded the benchmark set for the outcomes and demonstrated the effectiveness of integrating a psychiatric APRN in the ED.  Abstract

Presenters: Karen Cheeseman, DNP, PMHCNS, APRN, BC; Susan Painter, DNP, PMHNP, BC, PMHCNS, BC


4012: Inpatient Track
10:30am – 11:15am

Creating a Holistic Environment for the Inpatient Setting – RN

This presentation shows the journey of an inpatient unit to expand their holistic framework by adding groups that model both Holistic Nursing and Concepts of Recovery including: Drumming, Aromatherapy. Ideas discussed on how to begin your own journey melding mental health and a holistic framework.  Abstract

Presenter: Donna Linette, DNP, NEA-BC, HN-BC


4013: Child & Adolescent Track
10:30am – 11:15am

The Imagine Project: Helping Kids Overcome Stress and Trauma through Expressive Writing – RN

1. Introduction to the effects of stress and trauma on kids. 2. Participants will do the writing activity including steps to celebrate, reflect, write their Imagine story, write a new story, transform positive imagines into I statements, making dreams happen, 30 day imagine/gratitude challenge. 3. Sharing and questions.

Presenter: Dianne Maroney, RN, MSN


4014: Undergraduate Education Track
10:30am – 11:15am

Promoting Civility in Psychiatric Mental Health Undergraduate Nursing Education – RN, APRN

To promote a culture of respect, safety, and effective interprofessional communication, incivility concerns need to be addressed in PMH higher education.  The Pre-Licensure Branch of the Education Council will present results of current practices on college campuses to address incivility concerns and ways to promote civility in PMH undergraduate education.  Abstract

Presenters: Traci Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC; Jill Steinke, MS RN; Linda Ewald, MS BSN RN PMHCNS-BC; David Sharp, RN, PhD


4015: Substance Use Track
10:30am – 11:15am

SMART Recovery: REBT and Motivational Interviewing Tools for Persons with Addictive Behavior – RN, APRN

SMART Recovery uses tools based on scientifically proven, self empowerment methods including cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing to assist people with addictive behaviors to: build and maintain motivation; cope with urges; manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and live a balanced life.  The presenter will utilize these tools with participants.  Abstract

Presenter: Diane Vines, RN, PhD


4016: Trauma Track
10:30am – 11:15am

Trauma has a Frequency: A RESET of the Emotional Aspects of Trauma – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation provides the opportunity to consider and observe how a cutting-edge neuroscience foundation provides the theory for practice in the use of a sound device (bio-acoustical utilization device) that reduces or eliminates PTSD symptoms.  Abstract

Presenter: Susan Parcell Bindewald, PMHCNS-BC


4017: Research Track
10:30am – 11:15am

ACE Hardware: A Tool for Measuring Adverse Childhood Experiences – RN, APRN

Preliminary findings from an Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs) study within inpatient pediatric psychiatric unit and Partial Hospitalization Program will be presented. Study purpose evaluated reliability and validity of ACEs questionnaire administered to caregivers and their children (5 -17 years) upon admission and discharge. Audience will participate in content validity exercise.  Abstract

Presenters: Kenneth Longbrake, RN, MSN; Lisa C. Farmer, BSN, RN-BC, LMSW


Concurrent Sessions
Block 2: 11:30am – 12:15pm
.75 Contact Hours

4021: Practice Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

Healing in the Eye of the Hurricane:  Innovative Programs for Workplace Self-care and Mental Health – RN, APRN

Psychological and physical safety of all nursing staff members requires a comprehensive program of self-care and many surprisingly varied interventions.  This program seeks to actively engage participants in self and institutional assessment as well as exploring many options that nurses themselves have generated to improve comprehensive safety and wellness.

Presenter: Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC


4022: Inpatient Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

Setting the Standard: The Impact of Nursing-led Groups on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit – RN

This presentation highlights Standard 5B, 5F, and 5G of the ANA's Standards of Practice for PMHN. By increasing nurse-patient interactions through group therapy, we provide a safe, structured, and therapeutic milieu. We believe this change in practice will help redefine our roles as PMHNs.  Abstract

Presenters: Stephanie Verdeflor, MSN, RN-BC; Christopher Brennan BSN, RN-BC


4023: Child & Adolescent Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

ADHD or Bipolar Mania? Using Neuroscience to Inform Diagnosis and Treatment in Children and Adolescents – APRN

This presentation assists the APRN to differentiate between ADHD and bipolar mania in children and adolescents through a review of neuroscience mechanisms associated with each disorder. It also addresses evidence-based treatment strategies for each disorder as well as treatment of complicating comorbid disorders.  Abstract

Presenters: Marci Zsamboky, DNP, PMHNP/CNS-BC, CNE; Matt E. Schroer, DNP, PMHNP-BC


4024: Undergraduate Education Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

An Undergraduate Intensive Orientation for Mental Health Nursing Students:  Breaking Down Stigma and Fostering Compassion – RN, APRN

Undergraduate student nurses enter the mental health rotation doubting the course has anything to do with being a “real nurse” and holding stigma that impacts learning.  This session details a Clinical Orientation INTENSIVE designed for the first week of the semester that reduces stigma and fosters readiness for clinical.  Abstract

Presenter: Pamela J. Worrell Carlisle, RN, MA, PhD


4025: Substance Use Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

HIV, Mental Health, and Substance Use: An Integrated Trauma Informed Behavioral Health Approach – APRN

This case based presentation will describe an innovative model of trauma informed integrated behavioral health care for women with HIV, substance use, and trauma related disorders. Treatment of opiate, stimulant, and alcohol use will be discussed using trauma informed approach.  Abstract

Presenters: Rosalind De Lisser, MS, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Genesis D. Vasconez, RN; Katerina Melino, MS, PMHNP-BC


4026: Trauma Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

Complicating the Nature of the Individual in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces recent multidisciplinary research on neurobiological and social factors that influence individual trauma variability to help improve the trauma-informed care employed by psychiatric nurses.  Abstract

Presenter: Jason F. Earle, PhD, APNP, CFPNP


4027: Research Track
11:30am – 12:15pm

Intervening in Childhood Bullying Using Cognitive Behavioral Skills Building – RN, APRN

As 20% of youth report experiencing bullying and bullying has known adverse mental health outcomes, interventions are needed in the mental health setting. The results of a study examining an intervention to treat these adolescents will be discussed, specifically how cognitive behavioral skills building can be used as an approach.  Abstract

Presenters: Elizabeth Hutson, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC; Bradley Thompson, RN


Concurrent Sessions
Block 3: 12:30pm – 1:15pm
.75 Contact Hours

4031: Practice Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Caring for the Caregivers After the Storm – RN, APRN

Catastrophic hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle in October 2018 leaving thousands in distress. Vulnerable populations have higher risk for deleterious mental health outcomes after disasters. This practice protocol reviews how  training in self care, stress management and effective coping can promote resiliency for families with preschoolers.  Abstract

Presenters: Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC; Jessica Gordon, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC; Susan Gatzert-Snyder, APRN, PMHCNS-BC


4032: Inpatient Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

The Care Journey Map: Mapping family centered care and education for a Supportive Inpatient Admission and Successful Discharge Home – RN, APRN

Learn how one organization transformed the patient/family experience by establishing a five component “Care Journey” process. An efficient, standardized education process focused on clinical staff engagement and collaboration with families results in improved comfort levels and confidence of parents in managing their child’s condition upon discharge.  Abstract

Presenters: Wendy Susan Dunn, RN-BC, BSN; Theresa Marie Oghojafor, RN-BC, MSN; Krista Keehn, RN-BC, MSN


4033: Child & Adolescent Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Pediatric Telepsychiatry in Collaborative Care: Lessons Learned during a Pilot Program – RN, APRN

This presentation will review considerations for starting a telepsychiatry service. Participants will learn outcomes of a pilot program of telepsychiatry services delivered by a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in an integrated primary care clinic.  Abstract

Presenter: Amanda L. Schuh, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC


4034: Undergraduate Education Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Nurse Educator on a Mission: Supporting Mental Health Awareness on Campus – RN, APRN

This presentation describes how nurse educators on campus have an opportunity to improve mental health awareness.  Higher education concerns for student mental health may be partially addressed through expanded faculty roles.  Nursing faculty can elevate teaching, service, and scholarly expectations to facilitate a more just and sensitive campus culture.  Abstract

Presenter: Todd Hastings, PhD, MS, RN


4035: Substance Use Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Nurses in Recovery: A Healthcare Provider Treatment Program – RN, APRN

This presentation will review professional development themes common to nurses, how those themes are distorted in active addiction and resolved in recovery. A Healthcare Professionals Treatment Program will be described, focusing on the unique treatment approaches developed to effectively work with nurses who have been diagnosed with substance use disorder.  Abstract

Presenter: Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, MHCNS-BC, FIAAN


4036: Trauma Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Do you See What I See? Recognizing Human Trafficking – RN, APRN

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview on Human Trafficking a form of Modern Day Slavery. Human Trafficking is a global health concern and crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex and is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. This program will discuss  Abstract

Presenter: Deborah Salani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, NE-BC


4037: Research Track
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Social Media & Adolescent Suicide: Risks, Benefits, & a Novel Monitoring Intervention – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss findings from a mixed-methods study that explored the context of suicidal teens' online experiences and perceptions of teens and parents toward monitoring of social media.  The development of a novel  automated monitoring intervention targeting high-risk adolescents will be introduced along with acceptability of intervention to teens/parents.  Abstract

Presenters: Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN; Candice Biernesser, MSW, PhD(c)


ANNUAL MEETING & TOWN HALLAnnual Meeting and Town Hall
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Your membership organization’s past, present, and future will be on the agenda for this meeting. Hear about APNA’s past year, its current status, and its future goals. Then, take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to speak directly to the APNA Board of Directors in the Town Hall portion of the meeting. Speak up to help inform the future direction of your organization and ensure that APNA meets your needs.


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