APNA Annual Conference Keynotes & Special Events

APNA President's Address
Miracle Moments: How Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Save Lives
Thursday, October 25  |  9:00am - 10:00am

Linda BeeberLinda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN  has practiced as a psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nurse for more than 48 years caring for people with acute and chronic symptoms of mental illness. She has served in roles of clinician, educator, academic administrator and psychiatric nursing leader. For the last 20 years, Dr. Beeber and her multidisciplinary collaborators have conducted research focused on reducing maternal depressive symptoms and enhancing parenting in populations of low-income, high risk mothers of infants and toddlers (0-3 years old). Dr. Beeber’s work has shown that removing stigma and contextual barriers to mental health care, and tailored, evidence-based interventions can effectively reduce maternal depressive symptoms and improve parenting, two threats to infant-toddler development. Dr. Beeber has put her work into use through publications, national and international presentations, and participation in national policymaking panels. Through her work with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as the Chair of the Research Council, and currently President, she advocates to reduce inequities in mental health care delivery and improve the lives of all people living with symptoms of mental illness.

Dr. Beeber received her BSN from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, her MA from New York University Division of Nursing Education (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist), and her PhD from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing.

Keynote Presentation
Hard Lessons: A Father, A Son, and A Serious Mental Illness
Friday, October 26 |  9:00am - 10:00am

Pete EarleyPete Earley’s nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. It chronicles his struggle to help his adult son after he develops a severe mental illness and is arrested, which then prompted Earley to spend nine months inside the Miami Dade County jail following prisoners with severe mental disorders through the criminal justice system. His book has won numerous awards and prompted CNN to name him one of nation’s top “Mental Wellness Warriors.” Earley was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2017 to serve as the only parent member of the Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance Committee that issues annual reports to Congress about the state of mental health care in America. He writes regularly for USA TODAY and the Washington Post about mental health issues. In a Washingtonian Magazine story, Pete Earley was described as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency."

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Mix & Mingle Reception
Let's Get Wild! Safari Soiree
Thursday, October 25  |  6:30pm - 9:30pm

Party animals of all spots and stripes are invited to go wild for PMH nursing at this evening soiree for conference attendees. Join your fellow queens and kings of the jungle at the conference watering hole for an evening of live music, games, refreshments and some surprise guests who will give a whole new meaning to the word ‘wild’.

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Presentation Benefiting the APNA Foundation
Celebration of the Life and Leadership of the “Amazing” Grayce M. Sills
Saturday, October 26  | 9:00am-10:00am

Grayce SillsGrayce Sills, PhD, RN died on April 3, 2016 after a long and celebrated life in psychiatric-mental health nursing. This included co-founding the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. This session will honor her legacy of leadership and mentorship and raise funds for the advancement of the science of psychiatric-mental health nursing through the APNA Foundation’s support of research.

Presenters: Pat D’ Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN; Madeline Naegle, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

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