APNA Annual Conference Thursday 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
1.0 Contact Hours

Clinical Convergence®: A Patient-Centered Approach to Child and Adolescent Bipolar Depression
Sara Jones, PhD, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC and Robert A. Kowatch, MD, PhD
This activity is jointly provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and RMEI Medical Education, LLC, and is supported by an independent education grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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 - 8:00pm ET

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

11:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Start off your day with a warm welcome from APNA leadership and celebration of psychiatric-mental health nurses who are revolutionizing the profession.


1.0 Contact Hours
11:30am ET – 12:30pm ET

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners in the Journey to Whole Health – RN, APRN

Tari DilksPsychiatric-mental health nursing is rooted in the idea of a partnership between nurse and patient. Through this approach, psychiatric-mental health nurses make unique contributions to individuals, communities, health care systems and the nursing profession as a whole. To fully engage in this partnership and impact whole health at all levels, we need to ensure that we are at our best. This presentation will examine the importance of caring for our own mental health and provide actionable strategies to foster well-being for ourselves so that we can provide the best possible care to those we serve.

APNA President: Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP  |  About Tari Dilks


  Mini Concurrent Sessions
     12:40pm ET - 1:25pm ET
.75 Contact Hours

2011: Trauma
12:40pm ET – 1:25pm ET

Barriers to Accessing and Engaging in Healthcare Among Black Transgender Women Survivors of Violence – RN, APRN

This presentation provides an in-depth mixed-methods analysis of barriers to healthcare access and utilization for Black transgender women who have survived violence. Researchers will illustrate the diversity of barriers and explore modifiable factors that could decrease the effect of polyvictimization on mental health disorder for this historically disenfranchised group.  Abstract

Presenters: Athena DF. Sherman, PhD, PHN, RN, CNE

Implementing Trauma Informed Care in a Pre-Nursing BSN Program by Addressing Human Trafficking Victims' Use of Healthcare – RN

We address implementing trauma informed care as it relates to human trafficking victims in a pre-nursing BSN program.  Starting in the junior year then developing in the senior year, students appreciate more awareness and sensitivity in assessment and caring for victims of trauma with relevant physical, psychological and spiritual concerns.  Abstract

Presenter: Gregory Knapik, DNP, PHD, ANP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

2012: Practice & Education

12:40pm ET – 1:25pm ET

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment:  Reducing Readmission Rates – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces ways to enhance EBP care for the mentally ill/substance use disorder (MI/SUD) patients using a multifaceted approach.  Participants will be able to identify ways to reduce readmission rates, increase employee/ patient satisfaction score and expand staff competency to meet the needs of this patient population.  Abstract

Presenter: Harry Walk, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC

Nursing Student's Perceptions of the Effectiveness of the Various Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Interventions, within a Baccalaureate Undergraduate Program – RN, APRN

Discussion on the impact of various methods of teaching Suicide Awareness and Prevention on student's self-reported confidence. Key questions on student confidence in recognizing warning signs, asking the suicide question, and how to refer to help were explored. Methods of instruction that proved most beneficial were self-reported by students.  Abstract

Presenter: Linda Kay Romines, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE


2013: Neurobiology & Pharmacology
12:40pm ET – 1:25pm ET

What’s All the Excitement About? Ketamine/Esketamine as Treatment Options – RN, APRN

Ketamine and esketamine treatment options continue to expand and patients with treatment resistant depression are seeking out these treatment options. Cases will be presented with indications for use and the patient care, administrative and insurance/payment issues that often accompany treatment. Experience in the development of a clinic will be discussed.  Abstract

Presenters: Courtney Miller, BA, ADN, RN; Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC


2014: Substance Use
12:40pm ET – 1:25pm ET

Integrating Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training into the Curriculum of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program: An "All Hands on Deck" Approach to the Opioid Crisis – RN, APRN

This presentation outlines the inclusion of training for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of opioid addiction in a PMHNP program curriculum allowing students to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine upon graduation from the program. This is a new and unique approach to addressing the opioid epidemic in nursing education.  Abstract

Presenter: John M. Brion, PhD, PMH NP-BC; Jamison Lord, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Scaffolding Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Content Across an Undergraduate BSN and Graduate APRN Curriculum: Creating a SUD Proficient Nursing Workforce  – RN, APRN

This presentation describes an innovative college of nursing curricular change that scaffolded substance abuse disorder content including screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment across both an undergraduate and online graduate APRN program. In addition the presenters will describe the programs outcomes including increased knowledge, skill and confidence.  Abstract

Presenter: Joy Lauerer, DNP PMHCNS BC APRN; Georgette Smith, PhD, RN, PNP, FAES; Sarah Gainey, MSW

2015: Complementary & Alternative Therapies
12:40pm ET – 1:25pm ET

From Complementary to Integrative: Implementing Aromatherapy on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit – RN

This presentation discusses the challenges and successes of implementing lavender aromatherapy on an inpatient psychiatric unit. The participant will leave with knowledge of the indications and contraindications of lavender aromatherapy and recommendations for future practice and research. This project advocates for increased availability of complementary interventions in behavioral health.  Abstract

Presenter: Melissa B. Walsh, BSN, RN-BC; Victoria Fisher, BSN, RN; Lisa McNamee MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

2016: Research
12:40pm ET - 1:25pm ET

Development and Testing of a Measure of Spiritual Resourcefulness – RN, APRN

This presentation describes the development and testing of a measure of spiritual resourcefulness. This scale will be used to complement the existing Resourcefulness Scale(c), which consists of persons and social dimensions. Together, measures of the three dimensions of resourcefulness provide a more complete assessment of an individual's coping repertoire.  Abstract

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I): A Case Study – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).  It is an individualized treatment  depending on each patient's baseline sleeping patterns.CBT-I is easily implemented and can be used for patients with and without medication, and those who have other mental and/or physical comorbidities. Abstract

Presenters: Krystyna de Jacq, PhD, PMHNP-BC

2017: Child & Adolescent
12:40pm ET - 1:25pm ET

What is Happening to Our Child?  Recognizing Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS): Implications for Healthcare Providers  – RN, APRN

This presentation will review Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) including presenting neuropsychiatric symptoms, and treatment strategies.  Abstract

Presenters: Deborah Salani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, NE-BC; Deana Goldin, PhD, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Exploring the Human Trafficking of Children and Adolescents Through a Health Promotion Lens: An Integrative Review of Nursing Literature – RN, APRN

This presentation describes an urgent need for nurse involvement in health promotion efforts to support the psychosocial wellbeing of trafficked youth. An integrative review of extant literature in this field illuminates the strengths and shortcomings of existing interventions, and suggests opportunities for advancement in psychiatric-mental health nursing research and practice.  Abstract

Presenters: Brianna Jackson, MScN, RN


1:25pm ET – 1:55pm 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.

1:55pm ET – 2:55pm ET
During this dedicated time, visit the Virtual Poster Hall to chat with poster presenters and ask questions in real time. Earn up to 5 contact hours Wednesday - Sunday for time spent viewing and evaluating the posters.
Visit the Exhibit Hall to engage with industry stakeholders.

2:55pm ET – 3:55pm ET
The Management of Bipolar Depression
Tina Matthews-Hayes, NP
No Contact Hours Provided
Sponsoring Company: AbbVie
Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.


Concurrent Sessions
4:05pm ET - 4:50pm ET

  .75 Contact Hours

2021: Advanced Practice
4:05pm ET - 4:50pm ET

Survivors of Torture: Providing Psychiatric Services to Asylees and Refugees – RN, APRN

Through a series of vignettes, this presentation will illustrate how uniquely suited the psychiatric nurse practitioner can be in providing culturally sensitive, trauma informed care to the asylee/refugee population experiencing complex PTSD.  Abstract

Presenters: Molly Willis, MSN, RN; Connie Quach, RN

2022: Complementary & Alternative Therapies
4:05pm ET -4:50pm ET

Improve Communication using Improvisation Theater Techniques – APRN

Improvisation techniques are a novel method to teach communication techniques to APRN students. Evidence has shows an improvement in empathy scores after completing a standardized patient scenario. Additionally, these techniques have been shown to improve overall provider communication confidence.  Abstract

Presenters: Christianne Nesbitt, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC; Karen Higgins, DNP, FNP-BC

2023: Women's Health
4:05pm ET - 4:50pm ET

Reproductive Grief Care: Giving Permission to Grieve – RN, APRN

Approximately two million couples experience reproductive loss every year and often without the support necessary to make sense of their loss. This course will help nurses to recognize reproductive loss, grief reactions, and help patients to actualize the loss, validate the grief, and begin to cope with those experiences. Abstract

Presenter: Kathryn Rae Grauerholz, MSN, NP, ACHPN

2024: Child & Adolescent
4:05pm ET- 4:50pm ET

Improving Sleep and Emotional Self-Regulation in Youth with Mental Health Disorders: A Quality Improvement Project – RN, APRN

This presentation offers strategies on effective psychological and behavioral interventions to improve sleep and emotional self-regulation in children and adolescents with mental health disorders, demonstrated through a quality improvement project.  Abstract

Presenter: Katherine E. Maxwell, DNP, APRN-CNP

2025: Graduate Education
4:05pm ET- 4:50pm ET

Modeling Course Work to Reflect Practice:  Using Narrative Pedagogy for DNP-PMHNP Education – APRN

This presentation explores a DNP-PMHNP curriculum based on narrative pedagogy. Student are at the center this active learning process. Faculty are collaborators, consultants and co-learners. Learning activities, assignments and the processes of learning will be shared. This format assures graduates can provide to high quality care and be transformational leaders.  Abstract

Presenters: Ruth Staten, PhD, APRN

2026: Research: Resilience
4:05pm ET- 4:50pm ET

The Relationship Between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Gastrointestinal Disease in United States Military Veterans – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces research identifying the relationship between PTSD and GI disease in US Veterans and introduces implications for future research and clinical practice.  Abstract

Presenter: Kelsey Kent, PhD, PMHNP-BC


Concurrent Sessions
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

  .75 Contact Hours

2031: Research

5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Behavioral Health Patients' Perception of Benefits Associated with a Peer Support Program – RN

SAMHSA Recovery Model identifies recovery as a goal for Behavioral Health. Attendees will learn: 1) Qualifications and education necessary to become a Peer Support Specialist; 2) Role and responsibilities of a Peer Support Specialist; and 3) Interventions used by Peer Support Specialists to provide support to behavioral health patients.  Abstract

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

2032: Practice
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Tele-Behavioral Health: Development and Implementation of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Run ClinicRN, APRN

This presentation discusses development and implementation of an NP run tele-behavioral health clinic and tele-precepting recommendations. This is a mutually beneficial collaboration for improving access to care and patient outcomes as well as expanding PMHNP programs for providing additional clinical and precepting opportunities.  Abstract

Presenters: Tarah Lewis, DNP, PMHNP-BC; JoEllen Schimmels, DNP, PMHNP-BC

2033: Women's Health
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Women & ADHD/ADD: Closing the Gender Gap – RN, APRN

A paradigm shift in our understanding of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention-deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD) in women is needed. Failure to recognize phenotypic gender differences can lead to significant undertreatment and poorer outcomes. As a female PMH-RN diagnosed at age 30, this session will be presented from an academic, professional, and personal perspective.  Abstract

Presenter: Brynne Calleran, MSN, BSN, BS, NE-BC, IN/RN-BC, PMH/RN-BC

2034: Advanced Practice
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) as a Symptom Assessment Tool in Measurement-Based CareRN, APRN

This interactive presentation teaches participants to rate psychiatric symptoms using a structured interview, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale. The goal is to build and/or expand assessment skills for rating initial symptom severity and for monitoring symptom change over time to improve quality of treatment within a measurement-based care approach.  Abstract

Presenters: Joseph Ventura, PhD; Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

2035: Emergency Departments
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Implementation of a Protocol-Driven Medical Clearance Algorithm in Behavioral Health Crisis Services  – RN, APRN

This protocol-driven medical clearance algorithm aims to improve assessment of patients with psychiatric symptoms that present for emergency services.  Presenter will review processes for assessing presenting symptoms and significant clinical findings from the history and physical; tracking disposition type and length of stay; and monitoring a measure of patient safety.  Abstract

 Presenter:  Sara B. Bortner, RN, BSN, DNP-Candidate

2036: Substance Use
5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) as a Treatment Modality for Substance Use Disorders – RN, APRN

This presentation will discuss Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment modality for patients with substance abuse disorders. Participants will be presented an overview of EMDR and how its implementation can be utilized for patients with SUD along with findings from a research study.  Abstract

Presenters: Anka Roberto, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MPH; Jodi Protokowicz, PhD, RN; Ruthanne Palumbo, DNP, RN, CNE



Mental MagicMark Toland
6:00pm ET - 7:00pm ET
Prepare to have your mind blown with award winning mind reader Mark Toland! Laugh alongside your colleagues as Mark reveals your innermost thoughts and maybe a few surprises.  You may never look at your laptop the same way again. 

…and then….

Virtual Dance Party!
APNA has the music covered with DJ Rob Bennion aka The Mashup King! There is no better way to boost your spirits than to get your heart rate going dancing along to great tracks. Check out the moves of your fellow PMH Nurses and show off some of your own on the virtual dance floor.  Boogie shoes required.

7:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET
1.0 Contact Hours

Achieving and Maintaining Improved Quality of Life in Patients with Tardive Dyskinesia
Presenters: Richard Jackson, MD; Amber Hoberg, NP
This activity is provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME).
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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