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6:45am – 8:15am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside

No Contact Hours Provided
Sponsoring Company: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: the Whole Health Connection RN, APRN

Gail SternExplore the elements of connection that psychiatric-mental health nurses use to create healing relationships. Hear examples of healing connections. Understand the science that backs up the importance of these connections to not only relieve suffering but create recovery and whole health. Expand your conceptual framework for the role of connections in our work and in our own lives. You will be challenged to think about how we might innovate and advance methods to create and support connections for the whole health!

APNA President: Gail Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC  |  About Gail Stern


Up to 4.0 Contact Hours*
10:00am - 6:30pm

*Attendees can earn up to 4.0 contact hours for time spent reviewing and evaluating the posters on Thursday and Friday.


  Concurrent Sessions
      Block 1:  10:15am – 11:00am
.75 Contact Hours

Pharmacology 2011: Pharmacology Track*
10:15am – 11:00am

Ketamine Treatment:  Promise for the Future and How Nurses Impact – RN, APRN

Treatment resistant depression and acute suicidality may be effectively treated with ketamine.  Nurses play a key role in the development of treatment sites to assess suitability, develop treatment plans, monitor treatment and treatment outcomes, and manage follow up care for patients receiving this treatment.  Abstract

Presenters: Paula S. Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC; Courtney Miller, RN


2012: Inpatient Safety Track
10:15am – 11:00am

Creating Safe Environments for the Hospitalized Psychiatric Population – RN, APRN

This presentation will share how safe environments and practices are being created for psychiatric/mentally ill patients within an inpatient psychiatric setting, the emergency department, and the critical care unit setting. The participant will leave with ideas that can be implemented to create safe environments for this challenging patient population.  Abstract

 Presenter:  Beth Rudisill, MSN, RN-BC


2013: Older Adults Track
10:15am – 11:00am

Permutations of the Silver Tsunami: Empowering Psych APRNs to Lead the Charge for Integrated Care in Long Term Care – APRN

Integrated care for long term care residents is associated with improved outcomes and reduced mortality. Increased admissions to LTCs of residents with severe mental illness combined with the "traditional" nursing home population creates a vulnerable population mix which psych APRNs are distinctively positioned to treat and lead integrated care.  Abstract

Presenter: Elizabeth Borntrager, PMHNP-BC


2014: Child & Adolescent Track
10:15am – 11:00am

Teen Vaping on the Rise: Contributing Factors and What Nurses Need to Know  – RN, APRN

Using current evidence and treatment strategies, methods to combat teen vaping will be discussed. This presentation will arm PMH nurses with the necessary knowledge regarding vaping products and current trends in use to be able to educate teens to reduce possible harm and promote cessation of nicotine device use.  Abstract

Presenters: Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Marie Smith-East, PhD Candidate, DNP, PMHNP-BC, EMT-B


2015: Education Track
10:15am – 11:00am

Measuring Acute Care Nurses Competence when Providing Care to Psychiatric Mental Health Patients – RN, APRN

Through the collaboration of an acute medical-surgical hospital and a sister affiliate psychiatric hospital, nurse educators joined together to develop a program to increase newly licensed nurse resident's perceived competence when working with patients in the acute care environment who have psychiatric comorbidities.  Abstract

Presenters: Valerie Seney, MA, MSN, LMHC, RN-PMH-BC; Jacqueline Insana, MSN, RN-PMH-BC


2016: Practice Track
10:15am – 11:00am

An Alternative Framework to Conceptualize Suicidal Ideation and Behavior – RN, APRN

This interactive presentation offers an alternative framework from which to consider and navigate the phenomenon of suicidal ideation and behavior using the principles of concordance. Participants will leave the session with a practical but effective set of skills that reflect nursing’s ability to influence, not control, this high-risk scenario.  Abstract

Presenter: Sean P. Convoy, PMHNP-BC


2017: Quality Improvement Track
10:15am – 11:00am

Building Staff Collaboration and Patient Connections: Expanding the Role of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse – RN, APRN

This innovative and comprehensive model of PMH nursing care was developed and implemented by a collaborative and interdisciplinary team in response to the improved access to services in Outpatient Psychiatry. The overarching goals, process development, and interventions for implementation of this successful model of care will be shared with participants.  Abstract

Presenters: Teresa Setnar, MSN, RN, CPN; Susan Orme, RN-BC


Concurrent Sessions
Block 2:  11:15am – 12:00pm

  .75 Contact Hours


2021: Pharmacology Track*Pharmacology
11:15am – 12:00pm

Exploring the Potential Use of Psychedelics for the Improvement of Persistent and Intractable Mental Health Symptoms – RN, APRN

Timothy Leary, Grateful Dead, Michael Pollan, LSD, "Magic" Mushrooms, MDMA. Psychedelics; often controversial and often misunderstood. What you need to know and what do you need to relearn in this promising and exciting area of psychotherapeutics. Is it time to embrace what many already know? Another tool in our toolbox?  Abstract

Presenter: Carlton J. Spotswood, BSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-S


2022: Inpatient Safety Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Building Resiliency- from a Former State Hospital to a Safe, Healing Environment RN, APRN

The in-patient environment is a part of how we care for patients.  This presentation presents the lessons learned, the failures and victories as a former state hospital moved to a new facility and remained consistent with their model of practice and compliant with ligature and safety requirements.  Abstract

Presenter: Theresa R. Searls, APRN-BC


2023: Child & Adolescent Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Disseminating The Integrated Cognitive Therapies Program (ICTP), a promising practice for Young People with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder – RN, APRN

This presentation will describe a promising model of treatment for youth with co-occurring MH/substance use disorders that is better accepted and yields improved outcomes. It will present examples of outcomes and describe efforts/partnerships necessary to disseminate beyond the clinic setting to achieve enhanced accessibility.  Abstract

Presenter: Susan E. Caverly, PhD, ARNP


2024: Education Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Educating PMHNPs to Deliver Effective Integrated Care: Outcomes from a Three-Year Grant-Funded Initiative – APRN

Most people who experience mental illness receive assistance from providers in primary care settings. To better meet their needs, an innovative program was developed that prepared PMHNP and FNP students to deliver effective integrated care (IC). Outcomes will provide guidelines for creating a sustained focus on IC within PMHNP programs.  Abstract

Presenters: Joyce M. Shea, DNSc, APRN, BC; Kathryn Phillips, PhD, MA, MSN, ANP-BC; Bruce Jamie Stevens, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Karen Corcoran, DNP, PMHNP-BC


2025: Practice Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Behavioral Health in Primary Care:  An Integrated Model – APRN

This presentation  describes the integration of behavioral health services into a  primary care clinic  within a teaching hospital in Louisiana.  Initially implemented for geriatric patients  by a PMHCNS, it has expanded to include  adults 18 and older.  Various integrative  models will be reviewed.   Abstract

Presenter: Patricia A. La Brosse, MS, PMHCNS-BC


2026: Older Adults Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Suicide Assessment in Older Adults – RN, APRN

Older adults account for the most lethal suicide attempts in greatest ratio of death by suicide. The unique biopsychosocial variations inherent in suicide assessment in older adults are often missed by psychiatric mental health providers. this presentation discusses important variations, assessment methods, and standardized measures to increased diagnostic accuracy.  Abstract

Presenter: Marcia Walmer, DNP


2027: Quality Improvement Track
11:15am – 12:00pm

Use of Measurement-Based Care to Inform Clinical Decision Making during Psychiatric Client Encounters – RN, APRN

This presentation promotes the use of measurement-based tools that are quick and easy to use in psychiatric client encounters. They can be used to improve client outcomes, include clients in their own care, reduce disability from psychiatric disorders, improve continuity of care and improve life expectancy of psychiatric clients.  Abstract

Presenter: Ann Lewis, APRN, DNP, PHMNP-BC, LMHC


12:15pm – 1:45pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

No Contact Hours Provided
Bipolar Depression in Adults: Presentation, Diagnosis, and Treatment - The Pervasive Impact on Patients' Lives
Sponsoring Company:
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Faculty: Anna M. O'Kinsky, MSN, CSPN, NP

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


1:30pm – 5:00pm


Mini Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm – 4:15pm

  .75 Contact Hours

2031: Graduate Education
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Teaching and Assessing PMHNP Student Clinical Competencies Using Two Types of Simulations – APRN

This presentation describes a series of simulated exercises developed to enable graduate psychiatric-mental health nursing students to build advanced practice competencies at a distance using available text-based and telehealth technology. Students occurred no additional costs and faculty were able directly observe student performance and provide meaningful feedback.  Abstract

Presenter: Beverly Baliko, PhD, PMHNP-BC

Engaging Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Students through an Integrated Team Based Simulation Experience – APRN

Experiential learning opportunities occur throughout nursing programs with interprofessional students joining together to simulate health care delivery experiences. Faculty must have the skills for determining solutions to challenges in developing, implementing, and evaluating interprofessional simulations for student engagement during integrated simulation experiences that address the whole health of clients.  Abstract

Presenters: Jennifer S. Graber, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC; Robbi K. Alexander, Phd, APRN, PHMCNS-BC

2032: Safety

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Integrating Whole Health and Human Connection into Safety Planning – RN, APRN

This presentation illustrates a safety planning process that fosters human connection and whole health.  Safety planning is a national best practice. After noting an increase in non-suicidal self-injury, a Nursing Quality Work Group completed a literature review, evaluated quality data, and systemically improved the hospital’s safety planning.  Abstract

Presenters: Audrey Voss, MSN, CPHQ, RN-BC; Sarah Waterwall, BSN, RN-BC

Effect of Hospital Safety Officers on Adult Behavioral Health Inpatient Services – RN, APRN

With the increase in violence in behavioral health settings, the addition of the Hospital Safety Officer (HSO) is an enhancement to milieu safety. This interactive session will highlight the features of the HSO that brings a reduction in assaults, Code Violet incidents, and workplace injuries.  Abstract

Presenters: Karen Hogan, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Celedonia Manrique, MSN, RN


2033: Trauma
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Cumulative Trauma and Priorities for Support in Mothers of Adolescents in Residential Treatment Centers – RN

This session will present research from a qualitative study of mothers (N=15) with histories of intimate partner violence (IPV) who provide care for an adolescent in a residential treatment center (RTC).  This session will illuminate several areas for continued research in a vulnerable, understudied population.  Abstract

Presenter: Kayla Herbell, PhD, RN

2034: Undergraduate Education
3:30pm – 4:15pm

My Patient Needs More Than Medical Care! Piloted Scenarios -  Nursing Students Caring for Medical-Surgical Patients WIth Mental Illness – RN

This presentation will discuss the development and piloting of three high-fidelity simulation scenarios for junior level BSN students to provide simulated experiences of caring for a medical-surgical patient with mental illness (MSMI). Highlighted will be skills necessary for this population and options for implementation with common mental and physical co-morbidities.  Abstract

Presenter: Jeanette Avery, PhD, MSN, CNE

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness among Undergraduate Nursing Students: a Holistic Approach – RN

This presentation introduces education interventions utilized to help identify and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illnesses.  Based on best practices, the interventions target both didactic and clinical undergraduate nursing program curriculum.  Utilizing holistic strategies, the participants will be challenged to embrace a new approach to mental health nursing education.  Abstract

Presenter: Joshua Baker, RN-BC


2035: Tobacco
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Risk Perceptions and Reasons for Tobacco Use Among People with Mental Illness – RN, APRN

People with mental-illness (PMI) experience disproportionate  tobacco-related disease and mortality. We surveyed 137 patients on perceptions of health-risks and reasons for use. Patients perceived higher risk for lung disease, heart disease, and cancer, but lower risk for addictions and MI. Findings may be used to educate patients on tobacco-related health-risks.  Abstract

Presenters: Sarret Seng, RN, BSN, BA; Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, NCTTP

Thinking Outside the Bias: Ethical & Biological Implications of Tobacco Dependency and E-cigarette Use, Including Access to Care, Treatment Philosophies, & E-cigarettes as “Harm Reduction”  – RN, APRN

Unconscious bias exists in every nurse. Learn how yours might be influencing what you know and how you care for patients using tobacco. Discussion includes biological implications of nicotine use during brain formation, examination of access to care issues, and “harm reduction” treatment models, including the use of electronic cigarettes.  Abstract

Presenters: Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CCDPD, FIAAN; Carol Essenmacher, DNP, NCTTP


2036: Administration
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Just Culture: Time to Move the Needle – RN, APRN

This presentation reports the results of a national culture of safety survey.  The data indicates that we have not moved the needle regarding punitive response to error identification.  The participant will identify leadership strategies  to improve trust and help decrease staff concerns of punitive response to reporting.  Abstract

Presenter: Linda Paradiso, DNP, RN, NPP, NEA-BC

An Accountable Care Team Drives Results – RN, APRN

This presentation introduces the audience to an Interprofessional Accountable Care Team (ACT) that led transformational culture change and improved value. As a result of attending this session, the learner will be able to translate the use of an accountable care team to their organization and drive results.  Abstract

Presenter: Elizabeth Caine, MSHA, MBA


2037: Research
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Cyberbullying: Determining the Prevalence and Impact of Bullying and Cyberbullying as a Contributing Factor in Patients Who Have Been Admitted Into an Inpatients Facility – RN

This presentation presents the results of bullying/cyberbullying surveys we were able to collect through a change in our standard of care. By understanding the impacts of bullying/cyberbullying in our patient population, we are able to design and target programming/nursing interventions to address these issues.  Abstract

Presenters: Kelley Kardys, BSN RN-C; Rachel Pfafman, MPH; Connie Kerrigan, MSN

Gardening on a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit: Cultivating Recovery – RN, APRN

In their own words, psychiatric inpatients described four main benefits of participating in a structured gardening group: motivations, experiences, reflections, and recommendations. The gardening experience provided exposure to natural sensory stimulation, a positive contrast to the sterile hospital environment that allowed temporary distraction from unpleasant thoughts and motivation for recovery.  Abstract

Presenters: Huibrie Pieters, PhD, DPhil, RN; Leilanie Ayala, MSN,PMHCNS-NP,PMHNP-BC

Concurrent Sessions
4:30pm – 5:15pm

.75 Contact Hours

2041: Pharmacology Track*Pharmacology
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Pharmacogenomics and Psychiatry: Current Trends and Practical ExperienceRN, APRN

This presentation introduces the current state of the science regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, genetics as related to genotype and phenotype, and the current literature regarding pharmacogenomic testing and its application for the appropriate individualized pharmacological treatment for the psychiatric mental health patient.  Abstract

Presenter: Jessica Whelan, FPMHNP-BC, RN, BSN, MSN, FMHNP


2042: Transitions to Practice Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Making Mental Health Orientation Matter: Why It Is CriticalRN

If your organization is looking for a new and innovative method of orientating and onboarding new mental health employees, find out how an academic medical center has implemented a collaborative and interactive orientation program that is improving overall patient care and mental health culture.  Abstract

Presenter: Tanner Stevens Funk, MSN, RN


2043: Child & Adolescent Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

The Impact of Improved Resiliency on EducationRN, APRN

This interactive, skill-based Community Resiliency Model offers the participant creative strategies to offer children through adults to mitigate negative behavioral responses to stress, ACEs, and trauma. Skills and interventions are adaptable to diverse populations locally, nationally and internationally. The pilot project presents is an example.  Abstract

Presenters: Marion Donohoe, DNP APRN PPCNP; Allyson Matney Neal, DNP, APRN, CPNP, PPMHNP


2044: Education: Substance Use Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Substance Use: Changing the Culture in Nursing Schools and BeyondRN, APRN

This presentation introduces multi-modal approaches to increase the quality and quantity of substance use content in undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula. To gain support for curricular modifications, marketing techniques implemented to recruit and support faculty, student, executive, and community stakeholders and champions will be highlighted.  Abstract

Presenters: Brayden Kameg, BSN, RN, CARN; Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FIAAN


2045: Practice Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Disrupting the Culture of Nursing:  Educating Psychiatric Nurses in the Whole Health and Entrepreneurship Connections to Address Health Disparities in the 21st CenturyRN, APRN

This interactive presentation will utilize multiple-choice questions to identify entrepreneurship knowledge gaps and engage the audience in discussions. Participants will identify the steps necessary to develop the skills needed to build and expand their practice and leave with a set of best practice tools to merge the principles of holistic health and entrepreneurship.  Abstract

Presenters: Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE; Marilyn McGhee, PhD; Alicia Craig-Rodriguez, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-BC; Kathleen Valentine, PhD, MS, RN


2046: Special Populations Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Countertransference in Geriatric Psychiatry: What is Beneath the Stigma and How to Address ItRN, APRN

This presentation examines sensitive topics that trigger providers when caring for the geropsychiatric population, including grief and loss, dependency and suicide. These issues are not addressed  in nursing education and yet they impact potential providers negatively and deter pursuit as a subspecialty. Suggestions for interventions will be provided.  Abstract

Presenter: Andree de Lisser, DNP, APRN


2047: Novel Approaches Track
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Towards Better Sleep: CBT-I strategies for the Patient with InsomniaRN, APRN

This presentation introduces an overview of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and offers practical ways that the psychiatric nurse can implement CBT-I strategies to help patients suffering from insomnia.  Abstract

Presenter: Virginia Sinclair Gardner, MSN, PMHNP-BC


Concurrent Sessions
5:30pm – 6:15pm

.75 Contact Hours

2051: Pharmacology Track*Pharmacology
5:30pm – 6:15pm

The Art of Polypharmacy: There’s a Pill for ThatRN, APRN

The presence of polypharmacy is common practice in many psychiatric settings.The presence of polypharmacy has the potential for many drug to drug interactions and noncompliance, both of which can have unfavorable outcomes for the client.Those clients are at an increased risk of serious adverse effects from polypharmacy including death.  Abstract

Presenter: Melissa Whitesell, MS, CPNP-AC, FNP-BC, PMHS-BC


2052: Transitions to Practice Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Live Actor Simulation to Improve Therapeutic Communication in Novice NursesRN

This presentation explains the process for introducing live actor simulation into a psychiatric nurse residency program to improve therapeutic communication skills. By engaging experienced staff to serve as actors and coaches, novice nurses increase confidence and competence for navigating challenging patient and family interactions. Abstract

Presenter: Nikki Graham, RN-BC, MSN


2053: Child & Adolescent Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Novel Approaches to Strengthening the PMHNP Workforce: Establishing the Nationwide Children's Hospital PMHNP Fellowship and the Children's of Alabama/UAB Child & Adolescent PMHNP Residency RN, APRN

We aim to describe our experiences in establishing post-graduate PMHNP training programs specific to the child/ adolescent population.  Fellowship Directors from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Children’s of Alabama/ UAB will discuss the “nuts and bolts” of program development, implementation, and outcomes. Participants will describe their experiences participating in post-graduate training.  Abstract

Presenters: Simone Durand, PMHNP-BC; Nancy Noyes, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC; Shelley Lauterbach, PMHNP-BC; Michelle Mulroy, PMHNP-BC; Steffanie Schweitzer, PMHNP-BC; Lianne Grice, PMHNP-BC; Ashley Hollingsworth, PMHNP-BC


2054: Education: Substance Use Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Peer Recovery Specialist Impact on Improving Nursing Care for People with a Substance Use DisorderRN, APRN

This presentation describes the Peer Recovery Impact Project (PRIP) which was developed as part of an evidenced based multi-component integrated learning experience (MILE). By incorporating a Peer Support Specialist in the MILE students’ role security and therapeutic commitment towards working with people with co-occurring disorders was increased. Intent to work  Abstract

Presenter: Michael Valenti, Ph.D., RN


2055: Practice Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Social Determinants of Health: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Mental Health and Whole HealthRN, APRN

Participants will be introduced to a unique approach to improve their ability to effectively address social determinants of health, such as poverty and discrimination, with patients.  Faculty from the University of Cincinnati Colleges of Nursing and Medicine will describe their virtual reality simulation project to train Medicaid providers.  Abstract

Presenters: Susan V. Brammer, PhD, RN, CNE; Saundra Regan, PhD


2056: Special Populations Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

Palliative Psychiatry:  The Role of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care APRN

This presentation introduces the emerging field of palliative psychiatry, an integral part of the holistic care of patients with serious and terminal illness.  PMHNPs have a unique skill set that aligns with palliative care and can be utilized to reduce suffering and help patients achieve their highest potential at end-of-life.  Abstract

Presenter: Kristyn Pellecchia, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC


2057: Novel Approaches Track
5:30pm – 6:15pm

TMS for OCD: New Hope for Suffering RN, APRN

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a new treatment for patients with treatment resistant OCD.   Pre-treatment provocation of symptoms and monitoring of anxiety levels is part of the treatment and presents challenges for clinicians.   This treatment modality will be explained, cases reviewed and the role for the TMS nurse clearly defined.  Abstract

Presenters: Cecelia Rush, BSN, RN; Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC


6:30pm – 9:00pm

Pete Lee

When in NOLA, let the good times roll! Laugh with APNA Annual Conference headliner and comedian Pete Lee as he performs standup comedy that has gotten him featured on shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. A discussion between Lee and APNA President Gail Stern on the role of humor in forging connections will follow. Then, get a taste of the Big Easy with Mardi Gras themed snacks and beverages, entertainment, and all that jazz. Throw on some purple and gold and don’t miss it.




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