Highlights from the APNA 27th Annual Conference
October 9-12, 3013  |  San Antonio, Texas

A lasso wielding president, tai chi, hula hoops, book signings, not to mention more than 1300 nurses and psychiatric mental health professionals - that's just sampling of what we saw at the APNA 27th Annual Conference October 9-12, 2013.

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Each day was packed full of educational sessions, symposia, interactive panels, and more. Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 27 contact hours on site and are able to earn CE for those sessions they did not attend via session recordings in the eLearning Center. Topics covered included practice, seclusion and restraint, medication effectiveness, recovery, communication assessment, undergraduate and graduate education, military mental health, child and adolescent practice, inpatient risk reduction...and more. Learn More

Attendees also cited the networking, both planned and unplanned, that occured at the conference as one of the most valuable aspects of their time in San Antonio: members of committees who had corresponded via Member Bridge met face-to-face, presenters handed out their contact information to continue conversations about their sessions or posters after the conference, and students learned from seasoned professionals. Learn More

Celebrate & Inspire
But the conference was not all education and networking, there were plenty of opportunities to be inspired, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded professionals, and have a little bit of fun. The San Antonio Riverwalk offered restaurants and shopping, not to mention the Alamo. Sessions and discussions re-energized and reinforced passion in the PMH nursing proffession. And at the Friday Night Fiesta attendees donned bandanas, ate tex-mex grub, danced to a band of lawyers, and even did some hula-hooping! Learn More

What Attendees Said About the Conference:

“Can't wait for next year!!!!”

“I enjoyed the company of many great nurses and the great stories they shared.”

“The conference has changed my perspective on psychiatric nursing and provided new avenues for elevating the profession.”

“My first APNA Conference but not my last!”

“The most valuable parts were the inspiring speakers  who work to create awareness and provide information to nurses out in the field.”

“I am re-inspired to be a nursing leader, to speak up for psychiatric nursing, to utilize evidence-based practice.”

“With the information that I have learned; I truly believe that "yes" our patients can recover. And with this belief I can instill more hope to our patients and their families that having a diagnosis does not mean you are done, it just means that yes you have a disease but you are still you as an individual and you can still recover.”

“I am challenged to not continue with the status quo but to take fresh eyes to my practice & see how I can improve it with the tools I've been given.”

“The information from the conference in general has made me more thoughtful about how I present my profession to the general public, how I articulate what I what I want to say, my need to assess my strengths and weaknesses and how to optimize myself.”

“[I will] increase my awareness in my community and realize I have a voice that is very much needed in the conversations for improving the lives of all in our community not just clients with mental illness.”

“I have been introduced to leaders in the field all across the country which will greatly influence me as a provider and student. I have new ideas and questions about the field that I think will help further personal and professional growth.”

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.