APNA Annual Conference Report

APNA 29th Annual Conference

Collaborating in an Evolving Health Care System: Opportunities to Advance Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 28 – 31, 2015

Registration opened: Wednesday, June 18, 2015
Conference Registration - $495 member early bird rate (September 15 early bird deadline)
Total Abstracts submitted: 442
Attendance: 1466 (as of 9/30/15)


Headquarter Hotel – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Room rate - $149 per night single / double (includes WIFI)
  • Complimentary transportation to/from Disney theme parks
  • Complimentary transportation to/from Orlando International Airport
  • All guest rooms and meeting space located on resort
  • Theme park discounts for hotel guests
  • 7 restaurants/lounges and 4 pools at resort
  • Exclusive Friday Night Event in Disney’s Dinoland

Monday/Tuesday: ANCC Certification Review Courses – PMH RN & PMH NP


  • Up to 29.5 contact hours onsite
  • Conference Course: Psychotherapies Wed/Thurs/Sat
  • Pre-conference sessions/Conference Plus
    • 20 – 2hr sessions
    • Suicide Competency training plus facilitator training
  • Concurrent sessions: 57
  • Mini concurrent sessions: 27
  • Interactive panels: 11
  • APNF Speed Networking Session
Keynote Speakers

Brian Cuban – Author, Shattered Image
Pamela Cipriano – President, American Nurses Association

Overall Conference Objectives:
  1.  Explore psychiatric-mental health nursing opportunities for intra and inter-professional collaboration across administration, education, practice and research.
  2. Discuss innovative care delivery models that implement the full scope of psychiatric nursing practice across settings to meet the physical and mental health needs of the population across the lifespan.
  3. Advance psychiatric-mental health nursing through collaborative strategies with stakeholders (patients, families, colleagues, and health systems) to improve the mental health of the population.
Symposia and Product Theaters
  • Symposia – 2 (Wed/Thurs)
  • Product Theaters – 4 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)

New this Year

  • Sessions begin 1 hour later each morning
  • Military Panel – U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force presentations on mental and behavioral health
  • WIFI throughout the resort and conference center
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Includes airport transportation, baggage to room, boarding pass/baggage pick-up/transportation upon departure)
  • Disney’s My Magic +  (Express check-in, wrist band replaces room key, can register for additional services)


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