APNA Annual Conference: Key Takeaways

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  November 2015 Members' Corner Edition

Last month's APNA Annual Conference was the largest yet, with 1,800+ attendees gathered at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to collaborate, learn, and celebrate psychiatric-mental health nursing. We were reminded by President Susie Adams that we are not 'just' psychiatric-mental health nurses - we are PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSES! We were touched by Keynote Brian Cuban's story of recovery from addictions and body dysmorphic disorder. We were inspired by Keynote Pam Cipriano's call to lead the way in advancing mental health. We made connections at the APNF's speed networking session. We tore up the dance floor on Friday night. Of course, we also learned a ton from the timely and relevant continuing education presented by our peers.

Here are 5 takeaways from a few of attendees' top sessions:

  1. A Psychiatric Mental Health course with a clinical component can IMPROVE NURSING STUDENT ATTITUDES towards mental illness and caring for persons with mental illness. 
    (4014) Nursing Student Attitudes and Readiness for Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice:  A Quasi-Quantitative Experimental Study

  2. Restraint free patient care is A REALISTIC GOAL that is evidence-based.
    (4015) How a Military Treatment Facility Progressed from Setting the Initial Goal to Sustaining a Culture of Restraint-Free Patient Care: A Collaborative Effort to Educate Military Healthcare Professionals in the Restraint-Free Management of Aggressive, Agitate

  3. LANGUAGE MATTERS when confronting stigma among persons with substance use disorders: For example, 'Medication Assisted Treatment' is less stigmatizing than 'Opioid Substitution Therapy'
    (3055) Addictions and Tobacco Dependence Council Interactive Panel: Addressing Stigma & Treatment

  4. A 2014 national survey of Advanced Practice Nurses found the overall sample to have ABOVE AVERAGE RESILIENCE and SELF-EFFICACY.
    (3013) Mini Concurrent Sessions: Trauma

  5. A model in which a team of peers provides timely support to staff after a stressful patient-related event can result in a SAFER ENVIRONMENT of care and DECREASED CAREGIVER BURDEN.
    (2021) Promoting Staff Resilience in Stressful Situations: The RISE Team

Coming Soon! Recordings from sessions presented at the Annual Conference will be available online in the APNA eLearning Center in the coming weeks - look for an email announcement.

Survey: Regardless of whether or not you attended this year's conference, we need your feedback as we begin to plan the APNA 30th Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Click here to take the survey.

Annual Conference Attendee Reminders: Be sure to complete your Session Evaluations and Overall Conference Evaluation by December 4th, 2015. You will have an opportunity in the coming weeks to access the recordings of certain sessions using your Annual Conference bonus points. When this is available, you will receive an email with instructions.

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