APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  November 2016 Members' Corner Edition


3 Minute Recap: APNA 30th Annual Conference

2016 marked 30 years of serving up fresh insight at the APNA Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Inspiring Leadership Every Day, aimed to unleash the full leadership potential of the more than 1600 psychiatric-mental health nurses who joined us in Hartford. Attendees enjoyed four days of interaction with content experts and cutting-edge presentations on psychiatric-mental health nursing administration, education, practice, and research. Here are a few more things to know about the 2016 premiere event for psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Notable Keynotes

  • In her President’s Address, APNA President Mary Ann Nihart reminded us: "Everybody who was a novice can become an expert and everyone who is an expert was once a novice." These words reflected what attendees got from the conference: the opportunity to connect with novices and experts alike, get the latest in treatment and strategies for care, and re-energize themselves for their practice.
  • Keynote Margie Warrell encouraged all nurses to be courageous: "What would be possible if every one of you stepped up to advocate, to educate, to inform?" Warrell explained that by embracing the courage mindset, nurses can combat the stigma of mental illness. Nursing is the most trusted profession for the 14th year in a row, and according to Warrell, trust is the currency of influence. In closing, Warrell issued a challenge to attendees: "Challenge how you see yourself. See yourself as a leader."
  • In her American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation keynote, Dr. Gail Stuart emphasized the important role nurses play in healthcare. "Nurses are linchpins in healthcare. It doesn't work without us," she said. Stuart encouraged attendees to confront preconceived notions about what it means to be a nurse and advocate for the inclusion of a focus on mental health.


Sessions that made an impression

  • In pre-conference 1027, Learning the Nuts and Bolts of Reviewing Scholarly Journal Submissions, presenter and Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) Editor-in-Chief Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, PMH-CNS, FAAN discussed the basics of submission review. Attendees left with sharpened skills of review that can be applied to articles submitted for publication in scholarly journals.
  • In pre-conference 1024, Childhood Trauma: Advances in Neuroscience and Innovative Therapeutic Interventions, presenters Joy Lauerer, DNP PMHCNS BC, Kathleen Gaffney, MSN, PMHCNS, CPNP, PMHS-BC, and Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC used real patient stories to provide a comprehensive overview of the anatomical effects of trauma. They explored new approaches and interventions to promote child and adolescent emotional regulation, resilience, and recovery.
  • Session 3036, Sexual Health Assessments with Special Attention to Sexual and Gender Minority Populations, explored strategies for providing care to sexual and gender minority groups.  Jeffrey "Frey" Peter Seagrove-Nelson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, the session presenter, explained the unique needs of this population and provided topical information about sexual health.
  • Presenter Edward A. Herzog, MSN, APRN-CNS delved into the role of meaningful engagement in patient recovery in session 4026, The Importance of Patient Engagement to Achieving Recovery. Herzog focused on the factors that affect engagement and proposed solutions for encouraging therapeutic engagement.
  • For session 4027, The Assessment and Management of Impulsive and Compulsive Subtypes of Severe Trauma-related Disorders, the impact of impulsive and compulsive symptoms with severe trauma-related disorders was analyzed. Presenters Aaron M. Miller, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC and Rosalind De Lisser, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC provided case studies in support of strategies to assess and treat these individuals.


Reminders and Housekeeping

Don't Forget: The deadline for completing your APNA 30th Annual Conference evaluations is December 2, 2016. You must complete evaluations for all sessions you attended on site as well as the overall evaluation in order to create your CE certificate by this date.

Keep an eye out for session recordings from the conference! Annual Conference attendees will be receiving an email in the next few weeks with information about accessing these recordings using their APNA eLearning Center bonus points.

Survey: We want to hear from you! Even if you weren't able to attend this year's conference, we need your feedback as we begin to plan the APNA 31st Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to take the (brief) survey.

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