July 2017 President's Message

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  July 2017 Members' Corner Edition

The Long and Short of It



Dear Colleagues,

What psychiatric-mental health nurses do is complex, nuanced, and rooted in science. That’s why you’ll not see the Annual Conference turned into a Twitter chat, or research articles in JAPNA cut down to a sentence, for example! That being said, our time is also incredibly valuable and that means quick access to up-to-date information is essential. The APNA Annual Conference program is structured so that you get both – we have 2-hour pre-conferences which provide deep dives into complex topics and we have mini-concurrent sessions which give you succinct, to-the-point updates in 20-minutes. You also get on-demand access to sessions online after the conference, so you can find the content you need whenever you need it. Your needs as a practicing clinician, administrator, educator, or researcher, are paramount.

This year at the conference the Board is going to get up on stage and present what is called an ignite session on Saturday morning. An ignite session’s structure forces its presenters to package their information in a quick moving, pared down format. Each presenter gets 20 slides, with 15 seconds for each slide (a total of five minutes). We’re going to tackle the ‘Whole Health Begins with Mental Health’ topic from the viewpoints of administration, education, practice, and research. Our presentations will provide the essential info, then we’ll give you time to explore in-depth the complexities and implications through discussions with your fellow attendees. It’s an experimental endeavor, but I think it’s going to be exciting and you won’t want to miss it!

Looking forward to seeing you this October 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona! You can learn more at apna.org/AnnualConference. Register by September 6th to save $100!


APNA President

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