Kate Pfeiffer, APNA Annual Conference Presenter

CPT Douglas Taylor, RN

At the APNA 32nd Annual Conference, one of the most highly rated sessions was Nursing Students, Trauma-Informed Care, and Resiliency: Identifying Learning Needs to Enhance Curricula. We spoke with primary presenter Kate Pfeiffer, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC about her work, her experience at the conference, and her advice to future presenters.


Q: What can you tell us about your presentation?

A: I presented on teaching concepts of trauma-informed care to undergraduate (BSN) nursing students. Trauma-informed care is a framework that allows us to better provide patient-centered care. It acknowledges that trauma is commonly experienced, and that trauma deeply impacts both our patients’ mental and physical health and their willingness to engage with the health care system. By implementing universal trauma precautions, nurses can provide truly patient-centered care that promotes patient safety, engagement, and empowerment. 


Q: What motivated you to submit this topic as an abstract for presentation for the Annual Conference?

A: My co-presenter, Dr. Linda Grabbe, and I were drawn to this topic based on her work studying trauma-informed care models. We found a gap in the literature and in our curriculum about this important issue. We presented about trauma-informed care, the program we developed, how it was implemented, and the students’ responses.


Q: How was your experience as a presenter?

A: This presentation at APNA was my first time presenting about trauma-informed care and how we developed the program to teach these concepts to our students. My experience presenting was great. The environment at APNA is truly very collegial. Members are invested in mutual fellowship, scholarship, and advancement of our profession. I appreciated the opportunity to present our program ideas, gain feedback from learners, and discuss methods to advance these education models. I gained confidence in my presenting skills, and I learned many new ideas that will improve my practice.


Q: What advice do you have for nurses on the fence about submitting an abstract?

A: Just do it! Your work is already a part of our dynamic community of psychiatric nursing, and we all owe our profession our shared scholarship and experience. Advancing our work requires your passion, your ideas, and your perspectives in practice. I look forward to hearing about your work!


Inspired by Kate's experience? Submit your abstract for consideration as a presentation at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference by March 4th.

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