APNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

At the APNA 34th Annual Conference, you'll have the opportunity to earn 28 continuing education contact hours during the conference and more than 120 contact hours total*.

Scroll down to see the daily schedules and then explore the full program to see all of the cutting edge education that is part of your registration. Included with your full conference registration are pre-conference sessions (special for this year's virtual format!) and on-demand session recordings after the conference.


APNA Annual Conference Schedule

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Ongoing

Poster Gallery (Up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

9:00am ET - 10:00am ET

Community Chat
Option to join the online chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

 

9:00am ET - 8:30pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

10:00am ET - 12:00pm ET

Pre-Conference Sessions (2 contact hours)
Topics:
Practice & Education, Psychotherapy, Special Populations, Practice & Education, Substance Use, Nursing Professional Development, Practice

12:10pm ET - 2:10pm ET

Pre-Conference Sessions (2 contact hours)
Topics:
Group Therapy, Psychotherapy, Special Populations, Pharmacology, Practice: Inpatient, Education

2:10pm ET - 3:10pm ET

Symposium (1 contact hour)
Provided by Neuroscience Education Institute. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

3:20pm ET - 5:20pm ET

Pre-Conference Sessions (2 contact hours)
Topics:
Pharmacology, Psychotherapy, Special Populations, Child & Adolescent, Group Therapy, Practice: Inpatient



5:30pm ET - 7:30pm ET

Pre-Conference Sessions (2 contact hours)
Topics:
Practice, Psychotherapy, Special Populations, Practice: Inpatient, Substance Use

7:30pm ET - 8:30pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Alkermes. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

 

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Ongoing

Poster Gallery (up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

Symposium (1 contact hour)
Jointly provided by RMEI Medical Institute and Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

10:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Break
Option to join the community chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery

9:00am ET - 8:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

11:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Welcome & Awards

11:30am ET - 12:30pm ET

President's Address (1 contact hour)
Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

12:40pm ET - 1:25pm ET

Mini Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Trauma, Practice & Education, Pharmacology, Substance Use, Child & Adolescent, Research: Resilience

1:25pm ET - 1:55pm ET

Break
Option to join in activities designed to help you connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

1:55pm ET - 2:55pm ET

Poster Gallery: Meet the Presenter (up to 5 contact hours) & Exhibit Hall Dedicated Time
During this dedicated time, visit the Virtual Poster Hall to chat with poster presenters and ask questions in real time. Earn up to 5 contact hours Wednesday-Sunday for time spent viewing and evaluating the posters. Visit the Exhibit Hall to engage with industry stakeholders.

2:55pm ET - 3:55pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by AbbVie. 

4:05pm ET - 4:50pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Advanced Practice, Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Women's Health, Child & Adolescent, Graduate Education

5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Research, Practice, Women's Health, Advanced Practice, Emergency Departments, Substance Use



6:00pm ET - 7:00pm ET

Mental Magic AND Virtual Dance Party!
Join your psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues for an evening of connection and celebration.

7:00pm  ET - 8:00pm ET

Symposium (1 contact hour)
Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME). Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.
 

 

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Ongoing

Poster Gallery (Up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Janssen Neuroscience. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

10:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Break

Option to join the online chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

9:00am ET - 8:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

11:00am ET - 11:30am ET

Welcome & Awards

11:30am ET - 12:30pm ET

Keynote Address (1 contact hour)
Kelley Johnson, RN

12:40pm ET - 1:25pm ET

Mini Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Psychotherapy, Practice: ECT, Special Populations, Simulation, Research, Integrated Care

1:25pm ET - 1:55pm ET

Break
Join in activities and games designed to help you connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

1:55pm ET - 2:55pm ET

Poster Gallery: Meet the Presenter (up to 5 contact hours) & Exhibit Hall Dedicated Time
During this dedicated time, visit the Virtual Poster Hall to chat with poster presenters and ask questions in real time.Earn up to 5 contact hours total when you view and evaluate this year's posters. Visit the Exhibit Hall to engage with industry stakeholders.

2:55pm ET - 3:55pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Neurocrine. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

4:05pm ET - 4:50pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Administration, Workplace Violence, Nursing Professional Development, Simulation, Child & Adolescent

5:00pm ET - 5:45pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Research, Graduate Education, Integrated Care, Substance Use


5:45pm ET - 6:45pm ET

The Comedy Club: Rx for Laughs AND Trivia Time!
Join your psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues for an evening of connection and celebration.

6:45pm ET - 7:45pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

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Ongoing

Poster Gallery (Up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Alkermes. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

10:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Break
Option to join the online chats to get to know and connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

9:00am ET - 7:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

11:10am ET - 11:55am ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics
: Advanced Practice, Pharmacology, Military, Child & Adolescent, Complementary & Alternative Therapies

12:05pm ET - 12:50pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Psychotherapy, Pharmacology, Simulation, Violence, Graduate Education, Research

12:50pm ET - 1:50pm ET

Council Meetings
Meet leaders in the field aligned with one of your passions.

1:50pm ET - 2:20pm ET

Break
Option to join in activities designed to help you connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

2:30pm ET - 3:30pm ET

Chapter Meetings
Meet psychiatric-mental health nurses in your area! (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi)

Poster Gallery (Up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

3:30pm ET - 4:15pm ET

Mini Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Administration, Substance Use, Undergraduate Education, Practice, Research

4:25pm ET - 5:10pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Psychotherapy, Pharmacology, Research, Undergraduate Education, Child & Adolescent,

5:20pm ET - 6:05pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Psychotherapy, Safety, Inpatient, Violence, Recovery

6:05pm ET - 7:05pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

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Ongoing

Poster Gallery (up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

 

9:00am ET - 6:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open
Get information from and engage with industry stakeholders in psychiatric-mental health and nursing.

9:30am ET - 10:30am ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

11:00am ET - 11:45am ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Recovery, Safety, Special Populations, Substance Use, Emergency Departments

11:55am ET - 12:40pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Recovery, Military, Simulation, Undergraduate Education, Complementary & Alternative Therapies

12:50pm ET - 1:50pm ET

Council Meetings
Meet leaders in the field aligned with one of your passions.

1:50pm ET - 2:10pm ET

Break
Option to join in activities designed to help you connect with fellow attendees or visit the Poster Gallery.

2:10pm ET - 3:10pm ET

Product Theater Presentation
Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Attend the full session to receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card from APNA.

3:20pm ET - 4:20pm ET

Chapter Meetings
Meet psychiatric-mental health nurses from your area! (Nebraska, Nevada, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin)

Poster Gallery (Up to 5 contact hours Weds-Sun)
Browse and chat with the presenters of the 175+ innovative poster presentations.

4:20pm ET - 5:05pm ET

Concurrent Sessions (0.75 contact hours)
Topics:
Practice, Safety, Military, Undergraduate Education, Child & Adolescent

5:15pm ET - 6:15pm ET

Annual Meeting & Town Hall
Learn more about APNA's year and speak directly to the APNA Board of Directors.


Tips for the Virtual Conference

For a successful virtual conference, ensure that you have the right technology in place:

  • You will need a high speed internet connection that supports video streaming. Click on this link to run a speed test on your internet connection. If your results are 0.30Mbps or lower you may want to contact your Internet Service Provider (such as Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T) to troubleshoot.
  • Use the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge as your browser for the best viewing experience.
  • A device with a video camera is not required, though there will be some interactive opportunities for you to use video if you like in order to interact face to face with fellow attendees.
     


Note: The final number of contact hours is subject to change with the addition of other programs. APNA reserves the right to make program changes as necessary, and the right to cancel sessions if events occur beyond reasonable control of APNA.

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