Annual Conference Overview

About the APNA 32nd Annual Conference

What:  The premiere event for psychiatric nursing

Who:  Psychiatric-mental health nurses (both RN and APRN) from around the globe

When:  October 24-27, 2018

Where:  Greater Columbus Convention Center  /  Columbus, Ohio

Why:  Earn 100+ total continuing nursing education contact hours at the conference and online afterwards, get face-to-face time with colleagues, discuss issues in psychiatric-mental health nursing, and stay up-to-date on the latest evidence-based best practices!

"I look forward every year to the APNA conference. It re-energizes me in the profession I love. Both the content and networking can be found nowhere else."
- Judy Linn

Continuing Education (CE)

CE contact hours are awarded based on the number of sessions attended and evaluations completed. The APNA 32nd Annual Conference will offer approximately 25 contact hours onsite (including pre-conference sessions*). 

Attendees will have the option to earn additional contact hours for sessions via online session recordings. This means up to 100+ contact hours can be earned by attending this year's Annual Conference!   Note: This number is not final and subject to change.

Conference Learning Outcomes

By the end of this conference the learner will be better able to:

  1. Increase awareness of barriers that prevent access to evidence-supported, affordable, culturally congruent mental health and substance use care for all people in need.
  2. Examine and value innovations in mental health and substance use care that enable individuals and families to achieve full and healthy lives.
  3. Identify strategies to fully integrate mental health and substance use care into whole health promotion models of care delivery using research, educational revolution, practice innovation, policy change and administrative action.
Registration & Hotel


  • Early Bird Deadline: September 10
  • Pre-Registration Ends: October 15th
  • Registration will reopen at the conference on October 24th.
  • Several APNA conference hotels near the Greater Columbus Convention Center will be available for reduced rates when registration opens. Hotel rates vary from $187-$188 per night, plus prevailing taxes (currently 17.5%).
Key Dates

Registration Open
Mid June 2018

Cancellation Deadline
September 28

Pre-Registration Ends
October 15

October 24-27

Evaluation/CE Deadline
December 7

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Full Conference Registration
(all full conference registrations include a ticket to the Thurs evening event)
Early Bird
[deadline: September 10]
[deadline: October 15]
Student *
Retired *
Active Military (Armed Forces)**
One Day Only Registration
One Day
Choose day: Wed, 10/24      Thurs, 10/25      Fri, 10/26     Sat, 10/27
(Thursday one day registrations will not include a ticket to the evening event)
Pre-Conference Add-on Rate***
Pre-Conferences (full day of sessions on Wed, 10/24) $50 $100 ----

* Available to those with APNA Student and APNA Retired Memberships only.
** Available for members of the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Cost Guard on active duty. Must show proof of current active military service at Registration Check-in.
*** Available in addition to full or one day conference registration.

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker Pete Earley


Pete Earley

Pete Earley is best-known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

His book chronicles his struggle to help his adult son after he develops a severe mental illness and is arrested. That arrest prompted Earley to spend nine months inside the Miami Dade County jail in Florida where he followed prisoners with severe mental disorders through the criminal justice system to document what happened to them. His book has won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and prompted CNN to name him one of nation’s top “Mental Wellness Warriors.”

A former Washington Post reporter, Earley has testified five times before the U.S. Congress and was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2017 to serve as the only parent member of the Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance Committee that issues annual reports to Congress about the state of mental health care in America.

He has spoken in 49 states and five countries. Earley serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which finances projects to eliminate homelessness. The Chief Justice of the Va. Supreme Court appointed him to a task force that recommended changes to the state's involuntary commitment laws after a horrific shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech University. He currently serves on a Virginia state wide task force implementing jail diversion. He writes regularly for USA TODAY and the Washington Post about mental health issues and also posts a weekly blog at that often is cited by the media.

 He is the author of eleven nonfiction books and five novels, including four New York Times bestsellers.  His book Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, was a five hour miniseries shown on CBS television. For his book, The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison, Earley spent a full year as a reporter inside a maximum-security prison.

In a Washingtonian Magazine cover story entitled, Top Journalists: Washington's Media Elite, Pete Earley was described as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency." 

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