Why Attend the APNA Annual Conference?

Trusted Agents of Change: Nurses Balancing Inequities in Mental Health Care

According to psychiatric-mental health nursing professionals like you, you'll leave the conference feeling:

"Inspired and enthusiastic to move my team forward."
"More proud of the work we are doing in mental health."
"Better equipped to work to help our patients progress to recovery."
 
CHOOSE FROM A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS

Hot Topics: Practice, Education, Child & Adolescent, Trauma, Integrated Care, Therapy, Inpatient, Addictions, Military/Veterans

Pick from sessions on:

Addictions
Administration
Child & Adolescent
Depression & Suicidality
Education
Emergency Departments
Forensic
Graduate Education
Inpatient Interventions
Integrated Care
Mass Casualty Trauma Response
Military/Veterans
Nursing Advocacy
Patient Advocacy
Pharmacology
Practice (RN & APRN)
Primary Care
Private Practice
Psychotherapeutic Interventions
Publication
Quality Improvement
Recovery
Reducing Stigma
Research
Safety
Special Populations
Staff Education
Student Mental Health
Trauma & Trauma Informed Practice
Treatment Modalities
Undergraduate Education
Workplace Trauma
 

Tools to Find the Sessions You Want:

It's a big program, so here are tools to help:

  • Look for RN and/or APRN next to each session
  • Check out the track names assigned to each session
  • Read each session's description or click the abstract link to view its full abstract.
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PMH Nurs Approved


 

 
COME TOGETHER WITH FELLOW PMH NURSES
In addition to education, attendees tell us that conversations with colleagues are a valuable aspect of the conference. That’s why we’ve built opportunities for face-to-face interaction into the schedule every day. From a Let's Get Wild! Reception on Thursday evening, to an opportunity to meet the poster presenters on Friday, you will have plenty of time for interactions with fellow nurses that will turn ideas into action and make change happen for your practice. View the Program
 

Hear from past attendees:

The APNA Annual Conference brings together psychiatric-mental health nurses to lift up and wrestle with the issues affecting our most vulnerable population and to celebrate recovery!”

The annual APNA conference is a great way to rejuvenate your practice and connect with other psychiatric nurses! I always come away with new ideas and motivation to put them into practice."

Thank you for offering such a supportive and inspiring environment for sharing with colleagues from countless perspectives including academia, acute care, private practice, and more.”


 
CHOOSE HOW YOU EARN YOUR CE CONTACT HOURS

Earn CE in a Variety of Formats

Earn CE In Person...

Earn up to 29.25 contact hours with sessions you attend on-site.
Complete your evaluations and generate your CE Certificate online any time before December 1, 2018.

...And/Or Online

Access online session recordings 1-2 months after the conference.
Earn 100+ additional contact hours - included in your conference registration!
Learn More About Continuing Education

 
HAVE FUN & GET INSPIRED WITH THESE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Competency Based Training on Suicide Prevention*

On Wednesday, you can become a card-carrying APNA suicide prevention provider with this full day session! Learn to systematically apply the first suicide assessment and management competencies developed specifically for PMH nurses to your practice. *Pre-Conference Course is an additional fee, not included in full conference registration.


Let's Get Wild! - Safari Soiree

On Thursday evening, you're invited to join party animals of all spots and stripes and go wild for PMH nursing at this evening soiree. Join your fellow queens and kings of the jungle for an evening of live music, games, refreshments, and some surprise guests who will give a whole new meaning to the word 'wild'.


Celebration of the Life & Leadership of the "Amazing" Grayce Sills

In this Saturday morning session, you'll honor Grayce Sills' legacy of leadership and mentorship: Grayce Sills, PhD, RN died on April 3, 2016 after a long and celebrating life in psychiatric-mental health nursing. This included co-founding APNA. This session will deliver pearls of wisdom gathered from Dr. Sills throughout her long and impressive career.

 

President's Address

On Thursday morning you'll hear from APNA President Linda Beeber for Miracle Moments: How Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Save Lives. Inspiring stories of how PMH nurses made a profound difference will help you focus your attention on where your efforts will make the biggest difference.

Keynote Presentation

On Friday morning, you'll get insights from award winning journalist and Keynote Speaker Pete Earley. In Hard Lessons: A Father, A Son, and A Serious Mental Illness, you'll hear about his investigation inside a major jail tracking people with serious mental illness through our system, as well as his lessons learned as a father of a son with serious mental illness.

 
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