Why Attend the APNA Annual Conference?

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

"Inspired to be a part of the bigger picture in psychiatric-mental health nursing."

"Reminded of why I got into this field and the power of establishing a therapeutic relationship."

"Refreshed and rejuvenated from meeting all these people who are so passionate about improving our field."

Choose from hundreds of sessions that will:


Sharpen Core Skills

Crisis Prevention
Culture Change
Holistic Approaches
Medication Management
Motivational Interviewing
Patient Advocacy
Patient Centered Care
Promoting Resiliency
Therapeutic Communication
Trauma Informed Care

Explore Hot Topics

Addictions/Substance Use
Depression & Suicidality
Health Disparities
Integrated Care
Measurement Based Care
New Research & Technologies
Recruitment and Retention
Social Determinants of Health

Focus on Individual Needs

Children and Adolescents
Communities and Families
Forensic Populations
Inpatient Units
Interprofessional Teams
Service Members and Veterans
Older Adults
Outpatient Clinics
Private Practice



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.
  • Click here to sort sessions by track, audience, and more.


PMH Nurse Approved



Choose How You Earn Your CE Contact Hours:


Earn CE In Person...

Earn up to 25.25 contact hours with sessions you attend on-site.
Complete your evaluations and generate your CE Certificate online any time before November 15, 2019.

...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




Come Together with Fellow PMH Nurses

Being a new nurse working in community, I often feel isolated and disconnected from others so this conference was instrumental in reaffirming my decision to join this field as I was able to network and learn from wonderful individuals."

The most valuable part of attending this year's Annual Conference programming was being able to see a lot of intelligent, passionate individuals present...the connections I made at the conference, I believe, will be lifelong ones."

This was my first annual conference so all of it felt valuable! The valuable part was the innovative techniques being given and the inspiration to be an agent of change. I feel ready to make a difference!"

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.

President's Address

On Thursday morning, hear from APNA President Gail Stern for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: the Whole Health Connection. Explore the elements of connection that psychiatric-mental health nurses use to create healing relationships. Understand the science that backs up the importance of these connections to not only relieve suffering but create recovery and whole health. You will be challenged to think about how we might innovate and advance methods to create and support connections for the whole health!


Standup Comedy and Mardi Gras Reception

When in NOLA, let the good times roll! On Thursday evening, laugh with comedian Pete Lee as he performs standup comedy that has gotten him featured on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. A discussion between Lee and APNA President Gail Stern on the role of humor in forging connections will follow. Then, get a taste of the Big Easy with Mardi Gras themed snacks and beverages, entertainment, and all that jazz. Throw on some purple and gold and don’t miss it.

Keynote Presentation

In Channeling the Power of Human Connection toward Whole Health on Friday morning, you'll hear from Nanette Larson on the healing power of caring that flows exclusively through human connection. Participants will learn four specific strategies for increasing human connection (hint: talk less, judge less, listen more, appreciate more). Nanette will also address the connection between practicing good self-care and practicing good nursing care.



If you're looking to enlist your organization's support for you to attend the conference, check out this template letter:



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