APNA Annual Conference Featured Speakers & Highlights

Featured Presentations at the Louisville & Virtual APNA 35th Annual Conference

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Revolutionizing Access to Person-Centered Care
Thursday 10/14 Friday 12/10
Matthew Tierney, MS, CNS, ANP, PMHNP, FAAN

APNA President Matt Tierney is a Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and Clinical Director of Substance Use Treatment and Education for the Office of Population Health at UCSF Health. The focus of his work is improving essential addiction treatment delivery locally, regionally and nationally. Matt has extensive clinical experience treating opioid use disorders in underserved populations and has created and directed numerous novel clinical programs designed to increase access to substance use treatment. He has expertise in addressing both individual and systematic factors that are associated with substance use and addiction and is recognized as a nurse educator in the treatment of opioid use and other  substance use disorders. Matt is a former chair of the APNA Addictions Council and recipient of the APNA Award for Excellence in Leadership-APRN.  

APNA President Matt Tierney will lead an exploration of the unique skills and qualities that position psychiatric-mental health nurses at the forefront of revolutionizing access to care. By highlighting APNA member contributions to research, evidence-based practice innovations, & more, this presentation will shine a spotlight on nurses as the backbone of PMH care who are working within & outside of existing structures to lead a revolution of person-centered care.

Cracked Not Broken...Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt
Friday 10/15  |  Saturday 12/11
Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is an author, public speaker, and documentary filmmaker. In 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his survival, including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness. Kevin is a recipient of the Mental Health America Clifford W. Beers Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Eli Lilly, a SAMSHA Voice Award, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Achievement and over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian. He sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF), the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF), and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

In his Keynote, join Kevin for a story of hope and celebration of life. Informed by his lived experience, Kevin will discuss key concepts of suicide prevention and recovery, steps for living mentally well, and the importance of establishing healing relationships.

Event Highlights at the Louisville & Virtual Annual Conference

Celebrate Inspiring Nurses
Meet the APNA Annual Awards recipients & APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars at the Awards Ceremonies (10/13 in Louisville or each morning virtually).

Let's Party!
On 10/14 or 12/11, kick back with your PMH nursing pals during the APNA Annual Conference Reception! Enjoy an evening of fun and rejuvenation after a challenging year.


Poster Presentations
Explore evidence-based discoveries & earn up to 4 contact hours for viewing & evaluating the posters. Chat with the presenters at 10:30am ET on 10/15 or 2:30pm ET on 12/12.


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