July 2019 President's Message
Let the Good Times Roll!
Gail Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Laissez les bon temps rouler! What could be better than 4 days in New Orleans with our amazing psychiatric-mental health nursing community? We will be gaining new ideas in sessions that speak directly to our expertise and kicking back with our people at the Mardi Gras Reception as the good times roll at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference. I wanted to make sure you knew about some things I’m most excited about as you plan your trip to NOLA.
Keynote Nanette Larson will teach us 4 strategies for embracing the human connection to promote whole health. Connection drives wellness in all areas, and with her lived experience of mental illness and training as a recovery support specialist, Nanette brings a message of hope for using connection to promote wellness in others. After all, isn’t our goal to look beyond the disease to the person underneath?
As many of you know, one of the ways I most love to connect with people is through humor. I’m excited to laugh and learn with all of you as comedian Pete Lee performs standup at Thursday’s Mardi Gras Reception. Pete is an accomplished standup who has performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, TruTV’s Greatest Ever and Comedy Knockout, and more. After he performs, Jamie Plaxco, MSN, RN, NP, PMHNP-BC will join me and Pete for a discussion on the science of humor, laughter, and whole health. Jamie is a PMH-NP in private practice who also happens to be Pete’s significant other.
Come get jazzed with your community and earn 100+ continuing education contact hours: register now!