July 2019 President's Message

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  July 2019 Members' Corner Edition

Gail SternLet 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!

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