American Psychiatric Nurses Association Opens Call for Abstracts for 2019 APNA Annual Conference

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is now accepting abstracts for presentation at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference, October 2-5, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Submissions will be accepted through March 4, 2019.

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The psychiatric-mental health nursing skill set is integral to supporting the whole health of our patients and communities.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is seeking abstract proposals for both podium and poster presentations that address all levels of psychiatric-mental health nursing administration, education, practice, research, and more for the APNA 33rd Annual Conference. The APNA Annual Conference will deliver hundreds of evidence-based podium and poster presentations to the1600+ nurses and advanced practice nurses (RN and APRN). Nurses from varied backgrounds are encouraged to share their research, practice innovations, clinical expertise, and more by submitting an abstract online by March 4th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

This year’s conference theme is Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection, which brings attention to the nurse-patient relationship at the core of psychiatric-mental health nursing. APNA President Gail R. Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC states, “The psychiatric-mental health nursing skill set is integral to supporting the whole health of our patients and communities. I invite my nursing colleagues to use this open call for abstracts to share the impact that human connection has on mental health and whole health, an outcome we see every day as we practice.”

All abstracts will undergo peer review by the APNA Scholarly Review Committee and notifications of acceptance status will be made by April 10th. Suggested topics for abstract submissions include but are not limited to:

  • Addictions / Substance Use
  • Health Care Administration
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Complimentary & Alternative Therapy
  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Cultural Issues in Health Care
  • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
  • Emergency Departments
  • eTools / Electronic Health Records
  • Forensic
  • Graduate Nursing Education
  • Inpatient Care
  • Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care
  • International
  • Leadership
  • LGBT Issues
  • Men’s Health
  • Military Mental Health / Issues Related to Returning Service Members
  • Older Adults
  • Outpatient Care
  • Pharmacology / Prescribing
  • Private Practice
  • Policy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Recovery
  • Nursing Research
  • RN-PMH Practice
  • Safety
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education
  • Violence Prevention
  • Women’s Health

Many options are available to organizations interested in participating in the APNA 33rd Annual Conference, including industry-sponsored symposia, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, promotional product theaters, and exhibits in the Exhibit Hall. Visit for more information.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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