(PRWEB) January 10, 2013
The APNA invites psychiatric mental health nurses and behavioral health professionals to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 27th Annual Conference. The conference will be held October 9-12, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas and will offer attendees more than three days of continuing nursing education and networking.
Advanced practice nurses, generalist RNs, and psychiatric mental health professionals are invited to attend and share their expert knowledge through podium sessions (2-hour preconference, 45-minute concurrent, 20-minute mini-concurrent) or poster presentations. Those seeking to present at the conference should submit abstracts via APNA’s online submission site by March 4, 2013. Submissions will undergo an extensive peer review by the APNA Scholarly Review Committee. In addition, industry-sponsored symposia are available for those interested. Information regarding submission can be found at http://www.apna.org/CallforAbstracts.
The foundation for this year’s conference is the theme “Leading Change, Advancing Mental Health,” with the following overall learning objectives: (1) Identify and participate in opportunities to lead change and implement recovery principles in mental health care. (2) Describe evidence based models of care that promote mental health and prevent or minimize mental health problems. (3) Articulate the inpatient contribution of psychiatric mental health nurses in transforming the health care system to promote high quality person centered care. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Advanced Practice Nursing
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Forensic Psychiatric Nursing
Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care
Military / Issues Related to Returning Service Members
Older Adults / Geropsych
Nursing Education – Graduate or Undergraduate
Tobacco Cessation / Dependence
Wellness and Recovery
Abstracts selected for presentation at the APNA 27th Annual Conference will add to the scholarly body of knowledge and practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, offering valuable continuing nursing education for those who attend. Many presentations will also be made available to online after the conference in the APNA eLearning Center. For more information and to submit, please visit http://www.apna.org/CallforAbstracts.
The APNA Annual Conference is the premier event for psychiatric mental health nursing: more than a thousand professionals gather each year to advance the psych nursing profession, share nursing research and expertise, and champion mental health. “Our conference is always inspiring as an opportunity to learn about the accomplishments of psychiatric mental health nurses in research, practice, education and administration,” says APNA President Beth Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS.
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 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.