American Psychiatric Nurses Association Opens Call for Abstracts for 2020 APNA Annual Conference

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is now accepting abstracts for presentation at the APNA 34th Annual Conference, September 30 - October 3, 2020, at Disney’s Coronado Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Submissions will be accepted through March 2, 2020.

APNA Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the APNA 34th Annual Conference.

The partnership developed between psychiatric-mental health nurses and individuals, whether it is patients, families, communities, or other professionals, promotes positive outcomes and can be life-changing.

APNA is seeking abstract proposals for both podium and poster presentations that address all levels of psychiatric-mental health nursing administration, education, practice, and research. The APNA 34th Annual Conference will deliver hundreds of evidence-based presentations to 1800+ registered and advanced practice nurses. Nurses from varied backgrounds are encouraged to share their initiatives, practice innovations, clinical expertise, and more by submitting an abstract online by March 2nd at 11:59 pm Eastern.

The conference theme celebrates Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners on the Journey to Whole Health, paying tribute to the nurse-patient relationship so integral to psychiatric-mental health nursing. APNA President Sattaria (Tari) Dilks, RN, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, says, “The partnership developed between psychiatric-mental health nurses and individuals, whether it is patients, families, communities, or other professionals, promotes positive outcomes and can be life-changing. I invite my colleagues to see this open call for abstracts as an opportunity to talk about how this partnership approach supports the whole health of our patients and communities and to demonstrate their pride by sharing their innovations and expertise.”

All abstracts will undergo peer review by the APNA Scholarly Review Committee and notifications of acceptance status will be made by April 8th. 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
  • 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
  • LGBTQIA+ 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
  • Nursing Professional Development
  • RN-PMH Practice
  • Safety
  • Undergraduate Nursing Education
  • Violence Prevention
  • Women’s Health

Many options are available to organizations interested in participating in the APNA 34th 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 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 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 nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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