1022-19: A 3rd Nervous System? Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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1022-19: A 3rd Nervous System? Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Discovery of the polyvagal system (unmyelinated dorsal/myelinated ventral) within the parasympathetic nervous system revolutionized the understanding and treatment of the fight/flight/freeze fear response. Polyvagal theory explains the physiology of fear/dissociation. Learn interventions to help dysregulated patients gain control of the fear response by activating the physiology of social engagement.

  Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN; Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label use of medications will not be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:
  1 hour 51 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcome:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Design nursing interventions to promote activation of the social engagement system for patients affected by the fight/flight/freeze fear response.

Keywords:  Polyvagal Theory, Self-regulation, Neurobiology

Nursing Continuing Professional Development:
1.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Originally Presented
APNA 33rd Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana

The contact hours for this session expire:  November 30, 2022

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