2052-17: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Emergency Departments

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2052-17:  ED/Psych Collaboration – A Model for Increased Positive Patient Outcomes; Improving Care for Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

ED/Psych Collaboration – A Model for Increased Positive Patient Outcomes
Interprofessional communication & collaboration between ED and behavioral health staff is essential in the treatment of the mentally ill/substance dependent population.  Identifying the root cause of the relationship issues between these two staff prompted swift action for improvement, while improving the patient experience in the ED and ED population health.   Presenters:  Bridget A. Barron BSN, RN-BC; Mike P. Cavacos, MSN, CCC, CCRN, NE-BC

Improving Care for Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department
It is estimated that one in eight patients arrives in the Emergency Department for psychiatric disorders. Learn how one hospital staffed their Emergency Department with specially trained psychiatric nurses. Their evidenced-based interventions decreased the use of restraints and admission wait time; which improved the overall experience for psychiatric patients.   Presenters:  Amy M. Kirsch MSN, RN; Barb L. Connors, MS, BSN, RN

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


Session Length:  40 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


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

1. Identify three strategies for improved interprofessional communication and collaboration between nursing units.
2. Apply strategies for improved interprofessional communication and collaboration to their current practice.
3. Describe several benefits of staffing the Emergency Department with psychiatric nurses for patients with psychiatric complaints.
4. Implement two new interventions that improve the patient experience in the psychiatric unit of the Emergency Department.


Keywords:  Communication, Collaboration, ED, Trauma Informed Care, Crisis Intervention

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 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 continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:00pm - 4:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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