2054-17 Mini Concurrent Sessions: Community Practice

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2054-17:  No Health Without Mental Health; Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Open Community Setting:  What to say? What not to say? How do you know?

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

No Health Without Mental Health
This presentation will describe the innovative and intraprofessional work being done by nurses at two highly diverse ACT teams in Maine. Each team--one urban and the other rural--implements their services in unique ways to manage the holistic needs of their clients.  It further explores professional boundaries in the context of existing practices reported by seasoned nurses.
Presenter:  Rebecca A. Schroeder DNP, PMHNP-BC

Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Open Community Setting:  What to say? What not to say? How do you know?
In the autoethnographic tradition, this presentation by a new graduate nurse explores professional boundaries in the context of existing practices reported by seasoned nurses. Participants will have the chance to share their own “do’s and don’ts” around professional boundaries, and we will discuss the risks and benefits of self-disclosure.
Presenter:  Amy Hardt RN, BSN, MPH, MAA

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:  37 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


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

1. List three elements of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.
2. Identify two functions of an ACT team nurse.
3. Identify the risks and benefits of self-disclosure with psychiatric patients, and how to determine the difference.
4. Describe ways to use self-disclosure effectively with patients.


Keywords:  ACT, Assertive Community Treatment, Community, Recovery, ARC, Professional Boundaries, Self-disclosure

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
Friday, October 21, 2017
12:00pm - 12:45pm

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

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