2055-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Culture

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2055-18:  I'm Not Crazy! Destigmatizing Schizophrenia in the African American Community | Empirical Validation of the Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Sensitivity Scale

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

I'm Not Crazy! Destigmatizing Schizophrenia in the African American Community
This presentation discusses African Americans beliefs related to stigma, psychological openness, and help-seeking for schizophrenia. Most are not very open to acknowledging psychological problems. Stigma and judgment prevents African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses. Schizophrenia is often referred to as "that crazy disease" and discussions are avoided.  
Presenter:  Jacqueline Sharp, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Empirical Validation of the Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Sensitivity Scale
This project describes empirical development of a measure of racial/ethnic/cultural sensitivity in working with diverse populations for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students.  
Presenters:  Michael J. Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Chase J. Boyer, MA; Tanya Sorrell, PhD, APN; Alyssa Spurling, MA

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:  46 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


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

  1. Identify three ways to enhance understanding of schizophrenia in the African American community.
  2. Utilize the theoretical framework and issues of measuring racially/ethnically/culturally sensitive behaviors when working in clinical settings with diverse populations.

Keywords:  Schizophrenia, Stigma, African Americans, Race/Ethnicity, Cultural Competency, Program Evaluation

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 with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00pm - 4:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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