3011-17: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Anxiety

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3011-17: Is My Anxiety Normal?  A Comparison of Normal Anxiety Compared to Anxiety Disorders as well as Good Health Practices and Treatments for Anxiety Experienced at the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Levels; Using Mobile Health Technology to Assess for Distress

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

Is My Anxiety Normal?  A Comparison of Normal Anxiety Compared to Anxiety Disorders as well as Good Health Practices and Treatments for Anxiety Experienced at the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Levels
This session will review the prevalence of anxiety in our communities as well as tools to positively increase awareness and education regarding mental health, specifically anxiety. It will also discuss  a  distress management expert system software program to assess the patient’s distress and immediately recommend individually-tailored evidence-based psychosocial coping strategies and referrals.
Presenters:  Tresa Marie Glaser, BSN, RN; Clarissa Riches, BSN, RN; Ariana McDonald, BSN, RN; Kay Brinkopf, BSN, RN

Using Mobile Health Technology to Assess for Distress
This program was piloted in a medically oncology practice and found feasible and effective.  The program can be easily utilized in a primary care setting.
Presenters:  Veronica B. Decker, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, MBA, MS, RN, BSN

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:  APRN


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

  1. Increase awareness of mental illness, specifically the differentiation of normal anxiety versus anxiety disorders.
  2. Outline and promote self-management techniques for anxiety and current treatment options.
  3. Define distress screening and describe components of program development.
  4. Appraise how to implement, maintain, and evaluate a mobile-health tool for distress management. 


Keywords:  Social Media, Technology, Mobile Health, Anxiety

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 20, 2017
12:00pm - 12:45pm

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

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