Psychiatric Nursing Nashville, TN (April 26 - 29, 2017)

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This year's conference offers 15 concurrent sessions from which to choose. Mix and match your choices to best meet your learning needs and explore your areas of interest. There will be a faculty of experts in psychiatric nursing care, who enthusiastically invite interaction and discussion to enhance your learning experience. Bring your interesting cases and clinical challenges to gain insight into possible approaches and fresh perspectives.


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Highlights & Benefits

Conference Chair

Conference Co-Chairs
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC

Contemporary Forums
Jeannine Strunk, BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager

Conference Objectives

This conference will enable the experienced clinician to:

  • Explore current evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of a variety of psychiatric illnesses, including treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, atypical psychosis, ADHD, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.
  • Describe the importance of leadership, professional development and the concept of “care” in psychiatric nursing.
  • Evaluate examples of the latest research and discuss how the findings may impact daily practice.
  • Examine methods to treat tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) usage.

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators/Directors
  • Case Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Educators/Instructors
  • Nurse Managers
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Private Practitioners/Consultants
  • Social Workers
  • Staff/Charge Nurses

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This conference inspired me and made me feel great about teaching Psychiatric Nursing. I learned a lot of new information about many Psychiatric topics. Kathy Ann Deis, MSN, RN, Corpus Christi, TX

Conference Program

Wednesday, April 26

Preconference A: Stop the Fight Before It Starts: Understanding and Preventing Violence in Treatment Settings and Our Communities

Violence reported in the news often leads to perceptions of increased levels of violence and fear.  Overcrowding in our emergency departments can lead to longer lengths of stay and exacerbations of behavioral health symptoms, placing violence as a major concern of nurses throughout the health care system. This workshop will present insights into violence in our society and clinical settings, strategies for prevention, enhancement of nurses' knowledge in caring for those presenting with mental health issues, and resources to use while caring for these patients.

At the conclusion of this Preconference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe myths and realities of violence in our society, communities and workplace.
  • Discuss programs in which nurses have made a difference in our communities to reduce violence.
  • Implement tools for decreasing violence in our inpatient settings.
  • Examine the pros and cons of constant observation.
  • Describe resources available to help prevent violence.


7:00 am

Preconference A Registration/Continental Breakfast


Violence and Its Impacts: Why We Need Prevention Tools for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Any Setting


Refreshment Break


Working in Our Communities: Un-Handcuffing Your Relationship with Law Enforcement
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH


Civility Training and Anti-Bullying Community Programs - Q&D - Faculty Panel


Lunch on Your Own

12:45 pm

Myths and Cultural Change in Our Inpatient Programs
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH


Engagement as a Means for Safety


Refreshment Break


Standing Up to Sitter Observation
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH


Safety Contracts: Are They Valid or a False Sense of No Harm? - Q&D - Faculty Panel
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH



Preconference B: The Opioid Epidemic: Considerations for Substance Use Disorders and the Prescribing of Controlled Substances

This Preconference will focus on the opioid epidemic, current treatments and pending legislation.  We will also discuss the impact of this epidemic in the treatment of other Substance Use Disorders as well as the prescribing of Controlled Substances. The neurobiology and neurochemistry of Substance Use Disorders and the pharmacodynamics & pharmacokinetics related to the opioids will be explored.  A complex case study will highlight the various neuropsychiatric sequelae of Opioid Addiction as well as the pharmacological treatments currently available.

At the end of this Preconference, participants will be able to:

  • Describe - using neurobiology and neurodevelopment as a platform - how the brain “learns addiction” and how someone develops a substance use disorder.
  • Assess a patient’s risk for developing an opioid use disorder, as well as strategies to mitigate those risks.
  • Apply evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorders, while simultaneously navigating the complex territory of institutional policies, legal concerns, risks for morbidity and mortality, and patient-centered care.


7:00 am

Preconference B Registration/Continental Breakfast


The Brain is A Learning Machine: Neurobiology of Substance Use Disorders (Rx = 1.75 hrs.) Fetal Neurodevelopment, Teen Neurodevelopment
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Matt Tierney, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNS


Refreshment Break


Epidemiology & Risk Assessment for Opioid Use Disorders (Rx = 1.75 hrs.) Risk Factors, Including Genetic Markers  Risk Assessment Tools - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Matt Tierney, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNS

12:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own


Opioid Use Disorders: Risk Mitigation Strategies and Evidence-Based Treatments (Rx = 1.75 hrs.)
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Matt Tierney, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNS


Refreshment Break


Not So Easy: Managing Risk and Substance Use in Everyday Practice (Rx = 1.25 hrs.) - A Complex Case, Including Alcohol Use, Benzos, Opioids, and Chronic Pain - Institutional Regulations and Legal Implications - Q&D (Rx = .5 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Matt Tierney, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNS



Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority.

Thursday, April 27


7:00 am

Main Conference Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits


Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Leading with Courage


Reflecting, Defining, Renewing: “CARE” in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Shirlee Davidson, MSN, RN


Refreshment Break/Exhibits


Violence in Our Society: A Nursing Perspective


Psychiatric Nursing in the Emergency Department (Rx = .25 hr.) - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC, PMH

12:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own


Hot Off the Press: Research That Will Change Your Practice (Rx = .5 hr.)
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE


Motivational Interviewing to Improve Medication Adherence (Rx = .75 hr.)
Vanya Hamrin , DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC


Refreshment Break/Exhibits


What's the Latest in PTSD Treatment? (Rx = .5 hr.) - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Sattaria Dilks , DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP



Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority.

Friday, April 28

During each Concurrent Session, 3 topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms. Sessions are limited in size and choices are assigned in the order received. Indicate your selections on the Registration Form.

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

* = Advanced Practice



#N-11* Drug Choices: Taking Delivery Systems into Consideration (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC

#N-12 Psychiatric Emergencies in the Clinic Setting
Michelle McGuire, PsyD

#N-13 ADHD versus Bipolar: Sorting Out Overlapping Symptoms and Treatments (Rx = .25 hr.)
Elaine Neidert, MSN, PMHNP-BC


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#N-21* Keys to the Successful Personalized Treatment of Panic and Anxiety Disorders (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)

#N-22 What Did I Miss? The Role of Body Language in Mental Status Exam

#N-23 Not Tonight Honey: Sex and Psychotropics (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Sattaria Dilks , DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP


Session Change

11:15 pm


#N-31* Achieving Balance: Neurobiology, Genomics and Personalized Treatment of Bipolar Disorders (Rx = .75 hr.)

#N-32 Mental Health Issues in Addition to Addiction/Substance Abuse
Michelle McGuire, PsyD

#N-33 Vitamins, Herbs and Natural Therapies: For Yourself and for Your Practice
Wendy Skiba-King, PhD, APN

12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own



#N-41* Group Psychotherapy: How It is Relevant to Today’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

#N-42 Creating A DBT Toolbox For, and With, Borderline Personality Disorder Patients (Rx = .25 hr.)
Elaine Neidert, MSN, PMHNP-BC

#N-43 Managing Atypical Psychosis (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#N-51* Prescribing Pearls (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)

#N-52 Tobacco Treatment and Current Evidence on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Carol Essenmacher , DNP, C-TTS

#N-53 Natural Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress-Related Disorders
Wendy Skiba-King, PhD, APN



Saturday, April 29

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast


Maintaining Focus: Neurobiology of Attention


Successful Solutions for Treatment Resistant Depression (Rx = .75 hr.)
Stephen Sobel, MD


Refreshment Break


The Outer Limits of ADHD: Challenging Cases, New Medications (Rx = .75 hr.)
Patti Varley, MN, APRN, BC


Professional Development for Psychiatric Nurses: Keeping It Real, Keeping It Simple - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Carol Essenmacher , DNP, C-TTS



Conference Faculty

Professor of Nursing
Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, Tennessee

Shirlee P. Davidson MSN, RN
Independent Practitioner and Consultant
Liaison Consultation and Education
Brentwood, Tennessee

Sattaria Dilks DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Professor and Co-Coordinator
Graduate Nursing Department
McNeese State University
Director, PMHNP Program
Intercollegiate Consortium for Masters in Nursing
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Carol Essenmacher DNP, C-TTS
Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Tobacco Cessation Coordinator
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Battle Creek, Michigan

Josh Hamilton DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Dean and Professor
Engelstad School of Health Sciences
College of Southern Nevada
Chief Clinical Officer
The Hamilton Group LLC
Las Vegas, Nevada

Vanya Hamrin DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Nashville, Tennessee

Laura G. Leahy DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Family Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse
Master Clinician in Psychopharmacology
Founder, APNSolutions, LLC, New Jersey
Sewell, New Jersey

Jeannine Loucks MSN, RN-BC, PMH
Manage, Emergency Department
St. Joseph Hospital
Adjunct Professor, University of California Irvine
School of Nursing
President, CA Chapter American Psychiatric
Nurses Association
Orange, California

Michelle McGuire PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Director/Owner: Creative Behavioral Connections, LLC
Lead Faculty/Area Chair, Psychology Department
Adjunct Faculty, Masters in Counseling Program
University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences
Las Vegas, Nevada

Elaine M. Neidert MSN, PMHNP-BC
Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Master Psychopharmacology Clinician
Alamogordo Counseling Associates
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Clinical Director/Chief Nurse, Ambulatory Care - CBOCS
Chief Nurse, Mental Health and Telephone Linked Care
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California San Francisco
Chair, Board of Directors, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Pacifica, California

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Associate Faculty, Indiana University School of Nursing
Private Practice of Psychotherapy and Consultation
Indianapolis, Indiana

Wendy Skiba-King PhD, APN
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences School of Nursing
Newark, New Jersey

Stephen V. Sobel MD
Clinical Instructor, University of California San Diego
School of Medicine
Author of "Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-Based
Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission"
Private Practice of Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry
San Diego and Carlsbad, California

Jeannine Strunk BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Matt Tierney MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNS
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California San Francisco School of Nursing
San Francisco, California

Patti A. Varley MN, APRN, BC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Children's Hospital
Clinical Faculty, School of Nursing
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington


In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 7.25 ANCC/8.7 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 7.25 ANCC/8.7 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 16 ANCC/19.2 CA BRN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum of 17.25 (Nashville) pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: No credit
Preconference B: 7.25 hours
Main Conference: 10 hours available

Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

Case Managers
Preconference A: 7.25 contact hours

Preconference B: 7.25 contact hours
Main Conference: 16 contact hours

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The CCMC awarded a total of 23.25 contact hours for the Preconferences and Main Conference.

Social Workers/Marriage, Family & Child Counselors
Preconference A: 7.25 CE credit hours
Preconference B: 7.25 CE credit hours
Main Conference: 16 CE credit hours

This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148.

Other Professionals
Preconference A: 7.25 hours
Preconference B: 7.25 hours
Main Conference: 16 hours

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team. Contemporary Forums is one of 36 continuing education organizations to receive Joint Accreditation.



Come to Nashville and discover the music and magic that makes this a city like no other in the world. Known as “Music

City, USA”, Nashville is the home of the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running live radio show. You won’t want to miss the Country Music Hall of Fame or the variety of other music venues where you’ll hear everything from country to bluegrass, jazz and swing. Or how about a little two-steppin’ or a line dance lesson at the Wild Horse Saloon?

If art and history are on your list of priorities, visit the exhibits at the Parthenon, a replica of its Greek namesake, where you’ll marvel at the 42-foot statue of the goddess Athena. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is filled with priceless treasures.  The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art has new gardens, an interactive learning center and galleries which will thrill both art and nature lovers. Step back in time at Belle Meade Plantation or visit The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, with its lush grounds and magnificent mansion.

Enjoy “Shoppertainment” at Nashville’s newest attraction, Opry Mills, featuring a variety of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues under one roof.  You may want to float down the Cumberland River on a dinner cruise. You will be treated to southern hospitality as you enjoy outstanding cuisine in the variety of Nashville’s restaurants.

Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at our Conference Headquarters, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Located just 10 minutes from Nashville International Airport (BNA) and next to the Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Opryland Resort gives you a top Music City location offering an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment… all under one roof.  There’s never a shortage of things to do!

After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Following a day of Conference excitement, return to deluxe accommodations with modern amenities, including complimentary wireless internet and mini-refrigerators, or relax with colleagues in one of the hotel’s many picturesque social areas.

Whatever your interests, come feel the beat of Nashville at “Psychiatric Nursing” where you’ll experience outstanding education, unparalleled entertainment and an unforgettable experience!  For additional information, contact The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau at (615) 259-4730 or visit their website at

For information about the Grand Ole Opry, visit

For exclusive discounted tickets for the Grand Ole Opry, click HERE


Hotel Accommodations

  • This conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center located at 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect from April 24 to April 29, 2017.
  • Rates: $209 single/double.  Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
  • A daily resort fee of $20 is included in the room rate.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on March 23, 2017.  Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservations now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • To reserve your room online, click HERE.
  • For room reservations by phone, call (877) 351-5021 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference on Psychiatric Nursing. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (615) 889-1000.  

Travel Discounts                       

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZXAY744468. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000264. 



Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

Tuition (U.S. Funds) - Select one below.


Preconference A: Stop the Fight Before It Starts: Understanding and Preventing Violence in Treatment Settings and Our Communities

All Attendess

Early Registration Fee
(On or before March 15, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After March 15, 2017)


Preconference B: The Opioid Epidemic: Considerations for Substance Use Disorders and the Prescribing of Controlled Substances

All Attendess

Early Registration Fee
(On or before March 15, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After March 15, 2017)



Nurse, Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Other

New Graduate*

Early Registration Fee
(On or before March 15, 2017)



Regular Registration Fee
(After March 15, 2017)




All Attendees

Regular Registration Fee



Early registrations must be postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before March 15, 2017.
* New Grads (graduated 2014 or after).  To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.  In addition, Nashville attendees will have complimentary access to the recorded sessions posted after the conference in your account at for one year.

Attendance Rules
Registrations may not be shared.  Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions.  Audio and video recording of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.

Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register)
Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707,  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. 

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number. 

Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference.
Discounts do not apply to the Preconferences.
$25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
$45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group.

To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.

Cancellations must be made by phone or in writing. A $75 processing fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received or postmarked on/after March 29 (Nashville) However, tuition paid, less the $75 processing fee, may be applied to a future Contemporary Forums conference of equal or greater value. No refunds for "no shows."

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.


Online Learning

All Attendees

Regular Registration Fee




Register by selecting the Online Learning option above.  Register by April 26 to receive the pre-order price. Conference sessions will be available at Contemporary Forums Online approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the live conference.  Access instructions will be emailed to you.

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Attendee Information

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Nashville, TN           April 26 - 29

Thank you for registering for the Psychiatric Nursing conference, being held April 26 - 29, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214, (615) 889-1000.


Preconference A & B, Wednesday, April 26 from 7:00 - 8:00 am. You must check in to receive your conference materials. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.


Thursday, April 27 from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. If you attended the Preconference, you do not need to check in again for the Main Conference.


Begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and online and are open only to registered participants. Out of consideration to others, infants, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms or refreshment break areas.


Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.  Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.


As a registered attendee, access your account to the conference by clicking HERE, and enter your First Name, Last Name, Email and Zip Code.  Please ensure that the information you enter matches your registration information.

Once on your account, you will access the following for viewing and downloading:

  1. E-Conference Guide, which is available about 5 days prior to the conference. 
  2. Speaker Slides and Handouts, which are available, provided that the speakers turn them in, 5 to 10 days prior to the conference.   
  3. Session Evaluations, made available during the conference after the session has ended.  Evaluations must be completed within 30 days after the completion of the entire conference.
  4. Certificate of Attendance, available upon completing all speaker and conference evaluations.  A copy in PDF format will be made for viewing and printing.   




Offers a special conference rate, available from April 24 - 29, 2017 or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early.

To reserve your room online, click HERE.

To reserve your room by phone, call Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center room reservations at (877) 351-5021 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums Psychiatric Nursing conference. 

After the release date of March 23, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Central time), call the hotel directly at (615) 889-1000 to check for room availability.

Onsite parking: $24 per day
Valet parking: 32 per day

Taxis charge approximately $30 from Nashville International Airport to the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Taxis are available at the curb outside of the baggage claim area.  Check door signage for the appropriate exit. Note: Prices are subject to change.

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