Psychiatric Nursing Las Vegas, NV (May 17 - 20, 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 was an incredible conference! It was very informative and the speakers were inspirational and motivating! I will return to work with a new outlook on the importance of my role as a psychiatric nurse! Alexandra Keller, RN BSN Monterey, CA

Conference Program

Wednesday, May 17

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 places violence as a major concern of nurses throughout the health care system. 

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, attendees should 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, May 18


7:00 am

Main Conference Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits


Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Leading with Courage


Exploring the Multiple Levels of Culture within Education, Practice, and Research (Rx = .25 hr.)
Barbara Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN


Refreshment Break/Exhibits


Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Transgender Clients
Richard Pessagno, DNP, CRNP, FAANP


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


Pharmacologic Treatment of Dementia (Rx = .75 hr.)


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, May 19

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



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

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

#V-13 Behavioral Changes in Dementia: Environmental Interventions


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#V-21* Achieving Balance: Neurobiology, Genomics and Treatment of Bipolar Disorders (Rx = .75 hr.)
Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE

#V-22 Psychiatric Update in HIV/AIDS Care
Richard Pessagno, DNP, CRNP, FAANP

#V-23 Putting the Exploration of Culture Into Real Life Situations (Rx = .25 hr.)
Barbara Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN


Session Change



#V-31* Managing Atypical Psychosis (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC

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

#V-33 ADHD versus Bipolar: Sorting Out Overlapping Symptoms and Treatments (Rx = .25 hr.)
Elaine Neidert, MSN, PMHNP-BC

12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own



#V-41*Out of Darkness: Improving Treatment Refractory Depression (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)

#V-42 Not Tonight Honey: Sex and Psychotropics (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Sattaria Dilks , DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

#V-43 You Want Me to Do What? Trauma Informed Care at the Bedsid
Ann Taylor-Trujillo, EdD, MSN, RN, CENP


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#V-51* Prescribing Pearls (Rx = 1.25 hrs.)
Patti Varley, MN, APRN, BC

#V-52 Tobacco Treatment and Current Evidence on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) (Rx = .5 hr.)
Carol Essenmacher , DNP, C-TTS

#V-53 Creating A DBT Toolbox For, and With, Borderline Personality Disorder Patients (Rx = .25 hr.)
Elaine Neidert, MSN, PMHNP-BC



Saturday, May 20

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast


Maintaining Focus: Neurobiology of Attention


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


Refreshment Break


The Road to a Safe Milieu: The Real Story
Ann Taylor-Trujillo, EdD, MSN, RN, CENP


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

Owner, Psychiatric Consultation Services
Assistant Teaching Professor
Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

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

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

Richard Pessagno DNP, CRNP, FAANP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Good Shepherd Services
Baltimore, Maryland
Adjunct Faculty
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Chatham University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jeannine Strunk BSN, RN
Senior Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Ann Taylor-Trujillo EdD, MSN, RN, CENP
Executive Director
University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Barbara Jones Warren PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Professor of Clinical Nursing
Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Across the Lifespan Specialty Track
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Columbus, Ohio


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 16.75 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: 9.5 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.


Host City: LAS VEGAS

Dazzling Location                     

Viva Las Vegas!  It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of seven Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Café and T-Moble Arena.  Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.

The Park, which opened Spring 2016, is an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment connecting New York New York, the Monte Carlo resort and the new T-Mobile Arena.  The Park offers an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds.  Unique water features and dramatic plantings incorporating a variety of beautiful desert blooms provide unexpected visuals to add to your enjoyment.  Don’t miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, with walkways and art throughout. You’ll find luxury hotels, casinos and Crystals, a three-story retail center whose shape resembles the multi-faceted surface of a quartz crystal.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don’t miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you’ll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.  You’ll want to take in Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the LINQ Promenade.  This dining, shopping and entertainment complex features a 550 foot observation wheel right in the heart of the Strip.  The views of the Las Vegas valley are spectacular!

The LINQ Hotel & Casino, located at the heart of the Strip, is the first Las Vegas destination resort designed to appeal to the socially motivated traveler, with direct access to unique and authentic attractions, shopping and dining experiences all encompassed in one urban entertainment district, The LINQ Promenade. The accommodations of Las Vegas’ new iconic hub features cutting-edge technology, modern furnishings and direct access to The LINQ Promenade. A VIP lounge and concierge desk is available with touchscreen capabilities for immediate bookings of favorite dining and entertainment offerings. All rooms are also equipped with an interactive system on the television to access hotel amenities. With the click of the TV remote, guests can order room service, housekeeping items, or set up an alarm clock. Electronic features include USB charging stations and a 47-inch LED flat-screen TV. Other highlights include the famed restaurants Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Hash House A Go Go and the Nook Café. The LINQ has the largest and finest collection of antique, classic, muscle, race, exotic and special interest automobiles in the world—$100 million worth—and most are for sale!

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as “Vegas!”  Join your colleagues for “Psychiatric Nursing” and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to


Hotel Accommodations

  • This conference will be held at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from May 15 to May 20, 2017
  • Rates: $119 single/double. Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
  • Resort Fee. Room reservations are subject to a daily resort fee of $29.  Resort fee includes daily in-room high speed internet access, all local calls, and fitness center access for two daily.  Resort fees are not assessed for Diamond and Seven Stars guests.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before April 15, 2017. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservations now. After the relesae date, call the hotel directly as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • To book your hotel room online, click HERE
  • For room reservations by phone call (866) 523-2781, 24 hours daily 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 (702) 731-3311.  
  • PLEASE NOTE: All reservations made via the Telephone Call Center will be assessed a fee of $15 per reservation. This fee will NOT apply to reservations made via the internet.

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 April 5, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After April 5, 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 April 5, 2017)


Regular Registration Fee
(After April 5, 2017)



Nurse, Case Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Other

New Graduate*

Early Registration Fee
(On or before April 5, 2017)



Regular Registration Fee
(After April 5, 2017)




Early registrations must be postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before April 5, 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 April 19, 2017. 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

Contemporary Forums Online is the leading source for quality accredited healthcare continuing education.  Earn CE on demand by selecting from hundreds of multimedia presentations recorded at our national live conferences.  Each session is presented by expert faculty and topics cover a wide range of clinical areas.  Learn and earn at your convenience. Visit

Contemporary Forums Online GROUP DISCOUNTS
Provide your staff with high-quality continuing education and give your budget a break with Contemporary Forums Online Group Access Account. Organizations of any size can create customized CE programs for staff education and development. To request group account pricing and details, visit or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information

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Las Vegas, NV           May 17 - 20

Thank you for registering for the Psychiatric Nursing conference, being held May 17 - 20, at the The LINQ Hotel & Casino, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 731-3311..


Preconference A & B, Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00am. 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, May 18 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, click on My Account to the right of Return to Calendar 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 May 15-20, 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 The LINQ Hotel & Casino room reservations at (866) 523-2781 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums Psychiatric Nursing Conference.

After the release date of April 15, call the hotel directly at (702) 731-3311 to check for room availability.

Parking is free at the LINQ Hotel & Casino

Taxis charge approximately $30 from McCarran International Airport to The LINQ Hotel & Casino. 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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