2016 Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit

Pyschiatric Nurse Summit

Strengthening the Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce: Practice, Education and Policy Considerations

The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) hosted the inaugural Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit on September 28, 2016 in Omaha.

The conference, brought together more than 90 leaders from academia, the clinical setting and state government to understand the current landscape of the psychiatric nursing workforce in Nebraska and identify opportunities, innovations and solutions for growth.

Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, welcomed attendees to the event and was a key member of the planning committee. 

"I am confident this important summit will stimulate new thinking about opportunities to expand the nursing workforce to provide the behavioral health care so vitally needed in today's world," said Dean Sebastian.

The keynote presenter and a leader in psychiatric nursing, Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina, presented a number of solutions to address workforce challenges, which were discussed in depth among breakout groups to further identify and develop strategies that could make an impact.

"Developing Nebraska's psychiatric nursing workforce is of critical importance in our state, and BHECN has made a three-year commitment to host this annual summit," said BHECN Director Howard Liu, M.D.

View 2016 Summit Presentations:

State of Psychiatric Nursing Workforce 

Sheri Dawson, RN, Director, Division of Behavioral Health,

Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services

State of Nursing Education 

Mary Kunes-Connell, PhD, RN, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor,

Creighton University

State of Nursing Policy 

Suzanne Goetz, Ph.D., RN, CCS-P, CHI Health Good Samaritan

Richard Young Hospital, Kearney, NE

Mary Cramer, RN, PhD, APHN-BC, Professor, UNMC College of Nursing

Keynote Address

Strengthening the Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce: Practice, Education and Policy Considerations  

Gail Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Medical University of South Carolina

Provider Perspectives, Panel Discussion

Hugo Gonzalez, M.D., CHI Health Good Samaritan Richard Young Hospital, Kearney

Marilyn Rhoten, CHI Health, Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health

Brigette Vaughan, APRN, UNMC Department of Psychiatry

Moderator: Terri Khan, APRN, UNMC Department of Psychiatry