The Case Discussion Group serves as a collaborative and educational platform for AAPPN members to engage in meaningful discussions surrounding challenging and interesting cases.
It is designed to provide a supportive environment where we can share experiences, insights, and knowledge, fostering professional growth and enhancing patient care.
Join Group co-chairs Keondra Rustan and Sara Weelborg via Zoom on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Pacific. Our next meeting is March 11, 2024.
We’ll incorporate brief presentations or workshops on relevant topics, such as new treatment modalities, updates in psychopharmacology, or advancements in therapeutic techniques.
The Case Discussion Group is not a formal consultation group, which usually has a limit on the number of participants and attendance expectations.
It is a private, drop-in, online discussion group open to any current AAPPN member. Please note, these meetings are not on a HIPAA-compliant Zoom account.
Only use de-identified patient information when discussing a case.
Goals and Objectives
Facilitate Professional Development
To promote ongoing professional development among psychiatric nurse practitioners and students.
- Provide a forum for sharing evidence-based practices and emerging trends in psychiatric and mental health care.
- Encourage participants to explore and apply innovative approaches to patient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Enhance Clinical Competence
To improve clinical competence through case-based learning.
- Analyze and discuss complex, challenging cases to deepen understanding and application of diagnostic and treatment principles.
- Exchange insights on evidence-based interventions and therapeutic modalities.
- Discuss long term impacts of care with regard to treatment approach and sustainability of health behaviors.
Foster a Supportive Community
- To create a supportive and collaborative community among AAPPN members.
- Cultivate a non-judgmental and inclusive space where participants can openly share experiences, challenges, and successes.
- Encourage peer support and networking opportunities among group members.
Improve Decision-Making Skills
To enhance our ability to make informed and effective clinical decisions.
- Evaluate the decision-making process in challenging cases, considering ethical, cultural, and patient-centered perspectives.
- Discuss treatments that consider social determinants of health, cultural humility, and implicit bias.
- Share strategies for managing uncertainty and ambiguity in psychiatric practice.
Structure of the Group Sessions
- Each session begins with a participant presenting a challenging or interesting psychiatric case they have encountered in their practice, developed, or have read about.
- The case presentation includes relevant clinical details, assessment findings, diagnostic considerations, and initial treatment approaches.
- Participants engage in a facilitated discussion, sharing their perspectives, insights, and experiences related to the presented case.
- The discussion includes consideration of evidence-based practices, cultural competence, and ethical considerations.
- Group members can seek advice and input from their peers regarding specific challenges they may be facing in their practice.
- This segment fosters a collaborative problem-solving approach and promotes shared learning.
Meet the Group Co-Chairs
Keondra Rustan is a PhD prepared registered nurse who is currently in the PMHNP-DNP program at University of Washington. She specializes in simulation and has a background in emergency medicine, cardiac, critical care, and trauma nursing.
Sara Weelborg has been an advanced practice psychiatric nurse since 2005, treating adults in various settings including the military, group practice, private practice, residential substance use treatment, Tribal clinics, and integrated primary care settings.