Published on September 26, 2019

C.J. Spotswood to present at national health care conference

MaineGeneral’s C.J. Spotswood, a behavioral health registered nurse, will be a featured presenter at the American Psychiatric Nursing Association’s (APNA) 33rd Annual Conference Oct. 2-5 in New Orleans, LA.

C.J. Spotswood, RNHe submitted an abstract that was accepted after review by a panel of psychiatric-mental health nursing experts. The theme of this year’s conference is “Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection” and his 45-minute podium presentation, “Exploring the Potential Use of Psychedelics for the Improvement of Persistent and Intractable Mental Health Symptoms,” is part of the pharmacology track.

“Nurse practitioners and other prescribers need to have so many continuing education hours for their licenses, so my presentation probably will be heavily attended by prescribing nurses. It’s the top presentation for that time period,” he said.

The conference offers an educational program specifically for psychiatric-mental health nurses, featuring the latest advances in evidence-based practice, education, research and administration across settings and topics.

Attendees have access to more than 300 sessions and poster presentations exploring a wide range of current trends and issues of importance to those who work in the field.

“We’ll also have numerous opportunities to connect with more than 1,600 members of our professional community and experts in the field,” Spotswood added, noting that he attended the conference for the first time in October 2018 where he had a poster presentation on workplace violence.

Spotswood has worked at MaineGeneral for the past five years and was employed as a traveling nurse before that. In total, he’s worked nearly two decades as a nurse, all in the area of psychiatric mental health nursing. He also is an adjunct faculty member for undergraduate students in the nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Currently he is working on completing his psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner graduate degree through the University of Southern Maine and his 2019 presentation came out of work he did for his degree program.

“I had to do extensive research on a topic and then disseminate my research information. I started by doing a presentation for the psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, nurses and floor staff on the behavioral health unit at the Alfond Center for Health, and that served as an early draft for what I’ll be presenting at the conference.”

Spotswood said having his presentation selected for the conference was an unexpected surprise.

“I submitted it for consideration last fall, more as a Hail Mary than anything else because I didn’t think the committee would accept it,” he said. “I thought it was more likely that they’d select the workplace violence presentation instead – and then they accepted it!”