APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
Tami Bryan, RN, MSN, CNL
Nancy Buccola, APRN, BC
Mary Rosedale, PhD, PHMNP-BC, NEA-BC
hat can happen when a nursing student with initiative, an expert advanced practice nurse and educator, and an accomplished nurse researcher and educator all work together?
In her editorial for the May/June 2010 issue of JAPNA, Dr. Stein wrote about her hope for the future of psychiatric-mental health nursing: a hope that all nurses will embrace working together as a unified team. That nurses from all areas of the discipline will together work toward the common purpose of providing the highest quality of care possible. A recent collaboration on a research translation piece for the upcoming issue of JAPNA between three APNA members demonstrates that this spirit of unity and collaboration is alive and kicking in our members!
The Beginning: Member Tami Bryan, a student at the University of Florida, initiating everything simply by expressing a desire to be involved in a Research Council project. A co-chair of the Council happily brought Tami together with two other members of the Research Council: Nancy Buccola, APRN, BC and Mary Rosedale, PhD PHMNP-BC, NEA-BC. The three enthusiastically dove into writing a research translation article for JAPNA. "Whether you were a nurse just starting out or had your doctorate degree, these analysis pieces would be written and published so that nurses could implement them into their own practice in a way that was useful to them," Bryan says. This particular research translation dealt with a study about the consumption of alcohol and its association with violence-related injuries in emergency room patients, a topic which particularly appealed to Bryan.
The Collaboration: The three established a plan, designating specific responsibilities to each member of the team. As they corresponded about the project via email, they also got to know one another. "The study was very impressive and we wanted to do a good job with the clinical translation" Buccola notes, and "three heads were definitely better than one." Each nurse brought a different perspective to the project: a researcher, a pracitioner, and a new PMH nurse. Rosedale says of Bryan's role: "Tami dove right into the collaboration and was the person whom Nancy and I relied upon to raise questions and assure that the translation would be most clear, relevant, and meaningful at the clinical interface."
The Rewards: All three members found working together thoroughly rewarding. "Working with people you don't know can be challenging, but this was one of the easiest collaborations in which I have ever participated," says Buccola. Rosedale also enjoyed working with Bryan and Buccola, saying "Nancy is a professional of such high standards; what a pleasure it was to co-mentor Tami in the very first of many publications to come!" And indeed, Tami found that partnering with "established colleagues" helped to "facilitate my growth as a soon to be mental health practitioner."
This event showcases the great potential lying within each member, whether it is as a mentor, as a student able to share a fresh perspective, or in an entirely different role. These three members tapped into that potential and the result was not only a great research translation piece, but also something less tangible. Rosedale puts it quite well: "As we gather together from different places in our psychiatric nursing careers, it is so rewarding to experience our promise and potential."