This is a very exciting time for APNA as we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary at the Annual Conference in Anaheim this October. The first APNA conference I attended was in Philadelphia in 1995. I recall the thrill of meeting exemplary psychiatric nursing leaders who had authored the textbooks and journal articles that shaped my thinking about what it means to be a psychiatric nurse and who had created and sustained a vision of psychiatric mental health nursing that continues today. (Cont'd)
Member Profile - Gail Stuart, A Psych Nursing Curriculum for Liberia
The country of Liberia has experienced its share of tumult and trauma. Founded and settled by freed American slaves in the early 1820s, Liberia lies on the West coast of Africa. In the 1980s a military-led coup ushered in a period of instability that has included two civil wars and a devastated economy, not to mention atrocities such as rampant sexual assaults, the drugging of child soldiers, and forced amputations. Homes, offices, shops, schools and health centers were destroyed. Today, as Liberia seeks to emerge from an unstable past and embark upon the path to recovery, its ability to diagnose and treat the traumas and mental health problems of its people is paramount. This is where APNA member Gail Stuart comes in. (Cont'd)
Position Statement: Electroconvulsive Therapy
On January 11, the Board of Directors approved an APNA Position Paper on ECT that concludes that ECT is a proven therapy and that further clinical trials are not necessary to establish its safety and efficacy. The paper was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration's Commissioner and the Medical Devices Committee in advance of their January 28 & 29 meeting to discuss the possible reclassification of devices used in ECT. APNA urged the FDA to classify these devices in an appropriate manner to ensure that patients have access to ECT while at the same time ensuring that ECT devices function safely and in the manner intended. Click here to read the position paper.
Reminder - APNF Research Grants: Deadline Approaching!
The deadline for submitting an APNF Research Grants proposal is Tuesday, February 15. The APNF will award up to four individual grants of up to $5,000 each. These grants are particularly aimed toward new researchers in an effort to foster future excellence in psychiatric nursing scientific research. Click here for information on the application process.
CPI 2011: Registration Fees Announced
The CPI Program Committee is hard at work developing the program for the 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute. In the meantime, registration fees for the 2011 Institute have been announced. We are happy to inform you that there will be no increase from last year's rates! Registration will open in late February 2011; please stay tuned. Click here for registration fees information.
Annual Conference: Call for Abstract Proposals and Reviewers
Play your part in creating the APNA 25th Annual Conference program by submitting an abstract proposal to be considered for presentation - or apply to join the Scholarly Review Committee and participate by reviewing the submissions. Looking for presentation ideas or collaborators? Consider posting a message on the Member Bridge All-Purpose Discussion Forum.
Click here for information on submitting a proposal/abstract. (Deadline: March 1, 2011)
Click here for information on how to apply as a reviewer. (Deadline: February 8, 2011)
25th Anniversary Celebration: Survey and Photos
Celebrate 25 years of APNA by helping us gather information about APNA's past and present members. Let us know about your APNA involvement and experiences by taking a quick survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HV8JSZD. If you have photos from past APNA events that you would like to share, please contact Tandi-Jo Lantrip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APNA Mental Health Advocacy
In December APNA signed on to two letters coordinated by the Mental Health Liaison Group: a letter encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that Qualified Health Plans cover the full range of mental health and substance use diagnoses and a letter to the US Government Accountability Office requesting that at least one professional from the fields of mental and behavioral health and addictions be added to the National Health Care Commission next year. Most recently we, again with the Mental Health Liaison Group, spoke out in opposition to HR 2, legislation passed by the House on January 19th which would repeal 2010 health care reform, via a letter to the Speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader. APNA was also recognized as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act at a January 19th press conference held on Capitol Hill prior to the House vote on HR 2.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.