President's Message: Moving Forward, Together
As psychiatric mental health nurses, we understand the importance of connection in the nurse-patient relationship. As professionals, connecting and engaging with each other is essential. It’s what keeps us resilient and constantly growing both individually and as a group. Almost a year ago in my first President’s Message I wrote that, “We truly do stand on the shoulders of giants…but we are just beginning.” Since then, we as a membership have grown not only taller, but also closer together. It has been so wonderful to take part in the giant leaps and bounds forward we have made together in promoting quality and safety... (Cont'd)
Member Profile: Suzane Wilbur at the 2011 Voice Awards
"It was a heartwarming event that served to raise awareness of behavioral health issues as well as recovery from trauma," says APNA member Suzane Wilbur, MS, PMHCNS-BC, of the SAMHSA 2011 Voice Awards. Wilbur represented APNA, who was a program partner of the Awards, at the event. They were held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California on August 24th. The inspiring ceremony celebrated consumers/peer leaders who promote social inclusion and offer hope, as well as writers and producers whose film and tv shows incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of those with mental illness... (Cont'd)
2011 APNA Annual Awards Recipients will each be honored at specific times throughout the conference. Take a minute to get to know the recipients, read about their achievements, and find out when during the conference they will be recognized. 2011 APNA Awards Recipients
The APNA 25th Annual Conference is less than a month away! If you have already registered, we look forward to seeing you there! If you have not yet done so, be sure to do so soon - you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to earn up to 28 contact hours, enjoy fun networking events, and celebrate 25 years of APNA with your PMHN friends and peers. Pre-registration closes October 12th.
More Savings: An individual healthcare provider who attends 6 hours of approved conference sessions is eligible for a 10%, non-cumulative credit to their base professional liability premium. The 10% credit can be applied for three consecutive policy years. If you are an existing customer, the credit will be activated at your next renewal and last for 3 years. If you are a new customer, the credit will be applied immediately. 33 sessions at the APNA Annual Conference have been approved for this discount, including all pre-conference sessions and most interactive panels. More Information
Program Updates: There have been a few additions to the program since registration opened in June...Now earn up to 28 contact hours! A new session (1.0 contact hours) has been added to the Saturday morning program. In addition, there are now four product theaters: Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast and dinner, and Friday breakfast. Thursday's symposium luncheon will offer up to 1.5 contact hours. Also, join us Wednesday at 8:30 pm for the recently announced Foundation Reception!
Call for Volunteers: Because there are so many of you coming (and so many exciting events and presentations planned), we are going to need a little help in monitoring the sessions at the conference. So, we are asking conference attendees to volunteer! Please click on the link by October 3rd to volunteer to help out during a couple (or more!) of the sessions you’ll be attending: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WDRWXV
Bridge to Recovery: Consumer Violet Taylor on Peer Bridging
In honor of National Recovery Month, we spoke with MC Violet Taylor, CPS, Regional Peer Bridger, a consumer in recovery who works as a peer specialist in Northern Virginia. She recently participated on the Consumer Panel "Recovery Perspectives on Medications" at the APNA 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute and currently holds the Community Bridger position as an adjunct to the Nursing Department at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. She generously took the time to answer a couple of questions and tell us more about her work as a Peer Bridger... (Cont'd)
Position Statement: Staffing on Inpatient Psychiatric Units
Earlier this month, the Board of Directors adopted a position statement on staffing inpatient psychiatric units. The full position paper is expected to be published in the January/February issue of JAPNA. In advance of the issue's publication, the position statement has been made public and is posted on the APNA website. At the bottom of the page is a link for feedback, which will take you to a brief survey where you can provide us with your comments and thoughts on the statement. Read the Position Statement
National Recovery Month: Celebrate with Free CE!
In honor of National Recovery Month, the APNA webinar, An American Resurrection: A Journey of Trauma and Triumph, is available for FREE to all members throughout the entire month of September in the APNA eLearning Center. Hurry, there are just a couple days left to take advantage of the opportunity to earn up to 0.9 Contact Hours of CE for free! Order the Webinar for Free!
2011 Elections: The Results are In...
With a record number of votes cast, this year's elections saw enthusiastic member participation. Thank you to everyone who voted! Please join us in welcoming the following members to their new positions on the APNA Board of Directors and 2012 Nominating Committee: 2011 Elections Results
Update: Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Measures
The Board of Directors, after reviewing all of the responses submitted by members and the councils, formulated an organizational response on the inpatient psychiatric quality reporting measures proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The comments represent a collaboration between our membership, our councils, and our Board of Directors. Read the Organizational Response
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.