APNA Press Releases
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2014
9/4/14
10 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Recognized with 2014 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Awards
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association honors ten psychiatric-mental health nurses for excellence in mental health care and wellness promotion.
 
7/29/14
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces Newly-Elected Members of Board of Directors
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association elects four members to its Board of Directors: Mary Ann Nihart, Susan Dawson, Wailua Brandman, Leslie Oleck
 
7/8/14
Continuing Nursing Education for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses – Registration is Open for the APNA 28th Annual Conference
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 28th Annual Conference will offer attendees the opportunity to earn more than 130 continuing nursing education contact hours through scientific and educational sessions, symposia, interactive panels, and posters tailored for psychiatric-mental health nurses.
 
6/26/14
To Support Safe Delivery of Health Care to Persons with Mental Illness, APNA Releases Updated Standards of Practice and Position Paper on Use of Seclusion and Restraint
To support psychiatric-mental health nurses in reducing the use of seclusion and restraint in the provision of health care, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association has updated its Position Statement on the Use of Seclusion and Restraint and the Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice, and is making them available to the public online.
 
5/16/14
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Offers Pre-Order Discount for 2014 Edition of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
The 2014 Edition of “Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice” will be released this coming June. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is pleased to offer the option to pre-order copies of the new edition at a 38% discount off the list price through June 16, 2014 ($18.50 for APNA members and $25.00 for nonmembers).
 
5/13/14
As Tenure as Journal Editor-in-Chief Approaches 10 years, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Applauds Karen Farchaus Stein’s Substantial Accomplishments
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors recognizes the exceptional leadership of Karen Farchaus Stein as she begins a 2 year extension of her contract, which will see her completing a full 10 years as Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) Editor-in-Chief. To assure that JAPNA will continue to enjoy strong editorial leadership, APNA is launching the search for a candidate to assume the position on January 1, 2016.
 
3/31/14
Integrated Care Expert Discusses Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing in Integrated Health Care for American Psychiatric Nurses Association Policy Forum
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) announces a new online presentation, Policy Implications of Integrated Care, in which psychiatric-mental health nurse and authority on integrated mental health policy Sharon Katz, FPMH-APRN, CRNP explores the policy implications of integrated care, especially with regards to psychiatric-mental health nursing.
 
3/6/14
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Names Colleen Corte as Associate Editor for its Journal
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors has named Colleen Corte to the new position of Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Corte will work with current Editor Karen Stein to continue to develop and grow the peer-reviewed journal.
 
2/12/14
14 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Named to American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the fourteen new members of its Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. APNA will support these psychiatric-mental health nurses in the implementation of promising smoking cessation initiatives as a part of the organization’s broader commitment to meeting the health needs of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.
 
1/24/14
Importance of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and Mental Health Care Highlighted by APNA President-Elect Susie Adams on National Call with HHS
Yesterday, on a national call for nurses organized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) President-Elect Susie Adams emphasized the important part that psychiatric-mental health nurses play in the delivery of holistic health care.
 
1/16/14
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference: 2014 Call for Abstracts - Building Connections: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Perspectives
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is calling for abstracts to be presented at the APNA 28th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Submissions will be accepted until March 4, 2014.
 
2013
12/9/13
APNA Collaborates to Ensure that Parity is a Reality
On Friday, December 6th, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association was proud to be the only nursing organization present and able to offer nursing's perspectives at a meeting focused on how to help ensure the effective implementation of mental health parity.This collaboration of 25 key national health and mental health organizations was hosted by long time parity advocate Patrick Kennedy.
 
11/25/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Creates Virtual Nursing Academy of Champions for Smoking Cessation to Encourage Evidence-Based Tobacco Dependence Interventions
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is currently accepting applications for the new Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. 12-15 APNA members with promising smoking cessation interventions will receive an honorarium of $1,000, complimentary registration to the APNA 28th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and access to an online knowledge-sharing community.
 
10/9/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Membership Expanded to Include eMembership in the American Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is thrilled to now provide its members, as a part of their APNA membership, with the option of eMembership in the American Nurses Association (ANA).
 
9/18/2013
20 Nursing Students Awarded 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
10 graduate and 10 undergraduate nursing students have been named recipients of the inaugural APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship, which includes complimentary registration, travel and lodging to the APNA 27th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas; one year complimentary membership in the APNA, and significant opportunities for mentorship and participation in psychiatric mental health nursing initiatives.
 
8/27/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Identifies Urgent Need for Competency-Based Suicide Prevention Training for Psychiatric Mental Health RNs
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has issued a position paper, "Competency-based Training for Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide", which is printed in the July/August issue in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
 
8/20/13
Affordable Care Act Resource Center for Nurses and Mental Health Professionals Launched by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces an online resource, http://www.apna.org/ACA, which provides information on the current and future changes implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
 
7/31/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces Recipients of the 2013 APNA Annual Awards
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association honors nine psychiatric mental health nurses who demonstrate excellence in PMH nursing.
 
7/18/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Elects New Members to Board of Directors
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces newest members elected to its Board of Directors.
 
7/9/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Receives CNE Accreditation with Distinction From American Nurses Credentialing Center
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has achieved accreditation with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
 
7/2/13
APNA Supports the Expansion of APRN Prescriptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone)
Buprenorphine, an opioid receptor partial agonist, is a Schedule III drug that currently can only be prescribed by physicians with specialized training and separate DEA authorization.
 
6/28/13
American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation Awards Research Grants to Two Doctoral Nursing Students
Two psychiatric mental health nurse researchers have been awarded $5,000 grants and complimentary registration to the APNA 27th Annual Conference by the American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation.
 
6/3/13
White House National Conference on Mental Health Calls for National Dialogue to Reduce Stigma
The President and Vice President are hosting a National Conference on Mental Health today, June 3rd, in order to discuss how to reduce stigma and encourage those with mental health concerns to seek help. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is attending the conference at the invitation of the President along with other leaders in mental health from across the country.
 
5/8/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses for Delivering Quality & Innovative Care for National Nurses Week and Mental Health Month
Psychiatric Mental Health Registered Nurses (RNs) dedicate every week to saving lives, providing high-quality patient care, and finding innovative solutions to improve patients’ health. National Nurses Week, May 6-12, which falls during Mental Health Awareness Month, affords the opportunity to recognize psychiatric mental health RNs for their contributions.
 
1/10/13
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Calls for Abstracts for 27th Annual Conference
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is now accepting abstracts to be considered for presentation at its 27th Annual Conference, October 9-12, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Submissions will be accepted until March 4, 2013.
 
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2012
12/20/12
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Calls for Increased Access to Mental Health Care to Prevent Tragic Loss of Life
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) calls for swift action to address factors that will increase access to mental health services and help prevent more senseless acts of violence.
 
11/28/12
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Consumer Advocate Eric Arauz Named Champions of Psychiatric Nursing by APNA
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association recognized Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Consumer Advocate Eric Arauz with the “Champion of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing” award for their dedication to fighting mental health stigma and their support of psychiatric mental health nursing.
 
 
09/26/12
SBIRT Early Screening and Intervention Approach for Substance Use Disorders Endorsed by APNA
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) issues position paper calling for the adoption of the early intervention health approach, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), into all clinical settings.
 
09/13/12
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Celebrates National Recovery Month and National Wellness Week with Free Continuing Education on Psychopharmacology and Recovery
To honor National Recovery Month, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association offers psychopharmacological continuing nursing education at no cost to all health professionals during National Wellness Week (9/17-23) and at no cost to APNA members during the entire month of September.
 
08/27/12
30 Nursing Students Awarded 2012 APNA Janssen Student Scholarships by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
15 graduate and 15 undergraduate nursing students have been awarded the APNA Janssen Student Scholarship, which includes complimentary registration, travel and lodging to attend the APNA 26th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, plus a one year complimentary membership in the APNA.
 
08/16/12
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Applauds the Release of New Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs
APNA took part in the review and revision of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs and fully endorses the new version, particularly its support of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
 
07/31/12
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces Recipients of the 2012 APNA Annual Awards
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association recognizes nine psychiatric mental health nurses and one chapter for exemplifying excellence in PMH nursing and for outstanding contributions to APNA.
 
07/11/12
Military Mental Health and Psychiatric Medication Practices: New Online Continuing Nursing Education Released by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) presents a new CNE podcast, Military Mission, Culture, and Psychopharmacologic Considerations, available now in the APNA eLearning Center.
 
05/04/12
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Celebrates National Nurses Week and Mental Health Month with Free Continuing Nursing Education on Mindfulness
Psychiatric-mental health nurses’ association honors nurses and promotes mental health with free continuing education on incorporating mindfulness and reflection into nursing practice.
 
04/11/12
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Joins Forces with First Lady Obama and Dr. Biden to Support Veterans and Military Families
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Partners with Organizations in the Nursing Community to Educate Nurses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
 
01/11/12
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Opens Call for Abstract Proposals for 26th Annual Conference
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is now accepting abstract proposals for its 26th Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Submissions will be accepted until March 5, 2012.
 
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2011
12/08/11
Rosalynn Carter, Patrick Kennedy, and Linda Burnes Bolton to Give Keynote Addresses at American Psychiatric Nurses Association's 2012 Annual Conference
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces the keynote speakers for its 26th Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and nursing leader Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN.
 
10/17/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Elects New Members to Board of Directors
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces four new members elected to its Board of Directors and three new members elected to the 2012 Nominating Committee.
 
09/21/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Forms New Recovery Council
In a continuation of its recovery initiative, APNA establishes a Recovery Council to facilitate the promotion of recovery principles throughout psychiatric mental health care.
 
09/15/11
Recommendations for Developing Safe Nurse Staffing Models on Inpatient Psychiatric Units Issued by American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association releases a position statement on staffing inpatient psychiatric units which calls for the development of new staffing models to promote the optimal use of psychiatric mental health nurses in hospital settings.
 
09/07/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Celebrates National Recovery Month with Free Continuing Education
In Honor of National Recovery Month, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Offers Free Continuing Nursing Education on Mental Health Recovery.
 
08/25/11
Continuing Nursing Education: Podcasts on Clinical Psychopharmacology Released by American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Podcasts provide updates on clinical psychopharmacology and on-the-go continuing nursing education.
 
07/07/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces the Recipients of the 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship
15 graduate and 15 undergraduate students have been awarded the APNA Janssen Student Scholarship. Each of these students has displayed a commitment to psychiatric mental health nursing and the aptitude to excel in the field. The scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration, travel and lodging to attend the APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, plus a one year complimentary membership in the APNA.
 
06/14/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Seven Nurses for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is pleased to recognize seven exceptional psychiatric mental health nurses for their extraordinary dedication to psychiatric mental health care. These nurses will be honored during presentations throughout the APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, October 19-22, 2011.
 
03/16/11
New E-Learning Site for Online Continuing Nursing Education Launched by American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s new eLearning Center offers quality online continuing education in a user-friendly format at http://elearning.apna.org/. In addition, APNA is pleased to announce a bonus points program as a feature of the site and a new member benefit.
 
03/09/11
APNA Issues Recommendations for Aligning Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing With Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association issues a series of recommendations for changes needed to position psychiatric-mental health nursing to be in compliance with the new Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Regulation. The recommendations promote a uniform approach for entry to practice so that future psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nurses will have the full scope of practice to address mental health and psychiatric needs across the lifespan.
 
02/15/11
Experts in Health Care to Give Keynote Addresses at American Psychiatric Nurses Association 25th Annual Conference
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association names Jean Watson, BSN, MS, PhD; Pamela S. Hyde, JD; and Catherine Dower, JD as keynote speakers for the APNA 25th Annual Conference. APNA is also currently accepting abstract proposals to be considered for presentation at the conference.
 
01/27/11
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Supports Electroconvulsive Therapy as an Effective and Proven Treatment
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors issues a position statement supporting Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) as an effective and proven treatment for severe depression. APNA recommends that the Food and Drug Administration classify appropriately ECT devices to ensure that electroconvulsive therapy remains accessible to patients.
 
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