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President's Message: Spring - Time of Plans & Projects

Improving Care: APNA Collaboration with ENA

Member News: Your Colleagues in the News!

Member Profile: Coleen Corte, PhD, RN

Call to Action: PMH Nursing & Primary Care

Continuing Education: RN Topics

CPI: Earn Psychopharm Contact Hrs

Mentoring: Newly Streamlined Mentor Match

Annual Conference: Saddle up!

Resource Roundup: April New Resources

New Members: 385 new members since February!

President's Message: Spring - Time of Plans & Projects
In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy observed, “Spring is the time of plans and projects” and this is nowhere more true than in APNA.  The program for APNA’s Clinical Pharmacology Institute, “Beyond Diagnosis: Dimensions of Psychopharmacologic Practice across the Lifespan,” (June 20-23) has been posted and the CPI Planning Committee has once again assembled an all-star lineup of presenters. Cont'd


Improving Care: APNA and ENA Collaborate to Provide Better Care for Psychiatric Patients in the ED
“The emergency departments are impacted with psychiatric patients,” said Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. A clinical nurse specialist and educator, Nadler-Moodie often begins her presentations to emergency nurses by saying, “I know you don’t want to hear this, but you are a psych nurse. Twenty-five to 50 percent of your patients are psychiatric patients.” Cont'd


Member News: Your Colleagues in the News!
Kathy Brotzge interviewed for Medical News; Lisa Cox named one of the "100 Great Iowa Nurses"; Carol Ross and husband create Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill;  Blog by Mona Shattel on Huff Post Women: Hooters Opens Nursing School; Christine Tebaldi featured in article: Storms bring some people to their breaking point; Teena McGuinness, Susanne Fogger, and Kathleen Troup,  mentioned in article: UAB School of Nursing offers health care services in rural communities. More Info


Member Profile: Coleen Corte, PhD, RN
A psychiatric mental health nurse was at the table! Last month, Coleen Corte, PhD, RN attended the 2013 National Nursing Research Roundtable: The Science of Chronic Illness Self-Management as APNA's representative. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Nurses Association and held in Bethesda, Maryland. Cont'd


Call to Action: PMH Nursing & Primary Care
Let your colleagues who are involved in health care reform and health care workforce issues know about the important role that psych nurses play in the delivery primary care. President Beth Phoenix recently issued an APNA statement, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, which provides an overview of our role in the primary care workforce and how we fit into integrated care. Use the main points of this statement in your conversations with your colleagues and friends - eradicate misconceptions and ensure that evolving models of integrated care are inclusive and better able to meet the mental health needs of the population. Primary Care Statement


Continuing Education: RN Topics
Browse through our RN Specific Education page to find continuing nursing education tailored to your daily practice needs! This page is just the beginning - our online offerings cover a range of topics essential to the scope and standards of psychiatric mental health nursing practice. RN Specific Education
In the works: A recovery to practice curriculum specifically for RNs in the inpatient setting, recognizing the crucial role you play in launching recovery-focused practice!


CPI: Earn Psychopharmacology Contact Hours
In addition to the opportunity to earn up to 23 contact hours, the 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute has lots to offer: crucial medication info, including drug interactions and/or side effects; sessions on mental health across the lifespan; a range of info for all levels of nursing practice - from cutting edge research to practical application through case examples; discussion of legal issues related to electronic health records and HIPAA regulations; info for nurses who work in all settings on topics like sleep, first episode psychosis and ADHD. Register by Monday, June 3rd to save! Register Now  |  Program Info


Mentoring: The Newly Streamlined APNA Mentor Match
Thanks to member feedback, we've revamped the APNA Mentor Match enrollment process and made it easier for prospective mentors and mentees to participate. The database of APNA Mentor Match participants is growing every day - check out our new resources, enroll in the program, and search for a mentor or mentee! community.apna.org/Mentoring


Annual Conference: Saddle up!
The Scholarly Review Committee is hard at work finalizing the APNA Annual Conference program. While we can't tell you the details yet, we can promise you that the APNA 27th Annual Conference, October 9-12, will be a hog-killin' time! (We've been told that's how cowboys say "a lot of fun".) Come October, saddle up your horses and head on over to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas for more than three days of continuing education and networking for psych nurses of all backgrounds. In the meantime, check out all that San Antonio has to offer: More Info


Resource Roundup
  • Emergency Nurse Resources: Suicide Prevention Tips for Emergency Medical Services and the Workplace
  • Medication Updates: FDA updates on reformulated OxyContin; First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness
  • Recovery Educational Opportunities: Recovery to Practice Webinar-The Affordable Care Act and Implications for Recovery-Oriented Practice
  • Military Mental Health Resources: Free app available for Apple and Android devices for military health providers; Military to Civilian Occupational Translator from Military Connection; VA online training series - From the War Zone to the Home Front
  • Health Care Reform Advocacy: Nursing Community letter to Sen. Murray re: Children's Trauma Recovery Act; Nursing Community testimony re: FY 2014 appropriations for Nursing Workforce Development; Nursing Community letter to Government Accountability Office re: Reappointment of Dr. Naylor; Nursing Community letters to President Obama, US House, and Co-Chair of House Nursing Caucus
  • Other Educational Opportunities: PCP Integrated Care Event
  • Integrated Care Recent Developments: NIH study shows people with serious mental illnesses can lose weight
  • Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events: new podcast from SAMHSA
  • APRN Resources: First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness; Scope of Practice Legislation Database


Note on the program of the CPI Conference:  The content of this CNE activity pertains to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.