RN Practice Resources


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals At Risk for Suicide
A guide for psychiatric registered nurses working in hospital settings that are relevant to assessment and management of hospitalized patients admitted to a psychiatric setting.

Centers for Disease Control Free Continuing Education: Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, how to apply individual strategies, and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. The course is divided into 13 units, with each unit taking about 15 minutes to complete. Earn up to 2.6 contact hours.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
From AHRQ, Handbook covering a wide range of issues and literature on patient safety and quality health care. Offers insight into factors that determine the quality and safety of health care as well as patient, nurse, and systems outcomes.

Nurse Claim Reports
Claim reports from the Nurses Services Organization, including liability reports and a risk control self-assessment checklist for RNs.

Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist
Developed for Veterans Affairs Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units for environmental hazards. The purpose is to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm. The checklist has been used in all VA mental health units since October 2007.

Evidence-Based Practices

SAMHSA's national registry of evidence-based practices and programs

National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the US Department of Health and Human Services, a searchable database of US and Canada national guidelines/standards of care.

Compassion Fatigue

Health and Human Rights Info: Helping the Helpers
Section devoted to resources on compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress for mental health workers. Includes articles, tools, guidelines, and learning modules.

ProQOL.org: Professional Quality of Life Scale
Free tool used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.


Free Webinar Series on Compliance from the National Council for Behavioral Health
Part 1: New Roles for Case Managers in Integrated Health Systems
Covers new developments in the healthcare system that demand changes in traditional case management and demonstrates how one case manager and supervisor have implemented these changes. (Recorded from October 10, 2013 presentation.)
Part 2: New Roles for Case Managers in Integrated Health Systems
Wednesday, October 30, 2013  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Covers strategies for building strong partnerships with primary care, and working across different "cultures" to better serve people with behavioral and physical health challenges. (Recorded from October 30, 2013 presentation.)

Deposition Preparation for Nursing Professionals
From NSO, this video defines what a deposition is, describes the process, provides useful advice related to deposition preparation, and offers specific examples through mock depositions.

APNA Publications

Scope and Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
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Tobacco Dependence Information Center
Important manuals, papers, presentations, guidelines, and links regarding tobacco dependence.

Choice & Challenge: Caring for Aggressive Adults Across Levels of Care
Designed for nurses, nursing assistants and other caregivers, this training program powerfully conveys the challenges faced by hospital and nursing home staff, while providing practical solutions to a variety of everyday problems. A 23-Minute training video with supportive printed materials, developed by APNA.