The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
APNA Members' Corner
: Katherine Baltazar - Working Amongst the Lakota
: 471 new members since June!
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy … Hope you are all getting a chance to chillax this summer—you earned it! But don’t get so laid-back that you forget to register for APNA’s Annual conference in San Antonio. Not only can you earn up to 27 continuing education contact hours by attending the exciting conference sessions, the conference also offers opportunities to review for certification exams, network with colleagues and perhaps meet in person the mentor or mentee you’ve connected with on Mentor Match.
Member Profile: Katherine Baltazar - Working Amongst the Lakota
The three months Katherine Baltazar spent amongst the Lakota tribe in South Dakota after she graduated from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program were eye-opening. With the Lakota she experienced “spiritual strength,” unique humor, and resilience, coupled with substance use, poverty, and teen suicide. In this combination Baltazar, who is a Catholic Medical Mission Sister, found not only a deeply-rooted empathy and desire to help, but also an opportunity for her own personal development.
Diane Allen published an article titled Staying Safe: Re-examining Workplace Violence in Acute Psychiatric Settings; Nadine Dexter named Chief Nursing Officer of Eating Recovery Center; Gary Jobgen given the Salute to Excellence Award; Bernadette Melnyk participates in Construction of Million Hearts Educational Module and her Letter to the Editor published in The Columbus Dispatch; R. John Repique appointed to the Program Committee for the 2014 NAPHS Annual Meeting and his Op-Ed published in the Miami Herald; Matt Tierney featured in UCSF Science of Caring Publication.
Recovery Pearl: A Meaningful Life as a Component of Recovery
by Jennifer Barut, MSN, RN-BC, APNA Recovery Council
A “meaningful life” describes a person’s satisfaction with life and feelings of purpose. A meaningful life is about engaging in activities and with people that the person loves and that matter to him or her. Helping consumers to identify and pursue personal meaning in his or her life (for example, working at a part-time job, having the energy to play with grandchildren, or managing medications independently) will help promote recovery.
Annual Awards: Meet the 2013 Recipients
Click on the recipients' names to learn a little bit more about their work, their achievements, and their thoughts on psychiatric mental health nursing:
Continuing Education: A Baker's Dozen of New CE
12 podcasts from the 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute are now online in the APNA eLearning Center. From medication and epigenetics to HIPAA and policy, this cutting edge, practical, and evidence-based continuing education will help you advance your practice and update your knowledge.
We have a new podcast for graduate nurse educators, just in time for the new academic year: Integration of Recovery Principles for Advanced Practice Educators. Earn up to 1.0 contact hours while learning strategies for incorporating the principles of recovery into a graduate nursing program.
Resource Roundup: Affordable Care Act Resources & More
In collaboration with the Health Resources and Human Services Administration, APNA has created an online resource section devoted to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its offerings include information about the upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace, free CE for healthcare professionals, print materials for distribution to consumers, and research & other information on how nurses will be affected by the ACA.
More new resources on the APNA Website:
- : SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
- : Letter in support of the Home Healthcare Improvement Planning Act, Nursing Community letter to Marilyn Tavenner
- : Neuroimaging following mTBI in the Non-Deployed Setting Clinical Recommendation
- : Archived webinar on the latest scope of practice state legislation, National Hospital Care Survey - info for participating
- : 20% off books by Carol Kivler for APNA members!
- : SAMHSA Report - Coalitions and Community Health: Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care
- : AHRQ Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety, Free CE from the CDC on workplace violence prevention
- : SAMHSA toolkit for community conversations about mental health, Mental Health First Aid training program info
- : New federal guidelines for managing occupational exposure to HIV, FDA Safety Alert - Benzotropine Mesylate Injection recall, FDA Safety Alert re: Zyprexa Relprevv (Olanzapine Pamoate)
Board of Directors Student Scholars: The Class of 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars! These 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students will receive registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 27th Annual Conference, October 9-12, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the scholars will enjoy one year complimentary membership in the APNA and opportunities to participate in APNA mentorships and initiatives.
Position Paper: Inpatient Intervention & Suicide Prevention Training for PMHRNs
An APNA position paper entitled "Competency-based Training for Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide” has just been published in the July/August issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. It was written by members of the Continuing Education Branch of the Education Council and was adopted as the official position of APNA by the Board of Directors in June.
APNA 27th Annual Conference
In charming San Antonio and with the opportunity to earn more than 85 contact hours, you can’t afford to miss the premiere event for psychiatric mental health nursing. There will be lots of time for fun and networking, too - just ask Simon and Verna!
APNA a Member of the CFC Mental Health & Addiction Network
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has approved APNA's participation in the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of the Mental Health and Addiction Network. Beginning in September, federal employees will be able to designate a portion of their payroll to a charity of their choice, such as APNA. Donations will be made through payroll deductions throughout 2014. Federal Employees who would like to designate a portion of their payroll to APNA can use the CFC designation code 12516 to do so.