Research Council

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The Research Council recognizes the need to develop an infrastructure to support APNA collaboration, development, and dissemination of psychiatric nursing research and to advance evidence-based practice as a core competency of professional psychiatric nurses. 

The Research Council’s Strategic Plan is consistent with the APNA Strategic Plan, Goal I: To develop and disseminate knowledge to advance evidence-based psychiatric mental health practice.

Click here to listen to listen to the Research Council's Interactive Panel from the 2013 APNA Annual Conference.

  • The panel offers guidance on applying, finding resources, working with mentors, and preparing strong applications for the 2014 funding cycle.

 

 
Research Council Objectives
  • Promote research focused on issues of relevance to psychiatric mental health nursing
    • Create an electronic research database to facilitate connections and collaborations among APNA researchers. Foster linkages among APNA researchers
      Actions:
      • Encourage each active researcher in APNA to create and maintain a member profile that can be linked to the RC website (See # 3 below)
      • Compile and maintain a profile of APNA researchers, topics, funding, publications and link to the website
  • Assist members in developing skills needed to successfully move a research agenda forward and apply for and receive funding
    • Actions:
      • Submit an offering on proposal development (e.g. APNA conference; website course)
      • Submit an offering on developing writing skills for publications (e.g. APNA conference; website course)
      • Provide forums for research mentorship where members can dialogue with researchers (e.g. APNA conference; website forum)
      • Develop a nursing research resource page with links to various research groups, literature databases, and funding agencies (SNRS, ENRS, NINR, Robert Wood Johnson, Pubmed, Agency for Health Care Policy & Research, etc.)
  • Encourage exchange among nurse scientists studying psychiatric mental health issues, psychiatric nurse clinicians and psychiatric nursing educators
    • Create a “café and clearing house” for research within APNA
      Actions:
      • Develop the Council website to foster interest in research activities within APNA
      • Host a web forum on research in PMH nursing research
      • Use “responders” as the initial group of “live” members
      • Develop and submit an interactive panel for the APNA Annual Conference
    • Support the dissemination of research focused on psychiatric mental health issues
      Actions:
      • Develop the Council website to link members with current electronic research reports(what are the copyright laws here?)
      • Initiate a conversation with the editor and editorial board of JAPNA to develop a joint plan with JAPNA to stimulate research submissions
  • Assist members to conduct, understand and apply scientific evidence to practice
    • Offer continuing education to increase competency of practitioners to identify, evaluate, apply and re-evaluate research
      Actions:
      • Create offering(s) pertinent to EBP to APNA members (e.g. APNA conference; website course)

Research Council Members