President's Message: Happy Nurses Week!
If you missed the President's special Nurses Week message, here it is! My President’s Message usually focuses on psychiatric mental health nursing because of course, that’s what we do. For Nurses Week however, it seems appropriate to remember that we, as psychiatric mental health nurses, are first and foremost nurses. Every year National Nurses Week begins on National Nurses Day, May 6th, and ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th. It’s a time to celebrate the importance of nursing in healthcare and reaffirm our commitment to it. The word “nurse” itself is a special word. (Cont'd)
Member Profile: Darlene Cadigan, RN
This month we would like to welcome a brand new APNA member and highlight the unique way she came to join APNA. Darlene Cadigan, RN, a New Jersey native, has been in nursing for over 30 years. She has worked as a team leader on an inpatient psychiatric and detox unit, as a staff nurse for the New Jersey Woodbridge Public Health Department, at a nursing home, and at a community hospital. She currently works with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey as a Community Health Nurse and Staff Nurse in their Mobile Outreach Clinic Program. In her free time she volunteers with the Red Cross and the King of Kings Lutheran Church. (Cont'd)
Member News: Shirley Smoyak, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Smoyak was inducted as an honorary fellow into the Royal College of Nursing in April. According to the Royal College of Nursing: "From her ground breaking programme of workshops on group and individual therapy for hospitalised patients delivered to practicing staff nurses in state and psychiatric hospitals in the 1960s - which advanced the skills, knowledge and professionalism of psychiatric nurses in the US and beyond - to her pioneering work on nurse-patient interaction, Professor Smoyak’s teaching, research and scholarship have helped to shape all aspects of psychiatric and mental health nursing worldwide." We'd like to extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Smoyak for receiving such a well-deserved honor! Read the Royal College of Nursing's Announcement
Chapter Spotlight: A Meeting of the Minds in California
“It was a good day to be a psych nurse,” says California Chapter President Jolie Browar of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Minds. On May 10th over 1100 mental health professionals and consumers gathered in Orange County for this conference. The Meeting of the Minds works to promote community awareness and improve the quality of life for mental health consumers. Meeting Chairman Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN, BC, a member of the APNA California Chapter herself, extended an invitation to APNA to participate in what was this year, the largest gathering of mental health professional and consumer groups in the western United States. (Cont'd)
IMHA - Taking the Lead in Grassroots Advocacy
The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is APNA's conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory, and policy matters affecting psychiatric nursing and mental health. With so much happening in health care, we continue to need your help as we coordinate our efforts and respond as an organization. As members and volunteer leaders, your contributions are invaluable in continuing the dialogue surrounding mental health care and the practice of psychiatric nursing. Follow this link to see a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation post about participating in nationwide conversations about healthcare. They provide simple and effective strategies to advocate and become actively engaged.
RN PMH Council - Online Interview
RN-PMH Council Co-Chair Jim Shearer recently gave an interview about psychiatric mental health nursing for bestnursingdegree.com, a website that offers information on nursing education and careers to prospective and current nursing students. His informative and thoughtful responses in the interview serve as a great pitch for psychiatric mental health nursing. Thanks for doing the interview and congratulations, Jim! To view the video, visit: http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/psychiatric-mental-health-nursing/ (scroll down to see the video)
New Child and Adolescent Resources
In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Day on May 3rd, we announced a new section in our Resource Center: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources. Resources include reports from SAMHSA on adolescent substance abuse, podcasts from NIMH about ADHD, fact sheets from NAMI and much more - and this is just the beginning. We will continue to expand this section along with the rest of the Resource Center as more valuable resources and tools become available. We hope that you will find it helpful! Child and Adolescent Resources Page
Books: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice
"The need for sleep education in nursing is huge," says Geoffry Phillips McEnany, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, APNA member and co-editor of this month's book, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice. This brand new text (it was just published last month!) was written especially to address that lack. It is the first comprehensive evidence-based book in nursing to focus on the prevention and treatment of sleep disorders and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. (Cont'd)
Don't Miss the CPI Early Bird!
Register for the APNA 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute by June 1st to get the early bird member rate of just $375, a $50 discount from the regular registration rate. The 9th Annual APNA CPI will take place June 16-19 in Reston, VA. Attendees will be able to earn up to 24.25 continuing education contact hours. Visit www.apna.org/CPI for more information and to register.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
New Members: 25 New Members in 1 Day - APNA Pennsylvania Chapter
The APNA Pennsylvania Chapter recently sponsored a booth at the Contemporary Forum's Psychiatric Nursing 2011 Conference in Philadelphia. Their Membership Committee Chairperson Nancy Scheutz and Treasurer Kathy Lindsay signed up 25 new APNA members on the spot! Great work! View the list of our 343 new APNA members since March 2011.