I am very pleased to report that APNA is currently experiencing unparalleled successes in the number and quality of national initiatives, educational programs, and member participation in committees and councils. If you were measuring our success on quantity, you would see a record number of: attendees at the previous APNA Annual Conference and Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute; abstract proposals submitted for review by our Scholarly Review Committee for the upcoming APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA; nominations for open positions on the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee in this year’s elections process; and solicited requests for feedback by a growing number of national organizations. These accomplishments show the robustness of our association and its membership...(Cont'd)
Integrated Care ACTion in Colorado
We all know that integrated care is an important and growing trend in healthcare. Our current system is fragmented and fraught with problems. The movement towards integrated care means embracing a patient-centered, seamless model that addresses the full spectrum of patient needs. Psychiatric nurses know the need for this better than most. The practicalities of implementing such a system, however, are complex. The Advancing Care Together (ACT) program is one project that is exploring the viable ways in which primary and mental health care can be blended together in a real world setting. APNA member Nancy Valentine, a member of ACT’s National Steering Committee, recently spoke with us about the project...Cont'd
Now earn up to 27 Continuing Education Contact Hours! A new symposium luncheon, Strategies for Achieving Remission of Major Depressive Disorder, has been added to Thursday, October 20th's program. At the luncheon, expect to earn 1.5 Contact Hours while actively evaluating current clinical practices, identifying areas for improvement in the management of major depressive disorder, and planning to make positive changes in order to improve patient outcomes. We invite you to submit a patient case from your practice to be considered for faculty feedback and discussion during the symposium. Please send an email to email@example.com to request a brief patient case form. Register for the Conference
As registration for the Annual Conference continues, we wanted to remind you of the new online community for conference attendees: Conference Connect. A community on Member Bridge, it offers a roommate finder group, an online discussion forum, a library for posting pictures, and more. Visit www.apna.org/ConferenceConnect for more information.
Session Podcasts – CE on-the-go!
This year’s conference registration fee includes access to the session recordings via the new APNA eLearning Center. Just use your Attendee Bonus Points to order sessions you might have missed during the live conference – now in a new podcast format. Listen to the recording at your computer, on your smartphone, in the car, wherever! Then come back to your account on the eLearning Center to take the post test and earn your CE. Now you can enjoy a more relaxed conference experience... if you miss a session on-site, you can get it later online! Learn more about CE at the conference.
Last month, over three hundred psychiatric mental health nurses gathered in Reston, Virginia for the APNA 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute. The program was built around the theme of recovery from pain, distress, and suffering across the lifespan and featured a superb lineup of psychiatric nurses, pharmacologists, consumers, and doctors as speakers. Highlights included a new preconference, some great keynote presentations, and a few novel ways of conveying psychopharmacological information. Dr. Barbara Limandri's preconference...Cont'd
Remember to Vote!
Let your voice be heard by participating in the 2011 APNA Elections: You can find the voter guide and cast your vote by going to the APNA elections website at www.apna.org/elections. The Steps to Vote page will guide you through the process to submit your ballot. All ballots must be electronically filed or postmarked no later than August 31, 2011 to be considered a valid vote. Thank you for your support of APNA and PMHN.
Recovery to Practice Task Force Updates
Recently, as year one of SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Initiative ended, our Recovery to Practice Task Force worked with other stakeholders in the program to create a joint statement. The statement emphasizes our commitment to shifting the paradigm towards an implementation of recovery-oriented practice. The Task Force has also completed its situational analysis, which summarizes our work thus far and recommends a plan for developing a curriculum. An Executive Summary of the document was featured in the July 7th issue of SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Weekly Highlights newsletter. Read the: Joint Statement, Executive Summary Situational Analysis
CMS Proposed Rules for CMHCs
You may have seen the recent discussion on the All-Purpose Discussion forum regarding CMS's proposed rule on Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Community Mental Health Centers. CMS is soliciting feedback on this proposed rule and our councils are hard at work reviewing it. We encourage you to submit your comments to CMS and to also share a copy of your comments with us for inclusion in APNA’s response from the Board of Directors. To do so, please email Lisa Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5th. More Information
Congrats to the 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship Recipients!
This scholarship program was established in partnership with Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs in order to recognize outstanding graduate and undergraduate nursing students who have demonstrated a passion for psychiatric mental health nursing, and to help foster the professional growth and development of these students within the psychiatric mental health nursing field. Click here to view the recipients.
New Additions to the Resource Center
A great deal of new resources have been added to the APNA Resource Center over the past month: Visit the Child and Adolescent Trauma Resources page for information on earning free continuing education via a six hour online course on Psychological First Aid. Check out several new programs and funding opportunities in the Grants and Scholarships section, and find information about a couple of new recovery-focused webinars and teleconferences in the Recovery to Practice Upcoming Educational Opportunities section. For a comprehensive listing of all of the additions to the Resource Center, visit the APNA Newsfeed's Quick Updates section here.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is Accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.