The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
APNA Members' Corner
: Coleen Corte, PhD, RN
: 385 new members since February!
President's Message: Spring - Time of Plans & Projects
In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy observed, “Spring is the time of plans and projects” and this is nowhere more true than in APNA. The program for APNA’s Clinical Pharmacology Institute, “Beyond Diagnosis: Dimensions of Psychopharmacologic Practice across the Lifespan,” (June 20-23) has been posted and the CPI Planning Committee has once again assembled an all-star lineup of presenters.
Improving Care: APNA and ENA Collaborate to Provide Better Care for Psychiatric Patients in the ED
“The emergency departments are impacted with psychiatric patients,” said Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. A clinical nurse specialist and educator, Nadler-Moodie often begins her presentations to emergency nurses by saying, “I know you don’t want to hear this, but you are a psych nurse. Twenty-five to 50 percent of your patients are psychiatric patients.”
Member News: Your Colleagues in the News!
Kathy Brotzge interviewed for Medical News; Lisa Cox named one of the "100 Great Iowa Nurses"; Carol Ross and husband create Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professorship in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill; Blog by Mona Shattel on Huff Post Women: Hooters Opens Nursing School; Christine Tebaldi featured in article: Storms bring some people to their breaking point; Teena McGuinness, Susanne Fogger, and Kathleen Troup, mentioned in article: UAB School of Nursing offers health care services in rural communities.
Member Profile: Coleen Corte, PhD, RN
A psychiatric mental health nurse was at the table! Last month, Coleen Corte, PhD, RN attended the 2013 National Nursing Research Roundtable: The Science of Chronic Illness Self-Management as APNA's representative. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Nurses Association and held in Bethesda, Maryland.
Call to Action: PMH Nursing & Primary Care
Let your colleagues who are involved in health care reform and health care workforce issues know about the important role that psych nurses play in the delivery primary care. President Beth Phoenix recently issued an APNA statement, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, which provides an overview of our role in the primary care workforce and how we fit into integrated care. Use the main points of this statement in your conversations with your colleagues and friends - eradicate misconceptions and ensure that evolving models of integrated care are inclusive and better able to meet the mental health needs of the population.
Continuing Education: RN Topics
Browse through our RN Specific Education page to find continuing nursing education tailored to your daily practice needs! This page is just the beginning - our online offerings cover a range of topics essential to the scope and standards of psychiatric mental health nursing practice.
In the works: A recovery to practice curriculum specifically for RNs in the inpatient setting, recognizing the crucial role you play in launching recovery-focused practice!
CPI: Earn Psychopharmacology Contact Hours
In addition to the opportunity to earn up to 23 contact hours, the 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute has lots to offer: crucial medication info, including drug interactions and/or side effects; sessions on mental health across the lifespan; a range of info for all levels of nursing practice - from cutting edge research to practical application through case examples; discussion of legal issues related to electronic health records and HIPAA regulations; info for nurses who work in all settings on topics like sleep, first episode psychosis and ADHD. Register by Monday, June 3rd to save! |
Mentoring: The Newly Streamlined APNA Mentor Match
Thanks to member feedback, we've revamped the APNA Mentor Match enrollment process and made it easier for prospective mentors and mentees to participate. The database of APNA Mentor Match participants is growing every day - check out our new resources, enroll in the program, and search for a mentor or mentee!
Annual Conference: Saddle up!
The Scholarly Review Committee is hard at work finalizing the APNA Annual Conference program. While we can't tell you the details yet, we can promise you that the APNA 27th Annual Conference, October 9-12, will be a hog-killin' time! (We've been told that's how cowboys say "a lot of fun".) Come October, saddle up your horses and head on over to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas for more than three days of continuing education and networking for psych nurses of all backgrounds. In the meantime, check out all that San Antonio has to offer:
Note on the program of the CPI Conference: The content of this CNE activity pertains to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.