RN Practice Resources


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals At Risk for Suicide
A guide for inpatient psychiatric-mental health registered nurses for the assessment and management of hospitalized patients admitted to a psychiatric setting.

Key Components/Elements of a Safe Environment
As identified by members of the APNA Institute for Safe Environments, nine elements of a safe environment and associated resources for each.

Centers for Disease Control Free Continuing Education: Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, how to apply individual strategies, and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. The course is divided into 13 units, with each unit taking about 15 minutes to complete. Earn up to 2.6 contact hours.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
From AHRQ, Handbook covering a wide range of issues and literature on patient safety and quality health care. Offers insight into factors that determine the quality and safety of health care as well as patient, nurse, and systems outcomes.

Nurse Claim Reports
Claim reports from the Nurses Services Organization, including liability reports and a risk control self-assessment checklist for RNs.

Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist
Developed for Veterans Affairs Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units for environmental hazards. The purpose is to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm. The checklist has been used in all VA mental health units since October 2007.

APNA Position Statement: Workplace Violence
Recommendations for environmental safety, education, and research, both globally and specific to each setting, developed by an APNA Task Force.

ANA Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence
Articulates the American Nurses Association (ANA) position with regard to individual and shared roles and responsibilities of registered nurses and employers to create and sustain a culture of respect, free of incivility, bullying and workplace violence.

Evidence-Based Practice

Scope and Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Click here to access the eBook, available to APNA members as a feature of membership.

APNA Transitions in Practice
An online self-paced program that provides 15 hours of continuing nursing education and assists RNs in acquiring evidence based knowledge and skills that are foundational to providing psychiatric mental health nursing care.

SAMHSA's national registry of evidence-based practices and programs

National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the US Department of Health and Human Services, a searchable database of US and Canada national guidelines/standards of care.

Compassion Fatigue

Health and Human Rights Info: Helping the Helpers
Section devoted to resources on compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress for mental health workers. Includes articles, tools, guidelines, and learning modules.

ProQOL.org: Professional Quality of Life Scale
Free tool used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.