APNA Statements & Position Papers

APNA Organizational Responses and Endorsed Letters

Organizational Responses
APNA provides input and comments on issues that affect psychiatric mental health nursing. These responses generally are the product of collaboration between the membership, councils, and Board of Directors.

Endorsed Letters
APNA actively supports health care reform. To do so, we work with and through a number of coalitions. The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy reviews letters regarding pertinent legislative issues and determines whether or not we will endorse them.

APNA Position Papers - View All

Competencies for Nurse-Assessment and Management of Inpatient Suicide Risk
Completed and released in February 2015.

Seclusion & Restraint Position Statement and Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice
Originally written in 2000, Revised in 2007, Revised in 2014

Competency-Based Training for PMH Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide
Completed and released in August 2013.

Adoption of SBIRT in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice
Completed and released in September 2012.

Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units
Completed and released in September 2011.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Position Statement
Completed and released in January 2011.

Workplace Violence Position Statement
Completed and released in March 2009.

Tobacco Dependence Position Statement
Completed and released in October 2008.

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