President's Message: Shine a Light on It! Recently, the profile of mental illness and mental health treatment have been advanced through professional journals, list-serve feeds, The Affordable Care Act, the President’s National Conference on Mental Health, Veterans’ Mental Health needs, and even the high profile debates about the DSM-5. The progress in the ways health care providers perceive and respond to the mental health needs of patients is encouraging. (Cont'd)
Member Profile: Joseph Holshoe on Sleep & Antidepressants "There are many misconceptions about antidepressants and sleep," says Joseph Holshoe, MSN, PMHNP-BC, a Commander in the US Public Health Service and a Behavioral Health Consultant at the Naval health Center New England. "Many 'sedating' antidepressants disrupt and impair sleep and the sedating effects we desire may come from broken and ineffective sleep architecture." (Cont'd)
Member News: Op-ed co-authored by Kirstyn Kameg published by the Pittsburgh Gazette; Darlene Pederson's Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing – PsychNotes: Clinical Pocket Guide 4th edition awarded First Place by the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards; Op-ed by R. John Repique published by the Miami Herald; R. John Repique featured in Oncology Nurse Advisor article; Article by Donna Riemer published in SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Highlights Newsletter; Judith Shindul-Rothschild given the Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award by MARN; Susie Adams, Edie Barbero, and Theresa Adelman-Mullally recognized as 100 Inspiring Nursing Professors to Watch in 2014. Learn More
Annual Conference: Less than 1 week to submit an abstract! Share your knowledge; connect with colleagues; and further psychiatric-mental health nursing by adding to the literature and reaching an audience without limits: Submit an abstract by Tuesday, March 4th, for consideration as a presentation at the APNA 28th Annual Conference. Submit an Abstract!
CPI: Register now - Save $75, Earn up to 20 Continuing Education Contact Hours Come for the exciting program packed with info on the latest pharmacology treatments and research...stay for the camaraderie and opportunity to earn up to 20 continuing education contact hours. Program highlights include keynote addresses by Marcus Heilig, MD, PhD, the Clinical Director for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and Xavier Amador, PhD, founder and head of the LEAP Institute. Bonus: Registering by June 2nd will save you $75! Learn More
Meet your Champions: Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation On the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the need to address the alarmingly high rate of tobacco use in persons with psychiatric-mental illness and/or substance use disorders is more pressing than ever. We are therefore proud to be helping 13 psychiatric-mental health nurses implement their grassroots smoking cessation initiatives through the Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. These nurses, both RNs and APRNs who work in a variety of settings, will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, support in an online community, and complimentary registration to the APNA 28th Annual Conference. After implementation, the programs’ strategies and evaluation results will be disseminated through APNA continuing education programs and publications - so stay tuned! Learn More
Recovery Pearl: Self Awareness Reflections - By Connie Noll MA, BSN, RN-BC & brought to you by the APNA Recovery Council
Mirror, mirror, to be fair;
Am I ready for who’s out there?
Genuine, authentic, fully present, sincere
Can I coach them through their fear?
Am I ready to engage, connect, and empathize?
Can I really imagine life through their eyes?
Can I get past my own feelings, distractions, and noise?
Do I truly have something to give, unassuming, and with poise?
Will I preach, coerce, lecture, or rule?
Or let self-empowerment be their tool?
JAPNA: January/February Issue Now Online Check out this issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for the latest scholarly articles on topics such as the mental health of partners of Veterans with PTSD, neighborhood characteristics and depression among sexual minority young adults, and electronic health records. Plus, you can find the abstracts from last year's Annual Conference oral presentations published in this issue. Access to this content is free for APNA members and available to nonmembers through April 2, 2014. Learn More
Celebrate! Be proud of who you are because of what you do. In this video, Team Intelligence in Action: The Key to Nursing Voice and Patient Safety, Suzanne Gordon reminds you that you are not "just a nurse". She celebrates nurses and encourages you to find your voice and harness the power that you have as a nurse to ensure patient safety. View the Video
Grants & Scholarships
: 5th Annual Scholarship Competition for Graduate Students & Mental Health Trainees; Beck Institute Faculty Scholarship Competition; online nursing scholarship database
Other Educational Opportunities
: Free CE! NSO 2/27 webinar - Nurse Practitioner Liability Update: A Three-part Approach
; 2014-2015 APNA Endorsed CPNP Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course - Discounted price for members