The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
APNA Members' Corner
President's Message: Bringing It All Together

Annual Conference: Early Bird Deadline Reminder
Education Council: BSN Essentials
Member Profiles: Award Winning Nurses

Member News: Nurses in the News!

Continuing Education: Online CE Update

Scope & Standards: eBook for APNA Members

Resource Roundup: New & Online

New Members: 444 new members since June!

President's Message: Bringing It All Together
In this, my final President's Message, I would like to revisit several of the themes that I have examined over the past year. All have to do with articulating and celebrating the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that psychiatric-mental health nurses bring to the table, as well as... (Cont'd)

Annual Conference: Early Bird Deadline Reminder
1200+ psychiatric-mental health nurses will take over Indianapolis this October for 4 days of continuing education, networking, and celebrating our profession. Remember to register by Monday, September 8th in order to save! (Learn More & Register)

Education Council: BSN Essentials
Members of the Undergraduate Branch of the Education Council will be working over the next several years to develop resources to help undergraduate faculty ensure that BSN students receive the knowledge and skills they need to promote, assess, and respond to mental health needs, regardless of setting. (Learn More)

Member Profiles: Award Winning Nurses
From integrating Native American traditions into mental health care, to leading disaster mental health relief efforts, to advocating to improve inpatient care, this year's APNA Annual Awards Recipients are an inspiring group:

Member News: Psych Nurses in the News
Ellen Blair highlighted in West Hartford News for APNA Annual Award; Jessica Estes interviewed for USA Today article; Josh Hamilton subject of CBS Las Vegas Article; Paper by Nancy Hanrahan published in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing; Jane Mahoney recipient of the Texas Medical Center Richard E. Wainerdi Nurse Leader Award; Bernadette Melnyk appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Standing Committee;  Mary Ann Nihart featured in San Francisco Examiner article; Daryl Sharp featured in University of Rochester Medical Center News; Ursula Kelly,  Karan Kverno, Jeanine Loucks quoted in 2-part Nurse.com piece (More Info)

Continuing Education: Online CE Update
What's new in the APNA eLearning Center? In Special Skills for Psychiatric Nurses, find four new webinars: Keeping the Unit Safe, Integrating the Recovery Model into Undergraduate Nursing Education, Creating Safety on Inpatient Units: Trauma Informed Care, and The Power of Stories: Perspectives of a Nurse and a Person with Lived Experience on Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention. Options for earning psychopharm contact hours have also expanded: 58 session recordings from this year's Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute are now online.

Scope & Standards: eBook for APNA Members
Online access to the foundational resource of psychiatric-mental health nursing - The Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice eBook is now a part of APNA membership! (Learn More)

Resource Roundup: New Resources in the APNA Resource Center
  • Military & PTSD: 8/28 Free DCoE Webinar - A Population Approach to Treatment Engagement in Behavioral Health Care
  • Grants and Scholarships: Yearly Nursing Track scholarship
  • RN Resources: New research article in Health Affairs
  • Medication Updates: Belsomra approved to treat insomnia, AHRQ Clinician Summary - First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness, Targiniq ER with abuse-deterrent properties approved, Tramadol placed into Schedule IV of Controlled Substances Act
  • Substance Use: ONDCP 2014 Drug Control Strategy Fact Sheet 
  • Publications Discounts: 20% off select publications from Cambridge University Press for members
  • Traumatic Events: Disaster Substance Abuse Services: Planning and Preparedness podcast from SAMHSA
  • Recovery Programs: APNA Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice
  • APNA Advocacy: Congratulations to HHS Secretary Burwell, Nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of the VA, eEmergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014, VA work to modernize the VHA Nursing Handbook
  • Other Educational Opportunities: FREE CME Course - First-Generation Versus Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness

Military Mental Health: White House Announcement & PTSD Toolkit for Nurses
On August 26th the President announced 19 new executive actions to serve the military community, including new efforts to strengthen service members’ access to mental health care. Included in this announcement was a PTSD toolkit for nurses which provides easy to access information and simulation based on gaming techniques on how to identify, assess and refer veterans suffering from PTSD.

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