Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
2010 Award for Excellence in Leadership ~ Advanced
Cutting Edge. Pioneer. Visionary.
APNA Board of Directors Endorses
APNA / ISPN Joint Task Force Recommendations on the Implementation of the
“Consensus Model for APRN Regulation:
Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education”
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) convened a Joint Task Force to review the “Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education” and make recommendations on changes needed to position psychiatric-mental health nursing (PMHN) to be in compliance with the new model. This resulted in a presentation at the 24th Annual Conference to the membership in October 2010 and subsequently distribution of the recommendations to the entire membership for comment. The APNA Board of Directors adopted the report as the official position of the APNA.
The burgeoning mental health needs of the population demand access to highly qualified providers. Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses (PMH-APRN) include both the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner. Both are prepared at the graduate level in research, systems, and direct patient care to provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment, including psychopharmacological interventions and individual, family and group therapy, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention across the lifespan.
A quick introduction to licensure, accreditation, certification and education in psychiatric-mental health nursing.
APRN Consensus Model
Learn about the implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Consensus Model as it applies to psychiatric-mental health nursing.
Resources specific to the education component of LACE, including competencies, programs, and continuing education for educators.
Click on the links below to view the psychiatric mental health nursing graduate programs available in each state. Contact us at 855-863-APNA (2762) or firstname.lastname@example.org to add your current program to the list.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more
Resources regarding psychiatric-mental health care in emergency departments and more.
Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.
Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care
FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education
Military Mental Health & PTSD
Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals
Multiple Chronic Conditions
Resources on caring for persons with mental health and chronic conditions, including an HHS framework and APNA continuing education
Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more
A toolkit of resources and key messages which speak to the key role psychiatric-mental health nurses play in promoting safety.
PMH-APRN Scope of Practice Map (members only) - State by state guide to PMH-APRN scope of practice. Includes information pulled from each state's nurse practice act and more.
CNS Prescriptive Privileges by State (pdf) - From NCSBN, a January 2012 table detailing clinical nurse specialist prescriptive privileges by state.
CDC National Hospital Care Survey - APNA encourages your health facility to participate!
The National Hospital Care Survey provides nationally representative data on utilization of inpatient hospital care, as well as care delivered in emergency departments, outpatient departments, and hospital-based ambulatory surgery locations.
Webinar: “The _____ (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now”: Rethinking Scope of Practice
Alliance for Health Reform
Archived webinar which was held Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Covers the latest state legislation to allow nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical providers to do more to care for patients.
APNA/ISPN Task Force on Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: LACE Recommendations
The Joint APNA/ISPN Task Force on Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (LACE) presented recommendations to each organization's Board of Directors. Each Board approved the recommendations in February of 2011.
Full APRN Consensus Model Draft Recommendations
APNA/ISPN LACE Task Force Draft Recommendations Q & A
Briefly, the recommendations are:
That there will be one entry educational focus for the future: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with preparation across the lifespan, addressing mental health promotion and mental illness diagnosis and treatment.
Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
Frequently Asked Questions
from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
1. Why was the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation developed?
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (APRN Consensus Model) is a uniform model of regulation for the future of advanced practice nursing that is designed to align the interrelationships among licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE). ANCC anticipates that the consistency—and clarity—that results from the new regulatory model will benefit individual nurses and enhance patient care.
Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Resources
This area of the site is your resource concerning advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing education, practice, licensing, certification, etc. Here you will find a wealth of manuals, articles, links, and other relevant and important information for and about advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses (APPNs).
Learn more about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse with FAQs, brochures to download and more.
Advanced Practice Council Communities
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List of Council Members
The mission of the APNA APRN Council is to unify the voices of and advocate for Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses regarding issues related to practice, education, administration, and research.
Respond in a timely manner to issues related to practice, education, administration, and research that affect the PMH-APRN.
What is a psychiatric-mental health nurse?
Can you specialize within psychiatric nursing?
How can I become a psychiatric-mental health nurse?
Why do psychiatric-mental health nurses obtain a master's or doctoral degree?
How do I find a good program for psychiatric nursing?
Are psychiatric-mental health nurses certified?
What are the titles for psychiatric-mental health nurses?
How can I determine if psychiatric nursing is for me before I enter a basic nursing program?
What is the annual salary for psychiatric-mental health nurses?
Is psychiatric-mental health nursing experiencing a shortage now?
How do psychiatric-mental health nurses differ from psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists?
How can I “switch” to psychiatric nursing?
How can I find out more about psychiatric nursing?
What do psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHN) do?
Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialty within nursing. Psychiatric mental health registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assessing their mental health needs. The PMH nurse develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness.
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