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.
Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
2010 Award for Excellence in Leadership ~ Advanced
Cutting Edge. Pioneer. Visionary.
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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.
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CNS Prescriptive Privileges by State (pdf) - From NCSBN, a January 2012 table detailing clinical nurse specialist prescriptive privileges by state.
APRN Maps - From NCSBN, a series of maps that show which states use which titles to represent APRNs, which roles each state recognizes, what education is required for an APRN role by state, as well as where APRNs can practice independently and where they have prescriptive privileges.
Regulations of APRN-PMH Practice Affecting Employment
This manual contains:
Information regarding Regulatory Structure and Authority, Title and Practice Protection
A listing of State Boards of Nursing with web links, statute links, and contact information for each
A listing of state laws and regulations, with links to applications
Information on Scope of Practice, Prescriptive Authority, DEA Registration, and Collaboration/Supervision
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Legislative Update: State of the States, 2010
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
Click here to provide your feedback or email Nick Croce at ncroce@apna.
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.
What do psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHNs) do?
Can you specialize within psychiatric nursing?
How can I become a PMHN?
Why do psychiatric-mental health nurses obtain a master's or doctoral degree?
How do I find a good program for psychiatric nursing?
Are PMHNs certified?
What about titles for PMHNs?
How can I determine if psychiatric nursing is for me before I enter a basic nursing program?
What is the annual salary for PMHMs?
Is psychiatric-mental health nursing experiencing a shortage now?
How do psychiatric-mental health nurses differ from psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists?
How can nurses “switch” to psychiatric nursing?
How can I find out more about psychiatric nursing?
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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.
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 email@example.com to add your current program to the list.
Guides, screening tools, FAQs, continuing education and more from organizations such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and APNA
FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education
Military and PTSD
Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals
Child and Adolescent
Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more
Resources from the Emergency Nurses Association, an Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework, webcasts, and more
Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.
Multiple Chronic Conditions
Resources include a framework issued by the HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions and APNA continuing education
Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more
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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 and more.
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