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Policy Statement:  APNA Position Paper (White Paper) Process and Guidelines Position papers state positions officially endorsed by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as authorized by the Board of Directors and are intended to advance the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Position papers discuss issues in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing of vital interest to the public and to the membership at large. A position paper will discuss not only the majority opinion about its subject but also a range of accepted (mainstream) minority opinions.

BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION (Adopted September 2006)   ARTICLE I: NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION   The name of the Association shall be the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereinafter “APNA” or “Association”).   ARTICLE II: PURPOSES   Section 1. (a) APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services; (b) to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “IRC”), as well as governmental units and other nonprofit organizations, that promote and further the purposes described in this Section 1 above; and (c) to exercise any other powers conferred upon Associations organized pursuant to the provisions of the Delaware General Association Law, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).

Privacy Policy Overview The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereafter 'APNA') respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its web site. APNA strongly believes that if online activities and electronic commerce are to continue to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, APNA has implemented the following policy.

Mission: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Core Values: Empowerment Inclusivity Integrity Collegiality Innovation Transparency Stewardship Read More: The APNA Strategic Direction APNA Brand Long-Range Strategic Planning Horizon Strategic Long-Range Goals Bylaws Governance Policy Privacy Policy Terms of Service .

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Become an APNA member and get involved today!  Upon joining, members are automatically assigned to a chapter based on the member's state of residence.  Use Member Bridge to connect with your local community.  If you are not familiar with our members-only networking site, click here for an introduction.

Get involved & Connect APNA's most valuable asset is You Member involvement is what shapes and drives APNA. Here are ways that you can get involved and join nurses from all over in advancing and advocating for psychiatric-mental health nursing: Committees & Councils APNA members play a key role in the organization's direction and policies through their involvement in its councils, committees, and task forces. Board of Directors   Councils   Committees & Task Forces   How to Join a Committee   Committees on Member Bridge   Chapters You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.

About the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: An Introduction The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Vision APNA is guided by a strategic direction formulated by the Board of Directors and informed by the membership.

Response to the Arrest and Treatment of Alex Wubbels September 2017 letter of support to the American Nurses Association and the Utah Nurses Association for their position on the manner in which a nurse was treated while fulfilling the duties of her position.   Comments on the National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide Field Review for Hospitals May 2017 letter to the Joint Commission Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation in support of proposed revisions to the National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide for hospitals.   Response to VA Rule Regarding APRN Practice Authority January 2017 letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs on the recent rule regarding APRN practice authority and encouraging further action.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association 3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625 Falls Church, Virginia 22042 inform@apna.org Toll Free:  855-863-APNA (2762) Phone:  571-533-1919 Fax:  855-883-APNA (2762) Our National Office Staff is here to answer any of your questions:   Nicholas Croce, Jr., MS Executive Director Patricia L.

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice Messages from the President Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, CADC-II, FAAN   September 2017 July 2017 May 2017 March 2017 January 2017 November 2016 September 2016 July 2016 May 2016 March 2016 January 2016   Older APNA News President's Messages 2014 November 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 2013 December 2013 October 2013 August 2013 June 2013 April 2013 February 2013 2012 July 2012 December 2012 September 2012 May 2012 March 2012 January 2012 2011 November 2011 September 2011 July 2011 May 2011 March 2011 January 2011 2010 November 2010 July 2010 May 2010 2009 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009      

APNA Strategic Direction The APNA Strategic Direction guides the Board of Directors in governance of the association. It focuses their strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. It is a working document, informed by feedback from councils, chapters, and the membership, that undergoes revision and renewal every three years to ensure its relevance.

Membership in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Did you know that APNA is the largest psychiatric-mental health nursing membership organization, with more than 40 chapters nationally and internationally? APNA represents more than 10,000 psychiatric-mental health nurses at all levels of education and who work in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, research, education, administration, clinical, private practice, military, and forensic. APNA also has membership for full-time students and retired registered nurses. APNA is an independent organization.

Through APNA, our more than 11,000 members are connected with a dynamic community of psychiatric mental health nurses, exceptional resources and programs, and opportunities to advance the PMH nursing profession.   Continuing Education & Professional Growth Enhance your PMH nursing knowledge with APNA’s more than 230 online continuing education sessions, ebooks, and more (> 250 contact hours!) - APNA members get 4 free options each month, plus you can use your member bonus points to access the content of your choice in the APNA eLearning Center at little to no cost. Learn the latest best practices in psychiatric mental health nursing or share your expertise as a presenter at the Annual Conference.

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The affairs of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association are governed by its Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to carry out the objectives and purposes of the association and to this end, the Board may exercise all powers of the association. The primary responsibility of a voluntary governance Board is to establish an organization’s mission, purpose, values, and direction.

Each year APNA provides its members with a report on the status and happenings of the association, which is distributed in hard copy at the Annual Conference. This document contains financial reports, Chapter activity, Council and Task Force activity, and more. Click on one of the links below to view the Annual Activity Report from that year.



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Holiday Office Closure
APNA offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 27.

Thank you for all you do.
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New Free Animated Webinar on Resilience for Veterans' Day
The webinar, Practical Ways to Bolster Resilience: A Life-span Perspective, is free for all nurses.  |  View

Register Now for APNA CPI West
Registration is now open for APNA CPI West in San Diego March 17-18.  |  View

Free CE of the Month: November 2017
Four free sessions are available to APNA members through November 30th.  |  View

Incident in Utah: Honoring Nurse Wubbels and Taking Action
APNA stands in support of Nurse Wubbels, the American Nurses Association, and the Utah Nurses Association.  |  View

Violence Prevention & Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Support violence prevention efforts with the free Violence Prevention Toolkit. |  View

New APNA Career Center Launched
The recently upgraded career center features tools to tailor the job seeking experience. |  View

Meet the 2017 APNA Research Grant Recipients
Three nurses will receive the APNA Research Grant to fund their research or evidence-based projects. |  View

Just Upgraded: APNA eLearning Center
It is now even easier to use the APNA eLearning Center to find, download, and track the continuing education nurses need.  |  View

APNA Elections Results
The newest members of the APNA Board of Directors and the 2018 Nominating Committee have been selected.  |  View

Introducing the 2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
30 exceptional nursing undergraduate/prelicensure and graduate students have been awarded the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships.  |  View

Announcing the 2017 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
Nine psychiatric-mental health nurses have been named the recipients of this year's APNA Annual Awards in recognition of their achievements.  |  View

PCSS-MAT Waiver Training Available Now
Free PCSS-MAT waiver training is now available for nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the APNA position paper on proactive health care policies to ease the burden of mental illness and substance use disorders.  |  View

Tobacco Dependence Resources
Updated expert-vetted online resources from the Tobacco Dependence Branch of the APNA Addictions Council.  |  View

New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
The no cost educational sessions were designed to support nurses in all fields as they address the opioid use epidemic. |  View