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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 Leslie G.

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.

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” Summary 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.

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 PMHN develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness.



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

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