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Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year With a rocky start and many unexpected turns, Kathleen “Kitty” Buckwalter’s career has been anything but mundane. From a scuba diving nurse in San Diego, to a violin-playing APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, her story hinges not only upon lucky encounters and flukes but also upon her ability to recognize what she wanted when she saw it, and the flexibility and drive to go after it. After experiencing some disenchantment with rigid nursing curricula in her early undergraduate career, Kitty finally found her niche during her senior year at the University of Iowa: psychiatric and public health nursing courses plus an independent study on the relatively new topic of dementia.

Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes   Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes Trend Update (pdf) - October 2013: CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is a the percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.     Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative Video: Discover Mental Health - The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care A 9.



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

Celebrate Excellence with the APNA Annual Awards
Recognize a colleague for their commitment to psychiatric-mental health nursing with an APNA Annual Award by April 18.  |  View

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

Now Accepting Applications: APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Help us find up to 30 exceptional graduate and undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students to receive the 2017 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship!  |  View

APNA 2017 Call for Nominations
Submit a nomination for the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee by April 17, 2017.   |  View

Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
CPI, to be held June 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer up to 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Free CE: February 14 - March 15
Nearly all sessions in the APNA eLearning Center will be free of cost for members beginning February 14.  |  View

Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
APNA and PCSS-MAT have partnered to provide no cost MAT waiver training to nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

APNA Research Grants: Now Accepting Proposals
APNA is seeking research proposals from new nurse researchers to be awarded funding between $1,000 and $10,000.   |  View

APNA 31st Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open
Submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at this fall's conference in Phoenix. |  View

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

2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
This report speaks to key APNA activities from the past year. |  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

New Resources on Violence Prevention
New toolkit and position paper to support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their violence prevention efforts. |  View