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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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