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Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education APNA has endorsed the Consensus Model (CM) for APRN Regulation, which outlines a future plan for all of advanced practice nursing. The advantage of the CM is that it will provide greater consistency in licensure, accreditation, certification and education (LACE). We believe that this consistency will benefit advanced practice registered nurses in psychiatric-mental health (APRN-PMH) and, ultimately, the people whom we serve.

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.

About LACE 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. Education Resources specific to the education component of LACE, including competencies, programs, and continuing education for educators.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Resources 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). About APRN-PMHs Learn more about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse with FAQs, brochures to download and more.



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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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Comment on New VA Regulatory Proposal
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