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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.

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.

PMH-APRN Scope of Practice Map (members only) - State by state guide to PMH-APRN scope of practice. Includes information pulled from each state's nurse practice act and more. CNS Prescriptive Privileges by State (pdf) - From NCSBN, a January 2012 table detailing clinical nurse specialist prescriptive privileges by state.



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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
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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
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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