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Click on a link below to view the presentation. Practical Skills for Working with Your Patients Who Smoke, Daryl Sharp, PhD, APRN, BC, FNAP   2008 APNA Presentation of Best Practices in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder in a Community Setting - URSON Tobacco Dependence Intervention Program   2008 APNA Presentation of Best Practices in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder in an Inpatient Setting - Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Program   2008 APNA Presentation of Best Practices in the Treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder in an Outpatient Setting - RAINBOW Therapy Program for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder   All presentations that appear on this site are copyrighted by APNA. If you wish to reprint any portion of a presentation please contact APNA at 855-863-APNA (2762).

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.

CDC National Hospital Care Survey - APNA encourages your health facility to participate! The National Hospital Care Survey provides nationally representative data on utilization of inpatient hospital care, as well as care delivered in emergency departments, outpatient departments, and hospital-based ambulatory surgery locations. More Information   Webinar: “The _____ (Doctor/Nurse/Other) Will See You Now”: Rethinking Scope of Practice Alliance for Health Reform Archived webinar which was held Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Covers the latest state legislation to allow nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical providers to do more to care for patients.

General Mental Health General resources regarding child and adolescent mental health. APNA Continuing Education Webinars in the APNA eLearning Center that deal with child and adolescent mental health. MUSC TF-CBT Web A web-based learning course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Click on the links below to view the psychiatric mental health nursing graduate programs available in each state.  Contact us at 855-863-APNA (2762) or inform@apna.org to add your current program to the list.

PMH-APRNs apply the nursing process to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using their full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. They also contribute to policy development, quality improvement, practice evaluation, and healthcare reform. PMH-APRNs often own private practices and corporations as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and corporations.

APNA Position Paper: Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units A Call for New Staffing Models - Position Statement Introduction Ensuring proper Registered Nurse (RN) staffing levels on inpatient psychiatric-mental health units is vital given the increasing severity of illness of hospitalized mental health patients and the mounting evidence that nurse staffing levels influence outcomes. Furthermore, nurses maintain 24-hour accountability for all aspects of inpatient care. Abundant evidence exists that the risk for adverse outcomes rises as the ratio of patients to nursing staff increases.

APNA has partnered with several publishing companies in order to offer its members discounts on select publications. American Nurses Credentialing Center 10% discount on the following ANCC materials: Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Review & Resource Manual, 4th Edition (Regular: $134.00, APNA Member: $120.

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.

Violence Prevention July 2016   Position Paper Toolkit       Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses’ Role in Care of Detainees & Prisoners March 2016   Position Paper       Competencies for Nurse-Assessment and Management of Inpatient Suicide Risk February 2015   Position Paper Essential Competencies       Scope & Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing June 2014   Position       Seclusion & Restraint 2000, Revised May 2007, Revised April 2014   Position Paper Standards of Practice       Competency-Based Training for PMH Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide August 2013   Position Paper       Expansion of APRN Presciptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) July 2013   Position Paper       Adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) September 2012   Position Paper       Staffing Inpatient Units September 2011   Position Paper       Position on LACE Recommendations February 2011   Position Paper       Electroconvulsive Therapy January 2011   Position Paper       Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses October 2010   Position Paper       Smoking Cessation October 2008   Position Paper       Workplace Violence October 2008   Position Paper       Archived Papers Please note that these papers are for archival purposes only and do not necessarily represent APNA's current positions.       Determining Staffing Needs of Inpatient Psychiatric Units   Position Paper       Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (MOT) January 2003   Position Paper       PMH Nurse Roles Outcomes Evaluation and Management August 1998   Position Paper       Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses September 1995   Position Paper       Professional Titling & Credentialing for PMH APRNs April 2003   Position Paper       Roles of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Managed Care August 1998   Position Paper        

General Information 1. What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse? 2. How did the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse role begin? APPN Education 3.

Recovery Programs Find information about programs and initiatives associated with advancing recovery concepts and practices.  Programs such as: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative & APNA's Involvement Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services The Annapolis Coalition   Guides, Kits & Tools Resources for implementing recovery-based best practices from organizations such as SAMHSA and the Annapolis Coalition.  Resources include: A guide to promoting quality improvement in behavioral health services A kit for developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs A tool for improving patient-provider communication         Reports Reports that offer current resources, statistics and facts related to recovery and mental illness from such organizations as: The Campaign for Mental Health Recovery The Joint Commission   Upcoming Educational Opportunities A listing of upcoming educational opportunities pertaining to recovery from organizations like: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign         Recovery to Practice Archived Webinars Free webinars offered by the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more Emergency Nursing Resources regarding psychiatric-mental health care in emergency departments and more. Geropsych Nursing Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.       Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education Military Mental Health & PTSD Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals Multiple Chronic Conditions Resources on caring for persons with mental health and chronic conditions, including an HHS framework and APNA continuing education       Recovery Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more Safety A toolkit of resources and key messages which speak to the key role psychiatric-mental health nurses play in promoting safety.

Tobacco Dependence / Smoking Cessation Resources Links to education and resources on reduction of tobacco dependence in individuals with mental health concerns. Current Substance Use Data and Statistics Links to resources providing current data trends and statistical analysis of substance use in the United States.   General Resources Links to organizations and resource centers whose main focus is on the prevention and treatment of substance use.



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Free CE: February 14 - March 15
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Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
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APNA Research Grants: Now Accepting Proposals
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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
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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

Annual Conference Sessions Now Available Online
Podcast recordings of 63 sessions presented at the APNA 29th Annual Conference are now available online for CE. |  View

APNA Joins White House Effort to Address Opioid Misuse and Overdose Epidemic in Communities across Nation
The effort seeks to train health care providers, improve access to treatment, and raise awareness of the risks of prescription drug misuse.  |  View