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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
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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”
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.
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.
Resources specific to the education component of LACE, including competencies, programs, and continuing education for educators.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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 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
Resources regarding psychiatric-mental health care in emergency departments and more.
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
Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more
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.
Links to organizations and resource centers whose main focus is on the prevention and treatment of substance use.
The therapeutic management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department is an important and complicated issue.
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) - Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department
ENA & APNA Collaborations
Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework
ENA Position Statements
Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients
Substance Abuse (Alcohol/Drug) and the Emergency Care Setting
ENA Connection Articles
Agitation - The Chest Pain of Behavioral Emergencies
Development of Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework
Psychiatric Care, Our Nation in Crisis
Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department: The Dilemma of Extended Lengths of Stay
The SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Suicide Prevention Tips for Emergency Medical Services and the Workplace
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has just enhanced its Customized Information Sheets series by developing new resources that provide basic information on how to identify and respond to individuals who may be suicidal or at high risk for suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center Guide: Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk: A Consensus Guide for Emergency Departments
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has released a guide to assist health care professionals in emergency departments with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk.
APNA & Joining Forces
Joining Forces is First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative which works with organizations such as APNA to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Find guides, tips and other resources for civilian mental health professionals and military consumers on:
Working with patients in the military
Navigating the VA's mental health system
Finding support when transferring to a new location
Treating servicemen returning from deployment
Resources from various organizations, including fact sheets, reports, clinical guidelines and more. Topics covered include:
Therapies and pharmacological approaches for treating PTSD
Current PTSD research
US military's guidelines and policies regarding PTSD
Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
Includes resources from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and others on topics such as:
Treating patients with lingering symptoms of mild TBI
Associated long-term health effects
Find announcements about upcoming and current educational opportunities on military mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury from sources such as
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
APNA Continuing Education
Presentations from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast format available in the APNA eLearning Center.
The Integration of Mental Health Care into Primary Care and Specialty Health Care
Integration has arrived - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses must be ready to plan and implement the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty healthcare and participate in these settings!
Why does the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty health care matter? Find out why by reading an introduction and FAQs prepared by the APNA Board of Directors. Then, learn more by watching the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy's video on the policy implications of integrated care.
A listing of websites that offer extensive content related to integrated physical and mental health care, such as:
University of Washington AIMS Center
Guides, Reports, and Tools
A variety of resources specifically for implementing an integrated care model, such as:
Various models of integrated care
Forms and patient tracking tools
Roadmaps and operational advice
Webinar presentations providing introductions to integrated care and information on related topics such as:
How to finance integrated health care
Person-centered health homes
Addressing substance use issues in primary care
Best Practice Approaches & Initiatives
Learn more about the various approaches to integrated care and initiatives that have been implemented throughout the country.
Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm
APNA recognizes the devastating effects of smoking, especially among the clients served by nurses employed in mental health settings. SAMHSA reports that, compared with the general population, people with mental or substance use disorders are more likely to smoke, buy cigarettes, and get sick or die of tobacco-related causes.Through these expert-vetted resources and education, we seek to empower psychiatric-mental health nurses to increase their individual provider knowledge and skills, educate students and fellow practitioners, and implement change in employing institutions.
CVS "Together We Care" Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
The CVS MinuteClinic® and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies have created the Together We Care® Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program that will provide up to 40 nurse practitioner scholarships, 40 Masters of Science in Nursing scholarships, and 20 Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarships.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2017
Dell Scholars Program
The Dell Scholars program recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. The Dell Scholars Program emphasizes a student’s determination to succeed beyond academic record and test scores.
The following articles provide information about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse organized by topic, workplace setting, and/or specialty. Please contact us if you are interested in accessing any of these documents.
The role of the nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health nursing: Exploring consumer satisfaction
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Finding Our Core: The Therapeutic Relationship in 21st Century
Download Geropsychiatric Nursing Practice in the United States: Present Trends and Future Directions1
Child & Adolescent APPN
Addressing Children’s Mental Health Needs: Educational Preparation of Advanced Practice Nurses
Download Human Trafficking: Implications for the Role of the Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse2
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