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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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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. General       The role of the nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health nursing: Exploring consumer satisfaction APPN Psychotherapist       Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Finding Our Core: The Therapeutic Relationship in 21st Century Geriatric APPN       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 Forensic APPN       Download Human Trafficking: Implications for the Role of the Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse2 1.

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.

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.

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 Briefly, the recommendations are: That there will be one entry educational focus for the future: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with preparation across the lifespan, addressing mental health promotion and mental illness diagnosis and treatment.



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