Administration on Aging
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Geriatrics Society
Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes Trend Update (pdf) - October 2013: CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is a the percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.
Mental Health Policy
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses’ Role in Care of Detainees & Prisoners
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
Competencies for Nurse-Assessment and Management of Inpatient Suicide Risk
Scope & Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Seclusion & Restraint
2000, Revised May 2007, Revised April 2014
Standards of Practice
Competency-Based Training for PMH Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide
Expansion of APRN Presciptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone)
Adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral and Treatment (SBIRT)
Staffing Inpatient Units
Position on LACE Recommendations
Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses
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
Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (MOT)
PMH Nurse Roles Outcomes Evaluation and Management
Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Professional Titling & Credentialing for PMH APRNs
Roles of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Managed Care
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).
Learn more about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse with FAQs, brochures to download and more.
This page of the site is your resource concerning RN level psychiatric mental health nursing. Visit each section to find resources tailored to your needs.
Learn about the role of the psychiatric-mental health registered nurse and find videos, profiles of RN-PMHs and more.
International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations
Mental Health Associations
Mental Health Conferences
Research, Foundations & Scholarship
Behavioral Practice Guidelines
International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses
International Association of Forensic Nurses
International Nurses Society on Addictions
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
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Americans with Disabilities Act
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
National Center for Health Statistics
National Science Foundation
Library of Congress
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Council for Aging Care
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ - Mental Health
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.
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.
Buprenorphine and naloxone
Chantix and Zyban
Fentanyl and Opioids
Opioids and Benzodiazepines
UPDATE: Opioids and Benzodiazepines
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
DEA Pharmacists' Manual
FDA Medication Updates
NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide
Sublocade approved for treatment of moderate-to-severe opioid use disorder
Sublocade is the first once-monthly injectable buprenorphine product to be FDA approved for adult patients who initiated treatment with a transmucosal buprenorphine product.
FDA Revises Position on Opioid Use Medications and Benzodiazepines
After additional review, the FDA advises that buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants.
Amneal Pharmaceuticals Recalls Lorazepam Oral Concentrate
The voluntary recall affects 13 lots of the USP 2mg/mL concentrate due to a defect in the dropper markings.
Welcome to the APNA Resource Center!
Here you will find a collection of resources curated for psychiatric-mental health nurses. From position papers to graduate school listings to a wealth of links to other relevant websites, the resource center is your first access point for information on your nursing specialty. Not sure if what you're looking for is in one of these sections? Search the Site
PMHN Specialty Areas & Topics
Includes: child and adolescent, emergency, geropsych, military and PTSD, multiple chronic conditions, recovery, and substance use.
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 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.
1. What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse?
2. How did the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse role begin?
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.
LGBTQ Children and Adolescents
Resources for supporting LGBTQ children and adolescents.
Best Nursing Degree
Best Nursing Degree Scholarship
Awarded quarterly, this scholarship gives $2500 to entry level nursing students or nurses who are attending school to expand their practice.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2018
Lantern Review PMHNP Scholarship
This biannual scholarship awards $500 to nurses who are currently attending or planning on attending PMHNP graduate school within 6 months' time. Applicants must submit a no more than 750-word essay on the topic of non-pharmacological interventions for the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in older adults residing in long term care.
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