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.
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APNA Position Paper: Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units
A Call for New Staffing Models
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add your current program to the list.
Nursing School Scholarship
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Application Deadline: August 31 (yearly)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
Graduate Partnerships Program
The NINR Graduate Partnerships Program is a doctoral fellowship training program for PhD students attending a school of nursing.
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.
Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative
Video: Discover Mental Health - The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care
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1. What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse?
2. How did the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse role begin?
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.
Welcome to the APNA Resource Center!
Here you will find important information 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.
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PMHN Specialty Areas & Topics
Includes: child and adolescent, emergency, geropsych, military and PTSD, multiple chronic conditions, recovery, and substance use.
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
APNA & Joining Forces
Joining Forces is First Lady Michele 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 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
Joint Consensus Statement on Suicide in Emergency Care Settings
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.
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
DEA Pharmacists' Manual
FDA Medication Updates
NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide
FDA approves Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) to treat schizophrenia
FDA approved Aristada extended release injection to treat adults with schizophrenia.
FDA approves Vraylar (cariprazine) to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Vraylar capsules approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults.
FDA modifies monitoring for neutropenia in patients using clozapine; approves new REMS program
The FDA is changing the requirements for clozapine to address safety concerns about neutropenia, a serious blood condition.
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