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.
1. What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse?
2. How did the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse role begin?
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 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.
Guides, screening tools, FAQs, continuing education and more from organizations such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and APNA
FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education
Military and PTSD
Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals
Child and Adolescent
Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more
Resources from the Emergency Nurses Association, an Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework, webcasts, and more
Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.
Multiple Chronic Conditions
Resources include a framework issued by the HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions and APNA continuing education
Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more
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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
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
Treatment Improvement Protocol: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders (pdf)
Provides clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic pain and SAMHSA's best-practice guidelines for prevention and treatment of substance use and mental disorders—encourages cooperation and communication between health care professionals who specialize in pain management and those who focus on addiction.
APNA Continuing Education in the APNA eLearning Center:
Metabolic Syndrome: Understanding and Addressing the Metabolic Pathophysiology in Psychiatric Disorders *
Sleep Disorders and Comorbid Medical & Mental Health Conditions *
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
Turkish Psychiatric Nurses Association
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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
Administration on Aging
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ - Mental Health
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Publications by Suzanne Gordon
25% off all publications by Suzanne Gordon
Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author of 12 books, including From Silence to Voice, recently published in a third edition. Suzanne’s books seek to empower nurses to advocate for themselves and their patients.
Here you will find important information for psychiatric mental health nursing. 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.
APNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is for attendance to the APNA Annual Conference. The APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship includes free registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA Annual Conference. In addition, winners will receive one year complimentary membership to APNA.
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Antipsychotic drug labels
Antipsychotics in Adults
Benzotropine Mesylate Injection
FDA Medication Updates
Medication news, updates and drug safety information on non-controlled substances.
DEA 2010 Pharmacist’s Manual
Guide to Federal Controlled Substances Act and its regulations as they pertain to the pharmacy profession.
NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide
Types of meds used to treat mental disorders, side effects, directions for taking, and FDA warnings.
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