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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Buprenorphine and naloxone
Chantix and Zyban
Fentanyl and Opioids
Opioids and Benzodiazepines
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
DEA Pharmacists' Manual
FDA Medication Updates
NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide
FDA approves Ingrezza, the first drug to treat tardive dyskinesia
Ingrezza (valbenazine) treats tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive involuntary movements.
FDA revises risk of mental health side effects of Chantix and Zyban
After a large clinical trial, the revised risk of mental health side effects with Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) was found to be lower than previously throught.
FDA issues strongest warning of risks when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines
The review found that combined use of these drugs results in serious side effects, including difficulty breathing and death.
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.
Consensus Model for APRN Regulation
Frequently Asked Questions
from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
1. Why was the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation developed?
The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (APRN Consensus Model) is a uniform model of regulation for the future of advanced practice nursing that is designed to align the interrelationships among licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (LACE). ANCC anticipates that the consistency—and clarity—that results from the new regulatory model will benefit individual nurses and enhance patient care.
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.
MUSC TF-CBT Web
A web-based learning course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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.
APNA Continuing Education in the APNA eLearning Center:
Fatal Attractions: Psychotropics, Cardio-Pulmonary Drugs, and AntiRetrovirals.Deadly Combinations*
Step by Step: Turning Your Worst Moments Into Your Greatest Achievements
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.
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