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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 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.

APNA & Joining Forces   Joining Forces is First Lady Michelle 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. General Resources 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     PTSD Resources 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 Patient education Cognitive rehabilitation Associated long-term health effects        Educational Opportunities 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 SAMHSA APNA APNA Continuing Education Presentations from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast format available in the APNA eLearning Center.

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!   An Introduction 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.       General Resources A listing of websites that offer extensive content related to integrated physical and mental health care, such as: HRSA SAMSHA 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   Webinars 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.

Year: Medication:  Abilify (aripiprazole) Addyi Antipsychotics Aripiprazole Aristada Belsomra Brintellix Buprenorphine and naloxone Probuphine Clozapine Chantix and Zyban Cymbalta Daytrana Diazepam Effexor Farxiga Fentanyl and Opioids Geodon Hysingla ER Lunesta Methylphenidate Naloxone/Evzio Naltrexone Olanzapine Olanzapine/Zyprexa Opioids Opioids and Benzodiazepines Rexulti Tanzeum Targiniq ER Tramadol Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder Vraylar Vynase Ziprasidone Zolpidem Zyprexa General Resources:   DEA Pharmacists' Manual FDA Medication Updates NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide         2016 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. Counterfeit pills fueling fentanyl and opioid crisis, DEA reports Counterfeit prescription pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl (a synthetic opioid) have entered the US drug market.

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.

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 A 9.

APNA Continuing Education in the APNA eLearning Center: Session Contact Hrs   Co-morbidities of Diabetes and Hypertension in Adult Patients with Bipolar Illness and Schizophrenia: Medical Considerations. Using Motivational Interviewing to Help these Patients   1.5 More Info Nightmares and Suicide: What is the Link?   0.

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.   About RN-PMHs Learn about the role of the psychiatric-mental health registered nurse and find videos, profiles of RN-PMHs and more.

Mental Health Policy March 2017 Position Paper Take Action Violence Prevention July 2016 Position Paper Toolkit Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses’ Role in Care of Detainees & Prisoners March 2016 Position Paper Competencies for Nurse-Assessment and Management of Inpatient Suicide Risk February 2015 Position Paper Essential Competencies Scope & Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing June 2014 Position Seclusion & Restraint 2000, Revised May 2007, Revised April 2014 Position Paper Standards of Practice Competency-Based Training for PMH Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide August 2013 Position Paper Expansion of APRN Presciptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) July 2013 Position Paper Adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) September 2012 Position Paper Staffing Inpatient Units September 2011 Position Paper Position on LACE Recommendations February 2011 Position Paper Electroconvulsive Therapy January 2011 Position Paper Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses October 2010 Position Paper Smoking Cessation October 2008 Position Paper Workplace Violence October 2008 Position Paper Archived Papers 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 Position Paper Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (MOT) January 2003 Position Paper PMH Nurse Roles Outcomes Evaluation and Management August 1998 Position Paper Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses September 1995 Position Paper Professional Titling & Credentialing for PMH APRNs April 2003 Position Paper Roles of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Managed Care August 1998 Position Paper    

APNA CareerLine International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations Government Health Mental Health Mental Health Associations Mental Health Conferences Nursing Research, Foundations & Scholarship Behavioral Practice Guidelines           International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses HandsOnScotland 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 (Back to Top) Government   Americans with Disabilities Act Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion National Center for Health Statistics FedStats Military Connection 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 healthfinder.




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Celebrate Excellence with the APNA Annual Awards
Recognize a colleague for their commitment to psychiatric-mental health nursing with an APNA Annual Award by April 18.  |  View

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the new APNA position paper on proactive health care policies to ease the burden of mental illness and substance use disorders.  |  View

Now Accepting Applications: APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Help us find up to 30 exceptional graduate and undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students to receive the 2017 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship!  |  View

APNA 2017 Call for Nominations
Submit a nomination for the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee by April 17, 2017.   |  View

Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
CPI, to be held June 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer up to 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Free CE: February 14 - March 15
Nearly all sessions in the APNA eLearning Center will be free of cost for members beginning February 14.  |  View

Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
APNA and PCSS-MAT have partnered to provide no cost MAT waiver training to nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

APNA Research Grants: Now Accepting Proposals
APNA is seeking research proposals from new nurse researchers to be awarded funding between $1,000 and $10,000.   |  View

APNA 31st Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open
Submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at this fall's conference in Phoenix. |  View

Tobacco Dependence Resources
Updated expert-vetted online resources from the Tobacco Dependence Branch of the APNA Addictions Council.  |  View

2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
This report speaks to key APNA activities from the past year. |  View

New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
The no cost educational sessions were designed to support nurses in all fields as they address the opioid use epidemic. |  View

New Resources on Violence Prevention
New toolkit and position paper to support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their violence prevention efforts. |  View