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.
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.
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.
MUSC TF-CBT Web
A web-based learning course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
APNA Continuing Education in the APNA eLearning Center
Browse sessions on multiple chronic conditions using the keyword search feature in the APNA eLearning Center.
*The content of this CNE activity pertains to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.
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
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
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.
FDA requests market removal of oxymorphone hydrochloride for risks related to abuse
The FDA is concerned that Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), an opioid pain medication, has risks that now outweigh its benefits.
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