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Position Papers and Standards Dear APNA Friends and Family,    On behalf of APNA, I am very pleased to present the updated APNA Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement and Standards. These two documents were originally published in 2000 and have been revised to reflect the evolving nature of our practices and the new CMS and JCAHO guidelines.   We are extremely grateful to the Task Force on Seclusion and Restraint, which was ably co-chaired by Lynn DeLacy and Amy Rushton.

Psychiatric Nurses as Champions for Smoking Cessation Approved by APNA Board of Directors October 14, 2008   Introduction This paper provides the rationale for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association position that Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm. Partnering with the International Nurses Society on Addiction and the International Society for Psychiatric Nursing, this position advocates and provides direction for, changes in practice and education for nurses caring for patients who smoke, in both specialty and general care settings. The organization recognizes the devastating effects of smoking, especially among the patients/clients served by nurses employed in mental health settings, and seeks to motivate psychiatric nurses to increase their individual provider knowledge and skills, educate students and fellow practitioners, and implement change in employing institutions.



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