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Sherry Davis, RN-PMH 2010 Award for Excellence in Practice ~ RN-PMH Sherry Davis, RN-PMH has been a psychiatric nurse for 23 years. Whether she’s coordinating a nonprofit integrated outpatient mental health clinic or working with a mobile crisis team, her practice reflects her commitment to excellence. She currently serves as coordinator of the Integrated Services Team at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville Tennessee, tenaciously advocating for her patients while also interacting, collaborating, and managing a large and diverse staff.

Dawn Vanderhoef, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC 2010 Award for Innovation ~ Individual A new idea usually starts with a problem. For Dawn Vanderhoef, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, the problem was communication. An Assistant Professor in the Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University, she especially focused on improving communication in an educational environment.

The Safety Checks survey was sent out to the membership by the Council for Safe Environments in September of 2010.  Over 300 members filled out the survey.  Click on each question to view a summary of the responses.



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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Announcing the 2017 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
Nine psychiatric-mental health nurses have been named the recipients of this year's APNA Annual Awards in recognition of their achievements.  |  View

Registration Opens for APNA 31st Annual Conference
The APNA 31st Annual Conference offers invaluable networking opportunities, 100+ continuing education contact hours, and a full spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing topics.  |  View

Free CE of the Month: July 2017
Four free sessions are available to APNA members through July 31st.  |  View

PCSS-MAT Waiver Training Available Now
Free PCSS-MAT waiver training is now available for nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide: Call for Comments
The Joint Commission is seeking comments on its proposed revisions to the NPSG Related to Suicide for hospitals.  |  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

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