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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 The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health October 2015 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 Primary Care February 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    



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APNA Elections Results
The newest members of the APNA Board of Directors and the 2018 Nominating Committee have been selected.  |  View

Introducing the 2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
30 exceptional nursing undergraduate/prelicensure and graduate students have been awarded the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships.  |  View

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