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Michael Rice, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN 2010 Award for Excellence in Education Michael Rice, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, recipient of this year’s APNA Award for Excellence in Education, describes himself as a “clinician turned academic.” For him, education serves as a means to an end. By giving students from all areas access to superior training and education, he is by extension improving the care of those who suffer from mental illness.

APNA holds two national conferences each year, the CPI Conference in June and the Annual Conference in October. The association also tries to make available as many continuing education opportunities to its members as possible. This area of the site organizes these offerings into one place.

Click on the links below to view the psychiatric mental health nursing graduate programs available in each state.  Contact us at 855-863-APNA (2762) or inform@apna.org to add your current program to the list.

What is a psychiatric-mental health nurse? Can you specialize within psychiatric nursing? How can I become a psychiatric-mental health nurse? Why do psychiatric-mental health nurses obtain a master's or doctoral degree? How do I find a good program for psychiatric nursing? Are psychiatric-mental health nurses certified? What are the titles for psychiatric-mental health nurses? How can I determine if psychiatric nursing is for me before I enter a basic nursing program? What is the annual salary for psychiatric-mental health nurses? Is psychiatric-mental health nursing experiencing a shortage now? How do psychiatric-mental health nurses differ from psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists? How can I “switch” to psychiatric nursing? How can I find out more about psychiatric nursing? What do psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHN) do? Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialty within nursing. Psychiatric mental health registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assessing their mental health needs. The PMHN develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The results are in! The APNA Education Council completed a survey of the membership, where each person indicated his/her level of interest in a variety of topics for future APNA continuing education programs. 751 people responded. Here are the results: Interesting results? Talk to each other about it! Log on to Member Bridge today and start a converstation! Education Council Members About the Education Council     Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join   .

APNA holds two national conferences each year, the CPI Conference in June and the Annual Conference in October. The association also tries to make available as many continuing education opportunities to its members as possible. This area of the site organizes these offerings into one place.

APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship Call for Applications Each year, nursing students are invited to apply (and faculty are invited to nominate one or more students from their school) for the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships. These scholarships include: Registration, travel, and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 31st Annual Conference, October 18-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona One year complimentary membership in the APNA. 2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars Application Deadline: May 8, 2017 The application deadline has passed.



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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