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APNA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Workforce Initiative

Expanding Mental Health Care Access and Informing Workforce Projections through Accurate and Comprehensive Data

With historically little data available on the characteristics of the PMH nursing workforce, in 2018 the APNA Board of Directors created and charged the APNA Workforce Task Force with developing a comprehensive PMH Nursing workforce survey and analyzing its results. From 2020-2021 APNA disseminated the survey, developed systematically by the task force, to PMH-RNs and PMH-APRNs in the APNA database and/or certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). With a 12.1% response rate, the data gathered informs current understanding of the demographics, education, employment characteristics, and earnings of PMH nurses working throughout the U.S.

The below report, the first of a series of publications on the PMH Nursing Workforce, summarizes the data collected through the survey. A JAPNA discussion paper on the implications of survey results, as well as a report to inform the public and stakeholders, will be available in the coming months.

APNA’s report is available to be used and cited by anyone with an interest in the psychiatric-mental health workforce.

About the APNA Workforce Initiative

  • With historically little data available on the characteristics of the PMH nursing workforce, in 2018 the APNA Board of Directors created and charged the APNA Workforce Task Force with developing a PMH Nursing workforce survey and analyzing its results.
  • Following the task force’s systematic creation of a survey, APNA disseminated this survey in late 2020 through early 2021 to PMH-RNs and PMH-APRNs who were in its database and/or certified by ANCC.
  • This workforce report represents the first of several publications based on this data. Next up: A discussion paper in JAPNA on the implications of survey results, as well as a document to inform the public and stakeholders.
  • A multi-tiered public relations campaign will follow to communicate this information to interprofessional colleagues, mental health consumers, and stakeholders in mental health workforce policy.