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Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA)

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Earn continuing education from articles in JAPNA – new issues available bi-monthly! Here’s how to access the current CE article available to you:

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  • Click on the Current Issue button.
  • Scroll through the articles to find the Free CE icon which indicates that the article is eligible for continuing education.
  • Click on the article title to read it.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the section labeled “Continuing Education”.
  • Follow the instructions to take a post-test and complete an online evaluation. You’ll then be able to print or email your CE certificate!

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Free APNA Continuing Education for Everyone

Computer-Based Learning for Opioid Use Disorder (CLOUD)

Contact Hours: 0.5
This presentation introduces the implementation of an evidence-based intervention that can be accessed over the web by patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a community integrated-care setting

Helping Older Adults with Opioid Use Disorders Stay Healthy and in Recovery

Contact Hours: 0.5
This presentation will describe the demographics and the most common co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders in older adults with opioid use disorders in FQHC clinics in lower

Addressing Bias and Stigma in the Language We Use with Persons with Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 0.75
This presentation will describe difficulties with access to care of opioid use disorders (OUDs), the stigmatizing languages that presents barriers to effective care, and suggest alternative language to be used

Closing the Opioid Treatment Gap through Advance Practice Nursing Activation

Contact Hours: 0.25
We present curricular design and measurable objectives for a course that prepares APRN students to deliver medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), especially for under-served populations.

Meet OWEP! Opioid Substance Use Disorders Recovery/Systems-Oriented Practice in Integrated Health Care/Telehealth

Contact Hours: 1.5
This exciting presentation informs RN/APN of OID/SUD updates to care setting options adopted from a Graduate Nursing IOD/SUD HRSA funded recovery-based program intended to empower APNs

Increasing Access to Buprenorphine for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder: DATA Waiver Training Overview and Nursing Curricula Recommendations

Contact Hours: 0.75
This presentation will discuss increasing access to treatment for individuals with OUD through the use of the DATA waiver/exemption. Suggestions for DATA waiver training inclusion in graduate nursing school

Retrospective Study on the Effects Of Extended-Release Naltrexone (XR-NTX) Injection Among Justice-Involved Adults Misusing Opioids Released from Correctional Facilities In Louisiana

Contact Hours: 0.5
This presentation highlights the results of the first retrospective study on extended-released naltrexone offered by the Medication-for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT) Program by the Department of Corrections in

Goodbye X-Waiver: Good News for PMHNPs and for the Treatment of People with Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 0.75
This interactive presentation discusses the 2023 legislation eliminating the DEA X-Waiver buprenorphine prescription requirement and the implications for clinical practice.

Updated Buprenorphine Prescribing Training Requirements for APRNs

Contact Hours: 0.5
This presentation examines the new training requirements for APRNs who wish to prescribe buprenorphine as outlined by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and explores the Office of National Drug Control Policy’

Evaluating Cholesterol Biomarker, Treatment, and Socio-Demographic Factors as Indicators of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Retention

Contact Hours: 0.75
This interactive presentation introduces supporting evidence on clinical use of cholesterol biomarker and integrated health service provision in opioid treatment program to promote retention of minority patients.

Buprenorphine Induction in the Era of Fentanyl: Avoiding Precipitated Withdrawal Symptoms

Contact Hours: 0.75
Concepts related to buprenorphine microdosing for patients using fentanyl and the risk for precipitated withdrawal. The participant will leave with the knowledge and skills required to implement high-quality, evidence-

Video Screening Interviews Using the APNA Developed Alcohol, Nicotine and Opioid Resources

Contact Hours: 0.5
In this course you will observe short interviews using screening tools provided by the APNA Addictions Council.

Substance-Exposed Pregnancies: What to Know As They Grow

Contact Hours: 0.75
This presentation will explore how substance use during pregnancy impacts the maternal/fetal development and increases the neurological vulnerabilities of the neonate. The unique challenges and opportunities of providing care

Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 1.5-3.5
Access free courses to support you and your fellow nurses as you provide care to individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.

Medications for Substance Use Disorders (MSUD) Training

Contact Hours: 8.0
Two free webinars which together meet the 24 hours of required education to apply to obtain a DEA waiver to prescribe MAT for opioid use disorders.

Free Continuing Education from Outside Organizations

This continuing education is provided by organizations not affiliated with APNA. Posting here does not imply endorsement of content.

The Treatment of Bipolar Depression: From Pills to Words

Contact Hours: 1.0
Review the treatment options for individuals with bipolar depression, including clinical trials data and meta-analyses.

Ethical Considerations in Digital Mental Health

Contact Hours: 1.0
Explore how to use digital technologies for health research and clinical care while protecting patient privacy.

Binge-Eating Disorder: Developing a Treatment Plan for Binge-Eating Disorder When First-Line Options Fail

Contact Hours: 1.5
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) webinar

Contact Hours: 1
Designed for˜health care professionals seeking information on urine drug screens, their interpretation, and cross reactivity of different substances.

Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses

Contact Hours: 2.5
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Free Access to CE Activities

Contact Hours: 1
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Applying the Latest Genetics Findings to Your Practice

Contact Hours: 0.75
American Society of Human Genetic Global Virtual Meeting

Child Welfare Online Tutorials

Contact Hours: 4.5
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

Major Depressive Disorder: Using the Components of Shared Decision Making in Treatment Planning

Contact Hours: 2.25
The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Rx Drugs

Contact Hours: 1.75
National Institute on Drug Abuse

PCSS Training & Education

Training and education focused on evidence-based clinical practices in prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders.

Engaging the Nursing Community in Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Contact Hours: 0.25
National Institute on Drug Abuse