The Annual Meeting of the Membership will be on Saturday, October 16 at 11:15am – 12:30pm in Cascade Ballroom A&B. See you there!

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APNA 24th Annual Conference:  Announcements

APNA Annual Awards Recipients:  Celebrating Excellence

Counseling Points:  Tobacco Dependence

Surveys:  Safety Checks & Continuing Education

Member Profile:  Linda Crossett

Chapter Spotlight:  California & Florida

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New Members: A listing of new APNA members since July 2010

APNA 24th Annual Conference Announcements
*LAST CHANCE!*  Register by today, the 29th, and save $25 off the regular registration price.  Register Now!
Introducing a new bonus for conference attendees:  When you purchase the Premium Key CD you'll be able to view and get CE credit for select sessions you missed at the conference - from the comfort of your own home.  This cd is available exclusively to conference attendees and can either be pre-purchased online or purchased at the conference for $50.
Session Handouts are now available online here.  Enter your confirmation number and then click on "View/Print Session Handouts."
The Annual Meeting of the Membership will be on Saturday, October 16 at 11:15am – 12:30pm in Cascade Ballroom A&B. See you there!

2010 APNA Annual Awards Recipients will each be honored at specific times throughout the conference.  Kathleen Buckwalter's Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award will be presented during the Opening Program on Wednesday evening, and there will be three awards presented at the beginning of the Keynote Presentations on both Thursday and Friday.  Take a minute to read about the recipients' backgrounds and achievements online before meeting them at the conference.

Counseling PointsTreating Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness
In July, both paper and online versions of the first issue of the new Counseling Points™ series Breaking Barriers and Implementing Change were sent to all APNA members.  By reading it and completing its post-test and evaluation, members are able to earn 1.0 continuing education contact hour.  Funded by an educational grant from Pfizer, this three part series addresses the often overlooked issue of tobacco use by patients with mental illness.  Smoking takes a huge toll on the overall health and lifespan of patients:  we need to raise awareness amongst psychiatric nurses about existing and effective smoking interventions and strategies.  The time to act is now!
Before releasing the second issue of this series, Delivering Effective Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness, we are gathering pre-assessment data on the topics it will address. By answering these three questions, you will help us measure the amount of knowledge acquired by participating in this continuing education activity. This survey should take less than a minute to complete:

Safety Checks:  Your All Purpose Discussion Forum on Member Bridge recently saw a lot of discussion on the topic of Safety Checks. The Insitute for Safe Environments took note and put together a survey on the topic based upon the questions and suggestions submitted by members on the forum. Please take a moment to let the Institute know your practices and thoughts with regard to safety checks:
The Institute for Safe Environments will present the results at the APNA Annual Conference in Kentucky next month during the Institute’s interactive panel.
Continuing Education:  Over the last several months, the Continuing Education Subcommittee of the Education Council has developed surveys to inquire about your continuing education needs. Three separate surveys have been designed: Staff Nurse/Staff Nurse Manager; Nurse Educator; and APRN. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey that reflects the category of your work. If you function in more than one role, you may go into the alternative survey to respond to the questions posed there.
Staff Nurse/Nurse Manager:
Results of the surveys will shape future APNA CE offerings and will be posted on Member Bridge.

Member Profile
Linda Crossett, MSN, RN, CNS-P/MH is full of stories. And it’s no wonder—she’s done everything from working on the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Suicide in Prison Systems to providing crisis counseling and emergency psychiatric care during hurricanes Katrina and Rita to working with trauma survivors in women’s homeless shelters. “I always tell my husband,” she says, “that this is a job where you never get bored. You get to hear so many unique stories, some tragic, some inspiring.” Read More

Chapter Spotlight
From California:  In the first of a recurring series on inspirational leaders in APNA California, here we focus our attention on one of our own superstars. Linda Stanley is a fairly new member to APNA but she has certainly made an impact. Her heartfelt and honest discussion about her experiences as a military nurse and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have pushed her to the front lines, so to speak, of those we want to know more about. We hope you enjoy learning more about her and her passion for those she serves. We thank her for her courageous service to our country and her continued fight to care for our silent wounded warriors.  Read More
From Florida:  An update on legislative affairs related to psychiatric mental health and nursing in Florida, courtesy of the APNA Florida Chapter. Click here to read it.
If you would like your chapter to be featured in the next Members' Corner, please email Meaghan Trimyer at

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