APNA News:
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APNA Members' Corner


President's Message:  Inaugural Message

Member Profile:  Angela Amar, PhD, RN

Conference Briefs:  Last Look at Louisville, Looking Ahead to Anaheim

LACE Implementation:  Draft Recommendations

APNA Collaboration with ENA:  Psychiatric Patients in the ER

Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Call for Members

Veteran's Day:  Giving Thanks

Clinicians needed for DSM 5 Field Trials:  Volunteer and Recieve CE!

APNA Supports the Nurses' Health Studies:  Please consider signing up!

Washington Wizards Nurses' Night

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

President's Message
I am honored to present you with my first message as APNA President. At this moment in time, we find ourselves part of an APNA that is stronger than ever, a testimony to the outstanding leadership and involvement of our members over the years. We truly do stand on the shoulders of giants…but we are just beginning. APNA was recently named as one of the Top Ten Industry Associations in Nursing by American Chronicle, a testament to the growing potential and influence of our organization. Our strength sets the foundation for the tremendous impact APNA will have on shaping mental health care and psychiatric nursing professional development in the future. (Cont'd)

Member Profile

This month's member profile focuses on a forensic nurse whose deep interest in preventing and mitigating the effects of violence has propelled her to action. Her face is probably familiar to those of you who attended the conference in Louisville. Dr. Amar, as co-chair of the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council, was part of the council's interactive panel and also served as a co-presenter for two concurrent sessions: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Forensic Clients: The Response of Forensic Nurses and Opportunities for Mental Health Nurses and Stalking Savvy: How College Students Cope with Stalking. The latter session speaks to her vocation: aiding adolescent and young women who have experienced violence.
Amar's interest in the effects of violence stems from her experiences as a psychiatric nurse. "I began to notice that many of my patients had experienced violence," she explains. "Seeing the mental and physical health effects of violence, I wondered how we could prevent violence and mitigate the health consequences." (Cont'd)

Conference Briefs

Looking Back at 2010 - Thanks to everyone who came to Louisville and helped make this year's conference a resounding success!  See the President's Message for a great recap of the 2010 APNA Annual Conference in Louisville. 

  • View a slideshow of the Poster Presentation Winners here.
  • Browse through photos from the Conference here.  (And visit our facebook page to see more photos and tag yourself!)

Looking Forward to 2011 - We will be meeting in Anaheim, CA October 19-22, 2011 and celebrating our 25th anniversary as an association of professionals in psychiatric-mental health nursing.  We understand that many of you are currently planning your budgets for the coming year and that for many, budgets are tight.  To this end, we would like to provide you with our cost estimates for the APNA 25th Annual Conference:

  • The Early Bird Member Registration price is expected to be $425, and will INCLUDE the Premium Key CD – This will allow you to view concurrent sessions that you might have missed at the live conference, and still earn additional CE contact hours!
  • The room rates at the Disneyland Hotel will be $185 + tax for single - quad occupancy. The rate includes internet in all of the guest rooms. The hotel has agreed to waive the customary resort fee.

We hope that the availability (and affordability) of these prices will enable you to join us next year for our 25th Anniversary Conference in Anaheim, California in October 19-22, 2011. Please also note that the Call for Abstracts will be announced in early January 2011 with a deadline of March 1, 2011. APNA conference session content is driven by the abstract review process, a blinded peer review in which each abstract is read and scored by several independent reviewers from the Scholarly Review Committee.  Start thinking of what you’d like to see presented during the conference and submit an abstract in the new year!

LACE Implementation:  Draft Recommendations

During this year’s conference, the Joint APNA/ISPN Task Force on Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education (LACE) presented DRAFT recommendations that the task force plans to submit to both organizations' Boards of Directors.
The task force would like your feedback:  Copies of the slides presented at this interactive panel by the task force co-chairs have been posted online along with questions gathered from those in attendance as well as the task force's responses. Both of these documents can be found here.  Please review these documents and send any questions or comments c/o ncroce@apna.org or click on the feedback link on the webpage.

Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department

APNA's Collaboration with ENA - The therapeutic management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department is an important and complicated issue.  APNA is working collaboratively with the Emergency Nurses Association to positively impact the treatment of patients with mental illness and substance use disorders in the emergency department setting. The ENA lists the APNA website as a resource for their members who seek information and education and APNA now has a resource section that contains information from the ENA that our members may find of interest. Please click here for ENA position statements, articles, and other resources.

Forensic Psychiatric Nursing Council's Call for Members

The Council would like to thank all who helped make the forensic psychiatric nursing events at the conference a success. As over 200 members attended their interactive panel, it is clearly time to expand their membership. To do so, the Council is seeking interested members to join their Expert Panel.  As a member of the Expert Panel, you will serve as a resource to the Steering Committee, providing input on strategy and tactics to promote and advance forensic psychiatric nursing.
If you are interested in joining the Forensic Psychiatric Nursing Council Expert Panel, please complete this survey by November 30th.
The Council is looking forward to receiving your input on important issues concerning the practice of forensic psychiatric nursing and to engaging in further discussions on how to advance this subspecialty.

Veteran's Day

On November 11th we honored our veterans for their invaluable service and patriotism. APNA would especially like to recognize those who have returned from duty while still waging a war within, carrying the visible and invisible wounds of war. They carry a large load and those of you who have vowed to help lighten that load through responsive and compassionate care deserve our heartfelt gratitude as well. With your work as psychiatric nurses you are ensuring that our veterans are not neglected upon their return from duty.  We are proud to have you as members and we wholeheartedly support you as just as you support our patriots.
Click here for resources regarding traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and more.
If you missed Linda Stanley's powerful story of her own struggle with PTSD in the last issue, click here to read it

Clinicians Needed for DSM-5 Field Trials

Mental health professionals who are able to independently make DSM diagnoses are needed for field trials for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). DSM-5 Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice Settings are designed to test the feasibility and clinical usefulness of the proposed diagnostic criteria and diagnostic-specific measures in real-world clinical settings. For more information about field trials and about volunteering, visit www.psych.org/dsm5-rcp-fieldtrials.

APNA Supports the Nurses’ Health Studies – Please consider signing up!

The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by the 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. While the prevention of cancer is still a primary focus, the study has also produced landmark data on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many other conditions. Most importantly, these studies have shown that diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can powerfully promote better health. Learn more

Washington Wizards Nurses' Night!

For all of our members in the DC area (or basketball lovers willing to travel)!  The Washington Wizards invites you to watch them take on the New York Knicks Friday, December 10 at 7pm.  All nurses will enjoy discounted tickets and get a chance to take a shot on the court after the game.  Click here for more information.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


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