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President's Message: We Can, We Have, and We Will

Member ProfileSue Brammer, A Story of Recovery

Annual Awards:  Accepting Nominations

2011 Elections:  Call for Nominations!

NEW eLearning Center: Faster, Smarter, Easier to Navigate

CPI 2011: Recovery from Pain, Distress, and Suffering Across the Lifespan

Position Paper:  Position on LACE Recommendations

Happy Birthday APNA! 25 Bonus Points for 25 Years

BooksThe Comfort Garden:  Tales From the Trauma Unit

New Members: A listing of new APNA members since January 2011

President's Message
I was recently reminded of our pioneering history when I opened a psychiatric nursing textbook authored by Madeline Leininger, Basic Concepts in Psychiatric Nursing (1960), and read the following introduction: “The patient centered approach is a shift from ‘doing to’ to a focus on understanding the patient, his/her problems, illness and other factors that have a bearing on his or her progress toward recovery.” The current national health care agenda incorporates health promotion, patient-centered care, and recovery - Psychiatric mental health nursing established the primacy of these concepts over fifty years ago! (Cont'd)

Member Profile:  Sue Brammer, A Story of Recovery
When I was thinking about recovery and how it has impacted my nursing practice, I came across a definition attributed to William Anthony (1993) from the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. There is a line in that definition which really spoke to me: “It [recovery] is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness.” Now in my 50’s, I have been battling mental illness all of my adult life. There have been many limitations posed by my illness, but despite those, I have managed to carve out a successful career, happy marriage, and raise two healthy children. It has only been recently, however, that I have considered myself in recovery... (Cont'd)

Annual Awards: Accepting Nominations
The APNA Annual Awards seek to recognize the too often unacknowledged achievements and dedication of exceptional PMH nurses. We are now accepting nominations for the 2011 APNA Annual Awards and invite you to nominate one (or more!) of your colleagues who has demonstrated excellence in psychiatric mental health nursing practice, education, research, leadership, community efforts, etc. Please submit all nominations by April 18th. More Information

2011 Elections
APNA is starting our 2011 Election process! If you're interested in nominating yourself or someone else for any of the following positions, please send your contact information to Nicholas Croce, Jr., APNA Executive Director, at ncroce@apna.org by Monday, May 2nd: President-Elect, Secretary, Member at Large, or Nominating Committee Member. The election will be held from June 8th to August 8th and the term of office shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting during the APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, October 19-22, 2011. More Information

New APNA eLearning Center
Looking for an online CE learning system that is faster, smarter, and easier to navigate? Look no further! On March 15th APNA launched our new eLearning Center, an elearning platform that hosts all of our online continuing education activities in one place. Currently over 75 continuing education activities are available, including newly added sessions from the 2010 Annual Conference. See the how-to powerpoint for more information about exciting new features and a step-by-step guide on using the eLearning Center.  Visit the eLearning Center

25 Bonus Points for 25 Years!
With the launch of the eLearning Center we also introduced a new bonus points system as a member benefit. Each bonus point is equivalent to $1 and can be used to “purchase” CE activities in the APNA eLearning Center. To celebrate APNA's 25th Anniversary, all members have been given 25 bonus points! Log in to the eLearning Center to use your bonus points - they automatically appear in every APNA member's account. In the future, bonus points will be awarded electronically for reasons such as joining APNA, renewing membership, attending conferences, or participating in APNA committees.

CPI 2011:  Recovery from Pain, Distress, and Suffering across the Lifespan
The Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute in June will offer a program full of clinical pearls and the chance to earn up to 24.25 continuing education contact hours. This “prescription to enrich your mind” is an affordable one - this year's early bird registration rates are just $375 for APNA members. Program highlights include a brand new preconference session with Dr. Barbara Limandri on neurophysiology & drug mechanisms of action and keynote speeches from Dr. Howard Heit on Defensible, Rational, and Compassionate Pain Management and Dr. Mary Moller on psychological adjustment to psychosis and medications. Learn More

APNA Position on LACE Recommendations
The APNA Board of Directors has endorsed recommendations developed by the Joint APNA/ISPN Task Force on Implementation of the "Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education." These recommendations are now the official position of the APNA. They promote a uniform approach for entry to practice so that future psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nurses will have the full scope of practice to address mental health and psychiatric needs across the lifespan. Please click here to read the APNA Position Paper.

Books:  The Comfort Garden: Tales From the Trauma Unit
Laurie Barkin, RN, MS’s story begins in the early 1990s on the trauma unit at a San Francisco hospital, where she worked as a psych nurse consultant; assessing patients who had recently experienced trauma and helping them cope with their emotional and psychological reactions. During assessments, she and her colleagues heard horrible stories of untreated childhood traumas with disturbing frequency. Like any compassionate caregiver, Barkin needed a way to deal with what she was hearing... (Cont'd)

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