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APNA Members' Corner
President's Message: Collaboration, Commitment, and Consultation
Member Profile
: Going Above and Beyond - Valerie Kolbert
Strategic Planning
: Reports on Key Issues
Annual Awards: Now Accepting Nominations
Member News: Celebrating the Achievements of our Members
Joining Forces: APNA Supports National "Joining Forces" Initiative
Resource Center
: Integrated Care Resources
Publications Discounts: Announcing 2 New Discounts
CPI Conference: Program Highlights and Updates
Continuing Education: New Podcasts & Free CE
Member Bridge: Health IT & Informatics Group
New Members
: 401 New Members since January 2012!

President's Message
Collaboration, Commitment and Consultation - The beginning of spring is always such a flurry of activity – the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and excitement for the year is at a high. It is hard for me to believe that I am already half way through this year as your President – the past six months have been such a whirlwind of activities! The spring season (come a little early this year for many of us) has reminded me of how important it is for us to take a moment to breathe, enjoy the outdoors, and smell the roses. This sense of rejuvenation gives us a chance to embrace and renew our practice as psychiatric-mental health nurses. Here at APNA, we are taking the opportunity to cultivate and maintain our efforts of collaboration, commitment, and consultation within the association. I’d like to take a moment to explore some of these worthwhile endeavors going on within APNA and PMH nursing. (Cont'd)

Going Above and Beyond - Valerie Kolbert
As nurses, we know that it is common for one of us to go the extra mile in caring for a patient. It is so common in fact that we often don’t even notice when it happens. However to each patient and family on the receiving end of such care, it is extraordinary. An unsolicited letter from Jan, a woman who wanted to share her appreciation and gratefulness for the above-and-beyond care a psychiatric nurse gave her family member, was delivered to APNA recently. APNA member Valerie Kolbert, ARNP, BC made an enormous difference in this patient’s life and in that of the patient’s family member by providing psychiatric-mental health nursing care that she saw as normal. “When you work hard every day doing your best and what you think is the right thing, it becomes ordinary,” she says. “When I read Jan’s letter, it reminded me that what we do as nurses IS pretty extraordinary.” (Cont'd)

Strategic Planning: APNA Janssen Scholars Report on Key Issues
This past February, the Board of Directors met to revise and update the APNA Strategic Plan. Prior to the meeting, they reached out to the APNA Janssen Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students awarded scholarships to the Annual Conference, to help inform the strategic planning process. Their task was to explore four issues identified by the APNA membership as priorities in PMH nursing: quality indicators, suicide prevention, seclusion and restraint, and workplace violence. The Scholars formed four workgroups, each focusing on one of these issues and supported by an advisor appointed by the Board. Each group conducted an environmental scan and submitted a report sharing their findings. View the Reports

Annual Awards: Now Accepting Nominations
Take a minute to help us honor one of your outstanding psychiatric-mental health nurse colleagues by nominating them for one of the 2012 APNA Annual Awards! Submit nominations by April 23rd for any of the following awards: APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, Award for Distinguished Service, Award for Innovation - Individual, Award for Innovation - Chapter, Excellence in Practice - APRN-PMH, Excellence in Practice - RN-PMH, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Education, Excellence in Leadership - Advanced, Excellence in Leadership - Generalist, Award for Media. More Info

Member News: Celebrating the Achievements of our Members
Catherine Kane receives Hildegard Peplau Award; Jane LeVieux receives Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award; Luc R. Pelletier appointed to AAN Fellow Selection Committee; Pamela Whitely recognized with nomination for an Excellence in Dallas Nursing Award. More Info

APNA Supports National "Joining Forces" Initiative
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is proud to pledge our support to the national “Joining Forces” campaign. We have partnered with other organizations in the nursing community such as ANA and NLN to collectively champion and further this valuable endeavor. “Joining Forces” is First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive national initiative which calls upon us as a nation to take action in providing the support and treatment our service members and their families need as they reconnect with their communities, particularly when it comes to employment, education, and wellness. (Cont'd)

Resource Center: Integrated Care Resources
The newest addition to the APNA Resource Center is a section focused on the integration of physical and mental health care. Its numerous offerings include an FAQ about integrated health put together by members of the Board of Directors, models of integrated care, forms and patient tracking tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and more. Explore these comprehensive resources to learn why the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty health care matters to PMH nurses. APNA Resource Center | Integrated Care Resources

Publications Discounts
Did you know that APNA partners with publishers to offer our members exclusive discounts on publications? We currently offer discounts with nine different publishers and we are adding to that list all the time! Most recently we partnered with Cambridge University Press to offer substantial discounts on select mental health, psychiatry, and clinical psychology publications and also with two consumer magazines to offer APNA members discounted subscription rates:

  • Cambridge University Press, for a limited time only, is offering APNA members 50% off select books in mental health, psychiatry, and clinical psychology! Offer will expire April 30, 2012.
  • bp (bipolar) Magazine & esperanza (hope for depression) are award-winning publications tailored to the unique interests and needs of patients and their family members living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and/or depression. APNA members receive a 50% discount on subscriptions to each of these publications.

Publications Discounts Program

CPI: Program Highlights and Updates
For our 10th Anniversary, an exciting program planned is planned, as well as the opportunity to earn up to 23.25 continuing education contact hours. Check out some of these program highlights and updates:
  • New Addition! A Symposium Luncheon, Keys to Improved Assessment and Management of Major Depressive Disorder, will take place on Friday, June 15th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Requires no additional fee to attend.
  • Thursday night Preconference: CPI-favorite Dr. Barbara Limandri will present a 3-hour session will focus on neurosignaling in mental illness.
  • Keynote: Jimmie Holland will discuss the stigma of mental illness and cancer, focusing on current issues that support improved care and distress screening procedures in oncology practice.
  • Friday-Sunday sessions will offer cutting-edge psychopharmacological information across the lifespan, on topics such as: military culture, delirium and toxicology, safe prescribing practices, metabolic syndrome and more.
Remember to register early to get the Early Bird Registration price! CPI Program | Register Now!

Continuing Education: New Podcasts & Free CE
Coming soon to the APNA eLearning Center- 13 more podcasts from the APNA 25th Annual Conference, bringing the final tally of Annual Conference podcasts to 78! Throughout the past couple of months, session recordings from the APNA 25th Annual Conference have been posted in the APNA eLearning Center as they were reviewed and approved for CE contact hours. See the sessions coming soon and the 65 currently available here: http://www.apna.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4827
Free CE: The Keynote Presentation by SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, JD, Shaping the Future of Behavioral Health, is available for FREE in the APNA eLearning Center. Earn up to 1.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours! More Info

New Online Community: Health IT & Informatics Workgroup
APNA is pleased to announce the formation of the Health IT and Informatics Workgroup (HIT-IWG) on Member Bridge! If you have recently visited the APNA Member Bridge, chances are you, too, would have noticed a variety of technology-focused discussion threads, posts, and member blogs on topics such as electronic health records, social media, virtual environments, mobile computing, smart phone Apps, and use of other innovative health information technologies (HIT) by psychiatric nurses. (Cont'd)

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