July 9, 2013

American Psychiatric Nurses Association Receives CNE Accreditation with Distinction From American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has achieved accreditation with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. ANCC Accreditation with distinction recognizes the American Psychiatric Nurses Association as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) that designs high quality educational content and delivers this curricula in an engaging and effective manner. As of September of 2012, less than 10% of all ANCC-accredited organizations achieved the honor of Accreditation with Distinction. In order to receive accreditation, organizations must meet comprehensive, evidenced-based criteria to ensure that CNE activities are effectively planned, implemented, and evaluated. Only organizations whose education programs are free of any deficiencies requiring a progress report achieve Accreditation with Distinction.

“The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is honored to have earned such a prestigious honor,” says Beth Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS, APNA President. “This is a testament to high level of expertise within our membership and the hard work of our nursing education staff to channel that expertise into valuable and effective continuing education programs.”

APNA’s continuing nursing educational curricula includes two live national conferences each year, The APNA Annual Conference and the Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, several chapter conferences, a host of podcasts and webinars available online in the APNA eLearning Center, and publications such as the new Counseling Points™: Shedding the Label of Schizophrenia through the Recovery Model. In addition, APNA is piloting a new recovery-focused curriculum, funded by a Recovery to Practice grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Acute Care Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice. Registration is currently open for the APNA 27th Annual Conference, which will offer attendees the opportunity to earn up to 25.5 continuing education contact hours onsite and more than 70 additional contact hours afterwards via podcasts in the APNA eLearning Center. More information is available here:

ANCC Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of continuing nursing education, making it worthy of public confidence. Accrediting organizations, like ANCC, assess providers of continuing nursing education to ensure they meet rigorous global standards established by ANCC.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.


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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.