October 2013

APNA News:
The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

APNA Members' Corner
President's Message: Inaugural Message from President Pat Cunningham
Member Profile: Kris Lambert at the SAMHSA Voice Awards
Member News: Your Colleagues in the News
Recovery Pearl: Empowerment
Annual Conference: Highlights from San Antonio
Schizophrenia Policy Report: An International Call for Change 
Affordable Care Act: Resources Update
Funding Opportunity: Smoking Cessation Strategies
Online Poster Gallery: View Poster Presentations from the Conference!
Annual Activity Report: Summary of APNA Activites
Membership: A New Feature!
Resource Roundup: New Additions to the Resource Center
New Members: 392 new members since August!

President's Message
I could not begin my first message as APNA President without first acknowledging the tremendous leadership of outgoing President Beth Phoenix over the past year – she truly embodied her presidential theme’s emphasis on psychiatric mental health nursing leadership and mentorship. I look forward to benefitting from her wisdom and experiences as she mentors me in my new position…maybe she’ll even teach me how to use that lasso she had at the Annual Conference! (Cont'd)

Member Profile
Kris Lambert, PhD, MSN, RN is chair of the APNA Recovery Council and an Associate Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She sees working with nursing students as an opportunity to reduce stigma while also providing them with tools to provide safe, effective, and compassionate care. "In understanding the importance of mental health and wellness," she says, "students are able to practice self-care and in turn, promote mental health by instilling hope in those they serve." In this month's profile, Lambert shares her experience at the Voice Awards, which she attended as APNA's representative. (Cont'd)

Member News

Pamela Adamshick awarded Penn State's Novosel Award for Distinguished Nursing Alumni; Kayla Albright, an APNA Board of Directors Scholar, spotlighted in Georgia College article, an article by Rachel Clements, "Is Psychiatric Nursing Right for You?", published on NurseTogether.com; Andrea Crowley featured in a Nurse.com Article, "Easing the mind";  Kirstyn Kameg featured in article, "Grant helps RMU expand its nursing program to fill gaps in mental health care"; Michael Rice awarded Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska's Award for Distinguished Service. More Info

Recovery Pearl: Empowerment - by Pat Graham, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
As a concept of recovery, empowerment is closely aligned with the concept of self actualization - the ultimate ability to determine, direct and meet goals in life. As psychiatric nurses, we allow consumers the freedom and security necessary to take hold of the  hope, and begin recognizing their ability to empower themselves by partnering, listening, educating, and caring. When the consumer senses caring and security, the shadows of mental illness begin to crumble. More Recovery Pearls

Annual Conference: Highlights from San Antonio!
A lasso wielding president, tai chi, hula hoops, book signings, not to mention more than 1300 nurses and psychiatric mental health professionals - that's just sampling of what we saw at the APNA 27th Annual Conference this past October 9th through 12th. Here's a quick play-by-play of what went down in San Antonio...(Cont'd)

Schizophrenia Policy Report: An International Call for Change
Earlier this year APNA Representative Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN joined an international group of experts for a think tank on schizophrenia policy. The resultant document, Schizophrenia: Time to Commit to Policy Change, was endorsed by APNA and published on October 10th in honor of World Mental Health Day. It calls for a more integrated and recovery-based approach towards the care of persons living with schizophrenia. (Cont'd)

Affordable Care Act: Resources Update - Webinar Tomorrow!
While we can't fix the glitches users are experiencing on the Health Insurance Marketplace, we can offer you tools and education to help you support your clients throughout the enrollment process. The Affordable Care Act Resource section in the APNA Resource Center is constantly updated and was even used as an example for other nursing organizations by HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield! The most recent addition to this section is tomorrow's webinar from the National Council for Behavioral Health: The ABC’s of Open Enrollment for Behavioral Health Providers (Thursday, October 31, 2013, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT). Affordable Care Act Resources

Funding Opportunity: Smoking Cessation Strategies
Announcing the new Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation! APNA members are invited to apply to join the academy, made possible through a partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. 12-15 applicants with innovative smoking cessation strategies will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and complimentary registration to the APNA 28th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Application Deadline: December 16, 2013  |  More Info

Poster Gallery: View poster presentations from the APNA 27th Annual Conference online!
These peer-reviewed poster presentations offer insights on topics such as psychiatric transition trends impacting quality of care, collaboration between students and faculty to develop case studies, psychotherapy skill building, fall prevention strategies, and gender biases that contribute to victimization. Note: Contact Hours are not available for viewing posters online. View the 92 poster pdfs uploaded by this year's poster presenters: Visit the Poster Gallery

APNA Annual Activity Report: Summary of APNA Activities
Curious about how APNA has furthered our mission recently? From the APNA Board of Directors, the 2013 APNA Annual Activity Report summarizes our association's key activities over the past year. The report is available for review on the APNA website. Please send any feedback to ncroce@apna.org. APNA 2013 Annual Activity Report

New Feature of APNA Membership!
The opportunities that come with membership just expanded: An eMembership with the American Nurses Association is now included as a part of APNA membership! At no additional cost or dues increase members can now enjoy: digital access to ANA’s journals and e-newsletters, free & discounted access to a range of professional development programs and continuing education, member discounts on ANA Leadership Institute products & Nursebooks, access to ANA’s advocacy efforts, and much more! Learn More

Resource Roundup: New Resources Available in the APNA Resource Center
  • ACA Resources: 10/31 National Council Webinar - The ABC’s of Open Enrollment for Behavioral Health Providers, SAMHSA toolkits for providers and consumers now available, Materials for small businesses and links to infographics, Provider-focused publications from CMS
  • Integrated Care Resources: Infographic from SAMHSA and NCBH
  • Recovery Resources: Upcoming 11/7 SAMHSA Webinar: Peer Practice and Context: Developing Quality Standards
  • RN & APRN Practice: Free 3-part Compliance Webinar Series from the National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Grants & Scholarships: Call for APNA Virtual Nursing Academy Applications, 2013 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Call for Applications, NINR Graduate Partnerships Program info posted
  • APPN Reports & Statistics: The Mental Health Workforce - A Primer




AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION and APNA-Logoare registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as trademarks of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
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.