The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

APNA Members' Corner
Member Stories

President's Message
My family members have long chided me for “having perfect strangers start telling me their personal problems”…while waiting in line at the grocery store or asking for help from a shelf stocker at a big box store or standing at a crosswalk...(Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories

This month we hear from someone new to nursing: J.M. has been a psychiatric-mental health nurse for just four months. Entering nursing school, I had my sights set on working in the operating room.  I was extremely nervous for my psychiatric-mental health nursing rotation. (Cont'd)

Member News

Dustin Adams quoted in "Friendship helps in addressing Dementia"; Carol-Ann Cenac honored as 2014-2015 VIP Professional Woman of the Year by NAPW; Noelia Citialin featured in "New study says sleeping late could lead to mental disorders"; Nancy Hanrahan highlighted in "UPenn nursing professor investigates transitional care model for treating seriously mentally ill patients"; Amy Kirsch featured in "SwedishAmerican Center for Mental Health’s use of soothing rooms gains national recognition"; Annette Maruca featured in "Breaking Down Barriers to Healthcare for the Incarcerated"; Bernadette Melnyk President of National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities; Sean Murphy featured in "What happened to HIV prevention?";  Elizabeth Varcarolis awarded 3rd Place, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Category and Kathleen Wheeler awarded 2nd Place, Advanced Practice Category, in American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. (Learn More)

Mental Health Parity Updates
The Mental Health Liaison Group (of which APNA is a member) is a coalition of mental health organizations that monitors mental health policy issues and provides periodic updates. View Recent Updates

Continuing Education

Annual Conference Call for Abstracts: Don't miss the opportunity to share your expertise with 1500+ of your colleagues at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort this October. Deadline: March 9  |  Learn More
Online CE: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, a podcast recording of Andrew Solomon's keynote at last October's Annual Conference, is available for free with the opportunity to earn 0.75 contact hours. Plus, 82 session recordings from the conference are now also available in the APNA eLearning Center.
Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute: Plan to join us this June 11-14 in a BRAND NEW location for three days of continuing education specific to psychopharmacology. Where is this new location? You can find out here.

Council News: Addictions &Tobacco Dependence
“I'm thrilled to be working with Dr. Carol Essenmacher in chairing the newly blended Addictions Council and Tobacco Dependence Council,” says Matt Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, Chair of the APNA Addictions Council. On January 1st the Tobacco Dependence Council integrated with the Addictions Council, now operating as a branch within the Addictions Council. (Cont'd)

Resource Roundup
  • Medication Updates: New SAMHSA Guidance on Clinical Use of Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders;FDA reports Ziprasidone associated with rare but potentially fatal skin reactions.
  • Ebola Resources: Ebola response updates from the FDA; Recording and transcript from November 24th COCA Call - Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective
  • Substance Use Resources: Data from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Integrated Care Resources: SAMHSA Guide - Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes
  • Free CE: ANA 1/29 Webinar on Values-Based Leadership & 2/18 Webinar on Nurse Fatigue, free to APNA members as a part of their ANA eMembership;  Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity (0.75 Contact Hrs)
  • Grants & Scholarships: Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program now accepting applications; HRSA Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Funding Opportunity Announcement
  • Health Care Reform Resources: Tools for consumers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Get Covered America Tools for consumers

New Members: 356 New Members Since November!

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