The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
APNA Members' Corner
Originally sent to APNA members on May 6th in honor of Nurses Week. When posed the question, “Why are you proud to be a psychiatric nurse?” I initially paused, feeling uncomfortable to identify anything that reflected on my professional accomplishments. Upon further reflection, what I feel proudest of is my sense of gratitude for being in a profession that offers hope to individuals at their most vulnerable moments. ()
In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month Sarah Katula, APN, PhD shares an important moment of connection she experienced as a nursing student: When I was in nursing school (many years ago), there was a student at the college who demonstrated odd behaviors in different classes we shared together. For the sake of the story let me call her Maria. As a freshman, Maria was in my religious studies class...( )
Nancy Hanrahan appointed Dean of Northeastern University School of Nursing; Blog by Angela Matsson, "What does Integrated Care actually look like?", posted by Care for Your Mind; Bernadette Melnyk part of expert panel for a workshop exploring how health care reform can promote children’s behavioral health; Murlene Osburn featured in New York Times article, "Doctoring, without Doctors"; Blog by Mona Shattell, "Why Nurses Need Twitter", posted on HuffPost's The Blog. ( )
Focus On: Mentorship with APNA Mentor Match
In 1977, while working as a staff nurse on an inpatient unit, Kathryn Johnson, NP first encountered a psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. “That person became my first mentor, and influenced me to go to graduate school,” says Johnson. “I have been lucky enough to find excellent mentors in every job I’ve held. My mentors have been APRNs, psychiatrists and therapists of various clinical backgrounds. As with that first clinical nurse specialist, they have all played a significant role in shaping the kind of clinician I am today.” ()
Ends 5/31 | 0.75 contact hours
Celebrate Mental Health Month with the podcast Possibilities, Partnerships, and Healing - it's free for APNA Members through 5/31!
Pre-Registration ends 6/5 | Up to 23.5 contact hours
There's still time to register and join us June 11-14 in Baltimore for a conference which delivers cutting-edge updates in psychopharmacology specifically for psychiatric-mental health nurses! Just Announced - Attendees are on their professional liability premium.
Registration ends 6/5 | Up to 6.25 contact hours
Learn to interpret and systematically apply the APNA Psychiatric Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide to inpatient practice in this interactive training on June 11th in Baltimore, Maryland.
- : The APNA elections are now open! Cast your vote for the incoming members of the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee by July 31st.
- : The American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation (APNF) is looking to provide grants of up to $10,000 each to up to two new nurse researchers. Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 17, 2015