The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
APNA News: May 2015
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
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. (Cont'd)

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...(Cont'd)

Member News

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. (Learn More)

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.” (Cont'd)

Continuing Education

  • Free CE for Mental Health Month
    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!
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
    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 eligible for a 10% discount on their professional liability premium.
  • Competency-Based Training for Suicide Prevention
    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.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

  • Vote for Psych Nurse Leaders: 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.
  • Apply for a Research Grant: 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

Resource Roundup
  • Substance Use Resources: Updated Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs from SAMHSA
  • Institute for Safe Environments: OSHA's update on their Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves first generic Abilify (aripiprazole); New SAMHSA Guide on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder; FDA reviews Zyprexa Relprevv
  • Graduate Programs: University of South Carolina program info now available


  • APNA Advocacy: Mental Health Liaison Group letter supporting the Garrett Lee Smith Act Reauthorization; Congratulatory letter to Mary Wakefield on her appointment as Acting Deputy Secretary of HHS; Nursing Community Testimony for Fiscal Year 2016 to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

New Members: 568 New Members since March!

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