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

President's Message
This message reflects my own personal thoughts about the recent Supreme Court ruling and access to healthcare in the U.S. It does not represent an official APNA position. Nearly 62 million Americans have received increased access to mental health and substance use services as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the federal parity law (the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act).  (Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, Jill shares a glimpse into what motivates her as a psychiatric-mental health nurse research scientist: I have always been interested in spirituality and health. As a psychiatric nurse, I wanted to find a way to incorporate the "power within us" to help promote health and wellbeing in patients. (Cont'd)

Get to Know the Annual Awards Recipients

Meet the recipients of this year's Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award, Kathleen Delaney, and Award for Distinguished Service, Jeanne Clement: These profiles provide a look at their careers and achievements, advice to future PMH Nurses, and even their favorite Disney movies - just in time for this year's Annual Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort!

For Kathleen Delaney, the choice to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse was clear: “Psychiatric nurses have to be interested in people’s lives and working with them through the dilemmas they face, and I just always was,” she says. (Cont'd)

A simple piece of advice was how Jeanne Clement knew psychiatric-mental health nursing was right for her: “’In psychiatric nursing, the best therapeutic tool you have to use is yourself,’” she says, quoting an instructor from one of her first psychiatric-mental health nursing lectures. (Cont'd)

Member News

Anita Boykins secures $1.6 million grant for University of Southern Mississippi; Josh Hamilton named 2015 Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Wyoming;  Brenda Marshall honored as 2015 Fellow by National League of Nursing; Marlene Nadler-Moodie named Behavioral Health Person of the Year for San Diego County; Nicole Schultz profiled in Florida Today; Linda Stanley receives top VA Women Veteran Resiliency Award; Dawn Vanderhoef recognized by Vanderbilt University for receiving APNA Annual Award; Susie Adams, Angela McNelis, Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, and Jane White to be inducted as 2015 Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing. (Learn More)

Annual Conference Program Highlights - Psychotherapy & Suicide Prevention

Highlights of this year’s program include a conference course on psychotherapy and a training in suicide prevention. A 5-hour multi-day conference course, Psychotherapy for Advanced Practice Nurses will explore new uses of three theoretical approaches in psychotherapy in real world treatment settings. The Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention is a 2-part (online pre-requisite and conference session 1016), 6.5 hour interactive training that will help nurses interpret and apply the nine Psychiatric Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide, particularly in the inpatient setting. Both options will take place during multiple session slots at the conference, allowing attendees to take deep dives into the educational topics. (Learn More) Remember, register by September 15 to save $75!

Engagement and Patient Safety in This Month’s JAPNA

Take an inside look at the role of patient engagement in promoting a safe and therapeutic environment. APNA members of the Institute for Safe Environments explore how nurses can connect, partner, and collaborate with patients in “Engagement as an Element of Safe Inpatient Psychiatric Environments”, available now in the May/June 2015 issue of JAPNA.

New IOM Report on Psychosocial Interventions

The Institute of Medicine recently released a new report, Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards. APNA President Susie Adams participated in the development of the report. To learn more about improving outcomes for persons with mental health and substance abuse disorders through psychosocial interventions, click here.

2015 Board of Directors Student Scholars Named

Congratulations to the recently announced 2015 class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars! These exceptional prelicensure/undergraduate and graduate students are driven and dedicated, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the annual conference. (See the full list here.)

APNA Elections – Voting Ends 7/31

Don’t forget – the deadline to vote in the APNA elections is Friday, July 31st! With the deadline fast approaching, don’t miss out on making your voice heard – vote today!

Resource Roundup
  • Substance Use Resources: New SAMHSA guide on use of buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves Rexulti (brexpiprazole) to treat schizophrenia and as an add-on for major depressive disorder; FDA warns of counterfeiting issue with Diazepam purchased online; FDA reports permanent skin-color changes with use of Daytrana patch (methylphenidate transdermal system)

New Members: 458 New Members since May!

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