The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
September 2015
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
Throughout this past year as President I’ve focused on the pivotal time in health care at which we now find ourselves – and the opportunities presented to psychiatric-mental health nurses by this new landscape. We work within a complex system which presents us with a myriad of possible paths for us to make an impact. (Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, Robin shares her enthusiasm for her chosen profession: Nursing was not my first pick as far as a profession but it kind of picked me. My parents really wanted me to be a doctor but while in undergrad as a biology major I just started feeling like 'yuck! I really don't want to do this'. (Cont'd)

Get to Know the Annual Awards Recipients

Last month you met the recipients of this year's Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award and Award for Distinguished Service. The month, meet six more awards recipients, who represent some of the most outstanding nurses in psychiatric-mental health. 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!

Member News

Janie Harwood keynotes at event on suicide awareness; Celeste M. Johnson recognized by Parkland Health & Hospital System for being elected to APNA Board of Directors; Annette Kleinhenz leads community conversation about suicide awareness in Columbus; Geraldine Pearson named Editor in Chief of Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Mona Shattell blogs about scientists and social media; Kat Wijdenes recognized by the Arizona Daily Star for being named an APNA Board of Directors Student Scholar. (Learn More)

SAMHSA Voice Awards Recap

Rosalind De Lisser reflects on her experience at the 2015 SAMHSA Voice Awards, which celebrate consumer leaders, television and film writers, and television and film producers who have raised awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. For the fifth year, APNA participated as a program partner and De Lisser attended the ceremony on our behalf. (Cont'd)

Reminder: Transition to ICD-10 Deadline is Thursday
On October 1, 2015, all HIPAA covered providers will be required to use ICD-10 diagnosis codes for all services. Remember, the DSM-5 already includes the ICD-10 codes, so you can continue to use it as your primary resource for diagnosing and also find the correct codes to ensure that you receive reimbursement for your services. (Learn More & View Resources)

Annual Conference Update

Did you know that the American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation will be hosting a speed networking session (with CE) on Saturday morning? Or that all conference attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Keynote Speaker Brian Cuban's book, "Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder"? Or how about that you'll be able to meet fellow psych nurses from your state during the Chapter Meetings on Thursday evening? Remember, you can still register online and save $25 off of the on-site registration fee!

Free CE for National Recovery Month
To honor National Recovery Month and all of the psychiatric nurses who lead the team in implementing recovery-oriented practices, we are offering a free podcast all month long on just that topic. Today is the last day to earn 0.5 contact hours with the free session podcast, Transforming Psychiatric Mental Health Care to Recovery Oriented Practice with an Inter-professional Team.

Online Psychopharmacology CNE 
Podcasts from the APNA 13th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute are now available online! Online access to these recordings is free of charge for 2015 CPI attendees, and those who missed the conference can still earn psychopharmacology contact hours and get the cutting edge content by ordering session recordings a la carte in the APNA eLearnng Center. (Learn More)

Resource Roundup
  • RN Resources: New continuing education available for RNs
  • APRN Resources: Free webinar from the American Psychiatric Association on using the DSM-5 in the transition to ICD-10; New IOM report to improve outcomes of psychosocial interventions for persons with mental health and substance use disorders
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves Vraylar (cariprazine) to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; modifies monitoring for neutropenia and approves REMS program for patients using clozapine; approves Addyi (flibanserin) for sexual desire disorder; approves Rexulti to treat schizophrenia and as add-on for MDD; warns that Diazepam purchased online may be counterfeit; reports permanent skin-color changes with Daytrana patch for ADHD

New Members: 742 New Members since July!

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