November 2015

The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
November 2015
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
As psychiatric-mental health nurses, we are every day leaders. John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” I believe that psychiatric-mental health nurses strive to do that each day through the art and science of our recovery-oriented practice. We are bringers of hope and staunch advocates for effecting change. We are leaders because we are psychiatric-mental health nurses.(Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from Army Reserve Nurse Monica Leverette: My story begins in Baghdad, Iraq. As a member of the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corp., I was deployed to Iraq from 2010-2011. Our mission was Detainee Operations. (Cont'd)

Member News

Patricia Allen writes about pharmacogenetics for US News and World Report; Angela F. Amar and L. Kathleen Sekula publish book; Sarah Carpenter develops tool to help identify psychiatric inpatients at risk for readmission; Daryl Anne Cummings explores use of a multifaceted intervention to reduce elopements; Berthilde Dufrene profiled by the County Times in Unsung Heroes; Paul J. Edick implements positive psychology techniques to reduce staff burnout; Angela McNelis appointed to the Indiana Mental Health and Addiction Services Development Program Board; R. John Repique interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about Philadelphia smoking ban at psychiatric hospitals; Angela Thomas honored by the March of Dimes - Minnesota. (Learn More)

The Year in Member Bridge

This year, Member Bridge continued to be your go-to source for discussion amongst colleagues. As the year draws to a close, here are a few examples of the topics that sparked your interest:

  • Career transition to psychiatric-mental health nursing. A former scientist who found his calling in caring for persons with mental health needs reached out to colleagues for advice on making the transition to psychiatric-mental health nursing. Words of encouragement, program suggestions, and more were given to this individual to help smooth his journey to psychiatric-mental health nursing practice. (View and join the discussion here)
  • Cell phone use in psychiatric care facilities. Several discussions centered on the issue of protecting client privacy in the context of the prevalence of personal electronic devices was addressed in two discussions. Participants chimed in on a myriad of aspects pertinent to cell phone usage in psychiatric care facilities, including policies and procedures, HIPAA concerns, person-centered approaches, and more. (Learn more here and here)
  • Resources for training mental health techs.  A request for a sample mental health technician training program sparked an exchange of curricula and course materials in this discussion. Training approaches shared ranged from a 16 week intensive program specifically for behavioral health technicians to including the technicians in the organization’s psychiatric-mental health nursing orientation program.  (Find example course outlines, agendas, and more here.)

2015: A Big Year for APNA
Our members accomplished big things this year! We've compiled some of the highlights based on the 2015 APNA Annual Activity Report. Click here to view them.

Key Takeaways from the Annual Conference

Last month's APNA Annual Conference was the largest yet, with 1,800+ attendees gathered at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to collaborate, learn, and celebrate psychiatric-mental health nursing. Click here for some key takeaways from the conference.

Resource Roundup
  • Emergency Nurse Resources: New Suicide Prevention Resource Center guide
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves Aristrada (aripiprazole lauroxil) to treat schizophrenia
  • Substance Use Resources: New SAMHSA guide on use of medication for the treatment of alcohol use disorder
  • Military & PTSD Resources: New VA resources with Rocky Mountain MIRECC for suicide prevention; New SAMHSA guide for serving veterans and their families; New resource directories for caregivers specializing in care for military members and their families
  • APNA Advocacy: Three new letters from the Nursing Community

New Members: 404 New Members since September!

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