The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
January 2016
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
In APNA’s online community, Member Bridge, there was a great discussion recently on the important voice that a psychiatric-mental health nurse brings to her position, particularly when speaking up for safe and effective person-centric care. It takes determination and bravery to fight for change, to insist on bridging gaps in care, to ensure that your patients receive the high quality services they need. (Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, the Corporate Behavioral Health Program Director with Amedisys: While in nursing school, I sang in the chorus led by a chaplain at a local hospital. He asked me to join him to provide music on the psychiatric unit. There was a young man on the unit who had not spoken since his admission to the unit. (Cont'd)

Member News

Diane Allen and Justin Souther featured in OSHA publication "Caring for Our Caregivers"; Diane Allen co-authors research paper on the expansion of the role of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners in state mental health systems; Mary Ann Boyd's Psychiatric Nursing: Contemporary Practice named a 2015 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing; Suzanne Goetz named 2015 Nurse of the Year by the Nebraska Chapter of March of Dimes and Methodist Health System and West Corp; Bernadette Melnyk introduces new program to reduce depression and unhealthy weight in teens and is honored by the National Cancer Institute; Allison Page profiled for her innovative Trail Talk; R. John Repique pens Letter to the Editor of the New York Times about gun violence; Mona Shattell blogs on holiday season at-risk alcohol use for the Huffington Post. (Learn More)

APNA 30th Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open
The cornerstone of the APNA Annual Conference is the presentations by psychiatric-mental health nurses that cover all aspects of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Past conference presenters have told us that the opportunity to present is ‘validating’ and ‘rewarding’. Don't miss your chance to share your unique perspective and energize your peers by submitting an abstract for the APNA 30th Annual Conference!  Abstracts Submission Deadline: March 7, 2016. (Learn more)

Top Shared Member Bridge Resources
The All-Purpose Discussion Forum library offers a wealth of resources shared by members. Top resources shared include:
  • BPD Guidelines: Outline of guidelines for effectively working with individuals affected by Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Mental Health Scale Toolkit: Evidence-based practice tools that help support a complete view of an individual's overall health.
  • Professional Attire Poster: Recommendations about staff attire from an evidence-based perspective.

View these resources and more in the All-Purpose Discussion Forum Library here or share your own resource with our instructions here.

Bipolar Spectrum Disorders: Issue 2 is Now Available

Designed for nurses at all levels, this eBook details bipolar illness pathology, effective interactions, and the evidence-based biologic interventions that can make a difference. Explore the etiology of and treatments for biological symptoms of bipolar spectrum disorders, including symptoms of depression, mood changes, and behavior dysregulation. Become an expert in drug mechanisms of action, side effects and methods to manage them, and evaluating educational needs of individuals and families affected by bipolar spectrum disorders. Earn 2.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology! (Learn more)

APNA 29th Annual Conference Podcasts
53 recordings of sessions from the 2015 Annual Conference are now available online. Conference attendees can use their bonus points to access these recordings for free. Or if you missed the conference, you can still get the content! Browse the sessions currently online and check back soon for new podcasts. (Browse sessions)

Save the Dates: 2016 Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute & APNA Annual Conference
Planning your conference travel for 2016? Be sure to mark your calendars for the APNA 14th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) and APNA 30th Annual Conference. Use our budget guides for CPI and the Annual Conference to plan your trips. CPI will take place June 9-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Annual Conference will be October 19-22, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. See you there!

Resource Roundup

New Members: 332 New Members since November!

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