The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
March 2016
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: 14 Years of Leadership in Applying the Science to Psychopharmacologic Nursing Practice
Brenda asks her PMHNP about a new medication she noticed in advertising that claims the drug causes less weight gain and no sexual side effects. She wants to know if this is true. “I feel so much better emotionally but I hate all the weight. I avoid mirrors and cameras. It would be a miracle if I could lose weight and enjoy my relationship with my husband again. Should I try it? I don’t want to lose what I have gained.” (Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from a nurse whose time in the Navy influenced his decision to go into psychiatric-mental health: Nursing was not my planned career. I joined the active duty Navy out of high school and saw myself in a military career. After deciding to get out at 21, I went back home and within two years began working as a corrections officer. I did not particularly like the work, but with only a high school diploma (and poor grades), it paid the bills. During my time in the Navy, I met and married a nurse. (Cont'd)

Member News

Marcia Carlson joins Cheney Psychiatric Associates; Carol Essenmacher contributes to guide on the Management of Substance Use Disorder; Dorothy Jordan contributes to the conversation around children with PTSD; Bernadette Melnyk leads study on evidence-based health care; Marlene Nadler-Moodie profiled for her work to destigmatize mental health and lung cancer; Cathy Phillips pens opinion piece on the role of nurse practitioners in nursing shortages; Mona Shattell blogs for the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and contributes to an article in favor of mental health screening during pregnancy; Carolyn Wellford profiled by UVA Today; Amy Whipple named Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Parkridge Valley Adult & Senior Campus; Barbara Wolfe named new Dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. (Learn More)

3 Ways to Take Action with APNA
Looking for ways you can get involved with current activities within APNA? Here are a few things you can add to your to do list: 1. Nominate yourself or someone you know for a position the APNA Board of Directors. 2. Recognize an exceptional colleague with a 2016 APNA Annual Awards nomination! 3. Support the future of psychiatric-mental health nursing by encouraging nursing students to apply for the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship.

Big Reasons to Register for the Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
Register now to save $75 on the 14th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, June 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Here are just two of the many reasons to register:
For nurses, by nurses: CPI is the foremost psychopharmacology conference designed by nurses for nurses. This year, more than 60% of the faculty presenting are nurses themselves. The program, which offers up to 20.5 contact hours, focuses on the scientific base from which treatment decisions are made along with informed care within the nurse/consumer/family relationship.
3 keynotes = 3 expert perspectives on trends in treatment: On Friday, Keynote John Kane, MD will discuss the pharmacologic treatment of schizophrenia. Saturday's keynote from Wilson Compton, MD, MPE will examine the epidemic of prescription opioids and heroin use. And on Sunday, Keynote Pierre Tariot, MD, will delve into the diagnosis and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.

Coming Soon: A Psychiatric-Mental Health Content Toolkit for Undergraduate Faculty
There is an urgent need for tools that faculty can use to better integrate psychiatric-mental health content into undergraduate nursing curricula: “Over the past few years, APNA members have expressed the need to highlight the key components for psychiatric mental health (PMH) content within the undergraduate nursing curriculum,” says David Sharp, PhD, RN, co-chair of the Undergraduate Branch of the APNA Education Council. (Cont'd)

Tips from Colleagues: Preparing for the Certification Exams
If you are getting ready to take one of the the psychiatric-mental health nursing certification exams and are feeling nervous, your colleagues can help! The psychiatric-mental health nurses who make up the Member Bridge community have given encouragement, recommendations, and resource suggestions to past test takers. Click here for their tips.

Free CE - More Options!
We now have more options on our
Free CE page to give you even more ways to keep your practice current without cost. Browse all of the free CE sessions here, including sessions that cover workplace violence prevention, incorporating genetics into practice, and more.

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