The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
May 2016
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: What are We Celebrating?
Originally distributed in honor of 2016 Nurses' Week: I love being a nurse. More specifically, I love being a psychiatric-mental health nurse. As we join our colleagues from across nursing in celebrating Nurses Week, I think it’s important to also celebrate our remarkable contributions as psychiatric-mental health nurses. (Cont'd)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from a nurse who has been a psychiatric-mental health nurse for 39 years: I had always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher and I don't recall what changed my mind. However, one summer, my life direction became obvious. I worked as a nursing assistant on an inpatient medical unit, really enjoying the patients and spending time with them. (Cont'd)

Member News

Dr. Susan Calloway discusses the new PMH program at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center; Cindy Cunningham named nurse practitioner at Fellowship Health Resources; Marcella J. Echternacht honored by Nebraska Legislature for her nursing career; Pamela Heiple honored with Highland Hospital Advanced Practice Provider Award; Jenny Kleinert profiled by the Herald Independent; Bernadette Melnyk to head landmark national institute on evidence-based practice; Dawn Salyards develops Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center; Jessica Walker named a Founder's Medalist for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. (Learn More)

Educating and
Empowering Nurses During a National Epidemic

“Just talking about this crisis isn’t enough – we need to get treatment to more people who need it,” said President Obama during his May 14th weekly address, in which he shed light on the current opioid addiction and heroin use epidemic. APNA, in response to an invitation from the White House, is working to empower the largest segment of the healthcare workforce to raise awareness of assessment tools and intervention options for persons with substance use disorders, specifically opioid misuse. (Cont'd)

Free CE in Honor of Mental Health Month

Just in time for Mental Health Month, APNA has released the third and final issue of its free eSeries on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders: Counseling, Psychoeducation, & Psychotherapy - Evidence-Based Components in the Therapeutic Relationship. You can now access all 3 issues and earn up to 5.25 CE contact issues at no cost. (View)

Just Announced! Save 10% on your Professional Liability Insurance with CPI
When you attend at least 6 contact hours at the APNA 14th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute next month, you will be eligible for a 10%, non-cumulative credit to your base professional liability premium through NSO and HPSO. (Learn More)

APNA Institute Explores Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse in Emergency Department
As patients with psychiatric and substance use issues increasingly use emergency departments to meet their acute and chronic health care needs, emergency departments are grappling with how to best meet this populations’ health care needs. During the Institute for Safe Environments’ Interactive Panel at the 2013 APNA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, a group of nurses expressed an interest in discussing the issues related to caring for psychiatric patients in hospital emergency departments. (Cont'd)

Resource Roundup
  • Traumatic Events Resources: New toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism, available
  • Military & PTSD Resources: Veterans Online Self-Help Resource Center added
  • Organizational Responses: Letter from the Nursing Community about Nurses Week
  • Medication Updates: FDA warns of impulse-control problems associated with aripiprazole and adds new warning to all olanzapine-containing products
  • Safety Toolbox: Resources for creating safe environments in honor of Nurses Week 2016
  • Free CE: Free webinars available through ANA and CDP on engaging patients in mental health crises and responding to an infectious disease outbreak
New Members: 487 New Members since March!
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