The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
July 2016
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Leading by Example
Are you looking for some uplifting examples of psychiatric-mental health nursing leadership? Then read on! Members’ Corner is the perfect place to highlight examples of members who have done exactly what I’ve been talking about all year: unleashing our inner leaders. I am so proud of the many ways that our members, councils, and committees have demonstrated extraordinary leadership this year. (Cont'd)


In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from Nwachi Chigbundu, a nurse providing care to inner city New York: Prior to psychiatric-mental health nursing, I had other nursing experiences, including surgery, maternal child health, school nurse, and home visit nursing. However, psychiatric nursing is so different as it requires compassion and patience. (Cont'd)


Member News
Angela Amar and L. Kathleen Sekula pen feature on nursing and victims of violence; Victoria Bierman discusses new mental health nursing program at Radford University; Pamela Cacchione honored with Dean's Award for Exemplary Teaching; Debbie Koch named Nurse Educator of the Year by University of Arkansas Fort Smith; Bernadette Melnyk named 2016 Champion of Healthcare by Columbus Business First; Marian Newton named Gator Nurse Great by the University of Florida; Kathryn Raymond profiled for receiving PhD alongside her daughter; Laura Cox Dzurec, Karen J. Foli, Victoria Menzies, and Mary Weber to be inducted as new Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. (Learn More)

11 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Honored with APNA Annual Awards
The APNA Annual Awards recognize APNA members who demonstrate excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing. This year, 11 psychiatric-mental health nurses will be honored at the APNA 30th Annual Conference for their dedication to their craft. Get to know Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN, 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, and Julie Carbray, PhD, FMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, the recipient of the APNA Award for Distinguished Service:

  • Meet Barbara, 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year: Supporting the mental and physical well-being of others runs in the family for Barbara Jones Warren. “My father was the head of a department at a facility that had both physical and mental health recovery,” she recalls. “I spent a lot of time with him and the patients. I knew at 6 years of age that this was what I wanted to be!” (Cont'd)
  • Meet Julie, 2016 Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service: For Julie Carbray, psychiatric-mental health nursing is more than a career: it is a home. In her role as professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Carbray is the only nurse member of the Department of Psychiatry's faculty. “APNA has provided me with the nursing family I do not have in my work environment,” she says. (Cont'd)

Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Help us educate and empower ALL nurses by spreading the word about these 3 webinars on effective treatments for opioid use disorders targeted to: registered nurses (1.25 contact hours), psychiatric-mental health nurses (1.25 contact hours), and advanced practice nurses (3.5 Rx contact hours). (Learn More)

APNA 30th Annual Conference: More Contact Hours

You can now earn up to 29.5 contact hours in sessions on-site at the APNA Annual Conference! As one past Annual Conference attendee says, “If you can go to only one conference a year, this is the one to attend. You will leave having learned so much about what is happening in your area of practice, and feel a sense of pride that you are a part of the psychiatric nursing profession."  Get more for less when you register by September 7 and save $75 with Early Bird Registration. (Learn More and Register)

New Resources to Support Violence Prevention

Developed by the APNA Violence Prevention Task Force, a new position paper and resource toolkit support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their efforts to prevent violence. Because of the trusting relationships between PMH nurses and those to whom they provide care, nurses are poised to be at the forefront of violence prevention. (View)

2016 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars Announced
30 students have been selected to receive complimentary registration, travel, and lodging expenses to the APNA 30th Annual Conference. These students will be identifiable at the Annual Conference by the "BOD Scholars" ribbons they will have on their name badges, so please reach out to them with congratulations, advice, and words of welcome. (See Full List)

APNF Selects 2016 Research Grant Recipient
Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 APNF Research Grant. He will receive a $10,000 grant to fund his research, which focuses on historical trauma among urban American Indians. Guenzel is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Lincoln. (Learn More)

ANA Organizational Affiliate Meeting: Report from Marlene Nadler Moodie
As an affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA), two times each year APNA actively participates in the ANA's Organizational Affiliate (OA) meetings. APNA is a "premier" member, which means our members have additional benefits (including emembership with ANA). The OA meetings have been held for 10 years and are currently attended by 36 organizations. (Cont'd)

Resource Roundup
  • Traumatic Events Resources: New SAMHSA data review on exposure to potentially traumatic events and posttraumatic stress in adults
  • Substance Use Resources: Substance Use Warm Line, a free and confidential provider of expert clinical advice, now available
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves first buprenorphine implant and 5 new buprenorphine and naloxone medications
  • Press Releases: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Honored with 2016 Annual Awards; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Central to Violence Prevention in Communities Says APNA; New Education to Combat Opioid Epidemic
  • Affordable Care Act: Responses requested to brief survey on the ACA
New Members: 415 New Members since May!
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