The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
September 2016
APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: Words of Affirmation
Back in 2009, this video of a little girl named Jessica giving herself a ‘daily affirmation’ in the mirror went viral. Her dynamic energy is contagious and she ends her affirmation confident and raring to go. That’s how I’d like us all to feel when my year as President officially ends at the APNA 30th Annual Conference next month: empowered and ready to unleash our inner leaders. (See Mary Ann's affirmations for psych nurses)

Meet the 2016 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
Last issue, you got to know Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN and Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APN. Now meet the rest of our Annual Awards Recipients.

Joy A. Lauerer, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Award for Excellence in Education

Joy Lauerer is committed to eliminating the stigma students associate with psychiatric-mental health nursing. (cont'd)

Elaine McGrane Olmstead, RN MS, PMHCNS
Award for Innovation - Individual

Elaine Olmstead knew for most of her life that she wanted to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse. (cont'd)

Elaine McGrane Olmstead
Kathy Johnson

Award for Excellence in Leadership - APRN

Kathy Johnson’s approach to leadership is one that emphasizes mentorship and personal connections... (cont'd)

Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

Kristen Kichefski’s unconventional path to nursing demonstrates her trailblazing nature. (cont'd)

Jeannine Loucks

Jeannine S. Loucks, MSN, RN-BC PMH
Award for Media

"I think I’ve always been the type of person who is very caring,” says Jeannine Loucks of her decision to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse. (cont'd)

Mindy Cohen, RN, APN, CGP, DRCC, CARN
Award for Excellence in Practice - APRN

Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Mindy Cohen served critical care patients as a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner... (cont'd)

Mindy Cohen
Heike Barnett

Heike Barnett, BSN, RN
Award for Excellence in Practice - RN

Heike Barnett is driven by curiosity and a commitment to recovery. “While I have also worked in oncology, acute dialysis, and other medical settings, I always return to mental health nursing,” she says. (cont'd)

Janice H. Goodman, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Award for Excellence in Research

An experience during her undergraduate education led Janice Goodman to pursue psychiatric-mental health nursing. (cont'd)

Janice Goodman
  APNA Colorado Chapter

APNA Colorado Chapter
Award for Innovation - Chapter

The Colorado Chapter was revitalized in 2014 when 5 Colorado nurses leapt at the chance to create a local community of APNA nurses. (cont'd)


SAMHSA Voice Awards 2016 Recap
Each year at the Voice Awards, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates consumer leaders, as well as writers and producers of television and film who have raised awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. For the sixth year, APNA participated as a program partner. APNA member Charmaine Platon, RN, attended this year's awards ceremony on our behalf. (Hear from Charmaine)

Member News
Angela Amar named Fellow of the National League of Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education; Sooksai Kaewbua profiled by University of Kentucky with contribution from Chizimuzo Okoli; Michael Rice co-directs new University of New Mexico post-master's certificate program; Sandra Thomas named inaugural Endowed Professor in Nursing; Pam Wheat joins Mountain Grove Behavioral Healthcare team. (Learn More)

APNA 30th Annual Conference: Save on your Professional Liability Premium

Just Announced: Attend at least 6 contact hours of sessions and you may be eligible to save on your Risk Management Premium through NSO and HPSO! If you haven't registered yet, it isn't too late - pre-registration ends October 10th. (Find out how you can save)

Hear from the Nurses Newly Trained as Suicide Competencies Facilitators

Thanks to 32 newly trained nurse facilitators, psychiatric-mental health nurses across the country will now have access to evidence-based nursing knowledge and best practices for preventing the 10th leading cause of death in the US: suicide. “This training is so vital to both the development of our nurses and the care of those we serve,” says Tina Aown, MSN, RN-BC, CNML. (Read More)

New Toolkit for Undergraduate Nursing Education

The APNA Education Council's Undergraduate Branch has developed a toolkit for undergraduate nursing faculty. These expert educators identified 13 areas of core psychiatric-mental health nursing content and put together a collection of resources, including expert-vetted teaching exemplars and practical classroom ideas, to supplement traditional psychiatric-mental health nursing text. (View the Toolkit Now)

Free Continuing Education for National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month - set a goal for enhancing your knowledge on the topics of suicide prevention and recovery from opioid use disorders with free continuing education. With The Phenomenon of Suicide: Competency Number One for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Generalist, find out the best intervention to reduce a patient's suicidal drive and how to use it during both a hospital stay and discharge (Free through September 30). Empower yourself during to support recovery from opioid use disorders with free webinars: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders: Educating & Empowering Nurses During an Epidemic.

Resource Roundup

  • APNA Advocacy: Nursing Community letter on the classification of CNSs as separate to RNs; New letter supporting Maria Ruud's application to join the National Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States; New letter regarding proposed VHA rule allowing full practice authority for APRNs
  • Traumatic Resources: New SAMHSA fact sheet on coping with grief after community violence
  • Substance Use Resources: Two new SAMHSA-issued reports on the best approaches for optimizing outcomes for pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorders; Upcoming AACN webinar series to address the opioid crisis
  • Integrated Care Resources: New AHRQ Integration Playbook for integrating behavioral health into ambulatory care settings
  • APRN Resources: Interactive Map: State by State APRN Practice Authority 
  • Medication Updates: Counterfeit pills fueling fentanyl and opioid crisis, DEA reports; FDA issues strongest warning of risks when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines
  • Press Releases: New Education to Combat Opioid Epidemic; Janice Goodman, PhD, PMHCNS-BC Named Associate Editor of Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association; APNA Awards Board of Directors Student Scholarship to 30 Nursing Students
  • Continuing Education: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders (3 free webinars)

New Members: 614 New Members since July!

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