The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

November 2016

APNA Members' Corner




President's Message: Supporting the Whole Health of Veterans
Whole health begins with mental health. As I write my first President’s Message to you, my colleagues, I encourage you to reflect on this concept. It will serve as our theme for the upcoming year. In the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, I explain what I mean by this phrase, as well as the subtle shift in perception that it requires. By framing mental health as the jump-off point for overall health, we draw attention to just how fundamental and integral it is. (Continue reading Kris McLoughlin’s inaugural President’s Message)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from Y.R. on the importance of providing care to veterans: I followed my childhood interest into a career in nursing. Mental health is essential but is often a forgotten or an invisible component of health care. As a young nurse, mental health nursing was not my first choice. (Hear more from Y. R.)

Member News
Diane Allen presents at the American Psychiatric Association's Institute for Psychiatric Services' Mental Health Services Conference; Jeanne Amerine joins Trinity Wellness Center; Susan Calloway named Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year; Valerie Hayes receives Nurse.com GEM Award; Lori Johnson profiled for completion of suicide prevention training; Amy Larson profiled by Des Moines Register; R. John Repique has been appointed by the American Nurses Association's Minority Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee; Mona Shattell pens blog on the Affordable Care Act and police response to mental health crisis. (Learn More)

3 Minute Recap: APNA 30th Annual Conference
Over 1600 psychiatric-mental health nurses joined us last month in Hartford for the APNA 30th Annual Conference. After four days of networking, fresh insights, and inspiring keynotes, we've put together a 3 minute recap of takeaways from the Annual Conference. (Key takeaways at a glance)

2016 in Member Bridge
APNA Member Bridge had a busy year with over 75% of members signing on to swap information and experiences, ask questions, and connect with their psych nursing community. Check out the top 5 discussions that captured member attention this year.

Annual Activity Report
This year's Annual Activity Report is now available and includes information about what our members achieved this year. Learn more about this year's innovations and accomplishments with the Annual Activity Report infographic.

Resource Roundup

  • Press Releases: APNA Proud to Support the Wellness of US Service Members, Veterans, and their Families through Education and Resources for Nurses
  • Free CE: Upcoming small-group discussion series coming to 5 cities - 1.5 CNE contact hours
  • Organizational Responses: New letter on CARA Act Request for Public Comment on New Buprenorphine Training Requirements
  • Health Care Reform & Parity Resources: 3 new resources for consumers to navigate parity
  • APNA Advocacy: Nursing Community letter requesting support of Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Substance Use Resources: SAMHSA Mobile App to Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

New Members: 350 New Members since September!


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