2016: The Year 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:
- Medication Education and Chemical Dependency: Starting in February, Member Bridge users reached out to support a new psychiatric-mental health nurse with information about medication education and chemical dependency in an outpatient setting. Resources shared included psychopharmacology books and chemical dependency presentations.
- Becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse: Community members gave encouragement and advice to a recent graduate nurse with a dream of becoming a psych nurse. Discussion participants recommended seeking out opportunities to shadow other psych nurses and mentorship to get the best orientation to the field.
- Prescribing Benzodiazepines and Transitioning to Benzodiazepine-free Practice: This discussion explored benzodiazepine-free practice environments and strategies for judicious prescription of benzodiazepines. Participants shared their experiences with alternatives to benzodiazepine use as well as schedules for weaning dependent individuals off of the medication.
- Treating Adults with ADHD: Participants discussed challenges of treating adults with ADHD, from difficulty in the initial diagnosis to prescription of and management of stimulants. Also discussed was dealing with those who may be seeking medication for off-label use as well as supporting individuals as they watch for signs of addiction.
- Providing Care to Individuals with Severe Anxiety: Community members explored alternative treatments and strategies for care for an individual with severe anxiety. Suggestions included cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy, genetic testing to determine individual responses to potential medications, and evidence-based therapies like EMDR.