January 2017 APNA News


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

January 2017

APNA Members' Corner




President's Message: Shift the Paradigm: Share Your Expertise
Last year we asked our attendees what they found most valuable at the APNA Annual Conference. What was one of the top responses? The sheer diversity of topics covered by the sessions and poster presentations. I think this speaks to how well we understand that there are many threads of knowledge on which we must have a grasp in order to help our clients move towards whole health. Starting of course, with mental health. (Keep reading Kris's message.)

Profile of Frey Seagrove-Nelson, APNA Annual Conference Presenter
Jeffrey "Frey" Peter Seagrove-Nelson presented for the first time at the APNA 30th Annual Conference in Hartford, CT, this past October. His session, "Sexual Health Assessments with Special Attention to Sexual and Gender Minority Populations", was highly rated by attendees for for its clear information and perspective on addressing sexual health concerns. We spoke to Frey about what drew him to this topic, what he hopes nurses will take away from his session, and his thoughts on presenting at the APNA Annual Conference. (See Frey's comments.)


Q&A with Jaclene Zauszniewski, Nurse Researcher
APNA Member Jaclene Zauszniewski, professor and nurse researcher at Case Western University, recently received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct one of the first studies of ways that family caretakers can maintain and improve their health. We spoke with Jaclene about her research and the importance of nursing research in general. (Hear from Jaclene.)


Get Involved: Submit an Abstract or Research Proposal
Looking for ways to get involved with APNA or further your professional goals? APNA seeks psychiatric-mental health nurses with varying expertise to submit abstracts for the APNA Annual Conference this October in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more about submitting an abstract for consideration as a podium presentation or poster presentation. (Deadline is March 6, 2017.) Additionally, APNA is now accepting proposals for the APNA Research Grants. These grants are intended to seed new investigators who are beginning their scholarly careers and vary from $1,000 - $10,000 per award. If you are a new nurse researcher, submit a research proposal before February 27, 2017.


Member News
Bernadette Melnyk appointed to National Academy of Medicine's "Action Collaborative"; Kristin Toney pens piece on the importance of human connection in healing. (Learn More)


Resource Roundup

  • Grants and Scholarships: APNA Research Grants; Dell Scholars Program for students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education; CVS Together We Care Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
  • APNA Advocacy: Three new letters from the Nursing Community to the 115th Congress and to the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Press Releases: APNA Accepting Abstracts for 31st Annual Conference
  • Suicide Prevention Trainings: Three training opportunities available in Grand Rapids, MI; one training opportunity available in Hendersonville, NC
  • Medication Updates: FDA revises risk of mental health side effects of Chantix and Zyban
  • Organizational Responses: Letter from the Nursing Community explaining their priorities to the Presidential Transition Team; letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs on the recent rule regarding APRN practice authority
  • JAPNA Reviewer Resources: A manual and webinar are now available for those interested in reviewing manuscripts for JAPNA
  • Free CE: AHRQ modules on preventing in-facility falls, managing insomnia disorder, and medication reconciliation during transitions of care
  • Tobacco Dependence/Smoking Cessation Resources: New resources to support smoking cessation; upcoming webinar on engaging professional colleagues in tobacco dependence initiatives

New Members: 453 New Members since November!


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