March 2017 President's Message

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  March 2017 Members' Corner Edition
 

What is APNA doing for you? (Education Edition)

Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, CADC-II, FAAN

 

Dear Colleagues,

Your Board of Directors recently held a face-to-face meeting to discuss APNA’s core purpose and its efforts to meet your needs as APNA members. Through the APNA Strategic Direction Survey (sent to members in January) we learned that overwhelmingly, the top three things members want from APNA are education, networking, and current information. In this column, I will focus in on education.

APNA has a diverse portfolio of offerings that maintain a strong focus on providing quality continuing education, through a variety of outlets. We are proudly accredited ‘with distinction’ by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Online Continuing Education: As members you had open access to nearly all of the 130+ online options in the APNA eLearning Center 2/14-3/15. The plan is to continue to provide you with select free online continuing education opportunities throughout the year. We know that free CE is an important part of what you get from APNA. In fact, the current top content accessed in the eLearning Center is APNA’s free eBook series on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders.

Inclusive Education: If you’re looking for in-person education covering a broad range of topics in RN and APRN PMH nursing practice, you have the APNA Annual Conference this October 18-21 in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The Annual Conference Call for Abstracts just closed, and the Scholarly Review Committee is hard at work reviewing the hundreds of abstracts submitted. I cannot wait to see what the program, which will offer up to 22.5 contact hours on-site, has in store.

Psychopharmacology Education: For members looking for education that integrates psychopharmacology and nursing science, the CPI Program Committee has planned a superb APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute this June 8-11. It is a program designed by nurses for nurses and will offer 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology. Register now for the opportunity to explore strategies that promote healthy brains, people, and lives.

Foundational Education: Nurses new to PMH nursing or looking to update their evidence-based basic psychiatric-mental health nursing knowledge must check out the APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program. More than 1,000 providers have completed this 15 contact hour online course so far. Ninety-nine percent of them have said that the content influenced them to change their practice.

Suicide Prevention Education: For the ever important topic of suicide prevention, see the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention. It is the only program which helps PMH nurses apply the first suicide prevention competencies developed for psychiatric-mental health nurses to your practice. More than 600 people have completed this program since its launch, and facilitators are hosting new workshops on an ongoing basis.

Local Education: And on a local level, 16 chapters are now in the process of planning their own educational meetings for 2017. Ten of those chapters are using APNA as the provider of their continuing education, which means that they are able to use the expert nurse educators on staff to help plan their programs.

That’s my quick summary of APNA’s current work to provide you with the education you need to provide the best possible care, advance your career, and promote mental health. Stay tuned for my next message, arriving in May, where I will speak to member opportunities for networking, and my message in July, where I will speak to how APNA provides you current with updates and information.

 

Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, CADC-II, FAAN
APNA President

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