APNA Members' Corner January 2018


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

January 2018

APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
Nurses in Action
Member News
2018 Calendar of Continuing Education
ATP for Your Community
Bylaws Amendment Passes
APNA 32nd Annual Conference: Call for Abstracts

Featured Resource
Resource Roundup
New Members


President's Message: Scope of Practice
Is this within my scope of practice? Recent discussions amongst members and an excellent session coming up at the APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West this March have reminded me that there are many tools out there to help you ensure that you are operating within your scope of practice. (Read Linda Beeber's tips)

Nurses in Action: Launching a Research Career with the APNA Research Grant
In 2017, Jenna Brager, PhDc, BSN-RN, MS and Allison McCord, BSN, RN were awarded APNA Research Grants to fund their innovative research. Hear from them about their work, what they hope to bring to the field, and what receiving this grant means to them: Read More

Member News
Diane Allen named Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; Diane Allen and Richard Ray discuss workplace safety; Jacob Creviston in New York Times male nurses profile; Cheryl Giscombe pens tips for beating the holiday blues; Shauna Richardson profiled for holistic health care to bridge mental health gap; Cynthia Rochon named Nursing Director of Behavior Health & Oasis. (Learn More)

Make APNA Transitions in Practice Work For Your Nursing Community
Nurse Educators know it can be a challenge to find training that maintains a baseline of psychiatric-mental health knowledge across a dynamic nursing team. Diane Swengros, Senior Education Coordinator for the INOVA Learning Network observes, “Many nurses come with medical expertise yet lack skills necessary to care for those diagnosed with mental illness. Nursing schools provide very little psychiatric experience to students due to lack of available psychiatric placements. The APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP) online training has been the solution.” (Read More)

2018 Calendar of Continuing Education
March 17-18: APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West in San Diego, California.
June 7-10: APNA 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute in Baltimore, Maryland
October 24-27: APNA 32nd Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio
Ongoing: APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention & APNA Chapter Conferences in various locations.

Bylaws Amendments Pass
After feedback from APNA members about opportunities for involvement in leadership and support for APNA Chapters, the APNA Board of Directors proposed several amendments to the APNA bylaws. These amendments were passed with 96% of voters in favor of them on January 26, 2018.  Click here to view the full amended bylaws.

Call for Abstracts and Reviewers
Have you had a breakthrough in your nursing practice that you want to share? Do you want to make a difference in mental health and substance use care? Submit an abstract for the APNA 32nd Annual Conference and share your expertise with 1600+ psychiatric-mental health nurses from all areas of practice. The deadline for submission is March 5. You can also help identify the sessions you want at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference by joining the APNA Scholarly Review Committee. (Deadline to apply is February 19.)

Featured Resource: New Free Psychopharmacology Webinar
Earn 1.25 contact hours in pharmacology with a new webinar, Novel Treatments to Overcome Clinical Challenges in Treating Major Depressive Disorder. Explore recently approved and investigational agents that can work alongside individualized therapies for the care and treatment of persons with major depressive disorder. This webinar is free for all nurses courtesy of educational grants from Alkermes, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A, Inc, and Lundbeck. (Learn More)

Resource Roundup

New Members: 458 New Members since November!


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