March 2018 Members' Corner


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

March 2018

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Feed Your Brain!
A brain teaser: Where do you get updates on how the brain develops, how it operates, and how we care for it? Linda Beeber explains why she turns to CPI for the latest in brain science.

Nurses in Action: Sattaria "Tari" Dilks' Tips for the ANCC Certification Exams
Sattaria "Tari" Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, is the recipient of the 2017 APNA Award for Excellence in Education. As a psychiatric-mental health nursing educator for over 12 years, Tari has motivated and mentored students through her courses and beyond to help them become effective psychiatric-mental health nurses. With ANCC Certification Exams a hot discussion topic on Member Bridge, Tari shares 10 tips to help you prepare for your test, whether it's the PMH-RN or PMH-NP exam.

Member News
Edward Herzog discusses school threats; Teena McGuinness and George Peraza-Smith to be made Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Patti Nelson calls for Medicaid expansion in response to the opioid epidemic; Andrew Penn blogs about the importance of self care through personal psychotherapy; Shirley Smoyak nominated for Beacon of Light Award; Linda Stanley serves as a panelist at the Janet Rodgers Lectureship; Edilma Yearwood, Cynthia Handrup named Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice Board Members. (Learn More)

Step into Your Psychopharmacology Comfort Zone!
At the APNA 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, you'll earn 22 pharmacology contact hours and get updates on military psychiatry, shared decision making, brain connections in substance use disorders, and more. New this year, the Program Committee will hold an Outcomes Panel each day to help you connect what you learned to your practice. Register Now  |  Program

Help to Meet National Standards is Here
As you strive to meet national requirements, you want to stay current about resources that will assist and improve your ability to provide quality care in an environment that is safe for you and your patients. In this article, find examples of national requirements from The Joint Commission linked to resources available to you through APNA.

Get Involved with APNA
Make the most of your APNA membership with one of these open calls to action:


Responding to Mass Violence
After the recent repeated incidents of mass violence in our communities, APNA is pursuing a course of action in response. Click here to take a look at the beginning steps of that action.

A New Institute for Accelerating & Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice
In 2016, the Ohio State University College of Nursing received a $6.5 million gift from the Helene Fuld National Health Trust to create the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Hear from Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, APRN-BC, who represented APNA at the Fuld Institute's inaugural conference, about the new institute. (Read More)

Resource Roundup

  • Substance Use Data & Statistics: SAMHSA 2016 National Survey on Drug Use & Health, Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States, Receipt of Services for Substance Use and Mental Health Issues among Adults, and State Reports from the 2016 NSDUH
  • Graduate Programs: East Carolina University MSN and Post-Master's-Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Substance Use Resources: SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Grants and Scholarships: Best Nursing Degree Scholarship
  • Self Care Resources: National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience; National Academy of Medicine's Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub
  • APNA Advocacy: Letter to explain the role of psychiatric-mental health nurses; Letter in support of a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings; Mental Health Liaison Group letter in support of mental health and substance use prevention in omnibus spending package; Nursing Community letter in support of the Gun Violence Research Act
  • Child and Adolescent Resources: An Overview of Minors' Consent Law

New Members: 239 New Members since January!


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