APNA Members' Corner May 2018


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

May 2018

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Happy Nurses Week & Mental Health Month!
I drove a beat up old pickup truck when I first started my research on maternal mental health. I am of quite small stature. So, getting into that pickup truck required a pretty big physical leap up on my part. Where that old pickup truck took me was also a leap, some people would say. Read more on the unique perspective of psychiatric-mental health nurses.

Nurses in Action: PMH Nurse Superheroes
You are a psychiatric-mental health nurse: that's your superpower. In December, we asked for stories from nurses about times they used this superpower to make a difference, find a solution, or provide care to those who needed it most. Hear from a few of these nurse superheroes.

Member News
Crystal Brightwell on the new adult behavioral health unit at BRMC; Diane Forsyth on new post-graduate psychiatric-mental health nursing students to WSU Rochester; Andi Hemesath joins Regional Health Services of Howard County; Wanda Lancaster on ECU’s strategies for the opioid epidemic; Bernadette Melnyk accepts gift to establish Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, receives the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award; Rick Pessagno receives Clinical Practice Award and named 2018 Certificant of the Year for Perinatal Loss Care; Jennifer Smith receives Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing; Michael Wolf on his experience of losing his son to suicide. Learn More

New Updates in the Seclusion & Restraint Position Paper
You regularly monitor seclusion and restraint use as a psychiatric-mental health nurse committed to safety for staff and patients. Your knowledgebase positions you to take a leadership role in ensuring best practices are being followed regarding seclusion and restraint. Thankfully, you have an ally in this work. The APNA Council for Safe Environments keeps apprised of the latest in research so that you can stay informed and provide appropriate guidance. (Read more about the APNA Seclusion & Restraint Position.)

Impact of the Costco Connection Outreach
APNA members engaged in an email writing campaign this past February which was aimed at an article published in January edition of The Costco ConnectionSee what they accomplished.

Get Free CE and Goodies for Mental Health Month
Celebrate Nurses Week & Mental Health Month with free continuing education and other goodies. The psychiatric-mental health nurse perspective is in the spotlight with a video, flyers, and more. (Access Now)

Psychopharmacology & Neuroscience in Context
How will the APNA 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) impact your care? With up to 22 contact hours in pharmacology, a lineup of interdisciplinary speakers, and a network of psychiatric-mental health nurses, CPI provides you with the science and meaningful interactions you need to provide the most up-to-date care to your patients in a variety of scenarios. Here are a few examples.

Start Planning for the APNA 32nd Annual Conference
It's almost time to register for the APNA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio this October 24-27! Get excited for the premier event for psychiatric-mental health nursing with these sneak peeks and info to help you plan your trip to Columbus.

Resource Roundup

  • Medication Updates: FDA warns about immune system reaction with Lamictal (lamotrigine); FDA approves Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride) for the mitigation of withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt discontinuation of opioids in adults
  • Traumatic Events Resources: A toolkit offered by SAMHSA to assist schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student
  • APNA Advocacy: Nursing Community letters in response to the The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 and appropriations for Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Substance Use Resources: Training video series offered by Providers Clinical Support System; Report: CMS Aims to Lower Medicare Prescription Cost
  • Recovery Resources Upcoming Educational Opportunities: Spring 2018 Series offered by SAMHSA

New Members: 584 New Members since March!


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