APNA Members' Corner January 2019


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

January 2018

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Connect with APNA
I believe in the power of connection. You may have gathered that from the theme I chose for this year: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection. Connection is at the heart of what we do. I believe that's why most of us go into this work - because connection is a priority for us. I also believe that's why we join APNA - because it provides us with rich connections with our colleagues. (Read More)

Nurses in Action: Presenting at the APNA Annual Conference
At the APNA 32nd Annual Conference, one of the most highly rated sessions was Nursing Students, Trauma-Informed Care, and Resiliency: Identifying Learning Needs to Enhance Curricula. We spoke with primary presenter Kate Pfeiffer, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC about her work, her experience at the conference, and her advice to future presenters. (Read More)

Member News
Celeste Johnson discusses strategies for reducing nurse burnout and promoting resilience; Lisa Kehr reflects on her experience as an APNA Board of Directors Student Scholar; Rebecca Luebbert and Jodie Warsing honored with March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards; Susan Maloney receives commendation from Pennsylvania Attorney General; Donna Rolin explains the use of robots in telehealth education. Learn More

Tobacco Treatment Tips
When it comes to tobacco use, it is important to accurately ask patients about it. When a patient is asked, “do you smoke?” there may be unintended responses. A person who dips or chews will respond that they don’t, either because they know what you are trying to get at and they want to avoid that conversation – or they don’t see dipping or chewing as being as harmful as smoking. (Read More)

The Psychopharmacology Answers You Need at CPI West
In the words of one APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West attendee, "All the speakers presented on a higher level of knowledge, which I really appreciated. I felt they all respected how much we know, and how smart we are!"  That's why you can rely on CPI West for the answers you need to provide person-centered psychopharmacological care. Register now to join your community in San Diego this March 16-17 and earn up to 10 continuing education contact hours in pharmacology. Click here to save $50 on your registration.

Become a Facilitator of the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention
Support best practices in your community and share strategies for suicide prevention by becoming a facilitator of the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention. As one of the first trained facilitators, Shirlee Davidson MSN, RN, explains: "The skills learned in this class are needed by all nurses to build trust, encourage hope and save lives.... The need for this type of training is NOW!" Click here for more information about the Spring 2019 training.

Funding Opportunity: APNA Research Grants
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 APNA Research Grants. Intended to support new researchers' investigations of evidence-based practice changes, quality improvement projects, or research studies, these grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the researcher's needs. Students conducting their thesis, dissertation, or capstone project are welcome to apply. The deadline to submit a grant proposal is Tuesday, March 19th.

Featured Resource: Undergraduate Education Toolkit
The Undergraduate Education Toolkit is an evolving resource for new and seasoned educators teaching psychiatric nursing at the pre-licensure level. The toolkit is also a valuable aid in support of all nurses wanting to reinforce mental health concepts. Each category provides learning outcomes, classroom teaching strategies, clinical teaching strategies, simulation scenarios, assignments, and journal/media resources. (View Now)

Resource Roundup

  • Medication Updates: Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program Modified
  • Press Release: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Opens Call for Abstracts for 2019 APNA Annual Conference
  • Mental Health Parity Resources: Updated tools and evidence to assist nurses working to reduce disparity in coverage for mental health illnesses compared with physical health illnesses.
  • APNA Advocacy: Letter requesting the Senate pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act this Congress

New Members: 492 New Members since November!


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