2019 President's Report

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President's Report


Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to present your 2019 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Annual Activity Report. I am happy to report that your association continues to enjoy sound membership growth and retention. Please see APNA Secretary Joyce Shea’s report for details on membership and more. APNA has also enjoyed a strong financial year – APNA Treasurer Donna Rolin’s report provides you with more information.

APNA activities are guided by a strategic direction developed by the APNA Board of Directors (BOD). Below I provide some key highlights that speak to what APNA has accomplished this year based upon the four goals set out in our strategic plan – and why those accomplishments matter to you. It is a long list, but well worth browsing. It is amazing what this dedicated group of psychiatric-mental health nurses has accomplished. Your generosity in sharing your expertise and volunteering your time enriches us all...and the proof is below!

Goal A. APNA will be the indispensable resource for member networking, leadership, and professional development.

  •  APNA eLearning Center
  • 362 sessions currently available with 439.25 contact hours; 60 Sessions offered for free to members in 2019, providing the variety of tools and continuing education members need to thrive in their practice.
  • New Motivational Interviewing program launched and offered free to members as a feature of membership - 3.0 contact hours deliver core skills in motivational interviewing, a vital skill to support patient engagement and positive outcomes.
  • New APNA Certificate Program Released: Understanding the Brain-Behavior Connection – 5.0 contact hours sharpen skills in assessment and targeted intervention, improving accuracy and efficiency of care and treatment.
  •  Annual Conference has record attendance this year – more than 2,000 attendees will benefit from an opportunity to share community and partake in enriching education opportunities.
  • At the APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institutes this year (CPI and CPI West) attendance totaled almost 800 attendees who received up-to-date science-based information to improve their practice.
  • 9 members and a chapter recognized with APNA Annual Awards honoring member accomplishments and promoting innovation and dedication to the field.
  •  Board of Directors Scholars – 28 rising psychiatric-mental health nursing students provided membership and conference attendance in order to support and nurture our future workforce.
  •  APNA Research Grants: 3 Proposals funded by the Board to seed new investigators in psychiatric-mental health nursing research and build our evidence-base.
  • New Resources developed by member subject matter experts:
  •  Guidance on Preceptors and Mentorship issued to help nurses understand their options when locating preceptors
  •  Checklist of considerations for prescribing and/or providing care to persons undergoing ketamine infusion therapy for treatment resistant depression.
  •  Tip sheet for new PMH nurses providing encouragement and valuable real-world advice from experienced members.
  • 34 chapters covering 39 states offer local networking for members.
  • 10 Active Councils working on focus areas of: addictions, administration, child & adolescent, education, forensics, mental health advocacy, practice, recovery, research, and safe environments. View their full activity reports here.
  • Personality Disorders Task Force formed to develop recovery-oriented clinical pearls to destigmatize and improve care for this population.
  • Suicide Competencies Update Task Force formed to update the APNA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk For Suicide.
  • Tobacco Dependence Competencies Task Force creating Nursing Competencies for Treating Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence to empower nurses in this area of treatment. 

Goal B. APNA will be the leader in creating strategic alliances with key stakeholders.

  • Continued Premiere Organizational Affiliate status with American Nurses Association, organizational membership with Nursing Organizations Alliance and Nursing Community Coalition, and membership in the Mental Health Liaison Group ensure that APNA has a voice in the broader nursing and mental health communities.
  • APNA awarded a two-year SAMHSA grant to deliver and test-pilot evidence-based substance use disorder curriculum to undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to ensure that nurses leaving school are educated to meet the rising substance use treatment needs of the population.
  • Partnered with the Opioid Response Network to develop information for ALL nurses related to opioid use disorders to assist in overcoming a shortage of qualified providers and combat the opioid crisis.
  • In partnership with AANA, APNA released a joint statement regarding the role of nurse anesthetists and psychiatric-mental health nurses in ketamine infusion therapy for treatment resistant depression to support implementing this therapy with a focus on patient safety, positive outcomes, and general well-being.
  • APNA attendance at events held by: International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Student Nurses Association, STTI, Nursing Organizations Alliance, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing, APRN LACE Network, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, UCLA Dementia Care Program, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Nurses in Washington Internship, International Council of Nurses, National Council for Behavioral Health, NCAA Sport Science Institute, Johnson & Johnson Advisory Council, Council for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Goal C. APNA will be recognized as the expert voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing to stakeholders.

  • APNA in partnership with ISPN and ANA is updating the foundational document used to describe and define the profession: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. 
  • Released a report highlighting the Pivotal Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses which generated press coverage generated in 130+ publications increasing visibility and understanding of the profession.
  • Workforce Task Force piloting a survey to gain a better understanding of PMH nursing workforce in order to provide accurate data that can be reported to stakeholders.
  • Four papers on workforce, based on presentations from the 2018 APNA Health Policy Summit, published in January/February 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association depict the composition of the current workforce and recommendations for expanding it to improve access to care.
  • APNA Representation on national stakeholder groups includes: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; SAMHSA Expert Panel: Making Integrated Mental health and Substance Use Treatment Services Available to People with Co-Occurring Serious Mental Illness and Opiate Use disorder; National Quality Forum Serious Mental Illness Action Team; SAMHSA Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee; LACE Network
  • Comments submitted to national organizations, legislators, and regulatory bodies regarding issues impacting nursing and psychiatric-mental health
  • Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention for Acute Care Nurses Facilitator training provides nurses working in acute care settings with tools to assess and manage suicide risk with in their scope of practice. 

Goal D. APNA will be the leader in integrating research, practice, and education to address pressing mental health policy issues that affect psychiatric-mental health nursing and the population served.

The accomplishments listed in this report are made possible by you, the members who generously give your time and expertise to help this organization support and advance psychiatric-mental health nursing and therefore the care we provide those we serve. It has been my honor serve as your APNA President over the past year.

Respectfully submitted,

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
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