APRN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice

Evidence-Based Practices Scope of Practice Risk Management
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Evidence-Based Practices

Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards
From the Institute of Medicine, a report that aims to improve outcomes of psychosocial interventions for persons with mental health and substance use disorders. View the report brief here.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the US Department of Health and Human Services, a searchable database of US and Canada national guidelines/standards of care.

AHRQ Library for Resources in Mental Health
From the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, a collection of important research updates and educational information to help with the management of diseases and mental health conditions.

Scope of Practice

State by State Practice Authority for APRNs
This state by state guide lists practice authority, terminology, relevant legislation, and other information for APRNs.

Scope of Practice Legislation Database
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) database which tracks current US legislation, regarding commissions and boards, licensure and credentialing, Medicaid/health insurance plan reimbursement, practice autonomy, prescriptive authority, truth in medical education, and truth in advertising for 22 health care professions.

Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
From the staff at the Federal Trade Commission, this policy paper builds on FTC staff competition advocacy comments that focus on proposed state-level changes to statutes and rules governing the “scope of practice” of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

Risk Management - Nurses Service Organization Resources

Spotlight: Behavioral Health
Nurses Service Organization in collaboration with CNA has published Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update and the 4th Edition of Nurse Practitioner Claim Report.

Nurse Practitioner Claim Report
Claim reports from the Nurses Service Organization, including liability reports and a risk control self-assessment checklist for NPs.


Centers for Disease Control Free Continuing Education: Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, how to apply individual strategies, and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. The course is divided into 13 units, with each unit taking about 15 minutes to complete. Earn up to 2.6 contact hours.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
1,400-page, handbook for nurses on patient safety and quality prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). View online or download each chapter as a pdf.

Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety
From AHRQ, a tested, evidence-based resource to help hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety.


CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
A guideline for primary care clinicians to follow when treating adult patients for chronic pain in outpatient settings. Includes clinical tools, patient/partner fact sheets, graphics, and a decision-making checklist for clinicians.

Rx Event - Adverse Event Reporting System
An option for practitioners to report adverse drug events. Adverse drug event reports submitted will be sent to the manufacturer and/or the FDA, and will also be held by a Patient Safety Organization (PSO). This reporting system is for use by U.S. Healthcare professionals only.

Medication Updates
News on medications from the DEA and FDA, gathered by APNA.


Using the DSM-5 in the Transition to ICD-10
A free webinar and fact sheet from the American Psychiatric Association on the transition to ICD-10, including the code changes and how to use them.

ICD-10-CM Transition Webinar
A free webinar from Optum on how DSM-5 Supports the Behavioral Health Transition to ICD-10, claim submission, authorizations, eligibility & benefits, autism/coordination with ABA providers, and readiness & mitigations. (This content was developed by an outside organization and does not represent the views of APNA.)

ICD-10 Code Lookup
From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an online searchable database of the ICD-10 codes. Search by code or keyword for results which provide the ICD-10 code and its description.

State Billing and Financial Worksheets
SAMHSA state-by-state worksheets to help providers identify the available current procedural terminology (CPT) codes they can use in their state to bill for services related to integrated primary and behavioral health care.


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