APNA Recovery to Practice

APNA is one of five national participants in a SAMHSA initiative to transform the concepts of recovery from a set of beliefs to recovery-oriented practices. As part of this five-year project, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and peer specialists researched current activities in recovery-oriented care and developed strategies on how best to implement recovery components into mental health provider education and practice. APNA collaborated with consumers and psychiatric mental health nursing leaders to promote recovery and to develop curriculum and training materials to increase nursing knowledge of recovery-oriented care and how it translates into nursing practice. The association is piloting and distributing the curriculum, Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice.

Timeline of APNA Recovery to Practice (RTP) Program

Year One
A systematic assessment was conducted to determine the current status of recovery principles and practices within the discipline of psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing. Educational gaps were identified and recommendations made for program development. Click here for a list of members who participated in the task force.

Situational Analysis: The Situational Analysis summarizes the first year’s efforts of the APNA RTP project and recommends a plan for developing its curriculum. An Executive Summary of APNA's Situational Analysis was featured in the July 7th, 2011 issue of SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Weekly Highlights newsletter. Read the Executive Summary Situational Analysis

Recovery to Practice Joint Resolution: At the end of year one, the Recovery to Practice Task Force worked with other stakeholders to create a joint statement that emphasized our commitment to shifting the paradigm towards the implementation of recovery-oriented practice. Read the Joint Statement

Year Two
A Recovery to Practice workgroup was formed to develop the nursing curriculum and training manual. Learn more in Overcoming Stigma, the April 2011 cover story about APNA's work on the project in ANA's official publication The American Nurse.

Year Three
The RTP curriculum, Acute Care Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Preparing for Recovery Oriented Practice, was refined and then piloted through live programs at three nursing sites. The target audience for the pilot programs was identified as nurses who work in psychiatric mental health acute care settings and are recovery naive. Feedback from the pilot programs was gathered in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and manual content.

Program Faculty: Four recovery leaders delivered the content for the APNA RTP pilot programs: Eric Arauz, MA, MLER; Jeanne Clement, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Kris McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMH-CNS, BC, CADC-II, FAAN; and Mary Moller, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN.

Year Four
A fourth pilot program, which incoporated feedback from previous pilot program participants and SAMHSA reviewers, was delivered as a pre-conference at the APNA 26th Annual Conference on November 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA and recorded for future dissemination. The program was organized into six modules in a facilitated discussion format, which includes video content, live exercises, and manuals for facilitators and participants. Shortened modules allowed more time for discussion of nurses’ reactions to consumer perspectives and content for modules 3 & 4 was redeveloped to include nursing self-assessment of attitudes, verbal and nonverbal communication and recovery language.

Year Five
The RTP program facilitator training was piloted to 89 attendees at the APNA 27th Annual Conference on October 9, 2013 in San Antonio, TX. Since December, 2013, APNA staff members have continued to meet with RTP facilitators on a monthly basis to provide educational updates and support for facilitators who deliver local RTP programs. In addition, APNA is offering the RTP program for free to chapters through August, 2014, including the cost of contact hours for all attendees. Online training for chapter facilitators will be conducted by APNA staff.


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