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APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
June 6-9, 2019  |  Louisville, KY
APNA Annual Conference
October 2-5, 2019  |  New Orleans, LA
APNA Quick Updates

Press Release: Report: Shortage of Trained Professionals a Growing Threat to U.S. Mental Health System

Guidance: Precepting and Mentorship: New guidance to clarify the distinction between preceptors and mentors

Free CE: Webinar on 4/23: Across the Regulatory, Research, and Clinical Care Environments: Sex and Gender Influences

Medication Updates: FDA releases updated Drug Safety Communication about opioids

Free CE: Serious Mental Illness Adviser offers three new webinars in April: Social Media Usage, Shared Decision Making and Barriers to Clozapine Underutilization. 1.0 Contact Hours each.

APNA Advocacy:
Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies requesting support for healthcare and research.

APNA Advocacy: Letter to Chairman Alexander in response to request to address affordability in the U.S. Health Care system.

Medication Updates: FDA approves Spravato (esketamine) for treatment-resistant depression.

Mental Health Parity Resources: See how Medicaid helps low income individuals with access to care in your state with a guide from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

APNA Advocacy: Letter to CMS expressing concern over the proposed changes to the proposed rule, Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses (CMS-4180-P) 

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: 
Letters thanking members of the House and Senate for efforts to have Section 3201 (Allowing for more flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders) in the final opioid package.

APNA Advocacy: 
Letter thanking appropriators for providing level funding for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

APNA Advocacy: 
Letter requesting the Senate pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act this Congress.

Resource Center: Updates added to Undergraduate Education Faculty Toolkit.
Press Release: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Releases Education to Help Nurses Prevent Suicide in Acute Care Settings

APNA Advocacy: Letter in Support of Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Challenging Federal Final Rule Authorizing Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance.

Free CE: CPNP offers webinar designed for health care professionals seeking information on urine drug screens, their interpretation, and cross reactivity of different substances. 1.0 Contact Hours.

Free CE: ANA Nurse leadership webinar designed for experienced RNs, November 13th at 1 pm ET.


General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers lessons learned in overcoming barriers to medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Chapter Updates:

APNA Pennsylvania Chapter: Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role, Bethlehem, September 8, 2018
APNA New Jersey Chapter: Psychiatric Nurses Serving the LGBTQ Community, Iselin, September 8, 2018
APNA New England Chapter: Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role, Providence, RI, September 21, 2018
APNA New York Chapter: Regional Meeting:The Patient Experience Eco System: Addressing Challenges within Behavioral Healthcare Settings, Glen Oaks, September 18, 2018

Press Release: 30 Promising Nursing Students Awarded the 2018 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship

Upcoming Educational Opportunities: Recovery to Practice presents psychopharmacology podcast series. 7/16/18

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) video example of talking to a patient about what to expect after they choose buprenorphine to treat their opioid use disorder.

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) features a mentoring program and other resources for those who provide treatment for substance use.

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) presents video and podcast information on treating Opioid Use Disorder.

APRN Resources-Risk Management: Updates on Behavioral Health from Nurses Service Organization and CNA.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities: Two webinars from the Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Violence Prevention General Resources: FBI Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the US.

Press Release: APNA Calls for End to Immigration Policy that Separates Families

Medication Updates: Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection by Hospira Recalled



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