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President's Message: Happy New Year!

Member Profile: Sharon Katz

CPI Conference: Preliminary Info

Continuing Education: Podcasts from 25th Annual Conference

Annual Conference: Call for Abstract Proposals

Member News: Congrats, Nancy Hanrahan!

APNF Research Grants: Apply by 2/15!

Online Poster Gallery: Browse Poster Presentation Abstracts

Resource Center: New Resources

Member Bridge: A Refresher on its Uses & Functionalities

New Members: 299 new APNA members since November!

President's Message

Happy New Year! Time is flying by and I’m pleased to report that 2012 is starting out strong for us at APNA.
In a few weeks the APNA Board of Directors will be meeting to discuss our biggest agenda item currently on the table - revising APNA’s strategic plan. The strategic plan is what guides the association - setting out specific goals and ways to achieve those goals - and in a broader sense it defines the envisioned future of APNA.   We have asked for your input to inform and guide us as we revise the plan. Thanks to all of you who we have heard from; your input is invaluable in this process. The APNA staff is busy collating your responses, which are what will essentially steer our strategic planning meeting.  We are also dialoguing...(Cont'd)

Member Profile: Sharon Katz
Sharon Katz is an advanced practice psychiatric nurse in Pennsylvania for whom the ability to work within the full scope of her practice is central:  “I have always taken my commitment to psychiatric nursing personally, and work to provide what is needed in my community to decrease the obstacles to good mental health care and recovery,” she says. “Advocating for the clinical role, recognition, and scope of practice of the psychiatric advanced practice nurse is essential to my every day practice.” Having just finished a PMH NP program at the University of Pennsylvania, Katz will be sitting for the exam in a couple of weeks.  She is Executive Director of a company she founded in 1995 that provides...(Cont'd)

CPI Conference: Preliminary Info
The APNA 10th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute will be held June 14-17, 2012 in Reston, Virginia. In keeping with this year's theme, Partners for Recovery: Integrative Treatments and Complex Psychiatric Disorders, topics addressed will include: distress screening for cancer patients, ADHD across the lifespan, military culture and psychopharmacology considerations, risk avoidance/management, delirium and toxicology, clinical pharm updates in substance use disorders, co-morbid mental and medical health issues, and more. For budgeting purposes, we provide the following estimated costs: The early bird member registration rate will be $395 and the hotel room rate for single/double will be $132 for Thursday through Sunday nights. Look for registration to open in mid-late February!

Continuing Education: Podcasts from the 25th Annual Conference

47 podcasts of sessions from the 25th Annual Conference are now available in the APNA eLearning Center for CE contact hours.  PMHNs and consumers share their expertise and unique perspectives in these podcasts, which can be downloaded as mp3s and listened to on-the-go! Full conference attendees can access this continuing education content for free using their attendee bonus points. Non-conference attendees can get a sneak peek of a session recording by ordering the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Interactive Panel podcast, which is available for free to all members. Made available as they are reviewed & approved for credit, look for more of these sessions to be posted over the next several weeks. More Info

Annual Conference: Call for Abstract Proposals

The 2012 Call for Abstract Proposals is open! The Scholarly Review Committee invites you to submit an abstract proposal to be considered for presentation at the APNA 26th Annual Conference. Those interested should submit their abstract proposals via the online submission site by March 5, 2012. Submissions will undergo an extensive peer review and will be considered for 2-hour preconference sessions, 45-minute concurrent sessions, 20-minute mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations. Call for Abstract Proposals

Member News: Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
APNA member Nancy Hanrahan has been appointed to the National Quality Forum's Steering Committee for its Behavioral Health project. This project works to establish national priorities for improving the delivery of behavioral health services, achieving better behavioral health outcomes, and improving the behavioral health of the U.S. population, especially those with mental illness and substance abuse. Congratulations, Dr. Hanrahan!

APNF Research Grants: Apply by 2/15!

The deadline to apply for an APNF research grant is just a couple weeks away! Psychiatric mental health nurses in the early stages of their research careers are invited to submit a research proposal for consideration. Up to five grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded by the Foundation. More Info & Apply

Online Poster Gallery

Now everyone can enjoy the knowledge and expertise offered in the poster presentations from the APNA 25th Annual Conference! All 147 of the abstracts are available in our Online Poster Gallery and many of the poster presenters have also shared a pdf of the poster(s) they presented this past October in Anaheim. (Note: CE for viewing the posters is not available online - only conference attendees can earn CE by viewing the posters on-site.)Remember, if your abstract proposal is accepted as a poster presentation for the 26th Annual Conference, it will be featured in next year's Online Poster Gallery! Online Poster Gallery

Resource Center: New Resources
Introducing several new additions to the APNA Resource Center! Resources are from such organizations as SAMHSA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and APNA:

Member Bridge: A Refresher
APNA's members-only networking site, Member Bridge, offers a myriad of ways to connect with colleagues and share information, whether it's the daily digest emails from our All-Purpose Discussion Forum, the Committee Expert Panels which any member can join, or the online member directory. New members of APNA unfamiliar with the site and seasoned members looking for a refresher can find a comprehensive overview of its uses and functionalities in our Introduction to Member Bridge slideshow. If you have any questions about using the site, please feel free to email mtrimyer@apna.org.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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Posted Feb 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM

I'll try to put this to good use imemdiately.

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