Undergraduate Education Faculty Toolkit

APNA Nursing Faculty ToolkitDefining and Using Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Skills in Undergraduate Nursing Education

Our students live and learn in a multimedia environment. Often their most memorable lessons are not from simple reading assignments. College classrooms have become more interactive, with content provided from a variety of sources and experiences. This toolkit is meant to guide the educator toward some new ways to teach the concepts of psychiatric-mental health nursing as set forth in both the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2014) and the Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in the BSN Curriculum (2008). This toolkit has been a two year journey compiling real ideas and resources that expert educators rely on to supplement their traditional psychiatric-mental health nursing text. We of the APNA Education Council, Undergraduate Branch, hope that these tools can help to make the education process a little easier.


Crosswalk Table This table demonstrates how each core nursing content relates to the Scope and Standards of Practice of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2014) and the Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in the BSN Curriculum (2008)

Specific Core Nursing Content:

#1: Growth & Development
  #2: Neurobiological Basis of Care Practices
  #3: Pharmacotherapeutics
  #4: Communication
  #5: Clinical Decision Making
  #6: Patient Care Roles
  #7: Health Care Settings
  #8: Cultural, Ethnic and Spiritual Concepts
  #9: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  #10: Concepts of Chronic Illness
  #11: Ethical and Legal Principles
  #12: Vulnerable Populations
  #13: Nursing Research
Organizations & Journals
Appendices (specific examples)

Suggested Citation: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Education Council, Undergraduate Branch. (2016). Crosswalk toolkit: Defining and using psychiatric-mental health nursing skills in undergraduate nursing education. Retrieved from https://www.apna.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=6018

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This project was the work of members of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Education Council, Undergraduate Branch:

Co-Chairs: David Sharp, RN, PhD & Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC

Faculty Contributors:
Barbara K. Buxton, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Shirlee Davidson, MSN, RN
Linda Etchill-Ewald MS, BSN, PMHCNS-BC
Sandra Gamble, MSN, BS, RN
Ann Harms, EdD, RN
Todd Hastings, PhD, RN
Mary Justice, MSN, RN, CNE
Beth King, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Barbara Kovac, NPP, MSN, RN
Brenda G. Kucirka, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Marla McCall, PMHNP
Janet Merritt, PhD, APRN-BC, RN
Leslie Miles, DNP, APRN, BC
Melissa Neathery, MSN, RN, CNE
Karen Pounds, PhD, APRN, BC
Kimberly Sharp, PhD, RN
Traci T. Simms, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC
Janet Sobolov, MS, RN-BC
Janet Standard, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Jill G. Steinke, MS, RN
Marianna K. Sunderlin, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN
Grace Wlasowicz, RN, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

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