2018 President's Report

APNA_logoAPNA 2018 Annual Activity Report
President's Report

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to present your 2018 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Annual Activity Report. APNA activities are guided by a strategic direction developed by the APNA Board of Directors (BOD). Below I provide some key highlights that speak to what APNA has accomplished this year based upon the four goals set out in our strategic plan.

I am happy to report that your association continues to enjoy sound membership growth and retention. Please see APNA Secretary Joyce Shea’s report for details on membership and more. APNA has also enjoyed a strong financial year - APNA Treasurer Donna Rolin’s report provides you with more information.

Goal A. APNA will be the indispensable resource for member networking, leadership, and professional development.

Through Education

  • APNA eLearning Center
    • 140,818 orders since launch of eLearning Center in March 2011.
    • 330 sessions currently available with 351 contact hours
    • 55 Sessions (84.5 total contact hours) offered for free to members in 2018
  • APNA Annual Conference
    • Call for abstracts and peer review inclusive of all members
    • Conference schedule, program, and technology prioritize networking
    • Foundation presentation will highlight the importance of mentorship through a focus on Grayce Sills’ mentorship.
    • Full day training on Wednesday - APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role
  • APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
    • Successful launch of CPI West ensures broad distribution of opportunities for in-person psychopharmacology education
    • Expansion of CPI Program Committee approved by the Board
    • Outcomes panels uses case study application to synthesize information presented that day
    • 2019 CPI will be held in new location at a brand new Omni in Louisville, KY in order to offer attendees an optimal experience.
  • Opioid Webinars for all nurses at RN and APRN levels offered for free
    • 23,398 total registrations and 13,801 certificates to date
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver Training (in partnership with PCSS-MAT) offered for free
    • 8-hour training: 4,609 registrations & 2,485 certificates to date
    • 16-hour training: 4,650 registrations & 2,903 certificates to date
  • APNA Transitions in Practice
    • 3,500 registrations with 2,286 Certificates awarded thus far
  • APNA Competency-Based Training for Suicide Prevention: PMH Nurse Generalist Role
    • 17 chapters providing this program in 2018
    • 22 Trained facilitators have held 85 Competency Based training classes to a total of 1625 interdisciplinary participants.
  • APNA Recovery to Practice Program
    • Chapters offered the opportunity to enroll members of their chapter in a free training to facilitate this course.
  • APNA re-accredited with distinction to provide continuing nursing education by ANCC.

Through APNA Programs

  • February Health Policy Summit
    • February 2018 Health Policy Summit on Workforce provided orientation and networking for Council and Chapter leaders and invited affiliates, with added bonus of giving participants opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders in the field of PMH Nursing Workforce
    • Plans in place for 2019 Health Policy Summit with a focus on positioning the psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce for the future.
  • APNA Annual Awards recognize and celebrate leaders each year
    • 9 Nurses received awards for 2018
  • APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
    • 29 scholars from schools across the country selected from 117 applications received honored with a scholarship which includes APNA membership and attendance at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference
    • Scholars provided the opportunity to access the APNA Transitions in Practice Program at no cost and to provide support to Health Policy Summit Presenters
  • Research Grants program

Through Chapters, Councils, & Task Forces

  • 34 chapters covering 39 states
    • New Chapter Collaboration agreement approved by the Board enables chapters to network and partner with local organizations
    • 26 chapters held conferences coordinated by chapter support in 2018 to a total of 1,622 participants
  • 10 Active Councils working on focus areas of: addictions, administration, child & adolescent, education, forensics, mental health advocacy, practice, recovery, research, and safe environments. View their full activity reports here.

Through Communications

  • 1,294 visits to the APNA website each day and 400 visits to Member Bridge each day
  • Revamp of APNA mentor match program in process
  • Letter encouraging a culture of diversity and leadership development sent to council and chapter leaders
  • Series of communications sent to council advisory panels to clarify roles and energize involvement.

Goal B. APNA will be the leader in creating strategic alliances with key stakeholders.

Through relationships with Nursing Organizations

  • Continued Premiere Organizational Affiliate status with American Nurses Association, organizational membership with Nursing Organizations Alliance and Nursing Community
  • APNA attendance at events held by International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Student Nurses Association, STTI, Nursing Organizations Alliance, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing, APRN LACE Network, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Nurses in Washington Internship
  • Partnership with the National Association of School Nurses enables their members to access the APNA Transitions in Practice Program
  • Representatives from various nursing organizations attended APNA events such as the 2018 Health Policy Summit and APNA Annual Conference
  • Representatives from the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and American Association of Critical Care Nurses consulted on the Competency Based Training For Suicide Prevention – Acute Care Settings curriculum

Through relationships with National Organizations

  • Partnership with American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry/PCSS-MAT includes APNA representation on its Steering Committee and co-providing 24 hours of training required by CARA 2016 for APRNs to prescribe Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
  • Membership in Mental Health Liaison Group
  • Continued program partner for the SAMHSA-sponsored Voice Awards, with APNA member representation at the event
  • Partnership with American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health
  • Representatives sent to events hosted by: National Council for Behavioral Health, NCAA Sport Science Institute, Johnson & Johnson Advisory Council, Council for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, NASEM Forum on Preventing Suicide in the Seriously Mentally Ill, UCLA Dementia Care Program
  • Lora Peppard appointed to National Quality Forum’s Serious Mental Illness Action Team
  • Linda Beeber serving on the SAMHSA Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee

Through relationships with Industry Organizations

  • Participation in Johnson & Johnson Nursing Advisory Council
  • Industry sponsored product theaters and symposia and APNA conferences

Goal C. APNA will be recognized as the expert voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing to stakeholders.

Through National Communications

  • Public relations campaign in process to raise awareness of the profession
  • Comments submitted to national organizations, legislators, and regulatory bodies regarding issues impacting nursing and psychiatric-mental health
  • February 2018 Workforce Summit delivered publications that speak to current and future needs of psychiatric-mental health workforce
  • APNA programs and members highlighted in industry publications and media (e.g. ADVANCE for Nurses, ANA publications, Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, regional newspapers, etc.)
  • APNA website continues as top search result  for information about psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Ongoing social media communications
  • Trademark registration secured for APNA logo, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, JAPNA, Nurses: Advocates for Hope logo, Whole Health Begins with Mental Health in process

Through dissemination of resources

  • Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention - Acute Care Settings, a 1.5 hour training to help nursing in acute care settings assess and manage suicide risk, launched October 2018
  • Presentation in development by the Community Outreach Task Force will enable psychiatric-mental health nurses to share their PMH nursing expert voice with community stakeholders.
  • Recovery to Practice Facilitator Training for Chapters brings program to local organizations
  • APNA Transitions in Practice Program adopted by behavioral health organizations to update staff: 68 institutions have purchased the ATP program in bulk, a total of 2,424 seats.
  • Competency-Based Training for Suicide Prevention brings importance of PMH nurses’ role in suicide assessment and management to light and standardizes expertise
  • Free webinar series, Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders, leverages PMH nurses’ expertise in substance use to help inform all nurses

Through representation on national committees and task forces

  • National Quality Forum Serious Mental Illness Action Team
  • Johnson & Johnson Nursing Advisory council
  • SAMHSA Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee
  • APRN LACE Network
  • Mental Health Parity Accreditation committee, led by the Clear Health Quality Institute
  • American Nurses Association
  • Nursing Organizations Alliance Planning Committee

Goal D. APNA will be the leader in integrating research, practice, and education to address pressing mental health policy issues that affect psychiatric-mental health nursing and the population served.

Through Education

  • Continued expansion of continuing education to bring current evidence-based knowledge to nurses.
  • Delivery of APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention across the world to help address rising suicide rates
  • APNA Transitions in Practice Curriculum provides evidence-based foundational education to PMH-RNs to help improve retention, satisfaction, and outcomes
  • Jointly providing Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders training for APRNs with PCSS-MAT
    • Upon completion nurses may apply to SAMHSA with an application for the MAT waiver available to APRNs who meet requirements under current legislation.

Through the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

  • Bi-monthly issues available at no cost to members
  • Each issue now includes a continuing education article – totaling 6.0 contact hours for APNA members in JAPNA each year. (299 CE certificates awarded thus far in 2018)
  • Board of Directors Columns in JAPNA focuses on broad issues affecting the profession
  • Continued publication of papers by Councils and Task Forces on issues identified by the Board of Directors as priority for psychiatric-mental health nursing
    • Telepsychiatry White paper approved by Board and published in JAPNA
    • Addiction Council’s ENDS paper approved by the Board published in JAPNA
    • Upcoming publication of manuscripts from February 2018 APNA Health Policy Summit
    • Publication of results of PMH-APRN study published in JAPNA
  • January/February 2018 Focus Issue on Trauma

Through APNA Programs & Communications

  • APNA communications around psychiatric-mental health nursing and stigma support building the workforce and enhancing the capability of the current workforce to meet demand.
  • February 2018 Health Policy Summit on Workforce brought together experts in workforce and from all areas of PMH nursing to address current needs and strategies for the future
  • Chapters offered the opportunity to present the APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention in 2018 and train members to become facilitators of the APNA Recovery to Practice Program.
  • Continued communications around education and resources to help address the opioid crisis, rising suicide rates, violence prevention, responses to tragic events.
  • Research Grants Program fund up-and-coming psychiatric-mental health nurse researchers and help build the evidence base for the profession
  • Ongoing dissemination of position papers, talking points, and resources for encouraging grassroots advocacy amongst members

All of the wonderful progress that makes up this report would not be possible without you, the members who generously give your time and expertise to help this organization support and advance psychiatric-mental health nursing. It has been my honor serve as your APNA President over the past year.

Respectfully submitted,

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

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