APNA Members' Corner March 2020


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

March 2020

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Encouragement in Uncertain Times
While we all try to stay afloat amongst urgent competing priorities and needs, I want to offer you a moment of brightness and warmth. Here are four things to remember as you practice during these unprecedented times. (Read More)

Nurses in Action: A Virtual Book Club Offers Connection & Support
When posed with the challenge of the rural nature of Arizona, the APNA Arizona Chapter created a unique opportunity to connect its members through a virtual book club. In this time of social distancing, a virtual book club offers a means for interaction within your community without physical proximity. We spoke to Pamela Lusk, DNP, RN, FAANP, APNA about the virtual book club. (Hear from Pamela)

Member News
Susan Brown and May Linn Nara present on adverse childhood experiences; Linda Grabbe details the Community Resilience Model as it applies to homeless youth in the Atlanta area; Deborah Johnson to co-direct UCSF’s new online training for PMHNPs; Andrew Penn writes blog addressing mental health and the coronavirus; Leslie Robbins appointed Dean of University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing; Rosemary Smentkowski helps pioneer pharmacology course for nurses. (Learn More)

Featured Resource: COVID-19 and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
As circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic change, psychiatric-mental health nurses continue to provide crucial mental health care to individuals who need it. To support your work, and make sure that you still practice self care during this stressful time, here is a collection of resources. View Now

Year of the Nurse: Alysha Woods, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Alysha WoodsDuring the Year of the Nurse, each newsletter will highlight a psychiatric-mental health nursing leader! Here is what APNA California Chapter President Alysha Woods, MSN, PMHNP-BC, has to share: "I have truly enjoyed learning from the amazing psychiatric nurses all around our state (and nation!), making meaningful connections, and learning new and better ways to practice mental health care. I have gained massive support from [this] community in personal and professional life...No connection is not meaningful! I think being a great leader is being a great listener and learner. Your students, mentors, colleagues, interdisciplinary team members all can teach you something. Stay curious!"

Responding to Concerns around Educational Needs – Free Online Course
In response to concerns around educational needs of nurses and nursing students, the APNA online course Motivational Interviewing, already free for APNA members, is now free to access for everyone through the end of the year. In addition to 3 contact hours, this course includes simulation and interactive components – educational experiences that are helpful to engage you when face-to-face interaction is limited, and which may help* for meeting some schools’ current requirements for class time or clinical hours. *Check with your school for requirements. Access Course

Online Learning Opportunities
With the widespread cancellation of in-person educational events, online learning is paramount for earning contact hours and brushing up on best practices. New opportunities in the APNA eLearning Center include podcast recordings from the 2019 APNA Annual Conference, the 2020 Competency Based Training for Conducting the One-Hour Face-to-Face Assessment for Patients in Restraints or Seclusion, and Medication Assisted Treatment: Medications For Addiction Treatment/Substance Use Disorders 16 Hour Waiver Training. APNA members also have access to 4 free sessions every month and receive bonus points for use in the APNA eLearning Center upon joining or renewing!

APNA 18th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
APNA is diligently staying abreast of issues that impact this conference. With current uncertainties, we are exploring a variety of options for ensuring that this cutting-edge content is available to you with your registration. We will update you as soon as more information is available.

Resource Roundup

  • COVID-19: Tips for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Quick summaries of policy updates, tips, and helpful info from existing resources on one page for easy scanning.
  • Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19: Information for Nurses: Guidance for all nurses as they manage stress and anxiety during this time.
  • Traumatic Events Resources: SAMHSA offers its National Guidelines for Mental Health Crisis Care: A Best Practices Toolkit.
  • Organizational Responses: Letter offering feedback to ANA on Ethical Environments and Patient and Personal Safety.
  • APNA Advocacy: Letter to Congressional leaders naming shared priorities in the COVID-19 legislative package under consideration; Letter to Committee on Veterans' Affairs supporting the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2019
  • Opioid Use Disorders Resources: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons - Planning and Implementation Toolkit.
  • Policy Statement: APNA Position Paper (White Paper) Process and Guidelines updated.
  • Nursing Reports and Surveys: Special Collection of Workforce articles in JAPNA plus the latest RN survey data from Health Resources & Services Administration.

New Members: 751 New Members since January!


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