APNA Members' Corner July 2020


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

July 2020

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Recharging Through Connection
The past few months have been hectic, to say the least. Times like these make it even more important to focus on the positive and celebrate the difference we make. Hildegard Peplau once said, “I stood taller than the rest.” She may have just been talking about her stature, but as we all know, Hildegard stood tall as a psychiatric-mental health nurse. As we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we stand tall in providing crucial care to individuals who need it. (Read More)

Member News
Randall Beckett shares tips for self care and stress management; Jayme Donaldson and Heather Judkins honored by the University of Wyoming; Amy Field and Leslie K. Robbins discuss University of Texas El Paso’s new PMH-NP program; Karen Foli shares research on insufficient resource trauma; Deborah Johnson and Havilyn Kern discuss University of California San Francisco’s new online NP program; Bari Platter shares her background as a PMH-CNS; Mary Sturdy-Martin addresses mental health stigma during COVID-19; Crystal Willson profiled by DailyLeader.com. (Learn More)

Nurses in Action: Nursing Students on the Frontlines of COVID-19
With a focus on nurse mental health, Jasmine Bratton-Robinson, MSN-Ed, RN interviews two student nurses and a recent graduate about their experience with the pandemic: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread. After the City University of New York (CUNY) converted all courses to an online format in March, I conducted interviews with two students and one recent graduate. These students shared their journeys to confront COVID-19 while balancing frontline work with personal and professional ambitions. (Read more from Jasmine)

It is Okay to Not be Okay: How Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Contribute to Healing and Hope
Amanda McGill, MSN, BSN, RN shares her perspective on the crucial role of psychiatric-mental health nurses during high-stress community events: During these trying times, we see so many people suffering from stress, anxiety, and anguish, it is difficult to know how we can help. As psychiatric-mental health nurses, we are uniquely positioned to support our communities and those across the nation while we are engaged in our everyday personal and business interactions. (Read more from Amanda.)

Congratulations to the APNA Annual Awards Recipients
After careful consideration by the APNA Awards and Recognition Committee, nine exceptional nurses and one APNA Chapter have been selected as the 2020 APNA Annual Awards recipients. Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN has been named the APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year. Barbara Limandri, PhD, PMHCNS-BC will receive the 2020 APNA Award for Distinguished Service. See All Recipients

Introducing the 2020 Class of APNA Student Scholars
Thirty two students have been awarded scholarships that provide registration for the APNA 34th Annual Conference and a year of complimentary APNA membership. Thirty undergraduate and graduate students will receive the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship, funded annually by the APNA Board of Directors. Two students will receive the APNA Industry Sponsored Scholarship, funded by industry sponsors. View the Student List

Year of the Nurse:
John SturtevantDuring the Year of the Nurse, each newsletter will highlight a psychiatric-mental health nursing leader! Here is what APNA Michigan Chapter President John Sturtevant, MSN, RN-BC, has to share: "Always look for new challenges and take on roles that you would never think were expected of PMH nurses. The more you are out there and the more you can do, the more relevant you become: not only to your organization but to our field as well."

What You Get When You Register for the APNA 34th Annual Conference
This year's virtual conference offers 120+ total contact hours (for less than $5 per contact hour), plus unique opportunities to connect and recharge with your community - from chats during sessions with fellow attendees to interactive poster presentations with audio and q&a features. A full program and array of flexible institutional group registration options will be announced soon. Browse the sessions, then register by August 24 to save $100!

Featured Resource: MAT Training Live Event
Help expand access to medication treatment for substance use disorder with a free virtual training on August 14! Earn 8.0 contact hours in pharmacology and get strategies for incorporating medications and psychosocial interventions to improve care outcomes. Learn More

Resource Roundup

  • COVID-19 Resources: SMIAdviser Tips for Telehealth Billing During the COVID-19 Pandemic; ANA Webinars on self care and practice topics; A Guide to Using Text Messages to Improve Substance Use Treatment Outcomes
  • APNA Issue Statements: Racial inequities and racism, impact of COVID-19 extreme stress on health care providers
  • Tobacco Dependence Resources: Helpful information regarding billing for tobacco cessation services
  • Cultural Humility in PMH Nursing: Resources for psychiatric-mental health nurses to address racial inequalities
  • Position Papers: Updated! The Adoption of SBIRT in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • APNA Advocacy: Letter urging CMS to remove barriers to practice by making current waivers permanent beyond this Public Health Emergency(PHE);Community Statement on the Integral Role of Oral and Dental Health Care in Protecting Americans from Viral Pandemics

New Members: 629 New Members since May!


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