APNA Members' Corner November 2020


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

November 2020

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Revolutionizing Access to Person-Centered Care
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses are dynamic leaders who make ongoing innovative improvements in care at multiple levels in order to meet the needs of diverse populations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, preserving and expanding access to this person-centered care is even more vital. (Hear more from Matt Tierney in his inaugural President's Message)

Member News
Angela Amar elected to AAN Board of Directors; Shelly Hutchinson publishes children’s book about COVID-19 and quarantine; Braden Kameg pens blog on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on role of APRN; Nora Kennelly quoted on Rush University’s Magnet designation; Alicia Kielas receives grant to complete PMH-NP certification; Beverly Malone designated Living Legend by AAN; Jessica Marangio helps implement respite room for nurses; Kristin McColly receives PMHNP Student Leadership Award; Jim Tudhope awarded $1.5 million grant; Jessica Walker receives Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Award; Ellen Blair, Linda Grabbe, Sara Jones, Ursula Kelly, Laura Leahy, Pamela Lusk, Judy Rice, Victoria Soltis-Jarrett inducted as Fellows of AAN. Learn More

Nurses in Action: Tobacco Treatment Nursing Competencies Task Force
With the emergence of novel tobacco use devices, psychiatric-mental health nurses needed new tools to enhance interventions for tobacco use disorders. The Tobacco Treatment Nursing Competencies Task Force was convened and, led by chair Carol Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, NCTTP, developed the APNA Nursing Competencies For Treating Tobacco Use Disorders. These new nurse competencies can be adapted by all nurses and help increase access to care for those who experience tobacco dependence. View the Competencies

Stand Up & Be Counted for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Help show the world who psychiatric-mental health nurses are! Participate in a groundbreaking workforce survey and earn a $20 credit towards content of your choosing in the APNA eLearning Center. Take the RN Survey  |  Take the APRN Survey

Tackling Substance Use Disorders with a Special Issue of JAPNA
Help expand the knowledge base and evolve treatments for individuals with substance use disorders: submit a manuscript for consideration as a part of a special issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association! Guest editors and content experts Laura G Leahy and Susan Caverly, Chair and Co-Chair of the APNA Addictions Council, are accepting articles that speak to the role of psychiatric-mental health nurses in providing care to this underserved and vulnerable population. Learn more and submit your manuscript by April 1, 2021!

Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge: Apply by 1/15 for Up to $100,000 in Grant Funding
APNA has partnered with Johnson & Johnson to encourage psychiatric-mental health nurse-led ideas including education protocols, treatment or prevention approaches, and more. The deadline to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding, access to the JLABS ecosystem, and mentoring opportunities is January 15, 2021Learn More

Express Gratitude During the Holidays with #thankapsychnurse
Share comfort and joy this holiday season with #thankapsychnurse! Give a shout out to a psychiatric-mental health nurse colleague who has inspired or supported you using the hashtag #thankapsychnurse on social media to show them how much they mean to you during the season of gratitude. And be sure you're following APNA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more inspirational stories of psychiatric-mental health nursing!

Year of the Nurse: Chance Nicholson
Chance NicholsonDuring the Year of the Nurse, each newsletter will highlight a psychiatric-mental health nursing leader! Here is what Chance Nicholson, PhD, MS, PMHNP-BC, one of the presenters of Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19: The Community Resiliency Model, has to share: "Follow your passion...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."

APNA 34th Annual Conference: Together While Apart
With the COVID-19 pandemic in full effect, the APNA Annual Conference went virtual for the first time ever! Over a thousand nurses came together online on October 2 through 5. Read a few highlights from the event.

Featured Resource: ANA Nurse Suicide Prevention & Resilience Resource Site
Nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. To support nurse mental health and suicide prevention, the American Nurses Association has launched a new collection of resources. Learn ways to build resilience, assist in an active crisis, support suicide survivors, and more with resources compiled by nurse experts including APNA Immediate Past President Tari Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP.  Learn More

Coming Soon: APNA's New Website
A new APNA website is coming your way in early 2021! The new site was designed with your needs and ease of use in mind and features a new member portal for accessing members-only content, changing your settings, and updating your profile information. Be on the lookout for the update soon!

Resource Roundup

  • Opioid Use Disorder Resources: SAMHSA's list of state opioid treatment authorities; SAMHSA publication offers updates on opioid use among Hispanic/Latino population with strategies for outreach and treatment
  • Substance Use Screening Tools & Assessment: New SBIRT pocket card helps you share information and build awareness with nurses across disciplines.
  • Well-Being Initiative: Guide to Sleeping Better & Restoring Energy
  • Medication Updates: FDA updates labeling requirements for opioid pain medicines and opioid use disorder medicines
  • Position Papers: Updated! Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing’s Role in Tobacco Treatment
  • APNA Advocacy: View recent letters that APNA has signed onto as a part of participation in coalitions to further policy for nursing and mental health.

New Members: 1,416 New Members since July!


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