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This page of the site is your resource concerning RN level psychiatric mental health nursing. Visit each section to find resources tailored to your needs.   About RN-PMHs Learn about the role of the psychiatric-mental health registered nurse and find videos, profiles of RN-PMHs and more.

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Click on the links below to view the psychiatric mental health nursing graduate programs available in each state.  Contact us at 855-863-APNA (2762) or inform@apna.org to add your current program to the list.

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Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes   Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes Trend Update (pdf) - October 2013: CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is a the percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.     Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative Video: Discover Mental Health - The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care A 9.

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General Information 1. What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse? 2. How did the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse role begin? APPN Education 3.

PMH-APRNs apply the nursing process to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using their full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. They also contribute to policy development, quality improvement, practice evaluation, and healthcare reform. PMH-APRNs often own private practices and corporations as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and corporations.

Welcome to the APNA Resource Center! Here you will find important information for psychiatric mental health nurses. From position papers to graduate school listings to a wealth of links to other relevant websites, the resource center is your first access point for information on your nursing specialty. Not sure if what you're looking for is in one of these sections?  Search the Site PMHN Specialty Areas & Topics Includes: child and adolescent, emergency, geropsych, military and PTSD, multiple chronic conditions, recovery, and substance use.

Competencies for Nurse-Assessment and Management of Inpatient Suicide Risk February 2015   Position Paper Essential Competencies       Scope & Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing June 2014   Position       Seclusion & Restraint 2000, Revised May 2007, Revised April 2014   Position Paper Standards of Practice       Competency-Based Training for PMH Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide August 2013   Position Paper       Expansion of APRN Presciptive Authority to Include Prescription of Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) July 2013   Position Paper       Adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) September 2012   Position Paper       Staffing Inpatient Units September 2011   Position Paper       Position on LACE Recommendations February 2011   Position Paper       Electroconvulsive Therapy January 2011   Position Paper       Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses October 2010   Position Paper       Smoking Cessation October 2008   Position Paper       Workplace Violence October 2008   Position Paper       Archived Papers Please note that these papers are for archival purposes only and do not necessarily represent APNA's current positions.       Determining Staffing Needs of Inpatient Psychiatric Units   Position Paper       Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (MOT) January 2003   Position Paper       PMH Nurse Roles Outcomes Evaluation and Management August 1998   Position Paper       Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses September 1995   Position Paper       Professional Titling & Credentialing for PMH APRNs April 2003   Position Paper       Roles of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Managed Care August 1998   Position Paper        

APNA & Joining Forces   Joining Forces is First Lady Michele Obama's initiative  which works with organizations such as APNA to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives. General Resources Find guides, tips and other resources for civilian mental health professionals and military consumers on: Working with patients in the military Navigating the VA's mental health system Finding support when transferring to a new location Treating servicemen returning from deployment     PTSD Resources Resources from various organizations, including fact sheets, reports, clinical guidelines and more. Topics covered include: Therapies and pharmacological approaches for treating PTSD Current PTSD research US military's guidelines and policies regarding PTSD Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Includes resources from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and others on topics such as: Treating patients with lingering symptoms of mild TBI Patient education Cognitive rehabilitation Associated long-term health effects        Educational Opportunities Find announcements about upcoming and current educational opportunities on military mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury from sources such as Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury SAMHSA APNA APNA Continuing Education Presentations from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast format available in the APNA eLearning Center.

The therapeutic management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department is an important  and complicated issue.   Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) - Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department ENA & APNA Collaborations Joint Consensus Statement on Suicide in Emergency Care Settings Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework ENA Position Statements Medical Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients Substance Abuse (Alcohol/Drug) and the Emergency Care Setting ENA Connection Articles Agitation - The Chest Pain of Behavioral Emergencies Development of Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework Psychiatric Care, Our Nation in Crisis Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department:  The Dilemma of Extended Lengths of Stay   The SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Resource Center:  Suicide Prevention Tips for Emergency Medical Services and the Workplace The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has just enhanced its Customized Information Sheets series by developing new resources that provide basic information on how to identify and respond to individuals who may be suicidal or at high risk for suicide.   Suicide Prevention Resource Center Guide:  Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk: A Consensus Guide for Emergency Departments The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has released a guide to assist health care professionals in emergency departments with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk.

Year: Medication:  Abilify (aripiprazole) Addyi Antipsychotics Aristada Belsomra Brintellix Clozapine Cymbalta Daytrana Diazepam Effexor Farxiga Geodon Hysingla ER Lunesta Methylphenidate Naloxone/Evzio Naltrexone Olanzapine/Zyprexa Opioids Rexulti Tanzeum Targiniq ER Tramadol Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder Vraylar Vynase Ziprasidone Zolpidem Zyprexa General Resources:   DEA Pharmacists' Manual FDA Medication Updates NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide         2015 FDA approves Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) to treat schizophrenia FDA approved Aristada extended release injection to treat adults with schizophrenia. FDA approves Vraylar (cariprazine) to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder Vraylar capsules approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults. FDA modifies monitoring for neutropenia in patients using clozapine; approves new REMS program The FDA is changing the requirements for clozapine to address safety concerns about neutropenia, a serious blood condition.

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