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Violence Prevention July 2016   Position Paper Toolkit       Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses’ Role in Care of Detainees & Prisoners March 2016   Position Paper       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        

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

Recovery Programs Find information about programs and initiatives associated with advancing recovery concepts and practices.  Programs such as: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative & APNA's Involvement Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services The Annapolis Coalition   Guides, Kits & Tools Resources for implementing recovery-based best practices from organizations such as SAMHSA and the Annapolis Coalition.  Resources include: A guide to promoting quality improvement in behavioral health services A kit for developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs A tool for improving patient-provider communication         Reports Reports that offer current resources, statistics and facts related to recovery and mental illness from such organizations as: The Campaign for Mental Health Recovery The Joint Commission   Upcoming Educational Opportunities A listing of upcoming educational opportunities pertaining to recovery from organizations like: SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign         Recovery to Practice Archived Webinars Free webinars offered by the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more Emergency Nursing Resources regarding psychiatric-mental health care in emergency departments and more. Geropsych Nursing Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.       Integrated Physical & Mental Health Care FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education Military Mental Health & PTSD Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals Multiple Chronic Conditions Resources on caring for persons with mental health and chronic conditions, including an HHS framework and APNA continuing education       Recovery Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more Safety A toolkit of resources and key messages which speak to the key role psychiatric-mental health nurses play in promoting safety.

Tobacco Dependence / Smoking Cessation Resources Links to education and resources on reduction of tobacco dependence in individuals with mental health concerns. Current Substance Use Data and Statistics Links to resources providing current data trends and statistical analysis of substance use in the United States.   General Resources Links to organizations and resource centers whose main focus is on the prevention and treatment of substance use.

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.

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 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.

APNA & Joining Forces   Joining Forces is First Lady Michelle 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 Integration of Mental Health Care into Primary Care and Specialty Health Care Integration has arrived - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses must be ready to plan and implement the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty healthcare and participate in these settings!   An Introduction Why does the integration of mental health care into primary and specialty health care matter? Find out why by reading an introduction and FAQs prepared by the APNA Board of Directors. Then, learn more by watching the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy's video on the policy implications of integrated care.       General Resources A listing of websites that offer extensive content related to integrated physical and mental health care, such as: HRSA SAMSHA University of Washington AIMS Center Guides, Reports, and Tools A variety of resources specifically for implementing an integrated care model, such as: Various models of integrated care Forms and patient tracking tools Roadmaps and operational advice   Webinars Webinar presentations providing introductions to integrated care and information on related topics such as: How to finance integrated health care Person-centered health homes Addressing substance use issues in primary care   Best Practice Approaches & Initiatives Learn more about the various approaches to integrated care and initiatives that have been implemented throughout the country.

Year: Medication:  Abilify (aripiprazole) Addyi Antipsychotics Aripiprazole Aristada Belsomra Brintellix Buprenorphine and naloxone Probuphine Clozapine Chantix and Zyban Cymbalta Daytrana Diazepam Effexor Farxiga Fentanyl and Opioids Geodon Hysingla ER Lunesta Methylphenidate Naloxone/Evzio Naltrexone Olanzapine Olanzapine/Zyprexa Opioids Opioids and Benzodiazepines 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         2016 FDA revises risk of mental health side effects of Chantix and Zyban After a large clinical trial, the revised risk of mental health side effects with Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) was found to be lower than previously throught. FDA issues strongest warning of risks when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines The review found that combined use of these drugs results in serious side effects, including difficulty breathing and death. Counterfeit pills fueling fentanyl and opioid crisis, DEA reports Counterfeit prescription pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl (a synthetic opioid) have entered the US drug market.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Treatment Improvement Protocol: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders (pdf) Provides clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic pain and SAMHSA's best-practice guidelines for prevention and treatment of substance use and mental disorders—encourages cooperation and communication between health care professionals who specialize in pain management and those who focus on addiction.   APNA Continuing Education in the APNA eLearning Center: Session Contact Hrs   Co-morbidities of Diabetes and Hypertension in Adult Patients with Bipolar Illness and Schizophrenia: Medical Considerations. Using Motivational Interviewing to Help these Patients   1.

Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm APNA recognizes the devastating effects of smoking, especially among the clients served by nurses employed in mental health settings. SAMHSA reports that, compared with the general population, people with mental or substance use disorders are more likely to smoke, buy cigarettes, and get sick or die of tobacco-related causes.Through these expert-vetted resources and education, we seek to empower psychiatric-mental health nurses to increase their individual provider knowledge and skills, educate students and fellow practitioners, and implement change in employing institutions.

CVS CVS "Together We Care" Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program The CVS MinuteClinic® and Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies have created the Together We Care® Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program that will provide up to 40 nurse practitioner scholarships, 40 Masters of Science in Nursing scholarships, and 20 Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarships. Application Deadline: March 16, 2017     DELL SCHOLARS Dell Scholars Program The Dell Scholars program recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. The Dell Scholars Program emphasizes a student’s determination to succeed beyond academic record and test scores.




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Tobacco Dependence Resources
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New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
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APNA Joins White House Effort to Address Opioid Misuse and Overdose Epidemic in Communities across Nation
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