Links to organizations and resource centers whose main focus is on the prevention and treatment of substance use.
Guides & Reports
Extensive list of guides, toolkits, research reports and statistics and more from organizations such as NIH, SAMHSA, and ONDCP.
Screening Tools & Resources
Several screening tools and resources that clinicians can use to determine substance use, discuss results, and refer to treatment, if necessary.
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.
Online Continuing Education
RN-specific continuing education content designed for your daily practice.
Here you will find important information for psychiatric mental health nursing. 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.
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Psych Nursing Specialty Areas & Topics
Resources regarding nursing specialties and topics: child and adolescent, emergency, geropsychiatric nursing, military and PTSD, multiple chronic conditions, recovery, and substance use.
APNA & Joining Forces
Explore the links below to learn more about this initiative to support our Service Members and Veterans:
Updates | 2012 Joining Forces Leadership Summit | Press Release
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
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
Associated long-term health effects
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Find announcements about upcoming 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
Military Mental Health & Resiliency Discussion Group
Join the Military Mental Health & Resiliency Community on Member Bridge to discuss this important topic and swap info with your APNA colleagues. Share resources, ask questions, weigh in on issues important to military mental health.
APNA has partnered with several publishing companies in order to offer its members discounts on select publications.
Publications by Suzanne Gordon
25% off all publications by Suzanne Gordon
Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author of 12 books, including From Silence to Voice, recently published in a third edition. Suzanne’s books seek to empower nurses to advocate for themselves and their patients.
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Antipsychotic drug labels
Antipsychotics in Adults
Benzotropine Mesylate Injection
FDA Medication Updates
Medication news, updates and drug safety information on non-controlled substances.
DEA 2010 Pharmacist’s Manual
Guide to Federal Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations as they pertain to the pharmacy profession.
NIMH Mental Health Medications Guide
Types of meds used to treat mental disorders, side effects, directions for taking, and FDA warnings.
The following articles provide information about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse organized by topic, workplace setting, and/or specialty. Please contact us if you are interested in accessing any of these documents.
The role of the nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health nursing: Exploring consumer satisfaction
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Finding Our Core: The Therapeutic Relationship in 21st Century
Download Geropsychiatric Nursing Practice in the United States: Present Trends and Future Directions1
Child & Adolescent APPN
Addressing Children’s Mental Health Needs: Educational Preparation of Advanced Practice Nurses
Download Human Trafficking: Implications for the Role of the Advanced Practice Forensic Nurse2
The therapeutic management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department is an important and complicated issue. For a comprehensive listing of resources designed to aid emergency departments in improving clinical service to psychiatric patients, please visit:
Emergency Nurses Association - Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department
Emergency Nurse Association 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 Center Webinar: Advancing Suicide Prevention Practice in the Emergency Department Setting
Suicide attempts constitute an increasing proportion of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations.
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
International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations
Mental Health Associations
Mental Health Conferences
Research, Foundations & Scholarship
Behavioral Practice Guidelines
International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses
International Association of Forensic Nurses
International Nurses Society on Addictions
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
Turkish Psychiatric Nurses Association
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Americans with Disabilities Act
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
National Center for Health Statistics
National Science Foundation
Thomas, the Online Service of the Library of Congress
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration on Aging
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ - Mental Health
This area of the site is your resource concerning advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing education, practice, licensing, certification, etc. Here you will find a wealth of manuals, articles, links, and other relevant and important information for and about advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses (APPNs).
APRN Educator Toolkit
Reports & Statistics
APNA Organizational Responses and Endorsed Letters
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs about advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses
APPN Role - Click here to download articles about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse organized by topic, workplace setting, and/or specialty.
5th Annual Scholarship Competition for Graduate Students & Mental Health Trainees
Scholarships to the Beck Institute West Coast Student Workshop in San Francisco, CA, and the annual East Coast Student Workshop in Philadelphia, PA will be awarded twenty student recipients (graduate students and trainees in psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, education, and counseling may apply). Join Dr. Judith Beck and Dr.
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