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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.

APNA CareerLine International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations Government Health Mental Health Mental Health Associations Mental Health Conferences Nursing Research, Foundations & Scholarship Behavioral Practice Guidelines           International Psychiatric Nursing Organizations Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses HandsOnScotland 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 (Back to Top) Government   Americans with Disabilities Act Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion National Center for Health Statistics FedStats Military Connection National Science Foundation Library of Congress U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) AHRQ - Mental Health healthfinder.

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.

APNA Position Paper: Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units A Call for New Staffing Models - Position Statement Introduction Ensuring proper Registered Nurse (RN) staffing levels on inpatient psychiatric-mental health units is vital given the increasing severity of illness of hospitalized mental health patients and the mounting evidence that nurse staffing levels influence outcomes. Furthermore, nurses maintain 24-hour accountability for all aspects of inpatient care. Abundant evidence exists that the risk for adverse outcomes rises as the ratio of patients to nursing staff increases.

Failure to Act Equals Harm:  The time to act is now. Smoking Cessation Position Statement Approved by APNA Board of Directors October 14, 2008, provides the rationale for the American Psychiatric Nurses~ Association position that Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm. Clinical Practice Guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, sponsored by the Public Health Service, includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence.

APNA has partnered with several publishing companies in order to offer its members discounts on select publications. American Nurses Credentialing Center 10% discount on the following ANCC materials: Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Review & Resource Manual, 4th Edition (Regular: $134.00, APNA Member: $120.

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

Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Resources 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). About APRN-PMHs Learn more about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse with FAQs, brochures to download and more.

Substance Use Guides, screening tools, FAQs, continuing education and more from organizations such as SAMHSA, NIDA, and APNA Integrated Care FAQs and a general background on the topic, tools, examples of initiatives and best practices, and continuing education Military and PTSD Resources regarding Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD treatment options, and tips for civilian health care professionals       Child and Adolescent Resources covering topics such as child and adolescent trauma, depression, suicide, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more Emergency Nursing Resources from the Emergency Nurses Association, an Emergency Care Psychiatric Clinical Framework, webcasts, and more Geropsych Nursing Resources from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, helpful links, and continuing education on caring for older adults.       Multiple Chronic Conditions Resources include a framework issued by the HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions and APNA continuing education Recovery Information on free webinars, links to guidebooks, brochures, kits, fact sheets, and more     APNA is not responsible for the content of external websites. .

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        

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.

Year: Medication:  Abilify (aripiprazole) Addyi Antipsychotics Aripiprazole Aristada Belsomra Brintellix Buprenorphine and naloxone Probuphine Clozapine Cymbalta Daytrana Diazepam Effexor Farxiga Fentanyl and Opioids Geodon Hysingla ER Lunesta Methylphenidate Naloxone/Evzio Naltrexone Olanzapine 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         2016 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. 5 new buprenorphine and naloxone medications approved Bunavail, Suboxone (tablet), Suboxone (film), Subutex, and Zubsolv have been approved. FDA approves first buprenorphine implant Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, has been approved as a six-month implant.

STATE OF ALASKA SHARP-I Carryover – Behavioral Health Specific Solicitation Alaska’s SHARP Program offers support-for-service in the form of educational loan repayment for successful applicants. The purpose of the SHARP Program is to provide clinicians in medically underserved areas of Alaska. This is a two year commitment.




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