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Sherry Davis, RN-PMH 2010 Award for Excellence in Practice ~ RN-PMH Sherry Davis, RN-PMH has been a psychiatric nurse for 23 years. Whether she’s coordinating a nonprofit integrated outpatient mental health clinic or working with a mobile crisis team, her practice reflects her commitment to excellence. She currently serves as coordinator of the Integrated Services Team at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville Tennessee, tenaciously advocating for her patients while also interacting, collaborating, and managing a large and diverse staff.

Dawn Vanderhoef, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC 2010 Award for Innovation ~ Individual A new idea usually starts with a problem. For Dawn Vanderhoef, DNP, RN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, the problem was communication. An Assistant Professor in the Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Program at Vanderbilt University, she especially focused on improving communication in an educational environment.

The Safety Checks survey was sent out to the membership by the Institute for Safe Environments in September of 2010.  Over 300 members filled out the survey.  Click on each question to view a summary of the responses.



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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide: Call for Comments
The Joint Commission is seeking comments on its proposed revisions to the NPSG Related to Suicide for hospitals.  |  View

Free CE of the Month: April 2017
Four sessions are available free of charge to APNA members through April 30.  |  View

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the new APNA position paper on proactive health care policies to ease the burden of mental illness and substance use disorders.  |  View

Now Accepting Applications: APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Help us find up to 30 exceptional graduate and undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students to receive the 2017 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship!  |  View

Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
CPI, to be held June 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer up to 23 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
APNA and PCSS-MAT have partnered to provide no cost MAT waiver training to nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

Tobacco Dependence Resources
Updated expert-vetted online resources from the Tobacco Dependence Branch of the APNA Addictions Council.  |  View

2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
This report speaks to key APNA activities from the past year. |  View

New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
The no cost educational sessions were designed to support nurses in all fields as they address the opioid use epidemic. |  View

New Resources on Violence Prevention
New toolkit and position paper to support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their violence prevention efforts. |  View