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APNA Position Papers

APNA position papers state positions officially endorsed by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as authorized by the Board of Directors. They are intended to advance the profession of psychiatric-mental health nursing and discuss issues in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing of vital interest to the public and the membership. Position Paper Process & Guidelines

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Approved January 2011; Revised July 2021


Nurse Assessment & Management of Suicide Risk

Approved February 2015; Revised December 2020
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment & Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide


Violence Prevention

Approved March 2017; Revised November 2020
Violence Prevention Resources


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing’s Role in Tobacco Treatment

Approved October 2008; Revised July 2020
Nursing Competencies for Treating Tobacco Use Disorders


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses’ Role in Primary Care

Approved February 2013; Revised July 2020


APRNs Prescribing Buprenorphine & Buprenorphine/Naloxone

Approved July 2013; Revised June 2020
APNA MAT Waiver Training


Adoption of Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Approved September 2012; Revised June 2020
SBIRT Pocket Card for Nurses


Mental Health Policy: Whole Health Begins with Mental Health

Approved March 2017; Revised April 2020


State of the World’s Nursing

Approved April 2020


Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders

Approved June 2019
Ketamine Treatment Considerations Checklist


Care of Detainees & Prisoners

Approved March 2019; Reviewed February 2020


Use of Seclusion & Restraint

Approved 2000; Revised May 2007; Revised April 2014; Revised March 2018
APNA Seclusion & Restraint Standards of Practice


Future of Nursing

Approved October 2015; Reviewed February 2020


Scope & Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Approved June 2014; Reviewed February 2020
Scope & Standards Publication


Staffing Inpatient Units

September 2011; Currently under review & revision


Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education Recommendations

Approved February 2011; Reviewed February 2020
LACE Information & Resources


Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses

Approved October 2010; Reviewed February 2020