Skip to Main Content

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
About PMH-APRNs