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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Resources

A collection of resources curated for psychiatric-mental health nurses: From toolkits to graduate school listings, the APNA Resource Center is your first access point for information on topics across the spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

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APNA 2022 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Workforce Data Report

PMH Nursing Workforce: Access the APNA Report This report, the first of a series of publications on the PMH Nursing Workforce, summarizes data collected through the APNA Workforce Survey. This
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APNA Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit

Quick synopses of articles related to PMH nurse assessment and monitoring, assembled by the APNA Council for Safe Environments

APNA Position Statement: Staffing Inpatient Units

2011 APNA position Statement with recommendations for determining staffing needs of inpatient psychiatric units that will protect the quality of care and the safety of both patients and staff.
SafetySafe Environments

APNA Key Components of Safety

A collection of resources selected by the APNA Council for Safe Environments to help psychiatric-mental health nurses define safe environments, identify their key components, and implement strategies within their

Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist

Developed for VA Hospitals to use to review inpatient mental health units to identify and abate environmental hazards that could increase the chance of patient suicide or self-harm. In-

Suicide Prevention Interventions and Referral/Follow-up Services: A Systematic Review

Examines recent research on suicidal self-directed violence and reviews relevant literature.
SafetySafe Environments

VA Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist

The Veterans Administration National Center for Patient Safety's Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist.
SafetySafe Environments

Supporting a Psychiatric Hospital Culture of Safety

Published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, describes the implementation of TeamSTEPPS throughout the organization and to describe the differences in team attributes prior to and following
SafetySafe Environments

Patient Safety Systems 

The Joint Commission Patient Safety Systems Chapter from their standards.

Metasynthesis of Research on the Role of Psychiatric Inpatient Nurses

An article on inpatient nursing priorities published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Development and Testing of the Combined Assessment of Psychiatric Environments

Article published in JAPNA, Development and Testing of the Combined Assessment of Psychiatric Environments: A Patient-Centered Quality Measure for Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment, on assessment of psychiatric environments.
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CDC Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses

A free, interactive course designed to help nurses better understand the scope and nature of violence in the workplace.