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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 Position Statement: PMH-APRNs

APNA statement and supporting evidence that PMH-APRNs (CNSs and NPs) share the same core competencies of clinical and professional practice.

CNS Census

Results from a nationwide surveys of CNSs conducted by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Cost Analysis Toolkit: A Business Guide for CNSs

From NACNS, a toolkit to help CNSs use business and cost analysis tools to better describe CNS contributions to healthcare.
Substance UseTobacco & Nicotine

Billing Guide for Tobacco Screening & Cessation

From the American Lung Association, a June 2018 billing guide for tobacco screening and cessation.
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Billing Guide Addendum for Behavioral Health

September 2019 billing guide addendum for behavioral health from the American Lung Association.

The Nurse’s Role in Addressing Discrimination: Protecting and Promoting Inclusive Strategies in Practice Settings, Policy, and Advocacy

American Nurses Association position statement.

Prescribing for Older Veterans with PTSD

An overview of best practices for prescribing to older veterans with PTSD.

Working with African American/Black Patients

American Psychiatric Association presents this webinar including historical context and best practices.
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Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders

Two free webinars for RNs & APRNs to educate and empower those who provide care to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic.
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General Principles for Use of Pharmacological Agents to Treat Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA 2012 manual with general principles to assist in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of pharmacologic approaches to support the recovery of individuals with co-occurring disorders.
Substance UseTobacco & Nicotine

Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2015 recommendations about the effectiveness of tobacco smoking cessation services for patients without related signs or symptoms.
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APNA Nursing Competencies for Treating Tobacco Use Disorders

TUD competencies that are consistent with the nursing scope of practice.