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

American Nurses Association position statement.
Substance UsePractice

SBIRT Pocket Card for Nurses

From APNA and Opioid Response Network - Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Pocket Card for nurses. Share with your nursing colleagues!
SafetyWorkplace Violence

Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

OSHA guide for preventing workplace violence.
SafetyEmergency Management

Strategies to De-Escalate Aggressive Behavior

AHRQ guide of effective health care program strategies to de-escalate aggressive behavior in psychiatric patients.

Working with African American/Black Patients

American Psychiatric Association presents this webinar including historical context and best practices.
SafetyEmergency Management

Seclusion and Restraint: Keys to Assessing and Mitigating Risks

APNA eLearning Center webinar on seclusion and restraint on the risks associated with seclusion and restraint as well as the ability for nurses to mitigate these risks and recognize readiness
Substance UseOpioid Use Disorders

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.

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.
SafetyAssessment & Monitoring

APNA Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit

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

Key Components/Elements of a Safe Environment

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
SafetyEmergency Management

APNA Seclusion & Restraint Position Paper

APNA Position Statement on use of seclusion and restraint.
SafetyEmergency Management

APNA Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice

APNA professional standards of practice related to the use of seclusion and restraint.