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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

APNA Essentials of Caring for Persons Who Are Diagnosed with Personality Disorders

Recovery-based resource to assist nurses in caring for those who meet the criteria for a personality disorder diagnosis, as well as help nurses avoid judgment and decrease stigma. Created

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

American Nurses Association position statement.
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Strategies to De-Escalate Aggressive Behavior

AHRQ guide of effective health care program strategies to de-escalate aggressive behavior in psychiatric patients.
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Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

OSHA guide for preventing workplace violence.
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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!

Working with African American/Black Patients

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

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.
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APNA Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice

APNA professional standards of practice related to the use of seclusion and restraint.
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APNA Seclusion & Restraint Position Paper

APNA Position Statement on use of seclusion and restraint.