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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 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

Essentials of Caring for Persons Who Are Diagnosed with Personality Disorders

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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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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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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!

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

American Nurses Association position statement.

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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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

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.

APNA Patient Engagement Toolkit

A collection of publications from a literature review by the APNA Council for Safe Environments that speak to various elements of engagement.
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APNA Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice

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