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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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Telemental HealthTelehealth

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Treating Suicidal Patients During COVID-19

A series of videos covering: Initiating & Making Remote Contact, Assessing Suicide Risk, and Developing a Safety Plan Remotely
Suicide Prevention

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Essential Competencies for Assessment and Management of Individuals at Risk for Suicide

Download PDF (Adapted* from Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) & American Association of Suicidality (AAS) (2008). Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals.) Preamble Competencies have
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.
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

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.
SafetyEmergency Management

APNA Seclusion & Restraint Position Paper

APNA Position Statement on use of seclusion and restraint.

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.
SafetyEmergency Management

APNA Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice

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

Suicide Risk Factors and Risk Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review

Reviews recent evidence about risk factors and risk assessment tools within Veteran and military populations to provide evidence for clinical practice guideline development specific to these populations.

Engagement as an Element of Safe Inpatient Psychiatric Environments

Link to a white paper published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association on safety and engagement