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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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Self-CareSuicide Prevention

ANA Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience

ANA information on supporting nurses, who are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. APNA member Tari Dilks served on the committee that created this section
SafetySuicide Prevention

NASEM: Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities

The Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders and the Forum for Children’s Well-Being at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a three-part
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

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

These 9 APNA competencies outline the role of the PMH nurse specific to suicide prevention, which includes both systems and patient level interventions.
SafetyEmergency Management

Strategies to De-Escalate Aggressive Behavior

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

Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers

OSHA guide for preventing workplace violence.
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
SafetyEmergency Management

APNA Seclusion and Restraint Standards of Practice

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

APNA Seclusion & Restraint Position Paper

APNA Position Statement on use of seclusion and restraint.

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.
SafetySafe Environments

APNA Key Components of Safety

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

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.