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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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Substance UsePractice

Practice-Based Guidelines: Buprenorphine in the Age of Fentanyl

May 2023 guidance from Providers Clinical Support System (pdf download)
Substance Use

Addiction Language Guide

This “Shatterproof Addiction Language Guide” consists of language recommendations and resources.
Substance UseEducation

Nurses’ Substance Use Education: Massive Open Online Course

Course Goals: 1) to mainstream substance use (SU) content and develop high quality, comprehensive, SU education modules (a continuum of modules, from novice to advanced practitioner) that nurse educators can
Substance UseOpioid Use Disorders

HRSA Office of Women’s Health Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources and information to bolster care coordination services for women with opioid use disorder.
Substance UsePractice

ASSIST, Version 3.0

World Health Organization Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) includes questionnaire for clinician, patient response card, patient feedback card, and risks of injecting card. (pdf)
Substance UseData & Statistics

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy has collected national data on drug use and reported on that data for 2020.
Substance UseOpioid Use Disorders

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale

An 11-item scale designed to be administered by a clinician. Source: Wesson, D. R., & Ling, W. (2003). The Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS). J Psychoactive Drugs, 35(2),
Substance UsePractice

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Substance Use Disorder

The 2015 guideline provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems.
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!
Substance UsePractice

SBIRT Fact Sheet for Medicare and Medicaid

March 2020 CMS fact sheet provides an overview of Medicare and Medicaid coverage of SBIRT services: who may perform the services, documentation requirements, billing and coding guidance, payment information, and
Substance UseTobacco & Nicotine

Billing Guide for Tobacco Screening & Cessation

From the American Lung Association, a June 2018 billing guide for tobacco screening and cessation.
Substance UseTobacco & Nicotine

Billing Guide Addendum for Behavioral Health

September 2019 billing guide addendum for behavioral health from the American Lung Association.