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January, 2012

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President's Message
Happy New Year! Time is flying by and I'm pleased to report that 2012 is starting out strong for us at APNA. In a few weeks the APNA Board of Directors will be meeting to discuss our biggest agenda item currently on the table - revising APNA's strategic plan. The strategic plan is what guides the association - setting out specific goals and ways to achieve those goals - and in a broader sense it defines the envisioned future of APNA. We have asked for your input to inform and guide us as we revise the plan. Thanks to all of you who we have heard from; your input is invaluable in this process. The APNA staff is busy collating your responses, which are what will essentially steer our strategic planning meeting. (Cont'd)

Member Profile: Sharon Katz
Sharon Katz is an advanced practice psychiatric nurse in Pennsylvania for whom the ability to work within the full scope of her practice is central: "I have always taken my commitment to psychiatric nursing personally, and work to provide what is needed in my community to decrease the obstacles to good mental health care and recovery," she says. "Advocating for the clinical role, recognition, and scope of practice of the psychiatric advanced practice nurse is essential to my every day practice." Having just finished a PMH NP program at the University of Pennsylvania, Katz will be sitting for the exam in a couple of weeks. (Cont'd)

CPI Conference: Preliminary Info
The APNA 10th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute will be held June 14-17, 2012 in Reston, Virginia. In keeping with this year's theme, Partners for Recovery: Integrative Treatments and Complex Psychiatric Disorders, topics addressed will include: distress screening for cancer patients, ADHD across the lifespan, military culture and psychopharmacology considerations, risk avoidance/management, delirium and toxicology, clinical pharm updates in substance use disorders, co-morbid mental and medical health issues, and more. For budgeting purposes, we provide the following estimated costs: The early bird member registration rate will be $395 and the hotel room rate for single/double will be $132 for Thursday through Sunday nights. Look for registration to open in mid-late February!

Continuing Education: Podcasts from the 25th Annual Conference
47 podcasts of sessions from the 25th Annual Conference are now available in the APNA eLearning Center for CE contact hours. PMHNs and consumers share their expertise and unique perspectives in these podcasts, which can be downloaded as mp3s and listened to on-the-go! Full conference attendees can access this continuing education content for free using their attendee bonus points. Non-conference attendees can get a sneak peek of a session recording by ordering the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council Interactive Panel podcast, which is available for free to all members. Made available as they are reviewed & approved for credit, look for more of these sessions to be posted over the next several weeks. More Info

Annual Conference: Call for Abstract Proposals
The 2012 Call for Abstract Proposals is open! The Scholarly Review Committee invites you to submit an abstract proposal to be considered for presentation at the APNA 26th Annual Conference. Those interested should submit their abstract proposals via the online submission site by March 5, 2012. Submissions will undergo an extensive peer review and will be considered for 2-hour preconference sessions, 45-minute concurrent sessions, 20-minute mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations. Call for Abstract Proposals

Member News: Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
APNA member Nancy Hanrahan has been appointed to the National Quality Forum's Steering Committee for its Behavioral Health project. This project works to establish national priorities for improving the delivery of behavioral health services, achieving better behavioral health outcomes, and improving the behavioral health of the U.S. population, especially those with mental illness and substance abuse. Congratulations, Dr. Hanrahan!

APNF Research Grants: Apply by 2/15!
The deadline to apply for an APNF research grant is just a couple weeks away! Psychiatric mental health nurses in the early stages of their research careers are invited to submit a research proposal for consideration. Up to five grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded by the Foundation. More Info & Apply

Online Poster Gallery
Now everyone can enjoy the knowledge and expertise offered in the poster presentations from the APNA 25th Annual Conference! All 147 of the abstracts are available in our Online Poster Gallery and many of the poster presenters have also shared a pdf of the poster(s) they presented this past October in Anaheim. (Note: CE for viewing the posters is not available online - only conference attendees can earn CE by viewing the posters on-site.) Remember, if your abstract proposal is accepted as a poster presentation for the 26th Annual Conference, it will be featured in next year's Online Poster Gallery! Online Poster Gallery

Resource Center: New Resources
Introducing several new additions to the APNA Resource Center! Resources are from such organizations as SAMHSA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and APNA:

Member Bridge: A Refresher
APNA's members-only networking site, Member Bridge, offers a myriad of ways to connect with colleagues and share information, whether it's the daily digest emails from our All-Purpose Discussion Forum, the Committee Expert Panels which any member can join, or the online member directory. New members of APNA unfamiliar with the site and seasoned members looking for a refresher can find a comprehensive overview of its uses and functionalities in our Introduction to Member Bridge slideshow. If you have any questions about using the site, please feel free to email mtrimyer@apna.org.

Issues & Events

Across the country, ERs are facing a spike in psychiatric emergencies - attempted suicide, severe depression, psychosis - as states slash mental health services. This trend is taxing emergency rooms already overburdened by uninsured patients who wait until ailments become acute before seeking treatment, reported MSNBC. Full Story

Several top organizations may disagree over details of the ongoing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug shortage in the U.S., and how or even when it may get resolved; but for many prescribers across the country, it continues to be a very real and problematic situation. This is a situation that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said is basically out of its control. The manufacturers have said that the shortages are a result of increased demand and quotas that were set too low by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for ingredients such as amphetamine salts, reported Medscape Medical news. Full Story (Free registration required)

A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20% of this age group, experienced mental illness in the past year. The rate of mental illness was more than twice as high among those aged 18 to 25 (29.9%) than among those aged 50 and older (14.3%). Adult women were also more likely than men to have experienced mental illness in the past year (23% versus 16.8%). Full Story

An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is assessing the definition of autism. The proposed changes in the definition would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests, reported the New York Times on the Web. Full Story

Patients with major depressive disorder can be safely and effectively treated with antidepressants even if they have multiple comorbid medical conditions, a secondary analysis of a randomized trial funded by National Institute of Mental Health found, reported MedPage Today. Full Story


In an interview with RN Central, State Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, talks about her hopes to authorize, through House Bill 1195, Florida's nurse practitioners to initiate involuntary psychiatric examinations under the state's Baker Act. Prescriptive abilities for nurse practitioners in Florida is another ongoing battle that Campbell plans to continue fighting. Full Story

The Medical Society of Virginia, a physicians' advocacy group, is supporting VA House Bill 346, a bill which promotes greater flexibility by enhancing a collaborative approach between physicians and nurse practitioners. It increases the number of nurse practitioners able to work with a physician from four to six. It also removes barriers to nurse practitioners providing care in nursing homes and free clinics, reported Daily Press. Full Story

Hospitals are pushing Congress to include renewals of two Medicare programs set to expire at the end of the federal fiscal year within high-profile legislation to extend payroll tax cuts. The Medicare-dependent hospital program and the low-volume program are both scheduled to expire on Sept. 30. The American Hospital Association plans to bring hospital executives to Washington in February to lobby members of Congress for them. Meanwhile, the hospitals in the Medicare-dependent program have launched their own lobbying push for inclusion of that program in the tax bill, reported Modern Healthcare. Full Story

Twenty-six states challenging President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul filed a Supreme Court brief on January 10th arguing the law unconstitutionally expands the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. By threatening a loss of federal funds, Congress unconstitutionally coerced states into expanding their Medicaid programs, reported Yahoo Health. Full Story


First lady Michelle Obama recently told military members and veterans that more medical schools are teaming up to boost training and research on brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Obama told an audience at Virginia Commonwealth University that 105 U.S. medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine are bolstering their efforts to train students in treating brain injuries, PTSD and other mental-health issues affecting service members, reported the Huffington Post. Full Story

During the second meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, in-depth discussions took place about goals and strategies to change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease. The Department of Health and Human Services also outlined its timetable for the development of a national Alzheimer's plan with the first draft targeted for mid-February and a final plan unveiled in late spring, reported Alzheimer's Association. Full Story

Six statute changes in Kansas were made that affect advanced practice nurses, including a switch from ARNP initials to APRN. The changes, which went live Jan. 1 updated rules and regulations to fit with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Consensus Model in a move to align with other states, reported Kansas City Nursing News. Full Story

SAMHSA recently released new FAQs on 42 CFR Part 2, addressing the confidentiality of alcohol and substance use patient records. With the contemporary emphasis on electronic health records (EHRs) and health information, SAMHSA's updated "frequently asked questions," or FAQs, will better help providers navigate confidentiality issues in integrated settings and systems. Click here to read the FAQs.

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