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January, 2017

Members' Corner
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Featured CE: The Assessment and Management of Impulsive and Compulsive Subtypes of Severe Trauma-related Disorders

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President's Message - Shift the Paradigm: Share Your Expertise
Last year we asked our attendees what they found most valuable at the APNA Annual Conference. What was one of the top responses? The sheer diversity of topics covered by the sessions and poster presentations. I think this speaks to how well we understand that there are many threads of knowledge on which we must have a grasp in order to help our clients move towards whole health. Starting of course, with mental health. (Keep reading Kris's message.)

Profile of Frey Seagrove-Nelson, APNA Annual Conference Presenter
Jeffrey "Frey" Peter Seagrove-Nelson presented for the first time at the APNA 30th Annual Conference in Hartford, CT, this past October. His session, "Sexual Health Assessments with Special Attention to Sexual and Gender Minority Populations", was highly rated by attendees for for its clear information and perspective on addressing sexual health concerns. We spoke to Frey about what drew him to this topic, what he hopes nurses will take away from his session, and his thoughts on presenting at the APNA Annual Conference. (See Frey's comments.)

Q&A with Jaclene Zauszniewski, Nurse Researcher
APNA Member Jaclene Zauszniewski, professor and nurse researcher at Case Western University, recently received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct one of the first studies of ways that family caretakers can maintain and improve their health. We spoke with Jaclene about her research and the importance of nursing research in general. (Hear from Jaclene.)

Get Involved: Submit an Abstract or Research Proposal
Looking for ways to get involved with APNA or further your professional goals? APNA seeks psychiatric-mental health nurses with varying expertise to submit abstracts for the APNA Annual Conference this October in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more about submitting an abstract for consideration as a podium presentation or poster presentation. (Deadline is March 6, 2017.) Additionally, APNA is now accepting proposals for the APNA Research Grants. These grants are intended to seed new investigators who are beginning their scholarly careers and vary from $1,000 - $10,000 per award. If you are a new nurse researcher, submit a research proposal before February 27, 2017.

Member News
Bernadette Melnyk appointed to National Academy of Medicine's "Action Collaborative"; Kristin Toney pens piece on the importance of human connection in healing. (Learn More)

Resource Roundup

  • Grants and Scholarships: APNA Research Grants; Dell Scholars Program for students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education; CVS Together We Care Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program
  • APNA Advocacy: Three new letters from the Nursing Community to the 115th Congress and to the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Press Releases: APNA Accepting Abstracts for 31st Annual Conference
  • Suicide Prevention Trainings: Three training opportunities available in Grand Rapids, MI; one training opportunity available in Hendersonville, NC
  • Medication Updates: FDA revises risk of mental health side effects of Chantix and Zyban
  • Organizational Responses: Letter from the Nursing Community explaining their priorities to the Presidential Transition Team; letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs on the recent rule regarding APRN practice authority
  • JAPNA Reviewer Resources: A manual and webinar are now available for those interested in reviewing manuscripts for JAPNA
  • Free CE: AHRQ modules on preventing in-facility falls, managing insomnia disorder, and medication reconciliation during transitions of care
  • Tobacco Dependence/Smoking Cessation Resources: New resources to support smoking cessation; upcoming webinar on engaging professional colleagues in tobacco dependence initiatives

New Members: 453 New Members since November!

Issues & Events

DSM-5 Pocket Guide for Elder Mental Health by Dr. Wang, a geriatric psychiatrist, and co-author psychiatrist Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD, of Denver Health and University of Colorado, puts easy-to-read information on elder mental health problems and treatment at the fingertips of primary care and other physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers as well as family members familiar with the day-to-day activities of the older adult to help secure the correct diagnosis and treatment. Full Story

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders. The eight states HHS selected for this demonstration program include Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. States have until July 1, 2017 to begin their two-year demonstration programs. Full Story

A recent VA study points to a possible breakthrough in differentiating between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), otherwise known as a concussion. The two disorders often carry similar symptoms, such as irritability, restlessness, hypersensitivity to stimulation, memory loss, fatigue and dizziness. Scientists have tried to distinguish between mTBI and PTSD in hopes of improving treatment options for Veterans, but many symptom-based studies have been inconclusive because the chronic effects of the two conditions are so similar. If someone is rating high on an mTBI scale, for example, that person may also rate high for PTSD symptoms. Full Story

It is likely to be at least 10 years before any new generation of antidepressants comes to market, despite evidence that depression and anxiety rates are increasing across the world, reported Reuters. The depression drug pipeline has run dry partly due to a "failure of science" they said, but also due to big pharma pulling investment out of research and development (R&D) in the neuroscience field because the profit potential is uncertain. Full Story

The American public has again ranked nurses as the professionals with the highest honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. The annual poll marks the 15th consecutive year that nurses have been ranked the most trusted out of a wide spectrum of professions. Full Story

A San Diego nonprofit is taking an unorthodox approach to help seniors cope with Alzheimer's disease. It's building a fake town modeled after 1950s American culture for them to spend time during the day. The village is modeled on San Diego in the 1950s, complete with vintage cars, period music, payphones and shops from the pre-shopping mall, pre-Wal-Mart era. The nonprofit says research suggests this type of visual reminder might improve cognitive function and quality of life of Alzheimer's patients over 65, reported NPR. Full Story

College campuses across the U.S. have seen an increased demand for mental health counseling centers, but students aren’t necessarily developing more mental problems than they were a decade ago. Instead, it’s more likely that the boom in campus interventions is a result of greater mental health awareness and prevention efforts according to the 2016 Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) Annual Report. Click here to access the report.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized changes to Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, (42 CFR Part 2) to facilitate health integration and information exchange within new health care models while continuing to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorders. In addition to the Final Rule, HHS is also issuing a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) today. The SNPRM is being issued to seek public input on some additional clarifications and suggestions, especially regarding the important role of contractors, subcontractors and legal representatives in the health care system with respect to payment and health care operations. Full Story

As part of a larger effort to address Montana's decades-long place among the states with the highest suicide rates, state mental health officials are recommending a significant number of health care providers be trained in depression and suicide prevention screening, reported the Billings Gazette. The Montana Suicide Mortality Review Team included in its 2016 annual reportĀ a recommendation for mandatory suicide prevention and risk assessment training for primary care providers that could help them better recognize, address and find help for people at risk. Full Story

Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but this did not translate into an increase in treatment, with the result that a huge, unmet need remains, new research shows. Investigators, led by Brendan Saloner, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, found only very minimal increases in treatment of mental health disorders and no increase in treatment of substance use disorders after the ACA was passed, reported MedScape. Full Story


In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among U.S. health care workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching a wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being and resilience. To date, more than 20 professional and educational organizations have committed to the NAM-led initiative, which will identify priorities and collective efforts to advance evidence-based solutions and promote multidisciplinary approaches that will reverse the trends in clinician stress and ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Full Story

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