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February, 2014

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President's Message: Shine a Light on It!
Recently, the profile of mental illness and mental health treatment have been advanced through professional journals, list-serve feeds, The Affordable Care Act, the President's National Conference on Mental Health, Veterans' Mental Health needs, and even the high profile debates about the DSM-5. The progress in the ways health care providers perceive and respond to the mental health needs of patients is encouraging. (Cont'd)

Member Profile: Joseph Holshoe on Sleep & Antidepressants 
"There are many misconceptions about antidepressants and sleep," says Joseph Holshoe, MSN, PMHNP-BC, a Commander in the US Public Health Service and a Behavioral Health Consultant at the Naval health Center New England. "Many 'sedating' antidepressants disrupt and impair sleep and the sedating effects we desire may come from broken and ineffective sleep architecture." (Cont'd)

Member News
Op-ed co-authored by Kirstyn Kameg published by the Pittsburgh Gazette; Darlene Pederson's Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing - PsychNotes: Clinical Pocket Guide 4th edition awarded First Place by the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards; Op-ed by R. John Repique published by the Miami Herald; R. John Repique featured in Oncology Nurse Advisor article; Article by Donna Riemer published in SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice Highlights Newsletter; Judith Shindul-Rothschild given the Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award by MARN; Susie Adams, Edie Barbero, and Theresa Adelman-Mullally recognized as 100 Inspiring Nursing Professors to Watch in 2014. Learn More

Annual Conference: Less than 1 week to submit an abstract! 
Share your knowledge; connect with colleagues; and further psychiatric-mental health nursing by adding to the literature and reaching an audience without limits: Submit an abstract by Tuesday, March 4th, for consideration as a presentation at the APNA 28th Annual Conference. Submit an Abstract!

CPI: Register now - Save $75, Earn up to 20 Continuing Education Contact Hours
Come for the exciting program packed with info on the latest pharmacology treatments and research...stay for the camaraderie and opportunity to earn up to 20 continuing education contact hours. Program highlights include keynote addresses by Marcus Heilig, MD, PhD, the Clinical Director for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and Xavier Amador, PhD, founder and head of the LEAP Institute. Bonus: Registering by June 2nd will save you $75! Learn More

Meet your Champions: Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation
On the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, the need to address the alarmingly high rate of tobacco use in persons with psychiatric-mental illness and/or substance use disorders is more pressing than ever. We are therefore proud to be helping 13 psychiatric-mental health nurses implement their grassroots smoking cessation initiatives through the Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. These nurses, both RNs and APRNs who work in a variety of settings, will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, support in an online community, and complimentary registration to the APNA 28th Annual Conference. After implementation, the programs' strategies and evaluation results will be disseminated through APNA continuing education programs and publications - so stay tuned! Learn More

Recovery Pearl: Self Awareness Reflections
By Connie Noll MA, BSN, RN-BC & brought to you by the APNA Recovery Council
Mirror, mirror, to be fair;
Am I ready for who’s out there?
Genuine, authentic, fully present, sincere
Can I coach them through their fear?
Am I ready to engage, connect, and empathize?
Can I really imagine life through their eyes?
Can I get past my own feelings, distractions, and noise?
Do I truly have something to give, unassuming, and with poise?
Will I preach, coerce, lecture, or rule?
Or let self-empowerment be their tool?

JAPNA: January/February Issue Now Online
Check out this issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for the latest scholarly articles on topics such as the mental health of partners of Veterans with PTSD, neighborhood characteristics and depression among sexual minority young adults, and electronic health records. Plus, you can find the abstracts from last year's Annual Conference oral presentations published in this issue. Access to this content is free for APNA members and available to nonmembers through April 2, 2014. Learn More

Celebrate! Be proud of who you are because of what you do.
In this video, Team Intelligence in Action: The Key to Nursing Voice and Patient Safety, Suzanne Gordon reminds you that you are not "just a nurse". She celebrates nurses and encourages you to find your voice and harness the power that you have as a nurse to ensure patient safety. View the Video

Resource Roundup
  • Integrated Care Resources: Core Competencies for Integrated Care from SAMHSA and the Annapolis Coalition
  • Grants & Scholarships: 5th Annual Scholarship Competition for Graduate Students & Mental Health Trainees; Beck Institute Faculty Scholarship Competition; online nursing scholarship database
  • Other Educational Opportunities: Free CE! NSO 2/27 webinar - Nurse Practitioner Liability Update: A Three-part Approach; 2014-2015 APNA Endorsed CPNP Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Course - Discounted price for members
  • Child & Adolescent Resources: SAMHSA 6-part webinar series on girls' behavioral health

New Members: 405 new members since December!

Issues & Events

Three non-profit organizations are uniting to encourage further study into the similarities and differences between the two most common brain diseases, which affect tens of millions of people worldwide. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), the Alzheimer's Association and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation seek to inspire scientists to envision research projects that will use existing data and/or biological samples from two large-scale biomarker studies: the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) and the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Full Story

The National Institutes of Health, 10 biopharmaceutical companies and several nonprofit organizations launched an unprecedented partnership to transform the current model for identifying and validating the most promising biological targets of disease for new diagnostics and drug development. The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) aims to distinguish biological targets of disease most likely to respond to new therapies and characterize biological indicators of disease, known as biomarkers. Through the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH), AMP partners will invest more than $230 million over five years in the first projects, which focus on Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). Full Story

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported results from the NIH-supported Citalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease Study (CitAD) clinical trial of the antidepressant citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil) as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's agitation. The results were intriguing. About 40% of the citalopram group showed significant improvement in agitation symptoms compared to 26% of those receiving the placebo. Full Story

Prepared annually by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH, the latest update of the 2012-2013 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Seeking the Earliest Interventions is now available online. Click here to view the report.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a new fact sheet designed to help mental health and substance abuse service providers make the transition to the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) code sets. Full Story

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Nursing Research Grant (NRG) Program. The program will provide up to $225,000 in research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Full Story

HRSA is accepting applications for licensed registered nurses (nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses are encouraged to apply) or nurse faculty to serve in hospitals and clinics in some of America's neediest communities. Applications are due no later than 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 27. Click here for more information.

U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner fourth and registered nurse sixth in its list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2014. The online publication noted nurse practitioners' broad range of capabilities and their independent practice authority in many areas as reasons for the high ranking. Full Story


In a rare display of unanimity, the 24 members of the Senate Finance Committee have sent a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the agency to roll back a proposal that would drastically limit consumers' access to mental health drugs. The letter strongly urges CMS to preserve the Medicare Six Protected Classes policy "as it exists today." Full Story

The AANP urges you to contact your Representative TODAY and ask that they refrain from signing a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) regarding the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) guidelines to modernize its Nursing Handbook. The VHA has proposed to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to be recognized as Full Practice Providers within the VHA system. Reps. Grimm's and Kirkpatrick's letter opposes this proposal supporting APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. AANP asks that you support the VHA's efforts and ask your Members of Congress to refrain from signing the Reps. Grimm/Kirkpatrick Dear Colleague letter. View the letter sent to the House of Representatives by APNA and other members the Nursing Community.

Despite opposition from physician groups, a Florida House select committee overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would give additional power to nurse practitioners - including allowing them to provide care without doctor supervision, reported NorthEscambia.com. Full Story

The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee is discussing a bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses more freedom to perform medical services without the direct supervision of a physician, reported The Wichita Business Journal. Full Story

In Connecticut, nurse practitioners would be allowed to treat patients and prescribe medications independently under a proposal by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration, a potentially significant - and controversial - change in the medical landscape aimed at expanding access to primary care, reported The CT Mirror. Full Story

As a result of the Fiscal Year 2014 "Consolidated Appropriations Act" (P.L. 113-76), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide expanded help to meet the mental health needs of individuals, families and communities across the nation. The $276 million additional funding above the FY13 post-sequestration level will enable SAMHSA to better address the mental health needs of the nation's children and young people - including those most at risk for serious mental illnesses. Full Story


The US Department of Defense (DoD) must conduct more rigorous evaluation of programs aimed at improving the psychological health and well-being of members of the military and their families, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In a recent report, the IOM states that many of the programs developed and instituted by the DoD to prevent negative psychiatric outcomes in military members lack a solid evidence base and are evaluated infrequently, reported Medscsape. Full Story

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