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March, 2014

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APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship Program - Apply Now
The Call for Applications for the 2014 APNA BOD Student Scholarship Program is now open! This scholarship includes registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 28th Annual Conference and one year complimentary APNA membership.  Application Deadline: May 12, 2014 |  Learn More

Annual Awards Call for Nominations
It’s time to honor the best and brightest in psychiatric-mental health nursing! Recognize a colleague for his or her exceptional work - nominate them for an APNA Annual Award! To get your nomination started, email us with the name of the nurse and the award for which you would like to nominate them. Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014  |  Learn More

APNA Names Colleen Corte as Associate Editor for its Journal 
The APNA Board of Directors has named Colleen Corte, PhD, RN, to the newly created position of Associate Editor for The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA). Full Story

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

Policy Implications of Integrated Care
In this conversation with Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Chair Peg Halter, Sharon Katz, FPMH-APRN, CRNP covers the background, key principles and models, and the current and future implications of integrated care. She also examines how psychiatric-mental health nursing can play a role in integrated care, both currently and in the future. Click here to watch the video.

Issues & Events

Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offered a statement in conjunction with a House of Representatives oversight hearing titled "Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage." "Hospital beds for individuals with mental illness who experience acute crisis are a necessary element for America's mental health care system, but there are not enough beds. Supply does not meet demand. It is not just patients who are in crisis; it is the system as well." Click here to continue reading the statement.

Psychiatric advanced practice nurses (APNs) played a critical role in supporting psychological recovery after the Boston Marathon bombing - not only for injured patients, but also for family members and hospital staff, according to an article in Clinical Nurse Specialist. Full Story

The Alzheimer's Association announced its largest ever research grant — $8 million over four years — to support the Longitudinal Evaluation of Amyloid Risk and Neurodegeneration (LEARN) study as a companion study to the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease (A4) Study, a pioneering Alzheimer's prevention trial that is starting this year. Full Story

The American Nurse's Association (ANA) is hosting a free National Nurses Week Webinar, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • 1:00 pm edt. Scheduled speakers include Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN and Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN. Details and registration information for this free webinar will be posted as they become available on nursingworld.org.

Join SAMHSA’s Voice Awards program to recognize television and film professionals whose work educates the public about behavioral health and demonstrates that people with mental health and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives in their communities. If you know of a television or film production that aired in a public setting after April 15, 2013, which contains a positive behavioral health storyline, please nominate it for a 2014 Voice Award. Click here for more information.

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel recommends that the Department of Defense use only evidence-based methods to screen for and prevent psychological disorders among military personnel and their families, and follow up by evaluating those programs more effectively to see how well they work, reported Psychiatric News. Full Story

Nationally 42.5 million adult Americans (18.2%) experienced any mental illness in the past year. Among the states, levels ranged from 14.7% of adults in New Jersey to 22.3% of adults in Utah, according to a SAMHSA report, State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness for the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Serious mental illness, a mental disorder that causes substantial functional impairment (i.e., significantly interfering with or limiting a major life activity), affected 9.3 million adult Americans (4%) nationwide in the past year. Among the states the range of variation was less pronounced – from 3.1% of adults in New Jersey to 5.5% of adults in West Virginia. Full Story

Three new studies suggest that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers suffer from some type of mental health issue, at rates higher than those seen in the general population. Full Story


Under pressure from patients, pharmaceutical companies and members of Congress from both parties, the Obama administration withdrew a proposal that would have allowed insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia, reported the New York Times on the Web. Full Story

The Federal Trade Commission issued a policy paper suggesting that state legislators should be cautious when evaluating proposals to limit the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses, reported Nurse.com. By limiting the range of services APRNs may provide and the extent to which they can practice independently, such proposals may reduce competition that benefits consumers, the paper states. Full Story To download the full report click here.

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a Frequently Asked Questions document clarifying the circumstances under which healthcare providers are obligated to, permitted to, or prohibited from sharing information about patients who have a mental health diagnosis. Full Story

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill Wednesday to expand prescribing authority for nurses and help meet rising demand for medical services under the Affordable Care Act. Advanced practice registered nurses already are allowed to prescribe some low-level drugs under collaborative agreements with doctors, but Senate Bill 7 allows them to prescribe independently after four years. The bill also will create an advisory panel to oversee prescribing agreements between doctors and nurses, reported Courier-Journal.com. Full Story


The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has endorsed 20 quality measures focused on behavioral health, addressing issues such as depression screening and treatment response, medication management, and alcohol and tobacco abuse. Several endorsed measures are also part of The Joint Commission’s Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS) core measure set, some of which will be publicly reported starting in April 2014. Full Story

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