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May, 2017

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Featured Free CE: Building & Sustaining Resilience for Nurse Leaders in Mental Health Nursing

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Patient Satisfaction Discharge Survey

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President's Message: Self Care for Nurses Week
How often do you take time for yourself? We nurses often forget to care for ourselves with the same dedication as we care for others. Earlier this month we celebrated Nurses Week. Nurses Week (which falls squarely within Mental Health Month), presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on our own mental health. (Read more)

APNA Nurses in Action: Linda Beeber recognized with AAN Edge Runner Award
Psychiatric-mental health nurses defy categorization. They work on the edge where mind, body, and spirit meet. Linda Beeber exemplifies this in her research, which recently merited her an American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Edge Runner Award. (Learn more about Linda's work.)

Member News
Linda Beeber Designated American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner; Bernadette Melnyk receives AONE 2017 Nurse Researcher Award; Joshua Hamilton, Ursula Kelly, and Laura Leahy to be inducted to 2017 AANP Fellowship. (Learn More)

Save on Liability Insurance with CPI
Attend 6 hours of approved APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) sessions (either in person or online) to be eligible for a 10% non-cumulative credit to your base professional liability premium through NSO and HPSO. 12 CPI sessions have been approved and registration includes both in-person and online access to the sessions. Pre-registration closes June 2 - get registered today! (More Info  |  Register now!)

2017 APNA Elections
Make your voice heard by voting in the 2017 APNA Elections! Browse the Online Election Guide to get to know each candidate and the positions,then vote online. (Vote Now!)

Whole Health Begins with Mental Health – Let it Begin with You
Remember to take care of your own mental health! In honor of Mental Health Month, APNA released two free CNE sessions focusing on self-care and resilience (in addition to the four free monthly sessions available to members). Additionally, APNA members from across the country contributed to a self care tip sheet for nurses, which is now available to all. (Mental Health Month resources)

Free MAT Waiver Training Now Available
24 hours of continuing nursing education on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders is now available to you for free! Jointly provided by APNA and the Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), this training enables APRNs with prescriptive authority to meet the education requirement for obtaining a MAT waiver under CARA 2016. (Learn more about waiver training.)

Featured Resource: The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction
Chair of the APNA Addictions Council Matt Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC spoke with us to highlight "The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction", Chapter 2 of the recent Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. "[It] is essential reading for all nurses at all levels," he says. Matt gave us a quick summary of the chapter here: Neurobiology of Substance Use at a Glance

Resource Roundup

  • Recovery Resources: SAMHSA Educational Opportunities: Integrated Practice: Recovery-oriented approaches to screening, intake and monitoring and Clinical Decision Support for Prescribers Treating Individuals With Co-occurring Disorders
  • APRN Resources: National Council Medical Director Institute white paper: The Psychiatric Shortage
  • RN Resources: National Council Medical Director Institute white paper: The Psychiatric Shortage
  • Multiple Chronic Conditions Resources: Management of Chronic Pain: A Core Curriculum for Primary Care Providers now available; Comparison of Physical Health Conditions among Adolescents Aged 12 to 17 with and without Major Depressive Episode
  • Organizational Responses: New letter to the Joint Commission in support of proposed revisions to the National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide for hospitals
  • Recovery Council: Call for video submissions sharing stories of recovery
  • Free CE: Webinar: Managing the Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Medication Updates: FDA approves Ingrezza, the first drug to treat tardive dyskinesia
  • APNA Advocacy: New letter from Nursing Community in support of Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act and the National Institute of Nursing Research; New letter from Nursing Community in support of HRSA's Nursing Workforce Development programs
  • Tobacco Dependence/Smoking Cessation Resources: American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation's Tobacco Atlas

New Members: 610 New Members since March!

Issues & Events

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the formation of a new federal interagency initiative to better address serious mental illness across the nation. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was created under the 21st Century Cures Act to foster coordination of all federal efforts related to serious mental illness. SAMHSA is responsible for managing the ISMICC. The committee will be comprised of representatives from federal government agencies as well as members of the public. SAMHSA issued a notice in the Federal Register calling nominations for non-federal committee members to be submitted by June 2, 2017. Full Story

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and drugstore chain Walgreens announced a collaborative agreement, which will help improve mental health care for Veterans through enhanced education, access to resources and outreach.  VA, VFW and Walgreens will work together to reach Veterans in communities across the country with targeted initiatives to address mental health awareness and treatment, Veteran suicide prevention and opioid overdose education. Full Story

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems. The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs, for individuals who are 25 years of age or older, that are designed raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 13 grantees with up to $700,000 per year for up to 5 years. The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds. Full Story

In a recent webinar, Dr. Cristina Cusin addresses Ketamine, an anesthetic drug that in very small doses has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression within hours—even in patients who did not improve with other treatments. Ketamine has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. Full Story

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) recently added traumatic brain injury (TBI) network sites at Fort Gordon, GA; Fort Drum, NY; and at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, TX. These sites help DVBIC spread the word among the military community about the latest in TBI research and treatment according to DVBIC deputy director Katherine Helmick. Full Story

One third or more of adults diagnosed with major depression have depression with mixed features and probably would do better taking an antipsychotic than an antidepressant, concludes an international panel of experts. For patients with a major depressive episode (MDE) with mixed features (depression with some mania), antidepressants typically "don't work or might make the patient worse and could even induce mania itself or suicidality," Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, and chairman, Neuroscience Education Institute in Carlsbad, California, told Medscape Medical News. Full Story

The Mood Challenge for ResearchKit announced that the winner of its $200,000 grand prize is BiAffect, a new study for understanding mood and neurocognitive functioning in bipolar disorder. The Challenge is a New Venture Fund program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and powered by Luminary Labs. BiAffect uses keystroke dynamics such as typing speed and errors and other passive data sources to track and predict mood episodes. Full Story

Winona State University, Rochester, MN, will offer a new psychiatric mental health program, reported the Post Bulletin. After the announcement that a local psychiatric inpatient unit closed, due to a lack of providers, WSU determined it would open a psychiatric-mental health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate program. Full Story


The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) are celebrating the announcement that Congress will pass a $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the FY2017 budget. Full Story

Nearly 750 more practitioners around the country are now equipped to help patients fight opioid addiction, thanks to two federal agencies, reported Becker's Hospital Review. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration have approved licenses for 560 nurse practitioners and 184 physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine, an anti-addiction medication for opioids that helps repress cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Full Story

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and sustain a national strategy to recognize and support the 43 million family caregivers in the United States. This bipartisan legislation has been endorsed by a number of aging and disability organizations including the AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association. Full Story

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill that allocates $1 million for suicide prevention over the next two years, reported The Washington Times. The bill allocates $250,000 to implement efforts to reduce Native American youth suicide and $250,000 in grant money to help schools implement suicide prevention programs. Another $500,000 would help fund ongoing efforts to prevent suicide including those carried out by veteran organizations and Native American groups. Full Story


The National Quality Forum's (NQF) recent endorsement of 11 quality measures of patient safety includes three measures developed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) to address the use of opioids at high dosage or from multiple providers, with appropriate exclusions, including cancer patients. These are the first NQF-endorsed measures intended to address the nation’s devastating—and growing—opioid epidemic. Full Story

A new study from the June 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, AZ. Lean methodology is defined as “a well-defined set of tools that increase customer value by eliminating waste and creating flow throughout the value system,” according to The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. Lean’s focus on the engagement of frontline staff in problem solving also is a common catalyst for organizational change. Full Story

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