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July, 2017

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President's Message: The Long and Short of It
What psychiatric-mental health nurses do is complex, nuanced, and rooted in science. That’s why you’ll not see the Annual Conference turned into a Twitter chat, or research articles in JAPNA cut down to a sentence, for example! That being said, our time is also incredibly valuable and that means quick access to up-to-date information is essential. (Read more)

APNA Nurses in Action: Barbara Limandri on Suicide Prevention and Nurses
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse for over 40 years, Dr. Barbara Limandri, PhD, PMHNP, BC understands that her chosen career will put her close to individuals in pain. "It is a hard job, and we must do it," she says. Dr. Limandri is currently applying her expertise to help empower all nurses in the assessment and management of suicide risk. (Hear More from Dr. Limandri on Suicide Prevention.)

Member News
Linda Beeber to join HHS interdepartmental committee on serious mental illness; Bernadette Melnyk receives Sharp Cutting Edge Award; Mona Shattell blogs on mental health for the Huffington Post; Michael Rice Serves on ClearHealth Quality Institute Advisory Panel for development of new mental health parity accreditation program. (Learn More)

Registration Open for the APNA 31st Annual Conference
Don't wait - register today for the APNA 31st Annual Conference, to be held October 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona! Conference sessions will explore the theme of Whole Health Begins with Mental Health as it relates to administration, inpatient care, RN & APRN practice, psychopharmacology, current research, and more. The Annual Conference will offer up to 26.25 continuing education contact hours onsite and an additional 100+ contact hours online after the conference. Register now to save $100! (More Info  |  Register now!)

Introducing the Recipients of the 2017 APNA Annual Awards
Nine psychiatric-mental health nurses have received the 2017 APNA Annual Awards, which recognize excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing. These members will be honored at the APNA 31st Annual Conference and throughout the year for their demonstrated excellence at their craft. Keep an eye out for profiles of these nurses coming soon. (See the full list of APNA Annual Awards recipients.)

Meet the 2017 Class of the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
The APNA Board of Directors is pleased to introduce the 2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars. These exceptional students were selected to receive complimentary membership for one year in APNA in recognition of their achievements and their dedication to psychiatric-mental health nursing. They will also receive complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA 31st Annual Conference, so please seek out these 30 students and congratulate them! (View the full list of student scholars.)

Featured Resource: Safety in Psychiatric Inpatient Care
The APNA Council for Safe Environments (CSE) formed with the intent of promoting safe environments for both nurses and patients. "[Nurses shouldn't] be afraid to be a psychiatric nurse," says Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Chair of the CSE. "Getting hurt is not a part of the job...We take extra special care to assure the safety and well being of patients who require emergency measures." (See the CSE's featured resource.)

APNA Elections Results: Welcome New Board Members & 2018 Nominating Committee!
The results are in – please welcome the new members of the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee! The following members will join the APNA Board of Directors at the APNA 31st Annual Conference in October: Gail R. Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, President-Elect; Joyce M. Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Secretary; Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS, Member-at-Large; Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Member-at-Large. In addition, Sue Brammer, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, and Barbara Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN were elected to serve on the 2018 Nominating Committee. (Get to know the new Board members and Nominating Committee.)

Resource Roundup

New Members: 422 New Members since May!

Issues & Events

ClearHealth Quality Institute™ (CHQI) – a new accreditation organization that develops standards incorporating the next generation of quality and outcome measures – is establishing comprehensive accreditation standards to promote compliance with mental health parity laws. Parity means that health insurance plans must cover mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment the same way they cover treatment for physical health conditions. APNA Board of Directors Member-at-Large Michael Rice served on the advisory panel for the organization. Full Story

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently published Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use. The report outlines the state of the science regarding prescription opioid abuse and misuse, as well as the evolving role that opioids play in pain management. Click here to access the report.

Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the U.S. each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth shows, reported MLive.com. "Despite representing only 16% of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the U.S.," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at UM's School of Nursing. Full Story

The brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease appear to show both increased bacterial populations and different proportions of specific bacteria compared to healthy brains, according to a new U.K. study which used DNA sequencing to evaluate the postmortem brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The new findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, support growing evidence that bacterial infection and inflammation in the brain may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, reported PsychCentral.com. Full Story

The pattern of brain activity in response to tests that examine emotional regulation could help identify which patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would benefit most from a form of psychotherapy, and it may point to novel therapies, reported MedScape. In the first of two articles published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, investigators showed that in patients with PTSD who had the greatest response to exposure therapy, there was a significant difference in patterns of brain activation during the performance of two of three emotional regulation tasks. Full Story

Minocycline, a broad-spectrum antibiotic frequently used to treat acne, may be a useful adjunct to improve global functioning and quality of life in people with major depressive disorder (MDD), reported MedScape. Full Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently awarded more than $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia to support their responses to the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will be used to strengthen prevention efforts and better track of opioid-related overdoses. CDC expects to announce additional funding awards for state opioid overdose prevention programs later in the summer. Full Story

NAMI announced the nationwide expansion of their flagship teen program, Ending the Silence, due to a generous gift from Former Second Lady of the U.S., Tipper Gore. The $1 million gift will enable NAMI affiliates throughout the country to adopt the early intervention program so that more middle school and high school students will have access to the program, that is designed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and help young people get the treatment they need. Full Story

A statewide education campaign is seeking to reduce suicide among middle-aged men in Massachusetts. Developed by the state Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts-based organization Screening for Mental Health, the campaign aims to increase help-seeking and awareness of suicide and mental health issues among men ages 25 to 64. The campaign website, MassMen.org, offers anonymous mental health screenings, educational information, a local resource directory, and stories of men who have experienced suicide and mental illness. Full Story

Nurse practitioners are more in demand than most physicians as states allow direct access to patients for these increasingly popular health professionals, reported Forbes. Only family physicians, psychiatrists and internists are more in demand than nurse practitioners, according to the latest snapshot into the U.S. healthcare workforce from MerrittHawkins. Full Story


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to transfer responsibility for the state's four state psychiatric hospitals, community-based mental health and addiction services, and other behavioral health programs from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health this summer, reported Philly.com. The surprise move - which has triggered concern among some lawmakers and advocates - would involve the relocation of more than 200 state workers and $975 million in state and federal funding for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Full Story


The National Institutes on Aging engaged leading experts from academia, industry and non-profit foundations, working in Alzheimer’s and other complex diseases, in a strategic planning process to help ensure that the next generation of Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) is poised to accomplish the goals of the National Alzheimer’s Plan. The 166 resulting recommendations, recently published, outline a roadmap for the Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program to leverage historical strengths and unique resources to transform the field of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research. Full Story

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is launching a new initiative to address the nation’s escalating opioid epidemic. NQF’s National Quality Partners (NQP) will bring together experts from NQF’s membership and from across the nation to develop a practical resource to help healthcare practitioners better manage their patients’ pain while reducing the risk of opioid addiction. NQP will model the new Opioid Stewardship Action Team after other successful efforts to address national healthcare challenges. Last year, NQP issued a playbook to help hospitals strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs and released an issue brief to help providers, communities, and policymakers ensure that the preferences and values of individuals with advanced illness are at the center of their care decisions. Physicians, nurses, consumers, and other Action Team members, will build on current public- and private-sector efforts to address the opioid epidemic, focusing on improving clinicians’ prescribing practices. Full Story

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration unveiled two new data reports on the state of quality assurance practices related to the workforce in substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. The quality assurance practices include continuing education requirements for staff, regularly scheduled case review with a supervisor, and case review by an appointed quality review committee. Full Story

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