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August, 2013

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President's Message
It's summertime and the livin' is easy.. Hope you are all getting a chance to chillax this summer-you earned it! But don't get so laid-back that you forget to register for APNA's Annual conference in San Antonio. Not only can you earn up to 27 continuing education contact hours by attending the exciting conference sessions, the conference also offers opportunities to review for certification exams, network with colleagues and perhaps meet in person the mentor or mentee you've connected with on Mentor Match. Cont'd

Member Profile: Katherine Baltazar - Working Amongst the Lakota
The three months Katherine Baltazar spent amongst the Lakota tribe in South Dakota after she graduated from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program were eye-opening. With the Lakota she experienced "spiritual strength." unique humor, and resilience, coupled with substance use, poverty, and teen suicide. In this combination Baltazar, who is a Catholic Medical Mission Sister, found not only a deeply-rooted empathy and desire to help, but also an opportunity for her own personal development. Cont'd

Member News
Diane Allen published an article titled Staying Safe: Re-examining Workplace Violence in Acute Psychiatric Settings; Nadine Dexter named Chief Nursing Officer of Eating Recovery Center; Gary Jobgen given the Salute to Excellence Award; Bernadette Melnyk participates in Construction of Million Hearts Educational Module and her Letter to the Editor published in The Columbus Dispatch; R. John Repique appointed to the Program Committee for the 2014  NAPHS Annual Meeting and his Op-Ed published in the Miami Herald; Matt Tierney featured in UCSF Science of Caring Publication. More Info

Recovery Pearl: A Meaningful Life as a Component of Recovery
by Jennifer Barut, MSN, RN-BC, APNA Recovery Council
A "meaningful life" describes a person's satisfaction with life and feelings of purpose. A meaningful life is about engaging in activities and with people that the person loves and that matter to him or her. Helping consumers to identify and pursue personal meaning in his or her life (for example, working at a part-time job, having the energy to play with grandchildren, or managing medications independently) will help promote recovery.

For more information explore these resources on the APNA Website: Putting Recovery into Practice, Shedding the Label..., Guide to Person-Centered Excellence.

Annual Awards: Meet the 2013 Recipients
Click on the recipients' names to learn a little bit more about their work, their achievements, and their thoughts on psychiatric mental health nursing:

Genevieve E. Chandler RN, PhD
Award for Excellence in Research

Merrie J. Kaas DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Award for Excellence in Education

Judy S. Linn BS, BSN, MS
Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

Joanne M. Matthew MS, RN, PCNS
Award for Excellence in Practice - APRN

Donna M. Riemer RN-PMHN
Award for Excellence in Practice - RN

Marian W. Roman PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Award for Innovation - Individual

Gail R. Stern MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Award for Excellence in Leadership - APRN

From last month's issue of APNA News, learn more about our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse of the Year, Jocelyn Perez, and the Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service, Helen Birkbeck.

Continuing Education: A Baker's Dozen of New CE
12 podcasts from the 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute are now online in the APNA eLearning Center. From medication and epigenetics to HIPAA and policy, this cutting edge, practical, and evidence-based continuing education will help you advance your practice and update your knowledge. www.apna.org/CPIOnline

We have a new podcast for graduate nurse educators, just in time for the new academic year: Integration of Recovery Principles for Advanced Practice Educators. Earn up to 1.0 contact hours while learning strategies for incorporating the principles of recovery into a graduate nursing program. More Info

Resource Roundup: Affordable Care Act Resources & More
In collaboration with the Health Resources and Human Services Administration, APNA has created an online resource section devoted to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its offerings include information about the upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace, free CE for healthcare professionals, print materials for distribution to consumers, and research & other information on how nurses will be affected by the ACA. www.apna.org/ACA

More new resources on the APNA Website:

  • Substance Use Resources: SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
  • Healthcare Reform Advocacy: Letter in support of the Home Healthcare Improvement Planning Act, Nursing Community letter to Marilyn Tavenner
  • TBI Resources: Neuroimaging following mTBI in the Non-Deployed Setting Clinical Recommendation
  • Nursing Report & Surveys: Archived webinar on the latest scope of practice state legislation, National Hospital Care Survey - info for participating
  • Publications Discounts Program: 20% off books by Carol Kivler for APNA members!
  • Integrated Care Resources: SAMHSA Report - Coalitions and Community Health: Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care
  • RN Resources: AHRQ Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety, Free CE from the CDC on workplace violence prevention
  • National Dialogue on Mental Health: SAMHSA toolkit for community conversations about mental health, Mental Health First Aid training program info
  • Medication Updates: New federal guidelines for managing occupational exposure to HIV, FDA Safety Alert - Benzotropine Mesylate Injection recall, FDA Safety Alert re: Zyprexa Relprevv (Olanzapine Pamoate)

Board of Directors Student Scholars: The Class of 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars! These 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students will receive registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 27th Annual Conference, October 9-12, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the scholars will enjoy one year complimentary membership in the APNA and opportunities to participate in APNA mentorships and initiatives. More Info

Position Paper: Inpatient Intervention & Suicide Prevention Training for PMHRNs
An APNA position paper entitled "Competency-based Training for Nurse Generalists: Inpatient Intervention and Prevention of Suicide" has just been published in the July/August issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. It was written by members of the Continuing Education Branch of the Education Council and was adopted as the official position of APNA by the Board of Directors in June. More Info

APNA 27th Annual Conference
In charming San Antonio and with the opportunity to earn more than 85 contact hours, you can't afford to miss the premiere event for psychiatric mental health nursing. There will be lots of time for fun and networking, too - just ask Simon and Verna! More Info

APNA a Member of the CFC Mental Health & Addiction Network
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has approved APNA's participation in the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of the Mental Health and Addiction Network. Beginning in September, federal employees will be able to designate a portion of their payroll to a charity of their choice, such as APNA. Donations will be made through payroll deductions throughout 2014. Federal Employees who would like to designate a portion of their payroll to APNA can use the CFC designation code 12516 to do so.

New Members: 471 new members since June!

Issues & Events

In response to President Obama's Executive Order, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs highlighted the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) over a five-year period. The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD - a collaboration involving the STRONG Star Consortium (www.strongstar.org) of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and VA's National Center for PTSD (www.ptsd.va.gov) - will attempt to develop the most effective diagnostic, prognostic, novel treatment, and rehabilitative strategies to treat and prevent PTSD. Full Story

The American Nurses Association (ANA) will oversee and manage day-to-day operations of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC), the organizations jointly announced. In conjunction with the transition, the Alliance unveiled its new website, www.naqc.org. NAQC, the leading nursing organization dedicated to advancing high-quality, patient-centered health care, will transition from its headquarters at The George Washington University School of Nursing. Full Story

In a recent video, Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., director, NIMH Division of Translational Research and Treatment Development, discusses the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, which he coordinates. This long-term project is incorporating genetics, imaging, cognitive science, and other levels of information to lay the foundation for a new mental disorders classification system. Click here to watch the video.

The US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) has launched a probe into the prescribing of atypical antipsychotic medications to children under Medicaid, reported MedScape. Full Story (Free registration required)

APNA encourages your health facility to participate in CDC's National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), a new survey that will collect data on health care delivery in hospital-based settings.  This study will address emerging health care issues by providing  nationally representative data on inpatient care as well as care delivered in emergency departments and outpatient units. Click here for more information.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program is now accepting applications for scholars who will engage in an intensive, two-year research program. The goals of the program are to better understand and act on the determinants of health that can reduce population health disparities, and to encourage better health outcomes. The application period is open from July 15, 2013 through September 20, 2013. Click here for more information.


Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the Protecting Access to Primary Care Act (H.R. 2986) to improve access to primary care for individuals enrolled in Medicaid. The bill will improve reimbursement rates for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other primary health care providers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presently provides improved reimbursement rates for physicians, but does not similarly increase reimbursement rates for other primary care providers like nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Full Story

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on August 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it will abandon the use of the term "mental retardation" and adopt the term "intellectual disability" in its Listing of Impairments used to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children and in other appropriate sections of its rules. Full Story

Key mental health and addiction services organizations, including the Behavioral Health IT Coalition, applauded Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA] and Rep. Ron Barber [D-AZ] for introducing the bipartisan Behavioral Health Information Technology Act. This important measure, which is fully paid for, would help psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, clinical psychologists and inpatient/outpatient addiction providers qualify for incentive payments under the HITECH Act’s "Meaningful Use" program - established to encourage the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and associated clinical quality measures to enhance patient care. Full Story


Nursing homes are using antipsychotics less and instead pursuing more patient-centered treatment for dementia and other behavioral health care, according to new data released on Nursing Home Compare in July by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Unnecessary antipsychotic drug use is a significant challenge in dementia care. CMS data show that in 2010 more than 17% of nursing home patients had daily doses exceeding recommended levels. In response to these trends, CMS launched the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in 2012. Full Story For additional data, click here.

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times, when it helps those who might otherwise be unable to afford the help they need. The National Expenditures for Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment, 1986-2009 shows that the annual growth rate for overall spending for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders was 6.1% from 2004-2007, before the recession. From 2007-2009, during the recession, that growth rate fell to 4.3%. This 1.8% point decrease was driven primarily by broader spending changes on all health care by private insurance and in state and local spending (including the state share of Medicaid) during the recession. In the midst of this decrease, an increased federal Medicaid match helped reduce state costs, which allowed State funds to support behavioral health programs during the recession that otherwise might have faced budget cuts. Full Story

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