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I am an ARNP practicing in a community mental health center. I have a patient requesting that I fill out a disability form for her stating that she is unable to work due to her borderline personality disorder. The patient reports that she has had frequent conflicts with supervisors and peers in the work environment and that this makes it so that she is unable to work. I have spoken to her about seeking a position in which she has limited contact with others. She reports she has tried this and always ends up in conflict with her supervisor in these instances and ends up getting fired or quitting. I realize that providers frequently have bias about patients with ...
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Hello;  i am wondering if there is a mentor/ specialty group for NP who are prescribing suboxone through APNA? If not is there any interest?  Thank you Naomi Brown
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My unit is a 36 bed psychiatric unit taking ages ranging from 18 years and up with a variety of psychiatric disorders. Our patient's have a variety of co-morbidities but usually come to our unit "medically stable." Currently we are charting a head to toe physical assessment twice a day, a mental status nursing note twice a day, plus other charting like education, fall risk, IPOC, delirium assessment, pain assessment, braden, and on the early warning system (EWSS). All this charting takes nursing's time away from the bedside with patients. I am wanting to decrease the amount of charting nursing is required to do. For those of you that work on units similar to ...
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After the recent repeated incidents of mass violence in our communities, APNA is pursuing a course of action in response. Here are the beginning steps of that course of action: APNA signed-on to this letter , sent to Congress by the American Academy of Nursing on February 27, which calls for a bipartisan National Commission on Mass Shootings within the next 30 days. The Board of Directors has charged APNA staff to work with the councils to create a community outreach tool related to dispelling myths around mental health and violence, understanding violence prevention, and promoting psychiatric-mental health nurses as trusted providers of care. This should ...
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Hello everyone. I am a practicing nurse practitioner licensed in adult/geriatric primary care and licensed to practice in Internal Medicine in Missouri and as an AGPCNP in Illinois. I currently manage a sickle cell wellness program which incorporates behavior management and pain medication management. I have 3 years of experience in primary care in a rural clinic where I managed chronic mental illness, crisis, and geriatric psych behaviors in nursing home setting. I am working on my post-master's in mental health and am seeking a preceptor in the area but I am willing to drive up to 2 hours to a clinical site. I would be seeking 2 days/week beginning fall of ...
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Psychiatric Nurses’ Perceptions of Therapeutic Alliance with the Schizophrenia Population: A Survey Study We are conducting a research study to learn more about nurses' thoughts and attitudes about therapeutic communication with patients with schizophrenia. We are asking you to participate because you are a nurse who has experience either working with or teaching about patients with schizophrenia.  If you meet the following inclusion criteria, you are able to participate: You currently hold an LPN or RN license (non-nurse practitioner role) You are between the ages of 21-65 You currently practice in mental health nursing as staff or ...
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I am currently a PMHNP student at the University of South Alabama. I am looking for a preceptor to complete 45 hours anytime from June 8, 2018 to July 10, 2018. I need someone who treats children ages 12 and under. I can travel anywhere in Alabama and anywhere from the Alabama state line to Orlando Florida as I am licensed in both states. I also may be able to complete the rotation anywhere in Georgia as I am licensed there as well. I am offering a $600.00 honorarium for your time. The preceptor can be an MD, DO, CNS with prescribing privileges, or PMHNP specializing in psychiatric care. My school does require an affiliation agreement, preceptor resume, and copy ...
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Hi! My name is Hyangsook Lee Patel. I am currently RN and studying psychiatric NP program in Wilkes University. I am looking for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is willing to be my preceptor. I need 250 clinical hours per each semester for fall, 2018 (between September-November: 12 weeks) and spring, 2019 (mid January- early April). If anyone is available even only one semester, it is also fine to me. Please contact with me if anyone is available to provide clinic education. I really appreciate it.  Phone number: 480-516-3040 Email Address: hyangsook.patel@live.wilkes.edu​
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Life Coaching

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Since becoming a mental health RN I have learned that much of my nursing outside of administering meds has been in listening and helping my patients.  I do this through motivational interviewing which enables my patients to find their own answers on their own. As a result of this, I have become very interested in adding life coaching to my nursing career. Has anyone attended a life coaching class? If so, what has been your experience?
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This is a Psychiatric NP Fellowship opportunity in New York City. The application window is now open. Follow the link for details. http://www.chnnyc.org/training-education/nurse-fellowship-program
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Last year Calleran submitted her very first abstract. It was selected by the Scholarly Review Committee for presentation at the APNA 31st Annual Conference in 2017. The resulting presentation, New York Presbyterian’s Nursing Suicide Risk Inventory (NSRI): A Daily Nursing Suicide Risk Tool for the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting, was one of the most highly rated concurrent sessions at the conference. Here, she talks about the experience. Stepping Outside of Her Comfort Zone  I wanted to become more actively involved with APNA and challenge myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone to submit an abstract for the annual conference. I had never ...
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Hello Everyone, If you know of any PMHNPs or psychiatrists open to percepting in the Chicagoland area; please contact me at 630 561-6979; trying to make a March 1st, deadline. I would be really grateful for swift help! Felicia Vertin PMHNP Student at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL
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Dear all I am a Registered nurse with over 10 years in Mental Health nursing and I am seeking a preceptor in the Maryland, DC, VA area asap. My last clinical site fell through. Any leads? I need to submit adjusted information by 02/25/2018 Thanks Joy Ellis-George
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Psychiatric NP student (over 20 years of Nursing experience) is looking for A Psychiatric NP or Psychiatrist to shadow for clinical starting May 23, 2018 NY Tristate, Long Island, Westchester area. Preferably weekends. It could be acute or community setting. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact 646 387 3514
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​Greetings APNA Community, I will be opening an Adult  Inpatient Mental Health Unit this Summer and wanted to start a forum to ask for input on where to start. Below is a list of items I've thought of. Any and all input will be greatly appreciated!  - State Regulations on Involuntary Holds / Riese Medication - Mental Health appropriate equipment (e.g. non-ligature point racks/beds, restroom, etc.) - Joint Commission recommendations Respectfully, Jon
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Hi everyone: Are there any mental health nursing faculty in APNA who teach clinicals?  If so, could you please send me the form you use to evaluate your mental health students at midterm and final week.   I am looking to adapt something that is more directed at mental health and not med-surg.  Thanks
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I am looking to shadow a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in central New Jersey. I have been a Critical Care Nurse for 22 years and have no solid Psychiatric experience. The field interests me and would possibly like to work toward becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the future.
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Hi, I am looking for a preceptor who works with children/adolescents.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I need a total of 100 hours - 70 for spring and 30 for summer. Thank you.
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Hello! My name is Hannah Bangura. I'm an Acute Care  Nurse Practitioner, pursuing my post certification in PMH.  I am a student in an online format at Western Kentucky University. I am desperately searching for a willing and available PMH Nurse Practitioner preceptor for my clinical course that begins in January 2018 through August 2018 - I need 180 clinical hours, so am looking for 1-2 days per week (to include weekends). I reside in Mesa, however, I am willing to drive to any location. My contact number is 480-277-7784.   Warmest Regards Hanna
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We often have police come on the unit either to take a report or to serve a patient with papers.  We are in the process of coming up with a policy to address this.  What policies, if any, do you have with police presence on the unit.  This will be for a locked mixed population psych unit.  Thank you
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