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Each month, the Research & Scholarship Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article published in JAPNA by Dr. Erman Yıldız and colleagues titled, How Counseling Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Supported With Motivational Interviewing Affects the Perceptions of Treatment Motivation in Patients Diagnosed With Schizophrenia: A Qualitative Study. Article Highlight: Lack of motivation is a common phenomenon in treatment of schizophrenia. Despite information that various psychosocial approaches may help overcome lack of motivation, their content and nature remain uncertain. ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Kortney Floyd James and colleagues titled, Examining the Relationship Between Black Racial Identity Clusters and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms published in JAPNA. Article Highlight: Culturally relevant methods are needed to better serve Black mothers’ mental health needs. This study was the first to examine the relationship between Black racial identity, a culturally relevant concept shown to correlate with mental health, and the postpartum mental health of Black women. Check out the article here: ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Kortney Floyd James! I am Dr. Kortney Floyd James – a PhD trained nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I obtained my PhD in nursing from Georgia State University. I am currently a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles committed to solving the most pressing societal challenges of our time. But before the many credentials, I am a Black mother. After giving birth to my daughter, I experienced postpartum depression for about a year. I never told my Women’s Health ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Kathryn Phillips! The Origin Story I became interested in eating and weight disorders when I was working on a floor that primarily served women with trauma histories, many of whom also had co-occurring disordered eating behaviors. My initial work focused on the biopsychosocial basis of eating behavior. Since then, I’ve branched out to work on stress adaptation and coping. My recent work has included the testing of stress-reduction and resilience interventions, while continuing work in the area of eating behavior. As a nurse educator, I also ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Karen Jennings Mathis and colleagues titled, Mixture Modeling to Characterize Anorexia Nervosa: Integrating Personality and Eating Disorder Psychopathology. Article Highlight: Anorexia nervosa is a complex mental disorder. We tested an alternative classification based on co-occurrence of personality and eating disorder psychopathology. Results suggest that we consider how clinical presentation beyond eating disorder behaviors may indicate different treatment. Check out the article here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31291805/ ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Jamie Zelazny and colleagues titled, Risk factors for pre-adolescent onset suicidal behavior in a high-risk sample of youth. Article Highlight: This study identified risk factors for preadolescent onset suicidal behavior compared with adolescent/young adult onset suicidal behavior in a longitudinal sample of youth with parental history of mood disorders. Check out the article here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34015624/ If you would like your article to be featured, please sign up here: ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Marian Newton! Dr. Newton earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida in 1964, and B.S. in Nursing in 1967 and Master of Nursing with psychiatric specialty degrees in 1972 from the University of Florida. She earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology and psychopharmacology from the University of Nebraska in 1989, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Russell Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York in 1995. From 1996 to 2020 at SU she taught basic and advanced pharmacology and psychiatric ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Kathleen Wheeler and Dr. Katy Phillips titled, The Development of Trauma and Resilience Competencies for Nursing Education. Article Highlight: Trauma has come to the forefront due to its relationship to poor mental and physical health outcomes. At the same time, resilience has been shown to help moderate the effects of adversity. A grant funded expert panel convened to create competencies in trauma and resilience for nursing education. The competencies were then validated in a Delphi study, which is explained ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Kimberly A. Williams and Colleagues titled, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment/Motivational Interviewing School-Based Therapy Pilot Study. Article Highlight: Describes a pilot study of a school-based intervention for tackling substance use and mental health symptoms in at-risk youth using Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment and motivational interviewing (MI) on depressive anxiety and substance use symptoms in middle school participants. Check out the article ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Mr. Harry Adynski! Harry Adynski is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation, a unique integrated BSN to PhD program. Harry graduated with a Double Major with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Psychology from UNC-CH in May 2018 with highest honors. Then completed the Hillman Clinical Fellowship working as a registered nurse at UNC-Medical Center in adult inpatient psychiatry. He continues to work clinically throughout his PhD studies and serves on the UNC-MC’s Nursing Research ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an article written by an APNA member. This month we are featuring an article by Dr. Della Derscheid, Christine Lohse, & Judith E. Arnetz titled, Risk Factors for Assault and Physical Aggression Among Medically Hospitalized Adult Patients Who Had a Behavioral Emergency Call: A Descriptive Study. Article Highlight: Health care settings are a primary location for workplace violence. Physical aggression was the most significant predictor of assault. Mental health conditions anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation were significant for decreased risk of assault and/or physical aggression. ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Della Derscheid! Della Derscheid, PhD, RN, CNS is an assistant professor of nursing at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Derscheid’s research focuses on workplace violence situations in the inpatient medical setting. Dr. Derscheid’s clinical experience includes pediatric/adult psychiatric nursing and the Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT). The BERT is a clinician/security team that responds to bedside situations of challenging and difficult-to-manage patient behavior. The synergy of nursing practice issues between psychiatric ...
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I began studying the second victim phenomenon in 2017 long before the COVID-19 pandemic would come to traumatize healthcare professionals in a way never seen in my lifetime. In the early 1990s, burnout was recognized in healthcare professionals caring for patients with HIV/AIDS and in 1988, the National Academy of Science initiated a call to action to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of programs to alleviate stress in health care workers who cared for patients with AIDS. Between 1981 and 2000 774,467 patients had been diagnosed with AIDS and 448,060 had died from the illness in the United States. Burnout among healthcare professionals became a prominent ...
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I am hoping to connect with a nurse who would like to act as my preceptor for my practicum to complete my Masters in Nursing with a concentration in Public Health. This is an 8 week commitment, and the nurse must have a master's degree, or higher level of education. I can forward a copy of the MSN handbook that describes the preceptor’s role, to anyone who is interested. I would prefer to focus my practicum on behavioral health, but any help would be appreciated. Please feel free to pass this on. Thank you, Ellen Johnston BSN RN CMCN
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Hello everyone, My name is Olatomi, a Psychiatric Mental health (NP) student at Walden University. I will start my Clinical rotation in May 2022. My specialization courses are: 1. Implemented Winter 2021 NRNP/PRAC 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning (Didactic: 3 cr.; Practicum: 2 cr. [160 hours]) (May 30-Aug 14) 2. Implemented Spring 2022 NRNP/PRAC 6645 - Psychotherapy with Multiple Modalities (Didactic: 3 cr.; Practicum: 2 cr. [160 hours]) Fall 2022 (Aug-Nov) 3. Implemented Spring 2022 NRNP/PRAC 6665 - PMHNP Care Across the Lifespan I (Didactic: 3 cr.; Practicum: 2 cr. [160 hours]) Winter 2022 (Nov-Feb) 4. Implemented Summer 2022 NRNP/PRAC ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Monika Wedgeworth! As a new graduate, I never thought I would possibly have a career in nursing education or research. With a passion for mental health, my first job was on an inpatient psychiatric unit. I later obtained a master’s degree in nursing case management, with an emphasis on rural populations. Upon obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing education, my research focus naturally gravitated toward mental health education and mental health concerns in rural populations. Unfortunately, all rural counties in Alabama are either medically ...
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I believe this was shared before, but does anyone use a protocol for starting a 1:1 observation, what restrictions a patient may have while on different observation levels, and/or protocols for discontinuing a 1:1 observation? Any feedback would be appreciated!
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My preceptor for Fall has fallen through and I have not been able to locate one PMHNP who will take a student. I hate to have to shell out $5,000 to Preceptor sharks to find me someone! I have had to sit out once and am ready to throw in the towel. As an Adult NP, I was always happy to have a student. I'm finding it unsettling that PMHNPs do not want to give back, help engage, and be a role model for the profession. I thought it was strange to have another profession (LCSWs) instead of PMHNPs precepting us anyways! The preceptors I had with my Adult NP journey were fabulous and I still credit them for helping me hit the ground running. I have 30 years of experience! ...
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Each month, the Research Council Steering Committee features an APNA member. This month, we are featuring Dr. Diane Allen! I became increasingly aware of the dangers associated with restraining individuals during more than twenty five years of registered nurse practice at New Hampshire Hospital, an acute psychiatric inpatient setting. As a direct care nurse, I was privileged to work with registered nurses who restored calm by communicating and connecting with people experiencing psychiatric crisis. As a nurse leader, I observed registered nurses demonstrate kindness and competence while assessing the health and safety of individuals who had to be restrained. ...
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Hello Colleagues, Some strategies that work to find PMH-NP preceptors are: Contact local psychiatric hospitals, PMH-NPs, psychiatrists, social workers, clinical psychologists, licensed mental health therapists, or addictionologists. Pearls of previous success stories: Caveat: When leaving a message with the psychiatric nurses in the psychiatric hospital unit for a specific request to precept with one of their practitioners, be precise of the dates/hours you may need in 16 weeks. For example, "I am requesting one day per week, either on a Wednesday or Thursday." Leave your email and phone number and a date to call them back. Get the name of who you talked ...
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