Essential psychiatric, mental health and substance use competencies for the registered nurse

Catherine Kane, Margaret Brackley, Jeanne Clement, Patricia D'Antonio, Judith Haber, Edna Hamera, Rebecca Harmon, Elizabeth LeCuyer, Madeline A. Naegle, Marian Newton, Geraldine Pearson, Elizabeth Poster, Mona Shattell, Theodora Sirota, Sandra Talley

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The original concept for this document was conceived at the meeting of the Psychiatric Mental Health Expert Panel during the Academy of Nursing 33rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care, held in Miami, Florida, November 9-11, 2006. Judith Haber and June Horowitz co-chaired the Expert Panel meeting at the time discussion took place regarding the need for a document centralizing recognized competencies and curricula associated with psychiatric mental health nursing practice. The Expert Panel also recognized the need for a document that identified psychiatric mental health competencies for generalist nursing practice. Catherine Kane and Margaret Brackley agreed to Co-Chair a taskforce to write these competencies. They were joined by Madeline Naegle, Sandra Talley, Marian Newton, Jeanne Clement, Patricia D'Antonio, and Elizabeth Poster. This initial group was charged with using "a model similar to the Hartford Foundation model for building capacity in geriatric nursing to develop PMH/Behavioral Health Competencies for non-PMH RNs and APRNs." Other contributing members of the Taskforce were Edna Hamera, Elizabeth LeCuyer, Mona Shattell, Geri Pearson, Rebecca Harmon and Theodora Sirota. The Taskforce convened by teleconference on April 13, 2007, and met monthly by teleconference through Fall 2008. A full draft of the document was completed and sent for editing to Geraldine Pearson and Beth Vaughn Cole. On March 24, 2009, the Taskforce convened by teleconference and agreed to distribute the draft to the membership of the International Society of Psychiatric Nursing (ISPN), the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and the International Nurses Society on Addictions. The draft was displayed on the websites of ISPN and APNA through 2009. Comments, suggestions, edits and revisions were welcomed and the feedback was incorporated into this document. The appendices to this document include materials that informed the content of these Essentials and websites for resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-110
Number of pages31
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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