APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program

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APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program


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The APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP) Certificate Program has been developed to provide and improve the foundational knowledge of RNs and is presented by recognized expert leaders in the Psychiatric-Mental Health (PMH) nursing field. The program focuses on best practices and evidence-based nursing knowledge that will optimize success in nursing practice and improve healthcare outcomes for persons with mental health disorders.

The content is self-paced with supplemental activities (content handouts, glossary of terms, references, and case examples) as learners progress through the program.

Registrants have 90 days from date of registration to complete the content and earn nursing continuing professional development contact hours.

Target Audience: RN

Disclosures: The presenters and the activity planners have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Program Outcomes

  1. Introduce evidence based strategies for providing safe and effective nursing care for people with psychiatric-mental health disorders.
  2. Provide education that promotes the acquisition of foundational evidence-based knowledge related to psychiatric-mental health nursing through case study analysis and post-test questions.
  3. Provide evidence-based tools and strategies to facilitate nurses developing a person centered plan of care for people with mental health disorders.

APNA Member: $200.00 
Non Member: $250.00 

For organizations interested in purchasing the program in bulk, please email atp@apna.org

Program Format

Program Foreword
• The Importance of Therapeutic Engagement

Module 1: Psychiatric-Mental Health Disorders and Psychopharmacology
• Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
• Psychotic Disorders
• Psychopharmacology 101

Module 2: Risk Assessments, Addictions and Co-morbid Disorders
• Mental Status Exam and Risk Assessment
• Substance-Related Disorders
• Medical Comorbid Illness in Psychiatric Patients

Module 3: Recovery
• Using the Recovery Model in Nursing Practice
• Cultural Awareness
• Trauma and Recovery
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma Informed Care

Module 4: Therapeutic Environment
• Risky Business: Walking the Boundaries Tightrope
• Therapeutic Engagement in De-Escalation?
• Key Elements of a Safe Environment

Nursing Continuing Professional Development
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Transitions in Practice (ATP) Certificate program is a 4-module nursing education program that includes faculty presentations, case studies, post-tests and evaluations of the content. The ATP program is worth 15.0 nursing continuing professional development contact hours. In order to receive contact hours for the program, participants must: Complete the overall pre-test, view the program in its entirety (foreword, modules 1-4), complete the end-of-module evaluations, and earn a passing score of at least 80% on the post-test for each module during the allotted access period. Participants will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test. Once the overall post-test and evaluation have been completed, the certificate will be generated online, available for print immediately. Credit cannot be earned unless all steps are completed. 

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Release Date: July 1, 2015, Revised, June 1, 2017
The contact hours for this program expire: July 1, 2021

Cancellation Policy

We do not issue refunds for eLearning purchases once the order is accomplished and the corresponding course information is accessed. However, we understand that exceptional circumstances can take place with regard to the character of the product we supply. Therefore, we do honor requests for a refund in situations outlined here

APNA offers ATP participants the ability to retake the program at a specially discounted rate if it is not completed within the prescribed timeframe of 90 days. The cost of the retake program is $125.00. To qualify for this discount, application and payment must be made to APNA within six months of expiration of the initial registration. The retake may require the applicant to restart the program and previous work may not count toward completion. Only one retake will be allowed. To request this discounted pricing option for your retake, please email atp@apna.org


To reference material from the APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program, please use the following citation, filling in the appropriate information indicated:

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2015). APNA Transitions in Practice Certificate Program [Module Number: Presentation Title]. Retrieved from https://e-learning.apna.org/products/apna-transitions-in-practice-certificate-program

© Copyright APNA 2020. Reproducing and distributing this material without the written permission of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is prohibited. 

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Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Joanne Bartlett, PMHNP-BC
Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP, PMHCNS, APN
Dawn Cogliser, MSN, RN-BC
Nancy Dillon, PhD, RN, CNS
Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC
Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA, BC
Kathy Lehmann, EdD(c), RN-BC PMHN
Barbara Limandri, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC PMH
Pamela E. Marcus, RN, APRN, PMH-BC
Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Cheryl Puntil, CNS, MN, APRN, PMHCNS, BC
Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, BC
Linda Stanley, MSN
Gail Stern, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Matthew Tierney, APRN, MS

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