Dr. Grayce Sills

Dr. Grayce Sills Devoted and Respected Leader

MAAPPN sadly acknowledges the passing of Dr. Grayce Sills.  Grayce was a legendary pioneer who made countless significant contributions to the field of psychiatric nursing over the course of her illustrious career.  She will be sadly missed but always remembered as a devoted and well-respected leader of our professional community.

Please take the time to watch Living the History of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing through the Eyes of Grayce Sills at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1Q4pbTxVU

Best Regards,

Diane Grimaldi
MAAPPN Chair

Make Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing’s Voice Heard

APNA asks that you send a comment to the FDA to support the reclassification of ECT devices from class III to class II. We believe that this is in the best interests of the patients we serve.

 APNA

The FDA proposes to reclassify ECT devices used for treating major depressive disorder from class III (high risk) to class II (low risk) and is requesting public comment on the safety and efficacy of this treatment (Deadline: March 28). A similar proposal in 2011 did not pass, which is why it is so important to make sure that psychiatric-mental health nurses make our voices heard now.
In 2011 the APNA Board of Directors approved a position statement supporting the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of severe depression that has been shown to be refractory to medication administration and urging the FDA to reclassify these devices in order to improve access to a potentially lifesaving treatment. APNA will be reiterating this position to the FDA through the following statement, which I encourage you to use as a guide for your own response:
It is the position of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) that Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a proven therapy and that further clinical trials are not necessary to establish its safety and efficacy. Consistent with this, APNA urges the FDA to re-classify ECT devices as a class II device that reflects its safety and efficacy in the treatment of depression. As the leading clinical and research organization for psychiatric-mental health nurses, APNA keenly recognizes that stigma about psychiatric illness and about ECT can limit access. APNA believes that ECT operated by properly trained professionals and in circumstances of medical necessity for appropriately selected patients should remain widely available. ECT saves patient’s lives and barriers limiting access to this treatment must be overcome by a coalition of patient, families, the public and psychiatric leadership organizations.
Nicholas Croce Jr., MS
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
Falls Church, VA 22042
(2762)
www.apna.org

 

MAAPPN Meeting

MAAPPN April 2016 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

MAAPPN April 2016 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

Join us for an evening of colleagueship, networking, education, job opportunities, legislative
updates and a great dinner. The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric
Nurses (MAAPPN) will hold our next quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts from 5:45pm – 9pm.

Kay Khan is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. We are very pleased to announce that Kay will be joining us at our quarterly MAAPPN member meeting on April 7th. Seating is limited, so please be sure to register early.

About MAAPPN

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement | April 7, 2016

5:45 pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables!
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kay Khan*
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Tuscan Kitchen
Date: Thursday April 7th, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Please register early as space is limited.  To Register go to http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-april-7th-2016/

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

If you have items that you would like to have addressed at the meeting, please contact MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net so she can add them to the agenda.

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Sponsorship Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.

For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

We are interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings.  Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Limited Space Available December MAAPPN Meeting

If you plan to attend the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tosca in Hingham on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 please register today, space is limited and is filling up fast.  We plan to start a bit earlier to maximize the opportunity to access our sponsor tables (Sunnovian, Arbor, Genomind) as well as to have more networking time.  We also are offering free wine and appetizers!

 

 When: December 8, 2015

(New) Time: 5:45 PM – 9 PM

Location: Tosca Restaurant, Hingham, MA

Cost: $25 (Complimentary Wine and Appetizers)

 

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

Our speaker for the December MAAPPN meeting will be Kathy Adolina, PMHCNS, BC.  Kathy has a private practice in the Back Bay and specializes in treatment of adults and students with affective and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of Boston College and long time member of NURS, MAAPPN Board Member and current Treasurer.   Kathy will be speaking about Psychogenomics in Clinical Practice.

 

Psychogenomic testing allows the opportunity to introduce precision into our prescribing practices. Patients who like personalized medicine, like the idea and payers are looking carefully at cost savings. Yet testing is not without caution. In this presentation, the opportunities and challenges are reviewed as these work in a private practice setting.  Payer policies, patient education and how treatment selection presents new opportunities in prevention are reviewed.

December MAAPPN Meeting Agenda

 

5:45pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, complimentary wine, and visit the display tables

7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions

7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kathy Andolina, PMHCNS, BC*

7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

 

* CEU’s offered

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.
For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

 

Please send agenda items to: MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net

Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.  We are also interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings.

Other ways you can support MAAPPN is with Membership Dues.  We are moving to January dues cycles with a very easy way to pay online! Go to MAAPPN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP.

Limited Space available confirm your attendance today for the December 8th meeting. 

MAAPPN December 2015 Quarterly Meeting Updates

MAAPPN December 2015 Quarterly Meeting Announcement, the Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is happy to announce that Kathy Adolina, PMHCNS, BC will be our December Quarterly Meeting speaker.  She will be speaking about Psychogenomics. in Clinical Practice

Kathy Andolina

Kathy Andolina

Kathy Andolina, has a private practice in the Back Bay and specializes in treatment of adults and students with affective and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of Boston College and long time member of NURS, MAAPPN Board Member and current Treasurer.

About Psychogenomic Testing

Psychogenomic testing allows the opportunity to introduce precision into our prescribing practices. Patients who like personalized medicine, like the idea and payers are looking carefully at cost savings. Yet testing is not without caution. In this presentation, the opportunities and challenges are reviewed as these work in a private practice setting.  Payer policies, patient education and how treatment selection presents new opportunities in prevention are reviewed.

Agenda

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables

7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions

7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kathy Andolina, PMHCNS, BC*

7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

About MAAPPN

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

If you have items that you would like to have addressed at the meeting, please contact MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net so she can add them to the agenda.

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.

For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.  We are also interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tosca in Hingham on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

MAAPPN Needs Members with Expertise on The Following

MAAPPN Needs Members With Expertise Who Can Consult on the Following.  MAAPPN sits at the table on the influential MA Mental Health Coalition and we meet monthly.  In this group, legislation, policies and regs are reviewed as these could impact each of our groups. The Mental Health Coalition consists of representatives from the behavioral health professions, policy, government, advocacy, administration and legal groups in the state.

MAAPPN Needs Members with Expertise Who Can Consult on the Following

  • Executive Order (Gov. Baker) to review all regs in the state – what works for us what doesn’t? Who has worked with the Board of registration in Nursing (BORN) and can consult on this issue for MAAPPN?
  •  Mass Assoc of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS) wants to work with MAAPPN to support regs that allow Psych APRNs to admit patients to hospitals and write orders for restraint and seclusion. We need your input into these and othe regs that benefit our roles in systems
  • H.3817 – Opiate Crisis and Governor Baker’s proposed legislation: Can someone look at the pros and cons for Psych APRNs?
  • H 786 – supports parity in disability policies for employees with behavioral health disorders equal to those with employee’s physical disorders.   The bill now sits in Financial Services Committee   MAAPPN has supported this bill and the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) asks for support again. We need your comments about experiences with clients with behavioral health disability issues and any other questions or comments about how BH disability has been administered compared to physical disorder disability.
  • Telehealth bills are also being discussed – pro? con? Thoughts, experiences appreciated!

 

Please send comments and questions to Kathy Andolina .  The Mental Health Coalition seeks our input into these important policy issues. Thanks for your feedback!

About MAAPPN

The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is the only organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

We are dedicated to the delivery of high quality, affordable, accessible psychiatric treatment for the clients we serve.