In recognition of both National Nurses Week 2012 and National Mental Health Month, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is offering to both APNA members and nonmembers a free continuing education podcast, Mindfulness and Reflection: A Resource for PMH Practice May 7-14 at the APNA eLearning Center.
According to APNA, the web-based CE course, for which nurses can earn .5 contact hours, "emphasizes the benefits of self-care for nurses, promoting personal wellness through the integration of mindfulness and reflection into nursing practice."
The 30-minute podcast features Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, APRN, BC, a psychiatric-mental health nurse and clinical nursing professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH, who offers practical tips and techniques to help nurses maintain their personal mental health and wellness.
"It is important for all nurses to remember to care for themselves - too often we focus on the people we serve and forget about our own wellness," says APNA President Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. "Using mindfulness and reflection on a daily basis promotes mental health and can only enhance a nurse's ability to deliver quality and effective care."
In recognition of May as National Mental Health Month, APNA members will have access to the podcast at no cost until June 1.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.