American Psychiatric Nurses Association Celebrates National Recovery Month with Free Continuing Education

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In Honor of National Recovery Month, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Offers Free Continuing Nursing Education on Mental Health Recovery

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association celebrates National Recovery Month by offering free access to a recovery-focused webinar providing up to 0.9 contact hours of CE. “An American Resurrection: A Journey of Trauma and Triumph” details presenter Eric Arauz’s journey from battling bipolar disorder and alcoholism to a life in recovery as a nationally recognized consumer advocate. Available in the APNA eLearning Center, the webinar is being offered at no cost to APNA members through October 2nd and to the public during National Wellness Week, September 19th through the 26th.

Appropriate for RNs, advanced practice psychiatric nurses, and other mental health professionals, this session provides insight into the consumer experience and essential recovery-based principles and practices. Participants can earn 0.9 continuing education contact hours by viewing the webinar and completing its posttest and evaluation through the APNA eLearning Center. Recorded in October 2010, Arauz’s talk was featured as a keynote presentation during the APNA 24th Annual Conference in Louisville, KY.

National Recovery Month is observed each September to celebrate those in long-term recovery and pay tribute to the work of recovery service providers. National Wellness Week, a new component of National Recovery Month, was instituted this year to promote the ways in which wellness can improve quality of life and increase life expectancy for people diagnosed with mental health issues. APNA is a proponent of the recovery model (person-centered care through which an individual achieves improved health, wellness, and quality of life) and is committed to raising awareness through education that recovery from addiction and mental illness is possible.

Webinar Description - An American Resurrection: A Journey of Trauma and Triumph
Journey with Eric Arauz and his battles with Bipolar 1 disorder and alcoholism to today and his life as a leading national consumer advocate. A dynamic speaker, Eric Arauz interweaves his own first hand experiences as both a child of a parent with mental illness and his own battles to put you directly in the experience of trying to build back a life that had been lacerated with pain and suffering since birth. His ability to assimilate literary, scientific and anecdotal examples into his presentation will keep you on the edge of your seat as you emerge from the darkness of his past to stand in the sunlight of optimism and hope his life represents today. He will prove to you that certain life stories that seem unbelievable are not unlivable.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.

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

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