The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses 
             of the 
New Jersey State Nurses Association

fostering excellence in professional practice


for our 

6th  Annual Fall Conference 

Contemporary Concerns on the Edges of the Lifespan: Psychiatric Mental Health Quandaries in Children, Adolescents and Elders 

Keynote Speaker: Julie Carbray, PhD, APN

"Helping Families 'Unplug' Their Children and Adolescents with Psychiatric Disorders: Understanding Neurocircuitry to Guide Effective Treatment Approaches" 

Ocean Place Sept 29-30th 2017 

Friday Awards dinner with CE, Sat All Day Conference


VA Final Rule grants FPA to APRNs except CRNAs

On Dec 13, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a final rule granting full practice authority to three of the four established Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) roles when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) will now have full practice authority within the VA Health System as a mechanism for extending veterans access to a full range of qualified health professionals.

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Nurse Practitioners & PAs Prescribing Buprenorphine

Section 303 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016, made several changes to the law regarding office-based opioid addiction treatment with buprenorphine. CARA expands prescribing privileges to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) for five years (until October 1, 2021). NPs and PAs must complete 24 hours of training to be eligible for a waiver to prescribe and must be supervised by or work in collaboration with a qualifying physician if required by state law. The HHS Secretary has 18 months to issue updated regulations governing office-based opioid addiction treatment to include NPs and PAs.ASAM's complete summary of CARA is available here.

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners:

Nurse Leadership Award:   

Colleen Birkhofer, APN, PMHCNS-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year:  

Rick Pessagno, DNP, APN, FAANP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing Excellence:  

Dorothy A. Borresen, PhD, APN, PMHNP-BC

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The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses

Founded in 1972, SPAPN was the first professional nursing body in the country to certify clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric nursing. Today, the Society includes all psychiatric advanced practice nurses, both psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in advanced practice nursing. The Society continues to advocate and lobby for psychiatric advanced practice nurses in practicing to the fullest scope of their training and education, upholding the standards of excellence for psychiatric mental-health nursing and to promote the delivery of high quality professional care to clients, their families and the community.

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